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A Los Angeles jury on Thursday awarded $13 million to a former UCLA oncologist who claims she was forced to take a job elsewhere after complaining about disparate treatment because of her gender, though it found in favor of the school on an age discrimination claim.
A battle of legendary New York broadcasters broke out Thursday when sportscaster Warner Wolf accused longtime radio personality Don Imus of illegally firing him from the “Imus in the Morning” radio show because he was too old.
A Washington federal judge on Thursday dismissed a proposed collective action by former co-managers at national nursing home chain Holiday Retirement alleging the company illegally denied them overtime, saying the workers can’t sue because they hid their claims during a 2015 bankruptcy.
A construction contractor appealing the loss of an employee wage suit was met with sanctions from the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday and a stern rebuke over practically every facet of the appeal, from its “naked assertions” to the flouting of local rules mandating supporting documentation.
The House of Representatives passed a bill intended to curb allegedly abusive Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits Thursday, even as critics argued it would undermine protections under the civil rights law.
A group of immigrant day laborers sued a rail company in New York state court on Wednesday, saying they were hired to do dangerous work without proper training or equipment, dehumanized by being compared to animals and subjected to an “egregious, racially hostile work environment.”
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A Nevada federal judge on Thursday sent to arbitration a Kellogg worker’s claim that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by denying him proper overtime pay, finding the parties had “clearly and unmistakably” agreed that an arbitrator should decide whether the allegations are arbitrable.
A California federal judge on Wednesday certified a nationwide class of Uber drivers alleging the company’s upfront pricing model denies them their fair share of riders’ payments, a week after he described the suit as a “classic case of a class action” based on a form contract.
A Filipino family who entered the United States as legal permanent residents won a $387,621 verdict on Wednesday when a Colorado federal jury found they had been forced to work without wages for a family member who sponsored their entry.
A National Labor Relations Board judge ordered a New Jersey hospital to pay a total of about $60,000 to a dozen workers who lost their jobs when it closed its obstetrics unit, paying the workers a fraction of the more than $300,000 the NLRB’s general counsel had sought over the hospital’s failure to negotiate the closure with a union.
The Massachusetts securities regulator on Thursday accused Scottrade Inc. of holding sales contests it knew flouted an internal impartial conduct standard it adopted to comply with the U.S. Department of Labor’s so-called fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers.
A California federal judge on Thursday trimmed most of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims brought by ex-workers against Northrop Grumman Corp. over allegedly excessive pension fund fees, agreeing with Northrop that it didn’t have a fiduciary duty as it wasn’t named in the fund’s governing agreements.
A recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision denying unemployment benefits to a nurse who never informed her employer she was leaving due to medical reasons seemed to invite changes in the law, with the justices questioning why workers aren’t required in all cases to at least ask for accommodations before seeking out another job.
In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells LLP.
A California federal judge implied that her recent decision in Lawson v. GrubHub was a close call, which suggests there is a tipping point where a driver moves from the independent contractor classification to the employee classification. However, when exactly that happens is still up in the air, says Art Lambert of Fisher Phillips.
The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet addressed core issues that will ultimately determine the viability of a class arbitration award, nor have the various courts of appeal grappled with those issues. However, courts in the Second Circuit have recently begun to do so, says Gilbert Samberg of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.
Whether it’s understanding how to clearly communicate legal matters to other executives within a company or decisively making a recommendation, general counsel across various industries agree there are certain key traits involved in their multidisciplinary responsibilities that weren’t part of their law school curriculum.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas insists he harbors no “bitter feelings” about his scandal-rocked Senate confirmation in 1991, but said Thursday the process has become a gladiator-like “spectacle” that discourages people from serving on the bench.
The U.S. and U.K. governments blamed Russia on Thursday for a June 2017 cyberattack that paralyzed part of Ukraine’s infrastructure and wreaked havoc on computers worldwide, including at DLA Piper.
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced one of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, even as Democrats cried foul over the panel ignoring Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s objections to Gass Weber Mullins LLC partner Michael Brennan.
One day after a federal judge refused to stay his order requiring the Cook County Circuit Court to make electronically filed suits immediately available to the public, the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday gave Clerk Dorothy Brown time to implement the necessary systems or craft an argument to bypass the order altogether.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP secured the top legal lions spot this week with a win for GrubHub in a bellwether case over how its meal delivery drivers should be categorized, while Reed Smith LLP ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal jury found the law firm’s client, Bank of America, illegally blacklisted and defamed a former client manager when it listed her with a fraud reporting agency.
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