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Eleventh Circuit Sustains Award To Employer In Whistleblower Case

In a warning to plaintiffs’ counsel who seek emotional distress damages for alleged whistleblower retaliation under Florida law, the Eleventh Circuit in Smith v. Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., 750 F.3d 1253 (11th Cir. May 6,...more

Proper Processes Can Insulate Employer From Tortious Act of Employees

Employers occasionally become dejected over the prospects of defending against tort and other civil claims in state courts. However, a recent case out of Houston reaffirms that employers can and do win these kinds of cases...more

Employers Fight Back Against Whistleblowers

In 2013, the federal government recovered $3.8 billion from settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act (FCA). Whistleblowers—also called “relators”—can recover up to 30 percent of whatever a defendant pays in a...more

"Pay Me, Or Else…": California Court Rules Employee's Pre-Litigation Qui Tam Threat is Extortionate

A California appellate court recently issued a warning to employees who try to negotiate settlements with their employers by making veiled threats to report an employer's real or imagined criminal activity. In Stenehjem v....more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions - June 2014

Insurance Coverage; Professional Services Exclusion; Completed Operations; Duty To Defend: North Counties Engineering, Inc. v. State Farm General Insurance Company (2014) 224 Cal.App.4th 902, 169 Cal.Rptr.3d 726...more

Nevada Supreme Court Holds Judicial Privilege for Statements Made to the Media During Litigation is Not Absolute

In Jacobs v. Adelson, 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 44 (Mar. 29, 2014), the Nevada Supreme Court was asked to decide whether statements made to a newspaper during litigation were absolutely privileged. The case involved a defamation...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 16, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Except from Judgments: New South Wales - 12 June 2014 - Rosten v Mid North Coast Local Health District [2014] NSWIRComm 29 - This was...more

Stolen Customer Data Results in Ontario's First Certified Privacy Class Action

Businesses that collect personal information have an added incentive to monitor employees handling customer data – Ontario's first class action arising from the new tort of "intrusion upon seclusion" was certified last week....more

No Lawsuit for You! When Subcontractors Cannot Sue the General Contractor

Can a subcontractor sue a general contractor over a work site accident? A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court loudly and clearly said, "NO." Why not? The court ruled in Patton v. Worthington Associations, Inc....more

California Court of Appeal Overturns Nonsuit Granted in Household Exposure Asbestos Case Where Trial Court’s Decision Was Based on...

On May 15, 2014, the First District Court of Appeal in California found that the trial court had erred in granting a nonsuit in favor of Pneumo Abex, LLC (Abex) in the asbestos personal injury action of Johnny Blaine Kesner,...more

North Carolina Court Allows Emotional Distress Damages for Wrongful Discharge Claim

North Carolina courts recognize a limited exception to the normal employment at-will doctrine. If an employee is terminated for reasons that violate state public policy, the plaintiff may pursue a common law tort claim to...more

Civil Liability Act New South Wales (NSW) – most extreme case assessments – determinative, not discretionary

The NSW Court of Appeal’s 19 May decision in Hall v State of New South Wales [2014] NSWCA 154 provides some interesting guidance in respect of appealing the assessment of non-economic loss under the Civil Liability Act. The...more

Asbestos Alert: Kesner v. Pneumo Abex, LLC

Employers Now Have Duty to Take-Home Exposure Plaintiffs - On May 15, 2014, the Court of Appeal answered a question which has been asked repeatedly since the Second District Court of Appeal published a decision in...more

Living With Others Thinking You're Fu*king Crazy

One of the issues we address in this blog is the notion that social media doesn’t necessarily create new claims, but rather serves as a quicker and easier platform to apply traditional claims that have existed forever. Take...more

Texas Supreme Court to review certified question from Fifth Circuit in Austin v. Kroger

The Supreme Court of Texas has accepted the Fifth Circuit’s certified question in Austin v. Kroger. The Fifth Circuit’s request for certification formally withdraws its previous controversial opinion. The case could have...more

Texas Court of Appeals Has Put Some FCPA Internal Investigations in an Awkward Spot

Given that this case was decided last summer, I can’t quite put the headline in the present tense. I’m slow to the draw on it, but I think it’s important. Last July, in Writt v. Shell Oil Co., 409 S.W.3d 59 (Tex. Ct. App....more

All That Floats is Not A Boat: Eastern District of Louisiana Jettisons Fifth Circuit’s Holmes Decision, Rules That Quarter Barge...

The three men in the tub will no longer have recourse to the federal courts’ admiralty jurisdiction, at least not in the Eastern District of Louisiana. In Martin v. Fab-Con, Inc., 2014 WL 1246073 (E.D. La. Mar. 24, 2014) – a...more

4th Circuit Holds Insurer Not Equitably Estopped From Denying Coverage

In an unpublished opinion, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a South Carolina District Court judge’s finding that an insurer was equitably estopped from denying coverage to a new owner of the insured business for a...more

Fast Five: Rhode Island Appellate Practice - April 2014

RHODE ISLAND BUSINESSES:ARE YOU TOO CONTROLLING? Your employees, but not your independent contractors, may think so. A Rhode Island Supreme Court decision this term serves as an important reminder for businesses...more

Vicarous Liability Limitations for Actions Outside Scope of Employment of Temporary Worker

Sara Montague, et al. v. AMN Healthcare, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (February 21, 2014) - Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, an employer is vicariously liable for the torts of its...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2014

$150,000 Sexual Harassment Verdict And $680,000 Fee Award Affirmed - Taylor v. Nabors Drilling USA, LP, 222 Cal. App. 4th 1228 (2014) Max Taylor worked as a floorhand on an oil rig where he alleged he was...more

What's Pending on the Illinois Supreme Court's Advisement Docket?

As we near the opening of the March docket, it's time to take a look at the civil cases that are argued and pending for decision before the Illinois Supreme Court. The Court is quite up-to-date on its docket at the moment,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes Airline Immunity for TSA Reports of Suspicious Behavior

In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper (Jan. 27, 2014), the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that airlines are entitled to civil immunity for reporting suspicious behavior to the TSA, provided their reports are not “materially...more

Pennsylvania Effectively Eliminates Workers’ Compensation Act as Source of Protection for Employers from Suits Arising Out of...

On January 29, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied defendants’ Petition for Reargument of the Court’s November 22, 2013, ruling in Tooey v. AK Steel Corp. et al. The ruling held that the Pennsylvania Workers’...more

California Court Holds Food Truck Constitutes Mobile Equipment

In American States Insurance Company v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 74 (January 27, 2014), California’s Second Appellate District had occasion to consider whether a food truck...more

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