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Business group hopeful legislation targeting frivolous lawsuits will pass

Melissa Busch Feb. 14, 2017, 9:08am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – For the first time in years, small business advocates believe there is a chance Congress could approve imposing mandatory penalties on those who file frivolous lawsuits.

Attorneys for plaintiffs in lawsuit brought over DOL ‘persuader rule’ seek nearly $480,000 in fees

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 5, 2016, 12:14pm

Houston law firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Steward PC, Lubbock firm Bustos Law Firm PC and El Paso firm Kemp Smith LLP are hoping to recover a maximum of $479,834.50 in fees, but said in their motion they also would accept $323,442.63 or $222,645, depending on the rate used by the Texas federal court.

Texas federal judge issues nationwide permanent injunction against U.S. Department of Labor’s ‘persuader rule’

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 18, 2016, 7:19am

The persuader rule, or Persuader Advice Exemption Rule, was meant to effectively eliminate the “advice exemption” under the Labor-Management Reporting Disclosure Act, or LMRDA. Basically, LMRDA requires employers to report each time they engage a consultant to persuade employees on how to use their collective bargaining rights.

Federal court enjoins U.S. Department of Labor's Persuader Advice Exemption Rule

Mark Iandolo Jun. 28, 2016, 9:24pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that her request to enjoin the U.S. Department of Labor’s Persuader Advice Exemption Rule was granted; the rule has now been blocked from moving forward nationwide.

Texas judge temporarily blocks U.S. Department of Labor’s ‘persuader rule’

Jessica Karmasek Jun. 28, 2016, 3:16pm

The new Persuader Advice Exemption Rule requires that employers and the consultants they hire file reports not only for direct persuader activities -- i.e. consultants talking to workers -- but also for indirect persuader activities -- consultants scripting what managers and supervisors say to workers.

U.S. House panel approves fraudulent joinder bill

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 3, 2016, 1:16pm

The Fraudulent Joinder Prevention Act, or H.R. 3624, shifts the burden from the defendant to the plaintiff and allows federal judges more discretion to remove those “innocent” local defendants.