If the massive gender discrimination lawsuit known as Dukes v. Wal-Mart finally--mercifully--makes it to trial someday, the plaintiffs won't be able to rely on a legal memo in which Wal-Mart's former lawyers at Akin Gump warned the retailer in 1995 that it had a gender discrimination problem.
Goldman Sachs has endured a long losing streak in a sexual discrimination class action brought by three former female employees back in 2010. But the bank's lawyers at Paul Hastings and Sullivan & Cromwell finally caught a break Thursday in a key decision for Title VII defendants.
Ever since the Supreme Court ruled two years ago that companies can enforce class action waivers in consumer contracts, defendants have been trying to use the decision as a class action killer in the employment context as well. Those efforts haven't been particularly successful so far, but there are signs that the tide may be turning.
Last fall, we asked if time was on Wal-Mart's side as it battles the spate of regional employment class actions that were filed in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes. The company and its lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher certainly think it is, and now they've gotten a second judge handling one of the mini-Dukes cases to agree.
The Dewey & LeBoeuf estate has failed in its effort to squelch a proposed class action that claims the firm gave 550 employees inadequate notice before terminating them weeks before filing for Chapter 11 protection last May.
Sanford Wittels, which has helped file a string of sexual bias suits against some of the biggest companies in the world, scored a modest win on Thursday when a U.S. district court refused to dismiss a gender discrimination claim that the firm has brought on behalf of five women who used to work for accounting giant KPMG.
More Fallout from Ruling on Recess Appointments as D.R. Horton Challenges Decision on Class Action Waivers
The D.C. Circuit shook up both Washington and Wall Street when it invalidated President Obama's recess appointments of three NLRB members. Now D.R. Horton, a company that's been tangling with the NLRB in a key case dealing with employer arbitration agreements, wants the court's reasoning extended to a fourth NLRB member who was appointed nearly three years ago.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission managed to do more with less in 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by Seyfarth Shaw that showed the agency scored a record haul from discrimination claims in 2012 even as it brought sharply fewer cases.
Michael Hausfeld hasn't wasted any time responding to a juicy wrongful termination suit filed last week by one of his former law partners, Jon King, who says he was canned after speaking out about a raft of alleged ethics violations at Hausfeld's eponymous antitrust class action firm, Hausfeld LLP.