An Arkansas federal judge on Friday rejected a bid from a group of Republican state attorneys' general to freeze the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's rule implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act ahead of its June 18 effective date, refusing to issue an injunction and ruling they lacked standing to invalidate the regulations. 
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Red State Challenge To EEOC Pregnant Worker Rule Falls Flat

By Vin Gurrieri

An Arkansas federal judge on Friday rejected a bid from a group of Republican state attorneys' general to freeze the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's rule implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act ahead of its June 18 effective date, refusing to issue an injunction and ruling they lacked standing to invalidate the regulations. 

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Tata Must Pay $168M For Trade Secret Theft, Texas Judge Says

By Gina Kim

A Texas federal judge has ordered Tata Consultancy to pay $168 million for willfully misappropriating an IT company's trade secrets concerning source code and life insurance software documentation, plus $25 million in prejudgment interest.

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9th Circ. Revives Union Pacific Workers' Disability Bias Suits

By Bonnie Eslinger

The Ninth Circuit on Friday reversed Union Pacific Railroad's wins in three worker disability discrimination lawsuits involving plaintiffs with color-vision concerns, saying the lower court incorrectly determined that their individual claims were time-barred after an Eighth Circuit decision decertifying a thousands-strong class in similar litigation against the company.

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Littler Aims To End Theft Suit After $1M Deal With Ex-Firm Atty

By Lynn LaRowe

Littler Mendelson PC this week moved to drop a lawsuit accusing a former associate of stealing confidential documents following a settlement in which the firm agreed to pay her nearly $1 million, though a separate, newer case in which the lawyer accuses Littler of violating that deal remains open.

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Update On Ex-George Mason Prof's Suits Over Sex Allegations

By Aebra Coe

After two women came forward last August accusing former BigLaw partner, FTC commissioner and George Mason University law professor Joshua D. Wright of sexual improprieties with students and direct reports, a number of additional accusations and lawsuits followed. Here are updates on the litigation and everything else surrounding the allegations.

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Roundup

Employment Authority: High Court's NLRB Injunction Shift

Law360 Employment Authority covers the biggest employment cases and trends. Catch up this week with coverage on the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion involving Starbucks that standardized the National Labor Relations Board's injunction test, a look at Law360's pay disclosure law tracker and a review of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's amicus briefs in the first half of 2024.

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DISCRIMINATION

FCA Boss' N-Word Use Not Enough For Racial Bias Suit

By Danielle Ferguson

A Black FCA worker's allegations that his supervisor used the N-word twice and that it was written on the bathroom wall are not enough to prove he experienced a hostile work environment or was prevented from doing his job, a Michigan appeal panel has ruled.

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No Associational Shield In Conn. Employment Law, Panel Says

By Brian Steele

Connecticut's key employment practices law does not create a cause of action for discriminating against a worker because they associate with a person who has disabilities, according to a Friday opinion by the Connecticut Appellate Court.

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Red States Look To Block ACA Trans Discrimination Rule

By Emmy Freedman

A group of 15 conservative states urged a Mississippi federal court to halt recently finalized regulations clarifying gender identity-based discrimination under the Affordable Care Act from taking effect, saying the new rule strips the states of their right to oversee medical ethics.

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Lockheed Worker Fired For Romantic Emails Claims Age Bias

By Grace Elletson

Lockheed Martin used romantic messages that a longtime engineer sent to a "high school sweetheart" over his company email as an excuse to get rid of him because he was 70 years old, the former worker told a California state court.

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Dunkin' Franchise Must Face Customer's Race Bias Suit

By Julie Manganis

An intermediate appellate court in Massachusetts on Friday revived part of a lawsuit brought by a Black customer of a Dunkin' franchise who says an employee deliberately ignored his order for 15 minutes, then threw his food at him and called him a racist epithet.

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Acting NJ Banking Director Denied Title Due To Sex, Suit Says

By Carla Baranauckas

The former acting director of banking for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance was denied the permanent role because of her gender and as retaliation for reporting pay discrepancies, according to a lawsuit filed in New Jersey state court.

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WAGE & HOUR

Healthcare Worker's Solo PAGA Claim Heads To Arbitration

By Abby Wargo

A California state appeals court ruled an employee's individual wage claims under the state's Private Attorneys General Act should be heard in arbitration, overturning a lower court's decision to keep the lawsuit in state court and finding the arbitration agreement encompassed the worker's claims.

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Popeyes Accused Of Skimping On Breaks And Wages

By Rae Ann Varona

Popeyes made employees in California work through lunch and rest breaks without appropriate pay and provided them with "confusing" wage statements, according to a putative class action lodged in a Los Angeles court.

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BENEFITS

NJ Chief Justice Depo 'Redundant' In Pension Fight, Court Told

By George Woolston

The New Jersey judiciary urged the state court to deny a bid to depose Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in a suit brought by a former Superior Court judge over the denial of her disability pension application, arguing she can't meet the heightened burden required to depose a high-ranking official and that the chief justice's testimony is privileged.

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Former IT Worker Wants Outright Win In FMLA Suit

By Abby Wargo

A former information technology worker asked a Florida federal court Friday to reconsider a win it denied him in his lawsuit alleging he was fired after he took medical leave to treat anxiety, arguing the court should have found his company acted illegally.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

All The World's A Stage For Tony-Nominated Dechert Co-Chair

By Tracey Read

Mark Thierfelder is not only a Dechert LLP co-chair and partner; he’s also a Tony-nominated Broadway producer up for an award this June 16. Here, Law360 Pulse talks to Thierfelder on how he balances his legal work with his creative pursuits.

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McDermott Says Financial Firm Owes $800K In Atty Fees

By Madison Arnold

McDermott Will & Emery LLP says it is owed more than $800,000 in legal fees for representing a financial firm's employee in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a lawsuit by his former employer.

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Real Estate Broker Claims Lewis Brisbois Breached Deal

By Madison Arnold

A real estate broker who had exclusive rights to represent Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has slammed the firm with a breach of contract suit in California state court, alleging its abrupt termination of their deal will cost him millions in commissions.

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Goetz Fitzpatrick To Merge With Platzer Swergold Next Year

By Tracey Read

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP and Platzer Swergold Goldberg Katz & Jaslow LLP will combine forces next year to create a single New York City firm.

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Analysis

Blistering Dissents Belie Justices' Penchant For Consensus

By Katie Buehler

Thirteen days into June, the U.S. Supreme Court had recorded one of the highest rates of unanimous decisions in the past four decades. But the era of historic consensus was tarnished a bit Friday when the court issued three split decisions and two scathing dissents highlighting how much the nine justices differ.

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DOJ Declines To Prosecute AG Garland For Contempt

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Department of Justice is declining to prosecute Attorney General Merrick Garland after the House voted earlier this week to hold him in contempt for not turning over audio recordings of the president and his ghostwriter speaking with special counsel Robert Hur for his investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

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Senate Passes Bill For State, Local Judge Security

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill unanimously to better protect state and local judges from threats amid "unacceptable attacks" on the judiciary.

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Hunter Biden Axes Data Privacy Suit Against Giuliani, For Now

By Emily Sawicki

Hunter Biden has tentatively agreed to drop a federal computer fraud and digital privacy suit against Rudy Giuliani and various other defendants relating to alleged data theft from his infamous laptop, after the case was partially stalled due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings Giuliani commenced in December.

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Mistrial Declared In Florida Student Debtor Lawsuit

By David Minsky

A Florida federal judge on Friday declared a mistrial in the lawsuit against a Boca Raton-based law firm accused of falsely promising to eliminate student loan debts in exchange for a fee following testimony from a former client.

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Burford Bound To Sysco And Pilgrim's Unsigned Chicken Deal

By Lauraann Wood

An Illinois federal judge on Friday rejected a Burford subsidiary's bid to block a global protein price-fixing settlement that Pilgrim's Pride and Sysco memorialized through email but never signed on paper, saying it's clear the parties reached a material agreement.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Williams & Connolly LLP and Littler Mendelson PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The governor of Vermont vetoed a legislative proposal that would have given consumers not only new data privacy rights but also the rare opportunity to sue large businesses for certain violations, and a multipart Delaware General Corporation Law amendment that would let boards cede some governance rights to big stockholders sailed through the state's Senate without debate or an opposing vote. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Laura Stewart Liberty

This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aegis Law Firm

Baker Botts

Batey Law Firm

Baute Crochetiere

Binnall Law Group

Brown & Connery

Brown Rudnick

Call & Jensen

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Cohen Milstein

Conrad & Scherer

Covington & Burling

Cozen O'Connor

Cravath Swaine

Davidoff Hutcher

Dechert LLP

Dhillon Law Group

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae

Finnegan

Fox Rothschild

Freshfields

GM Law Firm LLC

Gibson Dunn

Goetz Fitzpatrick

Gordee Nowicki

Gupta Wessler

Hamlins LLP

Hancock Daniel

Henry Oddo

Hildebrand McLeod

Hilgers Graben

Hill Dickinson

Hinckley Allen

Hirschler

Hogan Lovells

Jones Day

Joshua S. Horton Law Firm

K&L Gates

Kellogg Hansen

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Macy D. Hanson

Lewis Brisbois

Littler Mendelson

Loeb & Loeb

Lynn Pinker

McDermott Will & Emery

McElroy Deutsch

Morgan Lewis

Motley Rice

Murphy & Rudolf

Napoli Shkolnik

Nichols Kaster

O'Melveny & Myers

Ogletree Deakins

Paul Weiss

Pearson Warshaw

Pillsbury & Coleman

Pinsent Masons

Platzer Swergold

Porzio Bromberg

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Richard D. Tuschman PA

Robinson Bradshaw

Ropes & Gray

Ryan Law Partners

Sabatini & Associates

Searcy Denney

Seeger Weiss

Simmons Hanly

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Skadden Arps

St John & St John

Sumner Schick

Vasseghi Law

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond

Zaiwalla & Co

gunnercooke LLP

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

Amazon.com Inc.

American International Group Inc.

Bloomberg Industry Group

Bregal Investments Inc.

Cap Gemini SA

Computer Sciences Corp.

Delaware State Bar Association

Delta Air Lines Inc.

Diageo PLC

FCA US LLC

Ferrari SpA

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV

Harvard University

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson Controls International PLC

Kuwait Finance House KSC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Lockheed Martin Corp.

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

Major League Soccer LLC

Marks & Spencer

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National District Attorneys Association

National Rifle Association of America

New York University

OSI Systems Inc.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Pearson PLC

Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

PowerSchool Group LLC

Princeton University

Rapiscan Systems Inc.

RealPage Inc.

RedRidge Finance Group LLC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Signature Resolution LLC

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southwest Airlines Co.

Starbucks Corp.

Stellantis NV

Sysco Corp.

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

TransPerfect Global Inc.

Twitter Inc.

Union Pacific Corp.

Viking Cruises Inc.

Volkswagen AG

YouTube Inc.

Yves Saint Laurent SAS

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Labor Commissioner's Office

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dallas County, Texas

Delaware Court of Chancery

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Union

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

National Labor Relations Board

New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance

State Justice Institute

State of Tennessee

Tennessee Attorney General's Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

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

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court