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With the NCAA basketball tournament tipping off this week, millions of workers will be tracking their office pool brackets and sneaking peeks at games during work hours. But lawyers say businesses should generally avoid calling flagrant fouls on employees and instead treat March Madness as an easy layup for fostering companywide camaraderie.
A split Fifth Circuit panel on Thursday vacated the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers, with the majority finding the agency overstepped its authority and that the Obama-era rule’s redefinition of “fiduciary” was unreasonable.
A federal jury awarded former University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller $3.7 million in her case accusing the school of discrimination and of retaliating against her for complaining about disparate treatment, according to a verdict on Thursday.
The Second Circuit on Thursday reversed part of a 2016 National Labor Relations Board order forcing an aluminum company to negotiate with a union that lost a 2014 election, saying the company may have illegally influenced the vote, but it was too much for the board to presume the workers wanted a union after so much time.
A former Walmart executive hit the retail giant with a whistleblower lawsuit in California federal court Thursday, claiming he was wrongfully fired after he challenged its business practices and complained that it was painting a misleading picture of its e-commerce growth in trying to outcompete Amazon.com Inc.
The former commissioner of the Boston Police Department told a Massachusetts federal judge in a long-running trial Thursday that he believed a drug test using hair samples was a valid means of screening officers, but acknowledged concern about a racial disparity in the results.
A Chicago Police lieutenant with 28 years on the force sued the city of Chicago on Thursday, alleging she was demoted from her prestigious position commanding marine and helicopter units because she was targeted by a superior whom she claimed discriminated against her because of her sex.
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Miami’s River Yacht Club successfully disqualified Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito PA and two of its attorneys who are litigating a tip credit suit against the chic restaurant after arguing before a Florida federal court the law firm had previously represented the restaurant in a similar case.
An auto sales company whose victory over an employee’s discrimination suit was reversed by an Eleventh Circuit panel asked the full appeals court to reinstate its win on Wednesday, saying the decision to reinstate the case was based on bad evidence and an invalid argument.
A union representing National Labor Relations Board workers told general counsel Peter Robb that proposed changes to case processing procedures and to the regional office system would undermine the agency’s mission and make it harder for unfair labor practice charges to be properly investigated, according to a letter made public Thursday.
The National Labor Relations Board hopes to implement by Oct. 1 a proposed restructuring that would place more central oversight over the agency’s regional leaders, according to a Wednesday memorandum from General Counsel Peter Robb that also discusses litigation data and policies teed up for review.
Graduate students at five schools and leaders of the Service Employees International Union, the United Automobile Workers and other national unions on Wednesday asked the schools’ presidents to negotiate union contracts with their graduate workers.
A grocery store chain violated federal labor law by telling a group of Pennsylvania workers during a union campaign it would only reveal forthcoming wage and benefit changes if they agreed to waive a union’s power to file charges over the disclosure, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Wednesday.
L-3 Technologies failed to establish that it had any contractual or business expectation of work from Serco Inc., accused of orchestrating an $80 million scheme to cut L-3 out of the loop on an Air Force subcontract, a Virginia federal judge ruled Thursday.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday revived a whistleblower’s allegations that Merck and two other drugmakers violated the False Claims Act by offering doctors kickbacks to prescribe their blood-thinning drugs, finding the lower court based its dismissal on an outdated “original source” test.
Abbott Laboratories Inc. on Thursday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to send its legal bill to an ex-employee who brought back a previously dismissed False Claims Act lawsuit with claims the pharmaceutical company says were already thrown out.
In a partial win for banana plantation workers pursuing a pesticide class injury claim, Delaware’s Supreme Court told the Third Circuit on Thursday that statute of limitation pauses in multijurisdiction disputes end only after a clear denial of class status.
The abrupt acknowledgement by Toys R Us that it will wind down operations and liquidate inventory at more than 700 stores in the U.S. was met with a wave of concerns Thursday, as creditors’ attorneys said they hope for a transparent process that maximizes stakeholder returns.
Alston & Bird has hired a team of DLA Piper attorneys who are experienced in high-stakes commercial litigation in the employment and real estate arenas, as well as helping high-profile corporate clients like The Coca-Cola Co. fight consumer class actions, Alston & Bird said Wednesday.
Because there is a clear definition of sexual harassment under both California and federal law, there are several appropriate precautions that employers can take to prevent the #MeToo movement from occupying their workspace, even as state representatives work to bolster the statutory scheme of protection in their legislative response, says Jamie Wright of Albright Yee & Schmit APC.
Law firms may need to rethink the way they interview and hire to reverse the steady tide of attorneys jumping ship in today’s highly active lateral market. Here are two tactics for finding and hiring lawyers that some say could prevent them from leaving in the long run.
In the age of technology and artificial intelligence, a majority of United States corporate legal departments say they’ve seen no innovation from their law firms and legal service providers in the past year, the research firm Acritas said Thursday.
President Donald Trump’s picks for the Tenth Circuit and district court seats in Florida and Delaware moved through the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, all with at least some bipartisan support.
Mossack Fonseca & Co., the offshore law firm implicated in the Panama Papers scandal, is telling clients it will close by March 31 because of the damage to its reputation and business, according to a statement posted Wednesday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
A trio of small and solo law firms secured a spot on this week’s legal lions list after a federal judge sided with their client, US Coachways Inc., in a $50 million insurance dispute, while Butler Snow LLP landed on the legal lambs list when a federal jury slammed its client, a Johnson & Johnson unit, with a $35 million product liability verdict.
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