Employment

  • June 28, 2016

    Ex-Zimmer Sales Rep Says Whistleblowing Got Him Canned

    A former Zimmer Biomet Inc. salesman filed a $15 million suit in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday contending that the medical device company fired him after he gave grand jury testimony about a doctor who was allegedly performing unnecessary procedures.

  • June 27, 2016

    Calif. Bar Facing Another Retaliation Suit Over Alleged Backlog

    The State Bar of California and its exiting Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim were hit on Friday with a lawsuit by another former bar employee who says he was caught up in a scheme to ferret out anyone who exposed Kim’s alleged failures to handle her attorney disciplinary caseload.

  • June 27, 2016

    Fla. Strip Club Dancers Treated As Contractors, Suit Says

    A proposed class of exotic dancers at a Tampa, Florida-area strip club says its owners misclassified the workers as independent contractors and did not pay regular or overtime wages, according to a lawsuit filed in Florida federal court Friday. 

  • June 24, 2016

    Workers, Officials Sue Ariz. Over Law Curbing City Benefits

    Arizona lawmakers violated the state’s constitution this year by enacting a bill that effectively overruns a previous voter initiative by barring municipalities and counties from regulating various types of employment benefits, according to a suit filed by a labor union and 37 elected officials.

  • June 24, 2016

    Ky. Strip Club Slapped By Dancer Classification, Wage Suit

    Three exotic dancers filed a proposed class action in Kentucky federal court Thursday accusing a Louisville strip club and its owners of misclassifying them as independent contractors and failing to pay minimum wage in violation of state and federal labor laws.

  • June 24, 2016

    Comcast Says Exec Who Left For Sprint Broke Noncompete

    Comcast Corp. sued a former senior vice president who worked on the company’s digital media business in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday, claiming that he breached an employment contract by leaving to take a job with rival Sprint Corp.

  • June 20, 2016

    Monsanto Suit Accuses Ex-Analyst Of Stealing Secrets

    Monsanto is suing a data analyst who allegedly stole sensitive company information after announcing plans to resign and move to Taiwan by using spyware on his computers after turning them in, the company said.

  • June 16, 2016

    State Farm Looks To Duck Coverage For Golf Resort Death

    State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. filed suit in Hawaii federal court on Wednesday contending that it isn’t liable for defending a California-based construction company in litigation over the death of a worker during a golf resort renovation project.

  • June 14, 2016

    Roofers Forced Immigrants To Pay Kickbacks, Prosecutors Say

    The owners of a Kansas City roofing company violated federal forced labor law by intimidating and coercing its workers who were in the country illegally and forcing them to pay kickbacks, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed on Tuesday in Kansas.

  • June 14, 2016

    Sopranos' 'Bada Bing' Strip Club Accused Of Stealing Tips

    The New Jersey strip club that served as a stand-in for the “Bada Bing” club in the hit TV series “The Sopranos” and another club under the same owner were accused Friday in federal court of illegally retaining private dancers’ tips, charging them “house fees” and failing to pay the minimum wage.

  • June 14, 2016

    Nestle Waters Faces Calif. Workers' OT And Meal Break Suit

    Nestle Waters North America Inc. is facing a proposed class action in California state court accusing it of cheating workers out of meal and rest breaks, overtime and minimum wages and vacation compensation.

  • June 14, 2016

    Ute Tribe Says State Judge Can't Oversee Row With Ex-Worker

    The Ute Indian Tribe asked a Utah federal court Monday to stop a state judge from presiding over a contract dispute brought against it by a non-Native American former employee, who the tribe alleges conspired to fraudulently take interests in its oil and gas mineral estate.

  • June 14, 2016

    Doctor Says Attys' Neglect Led To Arrest, Deportation

    A pair of Michigan immigration law firms and their principal attorneys were hit on Tuesday with a malpractice suit in federal court by a Lebanese-Canadian doctor who claims that the lawyers’ poor advice during an underlying sexual misconduct case later resulted in his arrest and deportation from the United States.

  • June 13, 2016

    Mich. Subjects Corrections Officers To Sex Bias, DOJ Says

    The Michigan Department of Corrections illegally discriminated against female correctional officers by implementing overly broad female-only job assignment policies and unnecessarily denying female officers’ transfer requests, the federal government alleged Monday.

  • June 10, 2016

    Pa. Landscaper Hit With H-2B Wage Class Action

    A Philadelphia-area landscaper has been slapped with a proposed class action filed on behalf of Mexican laborers in Pennsylvania state court, alleging the company failed to pay them the minimum wages required under the H-2B visa guest worker program.

  • June 10, 2016

    Bharara Accuses NYC Principal Of Racial Discrimination

    A high school principal in Queens repeatedly discriminated against three black teachers in violation of Title VII, according to a lawsuit filed by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara against the New York City Department of Education in New York federal court on Thursday.

  • June 10, 2016

    DOL Sues 2 Cos. For Firing OSHA Whistleblowers In Texas

    The U.S. Department of Labor filed lawsuits in Texas federal court on Thursday against two companies that allegedly fired employees for making safety complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, saying employees must be able to raise workplace concerns "without fear of retribution."

  • June 10, 2016

    Ohio School Board Sues Over Trans Bathroom Directive

    An Ohio school board on Friday sued the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education for requiring public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms, lockers and other facilities that match the students' gender identity or to otherwise risk losing federal funding.

  • June 8, 2016

    Ill. AG Hits Jimmy John's With Suit Over Noncompete

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against Jimmy John's Enterprises LLC in Illinois state court on Wednesday, arguing that the sandwich chain is violating state law with a noncompete agreement barring employees from other sandwich-related jobs.

  • June 8, 2016

    NYC Fund Manager, Union Head Accused Of $20M Fraud

    The founder of a Manhattan hedge fund and the head of New York City's correction officers' union were both arrested on Wednesday and charged with funneling $20 million in union retirement money to the hedge fund in exchange for bribes to the union leader, according to prosecutors.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Expect In Post-Escobar FCA Litigation

    Peter Hutt II

    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the judgments in three False Claims Act matters that were pending before it on petitions for certiorari and remanded them for further consideration in light of the new standards enunciated in Escobar. Within the next few weeks, there will be a trickle of lower court decisions applying Escobar. By the end of the year, the trickle will be a flood, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Where New Conn. Ban-The-Box Law May Be Headed

    Daniel L Schwartz

    Connecticut’s new fair chance employment act is not as extensive as similar "ban-the-box" laws in some of its neighboring states. However, the laws in these other states may be instructive regarding potential future developments in this area of law for Connecticut, say Dan Schwartz and James Leva at Day Pitney LLP.

  • What You Should Know About The Defend Trade Secrets Act

    Patrick J. Coyne

    Nothing passes Congress during an election year. Well, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 did. In some ways, the act is unexceptional. In other ways, however, it is exceptional. Perhaps the single most important provision is the availability of ex parte seizure orders, says Patrick Coyne of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • A Lower Bar For SOX Whistleblower Claims Emerges

    Stephen L. Corso

    In Beacom v. Oracle America, the Eighth Circuit joined the Second, Third and Sixth Circuits in adopting a less stringent standard for whistleblower retaliation claims brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which increases the likelihood that whistleblowers would prevail in such cases and could result in lengthier litigation, say attorneys with Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Dealing With OSHA’s New Enforcement Landscape

    Michael V. Abcarian

    The “new” Occupational Safety and Health Administration is more aggressive and motivated than ever. For employers who do not revisit critical facets of workplace safety and Occupational Safety and Health Act compliance, frustrating and potentially expensive encounters with OSHA will loom on the horizon, says Michael Abcarian at Fisher & Phillips LLP.

  • Damage Analysis Is Key To Settling Complex Cases

    Karen Willcuts

    An understanding of the damage model and the facts and figures to back it up is crucial to a successful mediation in commercial cases. This is true for both plaintiffs counsel and defense counsel, says Karen Willcutts, former associate judge for Dallas County and an arbitrator at JAMS ADR.

  • Why Class Defendants Should Consider Venue Transfers

    Cathy Moses

    Class action defendants litigating in an inconvenient forum should consider presenting arguments in favor of transferring the action to another venue, as a successful venue motion can deflate some momentum that the class might appear to have at the outset of the case, says Cathy Moses at Irell & Manella LLP.

  • Jimmy John’s: Poster Child For National Noncompete Debate

    Jason B. Hirsh

    The Illinois attorney general's litigation with sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s speaks to the concerns about noncompete agreements recently expressed by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the White House. Such agreements likely can have serious and unintended consequences and state and national authorities are now paying closer attention, say Jason Hirsh and Christina Lutz at Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.