News Year: 2021

Settlement Delayed In $1.28B MRAP Contract Fraud Suit

April 8th, 2021

By Asher Stockler Law360 (April 8, 2021, 4:21 PM EDT) — The U.S. government and a prominent defense contractor said Wednesday that because of the change in administration, they would need more time to settle a $1.28 billion fraud claim against the contractor related to claims of overbilling. For the second time, attorneys for the […]

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Deshaun Watson’s attorney pushing for women to attach their names to lawsuits against Texans QB

April 8th, 2021

By Tom Schad Over the past several weeks, 22 unnamed women have filed lawsuits against Deshaun Watson, alleging sexual misconduct or assault by the Houston Texans quarterback. Now, Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, is asking that they come forward publicly. Hardin announced Thursday that his team has filed a motion in Harris County District Court asking […]

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KPMG Strikes $10M Deal To End Decade-Long Sex Bias Suit

March 30th, 2021

By Vin Gurrieri Law360 (March 30, 2021, 3:51 PM EDT) — KPMG agreed to fork over $10 million to hundreds of women from its tax and advisory department to close the book on a long-running suit accusing the accounting giant of pay and sex discrimination, according to New York federal court filings Tuesday. Nine named […]

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Rob Van Someren Greve Co-Authors Article in Benefits Law Journal

March 30th, 2021

The Silent Issue in Intel v. Sulyma: Does ERISA Section 413(2) Operate to Time-Bar Otherwise Timely Suits Challenging Subsequent Breaches of the Same Character? By Paul Blankenstein and Rob Van Someren Greve In its recent opinion in Intel v. Sulyma, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified what qualifies as the “actual knowledge” required to trigger ERISA’s three-year […]

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Young Lawyers Reveal How They Made Partner in a Pandemic, Part 2

March 29th, 2021

By Lisa Helem Editor’s Note: In a year when we’ve faced a global pandemic, an American reckoning with race and everything that comes with both, the road to the partnership has also been challenging. So how did the young lawyers who successfully sought out the partnership make it? New partners tell their stories in the […]

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A Waste of Time? The War Against Jones Day Over Sex Bias Claims

March 26th, 2021

By Vivia Chen We’re clueless as to why five of the six female claimants dropped out. So what’s the point of these exhausting lawsuits if they end in secrecy? What a royal tease. It started off with a bang—saucy allegations of an entrenched frat culture, a leader who ruled like an autocrat and a system […]

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New York Construction Wage Whistleblower Gets Attorneys’ Fees

March 21st, 2021

By Daniel Seiden A False Claims Act whistleblower is entitled to nearly $260,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs for efforts that led to a settlement between Nagan Construction Inc., the federal government, and New York involving underpaid wages in construction projects, a New York district court said. This recovery for Soner Yasti reflects reasonable hourly […]

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The National Trial Lawyers Announces Qiaojing Zheng as One of Its Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in California

March 18th, 2021

The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Qiaojing Zheng of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP – San Francisco has been selected for inclusion into its Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in California, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. […]

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MoFo faces August trial date but fewer claims in ‘mommy track’ bias lawsuit

March 15th, 2021

By Chinekwu Osakwe Barring a breakthrough in court-ordered settlement talks later this month, Morrison & Foerster is headed to trial in August to face claims that the firm discriminated against two former associates after they took maternity leave. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley in San Francisco set a trial date of Aug. 16 in […]

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National Civil Rights Museum and FAMM Host Journey to Justice Virtual Screening and Panel on Trial Penalty

March 10th, 2021

Panelists include attorney, judge and returning citizen who advocate for sentencing reform Memphis, TN, March 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National Civil Rights Museum and FAMM are hosting a virtual film screening and panel discussion of “The Vanishing Trial,” to highlight wrongful conviction and sentencing around the “trial penalty.” The 90-minute event on March […]

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How Kim Kardashian, fmr. Pres. Trump and a team of civil rights attorneys freed Chris Young

March 8th, 2021

By Felicia Bolton NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NewsNation Now) — Faced with two life sentences in jail, Chris Young was told the only way out was death. Investigators charged the Tennessee native for his role during a drug trafficking sting. Thanks to teams of civil rights attorneys, reality superstar Kim Kardashian and former President Donald Trump, he […]

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Professor Deborah Rhode: We Will Miss You Terribly

March 5th, 2021

By David Sanford ’95, Chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp and member of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession Advisory Board Deborah Rhode was a great friend, and a devoted supporter of our civil rights law firm, our firm’s mission, and our firm’s clients. I first became aware of Professor Rhode in 1990, when I […]

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Tyson At 5: The Legacy Of The Supreme Court’s Wage Ruling

March 1st, 2021

By Mike LaSusa On the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Tyson Foods Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, wage and hour attorneys told Law360 that the decision allowing workers to use averages and statistics to show similarities among disparate class members is still a resonant force in litigation. The March 2016 opinion in Tyson […]

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$12.5 Million False Claims Act Settlement Shows Government Loss Not Required

March 1st, 2021

By Inayat Ali Hemani A False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit involving alleged kickbacks for placing drugs on formularies has been settled for $12.5 million. The case is instructive because it shows the FCA can apply even when the government has not lost money from the alleged violations. The whistleblower filed a lawsuit in 2014 alleging […]

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U.S. doubles down on protecting university research from China

February 28th, 2021

By Jane Lanhee Lee, Daphne Psaledakis OAKLAND, Calif./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. national security commission is recommending that American universities take steps to prevent sensitive technology from being stolen by the Chinese military, a sign of growing concerns over the security of academic research. The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), led by former […]

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