| GLASS CEILING REPORT
Our latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that women remain underrepresented in the legal profession, particularly at the top levels of most — but not all — law firms. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers, our annual ranking of the firms with the most women in the equity tier.
Female law firm leaders have scraped their way to the top. Now they want to pull up other women, too. And this may be their toughest challenge yet.
Women have been gaining ground at Ogletree Deakins and Morrison & Foerster, but gender discrimination lawsuits against these firms and others suggest that expanding women’s representation doesn’t necessarily lead to equal treatment.
U.K. law firms have come up with numerous approaches to a new requirement for disclosing gender pay gap information, and the ensuing PR storm is pushing them in conflicting directions.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday cleaned several pending cases off its docket concerning the legality of employers’ mandatory arbitration agreements with class waivers — including a case involving a 24 Hour Fitness USA pact that contained an opt-out procedure for workers — in light of its blockbuster Epic Systems decision last week that such agreements are legal.
The D.C. Circuit told the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday to explain its legal standard for determining the collective bargaining obligations of certain successor employers, finding that the agency had not adequately done so when it ruled that a diesel fuel tank manufacturer illegally refused to bargain with a union over the layoffs of 12 people.
An ex-Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorney urged a California federal judge on Friday to keep her $300 million putative gender discrimination class and collective action against the firm in the Northern District, arguing that moving the dispute would put class members at an unfair disadvantage.
With the end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic term just a month away, there are still a number of controversial cases awaiting decisions, touching on hot-button issues ranging from LGBT rights to public-sector unions. Here, Law360 breaks down the big-ticket items for which court watchers are eagerly on the lookout.
The Communication Workers of America expanded its proposed class action Tuesday alleging Amazon, T-Mobile and “hundreds of major American employers” illegally target younger workers in Facebook job ads, adding federal age-bias claims and broadening the case’s theory to target Facebook’s audience algorithm.
A Texas appellate court has affirmed the dismissal of a discrimination suit against the Texas comptroller’s office brought by a former employee who said her bipolar disorder was the reason it rejected her application to rejoin the agency.
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Both the city of Philadelphia and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia are asking the Third Circuit to review a recent decision that partially blocked a local ordinance aimed at addressing pay equity by barring employers both from asking about a job applicant’s salary history and using salary histories to set wages.
Waterstone Mortgage Corp. asked the Seventh Circuit to reverse an arbitrator’s $10.5 million award in an overtime suit filed by Waterstone loan originators, arguing Tuesday that a federal judge improperly ordered the dispute be resolved in class arbitration.
The U.S. Department of Labor and the operator of three residential group homes in Texas have asked a court to pause a $2.2 million lawsuit alleging the employer unlawfully deducted wages from workers’ pay for sleep time in violation of federal labor law, citing a pending settlement.
The Spearmint Rhino chain of nightclubs and a group of exotic dancers who worked there were ordered by a California federal judge Tuesday to explain how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems impacts a contested $8.5 million settlement in their case.
A school bus company said Tuesday that it shouldn’t be held liable for not complying with California’s Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act requiring employers to get job applicants’ consent before conducting background checks, arguing before that state’s Supreme Court that because the ICRAA overlaps with another state law, both are unconstitutionally vague and invalid.
Robert O. Carr, founder and former CEO of Heartland Payment Systems Inc., and his girlfriend were slammed Tuesday with a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court alleging they engaged in insider trading based on confidential information about the company’s roughly $4.3 billion acquisition by Global Payments Inc.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will not hear whistleblowers’ appeal of a Sixth Circuit finding that they haven’t demonstrated that pharmaceutical companies Bristol-Myers and Otsuka’s alleged off-label promotion for the anti-psychotic drug Abilify and use of kickbacks was part of a conspiracy to submit false claims.
British marine services firm Inchcape Shipping Services has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a whistleblower False Claims Act suit alleging it knowingly overbilled the U.S. Navy for ship “husbanding” services at ports throughout the world, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
Facing accusations that widespread cheating by doctors and lawyers has “infected” the $1 billion NFL concussion settlement, the plaintiffs’ counsel on Wednesday will be in an unenviable position of having to back the search for bogus claims while defending the integrity of the mega-settlement itself, experts said.
The estate of one of the lead plaintiffs in the NFL concussion litigation on Tuesday asked a Pennsylvania federal court to deny Podhurst Orseck PA’s claim for 25 percent of its settlement payout, saying the firm has already been paid $6 million for its work as class counsel.
There are two components to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis worthy of further thought and analysis. The first is whether anything remains in the battle between individual arbitration clauses and class or collective actions, and the second is Justice Neil Gorsuch’s treatment of the National Labor Relations Board’s Chevron deference argument, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.
The Republican tax bill passed into law last year further enriches the wealthy and large corporations, provides minimal tax relief for the middle class, explodes the national debt, displaces needed investments in infrastructure and education and, on top of all that, spitefully targets specific groups and regions, including citizens in my own state, says New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell.
Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.
The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.
A group of former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partners who recently left to form Selendy & Gay PLLC say a so-called forfeiture-for-competition provision in their old partnership agreements requiring them to hand Quinn Emanuel some legal fees earned at the new firm violates New York ethics rules and isn’t enforceable.
In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to undo Obama-era net neutrality rules, it’s become apparent that the change-up is poised to affect more than just tech firms, landing the issue on the radar of many GCs. Here’s a look at four things GCs need to know about net neutrality.
Over the course of his three-decade legal career, Michael Paradise has held many roles in many different places, but his current position at Steven Madden Ltd. represents something of a homecoming. Here, he describes some of the challenges and rewards of his latest role, his transition to the fashion industry and what he admires most in outside counsel.