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A Georgia judge on Wednesday sentenced a former Fisher Phillips LLP partner who fatally shot his wife to life in prison, after an Atlanta jury rejected the attorney’s contention that the shooting was an accident and convicted him of felony murder.
Although employers scored a landmark win Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workers can be barred from pursuing class claims, the decision could prove to be a double-edged sword, since businesses face the prospect of footing the bill for an avalanche of individual arbitration demands workers may file. Here’s a look at how plaintiffs will forge ahead now that the ruling is on the books.
Though they’re celebrating the decision as a win, employers may not like the legal response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that businesses can make workers sign away their rights to file class suits as a condition of employment, panelists said Wednesday at an American Arbitration Association conference.
The National Football League will require all players on the field to stand for the national anthem and fine any team whose players or staff don’t follow that rule, according to a statement on Wednesday that said on-field protests during the song had made players seem “unpatriotic.”
Too many BigLaw leaders are focused on sexual harassment in the workplace and the #MeToo movement as a legal risk rather than a solvable cultural problem, legal industry and employment experts said Wednesday.
Jamba Juice operator Whirl Colorado LLC sued insurer Houston Casualty Co. in California federal court on Tuesday over the “offensive” refusal to resolve “very dangerous claims” stemming from a store manager’s sexual assault of one of his workers.
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The U.S. Department of Labor urged the U.S. Supreme Court to erase an “incorrect” Ninth Circuit decision that upheld a 2011 DOL rule regulating when so-called tip pools can be instituted by employers, but stopped short of backing full-blown high court review, noting that the agency has already moved to roll back the Obama-era regulations at the heart of the dispute.
A Chipotle employee asked the Fifth Circuit to toss a Texas federal judge’s contempt order requiring her to withdraw claims citing violation of a U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule in her New Jersey suit, saying the judge cannot meddle in her case because she has no connection to his court.
A file clerk with Powell Trachtman PC has filed a proposed class action against the disbanding firm and several of its attorneys on behalf of its support staff, alleging that the firm does not pay file clerks, assistants and paralegals overtime.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s bid to join a False Claims Act suit alleging Medicare fraud against a podiatry chain may be “motivated by vindictiveness,” the chain told a Kentucky federal court Wednesday, citing its successful challenge recently to the DOJ’s investigative powers.
A South Carolina federal judge on Wednesday ordered a former medical testing lab head and two marketing consultants to pay more than $111 million after a jury found the trio filed thousands of false claims for reimbursement with Medicare and a health care program for military members.
A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday denied a group of construction worker unions effort to elevate to priority status $13 million in unpaid wage claims in a Chapter 11 case for contractor Navillus Tile Inc., finding the lack of an “employee-employer” relationship instructive.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Wednesday that it has added to its Houston office a former Baker McKenzie LLP employment partner with experience fending off major trade secret and class action suits.
McGuireWoods LLP has bolstered its employment practice with the addition of the former assistant general counsel for Dollar Tree Inc., who had worked at the firm before leaving to supervise the retailer’s legal affairs and guide its litigation strategy within the employment arena.
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday in Epic Systems v. Lewis is a decisive win for employers, it simply preserves the status quo in wage and hour litigation and reaffirms the ability of employers to avoid costly class actions by requiring employees to sign arbitration agreements containing class action waivers as a condition of employment, say Veronica Gray and Allison Callaghan of Nossaman LLP.
While the fate of recent bills seeking to prohibit or severely limit employment restrictive covenants is uncertain at best, in New York the employee choice doctrine remains a useful tool in the employer arsenal for restricting post-employment competition if the groundwork is properly created and administered, says Jerome Coleman of Putney Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP.
Four challenges often arise in modeling wages for pay discrimination cases, and modeling wages across multiple firms in a no-poaching context further complicates matters, say Stephen Bronars and Deborah Foster of Edgeworth Economics LLC.
“Ridiculous” is how Paul Manafort’s attorney has described his client’s charges under a loosely followed foreign lobbying law, but a Law360 analysis shows that throngs of Washington influencers are now emerging from the shadows to comply.
Behind the scenes, law firms are scrambling to stay in the government’s good graces after the Foreign Agents Registration Act was used to indict President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.
With the Foreign Agents Registration Act in the spotlight, some members of Congress are facing big challenges in their quest to add teeth to the law.
Attorneys for Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed Wednesday in D.C. district court that they intend to call Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Melissa L. Laurenza to testify at the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
President Donald Trump’s choice for an Eleventh Circuit seat faced few questions in her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday and no opposition from Republicans who control whether Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant’s nomination advances.
The judges on the D.C. Circuit have voted to begin streaming live audio in nearly all oral arguments after it started doing so on a case-by-case basis last fall, the powerful U.S. appeals court said Wednesday in a victory for judicial transparency supporters.
While not as noisy as a barnyard, the chatter and laughter heard during attorney presentations led the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to grant a North Dakota farm equipment company a rehearing in its patent infringement case against a rival.
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