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  • July 18, 2024

    Florida Urges 11th Circ. To Allow Gender Law Despite Appeal

    Florida officials have urged the Eleventh Circuit to immediately allow enforcement of a law restricting gender-affirming treatment for transgender minors and adults despite an appeal, saying a lower court wrongly determined the law was discriminatory and that patients will be harmed if "life-altering" medical procedures are not outlawed.

  • July 18, 2024

    Workers Say Software Co. Can't Dodge 401(k) Fund Fight

    Two former ServiceNow Inc. employees said Thursday that the cloud computing company shouldn't get to escape their suit alleging it kept underperforming investment options in its 401(k) plan for over a decade, telling a California federal court their complaint is specifically detailed enough to move forward.

  • July 18, 2024

    Miner Seeks Atty Fees After 4th Circ. DOL Judges Ruling

    A former miner urged the Fourth Circuit to approve approximately $21,000 in attorney fees in his case seeking benefits for his black lung disease, saying he has been unable to reach a settlement with an engineering company that challenged the appointment of two U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judges.

  • July 18, 2024

    CEO Firing Case Tied To Mogul Going To Mediation

    A former chief executive and a European IT company tied to convicted mogul Greg Lindberg will head to mediation as part of a back-and-forth case involving allegations of firing without warning and spending company money on women's lingerie.

  • July 18, 2024

    Feds Say Loper Bright Not Relevant In IVF Policy Suit

    The U.S. Department of Defense urged a New York federal court Thursday to throw out a nonprofit's lawsuit challenging its in vitro fertilization coverage policy for service members, countering the group's argument that the agency can't shake the suit because the U.S. Supreme Court upended Chevron deference.

  • July 18, 2024

    Vermont Suit Accuses PBMs Of Price-Fixing

    Vermont's attorney general filed suit against pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts and CVS Wednesday, accusing the companies of abusing their market power to drive up prescription costs for consumers and squeezing out price competition from small pharmacies.

  • July 18, 2024

    NJ Law Firm Accused Of Botching Official Misconduct Case

    A former sergeant in the Mercer County Sheriff's Office has launched a malpractice suit against a Passaic, New Jersey-based law firm, alleging that its attorneys caused him to lose thousands per month in disability benefits by mishandling his legal defense against misconduct charges.

  • July 18, 2024

    Final IRS Rules Require Beneficiaries To Take Distributions

    Beneficiaries of retirement account owners who died after starting to take distributions must continue taking the distributions annually, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday in final regulations on required minimum distributions that rejected feedback saying the requirement was overly complex.

  • July 18, 2024

    6th Circ. Questions If Kellogg 401(k) Claims Can Be Arbitrated

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday suggested the terms of Kellogg Co.'s retirement plan may bar a former accountant from bringing claims the plan was mismanaged, as the company tries to enforce an arbitration clause that arguably prevents planwide relief. 

  • July 18, 2024

    Ex-HP Worker Revamps 401(k) Forfeiture Funds Suit

    A former HP employee retooled his lawsuit accusing the company of unlawfully using former workers' forfeited 401(k) funds to satisfy its own contributions, telling a California federal court the company was presented with a conflict of interest in deciding how to use the money.

  • July 17, 2024

    Firm Can't Dodge Veteran's Class Claims Over Fees

    A North Carolina federal judge has refused to throw out a proposed class action alleging that a consulting firm charged veterans millions in illegal fees, saying the suit needs more litigation before a dismissal is considered.

  • July 17, 2024

    Stitch Fix Unravels Investor Suit Over 'Direct Buy' Biz Line

    A California federal judge has tossed, for now, a shareholder lawsuit brought against Stitch Fix Inc. alleging the personal styling platform's former and current executives misled investors about the impact of a new business line, saying the suit fails to plead any actionable false statements or knowledge of wrongdoing by the defendants.

  • July 17, 2024

    Chevron Repeal Doesn't Impact Benefits Rule Fight, DOL Says

    The U.S. Supreme Court's rollback of Chevron deference doesn't boost the likelihood of success for a trade group's claims that a U.S. Department of Labor regulation unlawfully expanded the pool of retirement advisers with obligations under federal benefits law, the agency told a Texas federal judge Wednesday.

  • July 17, 2024

    Ex-Genentech Worker Seeks Revival Of 401(k) Investment Suit

    A former Genentech employee asked the Ninth Circuit to reopen his proposed class action alleging the biotechnology company kept unwise investment options in its 401(k) plan for years, arguing a trial court applied an erroneously high standard when it tossed the claim.

  • July 17, 2024

    Yellow Corp. Says It Has No Pension Withdrawal Liabilities

    Bankrupt trucking firm Yellow Corp. hit back at a motion for summary judgment sought by multiple pension funds including Central States Pension Fund, telling a Delaware bankruptcy court that it has no withdrawal liability for backing out of a multistate pension fund for truckers.

  • July 17, 2024

    Split Pa. Justices Let Billing Co. Sue Workers' Comp Insurers

    A pharmacy billing agency can move ahead with its lawsuit against insurers who refused to pay for medications for workers' compensation patients, but only because the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania was evenly divided Wednesday over whether the insurers had waffled on arguing that the courts lacked jurisdiction.

  • July 16, 2024

    Ga. Panel Limits Insurer Pool's Collections For Workers' Comp

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Tuesday limited the power of a state-sponsored insurance pool to recoup its expenses when filling in for an insolvent insurer, ruling that companies can't be forced to accept liability for an injured worker when they were placed into the position by a staffing agency.

  • July 16, 2024

    7th Circ. Says Foreign Retirement Not Shielded In Bankruptcy

    A professor who filed for bankruptcy in Illinois can't protect his Canadian retirement account from creditors because the account is ineligible under a state law shielding accounts that qualify as retirement plans under the Internal Revenue Code, the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • July 16, 2024

    5th Circ. Preserves Class Cert. In Fringe Benefits Fee Fight

    The Fifth Circuit affirmed a district court's decision to certify a mega class of more than 290,000 workers in a suit against several benefits administration companies alleging mismanagement of their non-union fringe benefits, but found the action should proceed as opt-out and not mandatory class action.

  • July 16, 2024

    Union Fund Trustees Say Elevance Usurped Fiduciary Power

    The trustees of two union health plans said Elevance Health Inc. and its subsidiaries violated federal benefits law when they overpaid themselves for administrative services and medical providers for patient care, arguing the insurer had significant control over the management of the plans and their assets.

  • July 16, 2024

    Whataburger Wants Out Of Worker's 401(k) Fund Suit

    Whataburger urged a Texas federal judge to throw out a former employee's proposed class action accusing it of stocking its employees' $215 million retirement plan with poorly performing funds, saying the worker waived his right to sue when he signed a severance agreement.

  • July 16, 2024

    Ex-CBD Cos. GC Says Owner Hasn't Paid What Deal Promised

    The former general counsel of several CBD companies has told a Pennsylvania federal judge that their owner failed to keep up her end of a settlement agreement that ended his suit to obtain over $600,000 in back pay and benefits he and his wife felt they were owed.

  • July 16, 2024

    Baker Hughes 401(k) Participant Wants Class Cert.

    An ex-worker for Baker Hughes claiming his employee 401(k) plan lost millions because of unreasonably high recordkeeping fees asked a Texas federal court to certify a class of more than 23,000 retirement plan participants accusing the company of mismanagement, following a failed attempt to mediate the dispute.

  • July 16, 2024

    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

  • July 16, 2024

    These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

    Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

Expert Analysis

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: July Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy considers cases touching on pre- and post-conviction detainment conditions, communications with class representatives, when the American Pipe tolling doctrine stops applying to modified classes, and more.

  • How To Comply With Chicago's New Paid Leave Ordinance

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    Chicago's new Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance went into effect earlier this month, so employers subject to the new rules should update leave policies, train supervisors and deliver notice as they seek compliance, say Alison Crane and Sarah Gasperini at Jackson Lewis.

  • Dueling Calif. Rulings Offer Insight On 401(k) Forfeiture Suits

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    Two recent decisions from California federal courts regarding novel Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims around 401(k) forfeitures provide early tea leaves for companies that may face similar litigation, offering reasons for both optimism and concern over the future direction of the law, say Ashley Johnson and Jennafer Tryck at Gibson Dunn.

  • Loss Causation Ruling Departs From Usual Securities Cases

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    A California federal court recently dismissed Ramos v. Comerica, finding that the allegations failed to establish loss causation, but the reasoning is in tension with the pleading-stage approaches generally followed by both courts and economists in securities fraud litigation, say Jesse Jensen and Aasiya Glover at Bernstein Litowitz.

  • Opinion

    Now More Than Ever, Lawyers Must Exhibit Professionalism

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    As society becomes increasingly fractured and workplace incivility is on the rise, attorneys must champion professionalism and lead by example, demonstrating how lawyers can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable, says Edward Casmere at Norton Rose.

  • Series

    Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

  • A Midyear Forecast: Tailwinds Expected For Atty Hourly Rates

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    Hourly rates for partners, associates and support staff continued to rise in the first half of this year, and this growth shows no signs of slowing for the rest of 2024 and into next year, driven in part by the return of mergers and acquisitions and the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, says Chuck Chandler at Valeo Partners.

  • Accidental Death Ruling Shows ERISA Review Standard's Pull

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    The Eleventh Circuit’s recent accidental death insurance ruling in Goldfarb v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance illustrates how an arbitrary and capricious standard of review in Employee Retirement Income Security Act denial-of-benefits cases creates a steep uphill battle for benefit claimants, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Opinion

    States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

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    Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • 50 Years Later, ERISA Remains A Work In Progress

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    A look at the 50 years since the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s passage shows that while the law safeguards benefits through vesting rules, fiduciary responsibilities and anti-discrimination provisions, the act falls short in three key areas, says Carol Buckmann at Cohen & Buckmann.

  • Series

    Solving Puzzles Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Tackling daily puzzles — like Wordle, KenKen and Connections — has bolstered my intellectual property litigation practice by helping me to exercise different mental skills, acknowledge minor but important details, and build and reinforce good habits, says Roy Wepner at Kaplan Breyer.

  • 1st Gender Care Ban Provides Context For High Court Case

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    The history of Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming medical care — the first such legislation in the U.S. — provides important insight into the far-reaching ramifications that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Skrmetti next term will have on transgender healthcare, says Tyler Saenz at Baker Donelson.

  • Texas Ethics Opinion Flags Hazards Of Unauthorized Practice

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    The Texas Professional Ethics Committee's recently issued proposed opinion finding that in-house counsel providing legal services to the company's clients constitutes the unauthorized practice of law is a valuable clarification given that a UPL violation — a misdemeanor in most states — carries high stakes, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • In Memoriam: The Modern Administrative State

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    On June 28, the modern administrative state, where courts deferred to agency interpretations of ambiguous statutes, died when the U.S. Supreme Court overruled its previous decision in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council — but it is survived by many cases decided under the Chevron framework, say Joseph Schaeffer and Jessica Deyoe at Babst Calland.

  • How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

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    As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

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