News Year: 2013

The Daily Journal, December 18, 2013 – Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Work to Improve Diversity within Ranks

December 18th, 2013

Employment lawyers say they want to better mirror their clients’ demographics. The Daily Journal, December 18, 2013  |  By Laura Hautala When it comes to employment lawsuits, the plaintiffs’ bar styles itself as a vindicator of civil rights. Who steps up to the plate when an employer discriminates against a worker because of his race? […]

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Judge to rule on strip, cavity searches of Angola 3 member Albert Woodfox

November 13th, 2013

By Lauren McGaughy, NOLA.com lmcgaughy@nola.com The Times Picayune Albert Woodfox, the last Angola 3 member behind bars, took the stand in federal court Wednesday to argue that the daily strip and cavity searches he undergoes in prison violate a previous court agreement entered into 35 years ago. Jerry Goodwin, the warden at David Wade Correctional […]

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Omnicare to pay $120 million to settle U.S. kickback lawsuit

October 23rd, 2013

by Terry Baynes Reuters (October 23, 2013 6:56PM ET) — Omnicare Inc, a leading U.S. provider of pharmacy services to the elderly, has agreed to pay the U.S. government $120 million to settle allegations the company gave nursing homes steep discounts on prescription drugs in exchange for patient referrals. Cincinnati-based Omnicare announced the settlement on […]

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Omnicare Agrees to Pay $120 Million Over Kickback Claim

October 23rd, 2013

By Margaret Cronin Fisk Omnicare Inc. (OCR) agreed to pay $120 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit claiming it violated the U.S. anti-kickback law by giving discounts on certain Medicare services to nursing homes, the company said. The company was accused in the lawsuit of providing the discounts in exchange for referrals of patients with […]

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Reingold Sues C&W for Over $20M in Gender, Age Discrimination Suit

October 22nd, 2013

by Rayna Katz GlobeSt.com, New York (October 22, 2013, 11:10 AM ET) — Citing a clear emphasis at Cushman & Wakefield on the younger generation, and instances of favoritism of men at the firm—which include a lack of pay equity—New York tri-state region COO and executive managing director Suzy Reingold slapped the company with a […]

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Female Cushman & Wakefield Exec Files $20M Bias Lawsuit

October 21st, 2013

By Pete Brush Law360, New York (October 21, 2013, 3:53 PM ET) — A Cushman & Wakefield Inc. executive hit her company with a $20 million suit Monday claiming the real estate services giant discriminated against her by paying her less than male co-workers and promoting a far younger man from outside the company to […]

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Executive’s Lawsuit Claims Bias at Cushman & Wakefield

October 21st, 2013

by Peter Slatin An executive at Cushman & Wakefield Inc. has filed a lawsuit seeking $20 million in damages because of what she said was gender and age discrimination by the commercial real-estate firm. Suzy Reingold, 66 years old, who is the chief operating officer of the firm’s New York tri-state region, said in a […]

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EEOC Charges Against Law Firms Skyrocket Post-Recession

August 7th, 2013

Law360, New York (August 07, 2013, 10:14 PM ET) — The number of discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission by employees of law firms and other legal service providers skyrocketed nearly 140 percent last fiscal year, according to agency statistics, in what employment law experts say is likely a delayed […]

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High Court Asked To Kick Judge Off Publicis Sex Bias Case

July 10th, 2013

by Abigail Rubenstein Employees accusing advertising conglomerate Publicis Groupe SA of sex discrimination urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to disqualify a magistrate judge from overseeing discovery in their suit over his stance on predictive coding technology. The employees, who are trying to get Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck kicked off the case, filed a […]

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‘Da Silva Moore’ Goes to Washington

July 10th, 2013

by Victor Li Attorneys representing a group of employees suing public relations company Publicis over gender discrimination claims took their e-discovery dispute with U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck (So. District, N.Y.) to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, in Monique Da Silva Moore, et al. v. Publicis Groupe SA and MSLGroup, 11 Civ. 1279. In […]

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Litigation Department of the Year: Employment

June 24th, 2013

by Matthew Huisman The firm focuses primarily on Title VII discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but also prosecutes labor and wage violations, predatory lending, whistleblower, fraud and qui tam work. Fewer still labor and employment firms do it as well as Sanford Heisler. “The $99 million settlement in the Novartis wage case […]

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Law360, June 14, 2013 – Proskauer, Former CFO Reach Deal In Discrimination Suit

June 14th, 2013

by Ben James An attorney for plaintiff Elly Rosenthal confirmed that the suit — which she filed in 2011, alleging sex, age and disability bias and seeking $10 million in damages — had been resolved, and Proskauer said in in a brief emailed statement that it was happy to put the dispute to rest Rosenthal’s […]

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Judge Strikes Arbitration Agreement in Suit Against Ma Labs

May 16th, 2013 — The Recorder

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s gotten awfully hard for lawyers to wriggle out of arbitration agreements in the wake of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion. Alsup struck down an arbitration agreement the company instructed the lead plaintiff to sign on the day she was fired, finding it unconscionable under state law. Alsup blasted Ma Laboratories for slipping […]

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FiercePharma.com, May 10, 2013 – Motherhood at center of Merck gender bias suit

May 10th, 2013

Yesterday, Merck ($MRK) became the most recent pharmaceutical company to be hit with a gender discrimination suit–an occurrence that’s become pretty common in the pharma world. But it wasn’t just that senior sales rep Kelli Smith felt overlooked in a man’s world. What compelled her to bring the suit, she claims, was the company’s blunt […]

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SCRIPP Intelligence, May 10, 2013 – Merck Slapped with $100M Discrimination Lawsuit

May 10th, 2013

A Merck & Co. sales representative is suing her employer, claiming in a $100 million lawsuit that the big US drug maker discriminates against women employees and openly demoted her for taking maternity leave. Ms Smith, who continues to work for Merck, said in her lawsuit that a supervisor demoted her in early 2011 and […]

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