Consent Decrees

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Considerations For Insurers In The Aftermath Of The MetLife Consent Decree

MetLife Consent Decree - On March 26, 2014, the New York Department of Financial Services (the "DFS") entered into a consent decree ("Consent Decree") with MetLife, Inc. and its subsidiaries, American Life Insurance...more

OFCCP Announced a Series of Consent Decrees Impacting Contractors Prior to the Government Shutdown

A Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) approved a consent decree on September 16, 2013 between the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and Medtronic, Inc....more

Southern District of New York Holds Music Publishers Cannot Selectively Withdraw New Media Rights from ASCAP's Repertory

On September 17, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the consent decree entered into by and between the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the...more

The Seventh Circuit Still Wrong: Bernstein v. Bankert

Late last year I blogged on the dubious decision by the Seventh Circuit in Bernstein v. Blankert which held that a settling CERCLA party did not resolve its liability to the government until it had performed all of its...more

$100,000 Consent Decree Ends Disabilities Act Lawsuit Against Giant Staffing Agency

EEOC Charged Staffmark Fired Employee Because of Her Prosthetic Leg - CHICAGO - Staffmark Investment LLC, one of the nation's largest commercial staffing companies, will pay $100,000 under a consent decree entered June...more

Pacific Airport Services in Saipan Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit for $65,000

Company Failed to Discipline Supervisor Who Sexually Harassed at Least Five Female Employees, Federal Agency Says - SAIPAN, CNMI - Pacific Airport Services, Inc., an airport services provider for various airlines...more

Will the protracted litigation between tobacco manufactures and the State of California finally be coming to an end?

The State of California engaged in lengthy and protracted litigation with numerous tobacco manufacturers concerning their marketing activities and advertising in the State of California. In the Consolidated Tobacco Cases, the...more

Angels at Home to Pay $16,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Macon Custodial Company Fired Woman for Reporting CEO's Verbal and Physical Abuse, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Home Companions Plus, Inc., doing business as Angels at Home, a custodial and personal care service...more

Orland Park Janitorial Company to Pay $360,000 to Resolve Claim of Discrimination against Hispanics

EEOC Says RJB Properties Harassed and Fired Hispanic Employees and Retaliated Against Supervisors Who Refused to Fire Hispanic Employees - CHICAGO - RJB Properties, Inc. (RJB), a janitorial company headquartered in...more

Ninth Circuit Invalidates Consent Decree: Parties Must Go Back To The Drawing Board

On April 25, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invalidated a consent decree that plaintiffs and three federal agency defendants asserted resolved a dispute spanning more than a decade. See...more

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise: An Agency Cannot Revise Regulations In a Consent Decree

In a decision that should not have come as a surprise to anyone, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday, in Conservation Northwest v. Sherman, that the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies implementing the...more

Federal Court Denies Joint Motion For Consent Decree Regarding The Marbled Murrelet

In American Forest Resources Council v. Ashe, 1:12-cv-00111 (D.D.C. Mar. 30, 2013), the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied a joint motion for a consent decree regarding the critical habitat...more

Advertising News & Analysis - March 21, 2013

In this issue: - ANA CEO Calls for Greater Industry Cooperation, Self-Regulation to Win Policy Battles - Price Match Guarantees – Easy to Offer, Hard to Limit - Some States Eye Advertisers to Generate Tax...more

A Guide to Contract Interpretation - February 2013

Introduction - Transactional attorneys and litigators often take a very different approach toward contracts. Transactional attorneys focus on the ex ante — the relationship between the parties before there is a dispute....more

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