Workers' Compensation

    • 1 Oct 2019

    NLRB Rejects CWA Challenge To T-Mobile Complaint Program

    A T-Mobile USA Inc. program in which it designated individuals at each of its call centers to gather employees’ workplace gripes and share them with management wasn’t illegal since it functioned essentially as a “suggestion box” to obtain worker's ...read more
    • 1 Oct 2019

    Louisiana Steel Producer Hits Ch. 11 After Loan Default

    A Louisiana steel production mill filed for Chapter 11 protection early Tuesday in Delaware listing at least $50 million in liabilities and saying a default on its senior secured debt hampered its ability to operate. ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Minn. Court Revives BNSF Worker's Injury Suit

    A Minnesota appellate panel on Monday revived a suit accusing BNSF Railway Co. of causing a worker's injuries suffered in an on-the-job auto collision, saying the testimony of a key expert witness was improperly excluded. ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Abbott Worker's $9M Age-Bias Verdict Slashed To $1.1M

    A federal judge in Puerto Rico has reduced an $8.75 million age-bias judgment for an Abbott Labs unit manager to about $1.1 million, saying Monday the original award was “excessively generous." ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    NJ College Free Of One Part Of Ex-Prez's Whistleblower Suit

    A New Jersey judge ruled Friday that a college and its board didn't violate due process in firing a college president, but they still must face the remainder of her lawsuit claiming she was terminated in retaliation for raising concerns about the ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    EEOC To Extend Window For Collecting Employers' Pay Data

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will continue accepting compensation data from employers that it must obtain under a court order past Monday's deadline, saying it hasn't yet received enough responses to satisfy the judge's ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Black Caucus Backs $20B Race Bias Suit Against Comcast

    A Reconstruction-era law that makes it illegal to discriminate based on race when making or enforcing contracts does not require those suing under it to meet the “but for” causation standard, 10 members of the Congressional Black Caucus told the Supreme ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Dell, Goldman Sachs Pay $17M Total To End Bias Accusations

    The U.S. Department of Labor's contractor bias watchdog announced on Monday that Dell and Goldman Sachs have agreed to pony up a total of nearly $17 million to resolve accusations of race and gender-based discrimination in how the companies pay workers ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Wells Fargo Says Ex-Trader Can't Claim Privacy On Phone Call

    Wells Fargo Bank NA urged a California state judge on Monday to end claims it illegally recorded a former exchange trader's call concerning the $12.5 billion merger of Burger King and Tim Hortons, arguing the bank abided by state privacy statutes ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Fired Female Exec Hits Back At Firm's Trade Secrets Claims

    The fired asset management executive who last week accused Bramshill Investments of canning her for calling out its “boys’ club” culture filed a renewed suit in New Jersey federal court Monday after the firm sued her for allegedly co-opting its client ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Ill. Judge Kicked Off Bench For Lying And Getting Revenge

    An Illinois judge accused of misleading detectives during a firearm investigation in his home and retaliating against a judicial assistant's sexual harassment complaint has been removed from the bench by the state's judicial disciplinary agency ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    DOJ Wins Bids To End FCA Suits Targeting Eli Lilly, Bayer

    The federal government’s interest in conserving resources is a good enough reason for the U.S. Department of Justice to torpedo whistleblower False Claims Act suits, a Texas federal judge has ruled in axing FCA cases accusing Eli Lilly and Bayer of funneling ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Scalia Takes Over As Trump's Latest Labor Dept. Chief

    Former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP attorney Eugene Scalia was sworn in Monday as labor secretary, officially replacing Alex Acosta, who recently left the Trump administration amid a public outcry over his handling of a years-old case involving sex ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Chemical Giants Can't Dodge Ohio PFAS Class Action

    3M, Chemours, DuPont and other chemical companies on Monday lost their bid to dodge a firefighter's proposed class action alleging that they knowingly exposed people to a toxic group of substances called PFAS and misled the public about the exposure ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    NLRB Judge Finds Union Stiffed Hyatt On Grievance Info

    The National Labor Relations Board has found that a union representing hospitality workers in Chicago and Indiana engaged in unfair labor practices by withholding information related to a series of grievance proceedings from Hyatt Regency Chicago. ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Ex-Shkreli Employee's Expanded $1.3M Fraud Suit Lives On

    A Brooklyn federal judge has ruled that a former employee of convicted "pharma bro" fraudster Martin Shkreli at Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, now Vyera Pharmaceuticals, can move forward with his fraud and contract suit against Shkreli and tack ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Purdue's $38M Bonus Plan In Ch. 11 Draws Watchdog's Ire

    The Office of the United States Trustee objected late Friday in New York to a motion from bankrupt opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma LP seeking to pay its workers up to $38 million in bonuses, arguing the filing doesn’t have enough information about who ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    California Gov. Signs Bill Allowing College Athletes To Get Paid

    California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday signed a bill to allow college athletes in the state to sign endorsements despite NCAA rules against it, a move that could bring substantial change to college sports. ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Hershey, Mars And Nestle Fight Child Labor Suits At 1st Circ.

    Hershey, Mars and Nestle urged the First Circuit on Friday to affirm the dismissal of proposed class actions alleging they violated consumer protection statutes by failing to disclose on chocolate wrappers that they source cocoa beans from farms that ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Ex-Sanofi Employee Says Doctor Program Was For Kickbacks

    A former Sanofi U.S. Services Inc. employee urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to find that an incentive program by the drugmaker was a kickback scheme, arguing the company’s own documents show the program's purpose was to get doctors to prescribe ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    How Ohio Employers Can Address Medical Marijuana Laws

    After the opening of Ohio's first medical marijuana dispensaries, employers in the state are now burdened with a workforce that has legal access to certain forms of marijuana, but a complete overhaul of company drug policies may not be necessary, ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Mortgage Lender Wins $1.1M In Trade Secrets Dispute

    South Carolina-based Movement Mortgage LLC claimed victory last week when a North Carolina federal judge entered a $1.1 million default against the shuttered Franklin First Financial Ltd. in a trade secrets dispute involving a former employee. ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    True Wellness Requires A Deeper Look At Atty Profession

    While I applaud all of the law firms that have signed the American Bar Association's campaign to improve attorney well-being, to achieve a truly holistic solution we must ask difficult questions about what we do, how we do it and the expectations ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Outback Managers' OT Collective Action Falls Short

    A Massachusetts federal judge declined Monday to let Outback Steakhouse front-of-house managers move forward as a nationwide class in a Fair Labor Standards Act suit for overtime pay, while also noting she has “serious concerns” about the ruling’s implications ...read more
    • 30 Sep 2019

    Quinn Faces Uphill Battle To Earn #MeToo Victims' Trust

    When powerful men like Bill Cosby, Alex Kozinski and Roger Ailes have been accused of sexual assault or harassment, they've turned to Quinn Emanuel. But as the firm launches a practice to help victims of the same crimes, plaintiffs attorneys warn ...read more