Although the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster Epic Systems ruling that gave businesses a green light to use employment contracts to bar workers from bringing class actions will have a far-reaching impact on employment law, attorneys say it won't significantly reduce the volume of sexual harassment cases that arise as part of the #MeToo movement.
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3 Reasons The Epic Systems Ruling Won't Sink #MeToo

Although the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster Epic Systems ruling that gave businesses a green light to use employment contracts to bar workers from bringing class actions will have a far-reaching impact on employment law, attorneys say it won't significantly reduce the volume of sexual harassment cases that arise as part of the #MeToo movement. Read more »

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Gorsuch, Ginsburg Go To Mat Again In Class Waiver Case

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has once again delivered a 5-4 majority opinion over a vigorous dissent from his liberal colleague Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this time clashing in a high-profile dispute over arbitration clauses protecting businesses from worker class actions. Read more »

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No 2nd Chance Of US Intervention In Apple State Aid Row

The tax world has turned upside down since the U.S. filed its appeal in the European Commission's state aid action against California's computer giant, but legal experts don't see the U.S. government getting a second bite at the Apple case. Read more »

McDonald's Hit With 10 Sexual Harassment EEOC Claims

Ten women and girls in Los Angeles, Chicago and seven other cities have claimed they were sexually harassed by co-workers and managers while working at McDonald’s Corp. restaurants, according to filings with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Read more »

Ex-Penn State GC Fights Discipline Over Sandusky Probe

An ex-Penn State University general counsel and former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice went before a disciplinary committee in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to fight allegations that she violated professional conduct rules in representing three school administrators who were eventually charged in connection with the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Read more »

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EU Officials Grill Zuckerberg On Privacy, Antitrust, Legacy

European lawmakers laid into Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday for his company’s data privacy failings and raised the prospect of breaking up the social network, which some suggested had amassed an unfair share of power online. Read more »

House Sends Dodd-Frank Banking Rule Rollback To Trump

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a major rollback of Dodd-Frank rules, sending a package of financial industry changes that backers say cut costly and burdensome regulations to President Donald Trump, who has indicated his support for the measure. Read more »

Iancu Defends AIA Claim Construction Plan To Congress

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday that a planned change to the claim construction standard for America Invents Act reviews will increase consistency and efficiency, defending the move to lawmakers who expressed concern about it. Read more »

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Del. Faces IP Surge, Bench Gaps On TC Heartland's Birthday

One year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling steered hundreds of new patent cases to Delaware from Texas and other states, federal judges and attorneys are patently scrambling to manage the surge with fewer resident judges. Read more »

5th Circ. Axes States' Bid To Revive DOL Fiduciary Rule Suit

The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday deflated workers’ advocates’ hopes that a trio of states could rally to save the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, with the court striking down an attempt by the California, Oregon and New York attorneys general to revive litigation over the retirement-savings rule. Read more »

Groups Back Trucking Co.'s High Court Arbitration Bid

A trucking industry lobbying group, a D.C. think tank and a Boston public-interest law firm urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to compel arbitration in a class action accusing New Prime Inc. of failing to pay independent contractor truck-driver apprentices a proper minimum wage. Read more »

Walmart Shirks Privacy With Self-Checkout Videos, Suit Says

Walmart Inc. violates Golden State privacy law by using video cameras to record customers’ facial features at self-checkout kiosks, according to a proposed class action that landed in California federal court on Monday. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

NY Unincorporated Biz Tax Proposal Overshoots Its Mark

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance just released for comment a draft bill to enact a new unincorporated business tax. While that is a laudable goal, the proposal as currently drafted appears to generate substantially more revenue for the state than the benefit to individual partners would seem to justify, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

New England's Bernstein Shur Updates Parental Leave Policy

New England-based law firm Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson PA said Tuesday it has implemented a new parental leave policy that allows 16 weeks of paid leave for attorneys regardless of their gender, making no distinction between primary and secondary caregivers. Read more »

King & Spalding Draws Rebuke In Bid To Toss Firing Suit

A New York federal judge on Tuesday rejected King & Spalding LLP’s bid to escape allegations it fired an associate for raising ethical concerns about two partners, saying at a hearing she found it "incredibly hard" to buy the firm's stated reasons for terminating him. Read more »

Eagan Avenatti Owes Ex-Partner $10M From Bankruptcy Deal

A California bankruptcy judge on Tuesday entered a $10 million judgment against defunct class action law firm Eagan Avenatti LLP — which is owned by Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump — finding the firm defaulted on its bankruptcy-resolving settlement with a former partner over allegedly unpaid fees. Read more »

NY Lawmakers Tap Interim AG Underwood To Finish Term

Acting New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood was tapped Tuesday by the state legislature to serve out the remainder of Eric Schneiderman’s term after he resigned earlier this month amid allegations of physical abuse by four women. Read more »

Legal Tech Download: Reed Smith, Norton Rose, Bryan Cave

The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments. Read more »

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