Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. sued former Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook in Delaware's Chancery Court for damages or clawed-back compensation Monday alleging that he fraudulently obtained a "without cause" firing and severance deal last year by lying about workplace sexual transgressions.
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McDonald's Sues Ex-CEO Over Alleged Workplace Affairs

Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. sued former Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook in Delaware's Chancery Court for damages or clawed-back compensation Monday alleging that he fraudulently obtained a "without cause" firing and severance deal last year by lying about workplace sexual transgressions.

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Uber And Lyft Can't Treat Calif. Drivers As Contractors

Uber and Lyft must reclassify California drivers as employees, a state court judge said Monday in a pivotal win for state enforcers and workers' advocates that means the workers will get sick leave, wage minimums and other job protections.   

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Trump's Payroll Tax Order Throws Wrench Into Virus Talks

Democrats are plotting ways to counter President Donald Trump's Saturday executive order deferring payroll taxes for workers earning less than $104,000, a move that upends ongoing talks to advance more ambitious relief measures in a potential bicameral pandemic response package.

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BLM Spurs Employers To Look More Closely At Implicit Bias

With the Black Lives Matter movement prompting a national conversation about racial justice and diversity, many employers are redoubling their efforts to keep unconscious bias from seeping into hiring, firing and promotion decisions.

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After 5-Month Standstill, ITC Gears Up For Remote Hearings

The U.S. International Trade Commission halted in-person meetings in March as COVID-19 began to spread, but concern about a different kind of exposure put most patent cases in a monthslong holding pattern that will end soon as the commission begins holding video hearings.

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15 Minutes With Dreamscape Immersive's Chief Legal Officer

The pandemic has pushed virtual-reality company Dreamscape Immersive's Chief Legal Officer Tammy Brandt to do what she does best: Help emerging businesses pivot to achieve success. Here, she shares more about the company's shift and the accompanying legal challenges.

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Confusion Prevails Over Extent Of Trump's TikTok 'Ban'

President Donald Trump's efforts to "ban" TikTok using legal tools that aren't usually aimed at popular mobile apps have left attorneys confused about how exactly the social media platform will be targeted as U.S.-China relations continue to fray.

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Facebook Builds Group Focused On All Its Payment Initiatives

Facebook is putting all of its payment initiatives under one roof with the creation of a group called Facebook Financial, or F2, headed by David Marcus, who oversees the Facebook-affiliated digital currency Libra, the social media giant confirmed Monday.

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Tech Giants, AGs Say Trump's Visa Bans Hurt US Economy

Dozens of states and technology giants, including Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp., have backed lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump's recent visa suspensions, arguing the president's orders will hinder the U.S.' economic recovery.

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EU, US In Talks To Replace Axed Privacy Shield Data Pact

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission revealed Monday that they're negotiating an "enhanced" Privacy Shield data transfer agreement to replace a version of the popular pact invalidated by the European Court of Justice last month. 

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Kodak's $765M Loan Put On Hold Amid Stock Trading Scrutiny

The federal agency that planned to fund Eastman Kodak Co.'s expansion into pharmaceuticals with a $765 million loan said the offer has been put on hold over "recent allegations of wrongdoing" related to stock trading around the time of the deal's announcement.

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Judge Skeptical Of COVID-19 Work-From-Home Firing Suit

A federal judge on Monday voiced skepticism over a discrimination suit filed by a Massachusetts engineer who was fired for refusing to come into the office during the coronavirus pandemic, calling the complaint "bare-bones."

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MGM Units, Vegas Unions End COVID-19 Dispute

Las Vegas casino unions and MGM Resorts announced on Monday that they have resolved a dispute centering on allegations that the resorts' "unreasonable" COVID-19 rules didn't protect employees.

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Uber Can't Escape Investor Suit Over Scandal-Scarred IPO

A California federal judge said Uber must face a proposed securities class action alleging it duped shareholders about its numerous corporate scandals and downplayed risks ahead of its May 2019 initial public offering, saying there's enough to suggest that Uber may have overhyped its business prospects.

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Ralph Lauren Wants $700M Coverage As Wholesale Falls 93%

Ralph Lauren Corp. has sued Factory Mutual Insurance Co., seeking full coverage under its $700 million policy after its wholesale revenue dropped 93% from the year before due to COVID-19, alleging that the insurer is wrongfully limiting its coverage to "communicable disease."

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Little Caesars Can't Duck Ill. Workers' Biometric Privacy Suit

An Illinois federal judge won't let Little Caesars escape a suit by two former employees alleging the company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by collecting their fingerprint data without consent, saying documents proffered by the company cannot be recognized as evidence at this stage.

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'Oblivious' Drizly Reported Breach 5 Months Late, Suit Says

Alcohol delivery service Drizly warned customers in July of a major data breach even though hackers had been selling account owners' credit card information on the dark web beginning as early as February, according to a potential class action filed in Massachusetts federal court.

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Staffing Co. Says Law Firm Bungled Advice On H-1B Pay

Populus Group LLC sued Clark Hill PLC in Michigan federal court on Monday, claiming the law firm cost the Detroit-area staffing agency more than a million dollars when it bungled its advice on the question of how to pay workers with H1-B visas.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Considerations For NY Small Biz Truth In Lending Compliance

Michael Karpen and Richard Eckman at Troutman Pepper analyze New York state’s pending Small Business Truth in Lending Act, including the types of transactions, lenders and financing providers to which the statute applies, specific disclosure requirements, and unique challenges for the merchant cash advance industry.

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Cos. Can Sell Future Asbestos Liabilities To Avoid Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy has become an increasingly common solution for asbestos defendants, but the sale of contingent liabilities to a third party may provide a less complex and costly resolution of asbestos claims, say Milan Ceppi and Charles Oswald at Financial Asset Recovery Analytics.

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Opinion

ADA Protects Lawyers With Disabilities, But We Must Do More

As an attorney with cerebral palsy, Danielle Liebl at Reed Smith says that while the 30-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act has protected her against discrimination, the legal industry must do more to accommodate lawyers with disabilities and make them more comfortable in self-identifying.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Susman Godfrey Elects New Leader To Succeed Late Founder

Susman Godfrey LLP has appointed its first female managing partner as a successor to founding partner Stephen Susman, who died last month after contracting COVID-19 while recovering from a bike accident.

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Pa. Judge Bans Atty Exposed To Virus For Coming To Court

A Pennsylvania judge chastised a local attorney who was exposed to COVID-19 for using the pandemic as a tactical weapon and banned her from entering county courthouse facilities after she ignored the court's directive and showed up for a hearing in person even though her son had the virus.

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Roku's Trial Delay Request OK'd By 'Surprised' Texas Judge

U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright on Monday again delayed a patent jury trial involving Roku because of the coronavirus pandemic, noting his surprise this time that Roku's attorneys had asked for the case to start in October because of persistent safety concerns.

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Calif. High Court Won't Drop Pass Score For Past Bar Exams

The California Supreme Court issued an order Monday making its lower pass score for the Golden State's bar exam official, though it refused to retroactively apply the new score to past exams.

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Fla. Bar Exam Software Sows Chaos For Grads

A group of law graduates asked the Florida Supreme Court for help Monday as they deal with data security breaches, overheated computers and malfunctioning facial recognition features in the remote bar exam software that will be used for the online Florida bar exam scheduled for Aug. 19.

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BigLaw Atty Faces Ethics Complaint Over Kanye, Trump Work

An accountability watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against a Husch Blackwell LLP attorney who seemingly represented both the Donald Trump reelection campaign and musician Kanye West's presidential campaign simultaneously.

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Ex-King & Spalding Partner Joins FBI As General Counsel

The FBI announced Monday that it has tapped a former King & Spalding LLP attorney with a decade of experience as a federal prosecutor to serve as the agency's general counsel.

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NY Judge With Alzheimer's To Retire After Conduct Concerns

A Brooklyn state court judge has agreed to retire due to "advanced" Alzheimer's disease at the age of 54 after the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct received complaints about "erratic" behavior.

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Recruiter Axes Fee Suit Against Kilpatrick Townsend Partners

After experiencing multiple losses in the courtroom, Houston-based legal recruiting firm Partners Legal Search has abandoned its $1.2 million Texas state court lawsuit that claimed two Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP partners robbed it of a job search fee by skirting the parties' 2017 agreement.

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