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Businesses across the country have started welcoming the latest wave of summer interns into their ranks, giving young people a taste of the business world and cultivating potentially valuable long-term workers if they’re smart about it — and inviting legal headaches if they’re not.
The Eleventh Circuit revived a suit alleging a car parts maker denied a black worker a job transfer because she was not Korean, saying in a published opinion Friday that the trial court wrongly applied a stricter test meant for analyzing circumstantial evidence of bias, when the worker offered direct evidence.
A group of minority Detroit firefighters can pursue a claim that their union caused the city to discriminate against them when it chose them for layoffs, the Sixth Circuit ruled Friday, saying the workers didn’t have to show that the union flouted its duty of fair representation for their Title VII discrimination claim to be viable.
A California federal judge dismissed a former Steptoe & Johnson LLP associate’s proposed pay equity class action against the firm on Thursday, after she and the firm agreed she must arbitrate her claims in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing class action waivers in the workplace.
In a proposed class action filed Friday in New York federal court, three actresses claim Harvey Weinstein, Disney, Miramax, a former Brafman & Associates attorney and other companies, law firms and individuals comprised a “sexual enterprise” that facilitated the media mogul’s predatory behavior, including a newly alleged rape.
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Fidelity Investments can’t duck an employee’s proposed class action over allegedly inadequate overtime pay using the argument that it’s not her employer, a California federal judge said Friday in denying Fidelity’s motion to dismiss, finding that her offer letter — in what the defense has described as a “typo” — explicitly lists parent company FMR LLC as such.
A California state appeals court on Wednesday tossed a suit alleging that Wells Fargo & Co. violated state labor law by failing to include information about overtime on its wage statements, finding that the pay stubs need show only current pay rates, and not previously paid overtime.
Bank of America was hit with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Friday filed by employees of its customer service call centers who say they weren’t paid overtime for work they had to do off-the-clock.
A subset of the workers who assemble Boeing’s 787 jets at a South Carolina plant voted almost two to one to join the Machinists’ Union Thursday, 15 months after the full 2,800-member group voted against organizing.
An Illinois federal judge has refused to nix a putative class action accusing Smith Senior Living and its time clock supplier, Kronos, of violating the state’s biometric privacy law by requiring Smith employees to scan their fingerprints, finding that the disclosure of a former employee’s biometric data to Kronos created a concrete injury sufficient to establish standing.
Scana Corp. can’t escape from a suit alleging it shares the blame for abruptly shutting down a Westinghouse Electric nuclear reactor project without giving sufficient notice to workers, a South Carolina federal court has ruled.
The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a wrongful termination suit brought by a former assistant district attorney who claims he was fired for handing over evidence that could benefit a criminal defendant as required by state and federal law, despite orders by his supervisors to keep the evidence under wraps.
Attorneys for a proposed nationwide class of victims alleging sexual assault and harassment by filmmaker Harvey Weinstein urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday to lift a Chapter 11 stay shielding The Weinstein Co. from a federal racketeering suit, branding some of the studio’s opposition as mockery.
Tops Markets LLC has reached terms to settle a long-running dispute over liability for $184 million in employee benefit fund contributions, telling a New York bankruptcy court on Thursday it agreed to new collective bargaining agreements and pension liabilities that will help its bid to restructure in Chapter 11.
Fisher Phillips announced on Friday it has deepened its bench in Denver with the addition of a partner who has spent her career litigating all manner of employment related issues for clients, saying she has come over from LeClairRyan.
If the U.S. Supreme Court affirms the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Lamps Plus v. Varela, plaintiffs subject to arbitration agreements that are silent on class issues could find a “back door” into class arbitration. This begs the question: Does the high court’s recent Epic Systems decision hint as to how it may decide Lamps Plus? asks Ryan Bates of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
“Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers’ Civil War,” by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.
Every June, rainbow flags decorate storefronts and apparel across the U.S. in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. As the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s trio of landmark LGBT rights rulings approaches, LGBT attorneys and legal industry leaders spoke with Law360 and shared what they think the industry does well and what it can do better for those within its ranks.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer exhorted a class of New York Law School graduates at their commencement ceremony Friday afternoon to remain engaged in public life and to dedicate themselves to upholding faith in the rule of law, both for themselves and for myriad Americans who were not trained as lawyers.
California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced 21 appointments to trial courts across the state, including a Duane Morris LLP partner with experience litigating technology, construction and insurance disputes, and a legal malpractice expert from Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
The legal services sector’s employment struggles in 2018 continued into May, losing 200 jobs despite generally positive results for the nation’s situation as a whole, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
Absent a universal right to counsel, the availability of legal representation for noncitizens in immigration proceedings has hit a crisis point nationwide, but none are worse off than individuals detained in remote facilities.
Attorneys said companies need to think twice before deciding it’s too late to fill in compliance gaps for the European Union’s sweeping General Data Protection Regulation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and two payday lender trade groups joined together to ask a Texas federal judge to stay the groups’ suit challenging the agency’s so-called payday rule, and Law360 asked female attorneys what gender parity looks like in the legal industry. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
For those who missed out, here’s a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.