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Supreme Court Ruling on Class Action Arbitration

Carol Keough June 25, 2013

In a world where litigation can extend out over many years and costs may exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars, arbitration has often been an attractive alternative to a lawsuit.  The Supreme Court on May 10, 2013, in Oxford Health Plans v. Sutter (US Supreme Ct 06/10/2013) upheld the right of the arbitrator to determine… Continue Reading »

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The Runny Egg Saga

Carol Keough June 6, 2013

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on May 17, 2013 decided whether the Department of Human Services (DHHS) decision could stand that smeared egg yolk on a plate meant eggs were unsafe to serve to elderly residents.  In employment law and many other areas of federal law, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is like… Continue Reading »

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Terminating Female Employee for Pumping Breast Milk Is Sex Discrimination

Carol Keough May 31, 2013

Both Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prevent an employer from firing an employee for pumping breast milk during working hours according to a new decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided on May 30, 2013, called EEOC v. Houston Funding II.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought suit against Houston… Continue Reading »

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Fired Employee loses to Employer on Arbitration Clause

Carol Keough April 2, 2013

Gary Klein worked as a floor hand on a drilling rig for Nabors Drilling USA L.P. (Nabors).  Nabors asked him to sign an acknowledgment, as a condition of his employment, that he would agree to bring all disputes through the Nabors Dispute Resolution Program (Program).  At some point Nabors fired Mr. Klein.  Believing that he was fired… Continue Reading »

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State Farm Wins Jurisdiction Fight

Carol Keough March 21, 2013

Policyholders and insurers usually face an initial jurisdiction fight over a lawsuit filed in state court because insurers find federal jurisdiction more appealing than state court.  On February 19, 2013, the federal Western District of Texas found in favor of State Farm and denied sending the Texas Insurance Code and Deceptive Trade Practices lawsuit of two homeowners, Ronald… Continue Reading »

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NLRB Headed to the Supreme Court On The Obama Recess Appointments

Carol Keough March 12, 2013

On March 12, 2013, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced its decision to file a petition for certioriari with the Supreme Court.  The NLRB wants the Court to reverse or clarify the decision in “Noel Canning” where the D.C. Circuit held that the recess appointments to the Board by President Obama were invalid. In order for… Continue Reading »

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Obama’s Recess Appointments Invalidated

Carol Keough February 14, 2013

The D.C. Circuit recently held that President Obama’s recess appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional.  Without these three appointees, the NLRB lacks a necessary quorum to deliver decisions.  The opinion of the D.C. Circuit in Canning v. National Labor Relations Board, (January 25, 2013), was that the Board did… Continue Reading »

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5th Circuit Warning to Insured – Notify your Insurance Company

Carol Keough February 1, 2013

On January 17, 2013, the Federal Fifth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment against an insured, Mr. Reeder, for his mistake of keeping  his insurance company in the dark.  Jamestown Insurance Company, the insurer, argued on appeal that because of the conduct of Mr. Reeder, their insured, Jamestown Insurance Company was not required to defend or indemnify… Continue Reading »

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