PNC Financial Services Group Inc. sued a former executive and Morgan Stanley Inc. in Pennsylvania federal court Friday, alleging the ex-senior vice president conspired with the rival company to poach PNC workers, customers and trade secrets to unfairly compete, in breach of her employment agreement.
Reins International California Inc., a subsidiary of Reins International, which owns the Gyu-Kaku chain of restaurants, on Thursday was hit with a class action complaint in California state court alleging the company shorted its training managers on wages.
A shareholder of Yahoo Inc. lodged a derivative suit late Thursday in Delaware Chancery Court on behalf of the Internet portal over the employment agreement for its former chief operating officer, which the investor claims cost the company about $127 million after just 15 months on the job.
KeyBank NA has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a putative class and collective action alleging it misclassified certain customer service employees to avoid paying them overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws, according to documents filed Friday in New York federal court.
The filing of seven lawsuits accusing McDonald's Corp. of stiffing employees on earned wages and other labor-law violations is sending a new warning signal to companies that guide or monitor franchisees' finances, but attorneys say the individual suits could find a hard time gaining traction as class actions because of the way they're structured.
The Sixth Circuit on Thursday revived a retaliation claim lodged by a former Kalamazoo, Mich., public safety officer despite upholding the dismissal of his discrimination claims, finding that the district court had improperly failed to assess the retaliation claim separately.
The National Labor Relations Board grounded a challenge Wednesday from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to a 2013 ruling that said JPL violated federal labor law when it disciplined scientists for sending mass emails from work computers criticizing a policy of required background checks.
Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. took Playboy Enterprises Inc. to Illinois federal court Thursday, arguing in a new suit that it should not pay for a Playboy's settlement with a former accounting executive who scored a $6 million verdict on claims that Playboy illegally fired her.
A jury in Pennsylvania state court returned a $7.25 million verdict Wednesday for the estate of a man who died from mesothelioma after on-the-job exposure to products manufactured by a group of defendants including General Electric Co. and Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC.
Six former Hershey Co. employees hit the candymaker with a class action Thursday in California federal court alleging Hershey violated the anti-retaliation provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act by firing them for their participation in overtime lawsuits against the company.
A Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed a long-running U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit against Allstate Insurance Co. on Thursday, ruling that the release Allstate required workers to sign, which allegedly broke the law, didn't actually violate retaliation provisions in three federal anti-bias statutes.
Attorneys who draft contracts offering incentives for employees to keep alleged securities fraud whistleblower complaints in-house should think twice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower chief told lawyers on Friday, saying they may be disciplined for doing so.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday refused to revive a whistleblower suit from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee who was stripped of ombudsman duties after allegedly making inflammatory statements and demeaning other public officials, ruling that his claims were filed too late.
The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday ruled that Ralphs Grocery Co. violated federal labor law when it failed to turn over requested information from an internal audit concerning the rehire of some employees during a lockout because it had waived privilege over the documents in a criminal case.
In a precedential decision on Thursday, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that county row officers across the state have the authority to hire, fire and direct their workforce without collectively bargaining with their employees' union.
Armed with a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, lawyers with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP achieved a social and personal victory when they overcame Texas' same-sex marriage ban with a rapid assault in federal court that overwhelmed stiff conservative opposition and laid the foundation for advancing civil rights.
President Obama’s executive order on March 13 to update overtime regulations to the Fair Labor Standards Act will likely lead to a dramatic increase in employers’ personnel costs. Employers should note that regulatory changes will only apply prospectively and so should take the first step in assessing the potential merits of a claim for unlawful overtime pay denial, say Joel Barras and Amanda Haverstick of Reed Smith LLP.
While enforcement activities under the Affordable Care Act have been minimal to date, now that Title I standards have largely gone into effect whistleblower claims could become a real risk for employers. Moreover, that risk is significant because of the broad range of protected activity, the low burden of proof and the potential for serious liability, say attorneys at Paul Hastings LLP.
A group of current and former Novant Health Inc. employees on Wednesday slapped the company with a proposed class action accusing it of shortchanging workers who participate in its retirement plans by paying millions of dollars in excessive fees to third-party service providers.
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has bolstered its business services group in its Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based office by adding two Brinkley Morgan LLP attorneys with experience in complex corporate and commercial litigation, employment and intellectual property, the firm said Thursday.
Toshiba Corp. sued semiconductor company SK Hynix Inc. in Japan for allegedly stealing trade secrets related to its flash memory technology, the company announced late Thursday, echoing similar allegations made by SanDisk Corp. this week.
Adversaries sometimes expect an older man to be the person in charge. I usually handle it by calling it out — “I know you didn’t expect a woman to be making this call,” says Victoria Cook, a member of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC's management committee.
You’ve got to get everyone, not just young women, engaged in the dialogue. I cannot overstate how may “aha” moments there have been — even for our best-intentioned senior male lawyers — during our Lean In discussions, says Denise Mingrone, managing partner of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Silicon Valley, Calif., office.
Today, legal blogs are considered a must-have for law firms, but lawyers need to remain mindful of their ethical duties in this context. Whether you are a seasoned blogger or just thinking of starting a blog, consider eight ethical questions before you post, says Anne-Marie Mitchell of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC.
The California Supreme Court is poised to tackle a dispute over whether an employer can successfully fight a discrimination suit by alleging a worker provided false information about his immigration status, giving the court an opportunity to clarify the scope of companies' affirmative defenses when workers lie to them, lawyers say.