An Oklahoma federal court on Friday temporarily blocked the federal government from enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that insurance plans cover the morning-after pill and other contraceptives on nearly 200 religious groups that brought a class action challenging the requirement.
Genzyme Corp. has agreed to pay more than $22 million to resolve former employees' False Claims Act allegations that it marketed its Seprafilm adhesion barrier for unapproved uses, according to court documents filed Friday.
A California appellate court upheld on Thursday a lower court's dismissal of a $6 million defamation lawsuit accusing producers of CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” of trumping up criticisms of the show’s former lead hairdresser to justify potentially firing him.
A Utah federal judge found Friday that the state’s prohibition on same-sex marriage conflicted with the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process, ruling in favor of three gay and *** couples who had argued the laws were unconstitutional.
Breaking with other federal appellate courts, the Seventh Circuit ruled Friday that employers cannot allege the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission didn’t work hard enough to reconcile disputes before suing the companies.
An Arizona federal judge on Thursday threw out a putative class action accusing Target Corp. of pushing out older workers in violation of federal age-discrimination law, saying plaintiff Katy Rodriguez hadn’t provided evidence that the retailer had forced her to retire.
The Fourth Circuit reinstated a $24 million civil penalty Thursday against a Belgian shipping company accused of submitting thousands of false invoices under its U.S. Department of Defense contracts, reversing a decision that had nixed the statutory penalty on the grounds the government hadn't proven damages.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. again defeated shareholder derivative allegations Friday over the stock options it gave to its executives, but a New York state judge stopped just short of putting the final nail in the coffin that the bank's attorney wanted.
The proposed settlement between Nortel Networks Corp.’s U.S. unit and U.K. pensioners has raised the concern of Canadian creditors, who said in bankruptcy court filings Thursday that it could interfere with the discovery and research already conducted for a May trial.
The United Auto Workers' campaign to organize Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant is critical to the union's future. The UAW may yet succeed in rebranding itself as less confrontational from its past. For non-unionized, foreign-owned companies, particularly in the South, that would mean the UAW would become more of a threat to their union-free status, says Gary Klotz of Butzel Long.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a nearly $633 billion defense authorization bill for 2014 that provides additional protections for military whistleblowers and against sexual assault, among other measures, sending it to President Barack Obama's desk.
In one of the biggest suits yet to join the rising wave of pay-practices litigation against strip clubs across the country, Rick's Cabaret International Inc. was sued in Florida on Thursday by a proposed class of workers who say the chain didn't pay them “a single penny” during their tenure in its 23 clubs.
WolfBlock LLP told a Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday that a lawsuit aiming to hold the defunct law firm’s insurer liable for annual payments on a former partner’s $400,000 severance package should be heard by a state judge due to a lack of diversity jurisdiction.
A proposed trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union would not water down environmental, labor, health care, privacy, consumer safety and other regulatory protections, top negotiators for the two sides stressed Friday in Washington, D.C.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP sought a green light Thursday to appeal a New York federal judge's refusal to dismiss a putative class action over the firm's alleged failure to pay temp attorneys overtime, saying Second Circuit guidance is “desperately” needed.
The First Circuit on Wednesday upheld a fee and cost award of over $100,000 to attorneys who won a $7,650 jury verdict for a former executive housekeeper at a Massachusetts Holiday Inn Hotel on a state law age-discrimination claim.
I was trying a case in federal court and asked the judge if I could relocate so I could see an exhibit plaintiff was showing to the jury. He replied, “Ms. Moore, you can sit anywhere you like except in the jury box or in my lap.” Ironically, the sexism really ticked the jury off, and I got points for it, says Pamela Moore, leader of McCarter & English LLP's labor and employment practice group.
Electric-car maker Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc. urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge Thursday to rule that nearly $3.8 million in claims filed by former employees have no value, saying the “meritless” claims could sink the company's Chapter 11 plan.
Royal Health Care of Long Island LLC has agreed to pay $1.94 million to settle a class action claiming it violated federal and state labor laws by shorting some employees on overtime pay, according to a motion for settlement approval filed in New York federal court Wednesday.
Pennsylvania's fiscal watchdog Eugene DePasquale called Wednesday for the Keystone State to raise its minimum wage, saying the move would benefit the state's economy as well as its workers and echoing Democratic state lawmakers who have recently advocated an increase.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued grocery store owner Lee's Food Corp. in Virginia federal court on Thursday, accusing the store of refusing to hire a qualified female van driver because of her sex.
A former Foot Locker Inc. employee who claims the company cheated him out of his proper pension asked the Second Circuit on Thursday to reopen a putative class action against the retailer, saying it should not be allowed to have quietly changed its pension terms.
Faced with a flood of False Claims Act and bribery allegations, drugmakers will be forced to take a hard look at their compensation practices after GlaxoSmithKline PLC this week took the revolutionary steps of sharply limiting payments to doctors and no longer basing employee wages on hitting sales targets, experts say.
The National Association of Manufacturers' assertion that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission violated the Fifth Amendment's takings clause by sending a mass email to Case New Holland Inc. workers is “unprecedented” and “unpersuasive,” the agency told a Washington, D.C., federal court Thursday.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday barred two former workers with e-discovery consulting firm Capsicum Group LLC who took positions with a rival company from using any of Capsicum's proprietary information for the benefit of their new employer.