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A first-of-its-kind ruling holding that a former Grubhub delivery driver was an independent contractor rather than an employee was a victory for gig economy employers who hope the decision bodes well for their chances of defeating similar lawsuits, but experts say businesses shouldn’t get too excited.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s hotly anticipated sexual harassment enforcement guidance remains stalled at the Office of Management and Budget, but experts say its eventual release will provide much-needed clarification to employers during a time when the #MeToo movement has them taking a fresh look at workplace harassment policies.
Waymo and Uber reached a settlement Friday to end their blockbuster trade secrets fight over self-driving car technology, capping off a year of contentious discovery disputes, shocking revelations and numerous delays. Here’s a play-by-play of how we got here.
Michigan State University interim President John Engler on Friday asked the university to revoke the tenure of the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine after he failed to notify the MSU HealthTeam about guidelines that had been established to monitor former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar as a result of a 2014 sexual harassment investigation.
A Dentons partner in Scotland has left the firm after a monthlong suspension following allegations of inappropriate behavior, a spokesperson confirmed Friday.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Friday called on a dozen top business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, to turn over information about the way their industries and members handle sexual harassment allegations.
Terming the deal “unusual” but sensible, Delaware’s Chancery Court approved a $90 million settlement Friday between Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and investors seeking a company recovery of huge payouts in sexual harassment scandals involving Fox News management and talent.
Bank of America NA closed out its defense Friday in a California federal trial over a former client manager’s blacklisting and defamation claims, calling on a certified public accountant to testify that the plaintiff was “grossly” overstating the value of her blacklisting claim.
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A Nebraska federal judge on Friday denied student truck drivers’ bid for a new trial in their class action alleging Werner Enterprises Inc. and a subsidiary violated minimum wage laws, granting only $337,293.69 in attorneys’ fees despite their request for $2.2 million after finding vague expense explanations.
The Chefs’ Warehouse Inc. on Thursday defeated class certification in a wage-and-hour class action brought by a group of delivery drivers, as a California federal judge found the lead plaintiffs in the case — who promised their sanctioned attorney wouldn’t represent the class — were inadequate class representatives.
A class of 1,800 flight attendants accusing Virgin America Inc. of shorting them on wages and meal breaks slammed the airline’s bid to decertify their California class action on Thursday, saying the company’s policies were applied uniformly to the class and that the airline is twisting facts to back its play.
A National Labor Relations Board Judge ruled Thursday that Ford Motor Co. violated federal labor law when it refused to recognize or bargain with an International Union of Operating Engineers local that had represented workers at a vehicle testing facility it purchased.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former National Football League player alleging the team concealed the extent of his injuries to induce a settlement, telling a Florida federal court that the claims are barred by the collective bargaining agreement.
Looming criminal prosecutions from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division targeting employment issues, including agreements by companies not to hire each other’s workers, show that the area is a serious concern for the new administration, meaning companies need to be on notice about the heightened risks associated with criminal charges and where to look for problems.
Waymo and Uber have reached a settlement of their self-driving car trade secret row a third of the way through trial, with Uber agreeing to give Waymo a slice of the ride-hailing company’s $72 billion equity worth approximately $245 million.
A California judge on Friday tentatively granted Disneyland’s bid for an early win in a class action alleging the park violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by preventing job applicants with adverse background checks from attending orientation pending possible appeals, while the applicants argued the park violated the statute.
A company that operates several mental health centers in Massachusetts has agreed to pay $4 million to settle accusations that it improperly billed the state Medicaid program for services provided by unlicensed, unqualified and unsupervised employees, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that it intervened in a False Claims Act suit in Minnesota alleging an ophthalmological products distributor paid kickbacks to doctors, and that the agency reached a $2.9 million settlement with a doctor connected to the scheme.
Hunton & Williams LLP has bolstered its employment law bench by adding a four-attorney team from Reed Smith LLP to its Los Angeles office, the firm announced Thursday.
Eversheds Sutherland said Thursday it has snagged two labor and employment attorneys from Jackson Walker LLP, saying they have come on to the firm as partners in the Houston office.
Two ex-Google employees recently accused the company of singling out conservative white men and terminating their employment after they shared their political views with colleagues. The question for the trier of fact will be whether their speech is protected under California law or constituted discrimination or other wrongful conduct in violation of Google’s policies, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.
As large and midsized law firms continue to see incremental increases in revenue and head count, cloud-based firms are reporting soaring growth figures, with one poised to enter the Am Law 200 next year. Here, Law360 takes a look at the rapid expansion of virtual and cloud-based law firms.
Earthjustice on Thursday released an analysis of more than 50 pieces of legislation introduced in Congress that it said could restrict the public’s ability to seek justice in court, saying the measures could “erect permanent obstacles” for people trying to defend their rights.
A rival to bar exam preparation company Barbri Inc. has filed another $50 million lawsuit against its competitor and a slew of law schools, accusing them — this time in a New York state court complaint — of colluding to exclude it from their campuses in the prep market for foreign students seeking advanced law degrees.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced plans to create a cybersecurity bureau in his department, three congressional Republicans worked on a paid parental leave proposal and the American Bar Association passed a policy change aimed at how legal industry employers handle sexual harassment and retaliation claims. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s associate attorney general who was tasked with overseeing numerous divisions, including antitrust, civil, civil rights, environment and natural resources, and tax, will leave the department for Walmart after nine months on the job, the DOJ and the retail giant announced Friday.
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.
On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, we discuss how the retirement of one judge accused of sexual harassment won’t quiet the law’s #MeToo push, looming changes that could cause headaches for foreign companies looking to invest in the U.S., an FBI sting that busted a judge for accepting bribes, and Chuck Norris filing a lawsuit that is the legal equivalent of a roundhouse kick to the face.
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