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  • January 22, 2019

    Walgreens Pays $269M In Milestone FCA Deals

    Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. has inked settlements worth $269 million to end False Claims Act allegations of egregious overbilling for various drugs, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday, marking some of the largest FCA payouts ever by a retail pharmacy.

  • January 22, 2019

    Insurer Must Face $2.75M Claim Over Wrongful Death Deal

    The widow of a trash hauling company employee who was killed on the job can seek to recover $2.75 million of an underlying wrongful death settlement from the company’s excess insurer, a New Jersey federal court ruled Tuesday.

  • January 22, 2019

    Casino Fights Dealer's Quick Win Bid In FLSA Tip Pool Suit

    Penn National Gaming Inc. pushed back Tuesday in West Virginia federal court against a dealer’s bid for a quick win in her proposed class action challenging a company casino’s tip pool policy, saying the casino did not improperly divert tip money when paying dealers out on leave.

  • January 22, 2019

    High Court Turns Down Trio Of Employment Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to wade into three employment-related cases, including one that drew a statement by four conservative justices sharply rebuking the Ninth Circuit’s view of religious activity by public school employees.

  • January 22, 2019

    Nurse Can't Revive Age, Gender Bias Suit At 1st Circ.

    The First Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court’s toss of a suit that alleged a Massachusetts hospital worker was wrongly terminated for his age and gender, finding there was “extensive support” for the unbiased reason the hospital gave for his dismissal.

  • January 22, 2019

    Deutsche Whistleblower Claimants Seek To Make SEC Pay

    Two consultants and an anonymous tipster urged the Second Circuit on Tuesday to make the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission give them a cut of the $55 million fine that Deutsche Bank AG paid to settle claims over risky derivatives, saying the agency was wrong to deny them payouts under its whistleblower program.

  • January 22, 2019

    LA Teachers Reach Tentative Deal To End Strike

    Approximately 35,000 Los Angeles teachers are likely headed back into the classroom after their union struck a tentative deal Tuesday with city officials to end an approximately weeklong strike over pay and other workplace issues, including class sizes.

  • January 22, 2019

    Ex-NFL Player's Estate Slams Recommended Fee To Podhurst

    The estate of deceased former NFL fullback Kevin Turner, who took a lead role in concussion litigation against the league, pushed a Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday to throw out a recommendation that its former counsel with Podhurst Orseck PA receive $775,000 for working on Turner’s behalf.

  • January 22, 2019

    Senator Questions Legality Of IRS’ Furloughed Workers Recall

    A U.S. Senate Finance Committee member on Tuesday questioned the legality of the Internal Revenue Service plan to recall 46,000 furloughed workers next week, which the agency would execute if the partial federal government shutdown remains in effect.

  • January 22, 2019

    FBI Agents Say Shutdown Hurts Key Security Operations

    The FBI agents union on Tuesday urged elected leaders to end the federal spending impasse, arguing that crucial investigations in such areas as terrorism, cybercrime and child trafficking languish as agents go without pay or money to spend on field operations.

  • January 22, 2019

    Oracle Shorted Women, Minorities By $400M: Labor Dept.

    Oracle America Inc. underpaid its female and nonwhite workers by more than $400 million over four years, the U.S. Department of Labor's federal contractor watchdog charged Tuesday in an expanded complaint in the two-year-old bias suit.

  • January 22, 2019

    Legal Field Has 'Enthusiasm Gap' For Gender Equity Initiatives

    While there is general support in the legal field for policies geared toward reaching gender equity in the industry, a survey released on Tuesday reveals an “enthusiasm gap” by which women are more likely to champion these efforts than their male colleagues.

  • January 22, 2019

    UPS Can't Steer Clear Of Aspiring Driver's Deafness Bias Suit

    A suit accusing UPS of violating state bias law by repeatedly refusing to promote a deaf worker to a driver position is poised for trial after a Minnesota federal judge denied the shipping giant’s bid for a quick win Tuesday.

  • January 22, 2019

    Supreme Court Clears Way For Trans Troop Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for the Trump administration to implement a ban on transgender military service members in a pair of 5-4 rulings Tuesday that broke along ideological lines.

  • January 18, 2019

    NJ Governor's Atty Blasted For Withholding Rape Claims

    The chief counsel to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy faced sharp criticism from state legislators Friday about his choice not to inform the governor about rape allegations against a then-staffer for months before media inquiries about the alleged assault, as lawmakers challenged whether a state policy required keeping Murphy in the dark.

  • January 18, 2019

    BNSF Worker Wins $3.5M In Rail Yard Injury Suit

    A Nebraska jury has awarded $3.5 million to a BNSF Railway Co. employee who lost his foot after train cars were moved on a track where he was working.

  • January 18, 2019

    Seat Maker Must Face BNSF Suit Over Engineer's Injury

    Seats Inc. must face BNSF Railway Co.'s breach-of-contract suit alleging the manufacturer should be on the hook for payments to an engineer who suffered career-ending injuries from allegedly defective locomotive seats, a Nebraska federal judge ruled.

  • January 18, 2019

    Littler Hires Ex-Kaufman Dolowich Partner On Long Island

    Littler Mendelson PC has expanded its Long Island presence with the hire of a former Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP attorney, who brings to the firm years of experience representing employers in discrimination claims and wage-and-hour disputes.

  • January 18, 2019

    Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

    The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes.

  • January 18, 2019

    Security Guards Hit NYU Hospitals With Wage-And-Hour Suit

    New York University’s teaching hospitals failed to fully compensate security guards for overtime work and skimped on pay for required duties before and after shifts, according to a putative class action filed Friday in New York state court.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

    Matthew Harrison

    Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.

  • Virginia Is Latest State To Find Employer 'Take Home' Duty

    David Barger

    In Quisenberry v. Huntington Ingalls, the Virginia Supreme Court recently held that an employer owed a duty of care to an employee's family member who handled the employee’s asbestos-laden work clothes. The impact of this decision will extend well beyond the claims at issue, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • What Schools Should Know About New Title IX Rules

    Estela Diaz

    New Title IX regulations recently proposed by the U.S. Department of Education will require most educational institutions to revise their policies for addressing sexual harassment complaints. Attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP examine the most significant changes.

  • Immigration Compliance Essentials For 2019

    Susan Cohen

    In today’s aggressive immigration enforcement environment, compliance has never been more important. And every company, whether employing foreign nationals on visas or not, must comply with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 employment verification requirements, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • When State, Local Gov't Is A Federal Contractor

    Meredith Shoop

    Federal contractors are required to follow an increasing number of employment regulations that affect wages, leave, nondiscrimination policies and more. Compliance becomes even more complicated when the contractor is a state or local government, says Meredith Shoop at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • What Calif. Employers Should Know About LA Teacher Strike


    The Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike raises serious questions not only for parents, but also employers who may be required to accommodate employees' requests for time off under California’s child-related activities leave law, say Ellen Bandel and Ryan Bykerk of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

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    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • A 2019 Field Guide To Calif. Class Actions

    William Stern

    For those navigating the California class action landscape in 2019, it pays to know what happened in 2018. William Stern of Covington & Burling LLP looks back at the most important developments and discusses what to expect going forward.

  • 2019 Annual Meeting And Reporting Considerations: Part 4

    Hagen Ganem

    In the final installment of their four-part series, attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP focus on corporate governance best practices such as disclosures related to board evaluations and virtual shareholder meetings; the status of Dodd-Frank and other U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule-making matters; and considerations in assessing social media policies.

  • 5 Interview Questions Calif. Employers Should Skip In 2019

    Minal Haymond

    Although Michael Scott, a fictional character in "The Office," would have us believe there's no such thing as a bad question, in California that expression now holds less true than ever. Minal Haymond of Seyfarth Shaw LLP reviews new and updated legislation governing what employers can and cannot ask job candidates.