Motley Rice LLC is facing a legal malpractice suit accusing it of preventing asbestos plaintiffs from pursuing workers' compensation claims by failing to notify employers, insurance carriers and a state agency after a settlement was reached with the companies.
Toys R Us agreed Monday to pay $4 million to settle a class action in California federal court over claims that it committed meal, break, overtime and minimum-wage violations in three stores in the state.
A California appeals court has ruled that a wrongful termination suit brought against CarMax Auto Superstores California LLC should be arbitrated, saying a dispute resolution agreement is not unconscionable and reversing a district court's ruling to the contrary.
The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. should add certainty to Employee Retirement Income Security Act plan administrators now that limitations on actions will be enforced uniformly throughout the country — indeed, courts have already begun to rely on the decision when enforcing similar provisions, says Michael DeWitt of Fox & Fox Law Co. LPA.
In the midst of Florida's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow mandatory drug testing for state workers, a Florida lawmaker on Tuesday proposed a measure that would require elected officials, including legislators and judges, to submit to drug tests.
Employees of Fifth Third Bancorp urged the U.S. Supreme Court last week to deny the company's bid to construct a loftier legal hurdle for workers looking to bring a class action when their retirement plans continue to invest in their employer's poorly performing stock.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security would receive $38.2 billion under President Barack Obama's proposed 2015 budget unveiled Tuesday, with budget priorities ranging from a new bio-defense facility and more border agents to fight counterfeiting and enforce immigration laws, to enhanced cybersecurity efforts.
Despite the current circuit split on whether a qui tam relator must identify specific claims in order to satisfy Rule 9(b), the U.S. Department of Justice has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to deny certiorari in U.S. v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. But even if the court does not agree to review this case, it appears highly likely that the court will eventually be called upon to resolve the split, says Scott Grubman, an associate at Rogers & Hardin LLP and former federal prosecutor.
Bankrupt homebuilder WL Homes LLC on Friday agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle a class action brought by a former employee who said the company terminated 100 employees without providing the required 60 days' notice.
A New Jersey appellate panel on Tuesday ordered Proteonomix Inc. to pay its former chief financial officer a $225,000 exit package, ruling the employee’s alleged misrepresentations to the biotechnology company about his qualifications did not constitute fraud.
A New York judge tossed all but one labor claim Monday against the owner of a crane that collapsed on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 2008, and allowed other allegations and claims for punitive damages to move forward against the company and its affiliates.
A New Jersey state judge on Tuesday said the borough of Cliffside Park violated the state's open public records laws by refusing North Jersey Media Group Inc. access to details of a settlement struck between the borough and its former police chief.
Uniform maker Cintas Corp. and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday traded blows as to the scope of a forthcoming trial in Michigan federal court examining the company's alleged gender-biased hiring policies, with the company demanding that the agency identify each claimant for whom it seeks relief.
Too often, talented young women worry that they are not doing enough — enough brilliance, enough preparation, enough time, enough networking — and therefore lack the self-confidence that they’ve earned, which is much less common with young male attorneys, says Elizabeth Thomas, leader of K&L Gates LLP's energy, infrastructure and resources practice, and a member of the firm's management committee.
During an associate evaluation session, all of the women partners who offered constructive criticism were considered “tough” to work with and “demanding,” while no such assessments were made of the men. The male partners didn’t even realize this was happening until I raised it prior to the next evaluation session, says Palmina Fava, co-chair of Paul Hastings LLP's global compliance and disputes practice.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act's whistleblower protections cover contractors and subcontractors of publicly traded companies, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, taking a broad view of the 2002 statute's anti-relation provisions and reviving two former employees' claims against Fidelity Investments in the high court's first-ever SOX whistleblower case.
A U.S. Air Force contractor on Monday urged a Texas federal judge to toss an former employee's qui tam complaint alleging the company cheated the government out of $50 million, saying the relator hid the fact that he was actually bankrupt when he filed the complaint.
New York City legislative leaders said Thursday the state should help them enact a slew of policy priorities, including a higher minimum wage for New York City, a tax credit for renters weighted toward those who make less money and the phaseout of an estimated $16 million annual tax break enjoyed by the Madison Square Garden Co.
In stark contrast to the changing environment for the majority of lawyers today, the evolution for the general counsel is driven less by necessity than by opportunity. Today’s GC may touch every aspect of his or her organization to solve challenges and propel the company forward, keeping the GC far ahead of what is expected of the average lawyer, says James Merklinger, vice president and general counsel of the Association for Corporate Counsel.
Halifax Hospital Medical Center reached an $85 million tentative settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for a portion of a whistleblower suit over the Florida-based hospital's alleged Medicare fraud, an attorney in the case confirmed Monday.
The Supreme Court's decision to tackle a putative collective action over time Amazon.com Inc. warehouse workers spent on post-shift security checks could lead to a landmark decision that upends widely held views on whether security screening time is compensable and provides needed clarity on what activities workers must be paid for under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The restaurant groups that successfully challenged the U.S. Department of Labor's rule banning back-of-house restaurant workers from employer-mandated tip pools urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to uphold their win, saying circuit precedent foreclosed the rule.
An attorney who conducted an employee background check on behalf of a federal contracting company cannot be held liable for Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, a D.C. federal court ruled last week, finding that the lawyer was acting as a protected agent of his client.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing urged a California federal judge Monday to let it intervene in a WinCo Foods LLC employee's discrimination suit against the grocery chain, saying her case could impact larger efforts to prove WinCo illegally discriminates against pregnant and disabled workers.
The U.S Department of Labor on Friday asked the Supreme Court to overturn the D.C. Circuit's requirement that an agency engage in formal rulemaking procedures before it significantly changes an interpretative rule, urging the justices to reverse a decision that nixed the reclassification of mortgage loan officers as eligible for overtime pay.