Bond Insurer Slams Detroit Suit, Seeks To Intervene

    A bond insurer in Michigan bankruptcy court Monday slammed the city of Detroit’s efforts to nullify an agreement to pay $1.44 billion in pension-related debt, seeking to intervene in the city’s adversary suit and potentially throwing a wrench in its Chapter 9 bankruptcy exit plan. 

    SAIC Nabs $221M Army Human Resources Contract

    Science Applications International Corp. said on Monday that it has secured a potential $221 million, three-year contract to support U.S. Army Human Resources Command's programs, applications, databases and other activities.

    Stinson Leonard Street Lands Employment Ace In St. Louis

    The newly formed Stinson Leonard Street LLP has added to its roster of attorneys in St. Louis with the hire of an employment counselor and litigator from Polsinelli PC with a proficiency in handling management-side issues, including discrimination and wage-and-hour claims.

    9th Circ.’s Chase Ruling To Trigger More PAGA Suits

    The Ninth Circuit held last week that Chase Investment Services Inc. can’t rely on the Class Action Fairness Act to remove wage-and-hour claims brought under California’s Private Attorney General Act to federal court, a ruling that lawyers say restricts employers’ ability to boot PAGA cases from plaintiff-friendly state courts and could fuel more PAGA lawsuits.

    EEOC, FTC Deliver Wakeup Call On Background Checks

    With jointly issued guidance, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission recently signaled their increased attention on background checks and for the first time warned employers to make sure they are adhering to both technical and substantive requirements when making hiring and firing decisions.

    Top NJ Court To Consider Charges For Worker's Doc Theft

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Friday agreed to render a decision that will clarify whether employees who steal confidential documents from their workplaces to support whistleblower lawsuits are entitled to exemption from criminal charges stemming from the theft.

    EEOC Wins Race-Bias Judgment Against Fla. Trash Co.

    A Florida federal court has ordered trash-collection company Titan Waste Services Inc. to pay $228,000 in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's lawsuit accusing Titan of harassing and then firing one of its drivers because of his race, the EEOC said Friday.

    Sleepy's Drivers Take Misclassification Fight To NJ High Court

    Attorneys for a putative class of delivery drivers who contend that Sleepy's LLC wrongfully treated them as independent contractors urged the New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday to adopt a test for such classifications that would place the burden of proof on employers.

    Pa. DA Drops Rape Charges Against Montgomery Atty

    A Pennsylvania state judge on Monday granted prosecutors' request to drop charges accusing Robert Kerns, formerly of Kerns Pearlstine Onorato & Hladik LLP, of drugging and sexually assaulting a paralegal following an office party, citing an erroneous toxicology report that a jury had considered.

    DOJ Settles Political-Bias Claims Over Honors Program

    The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to pay $572,000 to settle a Privacy Act suit accusing the Bush-era DOJ of collecting and destroying records about the political leanings of applicants to the agency's Honors Program as part of a biased hiring process, an attorney for the plaintiffs said Monday.

    Houston Firm Hit With $1M Unpaid-Bonus Suit By Ex-Partner

    A Houston-based tort attorney has sued his former firm in Texas state court, alleging he never received more than $1 million in monthly draw payments and bonuses he said he was promised when the firm hired him away from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

    Union Tells High Court To Reject Fla.'s Drug Testing Appeal

    A union fighting Florida Gov. Rick Scott's order requiring drug testing of all state employees on Friday told the U.S. Supreme Court there was no need to take up Scott's appeal, because the Eleventh Circuit had correctly applied the high court's Fourth Amendment precedent.

    'Ink Master' Stars, Viacom Hit With Sex Harassment Suit

    A former assistant accused the celebrity judges of Spike TV's tattoo competition show "Ink Master" of sexual harassment Monday, in a New York federal suit that also targets the production company, the network and its parent company, Viacom Inc.

    Canon Unit’s Rival Stole Workers, Trade Secrets, Suit Says

    A Canon USA Inc. unit filed suit against competitor Ray Morgan Co. Inc. on Monday, telling a California federal court that the rival poached at least five account executives and paid them incentives to flip Canon customers using stolen trade secrets.

    Texas Appeals Court Nixes Attys' Fees In Employment Fight

    A Texas appeals court ruled Friday that Medical Carbon Research Institute Inc. and its owner aren't owed $133,000 in attorneys' fees in breach-of-contract litigation with a former employee because a related settlement blocked such recoveries.

    GE Escapes Former La. Shipyard Worker's Asbestos Suit

    A Louisiana federal court on Friday freed General Electric Co. from an asbestos injury suit that accused the technology giant of supplying turbines to a shipyard where a Louisiana woman worked for years before succumbing to the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.

    NLRB Has Authority Over Tribe's Casinos, 10th Circ. Hears

    The National Labor Relations Board asked the Tenth Circuit on Monday to direct the Chickasaw Nation to recognize the board's jurisdiction in the tribe's casinos and previous order relating to casino employees, in a suit that mirrors two cases pending in the Sixth Circuit.

    March Madness Office Pools May Be Employer Fouls

    As the first games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament kick off this week, workplaces across the U.S. will be staging their own fierce competitions over who can predict the winning teams. But while office pools can be great morale boosters, they can also be illegal, and employers should take steps to minimize their exposure, lawyers say.

    LeClairRyan Snags Ex-Wilson Elser Partner In San Francisco

    LeClairRyan has welcomed a onetime Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP partner in San Francisco who will flesh out its capabilities in consumer protection, product liability, premises liability and employer defense, the firm announced Monday.

    Bloomberg Call Center Workers Win Full Cert. In OT Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday granted full certification to a class of employees in a call center for Bloomberg LP who allege their employer required them to work more than 40 hours a week, including on weekends, without properly paying overtime.

    Rep. Wants Halt On Foreclosures For Long-Term Unemployed

    Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., announced legislation Friday to impose a moratorium on foreclosures for some homeowners affected by a recent delay in Congress extending federal unemployment benefits, saying homeowners shouldn’t be affected by lawmaker inaction.

    NJ High Court To Mull Protections For Watchdog Workers

    The New Jersey Supreme Court certified on Friday a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary's appeal of a revived whistleblower suit over the retaliatory firing of a former director, who had served in a “watchdog” role in which reporting safety and efficacy concerns was a job function.

    8 Lessons From Halifax's $85 Million Settlement

    While Halifax Hospital Medical Center recently agreed to pay $85 million to settle Stark Law and False Claims Act violations alleged by a whistleblower and the federal government, virtually every aspect of this portion of the case provides an invaluable lesson for hospitals serving Medicare or Medicaid patients on issues such as the bona fide employee exception, say Thomas Schroeder and Norman Tabler Jr. of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

    UBS Hit With Class Action Over Background Check Practices

    A former independent contractor for UBS Financial Services Inc. on Monday hit the company with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court, alleging its employee consumer report practices violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act for failing to provide copies of background checks and including illegal language in related consent forms.

    EEOC Looks To Limit Severance Agreements With Litigation

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is attacking common confidentiality, nondisparagement and release provisions in severance agreements — the commission apparently believes the carve outs are insufficient because other language would dissuade employees from pursuing their rights. This position ignores employer concerns about protecting confidential information, goodwill in the marketplace and avoiding litigation costs, say John Harper and Lauren Munselle of Haynes and Boone LLP.