Liquidated Damages

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One “Tip” That Won’t Soon Be Forgotten

Recently, Philadelphia sports bar and restaurant chain Chickie’s & Pete’s (“C&P”) signed a consent judgment with the Department of Labor agreeing to pay current and former employees more than $6.8 million in back wages and...more

Liquidated Damages Provision in Texas Power Contract Found Void as Unenforceable Penalty

The Supreme Court of Texas (“Court”) recently held that a liquidated damages provision in a contract for renewable energy was unenforceable because it operated as a penalty without having any reasonable relationship to actual...more

Negotiating a Liquidated Damages Clause in Texas? Get Out Your Crystal Ball.

"Don't mess with Texas." Apparently the slogan even applies to liquidated damages clauses. This morning, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a decision in a drawn-out fight between wind developer FPL Energy and the...more

13 Changes To California Law In 2014: What Employers Need To Know

Every new year brings employment law changes for California’s employers and, while the Affordable Care Act has taken the spotlight for 2014, a vast array of employment laws deserve special attention from California employers...more

New York Employers – 2013 Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2014

“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.” While the author to this famous New Year’s quote remains unknown, that certainly doesn’t make it any less true, including for employers. We hope that,...more

Construction Tip #7: Developers Should Not Rely Entirely On Standard Forms Of Construction Contracts

Anyone with experience in the construction industry knows that form construction contracts are routinely used to memorialize agreements for the construction of new projects. Standardized contract forms promulgated by various...more

eAlert - California Employment Legislative Update: What's New for 2014?

In California, the New Year means new laws and regulations for California employers. Below we summarize new legislation that will affect employers doing business in California beginning January 1, 2014, unless otherwise...more

North Carolina Court of Appeals Says: We Don't Fear The Turtle

You've no doubt heard about the University of Maryland's withdrawal from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the University's unwillingness to pay the $50 million withdrawal fee required by the Constitution of the...more

Scripts - November 2013

In this issue: - New Wellness Program Rules for 2014 - Now That We Know The Basic Rules… Drafting Covenants Not To Compete To Maximize The Likelihood Of Enforcement - Excerpt from New Wellness Program...more

How the New California Laws Will Impact Your Business in 2014 and Beyond, Part 1: Wage and Hour Legislation

In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law approximately 9 out of 10 bills presented to him. This three-part blog series summarizes the new legislation and captures the key employment law related bills that are likely to...more

Key Differences Between European and US Private Equity Transactions

Munich-based partner Jörg Kirchner and NY-based partner Eli Hunt discuss four key ways that private equty transactions in European and the US tend to differ. Kirchner, a Global Co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ Corporate...more

Employer Exposure in Unpaid Wage Lawsuits May Decrease as Second Circuit Refuse to Apply New York Wage Theft Prevention Act's...

In 2010, New York enacted the Wage Theft Prevention Act, which in part amended its Labor Law to require courts to impose a liquidated damages award of 100% of the total unpaid wages owed to the employee. The law previously...more

Second Circuit Dismisses Improper Deductions Class Action Suit Under CAFA And Holds That Liquidated Damages Under New York Labor...

Gold v. New York Life Insurance Co., No. 12-CV-2344 (2d Cir. Sept. 18, 2013) (Parker, J.): The plaintiff brought suit on behalf of himself and others alleging that he was improperly classified as exempt from the New York...more

New York City Council Expands Protection Against Pregnancy Discrimination

On September 24, 2013, the New York City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that expands prohibited discrimination in employment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related...more

Six-Month Limit on Claims under FLSA, Equal Pay Act Ruled as Invalid Waiver Says Sixth Circuit

Provisions in employment agreements that shorten the statute of limitations period for employees to file claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Equal Pay Act (EPA) are invalid, the Sixth Circuit ruled on August...more

Anticipating Earnest Money “Damages” – Don’t Assume It

The Arizona Supreme Court issued an opinion last month in Thomas v. Montelucia Villas, LLC, 2013 Ariz. LEXIS 152 (June 14, 2013) that adds a few wrinkles to efforts by sellers in real estate transactions to retain “earnest...more

Liquidated Damages And Non-Competes

In many disputes over non-competition agreements, the litigation focuses on obtaining the temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction to stop the competition before the real damage is done....more

Liquidated Damages For Junk Faxes Are Insurable in Illinois

The Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act provides that it's unlawful to send unsolicited advertisements to a fax machine. 47 USC 227(b)(1)(C). The statute creates a private right of action, with damages equal to actual...more

Of Service Levels, Welfare, and Heartbreak: Indiana vs. IBM

In 2006 Indiana awarded IBM a contract for more than $1 billion to modernize Indiana's welfare case management system and manage and process the State of Indiana's applications for food stamps, Medicaid and other welfare...more

PK Law Attorneys Successfully Defend Charles County Board Against Multi-Million Dollar Wage and Hour Lawsuit

In a wage and hour class action suit that was filed in Maryland’s federal district court, bus drivers and bus assistants sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S. C. Section 201 et seq., for back-pay,...more

Update on the 72 Hour Rule for Final Wages

Many of you attended Dinsmore & Shohl’s Legal Hour on February 28, 2013 "Avoiding Certain Pitfalls When Terminating an Employee”. A topic I addressed during the workshop was the “72 Hour Rule.” That is, I reminded you...more

Liquidated Damages are Discretionary in FLSA Retaliation Case; CEO Held Individually Liable

In Moore v. Appliance Direct, Inc.,* the plaintiffs brought retaliation claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). Although the plaintiffs won on their retaliation claim, they ultimately did not recover liquidated...more

Update: Noncompete Agreements in SC are Worth More Than the Paper They're Written On

In light of the restrictive nature with which South Carolina courts have historically viewed noncompetition agreements, many people assume they are not enforceable and, in essence, “not worth the paper they’re written on.”...more

11th Circuit Case Signals Split on Law vs. Regulation vs. … Contract?

On February 22, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated the smuggling and conspiracy convictions of two importers of allegedly tainted cheese products in the case of United States of America v. Yuri...more

Eleventh Circuit: Liquidated Damages For FLSA Retaliation Discretionary, Not Mandatory

The Eleventh Circuit joined the Sixth and Eighth Circuits in holding that liquidated damages awards for FLSA retaliation claims are discretionary, not mandatory. Moore v. Appliance Direct, Inc., No. 11-cv-15227 (11th Cir....more

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