Tech Start-Up Accuses Former CEO Of Blocking Investments

    A Silicon Valley startup has accused its recently fired CEO of taking a top job at a competitor months before she left the company, sharing the startup’s trade secrets, breaching her contract and sabotaging its attempts at attracting venture capital, according to a suit filed Friday in California federal court.

    Medical Marijuana Cards: A New Scarlet Letter?

    In states where medical or recreational use of marijuana is permissible but with no discrimination protection, employers should be aware that any adverse employment action taken on the basis of marijuana use could be a litigation risk, whether based on a violation of disability laws in those states where courts have not spoken or applicable off-duty conduct laws, say attorneys at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

    Jailed Boston Lobbyist Indicted Over Sham State Pension

    A Boston-area lobbyist serving a seven-year prison sentence on corruption charges was indicted again on Monday for allegedly ripping off the Massachusetts pension system by posing as a full-time state employee.

    Adam Sandler’s Ex-Nanny Loses Cert. Bid At Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a California appeals court ruling upholding an arbitration decision in favor of Adam Sandler’s production company HP Production Inc. that found his ex-nanny had violated a settlement agreement.

    High Court Sends Delta ERISA Case Back To 11th Circ.

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday told the Eleventh Circuit to reconsider a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action against Delta Air Lines Inc. in light of the high court's recent ruling that employers offering stock ownership plans aren't entitled to a “presumption of prudence.”

    Obama Backs Upping Retirement Advice Fiduciary Standard

    President Barack Obama on Monday threw his weight behind a coming U.S. Department of Labor proposal that would force financial advisers to put their own clients’ interest ahead of their own when recommending retirement investments.

    Texas' Top Court Asked To Eye Wal-Mart Optometrists' Award

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday asked the Texas Supreme Court to determine whether optometrists working in Wal-Mart Stores Inc.  locations are entitled to civil penalties after a jury found they were pressured by the retailer to stay open longer, in violation of state law.

    NY Jury Hits Palestinian Leadership With $218M Terror Verdict

    A New York federal jury on Monday hammered the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Liberation Organization with a $218.5 million liability verdict, after Americans wounded in terrorist attacks in Israel claimed the Palestinian government rewarded and promoted employees who engaged in the violence.

    Sushi Chefs Fear Collecting On $2.4M Wage Deal, Letter Says

    A New York federal judge told attorneys Friday to investigate claims in an anonymous letter that Sushi Yasuda Ltd. chefs fear they could lose their work visa sponsorship if they cash checks from their $2.4 million wage-and-hour settlement with the popular restaurant.

    8th Circ. Won't Rehear Trucking Co.'s $4.7M EEOC Fee Row

    The full Eighth Circuit on Friday declined to rehear a panel decision overturning a $4.7 million fee award against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a sexual harassment case brought against CRST Van Expedited Inc., which had argued that the ruling conflicted with court precedent.

    High Court Passes On Calif. Trucker Classification Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the California high court’s finding that federal transportation law does not preempt a lawsuit alleging that trucking company Pac Anchor Transportation Inc. misclassified its drivers as independent contractors and violated the state's labor and unemployment laws.

    A Look At New Labor Laws In DC

    District of Columbia employers now face — and are soon to face several more — new employment laws affecting a wide range of issues, including wage payments, recording of hours worked, pregnancy accommodations, concealed weapons in the workplace and the use of criminal background checks and drug testing during the hiring process, say attorneys at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

    2nd Circ. Lays Out New Rules For Restitution

    The Second Circuit's recent ruling in U.S. v. Cuti seems to place a notable limitation on the ability of a victim of white collar crime to recover expenses incurred in the course of investigating and reporting the defendant’s criminal activity. This decision does not take into account how internal investigations are typically conducted when the allegations concern wrongdoing by senior management, say attorneys with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Epstein Becker's Clifford Barnes

    It is not enough for you to know key people — those key people have to know you, says Clifford Barnes, a partner with Epstein Becker Green PC for over 33 years who specializes in health care and life sciences practice.

    Ex-Faruqi Associate Seeks $1.4M In Atty Fees For Assault Case

    The lawyers for former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate Alexandra Marchuk asked a New York federal judge for $1.4 million in fees on Friday, a month after a jury found the firm and partner Juan Monteverde created a hostile work environment in a closely watched sexual assault case.

    Lockheed Strikes $62M Deal In Retirement Losses Saga

    Lockheed Martin Corp. on Friday agreed to pay $62 million to settle with a class of retirement plan participants who had accused the company of losing nearly $300 million of their investments, ending an eight-year row that at one point had gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Judge Won't Force Ala. AG To Stop Same-Sex Marriage Suit

    The Alabama federal judge who found the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional declined to order Alabama’s attorney general to try to throw out a separate state Supreme Court case brought by private parties seeking to reinstate the ban, saying the already-married federal suit plaintiffs couldn’t show harm.

    Railroad Contractor Says Insurer Should Pay $2M Judgment

    Hulcher Services Inc. asked a Texas federal court on Friday to find that its insurer breached its policy by refusing to pay $2 million out of a $3 million judgment for an employee's injury, saying a cross suit exclusion doesn’t apply because the company against which the judgment was rendered is not an additional insured.

    Ex-Cuba Prisoner Takes US Liability Row To Supreme Court

    Former prisoner of Cuba and pro-democracy aid worker Alan Gross has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether the government was allowed to exempt itself from liability for his negligence claims, asserting that the injuries occurred at least partially within the U.S.

    Whistleblower Fights For Rehearing Of KBR Iraq Fraud Suit

    A whistleblower asked a federal judge Friday to re-examine a case alleging KBR Inc. defrauded the government by overbilling for services while running a recreation center in Iraq, repeating that summary judgment was improper because she could provide enough evidence for a trial.

    DOL Says Waiter Has No Claim In H-2B Visa Rule Fight

    A restaurant server who claims the U.S. Department of Labor is improperly enforcing 2008 H-2B visa regulations did not exhaust administrative remedies or suffer an actionable injury, the department argued in a recent court filing.

    Employers See Way To Blunt Impact Of Pa. Asbestos Ruling

    Recent arguments raised by companies facing asbestos lawsuits from former employees may blunt the impact of a landmark Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling allowing workers to bring common law claims after the time limit for workers’ compensation coverage is up.

    Ex-Seedco Director Can't Ax FCA Suit Over Job Reports

    A New York federal judge on Thursday denied a former Structured Employment Economic Development Corp. director’s motion for summary judgment in a civil False Claims Act suit alleging the job placement nonprofit filed false reports with a federal job reporting database.

    4th Circ. Judge Rips EEOC In Freeman Background Check Loss

    A Fourth Circuit judge on Friday ripped the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a circuit panel rejected the agency’s bid to revive bias claims in a battle over a company’s use of background checks, saying the EEOC continued to defend an expert with a record of “slipshod work.”

    Equinox Gym Works Out $4M Deal To End Wage Class Action

    Equinox Holdings Inc. will pay up to $4 million to settle claims that it failed to fully pay or provide breaks to more than 1,000 massage therapists, aestheticians and nail technicians in California under a deal preliminarily approved Friday, according to a court official.