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When Tony West took on the mantle of chief legal officer at Uber last year, he tackled the imposing task of trying to plot a new legal road map for one of Silicon Valley’s most controversial companies. Toward the top of his list was resolving a thorny trade secrets case that was speeding toward trial on claims that Uber had stolen key self-driving car technology from Google unit Waymo.
Farrar & Ball LLP won dismissal of federal claims of race discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation brought by a former paralegal after she was fired for allegedly submitting false claims for overtime, but the Texas federal judge on Monday declined to rule on the state law claims.
A New York federal judge on Monday threw out a former Frontier Telephone of Rochester Inc. employee’s lawsuit alleging the company subjected him to a racially hostile work environment.
Cybersecurity firm ManTech International Corp. and two subcontractors will fork over $1.18 million in back pay to more than 200 employees who were shorted on compensation for overtime while working on a government contract, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division said Monday.
A class of 80,000 Walmart cashiers called for sanctions against the retail giant Friday, saying the company’s attorneys failed to initially disclose information used in its experts’ reports and swamped the workers with evidence late in their case over California state law-required seating.
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A group of drivers urged a New York federal judge to pump the brakes on a proposed $3 million settlement with Uber over allegations the company improperly calculated deductions from fares, saying in an objection Friday that the amended deal drastically undervalues the strength of their claims and proposes an inadequate form of notice for class members.
An adult nightclub has reached a nearly $96,000 settlement with an exotic dancer in her putative collective and class action over unpaid wages, almost seven months after she won a precedential Third Circuit ruling that revived the matter, according to the club’s counsel in a New Jersey federal court filing on Monday.
Federal prosecutors are set to mount a last-ditch effort on Wednesday to persuade a Massachusetts federal judge to rethink a jury instruction the government says makes it almost impossible to prove a pair of Boston City Hall aides committed Hobbs Act extortion by allegedly pressuring a music festival to hire unneeded union labor.
Former Catalina Restaurant Group Inc. employees have asked a California federal judge to revive a lawsuit alleging the restaurant operator violated state and federal law by terminating workers without adequate warning, arguing that the company misled the court about how many employees were laid off.
Littler Mendelson PC has launched a new office in Greenville, South Carolina, led by a veteran attorney who formerly headed Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s employment practice and boasts experience in a wide range of issues, including discrimination, trade secrets and benefits.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has boosted its labor and employment group with the addition of a new partner in Washington, D.C., from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, the firm has announced.
Manning & Kass Ellrod Ramirez Trester LLP launched a Dallas office in early March with two partners from California experienced in general litigation, workers’ compensation and military and veterans’ issues, but plans to expand by hiring local talent.
With the recent rise of sexual harassment allegations, it is vital for both employers and managers to know that extraneous common law claims can — and most likely will — be brought with claims of harassment, says Lariza Hebert of Fisher Phillips.
Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional’s prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.
Law firms cannot use nondisclosure agreements, known as NDAs or gag orders, to prevent reports of any type of professional misconduct to disciplinary authorities, including sexual harassment and assault, the Solicitors Regulation Authority on Monday warned law firms operating in the U.K.
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