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Williams Mullen: Supreme Court Holds That Clear Plan Terms Control Equitable Remedies: U.S. Airways Inc. v. McCutchen
Posted on 10 Jul 2013 by Williams Mullen

By Mark S. Thomas and Robert W. Shaw In U.S. Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen , No. 11-1285 (Apr. 16, 2013) [ subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs and the opinion for this case] , the U.S. Supreme Court underscored the importance of clearly... Read More

$3.3 Million Judgment Entered Against Couple Accused Of Enslaving, Raping Housekeeper
Posted on 7 Sep 2012 by Emerson Heffner

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (Mealey's) A U.S. Department of State information technology manager and her husband tricked an Ethiopian woman into accompanying them as their domestic servant to Japan, where they held her virtually as a prisoner in their home... Read More

2011 Fulbright Litigation Trends Survey: A Little Less Litigation; More Regulation
Posted on 18 Oct 2011 by Norton Rose Fulbright

Businesses in the United States and United Kingdom initiated and faced slightly less litigation in 2011 than in 2010. But regulatory actions and internal investigations are climbing, according to the 2011 Fulbright Litigation Trends Survey . More... Read More

Supreme Court Decision To Recognize 'Ministerial Exemption' In Employment Discrimination Cases 'Resounding Victory' For Religious Organizations
Posted on 7 Feb 2012 by Darrell VanDeusen

By Darrell VanDeusen In a decision that many are calling a resounding victory for religious organizations, the Supreme Court has unanimously decided that the First Amendment's establishment and free exercise clauses create a "ministerial exception"... Read More

Williams Mullen: D.C. U.S. Court of Appeals Pushes Back At NLRB, President Obama
Posted on 28 Jan 2013 by Williams Mullen

By David C. Burton Once again the National Labor Relations Board has been found to have issued a decision without the statutorily mandated three member quorum. On January 25, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found... Read More

Supreme Court Holds Severance Payments Are Taxable Wages
Posted on 25 Mar 2014 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Severance payments fall within the definition of wages in the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and are taxable, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 25 ( United States of America v. Quality Stores, Inc... Read More

Emergency Application Filed With U.S. High Court Seeking To Halt NLRB Actions
Posted on 2 Jul 2013 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) CSC Holdings LLC and its direct subsidiary Cablevision Systems New York City Corp. filed an emergency application with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on July 1 seeking to halt National Labor Relations Board... Read More

Chief Justice Denies Request To Shut Down NLRB
Posted on 3 Jul 2013 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on July 2 denied an emergency application filed a day earlier seeking to halt National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings pending a decision on the dispute... Read More

Split U.S. Supreme Court Says Individual, Collective Claims Mooted By Judgment Offer
Posted on 16 Apr 2013 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Individual and collective claims by the sole named plaintiff in a wage-and-hour collective action were rendered moot once her employer offered judgment in an amount that represented alleged unpaid wages plus attorney... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court: Employee Speech Before Grand Jury Is Protected
Posted on 20 Jun 2014 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) An employee’s testimony before a federal grand jury was protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because he spoke as a citizen on a matter of public concern, not pursuant to his job responsibilities... Read More

Abbey Spanier: California Appeals Court Reverses Its Previous Denial of Class Certification In Light Of Brinker Decision
Posted on 3 Jun 2013 by Abbey Spanier

Plaintiffs brought a class action on behalf of approximately 4,000 current and former employees of Boyd & Associates, Inc. which provides security guard services. Plaintiffs alleged that Boyd denied off-duty meal breaks and off-duty rest breaks and... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Asbestos Suits Against Employers Now Permitted In Pennsylvania In Some Situations
Posted on 4 Dec 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By James J. A. Mulhall | The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Western Division, issued an extremely important decision on November 22, 2013 in the Tooey and Landis holding [ enhanced opinion available to subscribers ]. The consolidated appeals... Read More

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Immunity Of Correctional Officers
Posted on 19 Feb 2013 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Section 26809(h) of 28 U.S. Code clearly provides a waiver of sovereign immunity and "extends the waiver to any claim for one of the six enumerated torts committed by a Federal investigative or law enforcement officer... Read More