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More and more states are passing laws making it easier for workers to sue their employers over unfair gaps in pay and win more money doing it, putting the onus on businesses to get ahead of the trend or risk getting swept up in a wave of litigation, experts say.
After a federal magistrate judge recommended denying their bid, a New York federal judge Friday partially granted certification to female associates and executives accusing Goldman Sachs of systematic gender bias, denying certification for claims predicated on their “boys’ club” theory.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday ruled that the National Labor Relations Board was right in determining that a Puerto Rico-based company that purchased a newspaper publisher’s assets out of bankruptcy should have collectively bargained with unionized workers from the defunct company after it hired them for its own version of the publication.
Illinois-based McDermott Will & Emery LLP has hired approximately 50 DLA Piper attorneys across the country for its real estate finance, employment and litigation groups and has plans to open a new office in San Francisco this year, according to an internal memo Law360 obtained Friday.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a Washington, D.C., federal judge on Friday that it may not put out new rules for incentivizing workplace wellness programs until Congress confirms outstanding nominees for two seats on the commission, including the chair.
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M&T Bank Corp. has agreed to a nearly $2.5 million deal to end a certified Fair Labor Standards Act collective action filed in New York federal court alleging failure to pay certain workers overtime wages across the country.
The nonprofit National Right to Work Foundation on Thursday asked for an investigation into whether the National Labor Relations Board’s inspector general improperly disclosed confidential agency deliberations in two recent reports that examined member William Emanuel’s participation in a controversial joint employment case.
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation joined other business interest groups urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review Los Angeles’ requirement that airport businesses accept “labor peace agreements” with any union requesting one, saying Thursday the provision flies in the face of federal law and upends labor-management relations.
The former president and CEO of aerospace manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems Inc. has hit the company with a suit in Kansas federal court seeking $50 million in retirement benefits he says it wrongly withheld on claims he breached a noncompete agreement, saying the company he was courted — but not picked — to lead was not Spirit’s rival.
New York state’s highest court refused to dismiss a commodities broker’s breach of contract lawsuit against his former employer on Thursday, but also refused to engage in the culturally fraught calculus of saying just what “mazel” meant in the context of an email between the broker and his boss.
An electric vehicle startup moved Thursday to disqualify Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP from representing rival Faraday & Future Inc. in its trade secrets suit, saying the startup had consulted Quinn Emanuel before the suit was filed and shared confidential information, which should bar the firm from now switching sides.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied a request from Terra Energy Partners LLC to intervene in its discovery dispute with Sanchez Oil & Gas Corp. and force Sanchez to identify the trade secrets it says Terra misappropriated.
A Lehman Brothers medical insurance plan and asset manager Neuberger Berman have moved to shut down an appeal by a former Lehman employee who claims she was fired for blowing the whistle on the investment bank’s pre-crisis conduct, telling the First Circuit the case must be tossed on ironclad procedural grounds.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday refused let the government expand a False Claims Act suit against Fresenius Medical Care over allegedly fraudulently billed hepatitis B tests after intervening late in the game, ruling that the government was only granted permission to join the case as it stands.
A Texas appellate court on Thursday sided with BNSF Railway Co.’s contention that an expert witness’ testimony was inadmissible under the Federal Employers Liability Act in a case that linked a former employee’s asbestosis to his work for a predecessor to the railroad.
A Florida-based broker hit JP Morgan Securities LLC with a $15 million lawsuit in Manhattan trial court Thursday, claiming he was threatened, terminated and stripped of clients after the megabank learned he was cooperating in the federal probe of a “prized” client.
Caught in the middle of a collapsed sale of The Weinstein Co. and ensuing bankruptcy, the women accusing studio co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse face uncertainty in their path to monetary compensation from the company, but experts say their claims should be given special attention in the Chapter 11 case.
FordHarrison LLP has boosted its practices in both New England and Florida with the addition of two labor and employment attorneys – one from GrayRobinson and the other from McCarter & English LLP.
California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu discusses his interest in constitutional law, the transition from academia to judgeship, and the challenges that Asian-Americans currently face in the legal industry, as well as some of his personal hobbies.
With its recent agreement to settle numerous high-profile disputes over whether it is a joint employer with its franchisees, McDonald’s has avoided prolonged litigation and a potentially adverse decision that could have had sweeping ramifications for franchisors and their franchisees nationwide, says Steven Gutierrez of Holland & Hart LLP.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s revisions to its Employee Retirement Income Security Act raise questions about how courts will interpret them. Insurers looking for clues as to how the plaintiffs’ bar will used the regulations moving forward should look to the comments submitted by the bar, say Caitlin Strauss and Albert Moran of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.
Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.
Whether it’s a desire to be part of a cohesive team working toward a common goal or to apply a passion for business, there are a variety of reasons for both new and experienced lawyers to consider an in-house position. Here, Law360 looks at five indicators that can help attorneys decide whether in-house jobs are suitable for their lifestyles and professional goals.
Foley & Lardner LLP and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP said Friday they have agreed to combine, giving Foley a significant presence in the growing legal hot spot of Texas and pushing the new firm up to the top tier of BigLaw with a combined $830 million in revenue.
Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC announced on Friday that it will represent President Donald Trump in a Maryland federal lawsuit alleging his undivested business interests violate the U.S. Constitution, specifically emoluments clauses that bar gifts or payments from foreign powers.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., defended her state’s bipartisan judicial nomination process Friday in the wake of the death of U.S. Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, saying she would defend the Ninth Circuit from a “partisan attack” by President Donald Trump.
On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, we discuss how Munger Tolles dropping mandatory arbitration agreements may be the start of BigLaw’s #MeToo reckoning; Oracle’s billion-dollar copyright case against Google; associates held in contempt for following partners’ orders; and a famous drummer-turned-doctor who rushed to the aid of a juror during his own medical malpractice trial.
More than a dozen attorneys have attained all-star recognition among corporate counsel for at least the second consecutive year for commitment to their clients, a report found that leaders of businesses’ legal departments value unmatched client focus and experience from their outside counsel above all other traits, and Vimeo General Counsel Michael Cheah spoke to Law360 about why he’s on the front lines of the fight over the future of net neutrality. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
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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