Employment

  • April 24, 2017

    Ex-Fox News Personality Says Network Hacked, Stalked Her

    Fox News hacked on-air personality Andrea Tantaros and employed an army of fake “sockpuppet” social media accounts to stalk her after she complained internally about sexual harassment by ex-network chairman Roger Ailes and newly ousted star Bill O’Reilly, Tantaros alleged Monday in New York federal court.

  • April 24, 2017

    Cincinnati Law Dean Says She Was Illegally Pushed Out

    University of Cincinnati College of Law Dean Jennifer S. Bard filed a complaint in Ohio federal court Friday claiming she was placed on administrative leave in retaliation for speaking publicly about clashes with faculty over salary.

  • April 21, 2017

    $50M Howard Hughes CEO Share Warrant Sparks Lawsuit

    Howard Hughes Corp. investors sued late Thursday to block a proposed, $50 million share purchase warrant award to the real estate developer’s CEO, telling a Delaware Chancery Court that stockholders were left “totally in the dark” about the board-approved benefit.

  • April 21, 2017

    Fidelity Sues Ex-Worker, Alleging Misuse Of Confidential Info

    Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC on Friday filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against one of its former employees and Citigroup Global Markets Inc., alleging that the employee, who is now working at Citigroup, is misusing Fidelity’s confidential and trade secret customer information.

  • April 20, 2017

    Calif. Hospitality Group Hit With Wage-Hour Class Action

    The Southern California hospitality company behind the luxury Shade Hotels and several popular restaurants, including one that was jointly founded with members of rock band Kiss, got smacked Tuesday in county court with a proposed wage-and-overtime class action by a current employee at its steak and seafood eatery Rock'n Fish.

  • April 20, 2017

    Soccer Federation Sues Ex-Officials For Bribes, Kickbacks

    The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football has launched a lawsuit in New York federal court against a pair of former executives caught up in the FIFA corruption scandal, saying the men used their positions of power to accept numerous bribes and kickbacks and spent the soccer governing body’s funds on personal expenses.

  • April 19, 2017

    GTAT Trustee Sues Ex-CEO Over Ruinous Apple Deal

    The litigation trustee for the former GT Advanced Technologies Inc. sued two former leaders of the materials supplier on Wednesday in connection with a massive screen-making deal with Apple that allegedly bankrupted GTAT.

  • April 18, 2017

    Hotel Used Staffing Co. To Fire Haitian Workers, EEOC Says

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a South Beach hotel Tuesday for racial discrimination, claiming the Florida hotel used a staffing agency as cover to get rid of black Haitian kitchen workers and replace them with lighter-skinned employees. 

  • April 17, 2017

    Ex-Privacy Head Sues Christus Health For Retaliatory Firing

    The former director of privacy for Christus Health is accusing the Texas-based hospital chain of unfairly firing her in retaliation for alerting her supervisor about concerns she had with the legality of the provider's Medicaid reporting and compliance practices, according to a suit filed in state court Friday. 

  • April 17, 2017

    Dallas Opera Accused Of Forcing Out Older Musicians

    A veteran musician for the Dallas Opera claims in a Texas state court suit filed Monday he was fired for his age, part of what he claims is a pattern of age discrimination at the opera in recent years.

  • April 12, 2017

    Fla. State Atty Sues Gov. Over Removal From Homicide Cases

    A Florida state attorney claims Gov. Rick Scott violated her constitutional rights when he removed her from 23 pending homicide cases over what he described as “her blanket opposition” to the death penalty, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Florida federal court.

  • April 12, 2017

    Raytheon Faces Retaliation Suit Over NOAA Subcontract

    Defense contractor Raytheon Co. was slapped with a retaliation suit in Virginia federal court Tuesday by a former program manager who says it unlawfully fired her for trying to alert her superiors to cost overruns on a $2.6 million subcontract for a tsunami warning system.

  • April 12, 2017

    WebMD Says Ex-Worker Took Trade Secrets To Time Inc.

    WebMD accused a former advertising executive for its magazine of stealing its trade secrets and taking them over to Time Inc. after the two companies cooperated on a joint project, according to a $2 million suit filed in New York state court Tuesday.

  • April 12, 2017

    Insurer Wants Out Of Ohio Valley Concussion Coverage

    Great American Assurance Co. went to federal court on Tuesday seeking to avoid covering the 12-university Ohio Valley Conference in connection with lawsuits by college football players over their elevated risk of concussion and brain disease.

  • April 12, 2017

    Vegas Cop Calls PD's Social Media Policy Unconstitutional

    A Las Vegas police officer who was fired over a social media post and later reinstated after an arbitrator vacated his termination has sued the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, alleging that its social media policy is “unconstitutionally vague.”

  • April 11, 2017

    Caesars Fights Arbitration Award In Union Pension Dispute

    Caesars Entertainment Corp. filed suit Monday in New Jersey federal court against a union pension fund, seeking to nix an arbitration award by arguing that it was unfairly penalized when it partially withdrew from the fund after closing its Showboat Atlantic City casino.

  • April 10, 2017

    Ala. Gov. Resigns In Wake Of Sex Scandal, Ethics Charges

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned late Monday afternoon as part of a plea deal that saw him admitting to two misdemeanor violations of campaign finance law arising from an alleged extramarital affair with a top aide, coming just several days after he vowed to stay in office.

  • April 7, 2017

    Computer Engineer Accused Of Stealing Firm's Trading Code

    A computer engineer from an unnamed global financial services firm was charged with stealing proprietary algorithms for trading models from his employer, said acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim on Friday.

  • April 7, 2017

    Glenn Beck Hit With Suit Over Lahren Ouster

    Glenn Beck and his news outlet TheBlaze Inc. were hit with a lawsuit in Texas on Thursday by commentator Tomi Lahren, who said she was unfairly yanked from the air and blocked from her own social media accounts after the conservative pundit said publicly she was pro-choice.

  • April 7, 2017

    Ex-DuPont Worker Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets

    A former DuPont Co. employee was arrested in New Jersey on Friday for allegedly stealing thousands of computer files, which included the company's trade secrets on printing plate technology, in order to use the materials for his consulting business, later admitting to DuPont security that he took the files.

Expert Analysis

  • Fox’s Handling Of O’Reilly Complaints Is A Cautionary Tale

    Ann Fromholz

    To be fair, any company can have a Bill O’Reilly in its midst. The question is whether the company does the right thing once it realizes what’s going on, says Ann Fromholz, a workplace investigation attorney and founder of The Fromholz Firm.

  • How Due Process Limits Personal Jurisdiction

    Daniel Jaffe

    For purposes of general jurisdiction, multinational or multistate companies must consider the litigation attributes of the state where they choose to incorporate, or locate their principal place of business, as well as where they locate relatively large portions of their operations. Personal jurisdiction issues in each state should be assessed as part of sound risk management, says Daniel Jaffe of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Deciphering DC's New Universal Paid Leave Law

    Bill Miossi

    Washington, D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 became effective earlier this month, instituting one of the nation’s most expansive paid leave laws. Yet, even as the act takes effect, uncertainty about how the law will work in practice persists, say Bill Miossi and Scott Phillips of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    Catch up if you missed last week's special series spotlighting general counsel at four firms and the issues they encounter in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • The 'State' Of The Gig Economy Under Trump

    Amy Strauss

    There is no question that America’s sharing economy is growing and showing no signs of slowing down. However, if the Trump administration continues its hands-off approach to worker misclassification issues, and court decisions create as much confusion as clarity, we may be forced to look to state legislatures to take control, says Amy Strauss of Fisher Phillips.

  • Lessons From Wells Fargo’s Corporate Control Failures

    Brian K. Tomkiel

    It is tempting to simply blame Wells Fargo’s C-suite for creating a corporate culture that fostered unethical behavior. Yet, a recent investigation into the bank's sales practices tells a deeper story about its corporate control functions and how they failed to fulfill their ultimate mandate — protecting the business from risk, says Brian Tomkiel, director of compliance at Gap Inc.

  • How Employee Data Habits Can Increase Corporate Legal Risk

    David Horrigan

    In our daily work lives, we see a fair amount of anecdotal evidence indicating many of us engage in workplace behaviors that put our personal privacy and company data at risk. However, the results of a recent survey provide a more definitive look at how the era of big data for employees could lead to big risk for employers, says David Horrigan, e-discovery counsel at kCura LLC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • In Workplace Injuries, Don't Overlook 3rd-Party Liability

    Kendall Dunson

    Employers may be at fault when employees are injured, but many workplace injury cases are inextricably intertwined with product liability. A current case involving an auto parts manufacturing firm in Alabama shows how what may initially appear to be a workers’ compensation claim may actually turn out to be a case involving a dangerous product or piece of equipment, says Kendall Dunson of Beasley Allen.