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Employment

  • 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 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 its 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.

  • November 15, 2018

    Tata Exec Defends Firing Practices In Discrimination Trial

    Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.’s head of workplace effectiveness defended the company’s firing practices Thursday during a trial over class allegations that Tata discriminates against non-South Asians, testifying that the company recently raised its retention rates to over 80 percent of workers.

  • November 15, 2018

    NFL Player Agent Co. Seeks $10M In Poached-Business Suit

    A Miami-based agency that represents National Football League players sued a former employee and a competitor for $10 million in New York state court on Thursday, claiming that they secretly conspired to join forces and have since poached 15 of its clients.

  • November 15, 2018

    Agency Deference May Be At Risk In High Court Railroad Row

    A pending U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether compensation for an injured railroad worker’s lost wages should be taxed could jeopardize the deference that courts have afforded government agencies in interpreting legislation for nearly 35 years.

  • November 15, 2018

    B&B Owner Was Allowed To Refuse Lesbians, High Court Told

    The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and other groups have thrown their support behind a Honolulu bed-and-breakfast owner seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of a decision that she violated state public-accommodation law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple, asserting that the ruling flouts the First Amendment.

  • November 15, 2018

    UPenn Dental Affiliate Beats Ex-Dentist's Race Bias Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal jury has concluded that a University of Pennsylvania-affiliated dental practice didn’t discriminate against a black former dentist who claimed he was paid a far lower starting salary than his white peers and ultimately forced to quit due to alleged hostility he faced from a supervisor.

  • November 15, 2018

    Kentucky Supreme Court Greenlights Right To Work Law

    The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday shot down a regional Teamsters official’s suit challenging the state’s so-called right to work law, saying the law does not violate the state constitution.

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.