A California appeals court has ruled that CBS Broadcasting Inc.’s anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation motion to dismiss discrimination claims over its television anchor-hiring practices was improperly denied, saying the claims are based on First Amendment-protected activity, according to a decision published Wednesday.
The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday reversed a district court’s decision to dismiss the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s racial discrimination suit against Skanska USA Building Inc., saying that although the discrimination affected a subcontractors' employees, Skanska was their de facto employer.
Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a slew of women’s health legislation, including bills for pay equity that would bolster protections for employees filing complaints against their employers.
A Delaware federal judge on Monday conditionally certified a class of PetSmart Inc. operations managers to bring a collective action claiming that the retail chain misclassified them as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime requirements.
A former New Jersey public employee who lost administrative appeals for expanded benefits couldn't then bring a fresh suit against program administrators for consumer fraud, since the case hinges on the merits of a state agency's decision, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.
A Florida magistrate judge’s report on Wednesday recommended denying sanctions against Halifax Hospital Medical Center for destroying patient records in a suit alleging it paid kickbacks and admitted Medicare patients for needless overnight stays, saying a whistleblower didn't show the evidence was crucial to her case.
A Massachussetts federal court recently decided that attorney-client privilege can be waived inadvertently when the employer’s legal adviser becomes overly involved in the employer’s investigation of sexual harassment claims. The case is a reminder that employers and their counsel need to build a firewall between investigators and lawyers, says David Henderson of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.
A New York federal judge said Wednesday that she would not toss a putative class action a lawyer brought over Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's alleged failure to pay overtime to temp attorneys, ruling that the lawyer might be entitled to extra pay.
The Illinois federal judge overseeing a class action accusing Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. subsidiary of discriminating against black financial advisers gave final approval Friday to a $160 million settlement resolving the case.
The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee is set to weigh a new bill Monday that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, but with pushback from the General Assembly and a ticking clock on the current legislative term, it may not go far.
The extensive amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 that took effect on Dec. 1, 2013, bring welcome changes that simplify and streamline subpoena practice. In particular, the elimination of uncertainty in determining where compliance can be required and where service can be effected will reduce the effort and costs involved in issuing subpoenas, say Lawrence Friedman and Sheilah Kane of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
The Internal Revenue Service released final regulations Wednesday providing that agents who handle wage payments for home health care recipients can assume responsibility for the recipients' federal unemployment tax obligations in certain circumstances.
Pennsylvania officials defending the state's gay marriage ban from a constitutional challenge asked a federal court Tuesday to ignore their opponents' jurisdiction arguments and allow an interlocutory appeal to the Third Circuit for review of whether the plaintiffs' claims fall under federal jurisdiction.
The owner of New York City grocery chain Gristedes Foods Inc. on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Second Circuit's ruling that he could be held personally liable as an “employer” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a $120 million lawsuit filed against the federal government by investors who lost money in an alleged Ponzi scheme that victimized federal employees, saying discovery was needed to determine the court’s jurisdiction.
We offer help with some insight on the more significant new employment-related legislation that, if not already addressed, should be given some thought prior to year-end. For instance, in light of California’s mid-year minimum wage increase, the thing to be careful about now is budgeting for the salary level of your lower level exempt employees, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.
A personal injury boutique told a Texas appeals court Monday that a former associate's claim to millions in attorneys' fees from a settlement with GlaxoSmithKline LLC over its development and marketing of Avandia must be arbitrated even though his compensation agreement lacks such a requirement.
A New Jersey firm on Monday asked a federal judge to grant it summary judgment in its case against a former client who brought a whistleblower suit against Novartis AG alleging tax improprieties, saying the client refused to pay for services after failing to secure an award.
A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday tossed a breach of contract suit accusing General Motors LLC of skirting $450 million in owed retiree medical benefits, ruling that the company wasn't obligated to pay the benefits after it went through bankruptcy restructuring.
A Michigan federal judge rejected an intervention bid Monday from four workers who wanted to defend a right-to-work law that Change to Win and other labor groups claim is preempted by federal labor law, ruling that allowing them to intervene could needlessly prolong the case.
By refusing to decide a case over whether federal labor law permits unions to get employers to agree to remain neutral during organizing campaigns, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place uncertainty over such deals that will inevitably land the question back on the high court's docket, attorneys say.
The National Labor Relations Board dropped its appeal Monday of a May 2012 decision that said controversial labor board rule aimed at streamlining union elections was invalid because it was enacted without the participation of then-board member Brian Hayes.
The business school professor President Barack Obama nominated in September to head the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division told Senate lawmakers Tuesday that making sure employers who disregard the law don't gain an unfair competitive advantage would be among his priorities.
Purported Snapchat Inc. co-founder Reggie Brown shot back Monday at claims that he improperly leaked confidential material about his suit to the media, confirming the releases but saying the information wasn’t actually secret.
New York's highest court on Tuesday detached workers' compensation proceedings from negligence litigation, reversing itself in a decision that trial lawyers and the state's biggest lawyer group hailed as a step toward making sure employees who suffer workplace injuries can get before a judge.