KPMG Decries Futile Discovery 'Frolic' In $400M Sex Bias Suit

    KPMG LLP urged a New York federal judge on Thursday to penalize employees accusing the firm in a $400 million Equal Pay Act collective action of underpaying female client service and support professionals for allegedly wasting the court's time with baseless discovery filings.

    Retirees Urge High Court To Uphold Lifetime Health Benefits

    Retirees bringing a class action against M&G Polymers USA LLC have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to find that their right to lifetime health care was guaranteed at retirement, claiming the issue of whether a company’s health obligation extends beyond the termination of a collective bargaining agreement should be guided by intent.

    JG Wentworth Dodges Former Execs' $35M Tax Suit

    The Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday axed a lawsuit filed by two J.G. Wentworth Inc. co-founders who say they were entitled to $35 million under a tax receivable agreement after finding the company did not undergo a change in control necessary for the payment.

    Skadden Suit's Demise Casts Pall On Temp Atty OT Claims

    Two New York federal judges have opted to apply different tests when analyzing suits accusing law firms of unlawfully failing to pay temporary lawyers overtime, but despite that divergence and a lack of appellate guidance, the recent dismissal of a contract attorney's proposed collective action against Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP will discourage the filing of similar cases, lawyers say.

    BMW Tries To Turn Tables On EEOC Over Background Checks

    The federal court overseeing a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission race bias suit over BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC's use of criminal background checks in hiring should force the EEOC to hand over information on its own applicant screening practices, BMW said Wednesday. 

    Medtronic Pays States To Settle Defibrillator FCA Claims

    Medtronic Inc. reached an agreement with 46 states and the District of Columbia to settle a whistleblower's False Claims Act allegations that the company offered illegal kickbacks to physicians to implant its pacemakers and defibrillators, in a deal that follows a $10 million federal settlement, New York’s attorney general said on Thursday.

    US To Restart Guatemalan Labor Case After Failed Reforms

    The United States will resume its arbitration action against Guatemala after the country failed to enforce fair working standards for its employees under a regional trade agreement, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced Thursday.

    Split NLRB Says Dover Energy Gave Worker Illegal Warning

    The National Labor Relations Board said Dover Energy Inc. ran afoul of federal labor law when it threatened to discipline an employee who served as a grievance investigator for submitting allegedly frivolous information requests, reversing on Wednesday an administrative law judge's ruling.

    Williams-Sonoma Says Rival Poached Exec, Trade Secrets

    Home retail giant Williams-Sonoma Inc. claims competitor Arhaus LLC conspired to steal its trade secrets after hiring a former executive, who then solicited current Williams-Sonoma employees to email him the retailer’s confidential business plans and pricing information, according to a Thursday complaint in Tennessee federal court.

    Ogletree Grabs 2 Ex-Jackson Lewis Employment Attys In Calif.

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC bolstered its San Diego presence this week with the addition of two former Jackson Lewis PC shareholders who represent management in employment matters, strengthening the firm’s core practice area.

    Ex-Exec Of WorldSpace Unit Loses Ch. 7 Row Over Back Pay

    A former executive of the United Arab Emirates unit of defunct WorldSpace Inc. saw his adversary suit over back wages shut down Wednesday, when a Delaware bankruptcy judge ruled he wasn't an employee of the Chapter 7 debtors and so didn't have standing to sue.

    New Employment Firm Snags Four Attys From Epstein Becker

    Newly formed employment boutique Conn Maciel Carey PLLC announced Wednesday that it has nabbed four attorneys from Epstein Becker & Green PC, the same firm that two of its founding partners recently called home.

    Calif. Gov. Vetoes Unemployment Discrimination Bill

    California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a state assembly bill Wednesday aimed at preventing employers from discriminating against unemployed applicants, saying it could wind up interfering with the state's efforts to link unemployed job seekers with prospective employers.

    Gov't Contractor Pays $900K To Settle DOL Bias Claims

    A government contractor involved in several major projects around Washington, D.C., has agreed to pay $900,000 to settle claims it routinely subjected women and minorities to rampant discrimination and harassment, the U.S. Department of Labor announced on Wednesday.

    Contractors Hit Pixar, Disney With New Anti-Poaching Suit

    Pixar Inc., The Walt Disney Co. and other animation studios were hit with a new putative class action in California federal court Wednesday alleging they conspired to fix the pay of contractors, who cited testimony from a similar antitrust case brought by engineers against Apple Inc. and other tech giants. 

    NLRB's 'Joint Employer' Test Will Rewrite Labor Law

    The National Labor Relations Board's changing of the legal definition of joint employer with respect to franchisees and franchisors is just one small part of the board's larger goal — intentionally erasing the line between legal entities in most industries, says Matthew Austin of Roetzel & Andress.

    Key Democrat Urges Congress To Step Up TPP Engagement

    The top-ranking Democrat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday pressed his fellow lawmakers to intensify their engagement on certain issues within the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, stressing that the pact's rules on food safety, labor, the environment and other areas demand urgent scrutiny.

    Holder's Whistleblower Proposal Omits Key To SEC's Success

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's proposal Wednesday to dramatically increase the size of monetary awards Wall Street tipsters can receive under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act may bring in more leads, but some experts say an amped-up rewards program should also take a cue from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which offers anonymity to those who come forward.

    Malaysian Tech Industry Rife With Forced Labor, Study Finds

    A nonprofit organization on Wednesday issued a massive report funded by the U.S. Department of Labor revealing “widespread” forced labor conditions in Malaysia’s electronics industry, a development that could impact the effort to craft strict labor rules in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.

    Ex-Goldman VP Asks 3rd Circ. To Rehear $2.3M Fee Case

    A former Goldman Sachs vice president on Tuesday asked the Third Circuit to rehear its decision reversing an order requiring Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to pay $2.3 million for his legal bills over charges for theft of high-frequency-trading code, saying the appeals court overlooked decisions contradicting its reasoning.

    Renewed DOJ Fraud Focus Should Worry Bank Execs

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposal Wednesday to raise the cap on rewards for certain financial industry whistleblowers and make a renewed effort to pursue criminal financial fraud cases should give bank executives pause as they consider the prospect of prosecutors knocking on their doors, attorneys say.

    NLRB Deems BBQ Workers' Loss Of Free Meals Unlawful

    The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday said a Kansas City, Missouri-based barbecue restaurant chain ran afoul of federal labor law when one of its locations took free meals for workers off the menu following their participation in a union-organized a strike last summer.

    DOJ Urges FCA Attys To Aid Criminal Fraud Cases

    Federal prosecutors increasingly are mining False Claims Act lawsuits for evidence of criminal conduct by employees of health care companies and defense contractors, a high-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday at a gathering of whistleblower attorneys.

    Detroit's Ch. 9 Confirmation Trial Delayed For A Week

    The judge presiding over Detroit's bankruptcy on Wednesday gave Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. and several hedge funds a week to refashion their objections to the city’s debt restructuring after a onetime ally against the Chapter 9 plan dropped out.

    Iraq Contractor, Ex-CEO Duel Over Boiler Project Funds

    Delta Aliraq Inc. traded accusations with its former CEO at the start of a California bench trial Wednesday over an Iraqi steam-generating station project, with the contractor claiming the CEO embezzled huge sums while the fired executive alleges he's owed millions in compensation.