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    Dow Chemical Sues Ex-Employee For Stealing Trade Secrets

    The Dow Chemical Co. on Thursday sued a former long-time employee who went on to consult for a rival overseas company, alleging in Pennsylvania state court he misappropriated Dow's "valuable and proprietary trade secret technology” for manufacturing paint polymers despite signing confidentiality agreements with the company.

    Texas High Court Revives Wyatt Appeal For Hurt Workers

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to revive a bid for mandamus relief against Wyatt Field Service Co. by two workers injured in an Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery steam explosion, after previously denying their petition four months ago.

    Inovio Beats Former Pharma Exec's Stock Options Suit

    A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit alleging a former pharmaceutical company executive was wrongly blocked from exercising stock options after a merger, but left the door open for the plaintiff to offer proof he sought to exercise options within the allowable time limit.

    DC To Pay $9M To End Workers' Cost-Of-Living Class Action

    The District of Columbia and a putative class of employees who allege they did not receive the living adjustment pay to which they were entitled jointly urged the D.C. federal court on Thursday to preliminarily approve a $9 million settlement of the case.

    Aveda, Estee Lauder Trainee Wage Suit Split For Arbitration

    A California judge on Friday ruled that an arbitrator must decide whether former beauty school students alleging Estee Lauder Inc. and Aveda Corp. illegally treat trainees as unpaid employees should proceed with a class arbitration before employees who didn't sign arbitration agreements can try their claims.

    Another Chicago Union Files Suit Against Pension Reform

    Chicago Park District employees are challenging a pension reform law similar to the one struck down as unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court this year, arguing in a new complaint that the state legislature increased the retirement age and reduced benefits without consulting with workers first.

    Fla. Businessman Claims Brightstar Breached Joint Venture

    A Florida entrepreneur and his Netherlands-based company have accused wireless service provider Brightstar Corp. of manipulating the facts surrounding termination of their former joint venture in an effort to reduce payout of the plaintiffs' ownership share, according to a lawsuit filed in state court in Miami.

    Texas Justices Won't Review Worker's Vacated $4.7M Award

    The Texas high court on Friday declined to review an appeals court’s decision to reverse a $4.7 million judgment against Oncor Electric Delivery for negligence in the 2007 electric shock injury of a demolition employee.

    DC Circ. Won't Rehear Car Dealer Union Recognition Suit

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday refused to rehear en banc its decision that an Illinois car dealership committed unfair labor practices by forcibly relocating six unionized workers to a nearby non-unionized dealership and withdrawing recognition of the union.

    10 Ways To Become A 360-Degree Lawyer

    Whether you’re a millennial joining the profession or a seasoned veteran, the challenges posed by the current legal market compel everyone to adapt and innovate. Law professors Rosario Schrier and Annette Torres team up to offer 10 tips to develop a more diverse skill set.

    SC Jury Slaps Celanese With $14M Asbestos Verdict

    A South Carolina jury found Celanese liable for a worker's exposure to asbestos at one of the industrial chemical company's facilities that resulted a fatal case of mesothelioma, awarding his family $14 million damages on Thursday.

    NJ Wal-Mart Fired Worker For Being Transgender, Suit Says

    A transgender employee of a Wal-Mart store in New Jersey has hit the retail giant with a discrimination suit, alleging she was harassed and ultimately terminated after revealing her gender identity to her superiors.

    Dykema Adds Ex-Gonzalez Saggio Employment Attorney

    A former employment attorney with Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP has joined Dykema Gossett PLLC, where he will work in the firm’s labor and employment practice group in its Los Angeles office.

    Pittsburgh Glass Wants Age Bias Claims Separated

    Pittsburgh Glass Works on Wednesday asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to either sever the two remaining defendants in the age bias suit against it or to order separate trials because the two former workers have little in common.

    Fastenal To Pay $1.25M To Settle Hiring Discrimination Probe

    The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday that parts distributor Fastenal Co., a federal contractor, has agreed to pay $1.25 million to more than 8,000 African-American and female applicants to settle hiring discrimination claims, and that the company will hire 171 of those applicants.

    'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Stuntman Sues Over Age Bias

    A veteran stuntman accused Sony Pictures and other producers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 of engaging in “particularly violent" age bias by trying to dissuade him from working on the film because he is over 60, according to a suit filed Thursday in California state court.

    New Jenny Craig Workers Blocked From Joining Class Action

    A New York state appeals court on Thursday blocked Jenny Craig workers who were hired after the filing of a meal-break class action from joining the suit, but refused to exclude other workers who signed arbitration agreements with class-action waivers after the litigation started.

    DHS Says Marshal Age-Bias Suit Based On Disparate Impact

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sought to dismiss a suit Thursday brought by an ex-air marshal claiming the Transportation Security Administration closed several field offices to force out older federal marshals, arguing a federal statute disallows disparate impact claims.

    Injured Tyson Worker Says Company Got Rid Of Evidence

    A chicken processing plant worker suing Tyson told a Texas federal court Thursday the company had replaced the metal bar that smashed his eye socket while he was opening chicken cages, and asked the court to level the playing field with sanctions.

    LeClairRyan Adds Ex-Lewis Brisbois Partner In Calif.

    LeClairRyan shored up its product liability and labor and employment teams in Sacramento, California, with a former Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner experienced in defending clients in suits involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product and professional liability, construction accidents, property disputes and breach of contract, the firm said Tuesday.

    EmCare Says Sex Harassment Case Relied On Shaky Evidence

    Medical services provider EmCare Inc. urged a Texas federal court Thursday to undo a nearly $500,000 jury verdict for three former employees who were terminated after they reported workplace sexual harassment, disputing the plaintiffs’ assertion that the conclusion was based on sound evidence and also challenging the award of punitive damages.

    EEOC Asks To Lower Class Info Order After Admitting Atty's Flub

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday asked a Georgia federal judge overseeing a discrimination case to reconsider how many putative class members he wants the agency to provide detailed background information for, acknowledging its attorney goofed on the overall number involved.

    Healogics Whistleblowers Dump Medicare FCA Suit

    Whistleblowers asked a Florida federal court Thursday to dismiss their False Claims Act suit alleging Healogics Inc.'s wound care centers routinely gave patients unnecessary hyperbaric oxygen therapy to cash in on Medicare reimbursements.

    BCBG Hit With Wage Theft Class Action Over On-Call Shifts

    BCBG Max Azria was slapped with a proposed class action in California state court Thursday alleging it failed to compensate employees who are required to report for on-call shifts but ultimately aren’t put to work.

    The Standard Hotel Hit With Wage-Hour Class Action In Calif.

    A former employee of The Standard Hotel lodged a putative class action in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, accusing the boutique hotel chain of not providing breaks to its workers and forcing them to work off the clock.