Senate Advances Security Clearance Reform Bill

    The U.S. Senate took one step closer to security clearance processes on Monday when it passed the Security Clearance Accountability, Reform and Enhancement Act, a measure that limits employment protection for background investigators found guilty of misconduct.

    Order Impeded Arbitration Appeal In Avandia Fee Fight: Court

    A Texas appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court's decision to set aside an order denying Branch Law Firm LLP’s motion to compel arbitration in a dispute over fees from a 2010 Avandia settlement, finding that it interfered with the firm's appeal of the order.

    Pa. Court Says Obama Immigration Action Is Unconstitutional

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday ruled that President Barack Obama’s executive action announced last month allowing certain undocumented immigrants to stay in the country is unconstitutional, saying the president acted outside the scope of his executive authority.

    Pregnancy Bias Too Pressing To Delay Guidance: EEOC Chair

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new pregnancy discrimination guidance in July — even though the U.S. Supreme Court had just agreed to hear Young v. UPS — because addressing pregnancy bias and the thousands of claims it generates annually was too important to delay, EEOC Chairwoman Jenny Yang told Law360 in an exclusive interview.

    MMA Fighters Clobber UFC With Monopoly Class Action

    Current and former mixed martial arts fighters hit the Ultimate Fighting Championship with a multimillion-dollar putative class action in California federal court Tuesday, alleging the company maintains a stranglehold on the MMA market, has systemically choked out rival promoters and is blocking fighters from higher earnings.

    Pa. Gives Class Actions Warm Welcome In Wal-Mart Ruling

    A Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision Monday upholding a nearly $188 million judgment against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for denying breaks to its workers signals a split with federal courts over standards for bringing class actions, and could spur a flurry of new claims in the state court system.

    Senate Confirms Texas Prosecutor For ICE Chief Role

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed a Texas U.S. Attorney to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, over the objections of GOP lawmakers who railed against her future role in overseeing contentious executive actions on federal immigration enforcement.

    Hotel Groups Sue Los Angeles Over Minimum Wage Hike

    Two hotel industry groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday demanding a California federal court block a city-ordered wage hike for Los Angeles hotel employees, saying the ordinance gives labor unions an unfair advantage in labor-management disputes and is preempted by federal law.

    Fla. AG Asks High Court To Extend Bar On Gay Marriage Ban

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday requesting a stay for the duration of Florida’s appeal of a preliminary injunction preventing it from barring gay marriage in the state.

    Abbott Accused Of Targeting Employee Over Ethics Complaint

    A qui tam complaint unsealed in Massachusetts federal court on Monday accuses Abbott Laboratories Inc. of retaliating against a former medical manager after her refusal to participate in a supposedly illegal marketing scheme.

    NJ High Court Won't Toss Fox Rothschild Malpractice Suit

    The New Jersey Supreme Court said Tuesday they won't second guess the revival of a businessman's malpractice suit claiming Fox Rothschild LLP cost him additional compensation when Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC bought his employer, which had previously acquired his insurance brokerage business.

    Ex-Employees Sue Sony Pictures For Not Preventing Breach

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. was hit in California federal court Monday with the first proposed class action over the recent data breach at the company, a situation that former employees claim is “better suited to a cinematic thriller than to real life.”

    Calif. Panel Revives Showgirl Wage Class For Ayala Test

    A California appeals court on Monday revived a putative class action alleging adult club Victory Entertainment Inc. misclassified dancers as independent contractors, finding certification must be evaluated under the standards of the California Supreme Court’s recent Ayala decision and a subsequent appellate ruling.

    More Athletes Ask To be Included IN $75M NCAA Settlement

    Student-athlete plaintiffs in the $75 million NCAA concussion suit settlement asked an Illinois federal judge on Monday to add student-athletes in noncontact sports as class representatives, saying that the additional athletes also support the settlement’s medical monitoring program.

    Tucker Ellis Can't Force Former Atty Into Arbitration

    California appeals court on Monday denied a bid to compel arbitration in a suit brought by a former Tucker Ellis LLP asbestos attorney alleging that the firm improperly disseminated his work product after he took a new job, finding that a judge properly determined the arbitration agreement in question is “unconscionable.”

    Essential Health Benefits Rules Will Still Burden States

    Requiring state compliance with the Affordable Care Act's commercial essential health benefits rules recently issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has resulted in an unnecessarily complex benefit design process for certain commercial plans and Medicaid alternative benefit plans, say Caroline Brown and Philip Peisch of Covington & Burling LLP.

    Providers Score Class Cert. In UnitedHealth ERISA Row

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday certified a class of health care providers accusing UnitedHealth Group Inc. of improperly recouping payments, boosting litigation that seeks to expand use of procedural protections in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

    Employment MVP: Epstein Becker Green's Steven Swirsky

    Epstein Becker Green PC's Steven M. Swirsky helped navigate Volkswagen AG and its American subsidiary through a plethora of litigation in both federal court and before the National Labor Relations Board arising out of a controversial attempt by a labor union to organize workers in the automaker's Chattanooga, Tennessee, manufacturing plant, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Employment MVPs.

    Verizon Asks High Court To Put Its FCA Case On Hold

    Verizon Communications Inc. asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hold a whistleblower’s False Claims Act petition against it pending resolution of another case, saying its central issue — whether the first-to-file bar applies only when the previous case is in active litigation — would likely be resolved there.

    Asbestos Atty Sues 2 Ex-Partners, Claims LLP Is A Lie

    Two personal injury attorneys were hit with a suit in California state court Friday by a former partner claiming the duo owes him a cut of the fees received from asbestos cases he helped prosecute for them and that they improperly represent themselves as having a limited liability partnership.

    2014 EEOC Year In Review: Lots Of Action, Mixed Results

    2014 has been a notable year for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission given its historic litigation and increased scrutiny of background checks, however it has also faced harsh criticism from employer groups, discord among its commissioners and setbacks in court, say Judith Langevin and Kate Bischoff of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.

    Top 10 Trade Secrets Developments Of 2014: Part 1

    Trends we saw in trade secret law in 2014 — including the growing importance of specifically identifying trade secrets early in litigation and the continuing trend toward large damages awards and settlements in trade secrets cases — promise to shape developments in the years ahead, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

    Pa. Supreme Court Affirms $187M Wal-Mart Wage Verdict

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a class of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. workers’ $187 million award for denied rest breaks, ruling individual examinations of all 187,000 class members wasn't needed to determine whether employees were forced to work through their breaks.

    Cheniere Brass Keeping $300M In Shareholder Deal

    The sides in a lawsuit challenging Cheniere Energy Inc.'s executive stock grants asked the Delaware Chancery Court late Friday to OK a settlement that would allow CEO Charif Souki and five other executives to keep the roughly $300 million worth of compensation they've received combined over the past two years.

    Pa. Coal Co. Asks High Court To Review Jurisdiction Ruling

    A carbon facility in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Third Circuit denial to switch responsibility for its regulation to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, saying the court’s interpretation of federal mine regulations conflicts with those of other appellate courts.