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5th Circuit Affirms Punitive Damage Award

Published by on January 4, 2008

On January 2, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed an award of $125,000 in punitive damages against an employer to each of eight plaintiffs for racial discrimination despite the plaintiffs being awarded $0 in compensatory damages.  The district judge added a $1 nominal damage award to the judgment.  Here is a copy of the opinion. (more…) ...

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EEOC Announces Record Settlement

Published by on January 3, 2008

The Washington Post reports that the EEOC settled a racial harassment case with Lockheed involving a single employee for $2.5 million.  It is reportedly the largest individual settlement ever at the EEOC.  A Reuters article on the case is here.  The case involved allegations of racial slurs and threats directed at the employee and the company's alleged failure to do anything about it after he complained, stating "boys will be boys."  The company denied the allegations and said that the EEOC...

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EEOC Issues Retiree Health Rule

Published by on December 31, 2007

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the release of new regulations regarding retiree health benefits on December 26, 2007.  The rule allows employers who provide retiree health benefits to continue the practice of coordinating those benefits with Medicare, without ensuring that Medicare eligible retirees are receiving the same benefits as younger retirees. (more…) ...

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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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