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Employment

  • August 14, 2018

    Chicago Law Firm Wants Ex-Atty's Exit Pay Claim Arbitrated

    Chicago law firm Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. sought to get a suit brought by a former employee and shareholder tossed from Illinois federal court, arguing that his claim that the firm failed to pay him $150,000 in benefits belongs in arbitration.

  • August 14, 2018

    Harvey Weinstein Must Face Actress' Sex Trafficking Claims

    A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Tuesday that an actress' sex trafficking suit against producer Harvey Weinstein can move forward, saying her allegations that Weinstein promised her a role and other opportunities so he could force her to perform sex acts are strong enough to advance.

  • August 14, 2018

    NYC Cap On Uber, Lyft Licenses Signed Into Law

    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed into law legislation making New York City the first major U.S. city to limit the number of for-hire vehicles on the road for Uber, Lyft and similar app-based ride-hailing services, establishing a one-year freeze on new licenses.

  • August 14, 2018

    Talent, Recruiting Biz ClearCompany Nabs $60M In Funding

    Talent management and recruiting software firm ClearCompany on Tuesday said its first-ever growth funding round brought in $60 million, as the company looks to add new members to its team and increase its development and sales capabilities.

  • August 14, 2018

    Union Wants Quick Win On Mondelez Workweek Arbitration

    A machinists union has asked an Illinois federal court to enforce an arbitration award in a dispute with Mondelez Global LLC and reject the food distributor’s arguments that a provision for voluntary seven-day workweeks in their collective bargaining agreement violates state law.

  • August 14, 2018

    NLRB Can Pursue Retaliation Case Against Menard: Judge

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the National Labor Relations Board didn't jump the rails of federal labor law when it pursued a retaliation complaint against Menard Inc. on behalf of a contractor, saying the agency acted within its authority and the retailer will be able to appeal an outcome it doesn't like.

  • August 14, 2018

    NCAA, Players Can Use O'Bannon Evidence In Antitrust Trial

    The California federal judge who will try claims the NCAA illegally prevents athletes from being paid beyond their scholarships said Monday she will admit evidence from the landmark O'Bannon case, overriding multiple objections from both the sports body and the students.

  • August 14, 2018

    LeClairRyan Hires Ex-Phelps Dunbar Employment Pro In Texas

    LeClairRyan expanded its Houston office with the addition of a former Phelps Dunbar LLP attorney who will bring with him almost 15 years of experience handling employment and labor matters, including class actions, collective bargaining and trade secret suits.

  • August 14, 2018

    Health Center Settles Claims Over Navy Member's Job Rights

    A Phoenix-based health center dedicated to providing medical services to urban Native Americans, Alaska Natives and others has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over claims that it violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act when it declined to renew a U.S. Navy Reserves doctor's contract.

  • August 14, 2018

    You Can't Deadlock In 3 Hours, NY Judge Tells Bribery Jury

    A Manhattan federal judge told jurors mulling fraud and conspiracy counts against Norman Seabrook, the former labor boss accused of steering $20 million in union money to a hedge fund in exchange for a $60,000 bribe, to go back to work Tuesday after they quickly said they were unanimous on one charge but deadlocked on the other.

  • August 14, 2018

    Boston City Hall Aides Urge 1st Circ. To Toss Feds' Appeal

    Two Boston City Hall staffers have urged the First Circuit to toss prosecutors' challenge to a ruling dismissing extortion charges against them, saying that, despite months of delay, the U.S. attorney's office in Massachusetts has blown a filing deadline.

  • August 14, 2018

    Euronext Hits Back At Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

    Euronext said Tuesday it has bought out the remaining minority stake of its Fastmatch unit held by the currency trading business' founder after the former executive sued the European stock exchange for wrongful termination in New York federal court.

  • August 14, 2018

    Tribal College Wins Toss Of Former Worker's Sex Bias Suit

    A Montana federal judge has tossed a sex discrimination suit against Salish Kootenai College from its former director of academic success, holding that since the school functioned as an arm of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, it wasn't an employer subject to litigation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • August 14, 2018

    Hilton Suites Can't Escape Barista's Disability Bias Suit

    An Illinois federal judge kept alive a barista’s disability discrimination suit against her former employer, Chicago’s Hilton Suites hotel, finding she had provided enough proof at this stage to support her claim that she was treated differently due to her disability.

  • August 14, 2018

    Ga. Court Convicts Cybercriminal On $6M ID Theft Charges

    A Nigerian citizen was found guilty of aggravated identity theft charges by a jury in a Georgia federal court after stealing more than $6 million from American universities with his partner, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

  • August 13, 2018

    LED Co. Wins $66M In Trade Secrets Row With Chinese Rival

    A California jury awarded LED lighting company Lumileds LLC $66 million on Friday, finding that the chairman of China’s Elec-Tech International Co. Ltd. had paid a former Lumileds employee to steal trade secrets so that he could implement them in his company’s products.

  • August 13, 2018

    David Boies On How Dyslexia Shaped His Practice

    One of the country’s highest-profile litigators, the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP chairman was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 30s. In an interview with Law360, he talks about practicing law with the learning disability.

  • August 13, 2018

    Michael Kors Wage Class Action Likely Headed To Arbitration

    A California federal judge on Monday tentatively ruled that Michael Kors USA Inc. and a staffing company can send to individual arbitration a woman’s putative class action alleging the companies stiff workers on overtime and withhold rest and meal breaks.

  • August 13, 2018

    BigLaw’s Mental Health Stigma Shows Signs Of Fading

    Sometimes viewed as an “invisible” disability, mental illness has long been forced under wraps because of the risk attorneys could face bias and stigma. Here’s how lawyers, law firms and other groups are starting to take on the status quo.

  • August 13, 2018

    Cruise Line Partly Escapes Suit Over Child's Sex Assault

    Norwegian Cruise Line has ducked a negligence claim in Florida federal court in a suit over a 12-year-old girl's alleged sexual assault by an employee who used his master key to enter her cabin, with the judge saying the plaintiffs failed to state a claim for negligent hiring, retention, monitoring and supervising.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    It's Prime Time For A Dose Of Reality On Brett Kavanaugh

    Daniel Karon

    President Donald Trump's announcement of his next U.S. Supreme Court nominee, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, had the trappings of reality TV. But left unmentioned were Kavanaugh’s troubling opinions on workplace safety standards, age discrimination and class action plaintiffs, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Gap Between Calif. And Federal Wage And Hour Law Grows

    Kirstin Muller

    In its recent decision in Troester v. Starbucks, the California Supreme Court unanimously rejected application of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s “de minimis” doctrine to California wage and hour law. The ruling changes the state's employment law landscape in important ways, says Kirstin Muller of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • New Agency Insights On Independent Contractors

    Jeffrey Winchester

    While a recent bulletin from the U.S. Department of Labor and a decision from the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board are of limited, if any, precedential value in the court system, companies would be well-advised to keep in mind the factors outlined in both when addressing questions related to independent contractors and the employer-employee relationship, says Jeffrey Winchester of Fisher Phillips.

  • Looking For Answers On Call-In Scheduling In Calif.

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    After nearly four years of litigation in California federal court, Samantha Jones v. Abercrombie & Fitch is on the cusp of settlement. But depending on whether it's approved, the issue of call-in time as reporting time for purposes of employee compensation in California may still remain unanswered, says Desi Kalcheva of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Will Congress Actually Address Health Care?

    Radha Mohan

    Since the GOP’s failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act last year and the elimination of the individual mandate in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Republicans and Democrats have struggled to address problems in the health care system. Although bills recently passed by the House contain a few provisions with bipartisan support, they face an uphill battle for passage in the Senate, says Radha Mohan at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • How The Sports Betting Decision May Affect College Athletes

    Elizabeth McCurrach

    With the imminent possibility of widespread legalized gambling following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy, the NCAA’s mission to protect the “amateur” athlete is exponentially harder, say Elizabeth McCurrach and Ronald Gaither of BakerHostetler.

  • Litigating Wage And Hour Hybrid Actions: Part 2

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Craig Friedman

    Although Fair Labor Standards Act collective claims and Rule 23 wage and hour class claims often involve overlapping factual circumstances, it's important not to lose sight of the independent hurdles each presents to litigators, and the way they interact in a hybrid suit. In the final part of this article, attorneys with Jones Day share key strategies to consider at different stages of litigation.

  • Spokeo Strikes Again: Why Challenges To Standing Are Key

    David Anthony

    In Dutta v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s decision granting summary judgment to State Farm in a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act class action. The decision presents another helpful application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 Spokeo opinion, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.