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  • March 11, 2024

    'I Made A Huge Mistake,' Software Exec Says In Tax Fraud Trial

    Two former software executives in North Carolina took the stand Monday in the government's tax fraud trial against them, where they portrayed a company in extreme distress as hundreds of thousands of dollars in employment taxes went unpaid and their personal lives crumbled.

  • March 11, 2024

    Fired Lithium Co. Co-Founder Sues To Recoup 3.25M Shares

    The former co-CEO and co-founder of a lithium fracking company sued the company in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking a court order that the company return 3.25 million shares of stock it allegedly repurchased from him after firing him in "bad faith."

  • March 11, 2024

    Ogletree Brings On Genova Burns Privacy, Cyber Leader In NJ

    Management-side employment law powerhouse Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has added a former Genova Burns LLC partner of nearly nine years and with expertise in cybersecurity as a partner in Morristown, New Jersey, the firm announced Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ex-K&L Gates Atty Wants Out Of Prison In Cyberstalking Case

    A former K&L Gates LLP partner sentenced to two years in prison for cyberstalking and harassing his colleagues has moved for compassionate release seven months before his release date, citing his deteriorating health and poor living conditions behind bars.

  • March 08, 2024

    Mich. Court Can't Shush Library Whistleblower, Panel Says

    A Michigan appeals court has revived a former library director's whistleblower suit alleging she was fired for questioning whether the library could use public funds to pay for a board member's godson to open a restaurant on the premises, saying she reported ongoing conduct which is considered protected activity.

  • March 08, 2024

    DOJ Eyes FCPA For New Whistleblower Rewards Program

    U.S. Department of Justice officials on Friday signaled a renewed emphasis on fighting foreign corruption, saying its planned whistleblower rewards program should prove useful in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases against private companies, and warned companies against running afoul of new rules barring the sale of personal data to foreign adversaries of the U.S.

  • March 08, 2024

    7th Circ. Wants 'Roadmap' For Ill. Workplace Disease Law

    The Seventh Circuit has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to weigh in on the state's Workers' Occupational Diseases Act, saying it needs a "roadmap" to handle claims for asbestos and other diseases that manifest belatedly as it considers a widow's suit alleging her husband's exposure to a toxic chemical while working for Goodrich Corp. led to his death.

  • March 08, 2024

    Harvard Prof Fights Release Of School's Data Fraud Report

    A Harvard researcher put on leave for allegedly fabricating research data told a Boston federal judge Friday it would be "poor policy" to let the school make public an internal 1,200-page report to dispute claims in a $25 million defamation suit she filed after her employer's accusations placed her at the center of a "media firestorm."

  • March 08, 2024

    Ex-Jaguars Employee Seeks Leniency For $22M Theft

    A former Jacksonville Jaguars finance employee who pled guilty to embezzling $22 million from the team over a three-year period made a remorseful request to a Florida federal judge for a sentence that does not include prison time.

  • March 07, 2024

    Skechers Fined $1.25M Over Execs' Family Member Payments

    Skechers will pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $1.25 million to resolve claims it failed to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments made to its directors and their immediate family members who were hired by the sneaker giant as contractors or nonexecutive employees.

  • March 07, 2024

    Investment Adviser Can't Exit Suit Over Stolen Clients

    A Florida judge said Thursday she would not allow a retired investment adviser to exit a suit by Mercer Global Advisors accusing him of breaching his employment agreement by conspiring with his wife to steal clients, ruling that there was clearly a factual dispute that should go to trial.

  • March 07, 2024

    Marijuana Store Retaliated After Complaint, Ex-Worker Says

    An Atlantic City, New Jersey, marijuana dispensary fired one of its employees after she requested that "loud music" being played in the shop be turned down because it triggered her post-traumatic stress, paranoia and anxiety, the ex-worker says in a discrimination lawsuit filed in New Jersey state court. 

  • March 07, 2024

    Crypto Founder's Extortion Suit Fails Yet Again

    The founder of a cryptocurrency token company cannot bring racketeering and trade secret claims against former consultants he alleges extorted him for millions of dollars and tried to ruin his company's reputation, an Illinois federal judge has ruled.

  • March 07, 2024

    Feds Want 7 Years For Jaguars Worker Who Stole $22M

    Federal prosecutors asked a Florida judge Thursday to sentence a former employee of the Jacksonville Jaguars to seven years in prison because he "betrayed" the football team when he embezzled $22 million to "live in the fast lane."

  • March 07, 2024

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Owner Suit Over Litigation Funding Co.

    The Fifth Circuit has affirmed a decision saying that, based on Texas law, no valid profit-sharing contract exists between parties who formed a business to provide pre-settlement medical advancement loans to litigants.

  • March 07, 2024

    Ex-Staffer Blasts 'Skulduggery' In Posner's Sanctions Bid

    The so-called pro se litigation "expert" suing retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner for $170,000 has hit back at Posner's bid to have him sanctioned for gratuitous "personal attacks" — by accusing Posner of "hypocrisy," calling the former judge's friend a murdering "deranged societal misfit," and alleging that Posner hired a "serial liar" attorney to bolster his case.

  • March 07, 2024

    Pot Co. Worker Claims Retaliation For Spotting Bad Policies

    A Hollywood Boulevard-located cannabis dispensary, Pineapple Express, terminated one of its top-selling employees after he complained about the ways it was failing to follow California marijuana laws, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Court.

  • March 06, 2024

    Pilgrim's Pride Escapes COVID-19 Death Suits, For Now

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday tossed without prejudice a suit seeking to hold Pilgrim's Pride Corp. liable for the COVID-19 deaths of an employee and the spouse of another worker, saying the plaintiffs failed to specify when the employees were allegedly exposed.

  • March 06, 2024

    Wash. High Court Takes Up Nu Skin Distributor Dispute

    The Washington State Supreme Court will review whether a contract clause forces Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. distributors to go to Utah to settle claims that the multilevel marketing company harms consumers and violates a Washington law against pyramid schemes.

  • March 06, 2024

    Ex-Google Software Engineer Stole AI Secrets, Feds Say

    A former Google software engineer was arrested Wednesday on accusations he illegally downloaded alleged trade secrets involving machine learning and taking them to startups he was involved with in China, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • March 06, 2024

    Software Execs Tried To Save Co. With Trust Taxes, Jury Told

    Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Wednesday painted competing pictures of two former software executives at the start of their tax fraud trial in North Carolina, with the government characterizing the pair as liars and cheaters while the defense claimed they were merely trying to right the ship as their business floundered.

  • March 06, 2024

    3rd Circ. Bristles At Exxon Ignoring OSHA Whistleblower Order

    A Third Circuit panel on Wednesday seemed exasperated with ExxonMobil's refusal to reinstate two fired whistleblowers despite an Occupational Safety and Health Administration order to do so, repeatedly grilling the energy company's counsel to come up with a good reason for flouting the directive.

  • March 06, 2024

    Seton Hall Accused Of 'Sham' Probe Into Alleged Misconduct

    Seton Hall University's ex-president has filed an amended whistleblower complaint against the school that centers on alleged misconduct by its former board chair, prominent criminal defense attorney Kevin Marino of Marino Tortorella & Boyle PC, contending that the university launched a fake investigation into accusations of sexual harassment.

  • March 05, 2024

    Look At Settlement, Atty Tells 5th Circ. In Arguing For $1M Cut

    The attorney representing a KBR Inc. whistleblower countered the federal government's assertion that his client should not benefit from a $13.7 million settlement stemming from kickback allegations, telling the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday to look at the deal's terms.

  • March 05, 2024

    DC Circ. Nixes Big Tech Child Labor Suit

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday ruled that tech companies facing suit for using cobalt mined with child labor didn't share in a "venture" with the companies responsible for extracting the metal, upholding a district court decision to dismiss the suit.

Expert Analysis

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Navigating Class Actions After Papa John's Settlement Denial

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    A Kentucky federal court's surprising denial of preliminary approval for a $5 million settlement in the Papa John's no-poach case may prove to be an outlier but suggests a class action settlement would only be approved when a plaintiff demonstrates that a litigation class would be certified, say attorneys at Robins Kaplan.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Antitrust Enforcement Initiatives To Watch In 2024

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    The U.S. Department of Justice is likely to prioritize information-sharing prosecutions in 2024, following last year's withdrawal of safe harbors, as well as labor market enforcement after trial losses forced a pullback in 2023, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • AI In Employment Law: The Top Guest Articles Of 2023

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    This year, the most popular employment law topics related to artificial intelligence in Law360's Expert Analysis section included ChatGPT, new AI legislation, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • The Most-Read Employment Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    This year, some of the most popular employment topics in articles written for Law360's Expert Analysis section focused on workplace diversity, equity and inclusion, new unionization rules from the National Labor Relations Board, and proposed regulations for implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

  • Inside Higher Education's New FCA Liability Challenges

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    As the educational sector expands its use of government funding, schools are at increased risk under the False Claims Act, but recent settlements offer valuable lessons about new theories of liability they may face and specific procedures to reduce their exposure, say James Zelenay and Jeremy Ochsenbein at Gibson Dunn.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • NCAA Proposal Points To A New NIL Compensation Frontier

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    Although NCAA President Charlie Baker's recent proposal for Division I institutions to pay student-athletes for name, image and likeness licensing deals is unlikely to pass in its current form, it shows that direct compensation for student-athletes is a looming reality — and member institutions should begin preparing in earnest, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2023

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal and state courts made 2023 another groundbreaking year for whistleblower litigation and retaliation developments, including the SEC’s massive whistleblower awards, which are likely to continue into 2024 and further incentivize individuals to submit tips, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • How Int'l Student-Athlete Law Would Change The NIL Game

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    Recently proposed legislation to allow international student-athletes the opportunity to profit from their name, image and likeness without violating their F-1 nonimmigrant student visa status represents a pivotal step in NIL policy, and universities must assess and adapt their approaches to accommodate unique immigration concerns, say attorneys at Phelps Dunbar.

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