Judge Questions Scope Of $75M NCAA Concussion Deal

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday questioned why the NCAA’s proposed $75 million concussion settlement includes student-athletes who played noncontact sports such as archery, one of several concerns he raised as the organization and plaintiffs’ attorneys pressed him to grant the deal preliminary approval.

    Dodd-Frank Spares TD Ameritrade Worker Suit, 3rd Circ. Told

    The Third Circuit was urged Thursday to allow an ex-TD Ameritrade Inc. worker's whistleblower suit to proceed in court under a provision of the Dodd-Frank Act allowing would-be informants to void arbitration clauses in their employment agreements.

    3rd Circ. Urged To Revive Farmworkers' DOL Wage Challenge

    The Third Circuit was urged on Thursday to overturn a district judge’s decision that forthcoming changes to the U.S. Department of Labor’s rules for the calculation of wage levels for migrant farmworkers invalidated a lawsuit challenging the current way the government allows pay rates to be set.

    Wal-Mart Settles With EEOC Over Discriminatory Urine Test

    Wal-Mart Stores East LP has agreed to pay $72,500 to a job applicant who was denied a sales associate position because her end-state renal disease did not allow her to take a drug urinalysis test, the EEOC said Wednesday.

    Wait For 2nd Circ. Skadden Ruling, Quinn Temp Atty Says

    A lawyer suing Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP for failing to pay temporary attorneys overtime said on Thursday that Quinn's pending bid to escape his lawsuit shouldn't be considered until the Second Circuit rules on a similar case against Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

    Tesco Chairman To Exit As Accounting Error Jumps To $421M

    Tesco PLC Chairman Richard Broadbent said Thursday that he intends to leave his position after the embattled U.K. retail chain announced that the amount by which the company overstated its profits was 263 million pounds ($421.4 million), 5 percent more than what the company first reported.

    Reps. Seek Probe Of Jimmy John's Over Non-Competes

    Sandwich chain Jimmy John's came under scrutiny Wednesday when members of Congress asked the U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that the company forces low-wage workers sign non-compete agreements, calling the practice anti-competitive.

    5 Issues For Employers To Consider When Shaping Benefits

    In light of recent legal developments, most notably passage of the Affordable Care Act, and ongoing national issues, such as America's looming retirement crisis, corporate employers will continue to face incredible challenges to their offered health and benefit plans, says Michelle Capezza of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

    Union Blasts Trump Resorts' Bid To Stifle Communications

    An union representing employees at New Jersey's Trump Taj Mahal urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge Wednesday to reject a motion aimed at controlling its communications with casino customers, saying the relief sought by Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. violates the Constitution and federal labor law.

    DaVita Finalizes $389M Settlement Over Kickback Claims

    Dialysis giant DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. has finalized a deal in which it will pay $389 million and unwind 11 joint ventures to resolve criminal and civil claims by a whistleblower that it provided kickbacks to kidney doctors, DaVita and the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

    Exxon Says Free Speech Right Nixes Worker's Defamation Suit

    ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. on Wednesday asked a Texas appellate court to throw out a fired employee’s defamation suit under a state free speech law, arguing that an internal conversation between the man’s supervisors was protected speech.

    Ex-Kline & Specter Atty Freed From Returning Referral Fees

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court overturned a trial court's order that a former Kline & Specter PC attorney must return more than $200,000 in referral fees for cases he took with him after leaving to found his own firm, saying Wednesday that the lower court had erred.

    NCAA Athletes Are Temporary Employees, FLSA Suit Says

    A former college soccer player slapped the National Collegiate Athletic Association and a slew of schools with a proposed Fair Labor Standards Act collective action in Indiana on Monday, contending that student athletes are temporary employees who must be paid at least minimum wage under federal law.

    Goldman Attacks Commonality Of Putative Gender Bias Class

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on Wednesday rejected the notion that women claiming a sexualized culture of discrimination damaged their pay and promotion prospects could band together in court, arguing the individual situations of more than 1,000 potential plaintiffs don't share common traits required for class certification.

    Reed Smith Hatches Task Force On Ebola Outbreak

    Reed Smith LLP said Tueday it has formed a “global Ebola task force” to address a wave of client concerns about the spread of the disease in West Africa and beyond, while Tennessee's Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP launched an online resource center for employers.

    EEOC Alleges Long-Term Sexual Harassment At Maine Farm

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday hit a Maine farm and produce wholesaler with allegations that the business allowed a sexually hostile work environment and ignored female workers' complaints of groping and lewd comments from male co-workers.

    Judge Approves Bashas' $6.5M Settlement In Bias Suit

    An Arizona federal judge on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to Bashas' Inc.’s $6.5 million settlement with a class of Hispanic workers who accused the grocery chain owner of nearly a decade of discrimination by paying them less than white workers.

    Prophet Equity Says Insurer Owes $15M For Ex-Worker's Suit

    Prophet Equity LP filed a $15 million suit against Twin City Fire Insurance Co. in Texas court Tuesday, for allegedly breaching a policy by refusing to pay the private equity fund after it was sued by a former employee.

    2nd Circ. Upholds Ex-Union Leaders' Extortion Convictions

    The Second Circuit upheld the convictions Wednesday of three related ex-union leaders accused of taking part in a scheme to extort money from business owners, ruling the trial court didn't err by admitting evidence about reputed connections to the mafia.

    PAGA Divide May Push High Court To Take Up Iskanian Case

    Several federal judges have recently rejected the California Supreme Court's employee-friendly Iskanian ruling that workers can't waive representative Private Attorney General Act claims through mandatory arbitration agreements, a trend lawyers say increases the chances that the U.S. Supreme Court may choose to weigh in.

    Bose McKinney Can't Shake $7.6M Malpractice Suit

    A Michigan federal court on Wednesday shot down Bose McKinney & Evans LLP and its tax service group head's request that the court reconsider its summary judgment decision, in Booth American Co.'s $7.6 million malpractice suit over a disputed pension plan indemnity agreement.

    NLRB Judge Finds Against Ross Stores' Arbitration Pact

    A National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Tuesday that clothing retailer Ross Stores Inc. violated federal labor law when it required employees to sign an arbitration agreement that prohibited them from pursuing class or collective actions.

    National Union Avoids Covering $40M Real Estate Settlement

    A Florida federal judge found for National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Tuesday in a suit by two insurers seeking coverage for a $40 million settlement in an underlying real estate dispute, ruling a directors and officers liability policy excludes negligence claims.

    Employers' EEOC Survival Guide: Litigation

    After the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigates a bias claim, concludes it has merit and can't reach a settlement, the agency may turn to its last resort: litigation. Management-side lawyers have some tricks up their sleeve for defending EEOC suits in particular, but EEOC General Counsel P. David Lopez warns against getting distracted from the core issues when litigating with the agency. This is the third in a three-article series on navigating the EEOC process.

    Calvin Klein, PVH Facing Newest Unpaid Intern Class Action

    Calvin Klein Inc. and parent company PVH Corp. are the latest targets of allegations that they didn't pay interns for work that didn't qualify as education or training, according to a proposed statewide class action filed Monday in Manhattan.