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Hewlett-Packard told a California federal judge Thursday that a putative class action claiming the company discriminated against older employees should not be heard in the Golden State just because ex-CEO Meg Whitman allegedly made statements about wanting a younger workforce, comments the judge called a “smoking gun.”
Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent blessing of class waivers, a California federal judge ruled Thursday that a proposed class of Domino’s Pizza delivery drivers must arbitrate their business expenses reimbursement suit against the owners of 74 franchise stores due to an agreement they signed.
A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday dismissed a putative class action alleging Lyft Inc. pays drivers less than what they are owed under the calculation method stated in the terms of drivers’ contracts, but gave the drivers a chance to fix problems with their breach of contract claim.
A Delta Air Lines Inc. subsidiary has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle claims that it failed to properly pay workers overtime, incorrectly kept track of work hours and didn’t provide accurate wage statements, a proposed class told a California federal judge Thursday, seeking approval for the agreement.
An attorney has told the Third Circuit that she cannot be held vicariously liable for the alleged negligence of her lawyer husband in botching a former Wakefern Food Corp. employee’s wrongful termination suit against the business, because that client did not rely on the couple’s purported legal partnership in retaining her husband’s services.
Morgan Stanley must settle in court the question of whether an email gave adequate notice of an agreement requiring arbitration of employment-related claims, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Wednesday in a suit filed by a former executive who says he was wrongfully fired because of past addictions.
ExpressJet Airlines Inc. moved for a quick win Thursday in a Michigan federal suit from a Muslim flight attendant who claimed she was suspended in retaliation for refusing to serve alcohol to passengers, saying that her claims are preempted and that accommodating her would have violated the collective bargaining agreement.
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An ex-H&M worker urged a California federal judge Thursday to certify a 10,000-member class over allegations the retailer shorts workers on time spent in security checks, saying the California Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in the closely watched Troester v. Starbucks case won’t impact his claims.
Fidelity Investments argued Thursday that a financial representative is the employee of a subsidiary, telling a skeptical California federal judge that a “typo” in her employment agreement shouldn’t allow her to sue the parent company for allegedly unpaid overtime, a move that could mean she’d represent a much larger class.
A California appellate panel scrapped a decision by the state’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board to cast aside the results of an election on whether to decertify a union representing Gerawan Farming Inc.’s farmworkers, saying the board acted overzealously to punish the employer for its allegedly illegal support of the decertification drive.
The nation’s largest federal-sector union sued the Trump administration Wednesday challenging a recent executive order that seeks to curtail the amount of paid time federal employees can use to conduct union business, saying it should be spiked for being unconstitutional.
Three labor unions are suing the U.S. and Puerto Rican governments in an attempt to tear up the island’s federally imposed restructuring process, calling it an unconstitutional deprivation of rights that evokes the “badges and incidents of slavery.”
A California federal court has denied EVelozcity Inc.’s bid to disqualify Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP from representing a rival electric car startup in a trade secret dispute, saying that information EVelozcity provided to the law firm before the other company sued did not create an attorney-client relationship.
Companies hoping to avoid U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations by keeping whistleblower complaints in-house must develop a deep enough level of trust with employees that they believe their complaints will be heard and taken seriously and that they won’t face retaliation, legal experts say.
Seeger Weiss LLP on Thursday asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to reject a motion to stay the payment of $85.6 million in fees to it and other NFL concussion suit class counsel while objectors seek to overturn the fee order, saying their arguments “have no likelihood of success.”
Construction heavyweight Navillus Tile Inc. has unveiled a Chapter 11 restructuring plan premised almost entirely on winning a pending appeal in the Second Circuit, as the contractor seeks to fend off $176 million in union claims tied to the disastrous district court ruling that pushed Navillus into bankruptcy in the first place.
The National Labor Relations Board’s recent decision in Long Beach Memorial Medical Center — concerning whether certain employer work rules violate the National Labor Relations Act — and its recent return to a Republican majority following John Ring’s confirmation as chairman demonstrate how shifts in board precedent and enforcement policy can leave employees and employers in a constant state of limbo, says Colin Wells of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
Although the U.S. Department of Justice kept pace with the Obama administration’s annual Economic Espionage Act prosecution rates during the first 12 months of the Trump administration, there is reason to suspect that the foreseeable future may reflect a less vigorous approach, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.
Since enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, nonprofit organizations may now be subject to federal excise tax on compensation and severance payments to their five most highly compensated executives. Starting with 2017, organizations that could be impacted should take steps to determine their exposure and maintain the records they will need in the event of an audit, says Sarah Ivy of FisherBroyles LLP.
Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.
When attorneys look to start separate side businesses, they and their firms may see a slew of potential headaches, but with careful consideration and consultation with their firms, they can ensure their legal work is protected.
What’s a trial lawyer to do when they’re done examining a witness and the jurors get a chance to lob their own queries at the stand? A judge pushing for this practice says it only aids the jurors, but attorneys say it might be a fix for a system that isn’t broken.
Jenner & Block secured a lion’s win this week for Northwestern University when a federal judge dismissed a proposed class action against the university over its handling of workers’ retirement savings, while Labaton Sucharow, Thornton Law Firm and Lieff Cabraser ended up legal lambs after a special master concluded they overstated their bill in a class action settlement and recommended they return a significant chunk of the $75 million fee award.
May’s notable legal department hires included new general counsel at Novartis, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Fox News and the U.S. Copyright Office.