| KENNEDY RETIRES
Throughout his three-decade run on the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy leveraged his precious swing vote to forge robust legacies in free speech, LGBT rights and capital punishment, clerks and court watchers told Law360 after the justice announced his retirement Wednesday.
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, the U.S. Supreme Court’s most senior member, is stepping down from the bench, the court announced Wednesday. His retirement will hand President Donald Trump the chance to replace a crucial swing vote and shift the ideological balance of the court to the right.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement Wednesday echoed like a starting gun in the Senate, setting off a sprint from Senate Republicans who said they plan on having his replacement confirmed before the fall elections.
President Donald Trump made it clear Wednesday that the world already knows the name of the person he is going to nominate to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. The question is, which name will it be?
In his three decades on the high court, Justice Anthony Kennedy authored opinions that changed the rules for federal civil litigation, opened the floodgates for corporations and unions to fund campaign advertisements, and reshaped the legal landscape for women and same-sex couples.
As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy prepares to step down after three decades on the bench, his colleagues stepped forward to share stories about the man they know as “Tony,” describing a thoughtful coworker who built enduring friendships and made a lasting mark on the legal landscape.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s declaration Wednesday that requiring public-sector workers to pay unions “fair share” fees to cover the costs of bargaining dealt organized labor a stinging loss, and has observers wondering about potential challenges to unions’ exclusive representation rights as well as whether the ruling’s impact will carry over into the private sector. Here, Law360 looks at four questions to keep an eye on in the aftermath of the blockbuster decision.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday held that public-sector workers who aren’t union members can’t be forced to pay “agency fees” that cover the cost of collective bargaining, overturning 41-year-old precedent that found those fees constitutional and dealing a financial blow to organized labor.
A California judge was acting within his authority when he ordered the Golden State’s government to make $36 million worth of back wage and pension payments to a class of current and former judges, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.
The Boeing Co. asked the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday to clarify how its regional officials should apply a revamped test for settling disputes over bargaining unit scope, urging the board to review a recent decision letting some workers who build the jet maker’s flagship 787 Dreamliners organize separately from others.
The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday killed a suit brought by a former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who alleged that he was fired for being Muslim while working at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, finding that he didn’t meet the FBI’s standards for judgment.
The New York State Division of Human Rights, at the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, sent letters on Wednesday asking Walmart Inc., Glencore PLC, Merck & Co. Inc. and Novartis International AG to respond to claims of pregnancy discrimination based on information in a recent New York Times article.
A North Carolina landscaping company has settled with the federal government over claims the business discriminated against U.S. workers by selectively hiring temporary workers under the H-2B visa program instead, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.
WAGE & HOUR
A class of eight exotic dancers is in line to receive nearly $1.8 million after a federal jury found that a Miami strip club and its owner willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when they stiffed them on wages and overtime.
A proposed class action alleging J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. didn’t pay drivers minimum wage is preparing for a late September trial after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Ninth Circuit’s ruling reviving the long-running dispute, according to a California federal court filing Tuesday.
A New Jersey federal judge conditionally certified a collective of Panera Bread Co. assistant store managers in the Garden State who claim they were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay, but refused to certify similar collectives in Massachusetts and New York.
The Third Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a former Merck & Co. Inc. employee’s whistleblower suit alleging she was fired for complaining about irregularities surrounding a contract for a diabetes research project, ruling that she had no basis to believe the pharmaceutical giant committed fraud.
A Texas chemical plant has asked the Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate eight lawsuits brought on behalf of 104 people who claim injuries stemming from an explosion and subsequent fire at its Houston-area facility.
In an acknowledged change of course, Delaware’s Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the dismissal of a “take-home” asbestos injury claim by the estate of a worker’s spouse who regularly laundered contaminated clothing, overruling tort and liability standards used in prior cases.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission has been framed as much ado about nothing. But how the Supreme Court reached its result hands religious objectors a huge win in the form of potent ammunition for future legal fights, says Jesse Ryan Loffler of Cozen O’Connor.
Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late ’70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.
Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.
Morrison & Foerster LLP joined the growing roster of law firms that have raised associate salaries and sweetened their paychecks with summer bonuses, according to an internal memo made public on Tuesday.
One firm was named the best law firm to work for after dominating Vault.com’s quality of life rankings, the website said Wednesday, retaking the top spot after stepping down the podium to No. 3 last year.