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Employment

  • November 16, 2018

    Sears Seeks OK To Spend Up To $25M To Retain Key Workers

    Sears is asking a New York bankruptcy court for permission to pay up to $25 million in executive incentive and retention bonuses, saying it needs to keep key employees focused on steering the company through its Chapter 11.

  • November 16, 2018

    Navy Veterans Get Class Cert. In Discharge Upgrade Dispute

    A Connecticut federal judge on Thursday certified a class of Navy and Marine Corps veterans who claim they were wrongly denied upgrades to honorable discharges despite service-related post-traumatic stress disorder, finding they had shown class members would be best served by pursuing a common solution.

  • November 16, 2018

    Mnuchin Cleared To Seek Funds From Relativity D&O Policy

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should not be hindered by Relativity Media’s Chapter 11 case from seeking $207,000 in reimbursement from a directors and officers insurance policy maintained by the studio, a New York bankruptcy judge ruled Friday, saying the former company co-chairman appears covered by the policy.

  • November 16, 2018

    Pa. Court Rejects Bid For Occupational Illness Time-Bar Reset

    A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled on Friday that a landmark ruling greenlighting tort claims over occupational diseases with long latency periods, which would otherwise be resolved under the workers' compensation system, did not open a new window for lawsuits over years-old diagnoses and deaths.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Justices To Weigh Viability Of Negligent Hiring Claim

    The Texas Supreme Court granted review Friday to Endeavor Energy Resources in a dispute that asks the court to determine whether rules limiting a property owner's liability for contractors' injuries can extend to a negligent-hiring claim over a contract employee's death at a drill site.

  • November 16, 2018

    Papa John's, Schnatter Duel Over Chancery Records Demand

    Attorneys for Papa John's International Inc. and former CEO John Schnatter dueled using another fast-food chain’s symbol Friday during post-trial battling in Delaware Chancery Court over Schnatter’s expansive demands for board records after his ouster as both CEO and the pizza company’s public face.

  • November 16, 2018

    Supreme Court Will Address FCA Statute Of Limitations

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take a whistleblower False Claims Act case over a U.S. Department of Defense munitions disposal contract, to address the issue of whether the "government knowledge" statute of limitations in FCA cases applies only when the government intervenes.

  • November 16, 2018

    Advocate Health Reaches $1.5M Deal In Nurse Wage, OT Row

    Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp. has reached a $1.5 million deal to settle unpaid wage and overtime claims in a suit brought on behalf of hundreds of current and former emergency room nurses who worked at a Chicago hospital.

  • November 16, 2018

    Facebook Says Ill. Employee Exempt From Overtime Rules

    Facebook has asked an Illinois federal court to reject claims by a former sales employee who alleged that the social media company misclassified its workers and refused to properly pay overtime, arguing that the employee's position entailed sufficient pay and responsibility to be exempt from overtime requirements.

  • November 16, 2018

    Miami Marlins, Ex-Cheerleader Strike A Deal In OT Row

    Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins and the former cheerleader who filed a suit alleging the team owed him overtime pay have asked a Florida federal judge to approve a confidential settlement of the case.

  • November 16, 2018

    Miami Roofing Co. Slapped With FLSA Overtime Suit

    An employee hit a Miami roofing material and supply distributor and its president with an overtime collective action in Florida federal court on Thursday, accusing them of bilking him out of overtime owed to him under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • November 16, 2018

    Austin Paid Sick Leave Law Axed By Texas Appeals Court

    A Texas appeals court on Friday blocked the city of Austin’s ordinance making employers give workers paid sick time, agreeing with the state and a business coalition that the law is unconstitutional.

  • November 16, 2018

    Photo Co. Sued For Firing Gender-Nonconforming Worker

    Picsolve International Ltd. has been hit with a New York state court lawsuit by a former employee who claims to have faced discrimination and harassment based on gender identity while working at the photo company.

  • November 16, 2018

    Chiquita Units Try To Duck Ecuador Farmers' Pesticide Claims

    A group of Chiquita Brands International Inc. affiliates asked a Delaware federal judge Friday to free them from a portion of litigation alleging they and others exposed Central and South American banana farmers to harmful pesticides, arguing the Ecuadorian farmers in the suit had not laid out specific claims against the brand.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Justices To Review Conspiracy Time-Limit Rule

    A case that a lower appellate judge argued would give the Texas Supreme Court a chance to clarify “murky” and “muddled” precedent that sets a two-year limit to bring civil conspiracy claims will be argued before the state's high court in January, the justices announced Friday.

  • November 16, 2018

    Stevens & Lee Defends Staffer's Firing In Sex Bias Suit

    Stevens & Lee PC says it had legitimate reasons to terminate a legal assistant who claims in a federal lawsuit that she was fired for trying to take advantage of family leaves to deal with medical complications she and her daughter faced as she returned to work after giving birth.

  • November 16, 2018

    Employers May Follow Tech Titans' Lead On Arbitration

    Google and Facebook’s recent pledges to stop making workers arbitrate sexual misconduct claims underscore a surge in public skepticism toward mandating arbitration of workplace disputes, a trend that experts say may lead to more businesses taking a second look at their policies.

  • November 16, 2018

    American Airlines Again Seeks To Nix Toxic Uniform Claims

    American Airlines Group Inc. has asked an Illinois federal court to once again dismiss a proposed class suit over uniforms that allegedly caused health problems for flight attendants and pilots, saying the employees haven’t shown that the airline intentionally caused them harm.

  • November 15, 2018

    Dartmouth Ignored 'Predator' Profs, $70M Suit Claims

    Seven women hit Dartmouth College Trustees with a putative $70 million Title IX class action in New Hampshire federal court Thursday, claiming the Ivy League school let a "Predators' Club" of male professors in the psychology department sexually harass and assault female students.

  • November 15, 2018

    Transport Co. Reaches $7M Deal Ending Drivers Break Row

    Renzenberger Inc. has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a certified wage-and-hour class action and another lawsuit that accused the transportation company of rest-break and minimum-wage violations, according to California federal court filings on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • The Latest On State And Federal Paid Family Leave Programs

    Kathryn Barcroft

    Only four U.S. states currently require paid family leave programs, leaving private employers across most of the country with the decision of whether to provide such leave to their employees, says Kathryn Barcroft of Solomon Law Firm PLLC.

  • High Court May Dim Lights On Class Arbitration In Lamps Plus

    Adam Primm

    Following recent U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Lamps Plus v. Frank Varela, the Ninth Circuit’s decision in the case appears to be facing an uphill battle to uphold the authorization of class arbitration, say Adam Primm and Peter Kirsanow of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Press Pause Before Using Biometric Tech In The Workplace

    Robert Quackenboss

    As demonstrated by a recently filed class action against a hospital housekeeping company in Illinois federal court — Byczek v. Xanitos — the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding biometric data should give employers pause when considering its use in the workplace, say Robert Quackenboss and Madalyn Doucet of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Sekura Case Expands Scope Of Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

    Greg Abrams

    An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision in Sekura v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan appears to break from multiple Biometric Information Privacy Act cases that had required plaintiffs to allege some harm beyond mere technical violations to qualify as “aggrieved,” say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • 3 Takeaways From Google’s Harassment Policy Overhaul

    Nisha Verma

    In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Google’s recent changes to its sexual harassment policy are notable because they highlight employers’ ability to innovate while taking measures to comply with California law, say Nisha Verma and Jessica Linehan of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.