CFPB Unit Had 'Plantation Mentality,' Ex-Employee Says

    A Republican-led House panel investigating allegations of mismanagement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau heard testimony from two workers on Wednesday alleging CFPB managers were prone to cronyism and discrimination, with one saying his unit was dubbed "the plantation" and that he was discriminated against by black managers.

    Shrink's Suit Against Fla. Public Defender Nixed Too Soon

    The Eleventh Circuit overturned a district court's ruling in favor of a Broward County, Florida, public defender in a case in which a forensic psychologist claimed he'd been unlawfully terminated, ruling Wednesday that portions of the case must be considered further.

    Senate Dems Pitch Bill To Broaden FLSA Overtime Coverage

    Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had introduced a bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act and boost the number of salaried workers eligible for overtime pay, a development that comes as the U.S. Department of Labor works on a regulatory revamp that could achieve the same result.

    Paying NCAA Athletes Would Spur 'Chaos,' Univ. Chief Says

    If the National Collegiate Athletic Association paid student athletes to license their personas, the resulting competition among colleges for broadcast revenues to pay them would “cause chaos,” the University of South Carolina's president testified for the NCAA on Wednesday in the athletes' class action antitrust trial against the association.

    Christie Says Blocking Pension Cuts Would Be 'Catastrophic'

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration on Wednesday urged a state court not to block Christie’s plan to divert $2.4 billion from public pension contributions to fix a massive budget deficit, arguing an injunction would be unconstitutional and would have a “catastrophic” effect on vulnerable citizens.

    Pa. Clerk Takes Gay Marriage Intervention Bid To 3rd Circ.

    A Pennsylvania county clerk on Wednesday asked the Third Circuit to allow her to intervene to seek an appeal of the recent decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, just hours after a federal judge denied her bid.

    For-Profit School Can't Toss Relators From $11B FCA Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday rejected for-profit college company Education Management Corp.'s bid to remove the qui tam relators from an $11 billion False Claims Act suit over alleged fraudulent recruitment efforts, saying EDMC didn't show that the relators based their claims on publicly disclosed information.

    Catholic Co.'s Suit Over ACA Contraception Mandate Clipped

    An Alabama federal judge on Tuesday tossed most claims in a suit brought by a Catholic media company over the contraceptive insurance requirements of the Affordable Care Act, saying the government’s mandate didn’t interfere with the company’s religious rights.

    Detroit Unveils 'Hybrid' Pensions To Ease Benefit Burdens

    Detroit officials on Wednesday revealed their plans to implement new, scaled-back “hybrid” pension formulas for new and current employees, as the city continues its attempts to cut its benefit obligations and climb out of bankruptcy.

    Houston Attys Call Ex-Boss' Defamation Suit 'PR Tool'

    A pair of Houston attorneys fighting a defamation suit filed by a labor lawyer they once worked for said Wednesday that the litigation is groundless and is being used to mitigate rumors that their boss abused drugs and struggled with mental health problems.

    Rape Charges Against Ex-Kerns Pearlstine Partner Dropped

    A Pennsylvania state court judge on Wednesday dismissed rape and sexual assault charges against Robert Kerns, a former name partner in the now-dissolved firm Kerns Pearlstine Onorato & Hladik LLP, but she ruled he must still face six other assault charges, including two at the felony level.

    Nixing BBQ Workers' Free Lunch Unlawful, NLRB Judge Says

    A Kansas City, Missouri-based barbecue restaurant chain ran afoul of federal labor law when it took free lunches for workers off the menu at one of its locations following a strike last summer, a National Labor Relations Board judge said Tuesday.

    5 Commonly Missed Tax Credits And Deductions

    Federal and state tax credits and deductions are like free money for taxpayers, but many are often overlooked because of their complexity and sometimes onerous eligibility requirements. Below, tax experts share five underappreciated business tax credits and deductions.

    San Bernardino, CalPERS Reach Interim Deal On Ch. 9 Plan

    San Bernardino has reached a tentative deal with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System that will help form the basis of a plan to restructure the city’s debt and allow it to exit bankruptcy, according to a Tuesday court filing.

    Meyer Darragh Gets Award Boosted In Fee Dispute

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday ruled that Pittsburgh firm Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck PLLC was entitled to a larger share of an attorneys’ fee award than an initial $14,000 ruling in a dispute with Malone Middleman PC stemming from a lawyer’s move between the firms.

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Bush Seyferth's Cheryl Bush

    We are a women-owned law firm, and potential clients sometimes make assumptions about the types of cases we handle. We work hard to show that we excel at bet-the-company trials and appeals on a national basis. If we can get them to listen, we usually get the work, says Cheryl Bush, majority owner and managing partner of Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC.

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Davis Wright's Kelli Sager

    I find it challenging sometimes to express my views honestly without being viewed as too harsh or domineering — even when a male colleague who says the same thing, or worse, would be heralded, says Kelli Sager, a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

    Calif. May Force Emergency Medical Equipment On Retailers

    The California Supreme Court will soon issue its ruling in Verdugo v. Target Stores, which concerns whether it is necessary for retailers to have an automatic external defibrillator onsite in case of medical emergency. The decision could open a Pandora’s box, leaving large retailers open to lawsuits for not having AEDs — or possibly other emergency medical devices — available, say Jeffrey Tanenbaum and Caroline Burnett of Nixon Peabody LLP.

    How To Manage The Risks And Costs Of Custodial Data

    The implications of a decentralized and ad hoc approach to managing custodial data — data associated primarily or exclusively with one individual employee — may be profound, especially given today’s heightened sensitivities toward data security and data management. Appropriate identity management can help an organization improve security, simplify compliance with legal and regulatory obligations, and enhance business opportunities, say Anthony Diana and Therese Craparo of Mayer Brown LLP.

    No Hostile Workplace Claim If Victims Oblivious: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit issued a precedential ruling Tuesday in an appeal by Austal USA LLC workers who saw their racial discrimination claims against the shipbuilder defeated by a lower court, holding that employees alleging an objectively hostile work environment cannot complain about conduct to which they were "oblivious." 

    Union Boss Wants FBI Affidavit Sealed In Pa. State Court

    Pennsylvania union leader John Dougherty said Tuesday that a state court should be forced to seal an FBI affidavit that Pepper Hamilton LLP used in defending the Philadelphia Inquirer against his libel suit, arguing that failing to abide by a federal court order sealing the document would cause "chaos" in the court system.

    6th Circ. Sets August Hearing For 5 Gay-Marriage Cases

    The Sixth Circuit on Monday scheduled oral arguments in five battles over gay marriage in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee for a single session on Aug. 6, setting the stage for a potentially historic day in the four states under the circuit's jurisdiction.

    Chicago Auditor Who Took Leave Can't Bring ADA Suit: Judge

    An Illinois federal court axed Tuesday a suit by a former Chicago auditor who claimed she was illegally fired over her neurological disease in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, ruling that the ex-employee failed to show she was qualified to work since she had submitted medical leave certifications.

    Employers Beware: Use Credit Checks At Own Risk

    Because credit reports may include inaccurate information or unfairly screen out low-income or minority job applicants, using them in hiring is a tricky prospect that most employers would do well to use on a limited basis, attorneys say.

    2nd Circ. May Form Split On Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Shield

    A Second Circuit whistleblower case against Siemens AG could give the appeals court a chance to address whether the Dodd-Frank Act's retaliation protections cover internal complaints, and attorneys say the court may create a split with the Fifth Circuit that would set the stage for U.S. Supreme Court review.