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Camilo Burr

Supreme Court Delivers Landmark Decision for LGBTQ Employees

Posted by Camilo Burr on 06/29/2020

On June 15, 2020, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex in the workplace. The historic decision is a blow to the Trump administration, which sided with the employers in the three consolidated cases before ...

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Alex B. Heller

Bankruptcy Filings Continue to Rise During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Alex B. Heller on 06/29/2020

The parent company of Chuck E. Cheese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 25, 2020. According to the company, the bankruptcy filing will "strengthen our financial structure as we recover from what has undoubtedly been the most challenging event in our company's history." Just a few days earlier, GNC filed for Chapter 11 citing the dramatic ...

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Raymond N. Barto

State Attorneys General Broaden their Generic Drug Price-Fixing Litigation with New Complaint

Posted by Raymond N. Barto on 06/26/2020

A coalition of state attorneys general filed their third antitrust lawsuit against generic drug manufacturers. The over-600 page complaint alleges that 26 generic manufacturers had long-standing agreements not to compete for customers and to fix prices on 80 different topical generic drugs which are used to treat a range of skin conditions, ...

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Kristyn Fields

Allergan and Novartis Settle Restasis Antitrust Suit

Posted by Kristyn Fields on 06/26/2020

Allergan Inc. and Novartis AG recently reached a settlement resolving claims in New Jersey federal court that Allergan engaged in a scheme to block Shire US Inc. (which Novartis later acquired) from competing with Allergan's blockbuster drug Restasis in the market for dry-eye drugs. The deal's terms were not made public as part of the June ...

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Christopher M. Lash


Posted by Christopher M. Lash on 06/24/2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged the past few months, many public and private companies fought tooth and nail to stay afloat. Similarly, shareholders maintained a close eye on these companies heavily relying upon disclosures, press releases, and statements made by corporate directors and officers. However, as we slowly emerge from this pandemic, ...

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Megan Sullivan

Georgia Senator Cleared of Ethics Charges for COVID-19 Related Trades

Posted by Megan Sullivan on 06/24/2020

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Ethics ("Ethics Committee") determined that Georgia Senator, Kelly Loeffler, did not break the law or Senate rules when she and her husband, Jeff Sprecher, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, traded millions of dollars in stocks after early Senate briefings on the coronavirus. ...

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David Felderman


Posted by David Felderman on 06/24/2020

On June 19, 2020, shareholders accusing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. ("Teva") of participating in an industry-wide price-fixing scheme in the generic drug market asked a federal judge in Connecticut to certify their proposed class. The class action lawsuit is being led by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. In its Memorandum of Law ...

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Innessa M. Huot

NY State Court Approves a $462.5K Settlement and Holds That Service Awards are Not Prohibited Under CPLR 909.

Posted by Innessa M. Huot on 06/12/2020

On June 11, 2020, Justice Kalish of the New York Supreme Court, New York County, approved a $462,500 settlement for a class of restaurant workers asserting minimum wage and tip credit violations. The settlement provides for a complete 100% recovery of all economic damages claimed by class members. See Reeves, et al. v. La Pecora Bianca, Inc, ...

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Alex Hartzband

Workers Turn to Courts to Enforce COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Posted by Alex Hartzband on 06/09/2020

As citizens across the United States continue to shelter in place to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus, workers at grocery stores, department stores, pharmacies, parcel delivery services, and other essential businesses have been forced onto the frontlines, constantly putting their health at risk. In some cases, these essential workers ...

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Patrick J. Collopy

COVID-19 Leads to Increased Disability Accommodation Claims

Posted by Patrick J. Collopy on 05/29/2020

On May 27, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's ("EEOC") office in New York, headed by Deputy Director Judy Keenan, revealed that the most prevalent employment claims relating to the COVID-19 pandemic concern employees' rights for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Discriminations Act ("ADA"). Foreseeably, ...

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