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Lawmakers and witnesses at a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on Thursday on modernizing federal labor law agreed that the law needs updating but disagreed on how, as Republicans argued for more checks on unions and Democrats pushed to hammer employers that violate the National Labor Relations Act.
The female partner suing Proskauer Rose LLP in a $50 million gender discrimination case identified herself in an amended complaint Wednesday as Washington, D.C.-based Connie Bertram and lodged new allegations that the firm has disparaged her and frozen her out of firm business because she filed suit.
A proposed class of financial advisers asked a California federal court Thursday for preliminary approval of a $9.5 million settlement that Wells Fargo has agreed to pay to end an action alleging the bank did not properly reimburse business expenses or pay commissions on time.
Walmart Inc. urged a California federal court Thursday not to strike key evidence in its defense against claims it failed to provide state-mandated seating to a certified class of 80,000 cashiers, saying its discovery delay wasn’t intentional, and the sanction would be “essentially gutting our expert testimony.”
A Brooklyn federal jury delivered a $5.1 million verdict Wednesday against a Long Island, New York, health plan provider for forcing “Onionhead” religious practices on 10 workers and firing one who pushed back, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday.
House Democrats revealed a package of legislation on Thursday aimed at curbing anti-competitive employment practices that would ban noncompete and no-poach agreements and require merger reviews to include scrutiny of a deal’s potential impact on employment and wages.
More than a dozen women sent Uber’s board of directors a letter Thursday asking that they be freed from the constraints of arbitration provisions contained in their consumer agreements so they can pursue a class action alleging that inadequate driver screening procedures led to them and others being raped, harassed or sexually assaulted.
A split Seventh Circuit panel held Thursday that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act bars discrimination not only against older employees but also older job applicants, according to a decision reviving an attorney’s case over his application for a general counsel job at CareFusion Corp.
A Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP team on Thursday asked a New York federal judge for $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees after reaching a $4 million class action settlement with Forest Laboratories Inc. to end gender and pregnancy discrimination claims.
A former University of Louisville athletics employee launched a lawsuit against the university in Kentucky state court Wednesday, alleging she was wrongfully fired after being targeted for blowing the whistle on a range of misconduct and was discriminated against for having a disability.
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An Ohio church restaurant that earlier this month convinced an appellate panel to wipe out the U.S. Department of Labor’s win in a wage suit alleging it “spiritually coerced” congregants into working for free wants to make the government pay its legal fees, according to a document filed with the Sixth Circuit Thursday.
A California federal judge on Wednesday handed a major win to former athletes challenging the NCAA’s rules restricting their compensation, allowing expert testimony that the millions of dollars schools spend on coaching salaries and lavish facilities would go toward the players themselves if the restrictions were lifted, adding evidence that might distinguish this challenge from prior attempts.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday rejected a California tribal casino’s challenge to a National Labor Relations Board ruling that it can’t block workers from handing out union leaflets in guest areas, saying the board reasonably found it has jurisdiction over the casino despite ambiguity about the board’s authority over tribes in the National Labor Relations Act.
A handful of nonprofits and labor unions have hit Puerto Rico’s embattled federal oversight board with a lawsuit that seeks to disband it, calling the board a “reckless, dictatorial and racist” entity that’s unconstitutional and riddled with conflicts of interest.
The First Circuit on Thursday backed the National Labor Relations Board and required a Nashua, New Hampshire, branch of the United States Postal Service to explain, as it has since its workers’ union launched the action, why it eliminated the role of dedicated mail sorters in 2016.
U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials continued huddling Thursday to advance the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations peppered with a fresh set of demands from congressional lawmakers, who seek changes to the deal’s rules covering labor, the environment, digital trade and agriculture.
AARP and the attorneys general of California, New York and Oregon urged the full Fifth Circuit on Thursday to overturn a panel decision that invalidated the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2016 fiduciary rule, saying the rule is necessary to protect the retirement savings of millions of workers.
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. has settled its claims against rival Apotex Inc. alleging that the company’s onetime CEO benefited from confidential information he gained from a former Teva executive with whom he had a romantic relationship.
A federal judge on Thursday struck down a request by individuals being sued by a former Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe health executive in a False Claims Act suit to force the ex-employee to respond to certain discovery requests.
Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction on Thursday after a retrial in Pennsylvania demonstrates how the #MeToo movement is having a profound impact on the legal landscape. The Cosby proceedings provide a perfect case in point because of the stark contrast between his first trial in June 2017 and his retrial in April 2018, say Ross Kramer and Suzanne Jaffe Bloom of Winston & Strawn LLP.
The tug of war over which restaurant employees are entitled to a piece of customer gratuities continues. Seven years after the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations expressly prohibiting employers from requiring tipped employees to share gratuities with nontipped staff, the rope has moved in the opposite direction, say Marc Zimmerman and Kathryn Lundy of Michelman & Robinson LLP.
Former federal judge Barbara Jones of Bracewell LLP was appointed special master Thursday to hear disputes among federal prosecutors, President Donald Trump and Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen over potentially privileged materials seized from Cohen by the FBI.
Slater & Gordon UK on Thursday announced that it has appointed to its senior management a pair of corporate leaders from the consumer business and private equity sectors as part of a round of leadership changes following the firm’s sale to hedge funds.
Policymakers at the American Bar Association are expected to consider a model law firm policy aimed at promoting lawyer well-being later this year, an ABA committee chair said Thursday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday, sending the controversial measure to the full chamber, where it is opposed by the Senate’s leader and is likely to languish without coming to a final vote.
State and federal judges dominated the list of the administration’s nominees to federal courts announced Thursday, as President Donald Trump seeks to fill vacancies in the Fourth and Second Circuits, as well as courts in Florida and the Court of Federal Claims.
Jones Day clocked a lion’s win this week when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the law firm’s arguments and struck down partial decisions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, while an in-house attorney at Merck made it on the legal lambs list after a judge said his “dishonest and duplicitous” behavior doomed a $200 million patent win for the company.
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