A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Tuesday that three Philadelphia lawyers, including a former state Supreme Court justice, who served on the city’s Board of Revision of Taxes were not entitled to back pay after their salaries were reduced by an ordinance later declared unconstitutional.
A Washington federal judge Monday denied the Trump administration’s request for a stay of proceedings in a suit challenging a policy that would ban transgender people from military service, saying the plaintiffs in the case are likely to suffer harm from aspects of the policy not covered by a D.C. federal judge’s injunction.
Sedgwick LLP told employees Monday morning that the firm would close at the end of December, a current firm employee confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday, capping off a year of defections and office closures that rocked the San Francisco-based firm.
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. has reached a $90 million deal to settle derivative claims stemming from a series of workplace harassment incidents at Fox News, according to an agreement filed Monday in Delaware state court that also requires the media outlet to create a new advisory council on improving workplace culture.
A jury shouldn’t hear allegations Uber destroyed evidence in Waymo LLC’s suit over allegedly stolen self-driving car trade secrets, Uber told a California federal judge Monday, saying Waymo’s request was untimely and didn’t meet the “stringent requirements” of proving Uber destroyed evidence knowing it would be sued.
A gay former hospital security guard who alleges she was fired because of her sexual orientation pushed the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars discrimination against gays, saying her appeal is viable even if former employer Georgia Regional Hospital won’t fight it.
The Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed a South Carolina federal court’s dismissal of a lawsuit accusing a company that manages nuclear waste of discriminating against a former manager there because of his race, finding that the employee was demoted because he refused to sign a personal development plan, not because he’s black.
A federal jury in Oklahoma on Monday awarded $1.16 million to a former Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor who had alleged she was fired for being transgender, after it found there was enough evidence to show the university discriminated against her when it denied her tenure.
Best Buy Co. has lost its bid for the New Jersey Supreme Court to second-guess a state appellate panel decision reviving a former employee’s age discrimination lawsuit on the grounds that the fired worker never explicitly agreed to a policy that such disputes be arbitrated.
Counsel for Aaron Hernandez’s daughter fired back at the NFL’s bid to pause her lawsuit that blames his violent behavior on late-stage chronic traumatic encephalopathy while it attempts to include the suit in ongoing multidistrict litigation, telling a Massachusetts federal court that the case is unrelated and should immediately continue in state court.
Globus Medical Inc. on Friday filed a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court alleging that a former project engineer defected for Stryker Corp. with the spinal implant maker’s trade secrets, in violation of a former employee’s noncompete and nondisclosure agreements.
A National Labor Relations Board judge on Friday ruled that delivery drivers for Menards are not employees of the home improvement retailer, tossing claims the company violated federal labor law by classifying the drivers as independent contractors and maintaining mandatory arbitration policies.
McDonald’s Corp. on Monday removed to Florida federal court a proposed class action brought by a former employee who alleges the fast-food giant violated state civil rights law by allowing her to be discriminated against based on her national origin and disability.
A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Monday to order that a would-be employee must arbitrate claims that he unfairly lost his job offer due to a background check, noting she has already ordered the man to arbitrate his closely intertwined allegations against the staffing company that facilitated the hiring process.
Uber on Friday slammed a California driver’s assertion it stiffs drivers on wages with a pricing model that deceptively charges passengers a higher fare based on a longer route, but requires drivers to take the shortest route, insisting the suit lobs “convoluted” breach of contract and other claims.
American Airlines asked an Illinois federal court Friday to toss a proposed class action over a new batch of chemically treated uniforms that’s allegedly led to a “cascade of health problems” among flight attendants and pilots, saying the tort claims are clearly preempted by workers’ compensation laws.
Railroads do not need to accommodate doctors’ plans for treating workers’ non-work ailments, the Sixth Circuit said Monday, joining the Third Circuit in rejecting the U.S. Department of Labor’s claims that a retaliation provision of the Federal Railroad Safety Act blocks companies from firing workers for missing work due to non-work illnesses.
A New Jersey federal judge on Friday tossed a putative wage-and-hour class action against the owners of the strip club where parts of the mobster TV series “The Sopranos” were filmed because the suing dancer stopped responding to her lawyers’ calls and emails.
Cumulus Media told a Texas federal judge on Friday that most of the claims brought by a former employee alleging he was wrongfully terminated because of his race must be dismissed because he failed to raise those claims with the EEOC before filing this lawsuit.
Car rental company Avis has agreed to pay about $2.7 million to resolve Fair Credit Reporting Act claims that it improperly acquired and used background checks to reject job applications, according to documents filed in New Jersey federal court on Friday.
In the final part of this series, Elliott Lichtman and Lilah Rosenblum of Lichtman & Rosenblum PLLC discuss, among other issues, H-1B visa concerns such as extensions and amendments, portability, and recent action by the Trump administration that will impact the H-1B visa.
When are employers themselves legally liable for acting on a supervisor’s illegally motivated recommendations? Recently, the First Circuit, in Saunders v. Town of Hull, offered much-needed clarification about when a government entity runs afoul of the law in this way, says John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.
Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.
In Plotnick v. Computer Sciences, the Fourth Circuit recently addressed the circuit split over the standard of review applicable to plans providing benefits for highly paid executives, but ultimately found that distinguishing between competing standards of review was unnecessary, says Marianna Jasiukaitis of Funk & Bolton PA.
When the U.S. economy is strong, there is high demand for the scarce H-1B visa, but recent executive action by President Donald Trump may impact its future viability. Here, Elliott Lichtman and Lilah Rosenblum of Lichtman & Rosenblum PLLC offer guidance on various issues related to this frequently used professional worker visa.
A recently approved multimillion-dollar settlement agreement in Acevedo v. BrightView Landscapes, a hybrid collective/class action covering 27 states, illustrates the limitations of fluctuating workweek plans, and potential pitfalls for employers who utilize this payment method, says Jeffrey Cadle of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.
Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's activities this year indicate the agency's continued emphasis on vigorous enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act as a top priority. A review of the disability suits filed by the EEOC in 2017 provides insight into which of these ADA claims are significant enough for the EEOC to devote litigation resources, says Mauro Ramirez of Fisher Phillips.
In the past two years, we witnessed a wave of putative class actions filed under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, with the rate of filings increasing exponentially in recent months. Insurers should take note of their potential coverage obligations under various policies, say Jonathan Schwartz and Colin Willmott of Goldberg Segalla LLP.