Employment

  • June 29, 2015

    WWE Sues Dynamite Kid, Others To Block Brain-Injury Claims

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. on Monday launched a Connecticut federal suit trying to block Dynamite Kid, Black Jack Mulligan and other wrestlers who used to work for the company from filing claims alleging traumatic brain injuries.

  • June 29, 2015

    NJ Mayor Hit With Whistleblower Suit Over Agency Firing

    Newark, New Jersey, and Mayor Ras J. Baraka have been hit with a whistleblower suit alleging a local economic improvement agency's executive was improperly fired after protesting the conduct of a city official involved with agency-issued, now-defaulted-on loans.

  • June 25, 2015

    Ex-CNEP Exec Says Insurers Hung Him Out To Dry

    A former China North East Petroleum Holdings Ltd. executive sued three insurers Wednesday in New York state court, claiming he was forced to settle charges he siphoned millions from stock offerings after they wrongfully refused to cover his defense costs.

  • June 24, 2015

    Charney Launches New $100M Suit Against American Apparel

    Ex-American Apparel Inc. CEO Dov Charney slapped his former company, hedge fund Standard General LP and others with a fresh suit seeking more than $100 million in California state court on Wednesday, adding to growing litigation between the clothier and its founder.

  • June 24, 2015

    Family Of Dead Worker Sues Valero, DuPont For Negligence

    The family of a Houston-area man who died of hyperthermia at a Louisiana refinery sued plant owner Valero Energy Corp., EI DuPont De Nemours and Co. and others after workers allegedly ignored his fatigue and heat exhaustion, causing the man to overheat with a final temperature of more than 107 degrees before he died.

  • June 23, 2015

    BarBri Claims Insurer Stiffed Bill For Employment Fight

    BarBri Inc. on Friday sued Allied World Speciality Insurance Co. in Texas state court, alleging the company wrongfully denied coverage for litigation and settlement costs when BarBri had to defend a wrongful termination suit brought by the founders of a company it acquired.

  • June 23, 2015

    Fla. Suit Claims Partner Stole Health Care App Technology

    A principal of a Miami company developing a web-based app to serve as a virtual back office for home health care providers is hauling his business partner into Florida state court, claiming he is attempting to steal their work and personnel for his own benefit.

  • June 23, 2015

    Lawyers, Ex-Pa. Justice Sue Philly Over Tax Board Salaries

    Three Philadelphia lawyers, including a former state Supreme Court justice, have sued the city in state court over compensation as members of the Board of Revision of Taxes, claiming they are owed money from a period between the passage of an ordinance reducing their salaries and a ruling finding it unconstitutional.

  • June 22, 2015

    Leidos Says Ex-Workers Stole Secrets For Gov't Contract Bid

    Leidos Inc. hit a new contractor and the four former employees who formed it with a lawsuit in Virginia federal court Friday accusing them of stealing sensitive proprietary information in a bid to wrest away a U.S. Federal Highway Administration contract.

  • June 19, 2015

    American Apparel's Ex-CEO Files New $30M Defamation Suit

    Ex-American Apparel Inc. CEO Dov Charney slapped his former company and one of its now-former board members with a fresh defamation suit in California state court on Friday, seeking more than $30 million in the latest exchange in an ongoing battle.

  • June 19, 2015

    NJ Racetrack Faces Class Action Over Worker Pay

    The operator of Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey, has been hit with a putative class action claiming the company has violated state law by failing to pay workers at the facility required hourly rates.

  • June 19, 2015

    NYC Pizza Chain Served OT Class Action

    A putative class action was launched against a popular pizza chain in New York district court Friday, alleging that the chain violated the Federal Labor Standards Act by, among other things, failing to pay employees overtime wages.

  • June 18, 2015

    Legal Secretary Launches Whistleblower Suit Against NJ Firm

    A former legal secretary with Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC has accused the New Jersey law firm of illegally firing her because she complained about alleged improper billing practices and attorneys running roughshod over conflicts.

  • June 18, 2015

    DOL Sues Staffing Agency Over Abuse, Deportation Threats

    The U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit against a Baltimore staffing agency that provides laborers to federal contractors, claiming the company favored Hispanic job applicants and then allowed them to be harassed and threatened once they were employed.

  • June 17, 2015

    Harassment Suit Says LA Atty Mocked Assistant's Pregnancy

    A former legal assistant for a Los Angeles personal injury attorney on Tuesday slapped the attorney with sex bias suit in California court, accusing him of persistent sexual harassment before he responded to her becoming pregnant by calling her “flubber belly” and later firing her.

  • June 16, 2015

    Citgo Allegedly Duped 2 Texas Employees Into Retirement

    A pair of former Citgo Petroleum Corp. financial officers on Monday said they were duped by the company into early retirement with the promise of hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement bonuses before Venezuela's state-owned oil company allegedly changed their contracts to pocket the money.

  • June 16, 2015

    TD Bank Teller Files Class Action Over Unpaid Overtime

    A teller services manager at TD Bank NA filed a putative class action against the company in New Jersey federal court on Tuesday, alleging that employees were regularly denied overtime after being wrongly classified as exempt.

  • June 15, 2015

    NJ Houlihan's Franchisee Accused Of Improper Tip-Pooling

    The owner of a number of Houlihan's restaurant locations in New Jersey has been hit with a putative class action in state district court alleging the restaurant's servers have been cheated out of fair wages by an illegal tip-pooling policy.

  • June 11, 2015

    Ex-Al Jazeera VP Hits News Co. With 2nd Employment Suit

    A former Al Jazeera America employee lobbed a discrimination suit on Thursday in California federal court against the American arm of the Qatar-based news organization, saying she worked in a hostile work environment where “truth and objectivity are set aside to cater to the company’s pro-Arabic prejudices.”

  • June 11, 2015

    Payroll Giant ADP Sues Startup For False Ads, Interference

    Payroll services giant ADP LLC has sued Zenefits Insurance Services in California federal court, saying the human-resources startup scraped sensitive customer information from ADP's databases, interfered with potential profits and violated the Lanham Act by circulating false ads about ADP.

Expert Analysis

  • Inside New ITAR Rules For US Defense Service Providers

    Tamer A. Soliman

    The U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has released a proposed rule amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations with respect to the provision of defense services by U.S. persons working for non-U.S. entities. U.S. employees of unaffiliated non-U.S. companies are disproportionately impacted by this proposed rule, but the rule does not provide a practical path to compliance for such companies, s... (continued)

  • New DOL Overtime Pay Rules Are Coming Soon

    Andrew P. Sherrod

    Though we don't yet know the Obama administration's proposed changes to the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime pay rules — which are due any day now — a meaningful increase in the salary threshold for the white collar exemptions will almost certainly be among the expected revisions and will likely impact managers and supervisors in the retail, fast-food and janitorial industries, says Andrew Sherrod of Hirschler Fleischer PC.

  • Filing Class Actions Against Wage-Dodging Trucking Cos.

    Brian S. Kabateck

    Truck drivers pursuing class actions against trucking companies should not be discouraged by the recent trend of these companies attempting to avoid paying wages owed by filing for bankruptcy. Attorneys should investigate which individual controls employees’ wages, hours or working conditions and name that individual as a second employer-defendant, say Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP's Tsolik Kazandjian and Brian Kabateck, a former pres... (continued)

  • Uniforms And Unpaid Interns And Minimum Wage! Oh, My!

    Michael J. Puma

    Three hot topics in wage-and-hour law for employers today are uniform policies, unpaid internships and minimum wage requirements. With pressure from media coverage, political and social justice organizations and plaintiffs’ counsel, employers should adopt certain best practices to avoid liability and reduce the risk of class action litigation, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • The Top 3 New Do’s And Don’ts For Law Firm Websites

    Stephan Roussan

    In legal marketing circles, there are few topics peddled about more than “hot tips” for improving your law firm’s website. Google it. You’ll find more advice than you could ever digest. However, there are larger trends in technology, culture and user behavior that are impacting firms in very significant ways and are not being talked about nearly as much as they should be, says Stephan Roussan, founder of consulting and web developm... (continued)

  • Weigh TMs Before Reacting To NLRB McDonald’s Complaints

    Allyson Fair

    Until a resolution is reached in the National Labor Relations Board's McDonald’s USA LLC case, companies and employment lawyers focusing on how to frame the franchisor/franchisee relationship should keep in mind that trademark issues are intertwined with the joint liability question, says Allyson Fair of Sideman & Bancroft LLP.

  • Grooming Lessons For Biotech From Abercrombie & Fitch

    Jennifer A. Kearns

    The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. poses unique questions for many nonretail industries — especially biotech companies — which may require applicants to meet certain clinical or safety standards, says Jennifer Kearns at Duane Morris LLP.

  • NJ Has The Backs Of Chiropractors In Class Action

    James J. Ferrelli

    The recent granting of class certification by the District of New Jersey to participating and nonparticipating chiropractors in DeMaria v. Horizon Healthcare Inc. offers a blueprint to class action certification for health care providers seeking to challenge health insurer policies that may systematically deny or reduce benefits paid, says James Ferrelli of Duane Morris LLP.

  • ASBCA Opens Door To New Approach To Collective Bargaining

    Nichole Atallah

    When negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, government contractors are often restrained by their contractual obligations to the government customer. A recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals decision provides contractors with an additional tool to use in formulating proposals during the negotiating process, says Nichole Atallah of PilieroMazza PLLC.

  • 7th Circ.'s Sneak Attack On The Joint Employer Standard

    Douglas Darch

    While the National Labor Relations Board has been talking about joint employer status, the Seventh Circuit has been doing. In the Title VII case Love v. J.P. Cullen & Sons, the court addressed its five-factor test for determining whether a company is a joint employer, a test which in some ways resembles the expansive view advocated by the NLRB's general counsel, says Douglas Darch of Baker & McKenzie LLP.