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The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided to wade into a data breach lawsuit that hinges on what arbitration agreements have to say for workers to be able to bring class arbitration claims, giving the justices a chance to clarify the high court’s 2010 Stolt-Nielsen ruling and tackle an issue with major implications for employers looking to fend off class actions.
A former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP legal secretary has dropped a suit alleging a supervisor made various racist and homophobic comments about him and other African-American colleagues behind the scenes of an Apple v. Samsung patent trial, according to a New York federal court filing Tuesday.
A New York federal judge closed the book Tuesday on a certified class action brought by female New York City school crossing guards alleging they were paid less than male traffic enforcement agents, finding the two positions are too dissimilar to warrant comparison.
Darden Restaurant Inc.’s Seasons 52 has agreed to pay nearly $3 million and take additional measures to eliminate age bias at its restaurants to end a Florida federal court suit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging the restaurant chain discriminates against job applicants older than 40.
A New Jersey appeals court upheld Wednesday an order declaring a mistrial and granting a third trial in an employment discrimination suit by a former Rite Aid store manager, saying the jury did not receive proper instructions about how to evaluate a claim that another manager was treated differently.
Google LLC urged a California federal judge on Tuesday to decertify a collective action alleging its hiring practices discriminated against candidates older than 40, arguing that the collective members had dissimilar experiences applying to work there.
A woman who spoke to The New York Times about sexual harassment at Ford Motor Co.’s Chicago plants was ordered Wednesday to appear for a deposition in a proposed class action over similar claims, after Ford complained she had been dodging the automaker to avoid testifying.
A Mississippi federal judge on Wednesday cast a suspicious eye on Home Depot’s attempts to block a former manager who claims he was fired because he’s black from citing evidence that his supervisors were racist, rejecting the home improvement giant’s bid to escape the suit.
Facebook Inc. argued in North Carolina federal court Tuesday that a black employee didn’t demonstrate the social media behemoth made promotion and pay decisions based on race or allowed him to suffer from a hostile work environment, seeking a quick toss of the claims.
Twenty-one U.S. senators led by Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., urged the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to reconsider its decision not to collect data on workplace harassment, Murray announced on Wednesday as the ranking member of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
WAGE & HOUR
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday said a construction company in the state has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations by a former employee that it failed to pay workers at required wage levels while acting as a contractor for public construction jobs.
A California-based data solutions services company has agreed to pay $173,044 to 12 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor determined that the employer violated the H-1B visa program by underpaying the workers, the department announced on Tuesday.
New Jersey employers must now provide earned sick leave pay to their workers under a new law that Gov. Phil Murphy signed Wednesday, a measure he said will support both working families and the state’s economy.
The parents of a 19-year-old man who died after cyanide exposure while on the job at a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Deer Park, Texas, have filed a state court suit alleging that the company’s negligence in making their son continue working even as alarms sounded caused his death.
A California federal judge on Wednesday awarded $2,025,000 in attorneys’ fees — trimming $474,500 off the ask — in a $7.5 million deal between Uber and a class of drivers who accused the company of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, saying the settlement produced a “very modest result.”
A PepsiCo Inc. bottling subsidiary has agreed to pay $1.19 million to more than 23,000 potential class members who allege the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by failing to disclose it accessed their consumer reports, according to a Wednesday bid for preliminary approval of the deal.
A former Wakefern Food Corp. employee has called on the Third Circuit to revive her malpractice claims against an attorney she says was a partner in a firm that mishandled her wrongful termination suit against the supermarket business.
The U.S. Trustee’s office and the Teamsters union on Tuesday told a New York bankruptcy court that a proposed $7.1 million employee bonus proposal in Tops Markets LLC’s Chapter 11 plan would award hefty bonuses to the supermarket chain’s top executives for simply doing their jobs.
Fox Rothschild LLP has bolstered its employment practice in New York with the addition of a former Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP attorney, whose experience includes advising employers on issues such as wages, discrimination and trade secrets and defending employers when litigation arises.
A Rhode Island federal court recently ruled in favor of an employer in a decision concerning an employee arbitration agreement, an intriguing split from a decision in a similar case months earlier by the same court in a separate session, say Alicia Samolis and Chris Wildenhain of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.
Recently enacted Internal Revenue Code Section 1061 makes several important modifications to the beneficial tax treatment of carried interest. Professionals in the hedge fund, private equity or real estate industries need to keep this new provision in mind when structuring their compensation arrangements, say attorneys at Frost Brown Todd LLC.
A Williams & Connolly LLP partner who served as an attorney to Bill Clinton during his impeachment is in line to replace Ty Cobb, the lead attorney for the president on the Russia investigation, as Cobb plans to retire at the end of the month, according to statements Wednesday from the White House and the firm.
Pinsent Masons LLP for the first time stole the top spot as the United Kingdom’s most distinct legal brand in a survey of corporate legal department leaders published on Wednesday by London research firm Acritas.
Pro Bono Spotlight
The dispute between New York City and a coalition of New Jersey Muslims alleging the New York City Police Department illegally spied on them for years ended in a settlement in April, bringing to a close six years of litigation supported by the pro bono work of Gibbons PC.
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