WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A two-hour hearing on frivolous lawsuits before a U.S. Senate committee may have lacked focus on pending legislation but did produce a few noteworthy moments - including Sen. Al Franken’s assertion that there are “bad actors” filing meritless lawsuits, though he is opposed to the reforms presented.
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’
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.
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.