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April 28th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 27-28, 2019

Published April 28th, 2019 -

On Thursday, Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, charged a Massachusetts district court judge and a former court officer with three federal obstruction offenses.  Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph and Wesley McGregor are accused of... More »

April 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 25, 2019

Published April 25th, 2019 -

In Lamps Plus v. Varela, the Supreme Court held yesterday that “[u]nder the Federal Arbitration Act, an ambiguous agreement cannot provide the necessary contractual basis for concluding that the parties agreed to submit to class arbitration.”  In the case, Lam... More »

April 2nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—April 2, 2019

Published April 2nd, 2019 -

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday proposed a rule that would sharply limit the ability of workers to sue companies for violations of minimum-wage and overtime laws under a theory of joint employer liability.  If the rule becomes final, workers will face n... More »

March 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 27, 2019

Published March 27th, 2019 -

A group of labor unions on Tuesday secured a temporary injunction blocking portions of the lame-duck laws that Wisconsin Republicans passed to limit the powers of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul following the election victories of the two Democr... More »

February 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 28, 2019

Published February 28th, 2019 -

Later this morning, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representatives Hank Johnson and Jerry Nadler will hold a press conference announcing the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, a bill that would amend the Federal Arbitration Act to exempt mandatory... More »

February 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 22, 2019

Published February 22nd, 2019 -

Google is ending forced arbitration for all current and former employees, a policy that will go into effect on March 21.  This change comes after months of advocacy efforts from employees, who staged a 20,000 employee walk out in November and took to Twitter a... More »

January 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 16, 2019

Published January 16th, 2019 -

Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced a rare, unanimous victory for workers in New Prime v. Oliveira, ruling that transportation workers cannot be forced into mandatory arbitration when their rights are violated at work. Section 1 of the Federal Arbitration A... More »

November 29th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published November 29th, 2018 -

Harvard Law School’s Pipeline Parity Project saw another success in its campaign to end forced arbitration in employment disputes when Sidley Austin, one of the United States’ 10 largest law firms, announced that it would bow to pressure and elimin... More »

October 1st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 1st, 2018 -

On the cusp of an ideological majority for the first time in over half a century, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term today, again – like in 2016 – with an 8-Justice lineup.  While the fate of the current nominee is uncertain, the Court is slated for wh... More »

August 23rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 23, 2018

Published August 23rd, 2018 -

Responding to the #MeToo movement and the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems, the California State Senate passed a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring a mandatory arbitration provision or nondisclosure agreement as a condition of empl... More »