An attorney has sued Livingston, N.J.-based Braff Harris and Sukoneck for alleged pregnancy discrimination, claiming the civil defense firm praised her work but then unceremoniously dumped her after she announced she was having a child.
Contractors who perform building maintenance for California oil refineries sued Thursday to block a recently passed safety law that they claim is actually aimed at shifting work to members of particular unions, saying the statute is unconstitutional and preempted by federal law.
Davis-Standard LLC sued an ex-vice president and a rival liquid coating equipment maker, SAM North America LLC, in Connecticut federal court Tuesday, saying the former executive had breached a noncompete agreement and violated trade secrets by joining SAM last month.
Five former Kansas City Chiefs players claimed in a lawsuit Tuesday that the team had failed to warn them about the health risks posed by concussions — the first time NFL retirees have targeted a team, rather than the league, over head injuries.
The family of a University of Pennsylvania neuroscientist who died of brain cancer launched a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court on Tuesday, alleging that the university and his supervisor failed to take measures to protect him from radiation used during his research.
A Pennsylvania law firm sued a former attorney Monday in state court, alleging he failed to pay fees stemming from more than 200 claims he initiated while at the firm and kept after striking out to form his own private practice.
New Jersey-based Immunomedics Inc. has sued the University of California and Temple University to protect the biopharmaceutical company's alleged rights over a valuable life sciences product that a scientist fomerly with an entity that licensed such assets to Immunomedics may have improperly transferred to UC San Francisco.
The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday took a second crack at the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, reiterating its claim that the rule is an unlawful government intrusion into the school’s freedom to practice religion.
Miami-based broker-dealer Atlas One Financial Group LLC last week sued its former executive director for allegedly jumping ship to competitor ED&F Man Capital Markets Inc. and luring away another Atlas One employee in violation of their employment agreements.
The Dow Chemical Co. filed an amended complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday, alleging a competitor operating in Turkey and the Netherlands imported patent-infringing paint polymers into the U.S. and stole trade secrets from former Dow employees.
A 73-year-old woman who worked as a legal assistant at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA for nearly 34 years has sued the law firm for age discrimination in New Jersey state court, contending she was pushed out under the false claim that there was no work for her.
A class of 300 delivery drivers sued Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich franchise operator Bushwood Investments LLC in Kansas federal court Wednesday, alleging the company's failure to compensate them for work expenses in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Kansas Wage Payment Act.
Employees of chicken wing chain Planet Wings Inc. recently launched a putative class action in New York federal court, alleging the restaurant failed to pay overtime and spread-of-hours wages.
Hospitality software firm Micros Systems Inc. was hit Wednesday with a proposed class action in Tennessee federal court, in which the company is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, the California Labor Code and California Unfair Competition Law by not paying workers required overtime wages.
Consumer reporting agency General Information Services Inc. sued a pair of Chubb Group insurers in Pennsylvania on Monday over their refusal to cover the settlement of a long-running class action accusing it of illegally divulging arrest record information to a potential employer.
A slot machine company filed a $5 million suit Tuesday against a competitor formed by the company’s former in-house counsel, alleging he poached employees and appropriated trade secrets in violation of a nondisclosure agreement he signed upon his exit.
The former NHL players suing the league over its handling of concussions face the same daunting obstacles as their NFL counterparts, attorneys say: a string of collective bargaining agreements that could boot their claims out of court, and potential difficulty linking their symptoms to hits they took during their professional careers.
The widow of a Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. employee filed a putative class action against the company Tuesday, accusing it of taking out a $6 million insurance policy against her husband without his knowledge or consent.
Robert Kerns, a name partner with Kerns Pearlstine Onorato & Hladik LLP, was arrested Tuesday after prosecutors in a suburban Philadelphia county charged him with drugging and sexually assaulting a paralegal following an office party in October.
The New York Shipping Association Inc. and International Longshoreman’s Association, along with three labor unions, sued The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor in New Jersey federal court Friday, accusing it of interfering with their collective bargaining process.
A Massachussetts federal court recently decided that attorney-client privilege can be waived inadvertently when the employer’s legal adviser becomes overly involved in the employer’s investigation of sexual harassment claims. The case is a reminder that employers and their counsel need to build a firewall between investigators and lawyers, says David Henderson of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.
The extensive amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 that took effect on Dec. 1, 2013, bring welcome changes that simplify and streamline subpoena practice. In particular, the elimination of uncertainty in determining where compliance can be required and where service can be effected will reduce the effort and costs involved in issuing subpoenas, say Lawrence Friedman and Sheilah Kane of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
We offer help with some insight on the more significant new employment-related legislation that, if not already addressed, should be given some thought prior to year-end. For instance, in light of California’s mid-year minimum wage increase, the thing to be careful about now is budgeting for the salary level of your lower-level exempt employees, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.
The Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms — that employers of H-2 workers must reimburse most travel, recruitment and immigration-related expenses — deepens a circuit split on the issue. But the fact that Rivera was authored by strongly conservative Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain suggests that an opposite conclusion could simply be headed for obsolescence, says Melinda Pilling of Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP.
At a minimum, Pennsylvania’s updated professional conduct rules should give employers additional ammunition to push for using the latest cost-saving technology, such as predictive coding, when defending against litigation in Pennsylvania courts. As a practical matter, however, the effects may be limited, says Jacob Oslick of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Under the new Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act, there is no reason to expect any less protection for technical and economic information useful in oil and gas exploration and production. A comparison of the factors Texas courts have been using to determine if a trade secret exists and the new statutory definition reveals substantial overlap, say Steve Borgman and David Tobin of Vinson & Elkins LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court will have no shortage of issues to address concerning the rights of religious for-profit corporations in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood Specialties Inc. v. Sebelius. Their answers will likely fracture the court — as they have the federal appellate courts — and could potentially lead to surprising results, say Darren Nadel and William Trachman at Littler Mendelson PC.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
While some fear the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would bring an uptick in discrimination-related litigation, companies such as Apple, Accenture, Bank of America, Capital One, Citigroup, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and many others have expressed support for the proposed law, says Katharine Parker of Proskauer Rose LLP.
Every appellate court to consider the issue has now rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s anti-arbitration position in D.R. Horton as out of step with the Federal Arbitration Act and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision interpreting the statute in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion. And that growing consensus is a positive development for employers and employees alike, say Archis Parasharami and Scott Noveck of Mayer Brown LLP.