The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission overstepped its authority by requiring workplace accommodations for "purely elective abortions," a Louisiana federal judge ruled Monday, handing two states and several religious groups a temporary reprieve from agency regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. 
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EEOC Went Too Far With Pregnant Worker Rule, Judge Says

By Vin Gurrieri

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission overstepped its authority by requiring workplace accommodations for "purely elective abortions," a Louisiana federal judge ruled Monday, handing two states and several religious groups a temporary reprieve from agency regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. 

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High Court Will Mull Proof Needed For Wage-Hour Carveout

By Jon Steingart

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a wage and hour case from a supermarket distributor, teeing up an opportunity for the justices to articulate the standard by which an employer must demonstrate workers are exempt from overtime.

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Texas High Court Restores Fossil Win Over Harassment Suit

By Patrick Hoff

The Texas Supreme Court reinstated Fossil Group Inc.'s defeat of a former sales associate's lawsuit alleging it did nothing to curb a supervisor's lewd online comments and sexual harassment, finding the fashion company took swift action when it learned of the misconduct.

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Third Pa. Uber Trial Unlikely As Deadlock Again Looms

By P.J. D'Annunzio

With a second deadlocked jury appearing imminent in the Philadelphia UberBlack employment classification trial, a Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday told attorneys he was skeptical a third trial is on the way to resolve the case.

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Consulting Firms To Pay $11.3M Over Rent Help Site Breach

By Elliot Weld

A consulting firm and its subcontractor have agreed to pay $11.3 million to resolve a False Claims Act suit alleging that they allowed the personal data of low-income New Yorkers to be compromised while operating a pandemic-era rental assistance program website.

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CFTC Fines Trafigura $55M In Novel Whistleblower Action

By Jessica Corso

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced a first-of-its-kind settlement Monday with Trafigura Trading LLC, which agreed to pay a $55 million penalty over allegations that it manipulated oil derivatives prices while discouraging employees from reporting potentially illegal activity.

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DISCRIMINATION

6th Circ. Says Labor Law Doesn't Bar Bias Case Against GM

By Patrick Hoff

The Sixth Circuit revived a Black former General Motors employee's lawsuit Monday alleging he was denied a raise, demoted and suspended because of his race and post-traumatic stress disorder, ruling a lower court was wrong to say federal labor law preempted his bias claims.

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Farm Cos. To Pay $475K To End Wash. AG's Sex Assault Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A pair of agricultural companies agreed to pay $470,000 to resolve Washington state's lawsuit accusing them of standing by as a supervisor sexually harassed and assaulted female employees and firing those who complained, the state attorney general announced Monday.

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Conn. Worker Gets $144K Counsel Fee After Bias Trial Win

By Brian Steele

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection must pay nearly $139,000 in attorney fees to W. Martyn Philpot Jr. after a Black employee won a federal jury verdict on racial hostility claims, including accusations that he found a noose hanging near his desk in a state office building.

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Amazon Fired Worker For Flagging Sex Harassment, Suit Says

By Emmy Freedman

A former Amazon employee who described himself as "not heterosexual" filed a suit in Illinois federal court claiming the company allowed a co-worker to use homophobic slurs and harass him, then fired him after he complained.

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WAGE & HOUR

Supreme Court Won't Revisit Calif. Law Arbitration Issue

By Max Kutner

The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to revisit a case dealing with the arbitration of claims brought under a California law enabling workers to sue on behalf of the state and other workers for labor violations, an issue the justices decided on in 2022.

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Don't Let Farm Org Rewrite Wage Rule Suit, DOL Tells Judge

By Emilie Ruscoe

A farm group shouldn't be allowed to revise its challenge to the U.S. Department of Labor's new wage rule for certain temporary workers, the agency told a Charlotte, North Carolina, federal judge, saying the revision attempt comes too late as the matter is already awaiting the judge's decision.

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Justices Pass On Revisiting PAGA Arbitration Issue

By Max Kutner

The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to take another look at the fate of nonindividual claims under California's Private Attorneys General Act when individual claims go to arbitration in a case involving Uber that was previously before the high court.

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BENEFITS

Teamsters Plan Says Health Network Has Monopoly In Conn.

By Emily Brill

A Teamsters healthcare benefits plan and a Connecticut public transit provider have sued the healthcare network Hartford Healthcare Corp., accusing it of having a monopoly over healthcare in a half-dozen regions of the state.

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TRADE SECRETS

Tesla Slaps Supplier With $1B EV Battery Trade Secrets Suit

By Bonnie Eslinger

Tesla is accusing one of its suppliers of corporate espionage in a $1 billion California federal lawsuit, saying that Matthews International has even tried to claim it invented the stolen trade secrets for manufacturing electric vehicle batteries by incorporating the confidential information into patent filings.

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'Anderson Method' Copyright Claim Gets Cut Ahead Of Trial

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal judge has handed Tracy Anderson's former employee Megan Roup a summary judgment win on the celebrity fitness trainer's copyright claim accusing Roup of ripping off her "Tracy Anderson Method" exercise routines, but concluded a jury should decide Anderson's sole remaining breach-of-contract claim in an upcoming November trial.

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WRONGFUL TERMINATION

Disney Cruise Says Ex-Worker Must Arbitrate In London

By Carolina Bolado

Disney Cruise Lines has told a Florida federal court that a Honduran ex-employee who was fired for twice testing positive for marijuana must arbitrate his wrongful termination claim in London.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

The 2024 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey

Firms are making their attorneys happy in most areas of professional life, including culture and compensation, but stress is a constant struggle and many are taking minimal vacations, according to the latest survey from Law360 Pulse.

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Akin Elects US, London Duo To Take Over From Veteran Chair

By Ashish Sareen

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected the partner in charge of its New York office and a corporate specialist in London to jointly lead the firm as its longtime chair prepares to step down next year.

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NY High Court Denies Trump's Gag Order Appeal

By Frank G. Runyeon

New York state's highest court on Tuesday denied Donald Trump's rapid appeal of the gag order that limited his speech during his criminal hush money trial, finding it did not raise serious constitutional issues.

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Dems' Absences Bring Canceled Vote On Ore. Federal Judge

By Courtney Bublé

The Senate scrapped a vote on Tuesday for Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai's nomination to a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon amid vast Republican opposition.

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Del. House Panel Splits On Senate-Passed Corp. Law Change

By Jeff Montgomery

A divided Delaware House committee released on Tuesday contested amendments to the state's general corporation law, sending the measure toward a full House vote after sometimes edgy testimony that included a committee chair's shutdown of an opposing law professor's reference to HBO's seamy corporate drama series "Succession."

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The 2 New Jersey Attys Ensnared In A Mogul's Extortion Rap

By George Woolston

New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III may be the alleged mastermind of an extortion scheme to reap millions in tax credits on waterfront property in a distressed city, but an explosive indictment also reveals the purported roles of two attorneys with close ties to the Democratic Party.

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Panel Laments 'Hunger Games' Tactics In Mich. Judicial Races

By Carolyn Muyskens

A Michigan Court of Appeals panel has expressed concern that judicial candidates are weaponizing the complexity of Michigan's filing requirements to eliminate their competition, with one judge commenting that "contests for vacant judgeships all too often have turned into the Hunger Games." 

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McElroy Deutsch Says Exec Embezzled Money For Home

By Tracey Read

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP has doubled down on its bid for a constructive trust on the home of two former executives accused of stealing from the firm.

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9 Firms Vie To Lead Suit Over Ad Tech Co.'s Microsoft Ties

By Sydney Price

Pomerantz LLP, Levi & Korsinsky LLP and several other firms have filed competing bids to lead a proposed shareholder class action alleging that shares of ad tech company Perion Network declined nearly 40% after its strategic partner Microsoft Bing "unilaterally" changed its search advertising pricing.

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Healthcare Tensions Equal Business For Litigation Funders

By Ryan Boysen

As rampant consolidation collides with inflation-squeezed margins in the American healthcare system, tensions between service providers and insurers are at the breaking point and increasingly boiling "over into litigation," providing opportunities for litigation funders, according to a new article by Burford Capital LLC.

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Ariz. County Says New Kari Lake Vote Claims Merit Sanctions

By Ali Sullivan

Maricopa County officials are slamming former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's bid to unravel a Ninth Circuit decision affirming the toss of her lawsuit over Arizona's voting machines, contending that the "fatally flawed" effort warrants sanctions.

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DC Bar Counsel Moves To Suspend Hunter Biden's Law License

By Alison Knezevich

Attorney disciplinary authorities in the nation's capital have moved to suspend Hunter Biden's license to practice law there after he was convicted of three federal gun charges last week.

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Dems Ask For Update On Justice Thomas Gifts Investigation

By Katie Buehler

A pair of Democratic lawmakers have asked the judiciary's governing body for an update on its review of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' failure to disclose years of luxury gifts and travel he received from conservative billionaires.

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Cuomo's Ex-Aide Details Sex Harrassment Claims In New Suit

By Dorothy Atkins

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's onetime executive assistant has filed a civil lawsuit in New York state court, accusing Cuomo of "outrageous sex discrimination and retaliation" roughly two years after related misdemeanor charges over the alleged misconduct were dropped.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aeton Law Partners

Akin Gump

Atlas Consumer Law

Berger Montague

Bernstein Liebhard

Block & Leviton

Boyden Gray

Brown & Connery

Burgess Law Group

Clark Hill

Cloppert Latanick

Cohen Milstein

Cranfill Sumner

Critchley Kinum

Cuti Hecker

DLA Piper

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Freed Kanner

Gibson Dunn

Glancy Prongay

Glavin PLLC

Gordon Rees

Holzer & Holzer

Horvitz & Levy

J. Alexander Law

Jones Day

Kaplan Fox

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Lau Lane

Levi & Korsinsky

Lichten & Liss Riordan

Littler Mendelson

Manatt Phelps

Marino Tortorella

McCarter & English

McElroy Deutsch

Melehy & Associates

Morrison Foerster

Nixon Peabody

Ogletree Deakins

Outten & Golden

Parker Daniels Kibort

Parker McCay

Pomerantz LLP

Poole Huffman

Quinn Emanuel

Stein Sperling

Williams & Connolly

Winston & Strawn

Wolf Popper

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Amazon.com Inc.

American Hospital Association

Burford Capital LLC

Civil Justice Association of California

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cooper Health System

De Novo

Ennis Inc.

Envision Healthcare Corp.

Equinox Holdings Inc.

Fossil Group Inc.

Guidehouse Inc.

Hartford HealthCare Corp.

Home Box Office Inc.

Industrial Alliance Insurance & Financial Services

Instagram Inc.

Lyft Inc.

Matthews International Corp.

Microsoft Corp.

Moelis & Co.

New Jersey State Bar Association

Perion Network Ltd.

Public Citizen Inc.

Restaurant Law Center

Rowan University

Sales Inc.

Sun Bancorp Inc.

Tesla Inc.

The Catholic University of America

The District of Columbia Bar

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd.

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Anesthesia Partners

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Vision Inc.

Uber Technologies Inc.

United Auto Workers

United Parcel Service Inc.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

United Way Worldwide Inc.

Viking Cruises Inc.

Washington Legal Foundation

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Supreme Court

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Delaware River Port Authority

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Louisiana Attorney General's Office

Mississippi Attorney General's Office

New York Attorney General's Office

New York State Comptroller

Ohio Civil Rights Commission

Port of New Orleans

Texas Judicial Branch

Texas Supreme Court

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York

U.S. Copyright Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

Washington Attorney General's Office