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Mark Steyn, a commentator who had a public falling-out last year with the conservative media company CRTV, has won some $4 million in arbitration against the network, it was revealed on Thursday, with a New York judge rejecting the company’s effort to reduce the amount it owes.
A union attorney on Wednesday moved for the National Labor Relations Board’s Republican members to stop hearing cases, citing concerns that they will favor employers over workers, amid agency squabbles over whether Republican member Bill Emanuel should have sat out a recent case incorporating issues from one his former firm litigated
The new proprietor of a Honda dealership won’t have to face racial discrimination claims from a worker employed by the dealer’s previous management since he didn’t prove an employment relationship with the new ownership, a Maryland federal judge ruled Thursday, also chiding the parties’ counsel for bad behavior.
A Lyft driver accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of illegally tracking drivers bungled his second shot at proving the ride-hailing giant violated wiretapping and privacy laws, a California federal judge said Wednesday in dismissing the bulk of the amended suit, finding he had done little to fix the deficiencies in his original claims.
A former Southwest Airlines Co. employee did not prove the airline fired him for Family and Medical Leave Act absences and not an alleged comment about wanting to bring a shotgun to work, the Fifth Circuit said Wednesday, affirming the lower court’s ruling.
The PGA Tour is facing a lawsuit in California federal court from a former sales manager who claims he was fired because he’s gay from a job where he was denied disability accommodation and overtime.
WAGE & HOUR
The NCAA on Wednesday urged the Ninth Circuit to look at a recent decision denying a wage suit over a televangelist whose followers were allegedly coerced into volunteering for his church’s for-profit restaurant, citing it as further reason not to revive a proposed wage-and-hour class action by a former University of Southern California football player.
A California federal judge on Thursday issued a stay in the settlement proceedings for Uber’s “safe rides” suit until the Ninth Circuit makes a decision on an en banc review petition for the multidistrict litigation over Hyundai Motor America Inc. and affiliate Kia Motors Inc.’s alleged misstatements about vehicle fuel efficiency.
Nearly 100 Democratic lawmakers urged the Trump administration late Wednesday to use its influence in the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations to beat back pending Mexican legislation that they claim would hinder the effort to improve the trade deal’s labor provisions.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. sued a former lead sales rep in an upstate New York office for allegedly taking customers to a competitor, according to court papers filed Thursday in federal court.
A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday trimmed a claim from a fired UBS Financial Services Inc. executive’s whistleblower suit following a U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that Dodd-Frank Act protections only extend to those who report alleged wrongdoing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The federal panel empowered to restructure Puerto Rico’s debts and shore up its finances certified six-year fiscal plans for the island on Thursday, bucking the resistance by the territory’s government to pension reform and other austerity measures in an effort to fix the island’s debt crisis and instill investor confidence.
Despite the powerful incentives to engage in external whistleblowing after Digital Realty, companies should know that their compliance programs can contribute in meaningful ways to whether employees decide to report possible misconduct internally or to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.
While participation in the new alternative dispute resolution program for reprisal cases in the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General may seem unnecessary, it is still worth considering, says Lynne Halbrooks, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP and former acting inspector general of the DOD.
The New Jersey Legislature recently passed a bill requiring employers in the state to provide employees with paid sick time, and Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to sign it. Michelle Silverman and Rudolph Burshnic of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP offer an overview of the proposed law and suggestions for how employers can prepare.
New tax provisions added as part of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act substantially favor independent contractors over W-2 employees. This, coupled with the 100 percent Ohio income tax exclusion for business income, means many Ohio independent contractors will pay far less taxes than W-2 employees at the same pay levels, says Thomas Ubbing of Brouse McDowell LPA.
LEXIS PRACTICE ADVISOR
The scope of discovery that plaintiffs can obtain from defendants in employment discrimination cases includes limitations that defendants often attempt to assert. San Francisco-based attorney William Jhaveri-Weeks addresses how to use the different mechanisms for obtaining discovery effectively, and the types of cases and discovery disputes that often occur.
Male equity partners on average are paid almost 30 percent more than their female counterparts, research firm Acritas said Thursday after questioning more than 800 attorneys for its latest global survey.
Former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani joined President Donald Trump’s legal team on Thursday, 10 days after Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen had his files seized by federal investigators in Manhattan.
A Beijing murder trial in March is thought to mark the first time in China a court has used virtual reality during a criminal trial. As the technology’s costs come down and its familiarity goes up, it likely won’t be long before U.S. courtrooms follow suit.
Paul Hastings LLP tops the legal lions this week after the Federal Circuit granted client Sunovion Pharmaceuticals a win in a patent dispute, while the lambs list was headed by Michael Cohen, a longtime personal attorney of President Donald Trump’s who is now under criminal investigation.
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