Firm News

September 13, 2007
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has dismissed an appeal by BlueHippo in a class-actions lawsuit challenging the company's business practices. BlueHippo's appeal had sought to force all customers nationwide to pursue their claims through individual arbitration proceedings, even if they had never signed...
September 13, 2007
by Joseph S. Enoch, ConsumerAffairs.Com Decision opens the door to class action suits against the company Federal Courts have dealt a blow to BlueHippo Funding by dismissing the company's attempt to force all of its customers to take their complaints to arbitration, opening the door to class-action lawsuits. The company, based...
September 6, 2007
Fired Foreman Alleges Retaliation for Reporting Safety Violations at Brown's Ferry Plant Washington, D.C. - James Speegle, a former construction foreman at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, filed a whistleblower lawsuit today against a TVA contractor in federal court in Huntsville, Alabama. Speegle's...
September 1, 2007
KMB partner David J. Marshall and senior associate Nicole J. Williams white paper on SOX and accounting fraud. Read the full paper here.
August 6, 2007
Debra S. Katz, counsel for current and former employees of the Office of Special Counsel who have filed a complaint against Scott Bloch, OSC Special Counsel, is quoted by The New York Times in its profile of Special Counsel Scott Bloch. According to Katz, Bloch "came into this agency, dismantled it and made it completely...
August 1, 2007
Human Resource Executive magazine names Debra S. Katz on its list of "The Top 10 Plaintiffs' Attorneys to Fear the Most." In its August cover story, entitled "Meet the Enemy," HRE profiles ten of the "most highly regarded and successful employment-law plaintiffs' attorneys" and notes that "to know them is to avoid them." See:...
August 1, 2007
The National Law Journal publishes an article by Lisa J. Banks and Debra S. Katz analyzing the U.S. Supreme Court's recent 5-4 decision, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Inc. and other employment-related Supreme Court cases of the 2006-2007 term. As Ms. Banks and Ms. Katz note in the article, the Supreme Court...
August 1, 2007
Katz, Marshall and Banks partner David Marshall published an article, "Blowing the Whistle on Nuclear Safety Lapses: Federal Whistleblower Protections Act at a Glance," on nuclear whistleblowers. Mr. Marshall writes about the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA) and its protections for nuclear whistleblowers, as well as the types of...
July 18, 2007
KMB attorney Justine Andronici is quoted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy in a report on "family-responsibilities discrimination" or "caregiver discrimination" on the part of non-profit employers. According to Andronici, such discrimination is not uncommon even when prohibited in an organization's employment manual. Family-...
July 17, 2007
KMB and the Government Accountability Project announce a settlement in the workers' whistleblower retaliation case filed by ten U.S. Capitol Tunnel Shop workers against the Architect of the Capitol. The out-of-court settlement resolves the complaint that the workers filed with the Congressional Office of Compliance in October...

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