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    US Food Says Sales Aces Took Confidential Info To Rival

    U.S. Foods Inc. has accused its direct rival Performance Food Group Co. of poaching two of its top sales employees, who absconded with confidential information and used the information to lure away U.S. Foods customers in violation of nonsolicitation pacts, according to an Illinois federal court suit filed Thursday.

    NCAA To Examine Athlete Time Demands For Major Sports

    The NCAA said the Division I Council will take a look at the time demands placed on student-athletes competing at the highest level of college sports amid legal challenges to its amateurism model and a nationwide debate over whether college student-athletes should be paid. 

    KPMG Loses Tolling Reconsideration Bid In Sex Bias Suit

    A New York federal judge on Friday denied a bid by KPMG LLP to reconsider a recent order allowing hundreds of women to opt into a $400 million collective action claiming the firm underpaid female employees, saying its arguments were meritless.

    5th Circ. Stands By Dismissal Of $50M FCA Suit

    The Fifth Circuit said Friday it would not rehear a once-bankrupt whistleblower’s appeal of a Texas federal judge’s dismissal of a $50 million False Claims Act case against a U.S. Air Force contractor, likely queuing up a U.S. Supreme Court petition.

    6th Circ. Revives Ex-Ford Worker's Denied Disability Suit

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday revived a former Ford employee’s suit against UniCare Life and Health Insurance in which she said she was intentionally denied disability benefits after being terminated.

    Fed. Circ. Denies Google Rehearing Bid In IP Contract Row

    A Federal Circuit panel on Friday rebuffed Google Inc.'s request that it review its ruling rejecting the tech giant's bid to reinstate a jury verdict that an inventor who sued the company for patent infringement breached a contract with his former employer by obtaining the patents.

    Bulk Of Texas Strip Club FLSA Row Can Stay In Fed. Court

    Four strip clubs in Houston will have to face a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit filed by a group of dancers who say that they were misclassified as independent contractors after a Texas federal judge ruled this week that all but one of them can keep their claims in court and out of arbitration.

    Genova Burns' Role Prompts Recusal In Oil Field OT Fight

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday recused himself from a putative labor class action against an oil field services company being represented by Genova Burns LLC, the same firm that is also representing his nephews as they fight against a murder-suicide determination on their parents' cause of death.

    Bait Worm Farming Is Agriculture, 6th Circ. Says

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision that said that growing and raising worms for fish bait is a type of agriculture, and thus exempt from paying employees overtime, saying that there is little to distinguish a worm farm from a traditional one other than the unfamiliarity of worm farming.

    Sen. Asks 5th Circ. To Nix KBR Human Trafficking Decision

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who co-chairs the Caucus to End Human Trafficking, asked the Fifth Circuit Thursday to reverse a decision by a Texas federal judge in a case against KBR that he said risks undermining congressional attempts to hold military contractors accountable for human trafficking.

    The NLRB Developments GCs Should Know About

    The National Labor Relations Board spent its summer preparing to say goodbye to outgoing member Harry Johnson and issuing a flurry of rulings that touched on questions including what defines joint employers, student athletes and employer successors. Here, Law360 looks at the rulings that should be on GCs' radar.

    Circle K Settles National Origin Discrimination Suit

    Circle K Stores Inc. settled a discrimination suit brought by a former store manager in Arizona who claimed that he was fired after complaining of unequal treatment based on his national origin and gender, according to documents filed on Friday in Arizona federal court.

    EEOC, Tire Retailer Urged To Talk Settlement In Sex Bias Suit

    A New York federal judge on Friday urged the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Mavis Discount Tire to settle the government's sex discrimination suit against the retailer, as plaintiffs attorneys said their client is frustrated that the nearly four-year-old case has languished in court.

    Verizon Retailer To Pay $1.3M To Settle OT Class Action

    We R Wireless Inc., a New Jersey-based Verizon Wireless retailer, has agreed to pay $1.3 million to end a collective action alleging it misclassified employees as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime requirements, according to a Thursday filing in federal court.

    Feds Reach Deal With Wash. Labor Agency Over Bias Claims

    A Washington labor agency has agreed to certain reforms to settle complaints filed by limited English speakers who claimed they experienced discrimination in the state’s workers’ compensation program, the U.S. Labor and Justice departments said on Thursday.

    2nd Circ. Looks Ready To Ground Pilots' Labor Beef For Good

    A group of senior American Airlines pilots taxied into the Second Circuit on Friday in a last-ditch attempt to undo a bankruptcy court’s approval of a collective bargaining agreement that trimmed their benefits, but three judges showed little appetite to accept their proposed interpretation of a key bankruptcy-labor statute.

    Gordon & Rees Snags Clark Hill Labor, Food, Real Estate Pro

    Gordon & Rees LLP has landed a new partner from Clark Hill PLC with significant experience in real estate and commercial litigation, including work in the food and beverage industry and employment law, to join its team in Chicago, the firm announced.

    Knicks Lose Calif. Appeal To Dodge Workers' Comp Claim

    The New York Knicks can be held liable under California’s workers’ compensation law for contributing to the disability of former player Durand "Rudy" Macklin, who played briefly for the Los Angeles Clippers after leaving the Knicks, a California appeals court affirmed Thursday in a precedent-setting opinion.

    NJ Employers Gain New Leverage Against Disloyal Workers

    A recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision pushed open the door to salary disgorgement for swindled employers and may encourage more companies to aggressively seek restitution from disloyal employees, especially high-level decision makers.

    Nucor Hit With $288K Verdict Over Worker's Crane Injury

    An Arkansas federal jury has ordered Nucor to pay nearly $300,000 to a truck driver that worked for a company contractor and was injured while loading equipment at a Nucor facility.

    Sizzling Developments At The NLRB This Summer

    The National Labor Relations Board has been active this summer issuing decisions and memos all aimed at making it easier for unions to organize. From easing the requirements for how employees can cast their vote in favor of unionization to significantly expanding the reach of its joint-employer test, the NLRB has made significant strides toward increasing union density, say attorneys at Proskauer Rose LLP.

    Hartford Spared From Covering Karlin Fleisher In Wage Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday let Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. off the hook of a duty to defend its policyholder, Chicago law firm Karlin Fleisher & Falkenberg LLC, in an underlying $1 million employment compensation suit, ruling that the law firm’s actions weren’t negligent and thus weren’t covered under the policy.

    Genesis Healthcare Complied With FCRA, Judge Rules

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Thursday in a proposed class action that a health care provider complied with the Fair Credit Reporting Act when it obtained a potential employee's criminal history from a third party, but a jury will decide if the third party ensured that its report was as accurate as possible.

    In Split Decision, 5th Circ. Won't Rehear Contraception Row

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday declined to rehear its decision nixing religious groups’ challenge to contraceptive requirements in health insurance plans in a split decision accompanied by a dissent that called the ruling “ironic and tragic.”

    Justices To Weigh If A Perceived Bias Counts As Free Speech

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to examine whether assumed or actual political involvement is needed to justify a First Amendment violation claim by a New Jersey police officer who alleges he was demoted due to his perceived support for a political candidate running against an incumbent mayor.