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Branch v. GEICO: The Convergence Of Class Certification And Article III Standing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On January 10, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied Plaintiff Tiffanie Branch’s renewed motion for class certification in Branch v. Government Employees Insurance Company, No....more

Sixth Circuit rules Title VII outweighs religious defense in case of transgender employee

by McAfee & Taft on

While the debate is still not settled as to whether Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination applies to LGBTQ workers, at least one more federal appeals court has officially weighed in on the subject. On March 7, 2018,...more

About face: court finds biometric information creates unique privacy rights

Just two months after an Illinois appellate court dismissed a similar complaint alleging a violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), a California federal court found that a claim asserted under BIPA...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Discrimination Based on Transgender Status is Prohibited Under Title VII

In a unanimous decision in EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., a three-judge Sixth Circuit panel has held that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is “necessarily” discrimination on the basis of sex...more

The Survival Of Abood v. Board Of Education, Part 4

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Just last week on February 26th, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case in the Court’s 2017 term with a potential of adversely impacting the viability and influence of public sector unions....more

Don’t Count on Employment Agreement Promise of Assignment for Standing

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing whether a patent owner with incomplete ownership interest had standing to sue, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a district court’s decision, finding that the plaintiff did not have full...more

Free Speech Issues

A. Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Policy)Law, Code of Civil Procedure § 425.16 - 1. Anti-SLAPP Statute Does Not Provide a Safe-Harbor Against Employee FEHA Lawsuits, Even if the Claims Arise Partially from...more

Third Circuit Analyzes Standing for ERISA Plan Management Claims

A recent Third Circuit decision reinforced the need for ERISA plaintiffs to plead injury-in-fact to establish Article III standing. In Krauter v. Siemens Corp., No. 17-1662, 2018 WL 921542 (3d Cir. Feb. 16, 2018), the...more

The Supreme Court - February 21, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, No. 16-1276: Paul Somers, a former Vice-President at Digital Realty Trust, brought a claim of whistleblower retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Act against his former employer, alleging he...more

Web Exclusive: January 2018: The Top 18 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017—and if January is any...more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2018 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - By Shannon B. Hartsfield - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Jan. 18, 2018, the creation of a new division within its Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is described...more

Supreme Court Says No More Spokeo: Portents for Other Standing Cases?

by Carlton Fields on

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in Spokeo II. As we previously reported, Spokeo II asked the Court to determine, in light of conflicting circuit court decisions, whether...more

Spokeo v. Robins: The U.S. Supreme Court Declines An Encore Performance

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In deciding to deny certiorari to review Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 17-806 (U.S. 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to reconsider the standing principles it announced in its landmark 2016 Spokeo...more

4 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2017: #4 U.S. Supreme Court

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The fourth and final key trend from our 14th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report involves rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. ...more

Spokeo Seeks Supreme Court Round II

by Carlton Fields on

The Spokeo standing saga, which began in 2010, continues with a second cert petition to the Supreme Court. The case began when plaintiff filed a putative class action, alleging that defendant Spokeo violated the Fair Credit...more

UPDATE: Ohio’s Tenth District Follows Federal Precedent Finding No Standing for Technical Violations of the FCRA’s Disclosure...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In December 2017, Ohio’s Tenth District Court of Appeals upheld a Court of Claims decision dismissing FCRA claims for lack of standing. See Smith v. Ohio State Univ., 10th Dist. Franklin No. 17AP-218, 2017-Ohio-8836. This is...more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: White House Immigration Meeting Ends in Expletives, Visa Extensions for Skilled Immigrants Expected...

After a holiday break, the Weekly Round-Up is back, and just in time for a week in which immigration news filled the headlines. White House Immigration Meeting Ends in Vulgarity - On Thursday, Congressional Democrats...more

Advanced Video Technologies LLC v. HTC Corporation Et Al.

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Newman, O’Malley, and Reyna. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Summary: A co-inventor did not transfer ownership interests in a...more

Plaintiffs Lack Standing to Bring ERISA Fee Litigation Case

A federal district court in Georgia dismissed claims by participants in Delta Air Lines, Inc.’s 401(k) plan who alleged that Delta breached its ERISA fiduciary duties by allowing the plan to invest in funds that allegedly...more

Court Finds Florida Statute Preempts Miami Beach Minimum Wage Ordinance

On December 13, 2017, a Florida district court of appeal held that Miami Beach violated Florida law by enacting a local ordinance increasing the minimum wage. According to the court, Florida law prohibits municipalities from...more

In the Continuing Battle Over Standing, Fair Credit Reporting Act Class Action Plaintiffs Must Show Actual Injury For Failure to...

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers who run background checks on prospective employees take note – applicants who sue prospective employers for Fair Credit Reporting Act violations for failure to provide notice in a stand-alone format may not be able...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Key Case On LGBT Rights And Religious Liberty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Oral argument suggests the Supreme Court is narrowly divided on how to reconcile non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals with claims for religious liberty, with Justice Kennedy appearing likely...more

The Second Circuit Provides A Roadmap For Employers Defending Claims Under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Littler on

While the emergence of biometric technology in the workplace is not a new phenomenon, employers being sued for utilizing this technology is a new trend. Over the past three months, more than 30 class action lawsuits have...more

The Second Circuit Weighs In On Tidal Wave Of Class Actions Under The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As biometric technology has become more advanced and affordable, more companies and employers have begun implementing procedures and systems that rely on biometric data. ...more

FCRA Injury Requirement Remains Murky Following Supreme Court Denial of Certiorari

On November 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case that would have clarified an important issue in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation, a popular source of no-injury class action litigation. The...more

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