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Ninth Circuit defines scope of protection for whistleblowers under Sarbanes-Oxley Act

USA - September 9 2009 In Van Asdale v. International Game Technology, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit issued its first decision defining the scope of protected conduct under the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 ("SOX")....


Washington court admits settlement letters into evidence to show employer's willfulness in denying wages

USA - September 9 2009 In Durand v. HIMC, the plaintiff sued his former employers alleging claims for breach of contract and unpaid wages under Washington state law....


Jury finds employer accessed "private" MySpace.com group page in violation of the Federal Stored Communications Act

USA - September 9 2009 In Pietrylo v. Hillstone Restaurant Group, a server at a Houston's restaurant in New Jersey created a MySpace.com group whose purpose was to let current and former employees "vent" about their experience while working at the restaurant....


California Court of Appeal holds that customer non-solicitation provisions in employment agreements are unenforceable

USA - September 9 2009 In The Retirement Group v. Galante, the employer sued former employees for misappropriation of trade secrets and violating a customer non-solicitation agreement....


Ninth Circuit clarifies when commuting time and work performed before and after a shift are compensable

USA - September 9 2009 In Rutti v. LoJack, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit held that employees are not entitled to pay for time spent driving to and from home to work under both California and Federal law....