Employment

  • April 16, 2018

    Firm Can't Shake Ex-Associate's Bias Suit Over Samurai Pic

    Cronin Law Firm LLC must face a lawsuit alleging it discriminated against a former associate because of his Asian race after a New Jersey federal judge on Friday said the lawyer sufficiently pled claims related to derogatory text messages among firm employees, including one bearing the image of a samurai.

  • April 16, 2018

    Chamber Backs Sterling Jewelers In Bias Suit Class Size Row

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday backed Sterling Jewelers in its workers’ Second Circuit appeal of a ruling that booted 70,000 women from a class arbitration, saying they shouldn’t be dragged into a gender discrimination case they didn’t ask to join.

  • April 16, 2018

    Western Mass. College Can't Escape Retaliation Suit

    A small western Massachusetts community college will have to face a retaliation suit brought by a former director of public safety who says he was treated differently because of his Hispanic origin and fired when he filed a complaint, a federal judge ruled Monday.

  • April 16, 2018

    Eastman Chemical Denied Quick Win In Worker's FMLA Suit

    Eastman Chemical Co. can't escape allegations it fired a worker because he asked to take time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act, a Tennessee federal judge ruled Monday, saying evidence shows Eastman may have fired him after tricking him into taking optional benefits for a disability that it then claimed he didn’t properly document.

  • April 16, 2018

    Injunction Remains On Pentagon's New Transgender Ban

    A Washington federal judge on Friday refused to lift an injunction halting President Donald Trump’s new ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, finding that questions remain whether the controversial policy is based on evidence or discriminatory stereotypes.

  • April 16, 2018

    BakerHostetler Poaches Morris Manning Team In Atlanta

    BakerHostetler has beefed up its ranks in Atlanta by luring over a team of Morris Manning & Martin LLP attorneys –– including three partners who led Morris Manning's employment practice –– that's well-versed in a broad range of employment law issues, including executive compensation and restrictive covenants.  

  • April 16, 2018

    Adecco Snags Education Co. General Assembly For $412.5M

    Swiss human resources solutions firm Adecco Group has agreed to buy General Assembly, a privately owned education company for people seeking to learn skills related to technology, business and design, in a deal with an enterprise value of roughly $412.5 million, the companies said Monday.

  • April 16, 2018

    'Spiritual Coercion' Not A Wage Violation, 6th Circ. Rules

    An Ohio televangelist’s suggestion that congregants were “closing the door on God” when they didn’t volunteer at a church-run buffet did not violate federal wage law, the Sixth Circuit said Monday in a published opinion, overturning an order that the Cathedral Buffet pay nearly $400,000 in a U.S. Department of Labor suit.

  • April 16, 2018

    Duane Morris Adds 2 Trial Partners From Norton Rose

    Duane Morris LLP has picked up two trial specialists from Norton Rose Fulbright for its Washington, D.C., office, both of whom have defended clients such as SeaWorld Parks and Ringling Bros. in animal welfare and consumer fraud cases.

  • April 16, 2018

    Supreme Court Seeks Gov't View Of Gilead FCA Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday called for the Trump administration’s views in a major False Claims Act case involving Gilead Sciences Inc., suggesting that the high court may soon revisit its landmark Escobar decision.

  • April 13, 2018

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    The annual Law360 400 ranks the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component by domestic attorney headcount.

  • April 13, 2018

    How 5 Firms Grew Without Merging

    These firms saw double-digit growth in 2017 — one hire at a time. Here, their leaders tell Law360 of their varied approaches to attracting top talent.

  • April 16, 2018

    CORRECTED: How 3 Employment Firms Are Pulling Ahead Of The Pack

    The three largest employment boutiques are getting bigger at a faster rate than their rivals, according to this year’s Law360 400. Here’s our look at the trends that shaped the sector in 2017.

  • April 13, 2018

    Megafirms Find New Heights In Grounded Market

    The biggest of BigLaw are widening the gap between themselves and their rivals, as firms of all sizes grapple with fluctuating demand and seek out their place in the legal landscape.

  • April 13, 2018

    Car Co.’s Bid To DQ Quinn Over Presuit Atty Chat May Stall

    A California federal judge expressed skepticism Friday of electric car startup EVelozcity’s bid to disqualify Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP from representing rival Faraday & Future in their trade secrets dispute, saying she was frustrated by EVelozcity’s refusal to disclose what secrets its in-house attorneys purportedly revealed in a pre-suit conversation with Quinn.

  • April 13, 2018

    NFL Wants Probe Of 'Fraud' In Concussion Settlement

    The National Football League wants a special investigator to look into “widespread fraud” allegedly “clogging the system” of the landmark $1 billion concussion settlement and preventing truly injured players from getting paid, a request that comes just weeks after an upstart law firm blamed the league for causing the “interminable delays.”

  • April 13, 2018

    Fired FBI Official Enlists Boies Schiller, May Sue Trump

    Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the subject of a critical U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General report, is working with Boies Schiller Flexner LLP to determine whether to sue President Donald Trump and administration officials for wrongful termination and defamation, McCabe's lawyer said Friday.

  • April 13, 2018

    Man Wins $33M Verdict For Injuries In Texas Factory Fire

    A Texas jury has awarded $33 million to a man burned in an explosion at a wood processing plant in his suit against the makers of the facility’s dust collection and spark detection and suppression systems.

  • April 13, 2018

    Rent-A-Center Can't Force Ex-Worker To Arbitrate: 4th Circ.

    The Fourth Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court ruling that Rent-A-Center Inc. could not force a former employee to arbitrate his claims of race and disability discrimination, agreeing that more evidence was needed to determine whether arbitration agreements covered his claims.

  • April 13, 2018

    Driller Can't Dodge Suit Over Car Accident, Texas Justices Say

    A split Texas Supreme Court on Friday revived claims brought by two workers injured in a car accident and family members of the two workers who died, holding that drilling services company Amerimex Drilling I Ltd. should face claims it is liable for injuries sustained in the crash during a ride to an offsite bunkhouse.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • McDonald’s Deal Leaves Status Quo On Joint-Employer Test

    Steven Gutierrez

    With its recent agreement to settle numerous high-profile disputes over whether it is a joint employer with its franchisees, McDonald’s has avoided prolonged litigation and a potentially adverse decision that could have had sweeping ramifications for franchisors and their franchisees nationwide, says Steven Gutierrez of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 4

    Michael Littenberg

    Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in litigation and investigations related to corporate social responsibility issues. Activity has increased not only in the United States at the federal, state and local level, but also in several other countries. Proceedings and investigations have involved many different statutes and theories of liability, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Don't Let Office April Fools’ Day Jokes Lead To Legal Issues

    Fred Sultan

    Certainly, there is a place for good humor in the workplace, especially on April Fools' Day. However, not all jokes are funny, nor are they always appropriate for the workplace. And when they rise to the level of discrimination or harassment, legal troubles may ensue, says Fred Sultan of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

  • Courts Continue To Clarify ERISA Pleading Standards

    Larisa Vaysman

    As recently demonstrated by a Georgia federal court's decision in Polk Medical Center v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia, identifying Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims up front not only avoids unnecessary motions practice, but provides all involved parties a solid starting point for settlement discussions, says Larisa Vaysman of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Did New Tax Law Accidentally Cut Education Benefits? No!

    Jeffrey Herman

    A close look at the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes clear that Congress did not intend to eliminate tax-free employer-provided education benefits. Though the individual deduction for job-related education expenses is no longer valid, benefits are still available under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, says Jeffrey Herman of Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 3

    Michael Littenberg

    As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Changes At NLRB May Mean Retaliation For Posting #MeToo

    Michael Ellement

    The newly appointed National Labor Relations Board has expressed a desire to overturn several key employee social media use precedents established in recent years. The policy change comes at a critical juncture for online concerted activity, particularly by women using the internet to combat workplace harassment and violence, says Michael Ellement of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.