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Patent litigation alert: Federal Circuit issues en banc decision in Marine Polymer: no reexamination intervening rights absent textual amendment to claim language

USA - March 19 2012 Should intervening rights apply to claims that were not textually amended during a reexamination proceeding but were effectively narrowed by the patentee’s arguments?

Heather N. Mewes, Rajiv Patel.

Court finds for EEOC in Abercrombie & Fitch hijab suit

USA - August 16 2011 A federal district court in Oklahoma recently held that an EEOC employer must make religious accommodations to its dress code, even if doing so could arguably detract from its "corporate image."

Michael A. Sands.

California District Court issues $5 million verdict in retaliation case

USA - August 16 2011 A jury trial in the United States District Court for the Central District of California earlier this summer resulted in a $5.4 million verdict against an employer who fired a plant manager after he reported the CEO's sexual harassment of one of his employees.

Michael A. Sands.

Plaintiff whose sales territories were reduced upon pregnancy announcement survives summary judgment in retaliation case against employer

USA - August 16 2011 A recent ruling by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied an employer's motion for summary judgment, holding that a former employee's lawsuit under the FMLA should be allowed to proceed to trial.

Michael A. Sands.

California appellate court denies "split shift" pay to employees working consecutive overnight shifts

USA - August 16 2011 In Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. v. Superior Court (Holland), security guards brought an action against their employer alleging a failure to pay split shift pay per Wage Order No. 4, which defines a "split shift" as "a work schedule" that "is interrupted by non-paid non-working periods established by the employer, other than bona fide rest or meal breaks."

Michael A. Sands.