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How to Avoid Employee Lawsuits and Reduce Litigation Costs in Tough Economic Times

DRI In-House Counsel Magazine Amid the explosion of employment administrative claims and lawsuits in these tough economic times, there is an increased desire by corporate counsel to properly manage costs of defending these types of claims. There are many options that general counsel should consider...

Employers, Don't Try to Dismiss That Lawsuit Before Its Time

Human Resources and in-house counsel, please consider this a legal "consumer report." Remember - we offer a "no legalese" guarantee, or your money back! My fellow employment lawyers, is that Rule 12(b)(6) motion really necessary? I've spent this week reviewing federal...

5 Reasons for Employers to "Hold Their Fire" on Dismissal of Employment Suits

As they said at Bunker Hill, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" Last week, I wrote about early motions to dismiss employment lawsuits under Rule 12(b)(6) and questioned whether they were always the best strategy for the employer. Most of last week's post simply...

When Plaintiffs Post About Their Case on Facebook

In April 2011, a jury awarded Shana Maron $86,000, after finding that she was paid less than her former male colleagues in Virginia Tech's Office of University Development. In June, U.S. District Court Judge James Turk threw out the verdict and ordered a new trial, reports Roanoke.com . The...

Settling a Discrimination or Harassment Lawsuit

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain has been in the news for more than his political platform recently. Instead of addressing issues like job creation, Cain has been facing tough questions about on-the-job harassment. Specifically, Cain is having to deal with charges of unlawful harassment leveled...

5 Signs That You'll Lose Your Sexual Harassment Case

DISCLAIMER: Today's post has absolutely nothing to do with Veterans Day. But thank you, veterans! Last week, I was pretty hard on Herman Cain and his response to allegations of sexual harassment . Since then, two women have come forward publicly, and all I can do is quote from my partner John...

Initial Discovery Protocols for Employment-Discrimination Cases

The exchange of initial disclosures between parties in a lawsuit brought in federal court is not generally considered the most useful endeavor. The parties have to exchange a few pieces of information but, for the most part, expect to get into the substance of the case only after formal discovery...

LexisNexis Catalog Of Legal Publications: A One-Stop Guide For Legal Research

Welcome to the LexisNexis Catalog of Legal Resources - Your one stop guide to authoritative legal content to help you research more efficiently and cost-effectively, and deliver better outlook for your clients and firms, company or government agency. Whether you prefer to research in print, online or...

Fulbright's 9th Annual Litigation Trends Survey: Litigation Bounces Back; Regulation Hits High

Companies in the United States and United Kingdom dealt with more litigation while regulatory investigations reached a five-year high, according to Fulbright's 9 th Annual Litigation Trends Survey . After a one-year decline, litigation rose to 2010 levels as businesses on both sides of the Atlantic...

Emergency Application Filed With U.S. High Court Seeking To Halt NLRB Actions

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 (NLRB) proceedings concerning unfair labor practice...

Chief Justice Denies Request To Shut Down NLRB

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 over “recess” appointments to the...

The Scope of Discovery is Changing!

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI - famous for their "yellow books" in these parts) contacted me to update a chapter I had previously contributed to their Taking and Defending Depositions coursebook - seminar coming soon to Philly , Pittsburgh , and Mechanicsburg (sadly, I cannot participate...