A “civil war” is brewing within the International Brotherhood of Teamsters after the union's top brass agreed to a bargaining contract covering about a quarter-million UPS drivers, sorters and clerks even though most of the rank-and-file workers who voted on the deal rejected it.
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Division Sown By UPS Contract Rift May Bode Ill For IBT

A “civil war” is brewing within the International Brotherhood of Teamsters after the union's top brass agreed to a bargaining contract covering about a quarter-million UPS drivers, sorters and clerks even though most of the rank-and-file workers who voted on the deal rejected it. Read full article »

NCAA Athletes Rip 'Myth' Of Amateurism In Trial Closings

NCAA athletes on Friday blasted the association's rules limiting athlete compensation in written closing arguments of a landmark antitrust trial, arguing that fans won't stop watching college sports if athletes are paid and amateurism is an "economically invalid" myth. Read full article »

USC Inks $215M Deal To End Sex Abuse Class Suit

The University of Southern California announced Friday it reached a $215 million deal in principle to resolve a proposed class action accusing a former staff gynecologist of sexually abusing potentially thousands of women. Read full article »

Ex-Bush Ethicist Slams McDonald's Over NLRB Recusal Reply

A former Bush administration chief ethics attorney, who has urged two National Labor Relations Board members to step away from a closely watched joint employer case involving McDonald's because of their ties to Littler Mendelson PC and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, said the burger giant's counsel was out of line when it attacked his credibility last week. Read full article »

4th Circ. Wants Redo Of United's $30K Fee Award In Bias Suit

The Fourth Circuit refused Friday to revive a former United Air Lines captain’s suit alleging he was discriminated against because he is African-American, but ordered the trial court judge to better explain a $30,000 sanction she ordered his attorneys to pay the airline because of sloppy litigation work. Read full article »

DISCRIMINATION

Fired Tool Co. Atty Fights To Keep ADA, ERISA Claims

A former attorney for manufacturer Illinois Tool Works Inc. urged an Illinois federal judge not to trim a lawsuit accusing his ex-employer of retaliating against him and firing him after he fell ill, saying his complaint adequately backs up claims of Americans with Disabilities Act and Employee Retirement Income Security Act violations. Read full article »

WAGE & HOUR

2 Mass. State Troopers To Plead Guilty In Overtime Scandal

Two currently inactive state troopers are set to plead guilty to embezzlement charges in connection with an ongoing investigation into overtime abuse within the Massachusetts State Police, according to a pair of plea agreements filed in Massachusetts federal court on Friday. Read full article »

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

NY Top Court Nixes 'Soft Cap' On Contractor Health Exec Pay

A majority of New York state’s highest court has agreed that a portion of the state Department of Health's restriction on how much certain health care executives of providers contracting with the state can get paid went beyond the state’s authority. Read full article »

WHISTLEBLOWER

Worker Fired For Telling AG About Cooked Books, Suit Says

A Chicago-based property management company retaliated against and fired an employee after he reported the company to both state and in-house officials for allegedly cooking its books to inflate its performance and lure more clients, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. Read full article »

BANKRUPTCY

GreenTech Auto Fetches $50M Ch. 11 Stalking Horse Bid

An electric car company co-founded by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe asked a Virginia bankruptcy court for permission to name a Chinese investment firm as the $50 million stalking horse bidder for its assets. Read full article »

PEOPLE

DLA Piper Adds Employment Partner In San Juan

DLA Piper has bolstered its ranks in Puerto Rico by luring a seasoned employment lawyer from a boutique, adding a partner in San Juan whose experience runs the gamut of labor, employment, benefits and immigration issues. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

9th Circ. Decision Poses Employer Tip Credit Challenges

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Marsh v. J. Alexander’s may significantly impair the ability of companies in the hospitality industry to pay a reduced wage to tipped employees. As a result, employers will need to be cautious when applying a tip credit toward minimum wages, says Margaret Grover of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP. Read full article »

Assessing Employment Rights Of NJ Medical Marijuana Users

A New Jersey federal court's decision in Cotto v. Ardagh — the first case to evaluate the employment rights of medical marijuana users in the state — provides persuasive authority that private employers are not obligated to waive or relax their drug testing requirements, say Jill Vorobiev and Melissa Ferrara of Reed Smith LLP. Read full article »

Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

BigLaw Firms Quiet About Lobbying Ties To Saudi Arabia

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is the only major U.S. law firm to walk away from its lobbying relationship with Saudi Arabia after growing condemnation of its alleged involvement in a journalist's death, as five other major law firms are keeping quiet about their ties to the Middle Eastern kingdom so far. Read full article »

Kavanaugh Gets 7th Circ. As High Court Shuffles Assignments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued an order handing over Justice Elena Kagan’s Seventh Circuit assignment, which she had held since 2010, to newly confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Read full article »

Feature

Chancery Closes Gender Gap, National Courts Moving Slowly

Delaware lawmakers caused a small stir earlier this month when they confirmed two veteran female attorneys to the state’s Court of Chancery, expanding the nationally important court by two seats while roughly closing the gender gap among its now-seven members for the first time. Read full article »

Interview

GCs Should Take Hack Issues To The Feds, DHS Official Says

Jeanette Manfra, a top cybersecurity and communications official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tells Law360 why she's inviting general counsel to trade information about cyberthreats with her office and discusses the department's plan to secure the upcoming federal and state elections. Read full article »

Labaton Says 1/3 Of Its Open Cases Include Referral Fees

Nearly one-third of Labaton Sucharow LLP’s open cases came to the firm through referral arrangements, according to a filing Thursday in Massachusetts federal court, offering a peek behind the curtain as the firm faces scrutiny for a payment to a Texas attorney uncovered in the ongoing State Street settlement fee fight. Read full article »

Philly Atty Says Neighboring Starbucks Flooded His File Room

A Philadelphia attorney sued his landlord and Starbucks Corp. in state court Thursday over a 2016 flood — allegedly caused by a pipe clogged with coffee grounds from a neighboring coffee shop — that destroyed archived client files kept in the lawyer’s basement storage room. Read full article »

Atty Urges Justices To Hear Suit Over Defamatory Yelp Review

A personal injury lawyer and her firm have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the California Supreme Court's split ruling that reverses an order requiring Yelp Inc. to take down defamatory reviews that a former client posted on the customer review site. Read full article »

Feature

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Three separate surveys published recently identified the four firms that general counsel fear the most, revealed one in four professional women working in the legal industry experienced some form of sexual harassment or misconduct in the past five years and showed legal industry has a serious problem with bullying. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: No 11th-Hour Judicial Picks For Fla. Gov.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled this week that Republican Gov. Rick Scott couldn’t pick three new high court justices in his final hours in office, capping off a strange judicial showdown in the Sunshine State. Carolina Bolado, our senior Florida reporter, joins us on the Pro Say podcast to break it all down. Read full article »

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