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New Supreme Court Term to Kick Off With Argument in Class Action Waiver Cases

Ogletree Deakins • July 23, 2017
On July 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States released the October 2017 term’s calendar for oral arguments, including the date it will hear oral argument in the three consolidated class action waiver cases that are currently before the Court. The term will start on October 2, 2017, with the justices hearing a total of one hour of oral argument in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris.

California Employer Challenges Restrictive Covenant Use by Out-of-State Employers

XpertHR • July 23, 2017
Veeva Systems, a California-based, cloud-based software provider for the life sciences industries, has filed a claim in the superior court of California against three companies that use post-termination non-compete, confidentiality and nondisparagement clauses in employment agreements. Veeva alleges that those practices restrict fair competition and violate California law. The claims were filed against New York-based Medidata, Connecticut-based QuintilesIMS and New Jersey-based Sparta Systems. All three of these companies are rivals that have sought court orders against former employees seeking to work for Veeva, as well as filing claims against Veeva itself.

Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules for Employee Fired for Medical Marijuana Use

XpertHR • July 23, 2017
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a newly-hired employee who was terminated because she tested positive for marijuana use can sue her former employer for handicap discrimination. Christina Barbuto suffers from Crohn's disease and her physician had provided her with a written certification allowing her to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Medical and recreational marijuana use is legal in Massachusetts in limited amounts.

Hot List – Summer Recess Edition

Fisher Phillips • July 23, 2017
Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week.
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