Pa. Court Hesitantly OKs NLRB Subpoenas In UPMC Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday begrudgingly signed off on a set of subpoenas filed as part of a National Labor Relations Board investigation into alleged efforts by a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center facility to quash union activity despite concerns that the discovery request was unduly burdensome.

    New ACA Policies On Birth Control Mandate Unveiled

    The Obama administration on Friday revised its policies toward for-profit and nonprofit employers under the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, once again hoping to placate religious opponents while preserving a provision that has become a high-profile part of its public health agenda.

    Howmedica Sales Reps. Win Cert. In Reimbursement Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday certified a class of sales representatives who have accused Stryker Corp. and its subsidiary Howmedica Osteonics Corp. of failing to reimburse them for business expenses, finding the putative group had met all of their certification requirements.

    Benefit Plan Investors Denied SIPA Claims In Madoff Liquidation

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday ruled that more than 300 individual investors who funneled money into Bernard L. Madoff's Ponzi scheme indirectly through Employee Retirement Income Securities Act plans were not "customers" of Madoff’s firm and are not entitled to recovery from the Securities Investor Protection Corp.

    Swartz Campbell Can't Get Chartwell DQ'd In Fees Suit

    A Pennsylvania state judge on Thursday elected not to disqualify The Chartwell Law Offices LLP from representing an ex-Swartz Campbell LLC partner accused of failing to pay fees owed to the firm for cases started before he left to join Chartwell.

    FordHarrison Adds Labor Pro, Former Winn-Dixie GC In Atlanta

    Labor and employment firm FordHarrison LLP said Thursday it has added the former general counsel of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., who has experience representing clients in the retail, transportation and manufacturing industries, to strengthen its Atlanta office.

    Schlumberger Drops Ex-Employee Breach Of Contract Suit

    A Texas state judge has tossed Schlumberger Technology Corp.'s breach of contract suit against a former high-level employee who had been accused of stealing trade secrets and bolting to rival company Baker Hughes Inc., after the two sides reached a settlement agreement.

    Lessons On Corporate Values From Hobby Lobby

    Reports of the demise of corporate social responsibility may be greatly exaggerated. Those considering Hobby Lobby would be wise to focus on the decision makers, not just the decision itself, says John Vail of Quarles & Brady LLP.

    Contention Over EEOC Conciliation Continues

    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. New Prime Inc. demonstrates that the U.S. Supreme Court's eventual ruling in Mach Mining will be a game changer for employers since the EEOC's current position basically claims that courts should simply take the commission's word when its claimed to have negotiated in good faith, say Gerald Maatman Jr. and Howard Wexler of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

    BP Freed From $266B FCA Suit Claiming Gulf Plant Unsafe

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday tossed a former BP PLC contractor's $266 billion False Claims Act suit alleging safety problems at the energy giant’s Atlantis facility in the Gulf of Mexico, ruling the plaintiffs don't have standing and otherwise haven't presented any evidence that BP made misrepresentations to the government.

    NFLers Who Rejected IP Deal Must File Suits By Fall

    Former National Football League players who opted out of a $42 million settlement with the league over their publicity rights will each have to file individual complaints by October if they want to keep their suits alive, a Minnesota federal judge ordered on Thursday.

    NBC Urges Judge To Toss Ex-Reporter's Age Bias Suit

    NBCUniversal Media LLC on Thursday urged a California judge to toss a fired investigative journalist's age-discrimination claims, saying the the ex-employee wasn't legally permitted to bring the suit because he failed in three attempts to first lodge a valid administrative complaint with a state employment agency.

    7th Circ. Revives Architect's Suit Over Worker's Design Claims

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday revived an architectural company's suit accusing a former employee of falsely claiming credit on his website for designing five buildings, ruling the plaintiff could invoke the Lanham Act even though the plaintiff's claim concerned services, not goods.

    Fla. Federal Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday became the fifth judge in the state to declare Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional in two suits brought by gay couples who want Florida to recognize their out-of-state marriages and want to marry in the state.

    $1.6M Deal Poised To Wrap Up Maxim Healthcare OT Suit

    Maxim Healthcare Services Inc. has agreed to a class and collective action settlement worth nearly $1.6 million in a lawsuit accusing the company of misclassifying recruiters as exempt from state and federal overtime pay requirements, according to a Thursday filing in Atlanta federal court.

    Pa. High Court Won't Hear Cryogenic Co.'s Trade Secret Appeal

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Thursday refused to hear an appeal challenging a lower court's decision that schematic drawings, customer databases and other material related to devices for low temperature scientific research are entitled to trade secret protection.

    FCA Suits Over 'Worthless Services' Take Hit At 7th Circ.

    A Seventh Circuit ruling Wednesday erasing a $9 million False Claims Act verdict tied to alleged nursing home neglect will likely shield many businesses from "worthless services" cases that have threatened to increase exposure to huge penalties for billing fraud, experts say.

    RadioShack Workers Lose 2nd Bid For Cert. In OT, Break Suit

    A group of workers suing RadioShack Corp. for allegedly refusing to give them breaks for pay for overtime lost a second bid for class certification when a California federal judge ruled the plaintiffs hadn't adequately shown they could prove the company's policy of denying breaks was implemented, according to an order filed Thursday.

    DC Metro Strikes $4M Deal In FCA Suit Over IT Contract

    The U.S. intervened Wednesday in a False Claims Act whistleblower suit against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, approving a $4.24 million settlement and allowing the transit agency to exit a lawsuit that had accused it of improperly awarding an information technology contract without competition.

    Texas County Atty Can Keep Job While Seeking Judgeship

    A Texas appeals court held Thursday that the sitting Aransas county attorney can continue to hold his seat while he runs for a judgeship on the Aransas County Court at Law, rejecting arguments from the district attorney that he unlawfully remained in office while campaigning for the bench.

    Morgan Stanley's $4.2M Deal In OT Class Action Gets Nod

    A New York federal judge on Thursday preliminarily approved the $4.2 million settlement Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC has agreed to pay to end a collective action accusing the financial services company of failing to pay overtime to client services associates.

    Baltimore Settles With DOJ In Disability Bias Suit

    The city of Baltimore has reached a deal to resolve allegations that it engaged in a pattern of discrimination against disabled employees, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

    Sullivan & Cromwell, Others Hit With $325M Atty. Bias Suit

    A former contract attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP launched a second suit in Georgia federal court Monday accusing the firm of rampant discrimination and harassment, and alleging a New York state court judge improperly dismissed her initial case.

    DC Circ. Stance Threatens Agency Flexibility, DOL Says

    The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a D.C. Circuit ruling that nixed the agency's 2010 reclassification of mortgage loan officers as eligible for overtime pay, arguing that the appeals court's approach undermined the flexibility Congress wanted agencies to have.

    NYC Citi Bike Workers Cleared For Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official on Wednesday gave a group of employees for New York City's Citi Bike bike sharing program the green light to vote on whether they would like to form a union.