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    Bill Would Require Confirmation Of Secret Service Directors

    Future directors of the Secret Service would have to go through Senate confirmation under a bipartisan bill put forward by members of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, along with requiring more training and reports to Congress.

    Feds Target Class Claims In Secret Service Race Bias Suit

    The U.S. government urged a Washington, D.C., federal court Wednesday to nix the class claims in a race bias case brought by black Secret Service agents, acknowledging the Secret Service's history is “not without blemish” but arguing that overall promotion rates show a commitment to equality. 

    Citi Wage Suit With Unusual DR Horton Ruling Sent To Arbiter

    An Idaho federal judge who relied on the National Labor Relations Board's D.R. Horton decision, and rejected Citicorp Credit Services Inc.'s bid to compel individual arbitration in an ex-worker's proposed collective action, reversed course Wednesday, noting the Ninth Circuit called his prior ruling into question.

    Meggit Slams Ex-Engineer's Docs Bid In Trade Secrets Suit

    British aerospace and defense engineering company Meggitt Inc. criticized an ex-engineer’s requests for documents from a third party in a Wednesday motion in California federal court, saying the requests aren’t relevant to the suit.

    Omnicare Backs Case Against Ex-Merck VP, Investors Say

    Shareholders accusing Merck & Co. Inc.'s former vice president of lying about the study results on Vioxx's heart attack link told a New Jersey federal court Wednesday that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Omnicare ruling "vindicates" their case theory and directly rejects the executive's summary judgment argument.

    Pa. High Court Rules Against Union In Hiring Spat

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court decision that the state's labor relations board had ruled correctly when it concluded Luzerne County had not violated state law after an agency underneath it subcontracted work typically handled by a union.

    Red Lobster, Olive Garden Workers Denied Cert. In Wage Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday refused to certify a proposed statewide class of Darden Restaurants Inc. workers, the company which operates Olive Garden and formerly operated Red Lobster, finding that there are too many individualized questions for the employees to proceed with their vacation-pay allegations as a class.

    Hertz Wants $11.5M Class Action Moved To Federal Court

    The Hertz Corp. on Wednesday asked to transfer to California federal court an $11.5 million class action that accuses the company of not paying employees for working through breaks because the suit is too expansive for state court.

    Merrill Lynch Stiffed Trainee Advisers On OT, Suit Says

    A proposed collective of Merrill Lynch employees sued in California federal court Wednesday to recoup wages allegedly owed for unpaid overtime work performed during a financial adviser training program.

    NLRB Appears Poised To Overturn Brown University Ruling

    The recent reversal of earlier dismissals of two union representation petitions from graduate students by the National Labor Relations Board has boosted unionization efforts by teaching and research assistants at private universities — the move could even pave the way for the NLRB to overturn its 2004 Brown University decision, say Daniel Johns and Emilia McKee Vassallo of Ballard Spahr LLP.

    Determining ERISA Duties Post-Dudenhoeffer

    It is hard to imagine how a new, separate, distinct duty to disclose inside information about public companies under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, along with the specter of ERISA fiduciaries becoming a new source of “material” information about public companies, would not cause more harm than good, say H. Douglas Hinson and Emily Costin of Alston & Bird LLP.

    NY Harbor Union Suit Should Stay Dead, 3rd Circ. Hears

    The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor has urged the Third Circuit to uphold a lower court ruling finding the commission did not interfere with unions’ collective bargaining when it changed the hiring process for certain workers, saying the lower court properly upheld the commission’s authority to regulate labor.

    Bikram Yoga Guru Can’t Flex Way Out Of Sex Harassment Suit

    A California judge on Wednesday refused to let Bikram Choudhury and his yoga college out of a suit alleging he made unwanted sexual advances toward a female student, ruling that plaintiff Sarah Baughn’s sexual harassment and unfair competition claims could stand, while granting leave to amend others.

    Fed. Circ. Hands Win To Army In Contract Row With Engineer

    A Federal Circuit panel sided with the U.S. Army Tuesday in its dispute with a Wisconsin environmental engineer who claimed he was retaliated against for raising issues with a $109 million contract to auditors.

    High Court UPS Ruling Means Changes To EEOC Guidance

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Wednesday breathing new life into a pregnancy bias suit against United Parcel Service Inc. won plaudits from worker advocates including the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, even though the ruling was critical of recent EEOC pregnancy discrimination guidance that will now have to be changed.

    BAE Settles Ex-Worker's FCA Suit Over Weapon Sights Testing

    A BAE Systems Inc. subsidiary on Wednesday settled the remaining claims from a former employee who accused it of failing to adhere to guidelines for testing thermal weapons sights in a False Claims Act suit in Massachusetts federal court.

    Attorneys React To High Court Pregnancy Bias Ruling

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a Fourth Circuit decision that nixed a pregnancy bias case against UPS, finding that neither party's interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was persuasive. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the decision in Young v. United Parcel Service Inc. is significant.

    9th Circ. Rebuffs Costco's Bid To Toss Managers' OT Win

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday rejected Coscto Wholesale Corp.’s bid to toss damages won by two managers who alleged Costco misclassified them as overtime exempt, ruling the trial court didn’t err in ignoring Costco’s expectation that the managers would spend their time on exempt duties.

    NHL Can't Ice Concussion Class Action

    The National Hockey League on Wednesday failed to persuade a Minnesota federal judge to dismiss the proposed class action against it by former players alleging that the league never warned them about the serious long-term effects of concussive blows, with the court finding that they had sufficiently pled their claims.

    Opponents Of Houston Equality Law Say Signatures Are Valid

    A former local Republican Party Chairman and three fellow plaintiffs late Tuesday told a Harris County judge that there was no legal basis to disqualify more than 7,000 voter signatures asking to repeal a Houston equal rights ordinance aimed at banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    IRS Gives Good Directions On ACA Cadillac Tax

    An employer can use the Internal Revenue Services' recent notice on the Affordable Care Act's so-called Cadillac tax to approximate the cost of coverage for employees. Since the cost will likely vary by employee, employers may want to estimate costs under a range of coverage scenarios, say attorneys at Quarles & Brady LLP.

    Tyson Foods Prevails In Ex-Worker's FMLA Suit

    An Arkansas federal judge dismissed a Family and Medical Leave Act suit accusing Tyson Foods Inc. of improperly firing a man after he took leave to care for his injured father midway through trial on Tuesday, issuing a directed verdict in favor of the chicken giant.

    5 Lessons For BigLaw From The Kleiner Perkins Case

    The high-profile sex discrimination trial against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC gives a glimpse into the inner workings of the male-dominated venture capital space, but it also offers a learning opportunity for all workplaces where women are struggling to reach the top. Here, experts share five BigLaw takeaways from the Kleiner Perkins case.

    Whistleblower Fights Omnicare Sanction Request In FCA Suit

    A whistleblower in a False Claims Act suit over an alleged kickback scheme urged a Texas federal judge on Tuesday to deny Omnicare Inc.’s request for sanctions, among a slew of briefs filed in an ongoing discovery battle.

    Ex-Texas Tech Coach Asks State Justices To Hear ESPN Suit

    Former Texas Tech University head football coach Mike Leach on Monday asked the Texas Supreme Court to review an appellate decision that rejected his claims that ESPN Inc., an ESPN analyst and a public relations firm are liable for his ouster.