Employment

  • October 20, 2014

    Auto Parts Co. Says Competitor Stole Clients, Wiped Info

    Car parts supplier National Auto Parts Inc. is accusing several former employees of raiding its computer files and defecting to a competitor who used the confidential information to steal away customers, according to a complaint filed in Illinois federal court Friday.

  • October 17, 2014

    PwC Worker Says Comcast Got Him Fired Over Service Calls

    A former PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP employee accused Comcast Corp. of getting him fired after he complained to Comcast about lackluster service, alleging Thursday in a $1 million suit in California federal court that Comcast exploited its business relationship with PwC to retaliate against him.

  • October 17, 2014

    Walgreen Sued By Ex-CFO Over Resignation Reports

    Walgreen Co.’s former chief financial officer Wade Miquelon on Thursday slapped the drugstore chain with a defamation suit in an Illinois county court, saying Walgreen's top brass leaked false reports to the press that he was forced to resign after he “bungled” an earnings forecast.

  • October 16, 2014

    NY AG Slaps Papa John's Franchisee With $2M Wage Suit

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman slammed a Papa John's International Inc. franchisee with a $2.1 million suit on Thursday, claiming it significantly underpaid its delivery workers at its Harlem locations for six years.

  • October 16, 2014

    Univ. Of Ill. Hospital Sues To Curb Nurses' Strike

    The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System filed suit in state court Wednesday to block hundreds of nurses from joining a one-day strike next week when their collective bargaining agreement expires, saying low staff levels could put patients at risk in several critical departments.

  • October 15, 2014

    Ex-CEO Hits 'Birdman' Producer With Sweeping $55M Suit

    The ousted CEO of the company that produced “Birdman,” a movie hitting theaters on Friday, sued his former company for $55 million Wednesday, accusing it of ruining his reputation by accusing him of stealing company money, according to the complaint filed in New York state court.

  • October 15, 2014

    Marc Jacobs Hit With Class Action Over Intern Pay

    A former Marc Jacobs International LLC intern accused the high-end clothing company in New York court of failing to pay interns in a putative class action, part of a wave of employment suits brought by former fashion and entertainment industry interns.

  • October 15, 2014

    Oracle Hit With Anti-Poach Suit Over Deal With Google

    Oracle Corp., Google Inc. and others illegally agreed not to poach each other’s managers, a former Oracle employee said Tuesday in a putative class action filed in California against his former company, citing a document from engineers’ antitrust suit against Google, Apple Inc. and other tech giants.

  • October 15, 2014

    J. Crew Accused Of Shortchanging Workers In New Suit

    J. Crew Group Inc. is facing accusations that it systematically refuses to shell out for overtime work or meal breaks for workers at its California stores, according to a putative class action filed in California state court on Tuesday.

  • October 14, 2014

    Squire Patton Accused Of Guiding Alliance Founder's Scheme

    The trustee for Pennsylvania employee-owned private equity firm Alliance Holdings Inc. has accused Squire Patton Boggs LLP in federal court of representing Alliance and clients with conflicting interests and aiding its founder in funneling tens of millions dollars to himself and associates, all while it netted $7 million in legal fees.

  • October 10, 2014

    UAW Slapped With NLRB Charge Over Intimidation Tactics

    The United Auto Workers was hit with a charge filed with the National Labor Relations Board by a truck driver who says she has been intimidated by the union in an attempt to stop her from exercising her right under Michigan’s right-to-work law to not unionize, according to a Friday statement.

  • October 10, 2014

    LinkedIn's Reference Reports Violate FCRA, Suit Says

    LinkedIn Corp. was hit with a proposed class action Thursday in California federal court, alleging that the "trusted reference" reports offered through the 300 million-member professional social network don't comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act's certification and disclosure requirements.

  • October 10, 2014

    FedEx Not Accommodating Deaf Workers, EEOC Alleges

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued FedEx Ground Package System Inc. in Maryland federal court, alleging that the company failed on a nationwide basis to provide reasonable accommodations for deaf employees and job applicants, the agency said on Friday.

  • October 9, 2014

    Disabled Founder Says IP Firm Rader Fishman Shut Him Out

    Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC co-founder Ralph Rader has sued the Michigan intellectual property boutique for breach of contract, alleging that after he suffered a disabling stroke last year, the firm cut off all contact with him and refused to purchase his interest in the firm.

  • October 9, 2014

    Captain D's Owes Employees Back Pay, FLSA Suit Says

    Seafood restaurant chain Captain D's LLC was hit with a proposed class action in Tennessee federal court Wednesday alleging that the company failed to properly compensate workers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act

  • October 9, 2014

    Lord & Taylor Manager Crashed Gay Worker’s Wedding: Suit

    Lord & Taylor LLC is facing allegations by a former employee that it stood by while her boss’ “demeaning fascination” with her sexual orientation intensified into his crashing her same-sex wedding, according to a suit filed in New York federal court on Wednesday.

  • October 9, 2014

    EEOC Sues Health Consultant Over Post-Partum Firing

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday sued The Lash Group Inc., alleging in Maryland federal court that the health care consulting company fired a woman suffering from post-partum depression in violation of federal law protecting disabled workers from discrimination. 

  • October 8, 2014

    Headhunting Firm Accuses Novartis Of $578K Breach

    A headhunting firm has slapped a Novartis AG unit with a breach-of-contract suit of more than $578,000 in New Jersey state court, claiming the pharmaceutical giant has avoided paying the company for its help filling various executive positions.

  • October 7, 2014

    Bed Bath & Beyond Accused Of Forcing Off-The-Clock Work

    A former employee at Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is accusing the retailer of withholding wages from store managers by forcing them to work off the clock and denying them mandatory rest breaks, according to a proposed class action filed in California court.

  • October 6, 2014

    Gov't Contractor Faces WARN Act Suit After Laying Off 1,200

    US Investigation Services LLC, a federal contractor that has taken heat for its background check of National Security Agency tipster Edward Snowden, has been hit with a putative class action alleging it didn't give adequate notice before laying off some 1,200 workers.

Expert Analysis

  • Brazil's E-Social Program: A New Horizon For Employers

    Walter Abrahao Nimir Junior

    The goal of Brazil's eSocial program is to gradually replace obligations from previous labor and social security withholding forms, thus reducing employers' repetitive and excessive submission of information, say Walter Abrahao Nimir Junior and Marina Alfonso de Souza of De Vivo Whitaker e Castro Advogados.

  • FLSA Case Is A Guide To Using Independent Contractors

    Larry S. Perlman

    Saleem v. Corporate Transportation Group Ltd., the "black car" driver case brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law, provides excellent examples for employers to better navigate the legal landscape of independent contractor status given the case's examination of contracts and control over contractors, say Larry Perlman and Tamar Dolcourt of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

  • 5 Ways Employers Can Fight Ebola

    Sloane Ackerman

    Most employers in the U.S. will be prepared for the current Ebola outbreak after taking a few steps, including educating employees and ensuring emergency preparedness, says Sloane Ackerman of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • Singing The Siren Song Of Unlimited Vacation Policies

    Susan F. Eandi

    As with many U.S. employment law concepts and practices, the idea of unlimited vacation does not quite translate outside America because vacation is a legal entitlement in most countries, not a fringe benefit that employers can choose to offer or not, say Susan Eandi and Teresa Burlison of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • Inside Delaware's New Laws On Destroying Consumer Info

    Sharon Klein

    When companies that conduct business in Delaware make their 2015 New Year’s resolutions, they should be sure to add compliance with two new laws that create potential liability for companies that fail to properly destroy records or documents that contain personal identifying information, say Sharon Klein and Stephen Jenkins of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 5 Essential Legal Considerations For Cos. Developing Apps

    Armand Zottola

    App development can bring great opportunity, visibility and income to a company. But there are some pronounced or unique intellectual property, ownership, privacy, data security and advertising considerations that a company should keep in mind, say Armand Zottola and Morgan Brubaker of Venable LLP.

  • Information Governance: A Missed Opportunity For Lawyers

    Ann Snyder

    Today, information intersects every practice area, making all lawyers effectively information governance practitioners in one way or another. The issue is whether you will consciously embrace this emerging discipline — and capitalize on it to the benefit of your clients and your practice, says Ann Snyder of the Information Governance Initiative.

  • Penalizing Employee Posts May Violate Protected Activity

    Sheeva J. Ghassemi-Vanni

    Though it's unclear how appellate courts will ultimately view the National Labor Relations Board's determination that an employee’s use of the “Like” button on Facebook constitutes protected activity, it is clear the NLRB is devoting significant attention to this issue, say Daniel McCoy and Sheeva Ghassemi-Vanni of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • CAFA Removal Procedure At Center Stage In Dart Cherokee

    Archis A. Parasharami

    If Public Citizen's amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens is correct in arguing that an appellate court can insulate questions arising under the Class Action Fairness Act from Supreme Court review by denying leave to appeal then that will create perverse incentives for lower courts and may hamper the development of uniform rules governing CAFA removals, says Archis Parasharami of Mayer Brown LLP.