Employment

  • February 28, 2024

    7th Circ. Revives Health System Worker's FMLA Suit For Trial

    A split Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday revived a former OSF Healthcare System employee's suit accusing the company of wrongfully firing her after failing to adjust performance expectations while she worked reduced hours, ruling a factual dispute remains over how much leave she took, which could lead a jury to find in her favor.

  • February 28, 2024

    Musk, Ex-Twitter Staff Fail To Reach Deal In Severance Dispute

    Settlement talks between X Corp., formerly known as Twitter, and a group of former employees have fallen apart, the parties told a Delaware federal judge on Wednesday, asking the judge to lift a stay in their dispute over severance compensation.

  • February 28, 2024

    NJ Panel Frees National Boys & Girls Club From Abuse Claims

    The New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday freed Boys & Girls Clubs of America from consolidated litigation over alleged sexual abuse in the '70s and '80s by a counselor then employed by the nonprofit's Hudson County chapter, ruling that the national organization had no control over the local unit's operations. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Sbarro Worker Appeals 'Prejudiced' Verdict On Rape Claims

    A former Sbarro employee asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to order a retrial on her allegations that she was sexually assaulted multiple times by a manager and co-workers, claiming a jury verdict favoring the company resulted from a trial tainted by prejudicial assertions, improper evidence and defamatory comments toward her and her counsel.

  • February 28, 2024

    Wells Fargo Fired Teller For AML Whistleblowing, Suit Says

    Wells Fargo faces an ex-employee's suit alleging the bank fired her in retaliation after she raised concerns that the bank's "streamlined" online account opening process allowed customers to open accounts even if they'd previously failed screening aimed at preventing money laundering.

  • February 28, 2024

    Au Pair Agency Can't Arbitrate Wage Claims, Judge Says

    Au pair agency Cultural Care has waived any claimed right to pursue arbitration in a proposed collective wage complaint by extensively litigating the case for several years, including a trip to the First Circuit, a Massachusetts federal judge concluded Wednesday.

  • February 28, 2024

    US Mine Claims 'An Affront' To Nat'l Sovereignty, Mexico Says

    The government of Mexico on Wednesday called on a multinational panel to toss the United States' claims that the collective bargaining rights of workers at a mine in Zacatecas continue to be violated six years after a workers' strike ended.

  • February 28, 2024

    Energy Dept. To Give Tribes $25M For Clean Energy Tech

    The U.S. Department of Energy has said it is paying out $25 million in funds to Indigenous tribes for clean energy technology on tribal lands as part of an approximately $366 million Biden administration plan to support community-driven energy projects in rural areas.

  • February 28, 2024

    Tilray Can't Get Exec's $4M Arbitration Award Tossed

    Cannabis company Tilray Brands Inc. can't evade a nearly $4 million arbitration award to a former executive it fired, a federal judge ruled, saying the company's arguments for why the Washington district court should have jurisdiction over a Minnesota arbitration are "wrong on all counts."

  • February 28, 2024

    Drilling Services Co. Must Face Suit Over Worker's Injury

    A company that provides power to oil drilling operations must face an indemnification lawsuit after a worker was electrocuted while fixing a downed line, according to a Colorado federal judge's order finding that the case wouldn't interfere with the worker's injury suit.

  • February 28, 2024

    NC Hospital, Nurses Get OK For Settlement Of Bias Suit

    A North Carolina federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement between a Charlotte hospital and former nurses who had alleged they bore the brunt of a discriminatory campaign to oust veteran nurses and bring in new workers, ending a four-year lawsuit.

  • February 28, 2024

    Walmart Stifled Mask Rule Complaints, NLRB GC Claims

    National Labor Relations Board prosecutors bolstered a complaint Wednesday accusing Walmart of violating federal labor law by suppressing complaints about its COVID-19 safety rules, claiming the company sent a worker at a South Carolina store home for photographing a maskless manager, the agency announced.  

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Clears Fujian Jinhua On Feds' Trade Secrets Claims

    A California federal judge has found that the federal government failed to show semiconductor-maker Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. Ltd. is guilty of various claims in a suit accusing it of economic espionage in a trade secrets case.

  • February 28, 2024

    Save Mart Retirees Add To Nonunion Health Benefits Suit

    Four retirees of a supermarket chain serving California and Nevada added two claims to their proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action against their former employer, telling a California federal judge that Save Mart Supermarkets failed to properly terminate a health care plan for nonunion employees.

  • February 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Says DOL Can Use Las Vegas Data For Nev. Wages

    The Ninth Circuit has said the U.S. Department of Labor was legally able to use data for a higher-paid Nevada region when it sorted out prevailing wages in the state, turning down a bid by three construction industry-related organizations to consider geographic limitations for wages.

  • February 28, 2024

    Google Seeks Sanctions For Ex-Employee's Atty Conduct

    Tech behemoth Google LLC asked a Texas federal court Tuesday to sanction its former worker in the latest tit-for-tat in an ongoing age and gender discrimination suit, saying the former employee's attorneys had engaged in a "blatant attempt to harass and bully opposing counsel and witnesses."

  • February 28, 2024

    Alaska Airlines Says Religion Didn't Factor Into Worker Firings

    Alaska Airlines is urging a Washington federal judge to toss two Christian flight attendants' claims that they were pushed out of work due to bias against their religious beliefs by the company and their union, saying they were actually fired because they expressed their beliefs in a discriminatory manner.

  • February 28, 2024

    Pilots Say Airline Shorted Servicemembers' 401(k) Funds

    A discount airline unlawfully failed to contribute to employees' retirement funds when they were on military leave despite repeatedly being told about the oversight by pilots and their union, according to a proposed class action in Minnesota federal court.

  • February 28, 2024

    Ex-Development Director Asks 4th Circ. To Flip Bias Suit Loss

    A former development director for a North Carolina city said she supported her sex discrimination and retaliation claims with evidence that she was treated differently from male colleagues, urging the Fourth Circuit to overturn the city's win in her suit.

  • February 28, 2024

    8th Circ. Axes Federal Mine Agency's Win In Pay Bias Row

    A unanimous Eighth Circuit panel tossed a Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ruling that a cement company discriminated against a worker by cutting bonuses she was to receive for helping federal inspectors at a mine, saying Wednesday the cut was not motivated by bias.

  • February 28, 2024

    Coats Rose Atty Fired Over Threatening Letter To Judge

    The Texas law firm Coats Rose PC terminated one of its attorneys believed to have sent intimidating messages on firm letterhead to an immigration judge running for a judgeship in the 151st Civil District Court of Harris County, the firm confirmed to Law360 on Wednesday.

  • February 28, 2024

    Littler Transportation Co-Leader Jumps To Ogletree In SF

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Wednesday that the co-leader of Littler Mendelson PC's transportation industry group was joining the firm as a shareholder in its San Francisco office.

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Says Ermi Counterclaims In Qui Tam Case Can Stand

    A Georgia federal judge has refused to free Ermi LLC's former chief compliance officer from counterclaims the company lodged in response to her whistleblower suit accusing the company of fraud and retaliation, with the judge saying the company has adequately alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and contract claims.

  • February 28, 2024

    TKO Reveals Ongoing Impact Of McMahon Issues In Filing

    WWE is not immune to the personal legal battles and controversies of disgraced founder Vince McMahon, who was recently accused of trafficking a former employee, according to a recent regulatory filing by parent company TKO.

  • February 28, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Late Filing Dooms Black Trucker's Bias Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit has refused to reinstate a lawsuit filed by a Black former truck driver for a waste management company who said he was unfairly berated by his supervisor and then fired after 30 years of service, saying he filed his pre-suit discrimination charge too late.

Expert Analysis

  • SAG-AFTRA Contract Is A Landmark For AI And IP Interplay

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    SAG-AFTRA's recently ratified contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers introduced a framework to safeguard performers' intellectual property rights and set the stage for future discussions on how those rights interact with artificial intelligence — which should put entertainment businesses on alert for compliance, says Evynne Grover at QBE.

  • 4 Steps To Navigating Employee Dementia With Care

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    A recent Connecticut suit brought by an employee terminated after her managers could not reasonably accommodate her Alzheimer's-related dementia should prompt employers to plan how they can compassionately address older employees whose cognitive impairments affect their job performance, while also protecting the company from potential disability and age discrimination claims, says Robin Shea at Constangy.

  • Googling Prospective Jurors Is Usually A Fool's Errand

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    Though a Massachusetts federal court recently barred Google from Googling potential jurors in a patent infringement case, the company need not worry about missing evidence of bias, because internet research of jury pools usually doesn’t yield the most valuable information — voir dire and questionnaires do, says Sarah Murray at Trialcraft.

  • How Dartmouth Ruling Fits In NLRB Student-Athlete Playbook

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    A groundbreaking decision from a National Labor Relations Board official on Feb. 5 — finding that Dartmouth men's basketball players are employees who can unionize — marks the latest development in the board’s push to bring student-athletes within the ambit of federal labor law, and could stimulate unionization efforts in other athletic programs, say Jennifer Cluverius and Patrick Wilson at Maynard Nexsen.

  • Del.'s Tesla Pay Takedown Tells Boards What Not To Do

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    The Delaware Chancery Court’s ruthless dissection of the Tesla board’s extreme departures from standard corporate governance in its January opinion striking down CEO Elon Musk’s $55 billion pay package offers a blow-by-blow guide to mistakes Delaware public companies can avoid when negotiating executive compensation, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • A Look Into How Jurors Reach High Damages Awards

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    In the wake of several large jury awards, Richard Gabriel and Emily Shaw at Decision Analysis shed light on challenges that jurors have in deciding them, the nonevidentiary and extra-legal methods they use to do so, and new research about the themes and jury characteristics of high-damages jurors.

  • Compliance Tips For Employers Facing An Aggressive EEOC

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    This year, the combination of an aggressive U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a renewed focus on large-scale recruiting and hiring claims, and the injection of the complicated landscape of AI in the workplace means employers should be prepared to defend, among other things, their use of technology during the hiring process, say attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw.

  • Preparing For A New Wave Of Litigation Under Silicosis Rules

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    After the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of California issued an emergency temporary standard to combat noncompliance with assessments of workers' exposure to particles of crystalline silica, companies that manufacture, distribute or sell silica-containing products will need aggressive case-specific discovery to navigate a new wave of litigation, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Employer Trial Tips For Fighting Worker PPE Pay Claims

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    Courts have struggled for decades to reach consensus on whether employees must be paid for time spent donning and doffing personal protective equipment, but this convoluted legal history points to practical trial strategies to help employers defeat these Fair Labor Standards Act claims, say Michael Mueller and Evangeline Paschal at Hunton.

  • Managing Competing Priorities In Witness Preparation

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    There’s often a divide between what attorneys and witnesses want out of the deposition process, but litigation teams can use several strategies to resolve this tension and help witnesses be more comfortable with the difficult conditions of testifying, say Ava Hernández and Steve Wood at Courtroom Sciences.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Assessing Merger Guideline Feedback With Machine Learning

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    Large language modeling appears to show that public sentiment matches agency intent around the new merger control guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Justice Department, says Andrew Sfekas at Cornerstone Research.

  • Understanding And Working With The Millennials On Your Jury

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    Every trial attorney will be facing a greater proportion of millennials on their jury, as they now comprise the largest generation in the U.S., and winning them over requires an understanding of their views on politics, corporations and damages, says Clint Townson at Townson Litigation Consulting.

  • Grant Compliance Takeaways From Ga. Tech's FCA Settlement

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    Georgia Tech’s recent False Claims Act settlement over its failure to detect compliance shortcomings in a grant program was unique in that it involved a voluntary repayment of funds prior to the resolution, offering a few key lessons for universities receiving research funding from the government, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • Series

    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

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