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Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Prohibiting Employer From Terminating Employee Pending Resolution Of EEOC Lawsuit

On July 22, 2015, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Peters’ Bakery, Case No. 13-CV-045107 (N.D. Cal. July 22, 2015), Judge Beth Labson Freeman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California,...more

New York’s First Department: Harassment Claims Not Barred By Whistleblower Claim

As reported by New York Law Journal reporter Ben Bedell, the New York’s Appellate Division, First Department recently held that employees could file suit against their former employer for both sexual harassment and violation...more

Pennsylvania Court Rules Payroll Cards Aren’t “Lawful Money,” Says Employers Must Pay Using Checks Or Dead Presidents

We have previously reported and blogged about challenges to paying employees through debit card-like “paycards.” A recent Pennsylvania decision has amplified those concerns....more

Ten Questions To Ask Your Client When Defending Against Efforts To Enforce A Restrictive Covenant Or Confidentiality Agreement

There are few circumstances in the practice of law that require more quick thinking and improvisation than defending a client at a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) hearing mere hours after meeting them for the first time....more

Ten Questions To Ask Your Client Before Seeking To Enforce A Restrictive Covenant Or Confidentiality Agreement

The phone rings on a Wednesday afternoon. In a panic, your longtime client explains that a hotshot employee has unexpectedly fled to a competitor a few months before the launch of a top secret new product. The client is...more

Benefits Litigation Update – July 2015

Welcome to the new, rejuvenated version of the Benefits Litigation Update, which we bring you jointly with the law firm of Epstein Becker Green. Our goal is to provide a concise and, we hope, insightful glimpse into recent...more

Where’s the Beef Part II: Court Refuses To “Butcher” EEOC’s Religious Discrimination Claim

Our loyal blog readers may recall a post we authored in October 2013 regarding EEOC v. JBS USA, LLC (the “Nebraska Case”), where Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska entered...more

Sales Of $8,000 Stemming From Trade Secret Misappropriation Results In Liability For $1.3 Million

At a time when an ex-employee’s newly created company was subject to an injunction prohibiting misappropriation of his former employer’s supposed trade secret, the new company allegedly used that confidential information on a...more

Tenth Circuit Addresses ERISA Limitations Provision in Class Action Decision

In Fulghum v. Embarq. Corp., 785 F.3d 395 (10th Cir. 2015), the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals considered the claims of a class of telephone company retirees whose life and health insurance benefits were reduced or eliminated...more

SEC Announces Third-Largest Dodd-Frank Bounty Award

Whistleblowers continue to reap extraordinary awards under Dodd-Frank’s “bounty” program in exchange for bringing the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “original” information that leads to a successful enforcement...more

ERISA (11th Cir.): Tougher for Claimants to Win ERISA Statutory Penalty Claims

We see plaintiffs asserting an ERISA claim for statutory penalties more frequently now. These claims seek statutory penalties (up to $110 per day), alleging the plan administrator “fail[ed] or refus[ed] to comply with a...more

Beware of Nurses Bearing Gifts

Alisia and David blew the whistle on their former employer, Nurses’ Registry & Home Health, for sending gift baskets and ticket events to doctors who referred patients to the home health operation. Their qui tam suit alleged...more

Third Circuit Rules That Actual Harm Needed for Monetary Equitable Remedy

The Third Circuit recently held that a plaintiff was not entitled to a monetary, equitable remedy under ERISA § 502(a)(3) where he failed to prove actual harm. Perelman v. Perelman, Nos. 14–1663, 14–2742, 2015 WL 4174537 (3d...more

Fifth Circuit Sanctions DOL for Frivolous Claims Against Employer

Employers involved in recent years in legal disputes with the federal government have noticed an increasingly aggressive litigation posture taken by federal agencies. The government makes extraordinary settlement demands, or...more

Winston-Salem Health Care Company Will Pay $48,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Fired Employee After She Requested Maternity Leave, Federal Agency Charged - WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Level Four Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc. has agreed to pay $48,000 and provide substantial injunctive relief to...more

Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Will Pay $22,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Refused to Hire Applicant Because of His Religion, Federal Agency Charged - ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Citi Brands, LLC, a franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts Bakery, will pay $22,000 and furnish further relief to settle a...more

Sixth Circuit Gives Dukes Class Members A Re-Do, Allowing Them To Pursue Class Certification Of Sex Bias Claims Against Wal-Mart

Whereas Wal-Mart scored a major victory for employers in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), its saga continues as former class members continue to pursue class claims in regional forums. As we previously...more

Alabama Revises Non-Compete Statute In Effort to Provide Additional Clarity

On June 11, 2015, Alabama’s Governor signed into law legislation that revises the state’s non-compete statute, which is found in Section 8-1-1 of the Code of Alabama. The effective date for these changes is January 1, 2016. ...more

The Sixth Circuit Expands American Pipe Tolling

On July 7, the Sixth Circuit decided Phipps v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 13-6194, 2015 WL 4079441 (6th Cir. July 7, 2015), an interlocutory appeal in one of the regional progeny of the U.S. Supreme Court’s famous decision in...more

Police Officer Awarded $145,000 in Whistleblower Lawsuit

A police officer from Millburn, New Jersey was recently awarded $145,000 in a whistleblower lawsuit against the city. Sergeant Robert Ronceray initially filed the complaint in June 2013 against the Millburn Township and the...more

Class Actions with Uninjured Class Members Face Congressional and U.S. Supreme Court Scrutiny

Circumscribing an individual’s power to subject companies to class and collective actions has been on the forefront of corporate litigation for several years, particularly in light of the growing trend of class action...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds $237M Verdict Against South Carolina Hospital System for Stark Law Violations

On July 2, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $237 million judgment against Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc., in a federal False Claims Act (FCA) case arising out of violations of the...more

Non-Compete Injunction Denied, Ninth Circuit Remands For Reconsideration, But District Court Denies It Again, Declines Equitable...

As directed by the court of appeals, a district court judge reconsidered his denial of a non-compete covenant case injunction but reached the same result on reconsideration. He also stated why he would not have extended the...more

Jury Awards Ex-Intern $18 million for Attacks by her CEO Boss

In recent headlines, private equity CEO, Benjamin Wey, was found liable for defaming, sexually harassing and retaliating against former New York Global Group Intern Hanna Bouveng. The jury awarded her $2 million in...more

Fifth Circuit Fires at the Department of Labor with Colorful, Precedential Prose

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently slammed the United States Department of Labor with a finding of abusive conduct and ordered an award of significant monetary sanctions for bad faith, harassment, and abusive...more

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