For the second time this year, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled the arbitration agreement in an electric cooperative’s (co-op) bylaws are enforceable in disputes with customers (who become members by becoming customers) because
Although this case relies on Texas Insurance Code, it gives all businesses and insurance companies who may find themselves in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals some insight into that Court’s analysis of the specificity required in pleadings to comply with statutory requirements.
D2 Excavating, Inc., agreed to an excavation contract with Thompson Thrift Construction on a site which Thompsons claimed to require no import or export of dirt. In the contract, D2 agreed they’d visited the site and examined it to determine the appropriate amount of work required. Due to heavy rains and an eager client, D2 did not physically examine the site, but rather relied on a computer modeling program to determine how much work the site would require.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and legal career have been detailed many times since her death in mid-September. As the second-ever female Supreme Court Justice, her reputation of fighting against gender discrimination (for men and women) is well known.
When calculating overtime pay, employers must take into consideration “all remuneration for employment.” Bonuses may or may not factor into that remuneration depending on whether bonuses are “discretionary” or “non-discretionary”. The U.S.
For over five years, Premier Homes and Properties (PHP) built, marketed, and sold residential homes in a development owned by Aftew Properties known as the Village at Motts Landing. Premier Homes and Properties had three members, Key Marco Consulting and Marketing, Alpat Properties, and Klos Construction. The LLC’s operating agreement permitted the member-managers to engage in business that directly competed with PHP.
What does “cause” mean? In a business contract with no explanation of what constitutes cause, two members of Epic Chophouse, LLC, found they had no option to force the withdrawal of a third member. The Business Court sided with Defendant James Morasso when his business partners Richard Mack and Larry Sponaugle attempted to force him out of their LLC. The three partners could not agree on what “cause” meant in their original business agreements and chose to discuss the issue later.
Bettye Turner opened a securities brokerage account with David Carrick when he was employed with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. When Carrick moved to Stern, Agee & Leach, Inc. in 2009, Turner signed an Account Application to transfer her funds to a Stern Agee account.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 protect employees against gender and age discrimination. In order to bring a wrongful termination action against an employer, employees are required to exhaust their administrative remedies. Regina Thomas and Pam Pilgram failed to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission when they were terminated for allegedly stealing from their employer Southern Farm Bureau.
New EEOC guidance for employees and health care providers on opioid addiction and employment addresses how the Americans with Disabilities Act protects employees who use legal opioid medications or have past opioid addictions. Current drug users are not protected by the ADA, however, employees who participate in a Medication Assisted Treatment program for opioid addiction are protected.
Confused about how to implement President Trump’s Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster? You’re not alone. The Memorandum defers the employee portion of the Social Security tax from September 1 through December 31. It does not say how long the deferment lasts, and employees will still be liable for the taxes unless some action is taken to eliminate those taxes.
Even a company that follows best practices to protect trade secrets is vulnerable to trade-secret thefts. Zoho, a Software-as-a-Service company, followed all the best practices to reduce the accessibility of sensitive information. In 2010, some employees left the company to start their own business, Freshworks. A decade later Zoho filed suit for trade-secret misappropriation.
Franek Olstowski developed an excimer lamp using krypton-chloride to detect sulfur with ultraviolet fluorescence while he was employed by Petroleum Analyzer Co., L.P. He developed the technology on his own time. Later, Olstowski and Petroleum Analyzer discussed a licensing deal but failed to come to an agreement. Petroleum Analyzer filed a lawsuit claiming Olstowski’s technology as its own. The arbitration panel labeled Olstowski as the owner of the technology.
Three years after Gilbert Gonzalez installed siding on Norman Hamilton’s house the house was damaged in a fire. Hamilton and his insurance provider alleged the fire resulted because Gonzalez hammered nails through an electrical wire during the course of his work. Gonzalez’s commercial general liability policy at the time underwritten by Mid-Continent refused to defend or indemnify Gonzalez. Gonzalez sued Mid-Continent.
Acadian Diagnostic Laboratories, L.L.C., (Acadian) and Quality Toxicology, L.L.C., (QT) entered into two agreements to create a reciprocal testing arrangement. In each arrangement, QT was to collect the funds for testing and pay Acadian an agreed-upon percentage. QT, however, failed to pay Acadian the full amount owed. Acadian filed a lawsuit for breach of contract.
Janice Williams worked for MMO Behavioral Health Systems, L.L.C. (MMO) for fourteen years with an unblemished work record. In 2015, Williams took an approved medical leave for bone spurs and plantar fasciitis. Williams claims upon her return to work management began to harass her. On July 5th, 2015, MMO accused Williams of falsifying her timecard and terminated her employment. A year later, Williams brought multiple suits against MMO including a defamation claim.
When a fire destroyed Mariette and Ebert Joachin’s home, they filed a claim with their insurance company. The Joachins, however, were not yet residing in the home, a requirement of their insurance policy. The Joachins filed suit against the insurance agent who sold them the policy. They were honest about not living in the house, and they allege the agent sold them the wrong policy.
Nick Gavrilides, the owner of two restaurants in Lansing, Michigan, claims the Michigan stay-at-home order interfered with the use of his restaurants. He filed a business interruption claim with his insurance company, Michigan Insurance. His policy, however, covered only “direct physical loss or damage to the [insured’s] property”.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) declined B.V.’s application to register “” on the Principal Register for travel-related services., a digital travel agency, took the case to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia which relied on new evidence in its decision that “” was not generic, but instead had acquired secondary meaning. The USPTO appealed to the Fourth Circuit.
In mid-July, Virginia became the first state to issue mandatory COVID-19 workplace safety rules. The decision by the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board comes after the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declined to propose nationwide safety measures.