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The case of a baker who refused custom cake orders for same-sex weddings on religious grounds was perhaps the biggest test yet of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s robust LGBT rights legacy, but after the dust settled on Monday’s ruling in favor of the baker, that record remained largely unblemished.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday lifted The Weinstein Co.’s Chapter 11 protection from a putative New York class action suit filed by alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein and in a related ruling ordered Weinstein’s employment agreement made public.
The Ninth Circuit should dissolve a class of hundreds of thousands of current and former Uber drivers who allege they were misclassified as independent contractors and denied fair wages, Uber told the appeals court Monday in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing class action waivers.
A Third Circuit panel on Tuesday revived a Mount Nittany Medical Center nurse’s suit claiming she was axed because she wouldn’t get a required vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, saying her claims were sufficient to survive a dismissal bid.
A transgender librarian with the Alaska State Legislature sued the state on Tuesday, alleging it violates federal discrimination laws by refusing to pay for gender reassignment surgery through state-run health plan AlaskaCare.
A former Boston Globe editor urged a Massachusetts state court Tuesday to deny the news organization’s bid to require her cooperation with its investigation into inappropriate text messages she claims were sent to her by the newspaper’s editor, saying the company’s suit against her made “bald assertions of harm.”
A Texas appeals court has tossed an information technology worker’s lawsuit alleging he was fired from his job at a hospital system in an act of both retaliation and racial discrimination, finding the facts do not support his claims.
An African-American wrestling coach hit the University of Pittsburgh with a discrimination lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court Monday alleging he was fired without being given the chance to respond to allegations against him and unfairly replaced by a white coach.
WAGE & HOUR
A California federal judge on Tuesday granted O’Reilly Auto Enterprises LLC’s bid for partial summary judgment on an employee’s Private Attorneys General Act claim, finding her proposed wage-and-hour class action suit did not offer any evidence that O’Reilly violated state labor codes with respect to other workers.
A Los Angeles county judge has found that two Louis Vuitton workers waived their rights to sue the designer in court, sending most of their two wage suits to arbitration and tossing their class-action claims.
In response to lawmakers’ ethical concerns, the chairman of the National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that he takes his ethics responsibilities seriously and that the agency will address the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries joint-employment decision with a rulemaking “as soon as possible.”
The harrowing basement drowning death — much of it caught on tape — of an Omni Houston Hotel employee during Hurricane Harvey is the subject of a suit filed by the victim’s estate in Texas state court, which accuses the hotel chain and Otis Elevator of failing to take steps and institute systems that could have saved her life.
A group of former NFL players and lawyers who fought a $112.5 million fee award in a brain injury suit settlement failed Tuesday to delay or derail the plaintiffs firm payment plan in Pennsylvania federal court.
Cenveo Inc. Tuesday submitted a revised Chapter 11 plan to a New York bankruptcy court it said reflects a global settlement with creditors that drops claims of insider dealings and more than triples the cash pool for unsecured creditors.
Duane Morris LLP announced Monday that an employment attorney with experience representing companies in wrongful termination and discrimination litigation will return to the firm as a partner after a stint with Blank Rome LLP.
In U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. United Health Programs of America, a Brooklyn federal jury recently found that the company’s use of a practice called “Onionhead” amounted to religious discrimination. Details from the case show employers how the EEOC and courts may treat religious discrimination claims going forward, say Barbara Hoey and Alyssa Smilowitz of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice and many state attorneys general have addressed class action reform by objecting to proposed class action settlements. While we are sympathetic to concerns about class litigation abuse, what’s needed is careful oversight at the earliest stages of litigation, say Kahn Scolnick and Bradley Hamburger of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP’s announcement on Monday that it would increase associates’ salaries signals the beginning of another race to match a new, higher pay scale, but not all firms may follow, leading to further stratification between the most profitable firms and everyone else.
Winston & Strawn LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP on Tuesday said they will match the new pay scale put forth by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP a day earlier that raises associates’ compensation by $10,000 to $15,000.
The Senate Tuesday confirmed new federal trial judges for the first time in weeks by approving President Donald Trump’s choices for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Southern District of Texas.
Pro Bono Spotlight
It doesn’t take a large law firm or high-powered partner to win a big pro bono victory, as two associates from litigation boutique Sher Tremonte LLP made clear earlier this month by securing a precedential Second Circuit decision finding prisoners have the right to refuse to become government informants.
Everything I saw through the glass walls of Dan Abrams’ office shouted new media. But after an hour with the ABC News chief legal affairs anchor, discussing his new book about Abraham Lincoln’s career as a lawyer and a wealth of other topics, I came away realizing the secret of his success. And there’s nothing new about it at all, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.