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First Circuit: The Best Offense Is A Good Defense?

by Carlton Fields on

In Mount Vernon Fire Ins. Co. v. VisionAid, Inc., No. 15-1351P2-01A (1st Cir. Nov. 15, 2017), the First Circuit Court of Appeals ended long-running insurance coverage litigation arising from policyholder VisionAid, Inc.’s...more

LinkedIn Activity May Violate Non-Solicitation Agreements

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: A former employee has invited some of her former co-workers and clients to connect on LinkedIn. Is this a violation of her non-solicitation agreement with our company? ...more

Superior Court Explains How To Prove Fees

by Morris James LLP on

The Boeing Company v. Spirit Aerosystems Inc., No. N14C-12-055 EMD CCLD (Dec. 5, 2017) - This decision explains the process and proof required to establish the amount of a fees award....more

Under Construction - December 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner! In this issue, we highlight several topics affecting the...more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Finds that Former Employee Breached Non-Compete Agreement Through Actions of His Subordinates

by Butler Snow LLP on

In November 2017, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a Nashville trial court’s determination that a former employee violated his noncompete agreement by managing employees who solicited competing business in the restricted...more

Missouri Supreme Court Punts Two Lawsuits in a Row, on Direct Flights to Arbitration

Arbitration agreements have faced tackles and turbulence in a series of cases litigated in Missouri courts over the past few years. In the fall of 2017, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued two favorable arbitration agreement...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

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Law in Utah: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed and How to Prepare for What’s Ahead

by Payne & Fears on

The general rule in the United States has historically permitted non-competition agreements when they are reasonable in time and geographic scope. California has been the leading exception. Business and Professions Code...more

The Ninth Circuit Rules That both an Arbitrator and a Trial Court May Have a Role in a Case with Individual and PAGA Claims

by BakerHostetler on

Employers, plaintiffs, and courts continue to grapple with the difficult issue of the interplay between the California Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) and arbitration agreements. We’ve addressed these issues several...more

SDNY Denies Approval in FLSA Settlement Based In Part on Overly Broad Non-Disparagement Clause

In its November 17, 2017 opinion in Galindo v. East County Louth, Inc. (No. 16 Civ. 9149), the Southern District of New York denied a motion to approve an individual FLSA settlement, including on the ground that the...more

Segway Competitor Rolls Away from Former CEO’s Attempt to Force Arbitration

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

A party seeking to enforce a contract has to show mutual assent, also referred to as “a meeting of the minds.” In other words, both parties actually have to agree on the same thing. If the parties don’t agree, then a contract...more

Ontario, Canada: Limiting Bonus Entitlements When Employment Ends

by Littler on

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently upheld a lower court’s dismissal of an employee’s claim for payment of a bonus after resignation because the employer’s non-discretionary bonus policy included an “active employment”...more

District Court Case Highlights Advantages of ERISA Severance Plans

by Hogan Lovells on

Specialists have long touted certain significant advantages to employers that come along with maintaining ERISA severance plans, and a recent district court case highlights some of these advantages....more

Indiana Supreme Court Finds Negligent Hiring Claims Are Improper When Employers Admit Employee Was Acting Within Scope Of...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Indiana Supreme Court overturned a Court of Appeals decision issued earlier this year when, on October 31, 2017, it found that employers cannot be liable for negligent hiring when they admit that their employees were...more

Non-Compete News: Georgia Court of Appeals Confirms Lack of Geographic or Material Contact Limitation Does Not Invalidate...

by FordHarrison on

Georgia’s recent Restrictive Covenant Act, enacted in 2011, does not directly address non-solicitation of employees a/k/a non-recruitment covenants, thereby leaving such provisions subject to the principles developed by...more

USE IT OR LOSE IT! Enforce Your Arbitration Agreement Or Waive Your Right To Arbitrate Your Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Earlier this month, a federal court in the Middle District of Tennessee denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that it waived its right to arbitration by engaging in litigation....more

Clear As Mud: Illinois Courts Continue To Grapple With The “Adequacy” Of Consideration For Non-Compete Agreements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It is axiomatic that a contract requires consideration to be binding. Ordinarily, courts only inquire into the existence, but not the “adequacy,” of consideration. Illinois courts, however, also scrutinize the adequacy of...more

Ninth Circuit Snubs Stolt-Nielsen, Holds Generic Employee Arbitration Agreement Permits Class-wide Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

After an employer allegedly released personally identifiable information of its employees as the result of a phishing scam, plaintiff employee filed a putative class action lawsuit, alleging claims including negligence,...more

More Bumps in the Road for Uber along the Trade Secret Highway

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a California district court decision denying a trade secret defendant’s motion to compel arbitration based on a prior employment agreement between the plaintiff and an...more

Timing is Everything: Tenth Circuit Overturns Insurer’s Disability Decision as Arbitrary and Capricious

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Even when a claims administrator approves a claim for disability benefits, its job is not done. That principle was again demonstrated in the recent case Owings v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., No. 16-3128 (10th Cir....more

Oral Arguments Heard by the Supreme Court on Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In July, we reported that the Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments to settle the circuit split of whether mandatory class action waivers violate section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). Last month, both...more

No Standing To Pursue Fiduciary-Breach Claim Where Plan Became Overfunded During Litigation

The Eighth Circuit held that defined benefit pension plan participants who alleged breach of fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction claims under ERISA lacked standing to assert their claims because, during the course of...more

Does/Should Your Company Have An Effective Arbitration Agreement?

by Nossaman LLP on

Whether your company should have an arbitration agreement will depend on a multitude of factors and is something to be carefully evaluated and discussed with counsel to make an informed decision. And, if your company already...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

Top Five Labor Law Developments For September 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it discharged an employee who protested an unlawful confidentiality policy, even though the employee protested without the involvement of any coworkers, the U.S....more

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