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BigLaw’s brass ring has grown more elusive in recent years, Law360 data shows, and experts say a number of potentially market-changing forces may be at work.
De-equitized partners. Contracting offices. Declining headcount. The leaders of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan say it’s all part of the plan — a plan that’s already paying dividends.
Lathrop Gage lost more than 15 percent of its attorneys in 2017. Can a new managing partner help bolster its headcount?
Andrews Kurth Kenyon saw a more than 12 percent drop in headcount in the year before its February merger with Hunton & Williams — a story experts expect to become familiar for regional firms in Texas.
The three largest employment boutiques are getting bigger at a faster rate than their rivals, according to this year’s Law360 400. Here’s our look at the trends that shaped the sector in 2017.
The U.S. Supreme Court turned aside a pair of employment cases Monday, letting stand an approximately $6 million award to three California police officers who claim they did not get plum assignments because they are Latino and rejecting a carpenters’ union challenge over whether it should face claims that certain collective bargaining contract provisions flout antitrust law.
An Ohio televangelist’s suggestion that congregants were “closing the door on God” when they didn’t volunteer at a church-run buffet did not violate federal wage law, the Sixth Circuit said Monday in a published opinion, overturning an order that the Cathedral Buffet pay nearly $400,000 in a U.S. Department of Labor suit.
Eastman Chemical Co. can’t escape allegations it fired a worker because he asked to take time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act, a Tennessee federal judge ruled Monday, saying evidence shows Eastman may have fired him after tricking him into taking optional benefits for a disability that it then claimed he didn’t properly document.
Cronin Law Firm LLC must face a lawsuit alleging it discriminated against a former associate because of his Asian race after a New Jersey federal judge on Friday said the lawyer sufficiently pled claims related to derogatory text messages among firm employees, including one bearing the image of a samurai.
Employees of rail equipment suppliers Knorr-Bremse and Wabtec have filed suit in Pennsylvania federal court over an alleged long-running agreement between the rivals not to poach each other’s workers, after the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with the companies earlier this month.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday backed Sterling Jewelers in its workers’ Second Circuit appeal of a ruling that booted 70,000 women from a class arbitration, saying they shouldn’t be dragged into a gender discrimination case they didn’t ask to join.
Goldman Sachs asked the Second Circuit Friday to review a New York federal judge’s partial class certification of female associates and executives who accuse the banking giant of systematic gender bias, saying it turned a U.S. Supreme Court decision “on its head.”
A small western Massachusetts community college will have to face a retaliation suit brought by a former director of public safety who says he was treated differently because of his Hispanic origin and fired when he filed a complaint, a federal judge ruled Monday.
A Washington federal judge on Friday refused to lift an injunction halting President Donald Trump’s new ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, finding that questions remain whether the controversial policy is based on evidence or discriminatory stereotypes.
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Roadrunner Intermodal Services LLC and other trucking companies have agreed to pay $9.2 million to end claims in California federal court from a putative class of truck drivers who say they were wrongly classified as independent contractors, the drivers said in a motion for preliminary approval Friday.
A California federal judge on Monday said he’s likely to grant Big Lots Stores’ bid to toss a certified class of 29,000 workers’ claim they’re owed wages for locking up after clocking out, saying the average time of three minutes is too short to merit consideration.
A Michigan concrete contractor improperly classified its H-2B visa workers in a position with lower wages and failed to pay certain job-related costs, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday, finding that the company must now pay a total of $102,808 to those employees.
The National Labor Relations Board — citing a recent ruling that overturned its 2011 Specialty Healthcare standard making it easier for “micro-units” of workers to unionize — ruled Friday that a regional director must take a fresh look at whether a proposed unit of workers at a California winery passes muster under the board’s new standard.
Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a bill that would take National Labor Relations Board jurisdiction away from tribe-owned companies like casinos, voting on a razor-thin margin against the measure in a procedural vote.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday called for the Trump administration’s views in a major False Claims Act case involving Gilead Sciences Inc., suggesting that the high court may soon revisit its landmark Escobar decision.
The National Football League told a Pennsylvania federal judge during oral arguments Monday that a string of collective bargaining agreements preempted claims being brought by players who opted out of a bottomless settlement deal aimed at resolving litigation over head injuries.
One of the NFL concussion settlement’s lead attorneys, Chris Seeger of Seeger Weiss LLP, on Friday accused Locks Law Firm, which is seeking more authority in its administration, of “Monday morning quarterbacking” by raising meritless complaints that are already being dealt with or are simply at odds with its terms.
BakerHostetler has beefed up its ranks in Atlanta by luring over a team of Morris Manning & Martin LLP attorneys –– including three partners who led Morris Manning’s employment practice –– that’s well-versed in a broad range of employment law issues, including executive compensation and restrictive covenants.
Los Angeles-based law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP announced Monday that it has entered the Texas market by opening a Dallas office that will be staffed with 10 partners, bringing the total number of firm offices worldwide to 16.
In the wake of national media coverage of sexual harassment claims and the #MeToo movement, New York state and New York City lawmakers have proposed legislation placing more obligations on employers to address sexual harassment in the workplace and to restrict mechanisms for resolving claims of sexual harassment, say attorneys with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg, senior fellow at People for the American Way.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is on the hunt for a new law firm, announcing on Monday that he plans to leave Dentons after spending three years as a senior adviser in the global law firm’s public policy and regulation practice.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has chosen a member of the Chickasaw tribe in Oklahoma to clerk for him this coming year, marking the first time a Native American tribal member has served as a clerk on the nation’s highest court, it was announced on Friday.
A New York federal judge on Monday refused calls from President Donald Trump and his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for an order blocking federal prosecutors from looking through a trove of materials seized in raids on Cohen’s office and home.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders, who was convicted of fraud, reached an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that bars him from serving as a public company official and allows for a future disgorgement order or fine, according to a Monday court filing.
Rachel Stern started working as the first lawyer at the Connecticut-based data and software company FactSet Research Systems Inc. in January 2001. Since then, her role has expanded to include several nonlegal responsibilities. She recently shared with Law360 why it’s not sufficient for firms to present a pitch with three white men and one junior woman of color, and why it’s important to embrace the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation.
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