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Settlement Of HB 56 Lawsuit Means Permanent Injunction Against Some Provisions Of Alabama’s Immigration Law

On October 29, 2013, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published a settlement agreement reached with the State of Alabama to end its challenge of HB 56, Alabama’s immigration law in exchange for a court order permanently...more

SEC Announces Additional Whistleblower Award Based on Assets Seized by Justice Department

After awarding the second-ever whistleblower bounty award pursuant to Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) in connection with SEC v. Andrey C. Hicks and Locust Offshore...more

Nurse Anne Mitchell’s Whistleblowing Almost Blew Out Whistleblowing in Texas

The Winkler County nurses trials began with two nurses, Anne Mitchell and Vicki Galle, filing an anonymous complaint with the Texas Medical Board regarding the substandard care provided by Dr. Rolando Arafiles Jr. When...more

The Conflicting Rules on Employee Data Theft

In all jurisdictions the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. 1030, the federal computer crime statute, applies to former employees who steal data from the company computer, but in two federal circuits it does not...more

The Floodgates are Open: Second Whistleblower Award Sparks Speculation Over What's Next

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order awarding three whistleblower awards to tipsters who helped the SEC with its enforcement action against Locust Offshore Management, LLC and its CEO Andrey...more

Power Move: Referring Trade Secrets Theft To The Government For Criminal Prosecution

You’ve just discovered that an employee who recently left your company took your company’s valuable trade secrets with him to his new employer. What are your options?...more

Go Directly to Jail - Directors & Unpaid Wages

The liability of officers and directors of corporations for unpaid wages to employees is not a new concept. The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) in Ontario also provides for fines that can certainly drive the intended...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - May 2013: Software Programmer Criminally Charged For Hacking Former Employer's Network

The federal Department of Justice recently filed criminal charges against a 41-year old software programmer and system manager who hacked into his former employer's computer network, causing $90,000 in damage. The complaint...more

Wage and Hour Compliance Checklist - How to avoid class actions and prepare for a government audit

Will Rogers once said, “Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.” Employee wage and hour class actions and government audits are never funny. Just ask the president of a sheetrock company sentenced in...more

Recent Multi-Million Dollar Whistleblower Jury Awards — A Wake-Up Call For Employers

In what might be an unsettling trend for employers, juries in Philadelphia and Anchorage have recently issued multi-million dollar jury awards in favor of whistleblowers. Specifically, on March 22, 2013, a Philadelphia Common...more

Federal Law Provides Enhanced Trade Secret Protection for Employers

Most people know that an employee who misuses his employer’s confidential information may be subject to damages in a civil lawsuit. Many states have enacted a Uniform Trade Secrets Act that allows an employer to pursue a...more

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Enforcement: $950,000 Settlement In Crandall Canyon Mine Accident

The Crandall Canyon Utah coal mine operator agreed to pay $949,351 to settle civil penalties MSHA levied following an accident in 2007 that took the lives of . six miners, followed by the deaths of three additional personnel,...more

German Federal Labor Court Dismisses 46 Million Euro Claim for Unlawful Solicitation of Employees

The solicitation of employees by competitors is a frequent problem for companies in Germany. Many companies actively pursue a so-called “war for talents” and sometimes unlawful means are used for the purpose of soliciting...more

Company Director Jailed For Ontario Employment Standards Violations

A director of six Ontario companies has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after those companies systematically ignored orders to pay wages issued by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000...more

High Court May Rule on Computer Law Question

On July 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit became the first circuit to adopt the Ninth Circuit’s holding in U.S. v. Nosal, 676 F.3d 854 (9th Cir. 2012), that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does not...more

$60 Million and Counting – Lessons from Penn State

On July 23, the NCAA imposed severe monetary and participation sanctions on the Penn State football program with the purpose of bringing about a cultural change at the school. NCAA President Mark Emmert stated “the...more

$200,000 Criminal Safety Fine for Company, $90,000 OHSA Fine for Director in Deaths of 4 Workers

We recently reported that Metron Construction had pleaded guilty to criminal negligence in respect of the Christmas Eve 2009 deaths of four workers who fell 13 floors when a suspended work platform collapsed. On Friday,...more

Compensation Awards in Sexual Assault Cases - Case Summary #2

M.B. v. 2014052 Ontario Ltd. (Deluxe Windows of Canada), 2012 ONCA 135 M.B. moved to Canada in 2002 and began working at Deluxe Windows of Canada (“Deluxe Windows”) in December 2003 as a commissioned salesperson. She...more

Tackling Internal Fraud: Weeding Out The Enemy Within

Advancements in technology have made fraudulent schemes easier to perpetrate, and have allowed criminal activity to expand in both quantity and nature. Today, corporate fraud is limited only by the creativity of the...more

Legal Alert: Denial of Workers' Comp Claim May Form the Basis of RICO Claim

The Sixth Circuit has held that a group of transportation workers have a property right in their entitlement to workers' compensation benefits under Michigan law, and that the denial of their workers' compensation claims may...more

The 9th Circuit: Employees Are Free to Steal from the Company Computers

Yesterday the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion holding that limiting an employee’s access to the company computers solely for business purposes, i.e. not stealing the data for a competitor, cannot be the...more

Company computer policies risk becoming obsolete -- Policies must reflect new laws and court decisions on data theft, social...

Have your client companies’ policies kept pace with changes in the law affecting computer technology? New statutes and court decisions relating to computer technology affect every business. Many companies overlook...more

Sexual Assault on Employee by Supervisor: Employer and Supervisor Liable for $620K

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a jury award of $470,000 in damages, plus a costs award of $150,000, against an employer and a supervisor for the supervisor’s sexual assault of an employee. The employee, a...more

The Rise of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Case

Major changes are in the works for the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030. In the past ten years, the CFAA has moved from obscurity into the limelight as Congressional amendments drastically increased its...more

Seventh Circuit Revives Whistleblower Claim Brought Under RICO

A new federal court ruling creates an avenue for employees to rely on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) to pursue retaliation claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). RICO was originally...more

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