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  • November 13, 2006

    KB Home In Shakedown Over Options Backdating

    The nation's fifth-largest home builder found itself in troubled waters on Sunday after an internal investigation revealed errors in the company's accounting of stock option grants, prompting its chairman and chief executive to become the latest high-ranking official of a publicly-traded company to step down amid the widening scandal over stock-options backdating.

  • November 13, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Vinson & Elkins

    After an explosion occurred at its petroleum refinery in Texas City, Tex., in March 2005, British energy company BP PLC counted on Vinson & Elkins LLP’s employment litigation and labor attorneys to immediately address the disaster.

  • November 9, 2006

    Patent Suit Over Telephone Routing Garners $25M Award

    A Florida-based telephone routing company scored a major win when a federal jury awarded it $25.5 million in an infringement suit over patents for telephone routing technology that enables 1-800 numbers to function.

  • November 8, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Shutts & Bowen LLP

    With its complete dedication to legal matters within Florida, Shutts & Bowen LLP has carved a niche for itself, becoming the go-to employment law firm for companies operating in the Sunshine State.

  • November 6, 2006

    Denny's Settles Employee Lawsuit For $1.7M

    Family restaurant chain Denny’s will pay $1.7 million to settle a proposed class action suit that claimed the company violated California’s meal and rest break requirements, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing submitted Monday.

  • November 1, 2006

    Krispy Kreme Agrees To Shell Out And Settle Suits

    Beleaguered Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with those who brought a securities class action lawsuit and a shareholder derivative suit against the company.

  • October 31, 2006

    Cendant Ex-Chairman Guilty In Massive Fraud

    Former Cendant Corp. Chairman Walter Forbes was found guilty of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and two counts of making false statements Tuesday in one of the largest accounting fraud cases brought before a U.S. court.

  • October 30, 2006

    SEC Begins Informal Inquiry Into RIM Stock Options

    Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the ubiquitous Blackberry device, became the latest target in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s crusade against stock options backdating Friday when it received an informal inquiry from the agency.

  • October 26, 2006

    Amazon Settles With Cendant Over Patent Suits

    Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. settled two patent lawsuits with Cendant Publishing Inc. this month, with undisclosed terms that include mutual non-exclusive cross licenses to the patents. Amazon revealed the settlement details in its 2006 third quarter earnings report, filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • October 26, 2006

    Oxfam Grinds Starbucks Over Ethiopian Trademarks

    Outraged by what it has called irresponsible and unethical behavior, charity group Oxfam International accused Starbucks Corp. on Thursday of opposing a plan by Ethiopian coffee makers to trademark three of their coffee beans in the United States.

  • October 25, 2006

    Options Scandal Has Cost Billions: Study

    The stock options backdating scandal has already cost companies more than $10 billion, according to a report released Monday by a financial advisory firm.

  • October 26, 2006

    London Snapshot: Allen & Overy

    While Microsoft Corp. is probably not going to be ringing up Allen & Overy’s antitrust practice anytime soon, the group does not necessarily see that as a loss.

  • October 19, 2006

    Fox Rothschild Snags National Employment Boutique

    Fox Rothschild LLP has acquired a national employment boutique, adding 53 attorneys to its labor and employment practice and significantly expanded its capabilities.

  • October 17, 2006

    CKE Unit Hardee's Sued For Sexual Harrassment

    A minor served Hardee’s a sex discrimination suit on Monday, claiming she was harassed and assaulted while working as a cashier at the fast food chain.

  • October 16, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: DLA Piper

    DLA Piper LLP’s employment practice has one major advantage over almost all other employment practice groups in the world—its international scope.

  • October 17, 2006

    Construction Firm Settles Race Discrimination Suit

    An Ohio construction company accused of illegally firing black carpenters and replacing them with inexperienced latino workers has settled a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • October 12, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Bryan Cave LLP

    When it comes to relationships with clients, the attorneys in Bryan Cave LLP’s employment practice are looking for more than just a one-case stand.

  • October 9, 2006

    Former Cendant Chief Faces Third Trial

    With two hung juries behind him, former Cendant Corp. executive Walter Forbes is facing yet another trial this week on charges that he participated in a $3 billion accounting scheme at the travel and real estate firm.

  • October 5, 2006

    Sara Lee's Severance Waiver Triggers New EEOC Suit

    Sara Lee Corp. has once again been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, this time for withholding severance pay from laid-off employees who didn’t sign away their rights to file complaints with the agency.

  • October 2, 2006

    EEOC Hits U-Haul With Racial Discrimination Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against U-Haul Inc., accusing the moving company of inflicting racial discrimination and verbal abuse on a handful of Filipino and Hispanic workers.