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A New York federal judge on Friday denied King & Spalding LLP’s bid to escape a former associate’s retaliatory firing suit, picking apart the firm’s defenses after it neglected her admonition to settle the suit at a hearing last month.
National Labor Relations Board Chairman John Ring faced criticism from an agency employee in the audience at a labor conference Friday over whether his recent remarks that the board has a role to play in job creation will result in weaker enforcement of federal labor law, with Ring saying that isn’t the case.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday reversed a National Labor Relations Board decision barring a Colorado sprinkler installer from withdrawing recognition of a workers’ union, saying the business could ignore their expired bargaining agreement under a National Labor Relations Act provision covering the construction industry.
A California state judge on Friday tentatively granted class certification to thousands of Wells Fargo workers on claims they were underpaid for missed mealtimes and given improper pay stubs, but withheld his final ruling after the bank argued its individualized system for documenting meal premiums doesn’t support classwide litigation.
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has again urged a California federal court to transfer a contentious $300 million gender discrimination suit from the state’s Northern District to its Central District, saying the lead plaintiff has “candidly conceded that she is forum shopping.”
The Seventh Circuit on Friday reversed in part a $307,902 attorneys’ fee award against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its suit alleging CVS Pharmacy Inc. used a severance agreement to chill its employees’ rights to lodge discrimination claims with the agency, finding that the lawsuit wasn’t frivolous.
A California appeals court on Friday overturned a Target Corp. win against a gay former cashier who allegedly resigned due to workplace discrimination, saying a trial court was wrong to find his harassment claims were precluded by a separate settlement he reached with the retailer over workers’ compensation.
The New Jersey State Bar Association has implored lawmakers to gut pending legislation that would ban nondisclosure agreements from workplace sexual harassment case settlements, arguing that victims should be able to choose whether or not to disclose their experience.
WAGE & HOUR
A California state judge on Friday gave preliminary approval to Intel Corp.’s $5 million deal to resolve claims that the tech giant overworked and underpaid employees in the Golden State, but only after having the parties explain the company’s seemingly lower percentage of hourly, nonexempt workers.
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office said Thursday it has issued citations to seven Bay Area restaurants for more than $10 million in wage theft violations that affected 431 workers, saying investigators discovered that the eateries failed to pay cooks and dishwashers minimum wage, overtime, and premiums for working split shifts.
The National Labor Relations Board is examining how it decides whether its members should sit out labor disputes because of conflicts of interest amid an ethics controversy over former Littler Mendelson PC attorney and current board member Bill Emanuel’s participation in a pivotal December decision on the NLRB’s joint employer test, the agency announced Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling that a township’s ordinance classifying signs based on their content was a First Amendment violation didn’t mean that an ironworkers union could modify a nearly 20-year-old consent decree prohibiting the union from secondary-picketing the government, the Ninth Circuit said Friday.
A shareholder of electric-car maker Tesla Inc. claimed in a suit unsealed Thursday in Delaware state court that the compensation package approved by the company’s directors for founder and CEO Elon Musk is unfair, unprecedented and “staggering.”
Roche Diagnostics Corp. and Humana Inc. must face a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit accusing the drugmaker of getting its diabetes products back on the insurer’s Medicare Advantage formulary by forgiving a massive debt the insurer had racked up, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday.
The parents of the late ice hockey player Derek Boogaard urged the Seventh Circuit on Thursday to rethink a finding in favor of the National Hockey League in a wrongful death lawsuit, saying the court erred by tossing the case on the grounds that the family did not respond to arguments raised by the NHL.
A Texas bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved iHeartMedia Inc.’s requests to fund its Chapter 11 restructuring with a new $450 million revolving credit facility and pay its non-insider employees an aggregate of up to $66 million in bonuses to encourage peak performance.
The California Supreme Court’s decision in Liberty v. Ledesma strengthens insureds’ rights to coverage under general liability policies and establishes that they are entitled to a defense where the injury alleged was unintended and unforeseen from the insured’s perspective, say Tyler Gerking and David Hofmayer of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.
The recent approval of new amendments to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by the state’s Office of Administrative Law broadens and bolsters the protections the state affords to noncitizens. But it also directly clashes with President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration, says Thea Rogers of Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP.
A recent survey of companies in the consumer products space reveals caseloads and issues of concern, the growing influence of the Federal Trade Commission, and trends in corporate legal departments’ budgeting, say Erin Bosman and Julie Park of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
The vast majority of low-income Americans facing civil legal problems received inadequate or no legal help in 2017. Here, Law360 looks at four of the latest tools that may have the potential to digitally bridge that justice gap.
In the past month, the American Bar Association has been hit with four lawsuits criticizing the way the association accredits and regulates law schools, but while experts are somewhat skeptical about the suits’ chances of success, many agree that the suits do get at least one thing right: The ABA’s approach to law schools is in need of reform.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to second-guess an ethics decision barring Garden State attorneys from using legal service providers Avvo, Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom, dealing a blow to consumer watchdogs who say the move reduces public access to legal services.
Democratic state attorneys general urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to maintain public access to its consumer complaint database on the financial industry and a New York City Bar panel said some new efforts to bolster companies’ sexual harassment policies may be creating unintended legal pitfalls that must be weighed carefully. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
As the U.S. Department of Justice ramps up enforcement of foreign lobbying violations, it shed some additional light on who needs to disclose such work by releasing scores of advisory opinions Friday involving everything from D.C. law firms to human rights groups.
Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election made headlines a few times this week, so we’re devoting the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast to explaining what you need to know about the recent twists and turns in the investigation.
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.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.