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Should telecommuting be a reasonable accommodation?

Increased use of telecommuting reflecting flexibility in the workplace has been the trajectory for many businesses, especially those in technology markets. Then Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer decided to take a very different stance...more

Patent Owner Failed to Justify Joining Five IPR’s

In Ford Motor Co. v. Cruise Control Technologies LLC, IPR2014-0281, Paper 19, (July 2, 2014) the Board denied patent owner’s motion to join five proceedings U.S. Patent No. 6,324,463. The Board ducked the question of whether...more

Is Telecommuting a More ‘Reasonable’ Accommodation Under the ADA?

On April 22, 2014, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in EEOC v. Ford Motor Company reviewed whether a telecommuting arrangement could be a reasonable accommodation for an employee suffering from a debilitating disability....more

Home Sweet Home: 6th Circuit Rules that Showing up for Work is not Required

Changes in telecommuting practices may be around the corner for many employers, as the recent 2-1 decision in EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., 2014 FED App. 0082P (6th Cir. 2014) may usher in significant changes in what constitutes a...more

Garlock Court Grants Access to Sealed Documents Demonstrating a Widespread Pattern of Manipulation of Exposure Evidence

Ford Motor Company recently obtained access to previously sealed testimony and exhibits that formed the basis for a bankruptcy court’s January 10, 2014 Order finding a widespread pattern of demonstrable misrepresentation by...more

Legal Alert: UPDATE: The Hare Loses Steam – Patent Litigation Reform Law Unlikely This Year

Efforts by the U.S. Senate to pass an alternative to the Innovation Act, which aims to reform abusive patent litigation, have stalled. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is leading the effort, has announced that his committee is tabling...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - May 2014

Disability Accommodation Through Telecommuting More Reasonable In Modern Workplace - In EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the federal Sixth Circuit appellate court (covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) recently...more

Sixth Circuit Sides With EEOC And Holds That Telecommuting May Be A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

In EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a jury will determine whether Ford was required to allow an employee with irritable bowel syndrome to telecommute as a reasonable...more

Advances in technology require another look at telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals revived an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) suit brought on behalf of an ex-Ford Motor Company worker, showing that courts are warming to telecommuting as an ADA accommodation. As a...more

Can Telecommuting Be A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA?

Last month, in EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan) held for the first time that employers may be required to permit employees to telecommute as a...more

New Decision Highlights Courts' Growing Acceptance of Telecommuting as ADA Accommodation

When the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in the early 1990s, employers and federal courts were confronted with claims by disabled employees that telecommuting should be recognized as a required form of reasonable...more

Do Employers Have To Offer Telecommuting As A Reasonable Accommodation?

Regular attendance is an essential function of most jobs. Thus, employers generally do not have to accommodate employees whose disability prevents them from regularly attending their job....more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 26, Issue 4 -- April 2014

In This Issue: - EEOC v. Ford Motor Company: Is Telecommuting A Reasonable Accommodation After All? Over a year ago, we published an Employment Law Commentary on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)...more

Telecommuting Accommodation? It Depends!

In EEOC v. Ford Motor, Co., No. 12-2484 (6th Cir. April 22, 2014), the employee worked as a resale steel buyer — an intermediary between steel suppliers and companies that produce steel parts. She suffered from irritable...more

Federal Appeals Court Rules for EEOC in its Disability Discrimination Case Against Ford Motor

Agency Charged Automaker Denied Employee the Chance to Telework; Sixth Circuit Agrees Case Should Go Forward - WASHINGTON -- The majority of a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided...more

U.S. Exports Record Number of Vehicles in 2013

Almost two million! Never before in one year has the United States exported so many vehicles around the world. But, in 2014, they will do so according to the Detroit News. More impressively, the big three of Ford Motor Co.,...more

Ford Recalls Vehicles Due to Faulty Child Safety Locks

Defective safety feature prompts Ford’s massive recall: According to an article posted by USA Today, in August of this year, Ford Motor Company recalled over 12,000 vehicles because the child safety locks may not work...more

Lawsuits Involving Incomplete Vehicles: Liability Ramifications for All Participants in the Vehicle Component Part Manufacturing...

Many vehicle manufacturers now produce bare, multipurpose vehicle chassis that can be converted into a variety of uses by adding certain accessories. Oftentimes in product liability lawsuits involving these ever-popular...more

"Every Asbestos Exposure Counts" - Maryland Affirms Theory

Maryland's highest appellate court ruled last week that a plaintiff's expert in an asbestos injury lawsuit could testify that every single exposure to asbestos substantially contributes to the development of mesothelioma,...more

Sixth Circuit Clarifies That Michigan Law Does Not Always Apply In Federal Courts In Michigan—Finds Product Liability Suit Barred...

The fact that our federal courts must often apply only one of our 50 states' laws, when each state has its own unique laws, can drastically change a lawsuit. ...more

Beyond Certifiable: Ford Defeats Two Class Certifications in Product Defect Litigation

Ford Motor Co. recently successfully defeated efforts to certify two classes alleging injuries resulting from product defects. On June 18, 2013, a California federal district court declined to certify a class involving an...more

Coca-Cola Open for Co-Branding?

By now you know how much I love the Coca-Cola brand and advertising, and this beautiful gem of a billboard is no exception...more

Four Wheel Fashion

If you’ve ever wondered what the “lifestyle” of a Porsche driver looks like, look no further than Porsche Design’s latest fashion catalog. Twenty-three glossy pages of sleek leather jackets, modern business blazers, and...more

Ford Increases Electric Vehicle Dealers And Pushes Sales

The number of Ford Motor Company dealers who can sell electric vehicles will more than quadruple this spring. The company will so have 900 certified dealers, up from the 200 it had near the end of last year. The dealers will...more

Obama Administration Reports on Efforts to Prevent Trade Secret Misappropriation

The Obama Administration issued a Report earlier this month, entitled "Administration Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets," that sets forth its efforts to prevent trade secret misappropriation. The Report...more

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