A Texas appellate court awarded private equity fund Prophet Equity $4.1 million from an insurer on Monday and reversed the insurer's win in a dispute over whether it was required to pay to defend the fund in a fight with a former employee.
A former FilmOn employee told a California state jury Monday that billionaire owner Alki David repeatedly groped her, forced her to watch "disgusting" fetish pornography, carried her upside down by her ankles through the office while her underwear was exposed, and once even tied her to a chair.
The Writers Guild of America will wage its legal battle against several major talent agencies in federal court, dropping a state-level suit and filing counterclaims on Monday in federal suits brought by the talent shops over the contested practice of agents collecting payments from pairing TV writers with studios.
A former Morgan Stanley financial adviser must take his discrimination claims against the investment bank to arbitration, the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday, finding he's still beholden to an arbitration agreement that changed after his hiring, even though he purportedly didn’t see the email announcing the changes.
Two ironworkers who say they suffered career-ending injuries when an uncertified forklift driver caused a massive storage rack to fall on them as they worked on a behind-schedule Amazon warehouse project with inadequate supervision asked an Illinois federal jury Monday to hold Amazon and others responsible.
The U.S. Soccer Federation and its world champion women’s national team will duke it out over pay equity in a trial slated for May 2020, a spokesperson for the players said Monday.
Dominion Energy Inc. has agreed to pay $3.8 million to end claims it cheated workers out of overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, reaching a proposed settlement agreement in Virginia federal court that would allow hundreds of employees to recoup thousands in lost wages.
The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel is poised to file a complaint alleging Boeing fired a handful of jet mechanics for supporting the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers amid a bitter South Carolina organizing battle, the union announced Monday.
Door part supplier Jeld-Wen can't bring trade secret claims against a rival in Texas state court, a Virginia federal judge has ruled, finding the allegations have already been hashed out in his own court amid the drawn-out antitrust battle waged by Jeld-Wen's competitor.
Seeger Weiss LLP fired back on Monday against an objection to its latest $1.7 million fee request in the NFL concussion settlement, the most recent move in a pattern that's taken on an almost ritualistic quality as it's continued to repeat itself since the deal went into effect.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday asked a California federal judge to toss a former employee's suit accusing the agency of forcing him to quit while he was battling prostate cancer, claiming the government cannot be held liable under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Wal-Mart Stores will cough up $100,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission disability discrimination suit, the EEOC said Monday, marking the latest settlement announcement in a week that has seen the workplace bias watchdog bring in more than $600,000.
Former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers was awarded more than $15 million by a Los Angeles jury Monday in a second trial over claims that he was discriminated against based on his age and disability.
Jackson Lewis PC announced on Monday it has launched a new office in Charlotte, North Carolina, and that it has lured a litigator from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC with 30 years of experience in employment law to head it.
A Wisconsin federal judge has barred state health officials from excluding gender reassignment surgery and related procedures from coverage under the state’s Medicaid program, handing a win to a class of transgender residents.
A Georgia-based defense contractor has agreed to fork over up to $2.4 million to resolve a whistleblower's allegations that it sold defective battery systems to U.S. military bases, the federal government said Monday.
The NCAA urged the Ninth Circuit Friday to reverse a lower court decision lifting restrictions on what colleges can pay their players, arguing that the ruling would eliminate the distinction between college and professional sports.
The lead lobbying group for the nation's largest airlines has told a federal court that Washington state cannot enforce its paid sick leave law on an industry regulated by the federal government, insisting the state law upends interstate commerce.
Six states challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s move to roll back rules requiring large employers to submit electronic reports of workplace injuries have told a D.C. federal court that revoking the regulation is “substantively arbitrary and capricious” and that the government is exaggerating the workplace privacy concerns.
An XPO Logistics unit has agreed to pay $5.5 million to resolve claims the shipping giant violated California labor laws by failing to provide proper wages, meal and rest breaks for drivers under contract with carrier service companies.
The Second Circuit on Monday closed the book on a former AutoZone employee’s suit alleging she was fired for complaining about sex discrimination, agreeing with a trial court that a vulgar comment she directed at a colleague justified her termination.
A Brooklyn federal judge on Monday upheld the conditional certification of a nationwide collective action alleging Lumber Liquidators unfairly denied its managers overtime, rejecting the retailer’s claims the court only has the power to decide New Yorkers’ claims.
The investor who filed a derivative suit against the board for Google's parent company for alleged workplace harassment and other failings by officers told the Delaware Chancery Court on Friday it should reject a second bid to halt the case that came just weeks after the court denied the first.
The Trump administration told the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that Title VII's ban on sex discrimination shouldn't be stretched to include gender identity, marking its latest break with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's position that the law protects both gay and transgender workers.
As jury selection dragged through a fourth day Friday, the California state judge overseeing the sexual harassment case against FilmOn founder Alki David again threatened the billionaire with criminal contempt after another outburst toward his accuser's attorney Lisa Bloom resulted in the bailiff escorting him from the courtroom.
A New Jersey appellate court's recent opinion in six noncompete cases filed by ADP illustrates the challenges in adopting a successful multijurisdictional restrictive covenant program, but employers can avoid many of these problems with careful planning, say Henry Perlowski and Edward Cadagin at Arnall Golden.
A recent revenue ruling provided helpful guidance on the tax treatment of uncashed 401(k) distribution checks, but did not clarify how plan administrators should handle the nettlesome administrative issues arising when uncashed required minimum distribution checks involve missing plan participants, says Daniel Morgan at Blank Rome.
When crises occur, such as data security incidents or gender bias suits, a well-prepared law firm has a thoroughly tested communications plan at the ready, which ensures the firm is the most proactive news source, prevents the crisis from escalating and notifies stakeholders about mitigation efforts, says Zach Olsen at Infinite Global.
If implemented, the new compliance review scheduling letters proposed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will demand more detailed data at the commencement of an audit than ever sought before, say attorneys at Jackson Lewis.
The Eighth Circuit's recent denial of an employer’s request to force arbitration in Shockley v. PrimeLending teaches employers important lessons about how courts will interpret concepts like “agreements” when the employer’s personnel documents are electronically stored and contain automated acceptances, says Michele Brott at Davis Brown.
At attorney Greg Craig’s trial in D.C. federal court this week, the courtroom was cleared so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions. Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of this subtle, yet significant, issue involving Sixth Amendment public trial rights, says Luke Cass at Quarles & Brady.
As demonstrated by Google's recent $11 million settlement to resolve an age discrimination class action, employers must combat age discrimination with a multifaceted approach that includes cooperation from all members of management, say Charlene Gedeus and Michael Truncellito at Buchanan Ingersoll.
Criminal and civil proceedings against actor Kevin Spacey related to sexual assault allegations were recently dropped after the alleged victim’s mobile phone vanished. The lesson for companies is that employees’ use of personal devices and messaging apps for business purposes comes with legal risks, say Matt Horvitz and Nordo Nissi of Goulston & Storrs.
A Panera Bread franchisee's recently approved $4.6 million settlement involving overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act serves as a cautionary employee classification tale, reminding employers to review overtime-exempt managers’ duties in order to ensure their status under the FLSA is not at risk, says Kate Dewberry at Poyner Spruill.
In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.
The Seventh Circuit’s recent Americans with Disabilities Act decision in Graham v. Arctic Zone provides employer-friendly clarification on commonly encountered elements in disparate treatment cases and reminds employers of the value and practical significance of several time-tested employee relations tenets, says Jan Michelsen at Ogletree.
Years of interviewing jurors and observing deliberation show that the amount juries award in damages is almost always influenced by the amount of the plaintiff's demand, but there are three ways defense counsel can combat this anchoring effect, says Christina Marinakis at Litigation Insights.
As New York organizations consider how best to meet the state's new employee sexual harassment training requirements, Andrew Rawson at Traliant explains several essential actions employers should take ahead of the Oct. 9 training deadline.
With its recent opinion in Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority, the Seventh Circuit is the fourth federal appeals court to hold that obesity, by itself, is not a physical impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But other jurisdictions have reached the opposite conclusion, and this issue remains unsettled in others, says Norm Finkel at SFNR.
Although there continue to be corporate clients who are seduced by the idea that cheapest is always best when it comes to outside counsel, there are many negative implications on service delivery that result from myopically focusing only on cost reduction at the expense of quality and innovation, says Keith Maziarek at Katten Muchin.