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  • September 26, 2022

    Fed. Circ. Revives Air Force Firefighter's Termination Suit

    The Federal Circuit revived a suit Monday from a U.S. Air Force firefighter who said he was wrongfully fired for failing a drug test, finding his rights were violated when a lieutenant colonel sought his own relatives' opinions about the firefighter's assertion that he'd accidentally taken his mother's medication.

  • September 26, 2022

    NBA Health Fraud Prosecutors Misled Grand Jury, Court Told

    Attorneys for three former NBA players charged in a sweeping set of indictments alleging they submitted false invoices to defraud the league's health plan claim federal prosecutors in New York misunderstood the plan's structure and misled the grand jury.

  • September 26, 2022

    Lawmakers, Police Tell DC Circ. Trump Must Face Riot Suits

    Former President Donald Trump acted outside his presidential duties when he spoke to supporters ahead of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and is not immune from three lawsuits seeking to hold him liable for the attack, lawmakers and police officers have told the D.C. Circuit.

  • September 26, 2022

    2 Firms Lead SPAC's $69M Merger With Workplace Apps Firm

    Special-purpose acquisition company KINS Technology Group Inc. said Monday it plans to acquire and take public a workplace-focused subsidiary of indoor analytics firm Inpixon for $69 million in stock, guided by two law firms.

  • September 23, 2022

    'Corrupt' Arbitrator Was Unfit For Lease Feud, Landlord Claims

    A San Francisco building owner asked a California appellate court Friday to toss an $8 million arbitration verdict over a lease dispute, claiming the JAMS neutral lied about his background and was on total disability during the decade when his profile stated he was working full-time.

  • September 23, 2022

    AIG Scores Early Win In Ex-Company Atty's Retaliation Suit

    A New York federal judge handed American International Group a win Friday in a lawsuit by the former head of its legal consulting arm, ruling the ex-employee's own statements doom his claims that he was retaliated against for reporting alleged fraud within the company.

  • September 23, 2022

    DC Circ. Denies Citigroup Whistleblower's Award Challenge

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday denied a request to review the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's decision to split an $18.9 million award between a whistleblower and his co-worker, whose submitted information led to the agency's enforcement action and $189 million settlement with Citigroup, finding that the co-worker is eligible for the award because he was a joint whistleblower.

  • September 23, 2022

    Disney Financial, Ex-Analyst Settle Whistleblowing Suit

    A former analyst with Disney Financial Services who accused the company of firing her after she blew the whistle on alleged unlawful accounting practices has settled with the company.

  • September 23, 2022

    Split 6th Circuit Says FTCA Bars Brutality Suit Against FBI Pair

    A split Sixth Circuit panel has thrown out claims from a man alleging a pair of plainclothes FBI task force members violated his constitutional rights by beating him to near unconsciousness, saying the circuit's precedent dictates that the government's win on Federal Tort Claims Act claims bars claims against the two FBI agents, even if they are within the same suit.

  • September 23, 2022

    Equally Split Full 4th Circ. Affirms Toss Of Allergan FCA Case

    An evenly split full Fourth Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower's False Claims Act case alleging Allergan overcharged Medicaid by more than $680 million by failing to offer its best prices, after a district court found Allergan's actions were "objectively reasonable."

  • September 23, 2022

    NY Real Estate Agent Sues Ex-Lover Seeking Loan Payment

    A New York landlord is being sued by a former employee and romantic partner who claims he did not honor agreements to pay off her student loans and give her ownership in multiple properties as compensation, according to a complaint filed Friday in New York state court.

  • September 23, 2022

    Vaughan Baio Expands With 14 Attys, 3 New Offices In Fla., NJ

    Vaughan Baio & Partners has added 11 attorneys from Pallo Marks Hernandez Gechijian & DeMay PA to open offices in two cities in Florida, poaching three more from Hurvitz & Waldman to set up shop in Atlantic County, New Jersey, the firm has announced.

  • September 23, 2022

    L3Harris FCA Billing 'At Least Reckless,' 3rd Circ. Told

    A former L3Harris Technologies Inc. employee told the Third Circuit on Friday that his dismissed whistleblower claims targeting $10 million worth of improper billings for work on a Royal Australian Navy contract showed at least reckless disregard sufficient to keep the case alive in a lower court.

  • September 22, 2022

    Ex-Prof Pleads Guilty To Lying To NASA About China Ties

    A former Texas A&M University professor pled guilty Thursday to making false statements to NASA about his affiliation with a Chinese university, according to a plea agreement filed in Texas federal court.

  • September 22, 2022

    Ill. Justices Say Ex-Client Can Sue To Recoup Punitive Award

    A former Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard PC client can pursue punitive damages it paid in an underlying suit as part of the compensatory damages it's seeking in a malpractice suit against the firm, the Illinois Supreme Court said on Thursday.

  • September 22, 2022

    Food Franchises Sue Gig Economy App Over 2020 Tax Credits

    Online gig economy platform ShiftPixy has been sued in California federal court by 16 fast-casual food franchise owners and operators that claim the all-in-one workforce manager owes them $2.3 million of employee retention credits for the 2020 tax year.

  • September 22, 2022

    Illinois Justices Are Urged To Set Uniform BIPA Time Limits

    Illinois Supreme Court justices largely listened Thursday as a logistics company and its former employees accused each other of trying to rewrite Illinois' one-year time limit on certain privacy claims in Biometric Information Privacy Act litigation.

  • September 22, 2022

    Ex-NJ Workers' Comp Judge Loses Bid To Return To Bench

    A New Jersey state judge has shot down a former workers' compensation judge's effort to return to the bench after Gov. Phil Murphy removed her over misconduct charges, finding that the ex-jurist has not shown that she would be irreparably harmed if not reinstated.

  • September 22, 2022

    Former California Superior Court Judge Joins JAMS

    Retired California Superior Court Judge Barry Baskin has joined JAMS, the alternative dispute resolution services organization.

  • September 22, 2022

    Marshall Dennehey Adds Workers' Comp Pro In Pa. Office

    Katherine E. Bavoso recently joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin's office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as a shareholder in the workers' compensation department, the firm announced Tuesday. Bavoso told Law360 Pulse on Thursday she moved her practice after more than three years with Cipriani & Werner PC to have access to Marshall Dennehey's larger, national footprint.

  • September 22, 2022

    Judge Sides With Tenn. Trooper In Hemp Licensee's Lawsuit

    A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper did not violate the rights of a woman he arrested for felony possession of marijuana, even though during the stop she told him it was hemp and lab testing later confirmed it was hemp, a federal judge has declared.

  • September 22, 2022

    'Kobe Stopper' Latest To Take Plea In NBA Health Fraud Case

    A former Portland Trail Blazers forward nicknamed "the Kobe Stopper" for his purportedly strong defense on the late Los Angeles Lakers star is the latest ex-NBA player to admit his role in a sweeping scheme to defraud the league's health care plan.

  • September 21, 2022

    Audit Lays Out Ways DOJ Could Better Fight COVID Aid Fraud

    The U.S. Department of Justice's inspector general said federal attorneys need to improve information sharing and coordination so they can prosecute pandemic fraudsters that have taken advantage of the "sheer magnitude" of COVID relief money to rip off the federal government, according to an audit released Wednesday.

  • September 21, 2022

    Travelers Seeks Costs For Defending Amazon Contractor

    Travelers told an Illinois federal court Wednesday that the insurer for a construction subcontractor has failed to pay its share of defense costs in an ironworker's suit claiming he was injured while crossing an unsafe makeshift bridge at a Chicago-area Amazon fulfillment center worksite.

  • September 21, 2022

    Atty Gets Sanctions Tossed In Ill. Trade Secret Dispute

    An Illinois federal judge has tossed sanctions against a Chicago lawyer representing former Segerdahl Corp. employees accused of misappropriating trade secrets, but also imposed sanctions against one of the attorney's clients for deleting text messages.

Expert Analysis

  • The Future Of Legal Ops: Time To Get Serious About Data

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    Most corporate legal departments collect surface-level data around their operations, such as costs and time to resolution, but legal leaders should explore more in-depth data gathering to assess how effective an attorney was, how efficiently legal work was performed, and more, says Andy Krebs at Intel.

  • Employer Considerations For Leave Donation Programs

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    As the battle for talent continues and workers return to the office, companies may consider allowing employees to donate accrued leave time to a shared bank, but employers should first review these programs' complex design issues to comply with state laws and avoid tax consequences, says Rebecca Hudson at Holland & Hart.

  • Insight Into California's Increasing Cannabis Litigation

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    California's cannabis industry is experiencing a swirl of challenges leading to a rise in cannabis-related litigation ranging from breach of contract claims to employment disputes — but companies can take several steps to avoid these growing pains, say Alexa Steinberg and Steven Stein at Greenberg Glusker.

  • 2 FCA Settlements Highlight Gov't Cyber Liability Focus

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    Recent False Claims Act settlements with Comprehensive Health Care Services and Aerojet Rocketyne illustrate government contractors' growing cybersecurity liability, and underscore how important it is for companies to comply with new incident reporting regulations and live up to standing contractual obligations, say attorneys at O'Melveny.

  • After High Court Ruling, Arbitration May Lose Its Luster

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Morgan v. Sundance, holding that prejudice is not required to waive a party’s right to arbitration, could make arbitration less desirable for defendants, compelling employers to opt for the predictability, safety and cost-effectiveness of the courts, say attorneys Richard Faulkner and Philip Loree.

  • Tips For Employers Preparing For Del. Family Leave Law

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    The recently passed Healthy Delaware Families Act guarantees paid parental, medical and military leave for private sector workers, so employers should take steps to prepare before the law takes effect in 2026, like identifying covered employees and training management, say Michael Truncellito and Monica Simmons at Buchanan Ingersoll.

  • How To Protect Health Care Trade Secrets With Covenants

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    Post-employment restrictive covenants such as noncompetes are an effective way for health companies to protect confidential information and trade secrets, but employers must be cognizant of the rapidly changing state laws governing the enforceability of such agreements, say Erik Weibust and Katherine Rigby at Epstein Becker.

  • Lateral Candidate Screening Steps To Prevent Bad Behavior

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    Bullying and harassment are among the root causes of stress, anxiety and substance abuse in the legal profession, so law firms should take four actions to effectively screen lateral candidates and ensure they are not recruiting individuals who could jeopardize the well-being of their people, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

  • Preventing Workplace Violence Is Not Just For The Oscars

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    Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars holds important legal lessons for companies seeking to maintain a safe workplace and mitigate liability risk as occupational violence continues to rise, say Sarah Sawyer and Russell Berger at Offit Kurman.

  • A Look At The Legal Profession Since Murder Of George Floyd

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    Little has changed for Black attorneys since law firms promised to combat discrimination within the profession following George Floyd's murder, but on this second anniversary of his death, law firms can recommit by adopting specific strategies that set their Black lawyers up for success, say Lisa Davis and Khasim Lockhart at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Guides On Noncompete Agreement Timing

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Rouses Enterprises v. Clapp, holding that an employment relationship must be official before an employee is required to sign a noncompete agreement, highlights employer best practices for drafting and executing restrictive covenants that are enforceable under varying state laws, says Andrew Albritton at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • NY Ruling Correctly Deems Legal Finance Docs Irrelevant

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    A New York appeals court's recent decision in Worldview Entertainment v. Woodrow joins a growing trend of decisions denying discovery of litigation funding documents, highlighting that commercial legal finance should be treated just like any other financing in commercial litigation, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.

  • Addressing Low Response Rates In Expert Surveys

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    While expert witnesses are receiving dwindling responses to the surveys they conduct to gauge public beliefs and attitudes, recent cases show that a low response rate need not make a survey inadmissible in court, say Kristen Backor and Yamimi Jena at Charles River Associates, and Brandon Duke at Winston & Strawn.

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