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A New Employment Law Frontier: Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Holland & Knight LLP on

An emerging area of the law has become the focal point in a new class action lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In Baron v. Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc., et al. (No....more

Social Media Lesson for Employers: Recent $1.5 Million Retaliatory Discharge Verdict

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On May 11, 2017, a federal jury in Charlotte, North Carolina awarded a former fire department employee, Crystal Eschert, a $1.5 million verdict in a retaliatory discharge lawsuit that teaches powerful lessons in today’s...more

Employment Law Letter - Winter 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

For many years there has been disagreement about whether or not employees who bring discrimination claims under Connecticut’s Fair Employment Practices Act can get punitive damages (not just compensatory damages for lost...more

Courts Split on Standing Issues in FCRA Suits After Spokeo

On October 5, 2016, two district courts came to opposite conclusions on whether putative class action plaintiffs had standing to bring claims based on prospective employers’ failure to comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

Court Dismisses Case Filed Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Earlier this year, we notified you about the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) and how it affects employers. On August 8, 2016, a U. S. District Judge in the Southern District of Florida dismissed one of...more

Another Challenge for Information Governance: The Defense of Trade Secrets Act

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Good information governance requires not only protecting the security of sensitive and proprietary information; it often requires pursuing legal action against those who threaten the secrecy and value of a company’s trade...more

Keep Quiet and Carry On under the EU Trade Secrets Directive

by Bracewell LLP on

Much as the recent U.S. Defend Trade Secrets Act establishes uniform federal trade secrets protections across the states, the EU Trade Secrets Directive (the “Directive”) harmonizes similar protections across its Member...more

Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Takes Effect

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Employers Should Immediately Revise Confidentiality Agreements to Comply - The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law by President Obama last week and effective immediately, provides a new federal remedy for trade...more

Supreme Court Punts On Issue Of "Standing" To Pursue Class Action Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

Earlier this week, by a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court issued a “no decision” decision on an issue important to employers facing class action litigation. The Court decided that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals needed to review...more

Get Off My Cloud: “BYOC” Workplaces Pose Trade Secrets Risks

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about “BYOD” (“Bring Your Own Device”) policies, which are becoming increasingly common in the workplace. Employees want the flexibility and ease that comes with being able to use a...more

Quick Hits: Persuader Rules, Class Action Lawsuits, Prevailing Party, E-mail Phishing

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

With Opening Day of baseball season nearly upon us, it’s time again to bring back a “Quick Hits” segment to recap a few noteworthy (but not completely post-worthy) employment law items you might have missed recently....more

Social Media Privacy Legislation Desktop Reference: What Employers Need to Know

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

There is no denying that social media has transformed the way that companies conduct business. In light of the rapid evolution of social media, companies today face significant legal challenges on a variety of issues ranging...more

Sony Data Breach Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss Suit

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

As previously reported upon by PK Law, Michael Corona and eight other individuals (“Plaintiffs”) filed a class action on March 2, 2015 against Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (“Sony”). (U.S. District Court, Central District...more

How To Make Computer Fraud Claims Stick

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Employers need clear policies in order to use a federal criminal law as a civil remedy against workers. The recent decision in Allied Portables v. Youmans from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida...more

Employers, You’ll Never Pooh-Pooh The GINA Again.

On Monday, a federal jury in Atlanta awarded two hourly warehouse workers $2.2 million in a lawsuit brought under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The controversy started when Atlas Logistics Group Retail...more

Violation of GINA Leads to Significant Jury Verdict Against Employer

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Have you ever had a mystery employee defecating around your warehouse, damaging goods? Have you ever considered asking employees to provide cheek cell samples to determine the identity of the defecator? Hopefully, the...more

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli Reporter - Summer 2015

- In this Issue: - Has Exposure to Punitive Damages Increased in Arizona? - The Different Warranties Covering A Contractor’s Work - The Frustrating EEOC Conciliation Process - Demanding Access to...more

Employment Law - May 2015 #2

Coming Soon to an In-Box Near You: An EEOC Charge - Why it matters: Employers, take note: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has initiated the rollout of its electronic complaint program, the first...more

Former Uber Driver Files Class Action for Data Security Breach

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Uber Technologies Inc., the internet-based taxi service, was recently hit with a putative class action lawsuit over a data breach involving the personal information of about 50,000 current and former drivers. Uber develops,...more

Spring: A Time for Change in UK Employment and Data Protection Law

Spring is always a time for new beginnings: the end of the financial year and the start of a new one, government election season, and time to advance clocks forward for daylight saving time. In the United Kingdom, spring also...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions - March 2015

HOW TO USE THIS CASE SERVICE - When you receive your summaries, each page will have an alphabetical letter located in the upper right-hand corner. Each alphabetical letter corresponds to a separate subject matter...more

In Nevada Court, Millions of Dollars Wasted in the Name of Macau Data Privacy Law

by Reed Smith on

Clark County Nevada District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez is considering further sanction against Sands China Ltd. for redacting “personal information” from about 2,600 documents the company produced in 2013 as part of an ongoing...more

Trouble in the Magic Kingdom: Disney Finds Itself the Villain in This Fairytale

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Disney is known for its fairytales and happy endings. Usually its adorable characters and feel-good plots earn it wide acclaim. But recently, a California judge agreed with the plaintiff, in Roger L. Culberson II v. The Walt...more

Employer Wins Dismissal of Federal Claims for Wiping Data from Terminated Employee’s Smart Phone

by Snell & Wilmer on

In one of the first reported cases of its kind, a federal district court in Texas recently dismissed federal claims brought under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) and the Consumer Fraud & Abuse Act (“CFAA”)...more

Publix to Pay $6.8 Million for Alleged FCRA Violations

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Publix Super Markets Inc. has agreed to pay $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over the supermarket chain’s background check procedures. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers must provide prior...more

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