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To Whom Must The Whistle Blow? SEC Asks Second Circuit for Deference on Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

In an amicus brief filed earlier this month in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LCC, the SEC asked the Second Circuit to defer to the Commission and hold that individuals who report misconduct internally are covered by the...more

Court Finds Naming Names in Public Filings and Imprudent Emails Support Action For Retaliation

In Celia Greengrass v. International Monetary Systems, Ltd., 2015 WL 137891, (7th Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the Seventh Circuit relied in part on the fact that an employer identified a former employee by name in its discussion of...more

The Changing Face of Employment Arbitration Agreements in California

Arbitration. A simple word, but one that, in the context of employment agreements, was typically a “dirty” word in the eyes of California courts. Indeed, for many years, state courts could be seen as openly hostile to...more

Employers Running Background Checks: Top 10 Tips to Avoid Joining the Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation “Club”

What do Whole Foods, Chuck E. Cheese, Michael’s Stores, Dollar General, Panera, Publix, and K-Mart have in common? Each of these companies has faced lawsuits (including class actions) under the Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

Fifield Update: Two Federal District Courts Conclude That The Illinois Supreme Court Will Ultimately Reject Fifield's Two-Year...

In the last issue of The Fast Laner, we reported that the Illinois Court of Appeals, Third District, followed Fifield v. Premier Dealer Servs. and held that, in the absence of other consideration, continued at-will employment...more

U.S. Supreme Court Describes “Ordinary Principles of Contract Law”

In a contract governed by federal law, does “The End” really mean “The End”? Some federal courts have said “no,” but the U.S. Supreme Court has just said “yes.” ...more

Supreme Court Rejects Sixth Circuit’s Yard-Man Inferences in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett

In M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, 135 S. Ct. 935 (2015), the Supreme Court of the United States addressed the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) that include post-retirement welfare benefits, such as...more

A Southern District of New York Decision Adopts Narrow Views of Privilege Protection for Independent Contractors and...

Last week's Privilege Point described the Southern District of New York's prediction that the Second Circuit might reject the widely-accepted "functional equivalent" doctrine. Church & Dwight Co. Inc. v. SPD Swiss Precision...more

What is an 'establishment' for collective redundancy consultation purposes?

The Advocate General has given a preliminary opinion in the case of USDAW & Wilson v Woolworths and others (“the Woolworths case”) on the question of whether there is a requirement to aggregate the number of employees across...more

Illinois Court Rulings Vary on Consideration for Noncompetes

Recent decisions from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Illinois Appellate Court for the Third District (consisting of Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Kankakee,...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2015

The Supreme Court cast a ray of sunlight for employers by rejecting the use of a problematic inference in adjudicating claims for retiree benefits brought pursuant to collective bargaining agreements. For many years, the...more

Missouri Appellate Court Strikes Down Another Arbitration Agreement

The Missouri Court of Appeals has struck down an arbitration agreement because it included a common clause requiring the employee to arbitrate all of her claims but did not require the company to arbitrate all of its claims....more

Cunningham v. Feinberg: Virginia Employers May be Answerable in Maryland Courts for Unpaid Wages

In a case with potential significance for many Virginia employers, the Court of Appeals of Maryland recently decided in Cunningham v. Feinberg that the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law (“MWPCL”) may be applicable to...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 190

In this Issue: - Court Grants Preliminary Injunction Enforcing Covenant Not To Compete Against Former Franchisee - Ninth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment In Franchisor's Favor - Seventh Circuit Finds No...more

Blog Restrictive Covenants: What Startups Need to Know

“Restrictive Covenants” is a term used to describe provisions in an agreement that purport to restrict an employee from doing certain things after she leaves the company....more

Supreme Court Eases the Way for Eliminating or Modifying Retiree Benefits

As a result of a recent Supreme Court decision, employers gained substantial ground in the ongoing battle over whether retiree health and other welfare benefits can be unilaterally modified or terminated. ...more

A Southern District of New York Decision Adopts Narrow Views of Privilege Protection for Independent Contractors and...

Not all recent Southern District of New York decisions have favored privilege protection in the corporate setting. In Church & Dwight Co. v. SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics, GmbH, No. 14-cv-585, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175552...more

Choice-of-Law Agreements and Public Policy Enforceability Exception

By statute, Delaware has affirmed the ability of parties to agree to have their rights, remedies, liabilities, powers and duties governed by the law of Delaware. Originally published in the Delaware Business Court...more

Illinois Federal Court Rejects Bright-Line Rule on Consideration Needed for Competition Restrictions

On February 6, 2015, the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago rejected the bright-line rule, created by the Illinois Appellate Court in the often maligned Fifield v. Premier Dealer Servs.,...more

ERISA – 9th Cir. Telephonic Beneficiary Designation Enforced — Beneficiary Designation Forms Are NOT Plan Documents

Can a participant designate a beneficiary merely with a phone call? You need to look at the plan documents. But are beneficiary designation forms ERISA “plan documents”? It depends, and it makes a difference....more

Bankruptcy Court Decides That The Bankruptcy Code Preempts California State Pension Laws

In a February 4, 2015 opinion, the bankruptcy judge presiding over Stockton, California's Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy case approved Stockton's bankruptcy plan of adjustment. In re City of Stockton, 2015 Bankr....more

Advocate General gives opinion on the meaning of “establishment” for the purpose of collective redundancy consultation

Advocate General Wahl has given an opinion on the meaning of the word “establishment” in Article 1(1)(a)(ii) of Directive 98/59/EC (the Collective Redundancies Directive), for the purpose of calculating whether the threshold...more

Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Eliminates Presumption That Union Retiree Health Benefits Are Vested For Life

In M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, the United States Supreme Court invalidated a judicial presumption - commonly referred to as the Yard-Man presumption - that union retiree health care benefits are vested for life in the...more

"Securities Litigation Developments Largely Expected to Shift From SCOTUS to District and Circuit Courts in 2015"

As observed in the 2014 edition of Insights, the Supreme Court stood poised last term to resolve a number of noteworthy issues with the potential to affect the securities litigation landscape. In Chadbourne & Parke, LLP v....more

Advocate General’s opinion in key collective redundancy cases

Adam Hartley, a Partner in our London office, comments: As we reported at the beginning of the month, on 20 November 2014 the ECJ heard legal arguments in the Woolworths’ case and two other cases, Lyttle & Others v Bluebird...more

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