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Third Circuit Endorses Title IX and Title VII Claims of Medical Resident

Should a medical resident alleging sexual harassment and retaliation be treated as: (i) an employee who can seek relief under Title VII; (ii) a student who can seek relief under Title IX; or (iii) both? And if the answer is...more

ITC Commissioners Divided Over Standards For Cease And Desist Orders

Recent decisions by the Commission highlight a split among the Commissioners over the proper standard for issuing cease and desist orders. The majority of Commissioners appear to agree that the determination regarding...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Second Circuit in Adopting Broad Definition of “Whistleblower” Under The Dodd-Frank Act

A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc. that the Dodd-Frank Act’s definition of “whistleblower” includes not only those who disclose information...more

Appeals Court Refuses To Extend Title VII Coverage To Sexual Orientation

On Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to extend Title VII’s protections to sexual orientation discrimination, but reinforced that employees may allege sex discrimination claims when they face workplace...more

When is An Extension Not an Extension? When It Raises Jurisdictional Problems

When a district court issues an order extending a filing deadline, it is usually safe to assume that your client will not be prejudiced as long as you file within the period ordered by the court...more

Power of the Subpoena: Will Nominee Gorsuch Limit Scope of EEOC Reach?

Just how broad is the EEOC’s subpoena power and are we likely to get some guidance soon? We’ve said before that the McLane v. EEOC case (which is about the EEOC’s subpoena power and is currently before the Supreme Court) is...more

Does “Act” Mean Also a Failure to Act?

No, says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in In re Cowen, adopting the minority rule and parting ways with four other Courts of Appeals. The automatic stay provision of the Bankruptcy Code addressed in Cowen...more

Right-To-Work Laws Continue to Gain Momentum at Federal, State, and Local Levels

For nearly fifty years, the debate over “right-to-work” laws had largely been considered settled. The concept was popular in the south, where a number of states have had right-to-work-laws on the books since before the...more

A Challenge to Hague Service by Mail Is Now Before the SCOTUS…Finally

In Water Splash v. Menon, case number 16-254 before the U.S. Supreme Court, a long-standing and deep split of authority on a basic question involving international service of process has finally reached the high court. This...more

Employment Law - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Sends Employment Dispute to Arbitration - Why it matters - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sent an employment dispute to arbitration, reversing a denial of the employer's motion to...more

Does the Show Stop For Appeal After a Court Compels Arbitration? The Federal Circuit Courts Are Split

Under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq., if a District Court compels arbitration of all of the claims that are before it, and thereupon dismisses the suit, its order compelling arbitration is final...more

Litigation Alert: The Fourth Circuit Limits Standing to Bring Data Breach Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has made it more difficult to establish Article III standing in data breach cases both at the pleading stage and at summary judgment by requiring plaintiffs to allege and show...more

Waiting for Gorsuch: SCOTUS Kicks Important Class-Action Waiver Case to Next Term

Last week, the United States Supreme Court informed litigants in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that it is pushing the case to its October 2017 term. The lawsuit, which rose up through the Western District of Wisconsin and the...more

Fourth Circuit Weighs In on Article III Standing in Data Breach Suits

Earlier this month, the Fourth Circuit weighted in with the most recent decision in the developing case law on Article III standing in data breach litigation, a topic that we have been covering extensively on this...more

Spokeo-Based Challenge to TCPA Lawsuit Denied by Illinois Federal Court

A recent Spokeo-based challenge to a plaintiff’s standing in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) lawsuit was denied by a federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. With the denial of the motion to dismiss,...more

U.S. Supreme Court to consider transgender restroom lawsuit

Society’s view of gender has evolved significantly since then. The rigid dichotomy of a two-gender world view is frequently challenged and, in some cases, rejected outright. As society’s views on gender morph, the law is...more

Supreme Court Avoids Opportunity to Create Unified Test for Government Affiliation under the False Claims Act

On January 9, 2017, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in three cases concerning the issue of whether state student loan agencies and universities are protected by government immunity from False Claims Act (“FCA”) suits. In...more

Court Finds Apple is a Distributor of iPhone Apps, Allows Antitrust Suit

In a significant Illinois Brick decision, the Ninth Circuit recently issued an opinion concluding that consumers who purchase apps from Apple’s “app store” directly purchase those apps from Apple, which acts as a distributor....more

Mandatory Employee Arbitration Heads to the U.S. Supreme Court

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases with a similar question: whether employers can force employees to arbitrate employment claims on an individual basis and bar such claims from being brought...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Waiver Divide

On January 13, 2017, the United States Supreme Court consolidated and granted review of the three following cases involving the legality of arbitration agreements which contain class action waivers: National Labor Relations...more

US Supreme Court to Decide Whether Foreign Defendants May Be Served by Mail

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to review a key issue concerning service abroad of process on foreign defendants — namely, whether foreign defendants may be served by mail. The case, Menon v. Water Splash, Inc., marks the...more

The Election’s Tilt on the Supreme Court and The Impending Ruling in McLane v. EEOC

President-elect Trump’s election injects uncertainty into the Supreme Court’s makeup and its future rulings, including for employment-related cases. Because the Senate has not held confirmation hearings on Merrick Garland,...more

Third Circuit Plays the “Top Fifty” Hits, Allows ADEA Claim for Employees Fifty and Over

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Third Circuit has shaken up long-standing precedent and created a split among the circuits, such that now employers should not only evaluate its employment decisions for the effect on individuals over...more

Supreme Court Calls for the Views of the Solicitor General in a Case That the 7th Circuit Could Not Review En Banc

Last summer, we wrote about a unique situation that arose in the case of Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, No. 14-1935 (7th Cir. July 19, 2016), in which the Seventh Circuit found itself unable to assemble a “majority” of...more

Class Warfare: Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Cases on Arbitration Class Action Waivers

The NLRB wants to stop class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements, arguing they violate the National Labor Relations Act. This issue has been raging for several years and divided federal courts. ...more

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