Employment

  • January 24, 2007

    Ex-State Farm Agents Stripped Of $20M Award

    In a reversal of fortune, the Missouri Court of Appeals has tossed out a $20 million jury award granted to five former State Farm Insurance agents who alleged that they were unfairly fired due to critical remarks they made regarding the company's treatment of policyholders.

  • January 23, 2007

    Inmates Lose Appeal To Keep Pensions

    Four prisoners have lost a bid to sue the state of Michigan for garnisheeing their pensions to pay the costs of keeping them behind bars.

  • January 23, 2007

    Apple CEO Jobs Questioned By Feds

    Apple Inc.’s Chief Executive Steve Jobs was grilled last week by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over stock options backdating practices at the company.

  • January 23, 2007

    Panel Hits Ex-Gemstar CEO With $93.6M Fine

    An arbitration panel has slapped the former chief executive of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. with a whopping $93.6 million fine, demanding that he shell out tens of millions of dollars in damages for engineering a vast accounting fraud scheme at the media giant.

  • January 23, 2007

    High Court Will Not Hear Race Discrimination Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case concerning the standard for determining racial discrimination in employment cases.

  • January 23, 2007

    NLRB Hears Miners’ Discrimination Case

    The National Labor Relations Board has begun proceedings to determine whether Massey Energy Company discriminated against unionized coal workers through its hiring practices at a West Virginia mine.

  • January 23, 2007

    Southwest Hit With Suit Over FMLA Leave Deductions

    Want to get away? Southwest Airlines might, now that it has been hit with a proposed class action suit alleging it violated federal law by making too many deductions from leave time employees accrued under the Family Medical Leave Act.

  • January 23, 2007

    Northwest Files Against Union’s $1B Claim

    Northwest Airlines Inc. has filed a motion against a $1 billion claim by a flight attendants union which alleges that Northwest broke their collective bargaining agreement.

  • January 22, 2007

    Home Depot Underpaid Female Worker: EEOC

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has slapped Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. with a lawsuit accusing the home improvement retailer of violating federal law by paying a female salesperson less than her male counterparts because of her gender.

  • January 22, 2007

    Interlocking Boards Spread Options Scandal: Study

    A company was more likely to illegally backdate options if it had a director that sat on the board of another company that had already backdated options, according to a recent study.

  • January 22, 2007

    Coke Trial Opens But Prosecutors Face Challenges

    The trial against a former Coca-Cola secretary accused of conspiring to steal the beverage giant’s trade secrets kicked off this week, with prosecutors trying to paint the defendant as a woman driven by “greed and poor choices.”

  • January 22, 2007

    Attorney’s Office Loses Top Backdating Prosecutor

    Christopher J. Steskal, a seasoned federal prosecutor spearheading the investigations into alleged backdating practices at Apple Computer Inc. and other San Francisco Bay Area technology companies, is jumping ship from his San Francisco post at the U.S. Attorney's Office to join Fenwick & West LLP.

  • January 22, 2007

    Broker Firm Consultants Launch Action For Overtime

    A legal battle is being waged by hundreds of disgruntled investment consultants who claim they missed out on lunch, rest, and overtime wages working for brokerage firm TD Ameritrade.

  • January 22, 2007

    Levenfeld Pearlstein

    Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC is a small, fairly new Chicago law firm specializing in corporate law, real estate and litigation, but its Employment Service group offers the experience and know-how of a big name practice.

  • January 22, 2007

    Dana Opposes Bid To Open “Hellweek” Documents

    Bankrupt auto parts maker Dana Corp. filed a motion Monday to keep financial documents out of the hands of nonunion retirees who say they need the information to evaluate the company's bid to eliminate retiree health and welfare benefits.

  • January 22, 2007

    Former Take Two CEO Backdated Options

    Software publisher Take Two Interactive Software Inc. has revealed that its founder and former chief executive Ryan Brant was largely responsible for the improper stock options backdating that has forced the company to restate a decade’s worth of financial results.

  • January 22, 2007

    Union Rejects Mediation As BA Strike Looms

    A union representing more than 11,000 British Airways cabin crew members set to go on strike on Jan. 29 is refusing the airline's attempts to have an independent mediator involved in the dispute.

  • January 22, 2007

    Damages Overturned In Reverse Discrimination Case

    A federal appeals court has upheld a jury’s verdict finding that the City of Milwaukee and its police chief practiced reverse discrimination against 17 white male police lieutenants, but overturned and remanded millions awarded in damages.

  • January 22, 2007

    Judge Selects Lead Plaintiff In Apple’s Options Case

    In a sign that securities litigation against Apple Computer Inc. may be heating up soon, a California district judge on Friday appointed the lead plaintiff in the case targeting the software giant for options backdating.

  • January 22, 2007

    Creditors Oppose Class Claim In Musicland Case

    The official committee of unsecured creditors in Musicland Holding Corp.’s bankruptcy case has lashed out at a group of store managers seeking class status in a lawsuit brought against the music retailer for alleged violations of California's overtime laws.