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  • April 4, 2008

    New York Finds FedEx Misclassified Delivery Drivers

    Weeks after winning class certification in their court battle for employee status, New York-based delivery drivers for FedEx Ground Package System Inc. have won another major victory, with the state ruling that the company illegally classified them as independent contractors.

  • May 15, 2008

    Restatement Of Employment Law Raises Hackles

    A controversial set of rules meant to clarify common law rules regarding at-will employment and give guidance to judges has been bashed by legal scholars who say efforts to codify the ever-evolving law will only stunt its growth.

  • April 2, 2008

    AT&T Faces More FLSA Suits By Call Center Workers

    Workers at AT&T Inc. call centers in Wisconsin and Illinois have hit the telecommunications company and its subsidiaries with putative collective actions for unpaid overtime and wages, claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • April 16, 2008

    U.S. Law Firm IPOs Inevitable, Legal Scholars Say

    With Australia already allowing publicly traded law firms and the U.K. expected to follow suit, many legal experts believe it is only a matter of time before the U.S. sees its first initial public offering for a law firm.

  • April 15, 2008

    Hire Sheet: Law Firms Hired For Major IP Litigation

    AOL, Twentieth Century Fox Film and Sony Ericsson Mobile were just some of the companies that hired law firms to work on major IP litigation in recent weeks, according to our daily review of court dockets.

  • March 31, 2008

    Hire Sheet: Law Firms Hired For Major IP Litigation

    Today, we're introducing our daily "hire sheet" of law firms hired to represent Fortune 500 companies in IP cases in recent weeks. Pfizer, Nike and the Walgreen Company were just some of the companies that hired law firms to represent them in recent weeks, according to our daily review of court dockets.

  • March 27, 2008

    FedEx Drivers From 19 States Win Class Certification

    Drivers for FedEx Ground Package System Inc. scored a victory on Tuesday, when a judge certified classes of drivers from 19 states in their lawsuit to claim benefits for which they were deemed ineligible because of their status as independent contractors.

  • March 26, 2008

    USPTO Takes Second Look At Lumenis Patents

    Following a nudge from Alma Lasers Ltd., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has decided to take a second look at the patents held by Lumenis Ltd., thereby putting a freeze on the duo's courtroom wrangling over laser-based cosmetic treatment systems.

  • March 26, 2008

    Lumenis Sues Alma For Trade Secret Violations

    Israeli medical device maker Lumenis Ltd. has sued four former employees for allegedly misappropriating its trade secrets and technology for use at their new company, Alma Lasers Ltd.

  • March 25, 2008

    FMLA Leave, Workers' Comp. Can Concur: 7th Circuit

    In a boost to employers, an appeals court has confirmed that leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act may be run concurrently with an employee's workers' compensation absence as long as proper notice is provided.

  • March 25, 2008

    Pfizer's Document Bid Blocked In Celebrex Case

    A federal magistrate judge has ruled against Pfizer Inc. in its battle to force the Journal of the American Medical Association to cough up an array of unpublished Celebrex and Bextra documents, as the pharmaceutical giant works to defend itself against thousands of product liability suits connected to the arthritis drugs.

  • March 25, 2008

    Hollinger Pays $21M To Settle With SEC

    Scandal-ridden Hollinger Inc. has decided to fork over $21.3 million to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission to settle charges of liability in connection with the fraud allegedly perpetrated by former CEO Lord Conrad Black and other top company officials.

  • March 25, 2008

    Herman Miller Settles Antitrust Suit Over Aeron Chair

    Herman Miller Inc. will pay $750,000 and accept an injunction to settle claims by attorneys general of three states that the furniture maker fixed prices for its popular Aeron chairs in violation of federal and state antitrust laws.

  • March 25, 2008

    7th Circuit Reinstates Race Bias Suit Against Prada

    A federal appeals court has revived a racial discrimination and retaliation suit brought by a former Prada saleswoman against the luxury goods company, finding the lower court misinterpreted the definition of race under Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 in dismissing the suit.

  • March 25, 2008

    KPMG Prevails Against Trustee Of Bankrupt Dot-Com

    A federal appeals court has sided with KPMG LLP in its clash with a bankruptcy trustee who filed a $600 million lawsuit alleging the accounting giant breached its fiduciary duties in the run-up to the dot-com crash.

  • March 25, 2008

    Judge OKs Walgreen's $24M Settlement Of Bias Case

    A federal judge gave final approval Tuesday to a $24 million settlement between Walgreen Co. and its black employees, ending a discrimination case that affected thousands of the pharmacy chain's workers.

  • March 25, 2008

    Court Tosses TSI's Appeal, Citing Jurisdiction

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck a blow to Tooling Systems International on Monday, dismissing the machine maker's allegations of malicious prosecution and fraud against UGS Corp. for actions the software company took to enforce its software licenses in Poland.

  • March 21, 2008

    Sentinel Files $550M Fraud Suit Against Auditor

    Accounting firm McGladrey & Pullen LLP not only failed to detect the fraud at bankrupt financial services company Sentinel Management Group Inc. but also aided and abetted the scheme, according to a new adversary proceeding filed by the bankruptcy trustee in Sentinel's Chapter 11 case. The suit demands $550 million in damages.

  • March 20, 2008

    Jury Awards $25M In Asbestos Case: Report

    A Philadelphia jury has reportedly awarded $25.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the estate of a man who died of cancer after working with asbestos in the U.S. Army and at a rubber plant.

  • March 20, 2008

    Retailers Lose Bid To Invalidate Gift Card Patent

    An Illinois federal judge has allowed an infringement case against Barnes & Noble Inc. and Aeropostale Inc. to proceed after denying claims that MedCom USA Inc.'s patent for prepaid phone and gift card technology is invalid.