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Recent Jury Verdicts

Published by on December 23, 2007

Here are a few recent jury verdicts that make interesting fireside reading for the holidays: NY -- Staffing firm executive wins $1.2 million in race and sex harassment suit.  Plans on returning to work Jan. 2 despite being called a "black bitch" and having the firm CEO's pelvis pushed up against her. (more…) ...

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Worst Places To Be Sued?

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The American Tort Reform Association released its annual report on "Judicial Hellholes," the worst places to be sued in the U.S.  Madison County, Illinois, was pleased to be removed from the list after it implemented judicial reforms. (Hat tip to the WSJ Law Blog, which reports it received a "rebuttal" from the American Association for Justice.) ...

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Maryland Personal Information Protection Act

Published by on December 21, 2007

Beginning on January 1, 2008, Maryland businesses will have new obligations with respect to how they use and maintain personal information about individuals residing in the State.  The Maryland Personal Information Protection Act is a comprehensive data security law that seeks to provide individuals, including employees and job applicants, with increased privacy and security of their personal information.  It is designed to provide protection from identity theft. (more…) ...

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WSJ Article on Arbitration of Employment Disputes

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For those interested in our prior post on arbitration of employment disputes (Who Wins More In Arbitration?), the WSJ had an article yesterday on this topic.  The WSJ Law Blog also has a follow-up post with extensive commentary here.  The article mentions the case of Jamie Leigh Jones, who alleges she was raped by fellow employees at Kellogg Brown & Root, while working for the company in Iraq.  The company is attempting to compel arbitration of her sexual harassment claims. ...

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Who Wins More In Arbitration?

Published by on December 17, 2007

We questioned earlier whether arbitration of employment disputes would be coming to an end soon.  (What is the future of arbitration?)  Perhaps we announced the death-knell of employment arbitrations too soon.  Overlawyered reports here on the win rates in arbitration vs. litigation in employment cases.  Employee advocates may want to reconsider their opposition to arbitration if the reported statistics are accurate. (more…) ...

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