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Some firms have added initiatives in response to the #MeToo movement, but experts say the vast majority have a long way to go. Here’s a glimpse of the steps some are taking. Editor’s note: First in a three-part series.
A former Atlanta Hawks front office employee slammed the team with allegations that it treats white workers worse than black workers, a pension fund sued a now-defunct trucking company to recover $90 million in withdrawal liabilities, and New York City lawmakers floated a bill banning employers from making workers respond to calls, texts and emails after hours. Here, Law360 looks at these and other developments that might have flown under attorneys’ radar this month.
A Manhattan federal judge has signed off on a $3.1 million deal to end a proposed class action brought by three female lawyers alleging that Chadbourne & Parke LLP, which merged with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP last year, systematically underpaid women.
National Labor Relations Board member Bill Emanuel violated the president’s ethics pledge by voting on a ruling that effectively relitigated a case involving his former firm, Littler Mendelson PC, but he likely didn’t mean to, the board’s internal auditor said in a recent letter to the board.
A New York federal judge on Friday denied a push by Bloomberg LP to undo class certification in an overtime suit brought by help desk workers, saying the media giant’s recent reconsideration motion makes the same arguments she rejected when she gave the go-ahead to New York and California classes last fall.
PBS has responded to former nighttime talk show host Tavis Smiley’s accusations that the network used unsubstantiated workplace sexual harassment claims as a pretext to drop his show, filing counterclaims that include findings from a harassment investigation it conducted and seeking $1.9 million in unreturned budget funds.
Despite recognizing evidence of gender bias at Harvard University, a federal judge ruled in an order unsealed Friday that a former associate anthropology professor failed to prove the Ivy League school denied her application for tenure in 2013 because she was a woman or in retaliation for her advocacy of sexual assault victims.
It’s not enough for Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. to argue it has nothing to do with a local affiliate’s alleged mistreatment of a TV reporter, without addressing her claims that Fox corporate’s misogynistic culture trickled down to the local station, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday.
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A New York federal judge on Thursday granted class certification to a group of MetLife claims specialists who allege the company misclassified their jobs to duck having to pay them and hundreds of other workers $50 million in overtime.
A Texas federal judge on Friday stayed a contempt order against attorneys and their client for filing an overtime pay suit against Chipotle in New Jersey based on a rule the jurist had blocked, pausing the ruling until after he decides whether to stay the order while they appeal to the Fifth Circuit.
A record $83 million SEC whistleblower award has heightened concerns raised by a recent Supreme Court ruling that workers will increasingly forgo internal complaints and go directly to the SEC, a potentially harmful dynamic for U.S. companies and their shareholders, legal experts say.
Alere Inc. and the federal government reached a $33.2 million civil settlement in a whistleblower’s Maryland federal court suit alleging the medical laboratory company submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare for defective cardiac medical devices, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.
The Second Circuit on Friday vacated the U.S. Department of Labor’s determination that New York’s Metro-North railroad unfairly denied medical treatment to a worker who injured his back on the job, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to back that finding.
One law firm in the NFL concussion deal raised potentially troubling questions over the league’s alleged “scorched earth” strategy against claimants’ payout requests and over class counsel’s failure to stop it, but experts say it may take time to balance the competing interests in implementing the massive settlement caused by its not having a monetary cap.
Facility management company ABM Industries Inc. was hit with a putative class action in Illinois state court Friday over an alleged 2017 data breach that exposed employee biometric information to a hacker through what’s known as a “phishing” attack.
Florida law firm Gunster has added a shareholder who it says will bolster its litigation work in Jacksonville, contributing to both its business litigation and labor and employment practice groups.
While the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s notice declaring its inherent interest in licensees’ sexual harassment policies and procedures makes it clear that the information is currently intended to be a guide, the board’s direction and intent to issue regulations and further standards is clear, say Kristen Gallagher and Laura Jacobsen of McDonald Carano LLP.
For those structured as corporations, the decrease in the maximum corporate tax rate and the repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax offer good news. But since many law firms are organized as pass-through entities, several limitations on deductions mean they won’t see as much benefit from the new tax law as some other industries, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.
The Senate has approved of sending Fifth Circuit Judge Edward C. Prado to Argentina as President Donald Trump’s ambassador there, ending his 35-year career as a federal judge.
Barbri Inc. joined a chorus of law schools in urging the Second Circuit not to revive a rival’s antitrust and racketeering claims, which allege that Barbri and the schools conspired to stifle competition for bar exam preparation, arguing Thursday LLM Bar Exam LLC hadn’t plausibly alleged a monopoly existed.
President Donald Trump said he will likely nominate the solo practitioner who took on UPS in a pregnancy discrimination case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court as general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and female general counsels shared with Law360 how they’re transforming their legal departments and other women’s professional lives. 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 share the inside story of Latham & Watkins Chair Bill Voge’s resignation after revelations that he’d engaged in a pattern of reckless behavior. We also discuss a controversial copyright ruling over the song “Blurred Lines,” the legal blowback Facebook will face over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and Lindsay Lohan’s new gig for a lawyer referral site.
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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