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Leading Pharmaceutical Company Fined $491 Million for Bribery

A Chinese court convicted a large British pharmaceutical company of corruption and bribery while doing business in China. As a result, the company must pay a record-breaking fine of $491 million while each of the implicated...more

Payment of Final Wages - A Costly Rule if Overlooked by Payroll

We recently had the privilege of presenting to the West Virginia Association of School Human Resource Officials (WVASHRO) on the topic of “Employee Discipline: Step-by-Step for the Personnel Office.” One of the topics of...more

Wal-Mart Stores East Will Pay $72,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Retailer Refused to Reasonably Accommodate Applicant With End-Stage Renal Disease, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., will pay $72,500 and provide significant equitable relief to settle a...more

Court considers safety, fatigue of replacement workers in granting picketing injunction

A British Columbia judge has considered an employer’s concerns for the safety of replacement workers, in granting an injunction against picketing workers. The employer and Unifor were in a labour dispute. Unifor was...more

Four Whistleblowers Win Big in Case Against Boeing

Four whistleblowers will be awarded a sum of $3.9 million after reporting intentional overcharges made to the United States Air Force by airplane manufacturer Boeing. Boeing paid $23 million total in settlements after the...more

Jointly Controlled Employee is Eligible for FMLA Leave

The Seventh Circuit recently held that although an employee’s employer was too small to be covered by the FMLA (less than 50 employees), because the employee also provided services to a second company and together the two...more

And You Thought a One-Third Contingency Was High

On Tuesday a federal court in Illinois awarded fees of $200,000 to attorneys for a whistleblower in a False Claims Act action. Not impressed? Well, consider this: the whistleblower got a little less than $30,000. Figured...more

Keep Your Hands Off the Customers … and the Cows

A federal district court in Washington has confirmed that an employer’s relationship with the cows that its employees serviced is insufficient to establish a legitimate protectable interest to enforce a non-compete....more

Seventh Circuit Reminds Attorneys to Conduct “Reasonable Amount of Legal Research” Before Filing Claims

Under the federal civil rights statutes, plaintiffs who prevail ordinarily receive an award of attorneys’ fees that must be paid by the defendant. But, in order not to deter plaintiffs from filing such claims, the reverse is...more

Court Applies MMBA Meet and Confer Requirement to Reorganization of Police Department Command Structure

In Indio Police Command Unit Association, et al., v. City of Indio, et al. (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ---, Cal.App. 4th Dist. September 15, 2014) a California Court of Appeal confirmed the applicability of Meyers-Milias-Brown Act...more

Sex in the Workplace Is Not Always Cause for Dismissal

It may be surprising to some, but sex in the workplace is not always sufficient cause for dismissal. In a Federal Court of Appeal decision (Payne v. Bank of Montreal, 2013 FCA 33), an employee’s dismissal for sex in the...more

Violation of OSHA Standards Now More Costly in Wisconsin

Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court resolved its first case of the year. It affirmed, by an equally divided court, the published opinion of the court of appeals in Sohn v. LIRC, 350 Wis. 2d 469. The Wisconsin Court of...more

Braun Electric to Pay $82,500 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

California Company Failed to Address a Sexually Hostile Work Environment Created by a Manager, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - Bakersfield, Calif.-based Braun Electric Company will pay $82,500 and furnish...more

Maritime Bulletin: Fifth Circuit Rules on McBride

The Fifth Circuit issued its en banc decision in Estis v. McBride Well Service, LLC, No. 12-30714 (5th Cir. September 25, 2014) and ruled that a Jones Act seaman’s recovery is limited to pecuniary losses where liability is...more

George v. Anishinabek (Police Service): Ontario Court of Appeal Allows New, Dispositive Jurisdiction Argument to Be Raised on...

In his August 15, 2014 decision in George v. Anishinabek (Police Service), Justice Doherty, on behalf of a unanimous Ontario Court of Appeal, allowed an appellant to raise a dispositive jurisdictional argument on appeal, even...more

ARB Affirms Blacklisting Award To Whistleblower

The ARB upheld a damages award in favor of a whistleblower after his former employer purportedly “blacklisted” him by providing an apparently negative employment reference to a prospective employer. Timmons v. CRST Dedicated...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed False Claims Act Cases: October 2014

Trends & Analysis - Between our last Qui Tam Update and the end of June, 65 health care–related qui tam cases were unsealed (28 in April, 18 in May, and 19 in June). Within those 65 cases...more

All Whistleblowers, listen up! Seven figure chump change or eight-figure bonanza, what will it be?

All Whistleblowers, listen up! Seven figure chump change or eight-figure bonanza, what will it be? Several events happened in the last few months to inspire conversation about whistleblowers. First, on July 30, 2014,...more

District Judge Allows Rail Union to Side Step Rule 23 with Pattern-Or-Practice Claim

A federal district judge in Hammond, Indiana, has permitted a rail union to pursue injunctive remedies in a Title VII pattern-or-practice discrimination claim on behalf of its black members without compliance with Rule 23. In...more

Washington Supreme Court Ratifies Employer Immunity for Asbestos Exposure

The Washington Supreme Court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer defending an asbestos lawsuit brought by a former employee. In Walston v. Boeing Co., No. 88511-7 (September 18, 2014), the Supreme...more

Atchison Transportation to Pay $85,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Suit

Transportation Company Fired Older Drivers Because of Their Age, Federal Agency Charged - SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Spartanburg, S.C.-based Atchison Transportation Services, Inc., the largest full-service ground...more

Buyer Beware – Continuing Its Controversial Changes, NLRB Increases the Price Tag of a Successor's Unlawful Failure to Hire Its...

On September 30, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board overruled established precedent once again. The Board’s decision enhanced the liability to which a successor employer is exposed when it fails to hire employees of its...more

California Raiders … Not the Football Kind

In a pair of recent decisions, two courts interpreting California’s quirky non-compete law confirm that employee non-recruitment covenants in California are enforceable – but only if those covenants are necessary to prevent...more

Village of Posen’s Rough Day in Court: The Perils of Challenging an Arbitration Award

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed an arbitrator’s decision to fully reinstate a police officer terminated for cashing workers’ compensation checks while also receiving full disability pay during recovery from an...more

Supreme Court Passively Clears the Way for Same-Sex Marriage

On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review all seven same-sex marriage cases with petitions for certiorari pending before it. The Court’s refusal to hear the appeals means that the lower...more

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