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A high-stakes trade secrets trial over self-driving cars will pit a meticulous questioner against a courtroom charmer, their colleagues say. Here’s what to expect from a pair of high-octane advocates known for their scrappiness and skill.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s revision to decades-old enforcement guidance on sexual harassment that is being reviewed by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget will hopefully be released “soon,” acting EEOC Chair Victoria Lipnic said during a public appearance Friday.
A former King & Spalding LLP attorney pressed a New York federal judge Thursday to keep alive his wrongful termination suit, saying enough evidence exists for potential jurors to decide he was let go for making an internal complaint about two partners’ ethical conduct.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission revealed more than $400,000 in deals this week ending suits alleging an XPO Logistics unit, a senior living chain, a water and wastewater service company, and others discriminated against workers.
A Texas federal judge on Thursday endorsed the spirit of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance urging employers to limit their use of criminal background checks in hiring but blocked its enforcement against the Lone Star State anyway, saying the agency should have let the public weigh in before publishing the guidance.
A former Bank of America client manager took the stand Friday during the first day of a California federal jury trial over allegations the bank discriminated against her when it fired her and listed her with a fraud reporting agency, testifying that the bank’s actions “murdered” her career.
A Minnesota federal judge on Thursday tossed most of the claims in a suit from three former University of Minnesota Duluth coaches claiming they were pushed out because of their sexual orientations, leaving just two claims from only one of the women.
The Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino dealer’s claims that she was discriminated against for her medical condition despite being able to work, ruling Thursday that the allegation didn’t stand up since she was receiving Social Security benefits for being permanently disabled.
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A Colorado federal judge on Friday partially granted class certification to more than 91,000 au pairs alleging that multiple sponsor agencies colluded to set low pay rates, finding that of the proposed classes, only a nationwide one asserting state law claims failed to meet the typicality requirement.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday dismissed a class action alleging the Democratic National Committee and the state’s Democratic Party failed to pay overtime to organizers who worked on the 2016 campaign, finding the workers were not protected by the federal statute that covers overtime.
A Florida federal court on Friday dismissed one of a pair of proposed wage-and-hour class actions against personal injury law firms, saying the employee bringing the case, who claimed she was not properly paid overtime, failed to notify the firm she was suing.
The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday ordered an Ashford Hospitality Trust subsidiary to repay a union the costs it incurred fighting a lawsuit challenging a protest at a Sheraton hotel in Alaska, calling the suit an illegal attempt to suppress workers’ rights.
A D.C. Circuit panel pressed both the National Labor Relations Board and an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local Friday on their positions in attempting to balance the union’s “legitimate concern” of identity theft against a union resignation policy the NLRB held as so restrictive it dissuades members from invoking their rights.
A North Carolina federal judge on Thursday certified a class of faculty from the University of North Carolina medical school and Duke University in a lawsuit over allegedly anti-competitive no-hire arrangements, but said nonfaculty cannot be included due to a risk of “substantial confusion” at trial.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit ruling that let False Claims Act litigation proceed against Gilead Sciences Inc., saying the ruling “disregarded” key elements of the high court’s Escobar decision.
Former employees of bankrupt insurance services company Patriot National Inc. filed a putative class action in Delaware late Thursday alleging the firm laid off the majority of its 300 employees in November without providing proper notice under the Workers’ Adjustment and Retraining Notice Act.
Buchalter PC has hired Greenberg Traurig LLP’s former global patent litigation group co-chair and two key team members who bring patent and trademark prosecution experience across a span of industries, including computer technology, medical devices and aerospace.
Three unrelated developments make it more likely that employees will question their pay with greater frequency than in the past. Employers should prepare to answer paycheck questions, understanding that these conversations could give rise to Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour retaliation claims, says Mark Stanisz of Duane Morris LLP.
A new memo from the U.S. Department of Justice prohibiting DOJ litigators from treating any agency guidance document as binding offers needed relief to regulated parties, giving them a greater opportunity to push back against enforcement theories that rely on “clear” guidance regarding an underlying ambiguous or silent statute, say Ronald Tenpas and Gregory Etzel of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
In 2017, courts considered important trade secret issues, including the federal Copyright Act’s preemptive power as it relates to trade secrets claims, and temporary injunctions based on mere possession of trade secrets, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.
A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court is forcing the justices to grapple with how lower courts should view rulings when the justices split 4-1-4 and there is no majority opinion to serve as precedent, a frequent occurrence that often results in a tangle of conflicting decisions.
Wiley Rein LLP has been tapped to launch a new fund intended to help cover legal bills related to the Russia probe incurred by anyone who worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign or in his White House.
A bid by two Polsinelli PC attorneys who are former leaders of the defunct Novak Druce intellectual property firm to get a Citibank suit seeking to recoup millions in loans they personally guaranteed thrown out “borders on being frivolous,” a D.C. federal judge said Thursday.
After a generally positive employment trend for the legal services sector in 2017, the industry began the new year on a disappointing note with the loss of 1,100 jobs in January, according to a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they will join forces to start an independent health care company, a longtime employment defense attorney launched a new cellphone app that she hopes will provide workers with a safe space to report sexual harassment, and Lyft’s general counsel shared with Law360 how she responds to friends who five years ago doubted her decision to join a transportation network company that was part of an unfamiliar industry. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, we discuss Google and Uber’s upcoming high stakes trial that could determine the future of self-driving cars, a ruling on the embattled Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a court “swiping left” over age discrimination on the dating app Tinder, and rapper DMX landing behind bars.
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.
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