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In Da (Trade Secrets Theft) Club: $15 Million Judgment Against Rapper 50 Cent

The rapper known as “50 Cent” stole trade secrets to the tune of $15 million, an arbitrator found. A filing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida earlier this month disclosed the final award...more

4/17/2014 - Music Patent Litigation Patents Theft Trade Secrets

Get Paid for Getting Dressed? Supreme Court Clarifies “Changing Clothes” Under the FLSA

Updating a case we discussed last month, in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp., No. 12-417 (January 27, 2014), the United States Supreme Court last week clarified the scope of Section 203(o) of the FLSA concerning which...more

2/5/2014 - Collective Bargaining FLSA Sandifer v U.S. Steel Corp SCOTUS Unions Wage and Hour Workplace Attire

This Day In Trade Secrets: In 1848, Albert Bagley Files One Of The First Trade Secret Cases Ever

One hundred and sixty-five years ago in New York, Albert Bagley filed one of the first trade secret cases in modern times (if Lexis is to be believed) against his former employee Charles Peddie. In Bagley v. Peddie, 16 N.Y....more

9/6/2013 - Legal History Trade Secrets

Former Employee Allegedly Coughs Up Cold Remedy Formula: Broad Non-Disclosure Agreement Largely Ineffective

A New Jersey appellate court’s decision last week in UCB Mfg., Inc. v. Tris Pharma, Inc., serves as a cautionary tale for employers when drafting confidentiality agreements to protect their trade secrets and confidential...more

9/6/2013 - Confidential Information Legitimate Business Interest Non-Disclosure Agreement Pharmaceutical Public Policy Trade Secrets

The Buck Stops Here!: Gristedes Foods CEO May Be Personally Liable for FLSA Claims

Last week, in Irizarry v. Catsimatidis, Docket No. 11-4035-cv (July 9, 2013), the Second Circuit held that Gristedes Foods CEO—and current NYC mayoral candidate—John Catsimatidis faces personal liability for settlement...more

7/16/2013 - Employer Liability Issues FLSA Grocery Stores Personal Liability Settlement

Put up your Dukes! Supreme Court Clarifies that Damages Must be Capable of Class Wide Resolution in Rule 23(b)(3) Class Actions...

The United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, Case No. 11-864 (March 27, 2013) reinforces class certification requirements as spelled out in Wal-Mart v. Dukes. However, the closely divided court...more

4/3/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Comcast Comcast v. Behrend Damages Dukes v Wal-Mart Rule 23 SCOTUS

California Supreme Court Eliminates Damages in FEHA Discrimination Cases Where Employer Proves Mixed Motive Defense

Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling clarifying details of the “mixed-motive” defense applicable to discrimination claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). Harris v....more

2/25/2013 - Appeals Discrimination FEHA Harris v City of Santa Monica Mixed Motive Cases Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Prejudicial Error Reversal Same-Decision Defense Standard of Proof

Ninth Circuit Holds Employees Are Not Required To Allege a Request for “Suitable Seats” For Their Claims to Proceed

Last week in Green v. Bank of America Corp., No. 11.56365 (9th Cir. Feb. 13, 2012), the Ninth Circuit held that “suitable seats” lawsuits cannot be dismissed at the pleading stage based on an employee’s failure to allege that...more

2/20/2013 - Failure To Request IWC Pleadings Suitable Seats Lawsuits Wage Orders

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