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Uber won plaudits Tuesday with its announcement that it would no longer steer sexual misconduct claims into arbitration, but critics were quick to pump the brakes on the praise, noting that the ride-hailing giant can still use arbitration to keep class actions from seeing their day in court.
Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. said Tuesday that they will no longer push arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment against riders, drivers or employees, clearing the way for such claims to be heard in court.
More than a dozen former Fox News employees have settled a putative class action in New York state court alleging systematic racial discrimination by the network news giant, according to the employees’ attorneys.
The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday revived a discrimination suit against a health care services company by a former employee, ruling she presented enough circumstantial evidence to convince a jury that the company’s explanation for terminating her employment was an excuse to fire her because she was pregnant.
Dell Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay nearly 500 female and African-American employees $2.9 million to settle allegations that four locations in California and North Carolina paid women and some minority workers less than their white male counterparts, the U.S. Department of Labor’s federal contracts watchdog announced Monday.
A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday tossed parts of a suit alleging Whole Foods Market Inc. let workers harass an African-American worker over his race, saying the treatment the worker described wasn’t harsh enough to support a suit.
The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday affirmed dismissal of a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency criminal enforcement office supervisor’s age bias suit against the agency, agreeing with the lower court that he missed a deadline to sue.
Active and prospective transgender troops urged a Washington federal judge to keep an injunction in place freezing President Donald Trump’s policy barring them from serving in the military, arguing that they’ll be denied crucial medical treatment if the stay is lifted pending the administration’s appeal.
A Costco Wholesale Corp. job applicant urged a Minnesota federal judge Monday not to toss his proposed class action accusing the retailer of wrongly denying applicants employment because of medical marijuana use, arguing that he had a right to sue under the state’s civil rights law.
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A California federal judge on Monday declined to toss a putative class action filed by immigrants who allege that their wages were stolen by the owner of a privately run detention facility, but did pare back some of the wage allegations.
The Communications Workers of America union has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging AT&T and TV station operator Nexstar Media Group violated federal labor law by refusing requests to explain how they’re using their windfalls from last year’s tax overhaul.
Former NFL players who opted out of a settlement in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries should not be able to bring a lawsuit against helmet maker Riddell Inc., because their claims are covered by collective bargaining agreements, the company said Monday in Pennsylvania federal court.
A New York federal judge on Monday threw out four remaining claims against the Related Cos. in a dispute over the real estate developer’s alleged poaching of a building company’s president and its trade secrets, but said a recent New York state court ruling left the door open for two previously dismissed claims to be revived.
Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday lost its bid to trim assault and false imprisonment claims filed by a 16-year-old girl who said the ride-hailing giant negligently hired a lascivious driver who held her in his car against her will, after a San Francisco judge called Uber’s motion “a costly sideshow.”
A California appeals court has revived a whistleblower case filed by a former radiology professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, finding there should be a trial to determine if the university fired him because he complained of patient safety risks at the medical school’s brain imaging center.
A Texas appellate court on Tuesday revived a personal injury suit against Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. brought by a mechanic who claims he sustained chemical burns while working to repair a Diamond vessel, rejecting the company’s argument that the case had to be brought in Bermuda under the man’s employment agreement.
An Ohio bankruptcy judge on Monday authorized units of bankrupt FirstEnergy Corp. to provide up to $150 million in incentive and retention bonus payments to their employees, particularly employees needed for the planned shutdown of the company’s nuclear plants.
While recent actions to eliminate forced arbitration for employee sexual harassment and sex discrimination claims are welcomed developments in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the concerns motivating the movement provide a similar opportunity to consider the ramifications of changes that benefit one group and how they might be expanded to benefit all workers, says Joseph Abboud of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.
While the revamped test for independent contractor status under the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court raises new questions under state law, it also presents opportunities for companies to present new legal arguments (and take new proactive steps) in defense of independent contractor relationships, say Samantha Rollins and Andrew Murphy of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
Last month, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls announced a major enforcement case and settlement for violations of arms export regulations involving FLIR Systems Inc. The case is a reminder to U.S. companies that what may seem like “routine” violations can quickly turn into a $30 million problem, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.
Seeger Weiss LLP co-founder Christopher Seeger helped patients who suffered heart attacks after using testosterone replacement drugs score more than $300 million in two recent bellwether trials and negotiated a record $1.5 billion agricultural settlement last year, earning him a place among Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
Law firms currently lag behind much of the corporate world when it comes to using psychology to price the services they sell, and in doing so firms may be missing out on a good deal of potential revenue, according to a speaker at the Legal Marketing Association’s P3 conference in Chicago Tuesday.
Corporate clients are increasingly grading outside counsel on a vast array of traits and characteristics and using the report cards they develop to make big decisions about who to keep and who to cut from their rosters, according to a presentation at the Legal Marketing Association’s P3 conference in Chicago on Tuesday.
The retainer fee has largely survived the financial push-and-pull between firms and corporate clients over the last decade, experts said, but some evidence is emerging that even companies with cash-flow problems have leverage to negotiate smaller upfront payments with their counsel.
Charlotte School of Law sued the American Bar Association in North Carolina federal court Tuesday, claiming that enforcement actions by the organization related to law school accreditation violated the due process rights of the for-profit college and led to its closure last year.
The Senate approved Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP partner John Nalbandian for the Sixth Circuit and Carson Ryan LLC principal Joel M. Carson III for the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday, the latest in a flurry of appellate judicial confirmations in the past two weeks.
Pillsbury Winthrop announced Tuesday it has added 13 former Eversheds Sutherland attorneys to its state and local tax team led by Carley Roberts and Marc Simonetti, increasing to 19 the number of attorneys focused on SALT.
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