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SEC Files First Whistleblower Retaliation Case

Well, you can’t say Sean McKessy didn’t warn you. The chief of the SEC’s whistleblower office has been warning for months at least that his group was looking to bring a stand-alone case enforcing the anti-retaliation...more

4th Circuit: SOX Whistleblower Failed To Establish A Prima Facie Case Regarding Causation

On May 12, 2014, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment on a SOX whistleblower claim, concluding that the whistleblowers’ alleged protected activity was not a “contributing factor” in the challenged...more

Before The Whistle Blows: Understanding And Addressing The Expanding Scope Of Whistleblower Protections Under Sarbanes-Oxley And...

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“Sarbanes-Oxley”) was enacted following the accounting scandals of the early 2000s involving Enron, WorldCom and other public companies. Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

Lawson and Doral Expand Whistleblower Protections

Two recent decisions interpreting the Sarbanes-Oxley Act have significantly expanded the protections available for federal whistleblowers and increase the potential liability for public companies and private companies that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Scope of Whistleblower Protections

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that whistleblower protections of Sarbanes-Oxley extend not only to employees of public companies, but to the employees of their contractors and subcontractors. See Lawson...more

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Liability

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3, holding that the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 protect not only the employees of regulated...more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - February 2014

Appellate Division Roundup - In recent months, New Jersey's Appellate Division has rendered three significant employment law decisions. State v. Saavedra, No. A-1449-12T4, 2013 N.J. Super. LEXIS 185 (App. Div....more

For Whom The Whistle Tolls In 2014

Momentum for the SEC’s Dodd Frank whistleblower program is growing, and 2014 can be expected to bring continued expansion of the program and the number and types of whistleblower actions initiated by the SEC. The SEC’s...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2014

TV Station's Failure To Hire Weather News Anchor Was Protected By Free Speech Rights - Hunter v. CBS Broadcasting, Inc., 221 Cal. App. 4th 1510 (2013) - Kyle Hunter sued CBS Broadcasting for age and gender...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 4, December 2013: New Year's Resolutions: Five Areas Of Focus For 2014

The Affordable Care Act has dominated the headlines of employment newsletters (justifiably) for the last six months. It will continue to be an area of focus for all employers. But don’t lose sight of the fact that all the...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - October 2013

This month we return to the age-old question – "What makes someone a fiduciary?" As Nicole Eichberger explains, the Seventh Circuit reminded us that the meaning of a "functional fiduciary" depends on exercise/conduct in...more

SOX And Whistleblowers - Any Fraud Will Do

Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) prohibits publicly-traded companies from retaliating against employees who report various acts of wrongdoing to their employers. Employers have consistently attempted to narrow...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 2, June 2013: Handling Misconduct By (Someone Else's) Employees

In “Legally Blonde,” Reese Witherspoon’s hairdresser catches the eye of her crush, the sexy delivery driver. In spite of starting with an awkward misfire with the hairdresser smacking the delivery driver in the nose, the...more

New Jersey's Medical Marijuana Law Impacts Employers

The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act raises a slew of issues for employers that have yet to be fully explored and resolved in litigation. New Jersey employers must have an ongoing relationship with an...more

Employee's Report to Human Resources is Protected by SLAPP Statute

Always remember when reviewing a complaint to see if it is a potential SLAPP that the anti-SLAPP statute is not only about speech, it includes the "freedom of petition for the right of grievances", or simply the right of...more

Watch Your Assets! Using Injunctions to Protect Trade Secrets, Customers, Employees, and Good Will

In this series of blog posts we will examine the use of injunctive relief in state and federal courts in response to employees who have misappropriated confidential information and trade secrets, who solicit clients and...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - July 2012

In This Issue: - Companies May Get Pension Contribution Break Under New Law - EEOC Warns Firms Against Using Criminal Records to Screen Workers - Technology Raising New Questions on Overtime Pay for...more

NLRB Poster Requirement Takes Effect April 30, 2012

Legal Alert: As of April 30, 2012, most private sector employers will be required to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. (The original effective date was postponed.) The...more

California Employment Law Notes

Class Of 1.5 Million Female Wal-Mart Employees Was Improperly Certified Arizona Law Requiring Use Of E-Verify Is Upheld U.S. Court Has Jurisdiction Over Argentinean Employees' Claims Against Mercedes-Benz Argentina...more

EMPLOYERS BEWARE! Questioning an Employee Concerning Potential Misconduct May Lead to Claims of False Imprisonment

This is a summary of how a claim of false imprisonment can arise from the investigation of employee misconduct and some practical tips for every employer. ...more

California Employment Law Update

Sales Reps Could Proceed With Breach Of Contract And Age Discrimination Claims Stroke Victim Could Proceed With Disability And Age Discrimination Claims Employee Could Proceed With Disability Discrimination And Harassment...more

The Financial and Legal Consequences of a Law Firm Dissolution on the Partners of the Defunct Firm

As Howrey slips beneath the waves and the likelihood that some other law firms may similarly dissolve, it is critical for every partner in a law firm in dissolution or on the brink of dissolution have a complete understanding...more

Jennifer Farfaras v Citizens Bank, et al.

Federal 7th Circuit Upholds Verdict of Sexual Harassment

The plaintiff filed sex harassment and sex discrimination complaints under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and common law complaints of battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault against...more

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