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National Labor Relations Board nominee John Ring faced stiff questions from Senate Democrats during a hearing Thursday over both the agency’s shifting joint employer standard as well as ethical issues that could arise out of his decades of legal work at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
An ex-Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorney said the stress of his work in private practice drove him to try to sell stolen U.S. Department of Justice information, and he asked for leniency as prosecutors seek a nearly three-year sentence, according to filings in California federal court Wednesday.
The National Labor Relations Board asked the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to revive its review of the Obama-era Browning-Ferris joint employment test in light of the board’s decision Monday to scrap the Trump-era Hy-Brand test it approved last year.
AeroVironment, a government contractor that develops drone technology, announced Thursday that a California state jury awarded it $2.4 million in its suit against former employees who allegedly stole inventions to start rival company MicaSense Inc.
Papa John’s drivers lost a second attempt at class certification in their suit accusing the pizza chain of underpaying them in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act when a New York federal judge ruled Thursday they hadn’t shown the underpayment was part of a companywide policy.
A former Google Inc. software engineer has hit the Silicon Valley company with a discrimination suit for allegedly fostering a “bro culture” work environment that was hostile to women and then “punishing the victim” by wrongfully firing her after she complained.
Three U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday called for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to release their data on the prevalence of sexual harassment in the financial industry.
The Chubb Group Wednesday asked a New York state court to find its companies do not have to defend or indemnify movie producer Harvey Weinstein for nearly a dozen sexual assault and harassment suits in the U.S. and abroad.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has whittled down a former narcotics agent’s age discrimination suit against the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, wiping out the bulk of the claims against three former employees but finding the office itself still must defend against claims invoking Title VII protections.
A DePaul University College of Law professor who is facing termination from the school hit DePaul with a civil rights lawsuit Wednesday, detailing allegations that DePaul’s law school is a hostile and racist environment for himself and other faculty of color as well as for black students.
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A West Virginia federal jury concluded Thursday that pharmacy services provider Omnicare Inc. didn’t violate the Fair Labor Standards Act by intentionally misclassifying a group of drivers as independent contractors to avoid paying them overtime compensation they had earned.
A California federal judge said Thursday he wants to “thaw out” an Uber wage suit that’s been paused for years, saying a putative class action alleging that Uber misclassifies Massachusetts drivers as independent contractors can move forward, but that a similar case concerning California drivers must await a Ninth Circuit ruling.
A New York federal judge on Thursday denied class certification to employees accusing an Indian restaurant chain of failing to pay them minimum wage and overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, finding that the lead plaintiff’s “vague” claims failed to establish a coordinated, unlawful policy to dock pay.
A Costco Wholesale Corp. store greeter who dropped her putative class claims over worker seating doesn’t have the authority to proceed with her state Private Attorney Generals Act claims on behalf of other workers, only individually, the retailer argued to a California federal judge Thursday.
The National Labor Relations Board has moved to implement a hiring freeze and other drastic cost-savings measures to comply with proposed Trump administration budget cuts that may never take effect, according to letters from a union representing agency workers made available to Law360 on Thursday.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday denied a bid to toss extortion charges against top Boston City Hall officials but also made clear the government will need to prove they personally benefited when they allegedly pressured organizers of a musical festival to hire unnecessary union labor.
An Alabama federal judge hit a mortuary with a $14.7 million judgment in a False Claims Act suit Wednesday, after a jury sided with the whistleblower alleging the mortuary’s owner threatened to cremate him alive for exposing a kickback and false billing scheme.
A Florida state jury has awarded a surgeon $2.85 million, finding that he was retaliated against when his former employer, Florida Hospital, fired him for blowing the whistle on practices at the Heart and Lung Transplant Institute that put patients at risk.
The federal government will pay two whistleblowers $1.3 million for filing a False Claims Act suit against Mount Sinai Hospital that resulted in a $4.4 million settlement with the government, according to a filing in New York federal court Wednesday.
A group of investors led by Maria Contreras-Sweet announced Thursday that it has worked out a $500 million deal to purchase the Weinstein Co. and relaunch the embattled film studio with a female-majority board, just days after the company said talks had broken down and it would have to file for bankruptcy.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP has announced the addition of three attorneys from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Perkins Coie LLP to its Chicago office’s intellectual property and corporate practices.
Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley has added a new business litigation partner from Litchfield Cavo LLP who brings to its Los Angeles office experience trying cases for Fortune 500 companies and handling various commercial matters.
A trifecta of recent decisions illustrate a trend of the Seventh Circuit rejecting whistleblower retaliation claims. These cases raise the bar for plaintiffs trying to establish that they engaged in protected activity, a welcome change for employer-defendants, say Steven Pearlman and Edward Young of Proskauer Rose LLP.
In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.
Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.
The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s choice for a South Carolina district court vacancy Thursday, even as Democrats used the pick to decry a lack of diversity among Trump’s nominees.
Former Hunton & Williams LLP patent lawyer Robert Schulman asked the Second Circuit to give him an acquittal after being convicted and sentenced to probation for passing a nebulous trading tip to his friend and financial adviser, saying the government didn’t show an essential element: that it would be traded on.
Female general counsel are more likely to be paid the same as their male counterparts in the U.S. than elsewhere in the world, according to one recent report.
In the latest round of departures from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP amid its decision to merge with Hunton & Williams LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP announced on Thursday that it has opened an Austin, Texas, office with eight partners joining, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe picked up 14 lawyers from Andrews Kurth’s public finance team.
New York civil rights attorney Gregory Antollino grabbed a seat at the top of this week’s legal lions list after the Second Circuit sided with his client and concluded that anti-gay discrimination is sex discrimination, while Pillsbury landed on the lambs list after a California appeals court threw out its client’s $55 million jury award in insurance litigation with AIG.
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