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SEC Announces First Whistleblower Award During Trump Era

On April 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Dodd-Frank whistleblower award of nearly $4 million, the first bounty award issued during the Trump administration. To maintain the whistleblower’s...more

Chipping Away at Arbitration: California Supreme Court Further Limits Arbitration Waivers

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court held that an arbitration agreement waiving the right to public injunctive relief is contrary to California public policy and is unenforceable under California law. In McGill...more

Employer Commits Willful Violation of Fair Credit Reporting Act By Including Waiver In Statutorily Mandated Disclosure

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Syed v. M-I, LLC, the Ninth Circuit held that including waiver of potential claims language in the same document as the statutorily required Fair Credit and Reporting Act disclosure was a violation of FCRA. In sum, the...more

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Still in Limbo after Trump Memo and Federal Judge’s Ruling

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to reconsider implementation of the fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule, which widens the scope of who is considered a “fiduciary” of an...more

In Bizarre Procedural Posture, Ninth Circuit Finds FCRA Willful Violation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In Syed v. M-I, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that combining a liability waiver and a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosure in an employment application constitutes a willful...more

U.S. Supreme Court Seeks Solicitor General’s Input on Co-fiduciary Indemnification

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the government’s views on a petition for certiorari asking the Court to decide whether ERISA permits a cause of action for...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - November 2016

by Burr & Forman on

Employers across the country can now exhale. On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a Texas federal court entered a nationwide injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new federal overtime rules from taking effect...more

CFTC Proposes Amendments to Whistleblower Awards Process and Anti-Retaliation Authority

by Morgan Lewis on

The amendments would make the CFTC’s whistleblower awards process more uniform with the SEC’s program and would enable the CFTC to bring enforcement actions against employers that retaliate against whistleblowers....more

DOL Fiduciary Rule-Making Overreach? Stay Tuned for the Judgment of the Courts

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In April, the Department of Labor issued new regulations under ERISA related to individuals who offer investment advice to ERISA plans, their fiduciaries, or participants for a fee. The DOL now says that a fiduciary is...more

Quirky Question #285: Potholes on the Ethical “High Road”

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Question: We learned that some of our employees may have been engaging in unethical, and perhaps even illegal, behavior. We don’t tolerate this, so we hired a law firm to conduct an investigation, and based on the results...more

Industry and trade groups challenge the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule

by Dentons on

Earlier this month, eight industry and trade groups launched a broad challenge to the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule (Rule) and related prohibited transaction exemptions that were released on April 6, 2016. ...more

SEC Issues Near Record-Breaking Whistleblower Award

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On June 9, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced it awarded over $17 million to an ex-employee of a financial services firm. The SEC’s press release touts the award as the second-highest bounty ever handed...more

Spokeo—New Hope for Defending Against ERISA Claims?

Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13–1339 (May 16, 2016). Spokeo involved a lawsuit brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970 (FCRA). ...more

Spokeo May Raise the Bar for Standing in ADA Title III Cases

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Spokeo decision may lead to more careful scrutiny of whether ADA Title III plaintiffs have a sufficiently “concrete” injury to confer jurisdiction in federal court. As...more

ERISA — 9th Circuit: Plaintiffs Can Now Simultaneously Bring Benefit Payment and Equitable Claims

Lane Powell attorney Mike Baylous writes an excellent summary here on big changes to ERISA in the 9th Circuit. Remember that old argument that equitable claims should be dismissed because they are duplicative?...more

SCOTUS Fair Credit Reporting Act Background Check Standing Case Remanded to Lower Court

by FordHarrison on

On May 16, 2016, in a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the closely watched Spokeo Inc. v. Robins case back to the Ninth Circuit for further analysis. The issue is whether the plaintiff, Robins, has standing to...more

IRS Confirms California “Waiting Time Penalties” Are Not Wages For Federal Income Tax Purposes

A recent IRS information letter confirms that “waiting time penalties” paid under California law are not wages for federal income tax withholding purposes. Section 203 of the California State Labor Code imposes penalties on...more

SOX Whistleblower Receives $250,000 Award Related to State Wage Act Complaints

The ARB recently concluded that a former program manager was entitled to recover more than $250,000 in back pay and benefits under Section 806 of SOX based on his discipline and constructive discharge. The ARB clarified that...more

This Is Not a Test: The CFTC Joins the SEC and IRS in Awarding Substantial Whistleblower Bounties

by BakerHostetler on

Who can tune out those periodic blaring interruptions to our favorite television programs? This is a test. For the next 60 seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. In...more

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Awards Record $10 Million to Whistleblower

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on April 4, 2016 that it awarded over $10 million to a whistleblower.  This is the largest award made by the CFTC’s Whistleblower Program.  ...more

Classifying a Loan Underwriter is a Risk Worth Taking, Says Sixth Circuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The demise of bank loan underwriters’ exempt status has been greatly exaggerated—at least according to a recent Sixth Circuit decision upholding the dismissal of a putative collective action against Huntington Bank. The court...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - This month's article reviews a few non-ERISA cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, which may, depending on the breadth of the decisions, impact ERISA litigation. First, in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the...more

Dave & Buster’s faces FCRA class action for alleged background check violations

Joseph Alvarez filed a class action against Dave & Buster’s restaurant chain earlier this year in Florida alleging that it used background checks for employment decisions without providing a copy of the report to the...more

Montanile, Amgen, Tackett & Moen: Four Important Employee Benefits Cases to Kick Off 2016

The year 2016 has only just started, and we have already seen several important court decisions related to employee benefit plans and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). This Client Alert...more

What Ever Happened To….The Pension Lawsuit Against CIGNA?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

One of the cases I’ve covered on this blog since the beginning, was a lawsuit challenging CIGNA’s change from a traditional defined benefit plan to a cash balance plan. In plain English, it was basically (and I’m...more

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