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The Trump Organization shouldn’t have to deal with allegations that it forced workers to abide by unlawfully broad confidentiality rules, according to one of a spate of advice memorandums recently released by the National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s office.
Bank of America NA reached a confidential settlement late Tuesday night with a former client manager after a California federal jury found the bank had illegally blacklisted and defamed her, resolving the dispute before the jury could deliberate on the amount of punitive damages the bank would have to pay.
A union certified by the National Labor Relations Board to represent graduate students at the University of Chicago said Wednesday that it dropped its representation case in favor of seeking voluntary recognition, saying it didn’t want to give the board’s newly installed Republican members a chance to overturn Obama-era precedent that graduate assistants can unionize.
President Donald Trump’s budget office urged a Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday to toss a suit challenging its decision to halt an Obama-era plan to make businesses turn over detailed worker pay data, saying the decision isn’t reviewable because the plan isn’t dead and could still take effect.
The #MeToo reckoning unleashed last fall that has toppled an array of powerful American businessmen could trigger a wave of investor actions similar to a shareholder claim filed last week against Wynn Resorts for allegedly ignoring years of sexual misconduct complaints against its founder and CEO Steve Wynn, legal experts say.
A former UCLA oncologist asked a Los Angeles jury on Wednesday for nearly $16 million in her suit alleging she was retaliated against for complaining about gender-based discrimination, while the school’s governing body argued that she made her own decision to leave the program.
An Ohio federal judge said a proposed class action claiming a shipping company deterred women from applying as dockworkers will press on, saying the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had succeeded in defining its claim after she threatened to toss an earlier complaint.
WAGE & HOUR
HBO is punishing production assistants who participated in collective and class action suits alleging the company and a handful of others were cheating the workers out of overtime pay and breaks, according to a new suit in New York state court on Wednesday.
The Fourth Circuit said Tuesday it won’t rehear a strip club’s argument that dancers are bound by an arbitration agreement they signed after they’d already opted into a minimum wage and overtime collective action.
A Nevada federal judge on Tuesday dismissed for the second time a proposed class action made up of foreign shepherds working in the U.S. on H-2A visas who said that several ranches failed to pay them minimum wage, finding that federal jurisdiction requirements hadn’t been met.
The National Labor Relations Board has urged regional offices to curtail unnecessary administrative expenditures amid budgetary cutbacks, according to a memo issued Tuesday, one day after the Trump administration proposed slicing the agency’s 2019 budget by about 9 percent from its fiscal 2017 level.
The Chicago White Sox moved Tuesday for a quick win in a suit brought by a former New York Yankees outfielder over an injury he sustained at the team’s field, arguing that the claims are governed by a collective bargaining agreement and therefore belong in arbitration.
Terra Energy Partners LLC asked the Texas Supreme Court on Monday to force Sanchez Oil & Gas Corp. to identify the trade secrets it says Terra misappropriated, arguing that its competitor is using a “data dump” to force Terra into a costly through thousands of pages of trade documents.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday certified a 20,000-plus member class of investors in two New York University retirement plans, saying the workers can sue together because their Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit asks common questions — whether the school paid too much to maintain their investments or offered them poor investment options.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday rejected Athenahealth’s bid to duck a former employee’s claim that it wrongfully discharged her for refusing to misappropriate another company’s intellectual property, but freed it from some of her other allegations.
A nearly $12 million bid by a division of hedge fund-owned Digital First Media has tentatively won a Delaware Chapter 11 auction for the Boston Herald, the bankrupt newspaper announced early Wednesday.
The U.S. trustee for Cumulus Media Inc. on Tuesday objected to the radio giant’s request that a New York bankruptcy court allow it to make performance bonus payments to employees, including a dozen top executives, saying there is too little information about who will receive the money or how much of a stretch the performance goals are.
Following the recent filing of an amended complaint, if the class action is certified in Kelly Ellis v. Google — a case alleging gender-based pay discrimination — ramifications will trickle down into every business, large or small, that employs men and women, say Debra Ellwood Meppen and Laurie DeYoung of Gordon & Rees LLP.
Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.
President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Tenth Circuit and three other federal courts look to have a clear path forward after they laid out their judicial philosophies before a Senate panel Wednesday, their thoughts ranging from giving more time for jury selection to encouraging more “coordination” between district courts and the patent office.
The Third Circuit on Wednesday vacated a 46-month prison sentence for a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP managing clerk convicted over his role in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme, on the same day that a district court judge reduced the civil penalty sought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from $2 million to $25,000.
Pro Bono Spotlight
After enduring years of physical and sexual abuse in Honduras, two teenage sisters with big dreams to help others in their new lives were recently granted asylum in the U.S., following three years of pro bono advocacy by a team of attorneys at Polsinelli.
The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at five recent developments.
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