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A female Proskauer Rose LLP partner who brought a $50 million gender bias suit against the firm will have the chance to show she is an employee covered by employment discrimination laws and not an owner as the firm claims, a D.C. federal judge said Thursday.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP said in an internal communication Thursday that after reviewing its policies in response to the #MeToo movement, the firm will drop forced arbitration agreements for nonpartners, making Skadden the third firm to do so this week.
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday denied Walmart Inc.’s attempts to dismiss a class action brought against it by two former employees who claim they and a putative class of pregnant or formerly pregnant workers were discriminated against by its policies on disability accommodations.
Linklaters LLP on Thursday released new gender pay gap data incorporating new information about U.K. partners’ compensation, revealing a far wider firmwide pay gap than was initially disclosed in February.
Littler Mendelson PC and a businessman client will have to pay at least $19,000 in attorneys’ fees to the U.S. Department of Labor, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday, agreeing with a special master’s conclusion that the businessman and his lawyers needlessly dragged out discovery in a wage-and-hour suit.
A Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday knocked down an African-American former Wells Fargo Bank NA employee’s proposed class action claims accusing the banking giant of perpetuating a discriminatory culture in retail branches across the country.
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Lyft Inc. drivers in California suing the ride-sharing app for allegedly taking a cut out of their “prime time premium” surcharges told a federal court Wednesday that the company has agreed to pay $1.95 million to a class of nearly 246,000 drivers.
The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday defended its landmark ruling allowing workers to use employer email systems for union business in the face of a challenge by Purple Communications Inc., telling the Ninth Circuit the company was mistaken when citing a recent decision in a separate dispute to argue for remand.
Former NFL players who opted out of a concussion settlement with the league hit back at Riddell Inc.’s bid to escape their lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court, saying on Wednesday the helmet maker cannot use collective bargaining agreements between the league and the players to justify an exemption from claims against it.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration earlier this month, tapped the crowdfunding site GoFundMe on Thursday to raise money for his legal defense as he faces government investigations and other fallout over his work at the agency.
A former employee of MLB Advanced Media LP alleges that the company offered him 2 percent equity in the company’s non-baseball unit to prevent him from leaving, but did not compensate him after the company was acquired by The Walt Disney Co. for $2.6 billion, in a lawsuit filed in New York state court Thursday.
No case supports U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote’s decision to reject a jury’s $1.1 million verdict holding JPMorgan Chase & Co. liable for firing former wealth manager Jennifer Sharkey, Sharkey’s lawyers said Thursday, asking for leave to file an appeal.
A defunct Chicago pharmacy must face a retaliation claim from a former employee asserting he was fired for expressing concern to his superiors over kickbacks he alleged the pharmacy gave customers to attract business, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday.
Two law firms vying to lead proposed class actions against Westinghouse Electric for allegedly laying off workers without sufficient notice must get creative, a New York bankruptcy judge said Thursday, directing the firms for a second time to find a way to consolidate what are currently four separate cases.
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. defeated the final claim of two former wrestlers who had alleged the company hid the effects of repeated blows to the head when a Connecticut federal court ruled on Wednesday that the company had not attempted to conceal the long-term effects and instituted a concussion protocol when it became aware of the dangers.
Certainly, there is a place for good humor in the workplace, especially on April Fools’ Day. However, not all jokes are funny, nor are they always appropriate for the workplace. And when they rise to the level of discrimination or harassment, legal troubles may ensue, says Fred Sultan of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.
As recently demonstrated by a Georgia federal court’s decision in Polk Medical Center v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia, identifying Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims up front not only avoids unnecessary motions practice, but provides all involved parties a solid starting point for settlement discussions, says Larisa Vaysman of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in litigation and investigations related to corporate social responsibility issues. Activity has increased not only in the United States at the federal, state and local level, but also in several other countries. Proceedings and investigations have involved many different statutes and theories of liability, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
Despite the Trump administration’s desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has so far proved a crucial ally in President Donald Trump’s historic push to reshape the federal bench. But Trump’s nomination of conservative Oregon prosecutor Ryan Bounds to the Ninth Circuit could test how far the Iowa senator is willing to go in stretching confirmation norms, with the pick opposed by both homestate senators.
U.S. Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt has died at age 87, a Ninth Circuit court spokesperson confirmed Thursday, bringing an end to the 38-year appellate court career of a liberal lion who made a name for himself authoring key opinions on topics ranging from gay marriage to immigration.
Goodwin Procter rose to the top of this week’s legal lions list after a federal judge released client Teva from a $235 million patent verdict over its generic version of a heart medication, while Keker Van Nest & Peters and King & Spalding ended up on the legal lambs list after the Federal Circuit revived Oracle’s billion-dollar copyright lawsuit against their client, Google.
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