Benefits

  • November 22, 2021

    Calif. Employment Law Firm DLaw Opens SF Office

    California plaintiffs' employment law firm Davtyan Law Firm is opening a new office in San Francisco, the firm announced.

  • November 22, 2021

    Pitt Beats Croatian Ex-Instructor's Bias Suit

    A federal jury in Pennsylvania sided with the University of Pittsburgh in a lawsuit brought by a dental school instructor who said the school terminated her due to her Croatian ethnicity after a colleague claimed she'd threatened to kill him.

  • November 19, 2021

    Exec Says He Caught Heat For Saying Tinder Was Shipshape

    A Tinder co-founder and chief strategy officer on Friday told a New York state jury how former Match Group CEO Greg Blatt berated him and other Tinder managers for giving a rosy take on the company's prospects to banks tasked with valuing the popular dating app, in the second week of trial in a suit targeting Barry Diller's media empire.

  • November 19, 2021

    Citibank Seeks To Arbitrate Ex-Worker's Argentine Claims

    Citibank has urged a Florida federal court to force one of its former employees to arbitrate his complaint filed in Argentina that he is owed over $570,000 after the company laid him off.

  • November 19, 2021

    NJ Judge Aims To Block Her Surveillance In Pension Suit

    A New Jersey state judge is seeking a court order blocking state judiciary officials from conducting further surveillance of her, her family or her home in connection with her lawsuit alleging they orchestrated the state Supreme Court's denial of her disability pension application, blasting prior monitoring as "harassing and retaliatory."

  • November 19, 2021

    FDA, CDC Panel Clear COVID Boosters For All Adults

    Federal health officials on Friday opened the gates for American adults to get COVID-19 booster shots if they received the initial double-dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccinations in the past half-year.

  • November 19, 2021

    ​​​​​​​Attys Reap $7M From Deal Over Conagra Unit Purchase

    An Illinois federal judge has granted more than $7 million in fees and costs to counsel who signed a $27 million securities fraud settlement over TreeHouse Foods Inc.'s $2.7 billion purchase of a Conagra Foods unit, two days after he gave the deal his final blessing.

  • November 19, 2021

    King & Spalding Trial 1st In SDNY's Vaxxed-Juror Initiative

    An effort by the Southern District of New York to hold trials using only jurors vaccinated against COVID-19 wrapped up a successful first week Friday as a fired King & Spalding associate tangled with his former employer in a courtroom setting that approached pre-pandemic normalcy.

  • November 19, 2021

    Groom Law Group Elects First Female Exec Principal

    For the first time in its 46-year history, Groom Law Group Chtd. has elected a woman to its top leadership role, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • November 18, 2021

    NY Hotel Worker Pension Says Roosevelt Owner Owes $24M

    A pension trust fund for a hotel workers' union sued the owner of New York's Roosevelt Hotel for more than $24 million in federal court on Wednesday, claiming the company owes withdrawal liability after permanently ceasing covered operations under the plan.

  • November 18, 2021

    Fired King & Spalding Atty Had Belligerent Side, Jury Told

    The King & Spalding partner who fired a former associate now suing the firm for $52 million told a jury Thursday that the associate became "volatile" during a rough 2016 job review in Manhattan — so much so that the partner became concerned about safety.

  • November 18, 2021

    Pa. Justices Say Worker Still On The Job At After-Work Event

    A traveling salesman for a Pennsylvania uniform company was still furthering his employer's interests when he attended a work-sponsored, after-hours gathering, and could still be eligible for workers' compensation when he got into a crash on the way home, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled.

  • November 18, 2021

    Uber Tells 9th Circ. Calif. Contractor Test Is Unconstitutional

    Uber, Postmates and two drivers for the companies have urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a lower court decision finding a California worker classification law is constitutional, saying the law unfairly forces app-based transportation drivers to be classified as employees.

  • November 18, 2021

    Taylor English Duma Adds 5 Attys To Fla., Ga. Offices

    Five attorneys will make the jump to Taylor English Duma LLP, contributing to the firm's employment, real estate, construction and corporate practices across its Florida and Georgia offices, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • November 17, 2021

    ERISA Class Certified In Casino Tobacco Surcharge Fight

    A Missouri federal court certified a second class of casino workers pursuing wage claims after the company reduced employees' paychecks if they smoked tobacco, which workers say violates federal benefits law.

  • November 17, 2021

    Ill. Judge Consolidates Suits Over Railroads' Vax Mandates

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday consolidated five lawsuits over Union Pacific Railroad Co. and Norfolk Southern Railway Co.'s enforcement of federal vaccine requirements, ahead of ruling on bids by unions representing those railroads' workers to halt that enforcement until the parties can bargain.

  • November 17, 2021

    SEC Approves Universal Proxy, Seeks To Ease Regs On Firms

    A divided U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday made two moves aimed at reforming shareholder voting, with one finalizing a rule enabling investors who vote by proxy to choose directors the same way as in-person attendees while the other proposed to ease rules governing proxy advisory firms.

  • November 17, 2021

    Puerto Rico Says New Debt Law Allows For Pension Changes

    The Financial Oversight and Management Board administering the bankruptcy case of Puerto Rico said Wednesday that a recently passed debt authorization law doesn't bar changes to public employee pensions included in the island's proposed restructuring plan and that the plan had been adapted to fit the strictures of the law.

  • November 17, 2021

    LinkedIn Employees Must Rework 401(k) ERISA Suit

    A California federal court dismissed a suit claiming LinkedIn Corp. kept underperforming funds in its $817 million retirement fund and didn't negotiate lower management fees, finding the plan participants didn't show they were directly harmed, but left the door open for a second stab at the suit.

  • November 16, 2021

    Fired King & Spalding Atty's Work Was Blasted By Ex-Partner

    A former King & Spalding LLP partner wrote in 2015 that she had "no confidence" in a former associate now claiming wrongful termination, trial evidence showed Tuesday as the law firm sought to convince a Manhattan jury that the 2016 sacking was justified.

  • November 16, 2021

    Health Insurer Gets Pandemic Firing Suit Trimmed

    A Florida federal court narrowed a case brought by a former executive who claimed her company violated federal laws by firing her for taking leave and asking to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the ex-exec never requested federally protected leave.

  • November 16, 2021

    Investors Get Final OK For $27M Deal Over Conagra Unit Buy

    An Illinois federal judge gave a final signoff Tuesday to a $27 million deal ending litigation over investors' claims that food manufacturer TreeHouse Foods Inc. overstated its success after buying a Conagra unit for $2.7 billion, wrongly inflating TreeHouse's stock price.

  • November 16, 2021

    6th Circ. Tapped To Oversee Battle Over DOL Vax-Or-Test Rule

    The Sixth Circuit will preside over litigation centering on the U.S. Department of Labor's rule requiring companies with at least 100 employees to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly tests, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decided Tuesday. 

  • November 16, 2021

    Chicago Atty Sues Firm He Founded Over Shares Buyout

    A Chicago attorney who is the majority shareholder in the law firm formerly known as Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., which he founded and recently quit amid a bitter fallout with fellow partners, has sued the firm, saying it must buy out his shares for a total of $500,000.

  • November 15, 2021

    Diller Denies He Lowballed Tinder's Value, Threatened Anyone

    Dating app executive Barry Diller on Monday scoffed at accusations that he and his deputy used threats or schemed to undervalue Tinder and cheat its founders out of billions.

Expert Analysis

  • Plaintiff Takeaways From High Court's Goldman Ruling

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    The defense bar has claimed victory following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Goldman Sachs v. Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, but the ruling provides plaintiffs with valuable insight for securities fraud class certification battles moving forward, say Marc Gross and Jeremy Lieberman at Pomerantz.

  • How To Avert Media Narrative And Get A Fair High-Stakes Trial

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    Corporate defendants in bet-the-company litigation may face an uphill battle to a fair trial when the media paints an entire industry, and every entity within it, as a villain — but some strategic tools can help build a more constructive defense and counteract damaging outside spin, says Jessie Zeigler at Bass Berry.

  • Why And How To Link ESG Metrics With Exec Compensation

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    By using various methods to connect executive remuneration with environmental, social and governance metrics, companies can effectively advance their long-term goals and keep up with the increasing public demand for ESG initiatives, say O'Kelly E. McWilliams III and Jennifer Budoff at Mintz.

  • Opinion

    State Courts' Stark Lack Of Diversity Demands Action

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    With state judiciaries lagging their federal counterparts in demographic and professional diversity, law firms, state bar associations and other stakeholders should help build a path for more people with diverse backgrounds to become state judges, say Janna Adelstein and Alicia Bannon at the Brennan Center for Justice.

  • Giuliani Suspension Highlights Ethical Pitfalls For All Lawyers

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    Rudy Giuliani’s false public statements regarding the 2020 elections that resulted in his recent suspension from practicing law in New York may seem uncommonly flagrant, but the sanction underscores four ethics risks all attorneys should bear in mind, says Hilary Gerzhoy at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Navigating Inadvertent Attorney-Client Privilege Waivers

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    Spencer Fane’s Deena Duffy offers tips for identifying accidental privilege waivers based on local and federal rules, and for interpreting recent case law when such rules are unclear.

  • Goldman Ruling Is A Boon For Class Action Defendants

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    In a broad win for class action defendants, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday in Goldman Sachs v. Arkansas Teacher Retirement System could serve as a mandate to courts to consider all relevant evidence at the class certification stage, even if the same evidence is also relevant to a merits question, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Attorneys Beware: Zoom Depositions Are Likely Inadmissible

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    As legal proceedings have moved online in light of the pandemic, lawyers may mistakenly believe that recorded Zoom video depositions can be entered as evidence, but without certain safeguards, the testimony is unlikely to be accepted by courts, says Phillip Zisook at Schoenberg Finkel.

  • How Attorneys Can Reach Claimants In Today's Comms Era

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    Communicating with clients can be challenging for plaintiffs attorneys due to barriers posed by the current onslaught of unwanted calls, work schedules and other factors, but certain best practices can help, say Scott Heisman and Kimberly Lavin at Verus.

  • Opinion

    Justices Should Acknowledge ESG's Importance To Investors

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    In Goldman Sachs v. Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the U.S. Supreme Court should reject Goldman's argument that its commitments to act with integrity were immaterial, and recognize the increasing weight of environmental, social and governance issues in investors' decision making, say attorneys at Motley Rice.

  • Opinion

    NJ Fed. Court Should Ditch Litigation Funding Disclosure Plan

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    The District of New Jersey's wide-reaching proposal to require automatic disclosure of third-party litigation finance poses several problems for attorneys and litigants alike and should be nipped in the bud, say Sarah Williams and Marlon Becerra at Validity Finance.

  • Law Firm Talent Must Reflect Shifting US Demographics

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    Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks and Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan analyze and project U.S. demographic trends to show that law firms that hope to succeed long-term must recruit, retain and advance female lawyers and lawyers of color, and they outline six steps for meeting these goals.

  • Ruling Shows Medicare Confusion Can Lead To Costly Results

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    A recent New Jersey district court ruling shows that workers over 65 may incur steep medical bills if they misunderstand the convoluted and sometimes arbitrary system governing whether Medicare or employee-sponsored health coverage pays first, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Sherman.

  • New Cybersecurity Insights From ERISA Rulings, DOL Advice

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    Richard Nowak and Alexander Vitruk at Mayer Brown discuss how recent federal court rulings have shaped Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims based on cybersecurity issues, and what plan sponsors, administrators and participants should know about the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent guidance on digital security for employee retirement plans.

  • Employer Lessons 1 Year After High Court LGBTQ Bias Ruling

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    In the year since the U.S Supreme Court's ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County — extending Title VII protections to LGBTQ employees — emerging case law shows companies how to create inclusive employment policies and avoid liability under federal and state anti-bias laws, say Emma Sullivan and Connor Rubin at Jenner & Block.

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