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BigLaw’s embrace in recent decades of a top-down management style and ever-looser definitions of what constitutes a true “partner” have emerged as key questions in a handful of pay and gender discrimination cases brought by female lawyers, and the answer could decide the scope of such suits and whether they end up in arbitration.
Waymo’s attorneys questioned a small army of computer experts in a California federal court Thursday in a bid to show that 14,000 files a former employee downloaded from Waymo’s server evidenced corporate espionage meant to speed up Uber’s race toward self-driving cars, while Uber’s attorneys countered the downloads were automatic and meaningless.
A California federal judge ruling in a bellwether case concerning the rights of workers who participate in the so-called gig economy said Thursday that a former GrubHub Inc. meal delivery driver was an independent contractor and not the company’s employee.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act does not preempt civil fines under California’s unfair competition and false advertising laws that are based on violations of state workplace safety standards, the Supreme Court of California said Thursday in an unpublished opinion.
A Maine dairy company said Thursday it has agreed to pay a group of delivery drivers $5 million to settle accusations it failed to pay proper overtime, nearly 11 months after the First Circuit revived the drivers’ suit based on the lack of an Oxford comma in Maine’s overtime law.
A California federal judge on Thursday appeared open to certifying a class of Uber drivers who claim that the ride-hailing giant shorts drivers by paying them based on the actual distance they drive, instead of on the inflated projections Uber charges passengers, saying it seems to him that it’s a “classic case of a class action” based on a form contract.
The Second Circuit on Thursday said a former Connecticut police officer’s harassment suit could not be brought for a second time despite the fact that it added a retaliatory firing claim, deciding that the suit was barred because the officer had already effectively raised the issue.
Fox News hit back Wednesday at a former host who says the network cyberstalked her after she complained about sexual harassment, saying accusations added in a new complaint she filed last week don’t support her legal claims.
The First Circuit on Wednesday denied a new trial to a former Rhode Island municipal social worker who alleged she was fired because of a disability, rejecting her argument that the district judge confused the jury by instructing them on the federal courts’ burden-shifting framework for proving bias claims.
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A provision of Massachusetts’ overtime law that exempts employees of state-licensed charter bus operators from extra pay applies even if those workers also provide school bus service, which is typically not exempt from overtime requirements, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court said Thursday.
A $1.5 million settlement with Costco to resolve wage-and-hour claims from part-time special events workers inched toward approval on Thursday, when a California judge said he intends to give an initial OK to the deal after changes are made to the class notice.
A former Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC financial adviser accused the company of withholding up to $300 million in deferred compensation it owed hundreds of employees when it closed its financial advisory operations in 2015, according to a proposed class action filed Wednesday in California federal court.
A Puerto Rican Coca-Cola bottler and beverage distributor urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to upend National Labor Relations Board findings that it interfered with the protected rights of striking Teamsters workers the company says went rogue and deserve no protection from termination.
Counsel for a fired pharmacy executive argued before the First Circuit on Thursday that health care providers that establish contracts through anti-competitive practices should be held liable for false claims charged to government insurance programs under those agreements.
The federal government has settled two suits with a Pennsylvania hospice care provider for a total of $1.2 million to resolve allegations against the company that it knowingly admitted and kept patients who did not qualify for hospice care in order to bill Medicare and Medicaid for their long-term treatment, the government announced on Thursday.
A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal on venue grounds of a suit filed by an Etihad Airways pilot who claimed he was attacked by a fellow crew member while staying in Chicago on a layover in October of 2014.
Early Warning Services LLC has agreed to pay up to $225,000 to end a proposed class action by a woman who says Wells Fargo Bank NA rescinded a job offer after a background check falsely reported she was fired from her previous bank job for fraud, according to a Wednesday filing in New Jersey federal court.
Hundreds of employees of bankrupt radio giant Cumulus Media Inc. will see 2017 incentive bonuses paid out after a New York bankruptcy judge approved four bonus programs on Thursday.
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has announced it has expanded its presence in New York City with the addition of two new shareholders, both of whom have come over from Putney Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the creation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, as well as a proposed regulation to help achieve enhanced protections for health care employees. The move may empower more health care workers to express objections to performing or being involved with certain procedures or services, says Steven Collis of Holland & Hart LLP.
The American public increasingly perceives that powerful people and institutions use their authority in selfish ways. And in the courtroom, jurors are homing in on where the power lies in a case story, and how that power is used. Those of us in litigation must heed the messages jurors are sending, says Melissa Gomez of MMG Jury Consulting LLC.
As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.
As employers scrutinize their policies and workers’ complaints in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, a legal department may wonder what actions to take when its own general counsel breaches fiduciary duties or engages in misconduct. Here, Law360 looks at four steps a business can take if its top lawyer is suspected of bad behavior.
Law firm revenue was up 4.5 percent in 2017, matching the biggest uptick the legal industry has seen in the past decade, according to a report released Wednesday by Citi Private Bank’s law firm group, which attributed the success to increases in law firm rates and demand.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a Louisiana federal judge’s nomination to the Fifth Circuit to the full Senate on Thursday, along with three of President Donald Trump’s other picks for the federal bench.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders got a cold reception from a New York state judge when he argued for his conviction to be nixed on Thursday, with the judge questioning whether a key witness had truly recanted.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP won the title of top legal lion this week, advising Kroger on the $2 billion sale of several hundred convenience store businesses, while Shook Hardy & Bacon ended up on the legal lambs list after its client, Boston Scientific, lost its appeal of an $18.5 million verdict in a trial over injuries allegedly caused by its Obtryx pelvic mesh devices.
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