Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Adam Klein

    Outten & Golden LLP's Adam Klein's representation of undocumented West African immigrants in a trailblazing class and collective action, hundreds of thousands of would-be census workers pursuing race bias claims and unpaid interns seeking compensation demonstrates his unique ability to see merit in challenging and novel lawsuits other lawyers shy away from, his colleagues say.

    Some Nurses Can't Join Chicago Hospital Strike, Judge Rules

    An Illinois judge on Friday blocked 85 nurses from joining a planned strike this week at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago, agreeing with the hospital that a full-blown work stoppage threatened the safety of patients in certain critical departments.

    Brazil's Esocial Program: A New Horizon For Employers

    The goal of Brazil's eSocial program is to gradually replace obligations from previous labor and social security withholding forms, thus reducing employers' repetitive and excessive submission of information, say Walter Abrahao Nimir Junior and Marina Alfonso de Souza of De Vivo Whitaker e Castro Advogados.

    Same-Sex Marriage Bans Fall In Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming

    In a flurry of decisions Friday, same-sex couples can now marry in Alaska and Arizona, while a federal judge in Wyoming struck down that state’s gay marriage ban, but stayed the ruling for a week pending an appeal.

    Judge Won't Sanction Insurance Brokers In Discovery Spat

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday denied Guarantee Insurance Co.'s bid for sanctions against its insurance agent and broker over alleged discovery violations, ruling the defendants had not acted in bad faith in the dispute over the handling of an underlying workers’ compensation claim.

    Gov't Brings Intervening Complaint In Sikorsky FCA Suit

    The government has filed its complaint intervening in a False Claims Act suit against United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and its subsidiaries, which are accused of submitting false billing statements to the U.S. Department of Defense that hid an illegal 32 percent markup on vendor products.

    US Airways Pilots Near Settlement In Lump-Sum Pension Fight

    A group of former US Airways Group Inc. pilots are nearing a settlement with the airline’s pension plan trustee over accusations it takes too long to hand out lump-sum benefits, a D.C. federal judge revealed on Friday in a class certification order five months after the D.C. Circuit revived the case.

    Paint Retailer Spills $2.2M To End Meal Break Suit

    Paint retailer Frazee Industries Inc. has agreed to pay $2.2 million to resolve allegations it denied meal breaks to employees, made them pay for their own uniforms and failed to provide accurate wage statements, according to a filing Thursday in California federal court.

    AA Pilots Can't Challenge CBA Ruling, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Friday refused a challenge to a bankruptcy court’s approval of a collective bargaining agreement between American Airlines and a pilots’ union that scaled back benefits, finding a group of disgruntled pilots nearing retirement lack the standing to object.

    Former GLW Attys Launch LA Antitrust, Employment Boutique

    Four experienced attorneys who primarily last worked with Goldberg Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP have banded together to form a Los Angeles-based firm called Kesselman Brantly & Stockinger LLP, which will focus on antitrust, employment and corporate litigation matters, the partners announced Wednesday.

    Littler Takes Aim At Claim Processing Patent In AIA Review

    Facing a patent infringement suit, employment law firm Littler Mendelson PC asked the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Thursday to invalidate Bashen Corp.'s patent on a system of processing equal employment opportunity claims, saying it covers nothing more than an abstract idea.

    Fla., Calif. Join US In FCA Suit Against Symantec

    Florida and California have joined the U.S. government in a whistleblower lawsuit accusing leading software developer Symantec Corp. of making false claims and statements resulting in its overcharging the governments by millions of dollars for its products, according to a new complaint filed Thursday.

    DirecTV Technicians Ask To Consolidate FLSA Suits

    A group of DirecTV Inc. technicians on Thursday asked to consolidate 11 Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits accusing the satellite provider of misclassifying them as independent contractors to avoid wage-and-hour laws, arguing that the factual issues in the cases are nearly identical.

    SEC Whistleblower Head To Punish Tipster-Silencing Employers

    In Part 1 of a three-part peek behind the scenes of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower office, director Sean McKessy says he’s actively pursuing cases against employers who to try to keep whistleblowers from coming forward.

    SEC Attorney Won't Appeal Toss Of Race Bias Suit

    A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission attorney will not appeal a recent Washington federal court decision dismissing her race discrimination claims against the agency, according to a Thursday court filing.

    Abercrombie Hit With Overtime Class Action In Calif.

    Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co. misclassifies its sales and stockroom associates as exempt from overtime wages even though they regularly work more than 40 hours in a week and are often “on call” during other shifts, according to a putative class action removed Thursday to California federal court.

    Trump Entertainment Allowed To Nix Union Deal In Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday allowed Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. to ax its collective bargaining agreement with the union representing more than 1,000 employees of the Taj Mahal and impose its alternative that trades pensions for 401(k)s and employer-provided health insurance for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

    Modell's Gets Initial Nod On Overtime Settlement

    A New York federal court on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a class action settlement meant to resolve claims that Modell's Sporting Goods Inc. incorrectly classified its assistant store managers as exempt from overtime.

    Comcast Got PwC Worker Fired For Service Calls, $1M Suit Says

    A former PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP employee accused Comcast Corp. of getting him fired after he complained to Comcast about lackluster service, alleging Thursday in a $1 million suit in California federal court that Comcast exploited its business relationship with PwC to retaliate against him.

    The Employer's Survival Guide To Dealing With The EEOC

    When a worker files a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission bias charge, this sets in motion a unique process that not only can result in costly litigation but also can leave an employer branded as a serial discriminator. Law360 talked to top defense attorneys — as well as the EEOC — and their insights on navigating the investigation, conciliation and litigation stages of the agency process will be the subject of a three-article series that begins Tuesday.

    Texas Needs More Ebola Treatment Options, Task Force Says

    A Texas task force on infectious disease recommended that the state establish two Ebola treatment centers, expand authorization for health officials to order hospital staff exposed to Ebola to stay home and add laboratory capacity to diagnose infectious disease, Gov. Rick Perry said on Friday.

    7th Circ. Keeps 'Worthless Services' Out of FCA Suits

    The Seventh Circuit declined Thursday to rehear a dispute brought over a nursing home’s allegedly false Medicare filings, leaving intact an earlier ruling that “worthless services” didn’t necessarily qualify as fraudulent under the False Claims Act.

    Diagnostic Centers To Pay $2.6M To Settle Medicare FCA Suit

    Two groups of health diagnostic centers in Houston have agreed to pay over $2.6 million to settle a whistleblower suit brought in Texas federal court alleging the centers had improper relationships with doctors and submitted claims to Medicare that violated the False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

    Wal-Mart Workers Make Push For $15 Minimum Wage

    Workers at nearly 1,700 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. locations throughout the U.S. have signed onto a push for the retail giant to raise its wage floor to $15 per hour, the United Food and Commercial Workers union said Thursday.

    Post-Firing Evidence Can Be A Potent Limit On Bias Damages

    A recent Second Circuit ruling that Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc. could use evidence turned up after an executive was fired to confirm a nondiscriminatory reason for letting him go marked a rare appellate decision involving "after-acquired" evidence, something that attorneys say can be a potent limitation on damages in employment discrimination suits.