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  • March 18, 2024

    NC Judge Axes Wage Suit After Attys Flout Pretrial Deadlines

    A North Carolina judge has cast out an employment dispute between a funeral home and its former president on the eve of trial after both sides neglected deadlines, saying he'll dismiss the case in its entirety with a chance to refile and "clean the slate."

  • March 18, 2024

    Seton Hall Aims To Erase Ex-President's 'Sensational' Suit

    Seton Hall University has called on a New Jersey state court to throw out its former president's claims he was forced out for blowing the whistle on alleged misconduct by former board chair and prominent criminal defense attorney Kevin Marino, saying the suit is "what can best be described as gamesmanship, and at worst sheer dishonesty."

  • March 18, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Multimillion-dollar e-cigarette settlements, $4 billion in stock buybacks and a $6.1 million appraisal tweak were among the big-dollar items logged in the Delaware Court of Chancery's ledger last week. Also on the docket: a Panama port project, a news outlet's defamation case, drone disputes and a flood of mail from Tesla shareholders. In case you missed it, here's all the latest from the Chancery Court.

  • March 15, 2024

    Tesla Owes $42.5M To Injured Motorcyclist, Jury Says

    An Indiana state jury has awarded $42.5 million to a motorcyclist who was hit by a Tesla employee taking a left turn across traffic in a Ford work truck.

  • March 15, 2024

    Marc Baptiste's Photoshoot Turned Into Assault, Model Says

    A former model claims photographer Marc Baptiste invited her to a photoshoot at his Manhattan studio, sexually assaulted her in front of the camera and then spread rumors about her that eventually forced her to abandon her career, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in New York state court.

  • March 15, 2024

    'Perplexed' Mich. Panel Restores Eye Doc's $227K Fee Award

    An ophthalmologist who emerged victorious from a decade-long battle over a noncompete agreement with his previous employer should not lose his attorney fee award because of late-breaking evidence that undermined his win, a Michigan state appeals court has ruled.

  • March 15, 2024

    Trade Secret Cases Are Up As Clients Eye Patent Alternatives

    Trade secret litigation has seen a gradual increase over the past decade, driven by the promise of substantial damages awards, a new federal law, and frustration over the challenges of patent litigation, according to intellectual property attorneys.

  • March 14, 2024

    Fox News Accused Of Lying About Ukrainian Reporter's Death

    The parents of a Ukrainian journalist who died while reporting on Russia's invasion of her homeland sued Fox News on Thursday in New York state court, saying the network is trying to conceal its responsibility for the death of their daughter and shifting blame to a security adviser.

  • March 14, 2024

    Petco's $445K BIPA Deal Gets Initial OK

    An Illinois federal judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $445,000 settlement between Petco and 445 warehouse workers who accused the pet supply chain of unlawfully capturing, storing and using their voiceprints through headsets they used to navigate work tasks.

  • March 14, 2024

    Fired SoCal Edison Workers Drop Blacklist Suit Without Deal

    A group of former Southern California Edison utilities line designers summarily dropped their California federal court lawsuit against the utility, dismissing claims that their new company was hurt by policies declaring certain terminated employees persona non grata on distribution line extension projects in company territory.

  • March 14, 2024

    DraftKings' Employment Feud With Former VP Heats Up

    The battle between DraftKings and one of its former vice presidents intensified in Massachusetts federal court Thursday, with the online sportsbook sharpening its allegations of corporate espionage and the erstwhile executive calling to wipe out the suit entirely.

  • March 14, 2024

    Water Treatment Co. Must Face Rival's Trade Secrets Suit

    A Tennessee federal judge has found that certain issues in a trade secrets suit against industrial water treatment service company ChemTreat need to go before a jury, shooting down arguments including that no trade secret was adequately identified.

  • March 14, 2024

    What To Know As New York State's Social Media Law Kicks In

    New York just joined the ranks of states that ban employers from demanding access to employees' social media accounts, but the new law doesn't shed light on nettlesome issues such as like online harassment and protecting confidential information. Here, Law360 talks with experts about the dos and don'ts when it comes to viewing workers' social media posts.

  • March 13, 2024

    Jury Must Weigh Willfulness In Secrets Case, Calif. Court Says

    A California state appellate court has found a jury will have to decide whether a former director at Applied Medical Distribution Corp. willfully misappropriated trade secrets from his former employer.

  • March 13, 2024

    Ex-CFO Raided Corporate Funds, Trulieve Suit Claims

    Florida's largest medical marijuana company, Trulieve, is suing its former chief financial officer in federal court, claiming he misused his corporate credit card, charging "hundreds of thousands of dollars" for expensive clothing, vacations and attorney fees and fraudulently received reimbursement for personal expenses.

  • March 13, 2024

    Ex-VP's 'Dereliction' Provokes Default Judgment As Sanction

    An exasperated judge in North Carolina gave an HVAC company an early win by default against a former executive accused of stealing trade secrets, calling his failure to meet discovery demands "dereliction" and granting his former employer's request for sanctions as a result.

  • March 13, 2024

    40-Nation Noncompete Must Be Nixed, Conn. Trader Says

    A Connecticut trader who quit his job at Rowayton-based Graham Capital Management LP is seeking a quick win on arguments that his two-year noncompete agreement, which he says bans him from working in more than 40 nations worldwide, is too broad to be enforced under Nutmeg State law.

  • March 12, 2024

    Hytera Can't Go To Chinese Court In $540M Motorola IP Fight

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday granted Motorola's request for an order blocking major Chinese radio company Hytera from pursuing a bid in China to keep Motorola from shutting down a Chinese case in which Hytera claimed it doesn't use Motorola's intellectual property.

  • March 12, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Parts Of McKesson Whistleblower Suit

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday revived parts of a lawsuit brought by a McKesson Corp. whistleblower who accuses the pharmaceutical company of a kickback scheme, finding that the lower court should reconsider the claims that were brought under state anti-kickback laws.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ex-Biopharma CEO Sues For Post-Sale Share Appraisal In Del.

    The co-founder of Caraway Therapeutics Inc. sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery on Tuesday for an appraisal of his shares following the company's November merger with a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Merck, alleging that it "was an unfair cash-out transaction" and that he is owed at least a million more shares.

  • March 12, 2024

    Meta Alleges 'Brazenly Disloyal' Ex-Exec Stole AI Secrets

    Meta Platforms Inc. has sued a former Meta vice president in California state court, accusing the executive of "brazenly disloyal and dishonest conduct" for allegedly defecting to an artificial intelligence startup with the social media company's proprietary vendor contracts, AI "roadmaps" and employment data to recruit Meta's top talent.

  • March 12, 2024

    Court Bars Ex-Exec From Sharing Info On Co.'s Body Armor

    A North Carolina federal court granted a defense contractor's request to stop a former sales executive from sharing confidential information and export-controlled data with a foreign rival, while the court reviews the contractor's allegations.

  • March 12, 2024

    NC Software Execs Convicted Of Payroll Tax Crimes

    Two former software executives in North Carolina were convicted Tuesday of failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in employment taxes, but were absolved of charges that they lied on their individual tax returns, bringing to a close their five-day trial in Charlotte's federal courthouse.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ex-Jaguars Employee Gets 6.5 Years For $22M Embezzlement

    A Florida federal judge sentenced former Jacksonville Jaguars finance employee Amit Patel to six years and six months in prison Tuesday after he pled guilty last year to embezzling more than $22 million from the team that was eventually used for online gambling.

  • March 12, 2024

    Harvard Data Fraud Report To Be Released In Libel Case

    A Harvard Business School's internal investigative report concerning data fraud allegations against a suspended professor will be made public in a defamation lawsuit against the school, a federal district judge ordered Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • New SDNY Whistleblower Program May Be A Game-Changer

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    A new pilot program in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York promises to immunize from prosecution certain individuals who blow the whistle on financial crimes and corruption, and if similar self-disclosure programs are any indication, this significant new policy may measurably increase white collar investigations, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • Directors And Officers Face Unique AI-Related Risks

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    As privacy, intellectual property and discrimination lawsuits focusing on artificial intelligence increase, corporate directors and officers must stay aware of associated risks, including those related to compliance, litigation and cybersecurity, says Jonathan Meer at Wilson Elser.

  • Playing Competitive Tennis Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experience playing competitive tennis has highlighted why prioritizing exercise and stress relief, maintaining perspective under pressure, and supporting colleagues in pursuit of a common goal are all key aspects of championing a successful legal career, says Madhumita Datta at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Best Employer Practices Under Whistleblower Protection Act

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    The Whistleblower Protection Act provides important protections for employees who report wrongdoing in the federal government, and employers should take steps to ensure compliance with the WPA, as these protections are essential to promoting a workplace culture of ethics and accountability, says Emory Moore at Honigman.

  • NY, Del. May Be Trending Against Noncompete Enforceability

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    While neither New York nor Delaware has statutory restrictions on noncompete provisions, recent legislative actions and judicial decisions indicate a trend against enforcement of restrictive covenants in both equity award and employment agreements, says Irene Bassock at Cohen Buckmann.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • Considerations For Lawyer Witnesses After FTX Trial

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    Sam Bankman-Fried's recent trial testimony about his lawyers' involvement in FTX's business highlights the need for attorney-witnesses to understand privilege issues in order to avoid costly discovery disputes and, potentially, uncover critical evidence an adversary might seek to conceal, says Lawrence Bluestone at Genova Burns.

  • Changes To Note In New AAA Mass Arbitration Rules

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    The American Arbitration Association updated its mass arbitration rules earlier this month — clarifying issues that were previously being litigated in front of the AAA, and significantly streamlining the process of getting to a merits arbitration for claimants who have suffered similar wrongs and are bound by mandatory arbitration clauses, say attorneys at Labaton Keller.

  • Staying Ahead Of The AI Policymaking Curve

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    With artificial intelligence poised to be the hottest legislative and regulatory topic in 2024, expect the AI policymaking toolbox to continue to expand and evolve as stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad develop, deploy, use and learn more about these technologies, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

  • 6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • 3 Areas Of Focus In Congressional Crosshairs This Year

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    Companies must prepare for Congress to build on its 2023 oversight priorities this year, continuing its vigorous inquiries into Chinese company-related investments, workplace safety and labor relations issues, and generative artificial intelligence, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

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