Published: February 22, 2013
Tags: antitrust, class actions, e-discovery, environmental litigation, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, government contracts, in-house counsel, international trade, labor and employment, patents, torts, toxic torts, trade secrets, whistleblowers, white collar crime
A 2013 litigation forecast for in-house counsel predicts “no end in sight” for wage and hour litigation, a growing sophistication in trade secret theft and new spoliation challenges in e-discovery.
A lawyer who continued to work as an in-house attorney after he had been disbarred has now been permanently disbarred.
Rebecca Weeks lost her job as in-house counsel for the Kansas State Fire Marshal after raising alarms about unlawful discrimination in the fire marshal’s office.
At first blush, you might say that Weeks had a viable claim for Title VII retaliation. Not so, says the 10th Circuit.
In-house attorneys are using social media more today than they were in 2010, according to a new survey.
Companies saw a slight decline in litigation last year but faced increased regulatory action, according to the 2011 Fulbright & Jaworski litigation survey.
An in-house attorney could not sue for damages under a state whistleblower law after he was fired for complaining to superiors about alleged illegal business practices, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled.
A company didn’t violate its general counsel’s employment agreement by failing to include a bonus he earned when calculating his severance, the 1st Circuit has ruled in affirming judgment.
Steven Weinberger, general counsel of Wisdom Natural Brands, boasted on an online social network last month that he saves money by drafting his own trademark applications before sending to outside lawyers for review. Cash-strapped in-house attorneys are swapping such ideas and other information on Web sites like those owned by LinkedIn Corp., which connects professionals around the world. Corporate lawyers’ use of social networks — some invitation-only — grew about 50 percent in 2009, LexisNexis said after surveying 1,474 attorneys.
A privately held company that did business with a publicly-traded entity may be liable for retaliating against an employee in violation of the whistleblower provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley, the Administrative Review Board for the Department of Labor has ruled.