Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that’s not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.
More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they’re playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.
It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.
It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it’s a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Over the last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said 2,400 Chinese workers in the U.S. territory of Saipan who lacked work visas are owed $14 million in damages for wage violations, a federal jury awarded more than $400,000 to two United Airlines flight attendants who they said were fired for being too old, and two U.S. senators floated bipartisan legislation to bolster workers’ 401(k) savings.
The National Labor Relations Board violated its rules for delegating its authority to a panel of board members before striking down a December ruling that sided with Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors and nixed the controversial joint employment test the NLRB adopted in 2015, Hy-Brand said Friday.
The Eleventh Circuit on Friday handed a win to Walgreen Co., backing a lower court’s order granting it a quick win in a former employee’s suit claiming the company engaged in religious discrimination when it fired him for refusing to work on the Seventh-day Adventist Sabbath.
More than 500 part-time employees at Aveda, MAC, Origins and other Estee Lauder brands in Massachusetts will receive back pay in the form of restitution for sick leave that, under state law, should have been compensated but was not, state officials announced Friday.
A former video controller on CBS’ “Big Brother” has sued a network subsidiary and several production companies for sexual harassment and discrimination in California state court, alleging she was singled out for being an older woman in a male-dominated industry and fired for complaining about the treatment.
A jury in Washington federal court on Thursday said one of the state’s largest automobile and boat dealers must pay $800,000 to a former salesman who says he was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment and faced retaliation for filing a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.
A former Cook County assistant state’s attorney slapped the office with a lawsuit in Illinois state court Thursday over claims that it fired her in retaliation for taking approved leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
WAGE & HOUR
A California federal judge said Friday he’ll approve Sprint’s $1.8 million deal resolving a class action claiming the telecommunications giant didn’t pay its hourly sales representatives for all “floating holidays” they accrue, but rejected a last-minute request to swap the state agency that will receive any unclaimed funds.
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office on Thursday announced that it had cited a weight loss and fitness chain more than $8.3 million for labor law violations that it called “wage theft,” including paying trainers separate paychecks for work at different locations, which avoided having to pay overtime.
Two longtime New York City restaurants with reputations for good food and service got socked on Thursday in federal court with Fair Labor Standards Act suits brought by their servers, claiming the restaurants failed to pay them sufficient minimum and overtime wages and wrongly applied tip credits to their pay.
A PNC bank unit asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to throw out class allegations that it wrongly revoked a job offer to an applicant based on criminal history records, saying Friday that federal banking law preempts a state statute against considering such histories when assessing job applications.
The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to join four False Claims Act suits targeting HCR ManorCare Inc. over allegedly improper Medicare billing for hospice services, a move that follows the DOJ’s embarrassing loss in recent FCA litigation against ManorCare.
A bid by UBS Financial Services Inc. to force a former executive’s whistleblower claims into arbitration is too little, too late, a New Jersey federal judge said Thursday, finding the arbitration agreements were valid but UBS waited an inordinate amount of time to try and enforce them.
A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday temporarily halted a law firm’s case seeking payment from a former client who brought an unsuccessful whistleblower suit accusing Novartis AG of tax improprieties, ordering the case adjourned for two months so the client can find new counsel.
A group of former employees of trucking firm Jevic Holding on Thursday asked the Delaware Bankruptcy Court to reject a proposed Chapter 11 settlement and instead send the company into Chapter 7 liquidation, saying an independent trustee is their best chance for collecting on their claims.
For the past two years, California employers have been able to pay employees for working weekends with a flat-sum bonus, confident that following official federal regulations would be enough to protect them from liability. However, this interpretation came to a halt with the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Alvarado v. Dart Container Corp., say attorneys with Scali Rasmussen.
A provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act greatly expands the scope of the disallowance of deductions for fines and penalties paid to government agencies. This will make it costlier for a company to settle claims of violation of laws and regulations brought by federal, state or local agencies, or even foreign governments, says Marvin Kirsner of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
The average lawyer spends approximately two-thirds of their day on nonbillable tasks, a bleak picture of efficiency in today’s law firms offered up Friday by a speaker at the American Bar Association TechShow in Chicago.
The U.S. legal sector continued its less-than-stellar start to 2018, dropping another 200 jobs in February for the worst two-month stretch to begin a year since 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Friday finalized recommended rules that would require lawyers, accountants and other tax advisers to disclose if they are marketing structures designed to avoid new global reporting requirements that seek to curb tax avoidance.
A new study from the United Kingdom found that men and women significantly differ on their perceptions of progress on gender equality in the legal industry, some companies continued to weigh whether to join the growing crackdown of gun sales in the wake of last month’s Florida school shooting and panelists at a conference in Chicago addressed how to handle a lawyer who is cognitively impaired. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, we examine the Trump administration’s efforts to push the judicial branch to the right, discuss Trump’s controversial trade moves, and explain how “inclusion riders” work.
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.
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