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Sixth Circuit Appeals Court's transgender discrimination ruling expands reach of civil rights law

A recent federal appeals court ruling stands as another example of judges explicitly expanding the scope of anti-discrimination laws to protect the employment rights of people who identify as gay, lesbian and non-binary gender, according to an attorney whose practice focuses on labor and employment matters

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Pressure from Trump, litigation losses aren't stopping EEOC case against Dollar General

Despite efforts by the Trump administration to pull the reins on many of the recent priorities at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and amid a string of litigation losses, the federal anti-discrimination agency is holding course in pressing its years-long case against Dollar General. But what exactly that signals remains to be seen, according to employment attorney Rod Fliegel, who co-chairs the privacy and background checks practice at the firm of Littler Mendelson.

Judge: EEOC has turned over enough documents to Dollar General in hiring bias suit

A Chicago federal magistrate judge has largely rejected Dollar General's effort to squeeze more information from federal regulators in their efforts to defend against a discrimination suit against the discount retail chain, which alleges the company's job applicant screenings are geared to keep out blacks.

Flight attendants' minimum wage class action claims grounded vs SkyWest Airlines

A federal judge has permanently grounded a class action lawsuit brought against SkyWest Airlines by a group of flight attendants, who the judge said still haven't made their case the airline paid them so little it violated minimum wage laws.

Seventh Circuit: Defendants can use plaintiffs own estimate of class size to take class action to federal court

A recent federal appellate court decision has shed some light on how courts may interpret a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on class action damages, and whether defendants can use plaintiffs own class size estimates to transfer a case from state court to federal jurisdiction.

DNJ Intermodal Services LLC, others accused of negligence over vehicular accident

A woman has brought a wrongful death suit against Ramiro Rangel Jr., DNJ Intermodal Services LLC, IMC Companies LLC, IMC Global Solutions, National Drayage Services and Atlantic Intermodal Services LLC.

Judge: Class action can continue, in part, vs Nature's Bounty over St. John's Wort supplements

A class action suit accusing the maker of herbal supplements of not including enough herbs in their supplements will be allowed to continue, in part, after a federal judge agreed only to dismiss certain elements of the lawsuit against Nature’s Bounty.

Class action allowed to continue vs Electrolux over claims dishwashers catch fire

Electrolux, the company behind the Frigidaire line of home appliances, was unable to get a judge to wash away parts of a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of selling dishwashers customers allege can spontaneously combust.

7th Circuit says Chicago doesn't owe cops OT for off-duty emails; lawyer says shows need for clear policy

A federal appeals court has backed Chicago City Hall in its dispute with a group of police officers who claimed they should be paid overtime for off-duty emailing on their official Blackberrys. And that decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit demonstrates the importance for employers to have a clearly defined policy on overtime work for employees

Glovemaker Wells Lamont allowed to pursue trade secrets lawsuit vs ex-employee, rival Radians

A federal judge has determined glove maker Wells Lamont should be allowed to continue to pursue its lawsuit against a former employee and the direct competitor that hired him, for allegedly stealing Wells Lamont's trade secrets.

Debate brews over whether Americans with Disabilities Act or Title VII protects transgender employees

A legal debate is now brewing over whether transgender employees should be legally protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), particularly given a spate of recent rulings, including from a Chicago federal appeals court, finding they may already be protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well.

Judge trims class action vs Dollar General over aloe vera gel alleged not to contain aloe vera

A federal judge has burned off two of three counts in a class action complaint facing Dollar General over claims the retailer’s aloe vera cooling gel didn’t actually contain aloe vera.

Federal judge scrambles Koch Foods’ dismissal motion in suit claiming chicken catchers not properly paid

Suburban-based poultry wholesaler Koch Foods has laid an egg in Chicago federal court, with its failed motion to dismiss a suit brought against it by former chicken handlers, who claim the company failed to pay them minimum wage and overtime.

Dollar General ruling strengthens EEOC's hand to widen discrimination claims into 'fishing expeditions'

The ruling of a Chicago federal judge in favor of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforcement case against retail giant Dollar General will strengthen the EEOC’s hand in bids to widen single claims of employment discrimination into "company-wide fishing expeditions," say two Chicago attorneys and labor law experts.

Judge: Dollar General can't stop EEOC action over alleged discriminatory job screening practices

Dollar General has suffered another setback in its attempt to beat back a long-running federal investigation into job screening practices allegedly set up to screen out African American applicants, as a Chicago federal judge ruled the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission didn’t overstep in initiating an enforcement action against the retailer, even after the federal agency pulled the plug on the required pre-enforcement settlement process.

7th Circ. LGBT Title VII sex discrimination decision puts employers on notice; SCOTUS to ultimately decide

In the wake of a recent decision by a federal appeals court in Chicago, employers will no longer be able to necessarily be able to seek refuge in existing federal civil rights law against discrimination claims brought by gay, lesbian or transgendered employees, as the federal appeals judges said federal prohibitions against sex discrimination should be stretched to include those who fall under the LGBT banner, upsetting decades of established precedent on that question.

Judge: California law can't be applied nationwide in toilet water line class action vs Fluidmaster

A Chicago federal judge has sunk a bid by a group of plaintiffs to float a nationwide class action under California consumer protection law against plumbing products maker Fluidmaster over supposed defects in toilet and sink water supply lines, which allegedly cause the lines to fail, rupture and leak, causing damage to homes in which they were installed.

Lawsuit: Article published in ABA Journal targeted forensic document examiners certification board

The American Bar Association has brought to Chicago federal court a legal dispute over an article run in an ABA journal, which a forensic document examiners certifying agency said was intended to drive them from the market.