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Supreme Court Argument: Baker’s First Amendment Rights vs. Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case with potentially far-reaching implications for issues at the intersection of civil rights and religious freedoms on December 5, 2017. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v....more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017

Subway Sweepstakes Ads Lacked Adequate Disclosures, CARU Finds - After reviewing an ad for Subway’s “Fresh Fit for Kid’s Meal” featuring premium toys and offering a sweepstakes for a tablet, the Children’s Advertising...more

The Supreme Court To Clarify Who Is A Whistleblower Under The Dodd-Frank Act; Employers Have A Reason To Be Hopeful

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following oral argument, employers can be cautiously optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will hold that the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation protections apply only to those employees who have made a...more

Online Retailers Beware: Court Holds Website Violates ADA Despite Lack of Physical Store

by Bryan Cave on

Courts across the country continue to weigh in on the issue of website accessibility. Last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire denied a motion to dismiss filed by online food delivery servicer Blue...more

Employment Law - October 2017

Employer Bound by Oral Contract, California Appellate Court Affirms - Why it matters - Upholding an oral contract, the California Court of Appeal agreed with an employee that she should be paid a commission for certain...more

UPDATE: California Federal Court Permits Former Bank Internal Auditor’s Whistleblower Claims to Proceed

A California federal court—in Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14755, Case No. 15-cv-02287 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 11, 2017)—recently denied BofI Federal Bank’s (“BofI’s”) motion to dismiss the Sarbanes-Oxley...more

Franchisor's Racial Animus Is Irrelevant in Determining Legality of Franchise Termination Under NJ Franchise Practices Act

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In a recent win for franchisor 7-Eleven, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a New Jersey district court’s ruling that 7-Eleven properly terminated its franchise agreements for cause based on the...more

Franchise Litigation Rising Over Dietary Considerations

by Lewitt Hackman on

Rising concerns over food sourcing and preparation is leading to more and more litigation for restaurants and franchises. Most of the lawsuits claim discrimination, which makes sense as many dietary strictures are rooted...more

New York Federal Courts Allow ADA Website Accessibility Claims to Continue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two federal courts in New York recently joined the growing list of those finding that Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does apply to websites. Both courts denied motions to dismiss by businesses that had...more

Florida Legislation Seeks to Reduce ADA Title III Accessibility Lawsuits

Many lawsuits have been filed in Florida under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. These lawsuits seek to close non-compliant businesses, or require building and interior modifications to make them accessible,...more

Justice Department Says Vending Machines Are Not Places Of Public Accommodation—And So Much More

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justice Department agreed with the Fifth Circuit and defendant Coca-Cola that a vending machine is not a place of public accommodation and that public...more

Federal Court Decision Approves New Class Of “Surf-By” Lawsuits - Is Your Website Susceptible To ADA Title III Challenges?

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court in Florida issued a potentially groundbreaking decision earlier this week that could open the floodgates when it comes to a new trend in litigation filed under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

Federal Court in Florida Rules that a Grocery Store Must Make its Website Accessible

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Our retail and hospitality clients often ask whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires their websites to be accessible for individuals with disabilities. Unfortunately, as we have previously explained,...more

Blind Plaintiff Prevails in First-of-Its-Kind ADA Website Accessibility Trial against Grocery Store Chain

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In what is believed to be the first Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) accessibility lawsuit to go to trial in Florida, Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, No.: 16-cv-23020-RNS (S.D. Fla. June 13, 2017), Juan Carlos Gil prevailed...more

First Federal Court Rules That Having An Inaccessible Website Violates Title III Of The ADA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Today’s first impression trial verdict finding retailer Winn-Dixie liable under Title III of the ADA for having an inaccessible website suggests that public accommodations should focus on their website...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Owners Rights to Seek Contribution From Third Parties for ADA Violations

In a victory for owners of facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a property owner’s right to seek contribution from third parties who fail...more

District Court Denies Certification of Nationwide Class, Finding Individual Retail Stores’ Alleged Failures to Follow Internal...

by Carlton Fields on

An Illinois district court recently denied certification, finding that the putative nationwide class failed the commonality and numerosity prongs of Rule 23(a) and that injunctive relief was not available under Rule 23(b)(2)...more

Refusal to Allow Employee to Rescind Her Voluntary Resignation Not an Adverse Employment Action

by Wilson Elser on

In its recent decision in Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District held that refusing to allow an employee to rescind her voluntary resignation does...more

Eighth Circuit Decides That Arbitration Agreements Cover ADEA Collective Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After thirty-three former employees who signed release agreements requiring individual arbitration of ADEA claims collectively sued their employer for age discrimination, the employer moved to compel...more

Denial Of Defenses: Illinois Court OK’s EEOC’s Pre-Suit Procedures

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal district court in Illinois recently granted the EEOC’s motion for partial summary judgment in EEOC v. Dolgencorp, LLC, No. 13-CV-4307 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 10, 2017), relative to two defenses advanced...more

Florida Courts Rule ADA Covers Websites With Nexus To Physical Store

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Two Florida federal district court judges require websites to have a “nexus” to a physical location for coverage under Title III of the ADA, but a third judge requires more....more

“Oh Yes [the Court] Did” — District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss ADA Complaint Until the DOJ Issues Implementing Regulations and...

On March 20, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero for the Central District of California in Robles v. Domino’s Pizza LLC, granted defendant Domino’s Pizza LLC’s motion to dismiss without prejudice and ruled that the...more

Tennessee Court Rejects EEOC’s Supersized Subpoena Served On Fast Food Employer

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal court in Tennessee denied the EEOC’s application for an Order to Show Cause why its administrative subpoena should not be enforced. This ruling highlights the importance and benefits of employers...more

Jury Waiver And Arbitration Agreements Require Specificity

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision once again highlights the specificity required to enforce jury waivers or agreements to arbitrate employment disputes. In Noren v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., ___ N.J....more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts Broad View of Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd Frank

by NAVEX Global on

On March 8, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Dodd Frank anti-retaliation provisions protect individuals who complain internally and are not strictly limited to those individuals who...more

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