Employment

  • September 14, 2007

    Sanofi Plaintiffs Challenge Employee Declarations

    The plaintiffs in a putative collective action lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Inc. have asked a federal court in New Jersey to strike or disregard 12 employee declarations submitted by Sanofi-Aventis in support of its opposition to the plaintiffs' motion for conditional certification.

  • September 14, 2007

    211 Plaintiffs Will Join Suit Against Merck Over FLSA

    A judge on Thursday allowed another 211 plaintiffs to join a lawsuit against Merck & Co. accusing the pharmaceutical giant of illegally denying overtime benefits to certain employees.

  • September 14, 2007

    UnitedHealth Fights Probe By Minnesota AG

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. argued before the Minnesota Appeals Court on Thursday that an investigation into stock options backdating by state Attorney General Lori Swanson should be blocked.

  • September 17, 2007

    Aventis To Face Whistleblower Claims Over Lovenox

    A federal judge has allowed certain whistleblower claims to move forward in a case brought by two former Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. sales representatives who claim they were retaliated against after accusing the company of promoting off-label marketing for its popular anti-clotting drug Lovenox.

  • September 13, 2007

    Illinois Judge Sues State Over Retirement Age

    An Illinois judge has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's mandatory retirement law, which bans judges from seeking retention to the bench at an “artificial and inherently suspect” cut-off age.

  • October 18, 2007

    Donning, Doffing Case Ripe For High Court Weigh-In

    Last month's precedential ruling by the Third Circuit, which held that the donning and doffing of safety gear by poultry plant works was indispensable work meriting compensation, has set the stage for the nation's top court to weigh in on what has become an increasingly murky area of employment law.

  • September 13, 2007

    Countrywide Financial Sued Over 401(k) Plans

    Employees of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. have filed a class action lawsuit against the company alleging that it mismanaged their 401(k) plans, according to a statement released by the workers' counsel on Wednesday.

  • September 13, 2007

    BP Refinery Ignored Advice For Years: Blast Reports

    Suggestions for a type of flare that would have prevented the deadly Texas City refinery blast had been circulating since 1977, according to internal reports and e-mails presented on Tuesday at the first civil trial stemming from the explosion.

  • September 13, 2007

    N.Y. Judges' Pay Plateau Unconstitutional: Suit

    Frustrated by an eight-year pay plateau, four New York judges filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state, saying state lawmakers' “political in-fighting” is to blame for the pay freeze, and that the freeze violates New York State's constitution.

  • September 14, 2007

    Former UBS Exec Files Age Discrimination Suit

    A former chief of UBS Securities LLC's municipal bond department has sued his former employer alleging age discrimination, claiming that he was improperly pushed out of his position because of his age.

  • September 14, 2007

    St. Vincent's Must Face Race Bias Claims: Judge

    A federal judge has denied a bid by St. Vincent's Health Systems to toss a race discrimination claim brought by a former employee who is claiming $5 million in lost wages, giving the plaintiff one month to amend his complaint.

  • October 8, 2007

    Surge In Religious Cases Leaves Employers Uneasy

    As religious discrimination lawsuits continue to surge, companies should beware of causing a ripple effect where all employees feel a sudden moral compunction that somehow impinges on their job, employment lawyers say.

  • September 14, 2007

    Plaintiff's Fee Objections Nixed In EDS Race Bias Suit

    An Asian-American woman who sued Electronic Data Systems Corp. has suffered a blow in her race discrimination claim against the company, with a federal judge denying the plaintiff's objections to a magistrate judge's award of costs and fees to the defendant.

  • September 19, 2007

    Investment Banks Take The Offensive In FLSA Suits

    Though often the defendants in class action suits choose to settle rather than wage long and costly court battles, investment banks targeted by the recent rash of employment suits filed by brokers are coming out swinging, which may spell trouble for plaintiffs.

  • September 12, 2007

    Broadcast Software Co. Sues Rival, Former Employee

    Radio broadcast software company Radio Computing Services Inc. has filed suit against its rival, Micropower Corp., and a former employee, alleging breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.

  • September 12, 2007

    Union Sues Over Detainment During Swift & Co. Raids

    Following the raids of six Swift & Co. plants across the country, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has filed a proposed class action lawsuit asking a judge to stop the government from allegedly illegally arresting and detaining workers.

  • September 12, 2007

    9/11 Clean-Up Workers Sue For Overtime

    Nine New Yorkers who helped clean up the mess left by Sept. 11, 2001 hit their employers with an overtime class action on Wednesday, saying they worked long hours in unsafe conditions but weren't paid the proper premium rates.

  • September 12, 2007

    U.S. Senate Votes To Save Prevailing Wages

    Construction workers scored a victory in the U.S. Senate Wednesday when lawmakers voted down an amendment to abolish prevailing wage standards in the industry in the wake of the Minnesota bridge collapse.

  • September 12, 2007

    JetBlue Fired Worker To Ground Union Activity: Suit

    A former flight attendant at JetBlue Airways Corp. who was purportedly fired for cursing at a passenger has filed a lawsuit claiming she was really terminated for leading efforts to unionize the airline's workers.

  • September 12, 2007

    Delphi Asks For Green Light On Bonus Plan

    On the heels of filing its proposed reorganization plan and disclosure statement, bankrupt Delphi Corp. has asked a judge to allow it to pay its executives up to $37.6 million in bonuses for the latter half of 2007.