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  • January 22, 2024

    Officer's Conduct A Departure From BIA Policy, 9th Circ. Told

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs has said that despite one of its former officer's "reprehensible abuse of authority" in sexually assaulting a Northern Cheyenne woman, the federal government isn't responsible for his actions because it was a clear departure from any conduct authorized by his employer.

  • January 22, 2024

    JPMorgan Unit Says Ex-Adviser Stole Clients Worth $40M

    JPMorgan's investment management arm has urged a Michigan federal court to issue an injunction against a former wealth adviser who oversaw roughly half a billion dollars in client funds, alleging the ex-employee has been "bad-mouthing" the company and poached clients with $40 million in combined assets for his own business.

  • January 22, 2024

    Judge Tosses Fired Doctor's False-Claims Suit Over Airlifts

    A federal judge has rejected a neurologist's claims that his former hospital in Delaware defrauded the federal government by transferring stroke patients to Philadelphia-based Jefferson Healthcare System via helicopter, finding the suit didn't provide the billing details necessary to make such transfers a violation of Medicare regulations.

  • January 22, 2024

    World Cup Workers' Abuse Claims Are Misdirected, US Co. Says

    Filipino laborers who claimed they were subjected to abusive work and living conditions while helping build facilities for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar aimed their ire in the wrong direction, a U.S. construction company told a Colorado federal judge in a bid to dismiss the suit.

  • January 22, 2024

    Jury Says Union Pacific Owes $1.5M For Conductor's Fall

    An Iowa federal jury has hit Union Pacific Railroad with a $1.5 million verdict, finding it at fault for permanent injuries a former employee suffered when a step on a railcar he was attempting to mount broke.

  • January 22, 2024

    Ex-Director Denies Agreeing To Keep Pharma Firm's Info Secret

    The former director of government sales for Merz Pharmaceuticals LLC has struck back in North Carolina's business court against allegations that he took trade secrets to a rival, claiming he didn't sign any confidentiality agreements concerning documents he needed for legal purposes.

  • January 22, 2024

    Ex-DHS Official Wants Probation For Software Theft Case

    A former senior official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's watchdog asked a D.C. federal judge to spare him prison time for stealing proprietary software he helped design for the government, saying he never profited from the theft.

  • January 22, 2024

    Fluor Suit Relators Say FCA Was Never Ruled Unconstitutional

    Former military officers accusing Fluor Corp. of having defrauded the U.S. military in a massive logistics support contract countered Fluor's contention that they can't sue it on the government's behalf, saying that no court has ever made such a ruling.

  • January 22, 2024

    Lockton Can Proceed With Poaching Suit Against Rival

    A Missouri federal court has kept alive insurance brokerage Lockton's lawsuit accusing its former higher-ups of conspiring with California-based competitor Alliant in a poaching scheme, saying the competitor cannot escape a forum-selection clause that was in the former elites' contracts.

  • January 22, 2024

    Chinese Co. Can't Avoid Contempt In Philips X-Ray IP Suit

    A Chinese company that "abandoned" litigation in an X-ray tube trade secrets case after receiving civil contempt sanctions, a default judgment and other adverse orders cannot now try to escape those orders, an Illinois federal judge ruled.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Texas Hotel Explosion Caused By Negligence, Employees Say

    Employees injured in a hotel explosion that rocked downtown Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this month said the building's owner, manager and natural gas supplier should have known they were placing workers at risk and have filed suit in Texas state court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Tenn. Hospital To Face FCA Overlapping Surgeries Claim

    A federal judge on Friday allowed most of a False Claims Act suit against a Tennessee hospital system by three former employees, finding they credibly alleged that they experienced retaliation for trying to stop teaching physicians from overseeing noncompliant overlapping surgeries billed to Medicare.

  • January 19, 2024

    11th Circ. Backs Missile Systems Engineer's $2M Award

    The Eleventh Circuit has upheld an Alabama federal jury's award of about $1.96 million to a missile defense engineer who won a suit claiming his former employer breached a contract, saying there weren't any grounds for reversal.

  • January 19, 2024

    Contractors Settle Unemployment Fraud Algorithm Lawsuit

    A group of Michiganders accused of unemployment fraud by an error-prone automated fraud detection system dropped a lawsuit against state contractors who developed the system this week.

  • January 19, 2024

    9th Circ. Blocks NCAA's Appeal Of Class Cert. In NIL Suit

    The Ninth Circuit declined to undo a lower court's certification of classes in a name, image and likeness rights lawsuit that the NCAA fears could lead to "devastating consequences" if it is required to pay more than $4 billion in compensation to college athletes.

  • January 19, 2024

    Off The Bench: Dolan Sued, Bally-Amazon Deal, NIL Hearing

    In this week's Off The Bench, a massage therapist sues the New York Knicks' owner and disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault, Amazon inks a streaming deal with Bally Sports' bankrupt parent, and lawmakers debate a sweeping overhaul of college athlete payment rules.

  • January 19, 2024

    Ex-McElroy Deutsch Exec's Subpoenas Nixed In Theft Suit

    McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP on Friday won a New Jersey state court ruling quashing subpoenas seeking financial information, including how firm leaders use their company credit cards, that were launched by one of the former firm executives accused of stealing over $3 million from the firm when they worked there.

  • January 18, 2024

    SmileDirectClub Pushes Ch. 11 Wind-Down, Fights Ch. 7 Bids

    Defunct teledentistry firm SmileDirectClub urged a Houston bankruptcy judge Thursday to greenlight the company's bid to wind down its insolvency through the ongoing Chapter 11 process, rather than Chapter 7, despite calls from creditors and the U.S. Trustee's Office to convert the case and liquidate the business.

  • January 18, 2024

    DOJ, 3 States Join Antitrust Suit Over NCAA's Transfer Rule

    The NCAA faces a growing list of opponents after the U.S. Department of Justice, multiple states and D.C. on Thursday joined seven other states challenging the group's rule that prevents some athletes from competing when they transfer colleges.

  • January 18, 2024

    Daimler Tour Guide Wants Disability For Psychiatric Injuries

    A long-time employee of Daimler Trucks North America has asked the North Carolina Court of Appeals to reinstate his workers' compensation over alleged psychological trauma he suffered after a disciplinary meeting at work, which he claims rendered him temporarily disabled.

  • January 18, 2024

    Republic Bank Gets Trademark Suit Trimmed

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has reduced an architectural firm's intellectual property lawsuit against Republic First Bancorp, reasoning that it didn't allege ownership over the products and designs at issue.

  • January 18, 2024

    DeSantis Has Week To Petition For Rehearing In Warren Case

    Gov. Ron DeSantis only has one more week to petition for a rehearing after the Eleventh Circuit reinstated ousted State Attorney Andrew Warren's lawsuit last week, despite the governor's concern doing so could lead to "chaos and uncertainty" with the potential for multiple leadership shake-ups in the office this year.

  • January 18, 2024

    AG Paxton Says He Won't Fight Austin Whistleblower Suit

    The Texas attorney general's office said Thursday that it will stop fighting an employment retaliation lawsuit brought by four of Ken Paxton's former aides-turned-whistleblowers, telling a Travis County court that the office's resources "are more appropriately dedicated to the business of the state of Texas and not the personal, political agenda of four rogue, former employees."

Expert Analysis

  • What Calif.'s New Arbitration Law Means For Employers

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    A new California law prohibits the automatic stay of trial court proceedings when the denial of a motion to compel arbitration is appealed — a major procedural shift that will force employers to litigate underlying claims while pursuing their appeals unless the court can be persuaded to order a stay, say Emma Husseman and Thomas Kaufman at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Liability Exposure For Unpaid Payroll Taxes May Surprise You

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Richard W. York v. U.S. offers important lessons for business owners and others who may be responsible for a company's checkbook about how someone else's failure to submit payroll taxes can result in their personal liability, says Douglas Charnas at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • AI Isn't The Wild West, So Prepare Now For Bias Risks

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    In addition to President Joe Biden's recent historic executive order on safe, secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence, there are existing federal and state laws prohibiting fraud, defamation and even discrimination, so companies considering using or developing AI should take steps to minimize legal and business risks, says civil rights attorney Farhana Khera.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Keeping Tabs On Fight Over Board Diversity Rule At 5th Circ.

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    Attorneys at Mintz dissect why the Fifth Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge to Nasdaq’s new requirement that listed companies disclose board diversity data, assess how a petition calling the decision pro-discrimination may fare, and discuss where companies that have yet to meet the exchange's diversity goals go next.

  • AI's Baked-In Bias: What To Watch Out For

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    The federal AI executive order is a direct acknowledgment of the perils of inherent bias in artificial intelligence systems, and highlights the need for legal professionals to thoroughly vet AI systems, including data and sources, algorithms and AI training methods, and more, say Jonathan Hummel and Jonathan Talcott at Ballard Spahr.

  • Cos.' Trade Secret Measures Must Adjust To Remote-Work Era

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    Several recent cases demonstrate that companies need to reevaluate and adjust their trade secret protection strategies in this new age of remote work, says Stephanie Riley at Womble Bond.

  • How Biden's AI Order Stacks Up Against Calif. And G7 Activity

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    Evaluating the federal AI executive order alongside the California AI executive order and the G7's Hiroshima AI Code of Conduct can offer a more robust picture of key risks and concerns companies should proactively work to mitigate as they build or integrate artificial intelligence tools into their products and services, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Unlocking Value In Carve-Out M&A Transactions

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    Some of the largest mergers and acquisitions in 2023 were carve-out transactions, and despite their unique intricacies and challenges, these transactions offer both buyers and sellers the opportunity to generate outsized returns in an otherwise vigorously competitive landscape, when carefully planned and diligently executed, say Kevin Crews and Rami Totari at Kirkland.

  • Key Employer Takeaways From USCIS' H-1B Visa Proposal

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    There are several steps employers can take, like reviewing job descriptions and assessing cap-exempt eligibility, to be well positioned for the sweeping changes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposes to implement next year to improve the H-1B visa program, say Brian Coughlin and Angelica Ochoa at Fisher Phillips.

  • Evaluating Calif. Law On Litigation During Arbitration Appeals

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    While a recently enacted California law makes it possible for cases to proceed to trial in state court even while appeal of an arbitration denial is pending, the legislation may be preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act and a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, says Benny Osorio at Signature Resolution.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

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