While the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling that federal civil rights law protects LGBTQ employees resolved a closely watched question that had been brewing for years, the justices also devoted time to workplace law issues like religious employers' rights and causation standards in civil rights cases. Here, Law360 looks at five of the high court's most notable employment decisions this term.
Supreme Court oral arguments are always a high wire act. This term, a global pandemic, a docket of hot-button cases and an experiment with remote technology took the challenge to new heights. Here’s a look at the law firms that argued the most, and how they fared.
The 2019 term has removed all doubt: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. is the power broker on the U.S. Supreme Court. But unlike past swing justices, the nation's top jurist puts the reputation of the court before his own conservative instincts and is willing to compromise when he needs to.
A docket packed with divisive cases. Experiments in remote oral arguments. Defining moments for the court’s new swing justice. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this historic court term, when the unexpected reigned supreme.
The head of the labor and employment practice at Los Angeles-based law firm Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs APLC is facing allegations he engaged in an extended campaign of "creepy" behavior toward an associate that peaked with a "nightmarish" incident during a work trip overseas.
Law firms accounted for a large portion of the recipients of federal bailout funds designed to save small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, but some observers speculate that, for a number of those shops, the funds won't be enough to prevent future cuts if COVID-19 continues to drag down the market.
Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP's Russell Kornblith represents a group of female attorneys who charge white shoe firm Jones Day with pay discrimination, forcing Big Law to reckon with its own gender inequality in the "black box" compensation model and earning him a spot among the five employment law practitioners under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.
The University of Southern California purposefully interferes with and hinders investigations that threaten to expose its top employees' misconduct, an anonymous attorney who works as an investigator for the school has alleged in a proposed class action in California federal court.
A former WeWork program manager in New York has slapped the embattled real estate company with a sexual harassment lawsuit just a day after two Black WeWork defectors accused the firm of racism.
Transportation company SP Plus Corp. has reached an undisclosed settlement with a former staff attorney to end her suit alleging it unlawfully eliminated her position after she disclosed her pregnancy, according to a notice filed in Illinois federal court Thursday.
The AFL-CIO announced Friday that it has formed a task force on racial justice to carry out recommendations adopted by the labor federation's board "focused on taking concrete action to address America's long history of racism and police violence against Black people."
The Eighth Circuit ruled on Friday that Exide Technologies should have gone to the National Labor Relations Board instead of to court to challenge an arbitrator's determination that its unilateral changes to its Family and Medical Leave Act procedure were an unfair labor practice.
Two disabled, retired NFL players have hit the players union with a proposed class action that aims to undo "devastating" disability benefit cuts contained in the league's new collective bargaining agreement, claiming the union "misled" current players into voting yes on the controversial deal.
Hollywood's major talent agencies urged a California federal judge on Friday to dismiss the Writers Guild of America's remaining counterclaims alleging antitrust violations over so-called "packaging fees," rejecting the WGA's assertion that the agencies are seeking to relitigate arguments the judge has already ruled on.
The former CEO of global management consultancy Hay Group Management Inc. must face his ex-employer's claims that he initiated a sham investigation against a fellow executive, as the Third Circuit ruled Friday that the allegation wasn't precluded by parallel litigation in Germany.
Universal Health Services has promised to pay $122 million to end 19 suits under the False Claims Act that had accused the behavioral health hospital company of cheating federal health care subsidy programs and putting profit over patient care, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.
A beachside restaurant near Charleston, South Carolina, has been sued by a former server who says he was fired after he left work to get tested for COVID-19, invoking a new law Congress passed to let workers take job-protected leave to deal with the novel coronavirus.
From a Maryland federal judge recognizing the value of personal data in today's economy to a Virginia court sending companies scrambling to keep post-data breach discussions secret, it's been a busy few months in cybersecurity and privacy litigation. Here are five rulings worth revisiting as we head into the year's second half.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's review commission correctly cited Sanderson Farms Inc. for safety violations at a chicken processing plant in Texas, the Fifth Circuit has held.
Google's chief compliance officer of more than 13 years confirmed Friday that he has left the company and joined the board of advisers for Los Angeles-based NotMe Solutions, Inc., a company that makes a mobile application under the "#NotMe" moniker that allows employees to anonymously report misconduct.
Lessons learned amid the pandemic can help employers brace for challenges this hurricane season may bring, including work stoppages, telecommuting issues and leave policy changes, says Linda Edwards at Rumberger Kirk.
In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.
After a wildly tumultuous first half of 2020, law firm leaders are now preparing to take on whatever the second half of the year has in store. Here, leaders share their biggest worries for the remaining six months of the year.
The head of Brown Rudnick LLP's patent litigation practice has decamped with his team and clients in tow to launch his own firm in New York City, walking away with virtually all of Brown Rudnick's Manhattan-based patent litigation group.
Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has instituted layoffs and furloughs of attorneys and other employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports.
New legislation would allow New York public defender and government law graduates who have twice failed the bar exam to continue to practice under supervision for the duration of the state's ongoing coronavirus state of emergency.
The Northern District of Illinois' latest COVID-19 safety order entered Friday extends remote hearings into mid-September and keeps an early August target date for jury trials to resume, and the court's two clerk's offices will reopen to the public on Monday.
U.S. Department of Justice official Seth DuCharme has been tapped as acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Friday, replacing Richard Donoghue, who is in turn taking DuCharme's old job.
Court leadership in Philadelphia County on Friday vowed to take action following the release of a damning report from an outside consultant detailing "a culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension that is constantly brewing" for staff and judges alike.
The D.C. Circuit hit the brakes Friday on a panel's recent ruling instructing a federal judge to immediately grant the government's request to end the prosecution of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn as the full appeals court considers whether to rehear the matter.
A new survey showed that corporate counsel are divided on whether they think recent work-from-home adjustments will continue or be reversed once the pandemic wanes, and a separate report revealed that more attorneys are getting comfortable with litigation funding. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.
The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term with a bang this week, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that he was absolutely immune to a subpoena for his financial records by New York state prosecutors who are pursuing a criminal investigation.
A Minnesota woman told a Pennsylvania federal court that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP used clients' protected information as "a sword and a shield" to hide its alleged wrongdoing in its report provided to a special master, who was investigating the firm's bid to drop clients suing GlaxoSmithKline and others for birth defects caused by thalidomide.