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While the #MeToo movement has led to a long-awaited reckoning for workplace sexual harassers and the employers that enable them, it’s also bumped up against a handful of legal, legislative and cultural barriers that still deprive many women of justice, leading plaintiffs’ attorneys say.
Former Fox News commentator Scottie Nell Hughes can proceed with a key claim that the network illegally blacklisted her after she reported alleged rape and continued harassment by Fox Business host Charles Payne, a New York federal judge ruled Tuesday, while also narrowing Hughes’ other claims.
Justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court appeared skeptical when considering whether a state court judge who admitted to an affair with a court clinician can remain on the bench as they heard oral arguments in the potentially precedent-setting case Tuesday morning.
A New Jersey federal judge ruled Tuesday that Goldman Sachs does not have to pay the legal fees, now pegged at $10 million, incurred by its former vice president Sergey Aleynikov in a nine-year fight with prosecutors over his alleged theft of code, saying chitchat from a Delaware business judge doesn’t trump binding precedent from the Third Circuit.
BNSF Railway Co. slapped the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with a lawsuit in Texas federal court Tuesday, alleging that the agency flouted the Americans with Disabilities Act by sending individuals right to sue notices based on an illegitimate charge from a former EEOC commissioner.
Cox Communications LLC does not have to face a former employee’s lawsuit alleging she was fired for complaining about discrimination against another co-worker, the Tenth Circuit ruled Tuesday, agreeing with the lower court that she failed to demonstrate a connection between her actions and her termination.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed into law a bill aimed at promoting equal pay for workers regardless of race or gender, which supporters praised as a way to reduce the pay gap while others warned the law is vague and a “litigation magnet.”
Two former NFL cheerleaders told the league Tuesday they’re willing to end discrimination claims in exchange for a good-faith meeting with league commissioner Roger Goodell aimed at improving treatment and management of cheer squads.
Knorr-Bremse and Wabtec are facing new employment antitrust allegations after former employees sued in Maryland federal court Monday over alleged “no poach” agreements between the two rail supply companies.
A wireless infrastructure construction company sued a competitor in Illinois federal court on Monday, accusing the company of “systematically” poaching its employees and subcontractors and inducing them to violate their noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements in order to gain access to confidential information and trade secrets.
The U.S. Department of Justice has improperly continued to demand medical records and testimony from a podiatry clinic chain despite declining to join a False Claims Act case that accuses the chain of fraudulent billing, according to a petition filed Monday in Kentucky federal court.
A group of businesses and business associations, represented by the conservative think tank Texas Public Policy Foundation, hit the city of Austin with a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the city’s mandatory paid sick leave ordinance, set to go into effect on Oct. 1, and asked the court to halt its implementation.
The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday said the University of North Dakota did not violate the free speech rights of a former employee when it fired him after he had criticized the legal fees the school’s environmental research center was paying.
Jurors reasonably found that Florida Atlantic University did not violate a professor’s speech rights by firing him after learning of a blog in which he said the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting was a hoax, a judge ruled Monday in refusing him a new trial.
Florida-based Greenspoon Marder LLP has moved forward with its national expansion plans, opening an office in Los Angeles with six corporate litigators, four of whom jumped from the Beverly Hills business and entertainment law firm Eisner Jaffe.
It’s been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates v. Allstate Insurance, but courts continue to wrestle with whether state statutory class action bars are enforceable in federal court, say Daniel Fong and Robert Guite of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
In Kelly Ellis v. Google, a California federal judge recently denied Google’s bid to dismiss classwide claims alleging gender-based pay discrimination. If the class is certified and if the plaintiffs win, it may signify the beginning of the end of the fight for equal pay for women, say Debra Ellwood Meppen and Laurie DeYoung of Gordon & Rees LLP.
A California appellate court recently upheld a trial court’s summary judgment in a secondary exposure asbestos case where the plaintiffs could offer no admissible evidence that the decedent’s father worked around asbestos-containing materials. While this opinion is unpublished and uncitable under California rules, its legal theory can apply to other cases, says Theresa Mullineaux of Husch Blackwell LLP.
In an otherwise positive year for law firm financials, a few firms stood out in 2017 with more drastic increases and decreases in revenue than the rest of the pack, according to the new Am Law 100 report released Tuesday.
Gregory Craig, a politically connected legal adviser and lead author of a controversial report at play in the Mueller investigation, has left Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, a firm spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner and former high-profile Chicago prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday that he has been part of James Comey’s legal team since May 2017, the month the president fired Comey from his position as director of the FBI.
Texas law firms are operating against a drumbeat of new entrants to the market, competitive lateral hiring and mergers that have swept up several long-established firms, but the stalwarts say their partners and clients prefer independence and say they’ve got plenty of room to grow and thrive.
In-house counsel must prepare for sweeping new data privacy regimes and gird their organizations against a potential cyberbreach by educating themselves about the technical aspects of cybersecurity and building collaborative relationships with other corporate departments, a panel of experts told corporate counsel at a conference on Tuesday.
Diversity and inclusion in the legal ecosystem are global issues, and legal operations professionals have a responsibility and opportunity to promote and develop the topics across their organizations and industry, a panel of women said on Tuesday.
The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s choice for a Louisiana-based Fifth Circuit vacancy, sending Schaerr Duncan LLP partner Stuart Kyle Duncan, a lead attorney in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby case, to the bench Tuesday on a largely partisan vote.
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