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Mealey's Labor & Employment - Federal Circuit Upholds Border Patrol Agent's Removal From Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A former border patrol agent (BPA) failed to show that an arbitrator erred in determining that the agent was properly removed from his position after he exhibited psychotic symptoms, a Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Jan. 4 (Brendan Corkery v. Department of Homeland...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 9th Circuit: Ministerial Exception Doesn't Bar Relatives' Conspiracy Claims

PORTLAND, Ore. - The widow and children of a late Sikh Dharma spiritual leader may proceed with their conspiracy and fraud claims alleging that they were wrongfully excluded from certain management positions and denied assets, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Jan. 6 after determining...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 10th Circuit: Arbitrator Must Determine Arbitrability Of Some Of Surgeon's Claims

DENVER - All of the claims brought by a surgeon who was disciplined for alleged misconduct against the hospital where he was an independent contractor must be submitted to an arbitrator to determine the arbitrability of them in the first instance based on the management services agreement signed by both...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Federal Judge Transfers Employee's Class Claims Against Food Group

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Jan. 6 granted a request by several companies to transfer an employee's class claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action related to alleged employment violations, finding that transfer to another federal...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 7th Circuit Panel Finds Benefits Termination Was Not Arbitrary And Capricious

CHICAGO - A disability insurer's termination of benefits was not arbitrary and capricious because the evidence supported the termination and the insurer minimized any conflict of interest by employing a number of safeguards, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 6 (Donna Geiger v. Aetna...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Sovereign Immunity For Tribal Casino Limo Driver Debated In Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Not allowing non-Indians who were injured as a result of a tribal employee's negligence miles away from a reservation a remedy except what the tribe chooses to provide in tribal court "represents an extraordinary and unwarranted expansion of tribal immunity," an attorney...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 3rd Circuit: 50-And-Older Age Bias Subgroup Is Allowed Under ADEA

PHILADELPHIA - A trial court erred when it ruled that a disparate-impact claim is not cognizable where a subgroup comprises workers 50 years old and older, a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Jan. 10 in an opinion in which it also vacated the exclusion of testimony by the plaintiffs'...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. High Court Declines Appeal Over Agencies' Conciliation Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9 denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by a Florida corporation asking it to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that reversed a trial court's partial summary judgment ruling for the corporation on claims brought...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 9th Circuit: Congress Didn't Mean For Service Advisers To Fall Under Pay Exemption

PASADENA, Calif. - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Jan. 9, on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, affirmed in part and reversed in part a trial court's dismissal of an action bought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) against an automobile dealership, holding that Congress never...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Supreme Court Won't Review 6th Circuit ERISA Preemption Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9 let stand a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' ruling that affirmed the dismissal of claims that the Michigan Health Insurance Claims Assessment Act is preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Self-Insurance Institute of America...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Supreme Court Lets Stand 9th Circuit's Ruling On ERISA Pension Plan Definition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9 declined to review a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' ruling that affirmed the dismissal of claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act against Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (BAH) based on its conclusion that BAH's Stock Rights Plan...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Officer's DPPA Claims Barred By Statute Of Limitations, 11th Circuit Affirms

MIAMI - A former law enforcement officer's privacy claims under the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) and related civil rights claims were properly dismissed as barred by the statute of limitations, an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Jan. 9, finding that the claims accrued...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - High Court Asks Government To Express Views In ERISA Indemnification Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9 asked the U.S. solicitor general to file a brief expressing the government's views in a case that asks whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act permits a cause of action for indemnity or contribution by a person found liable for breach...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - New York Court Finds Control Over Worksite, Reinstates Asbestos Verdict

NEW YORK - A power company's specification that contractors use asbestos and its ability to prevent the related injuries allow it to be held liable under New York Labor Law Section 200, a divided New York appellate court held Jan. 10 (Phyllis Brown, et al. v. A.O. Smith Water Products, et al., No...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Michigan Tribe, Blue Cross Settle ERISA Plan Administration Claims

DETROIT - Michigan's Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Blue Cross Blue Shield have settled the tribe's claims that Blue Cross breached its fiduciary duty and violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in administering the tribe's health care plan for employees, according...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Approval Of Wage Class Settlement Denied; Evaluation Of Recovery Requested

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Jan. 12 denied preliminary approval of a $290,000 wage-and-hour settlement, finding that the parties failed to provide an evaluation of the range of reasonable recoveries (Sean Patterson, et al. v. Premier Construction Co. Inc., et al., No. 15-662, E.D. N.Y.; 2017...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. Supreme Court Accepts, Consolidates 3 Class Action Waiver Suits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 granted petitions for writ of certiorari filed in three cases challenging the barring of class or collection action waivers in employment agreements, consolidated the three cases and granted a total of one hour for oral arguments (Epic Systems Corp...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. Supreme Court Accepts FELA Jurisdiction Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 agreed to hear the appeal of two consolidated personal injury cases in which the employer, BNSF Railway Co., has asked the high court to decide whether a state court may decline to follow the decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman (134 S. Ct. 746 [2014]...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. High Court Will Decide Where Review Of MSPB Mixed Case Should Occur

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 agreed to hear an appeal in which it has been asked to decide whether an appeal of a decision by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued in a "mixed" case - one involving a claim under the federal anti-discrimination laws - should...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - California Woman Files Class Action Over Denial Of Breastfeeding Support

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California woman on Jan. 13 filed a class action complaint in federal court alleging that she and other women have been wrongfully denied access to and coverage for a vital women's preventive service - breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling - for which coverage is mandated...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Plaintiff's Claims Are Preempted By ERISA, Illinois Federal Judge Says

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Jan. 12 denied a plaintiff's motion to remand after determining that her state law claims arising out of the disclosure of medical records without consent are preempted by the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (Jane Doe v. Aetna Inc., et al., No. 16...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - States Urge 5th Circuit To Uphold Injunction Barring DOL Wage Rule

NEW ORLEANS - The state of Nevada and 20 other states filed a brief on Jan. 17 asking the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to uphold a nationwide preliminary injunction barring the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) wage rule that was to increase the minimum salary level for executive, administrative...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - High Court Will Not Hear Issue Of Forum-Selection Clause In ERISA Disability Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 17 denied review of a ruling by the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that enforced a forum-selection clause in a disability plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Lorna Clause v. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - High Court Will Not Weigh In On Application Of Single-Employer Doctrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 17 let stand a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that reversed the grant of summary judgment to four carpenter union fringe benefit funds that alleged that a general contractor failed to pay fringe benefits for work performed by nonunion labor...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Texas Federal Judge Dismisses Gender Identity Discrimination Claims

DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on Jan. 13 dismissed claims alleging gender identity discrimination under Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) against an insurer and an employer because the plaintiff failed to cite any controlling precedent that recognizes a cause of action...