Wednesday, July 28

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ACLU, First Amendment, Free Speech, Law, National Labor Relations Board, NLRB, Organized Labor, scabby the rat, Unions

Giant inflatable rats used by labor unions are constitutionally protected free speech, labor board rules

"Scabby the Rat" was first used by labor unions in 1990. The inflatable rat ranges in size from 12 feet to 25 feet. The Trump administration had argued its "red eyes, fangs, and claws" constituted an illegal threat. LoadingSomething is loading. Labor unions have a constitutionally protected right to protest using giant inflatable rodents, a fed...
coronavirus, COVID-19, Criminal Justice, Joe Biden, Law, Politics

Leading Democrats oppose Biden plan to end house arrest and potentially return inmates to prison after the pandemic

Since March 2020, more than 28,000 people have been released from federal prison due to COVID-19. Those released were assessed to face severe health risks if they contracted the coronavirus. Those released currently have to return to prison a month after the pandemic formally ends. LoadingSomething is loading. Two leading Senate Democrats are u...
ADA, Disability, Employees, Law, Lawsuits, Legal, Retail, Walmart

Walmart fired an employee with Down syndrome who worked there for 16 years. A jury said it should pay her $125 million.

Walmart was hit with a $125 million verdict on Friday in a disability-discrimination case. The company fired Marlo Spaeth, an employee with Down syndrome who worked at Walmart for 16 years. Walmart said it expected the verdict to be reduced to $300,000 because of a federal law. See more stories on Insider's business page. A federal jury determined on Friday that Walmart violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it fired an employee with Down syndrome following issues related to her work schedule.After a four-day trial in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the jury awarded Marlo Spaeth $125 million in damages. Before her termination, S...
election, jenna ellis, Law, Politics, Republican National Committee, RNC, Rudy Giuliani

The GOP’s top lawyer said Rudy Giuliani’s 2020 election lawsuits were’a joke’ and’are getting laughed out of court’

An email The Washington Post obtained shows division within the GOP over the 2020 election. The Republican National Committee's top lawyer criticized lawsuits disputing the election results. Rudy Giuliani retaliated by trying to have the lawyer fired, The Post reported. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
CDC, COVID-19, Florida, Law, masks, Transportation, Travel, UK Weekend, Weekend BI UK

A man who sued Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and 4 other airlines over the face mask mandate has taken his case to the Supreme Court

A frequent flier has asked the Supreme Court for an emergency injunction against the mask mandate. Lucas Wall, of Washington, DC, last month filed lawsuits against the CDC and seven airlines. Legal experts said his SCOTUS application was part of a growing "shadow docket" at the high court. See more stories on Insider's business page. A man who's suing seven airlines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over mandatory mask-wearing on flights has taken his case directly to the Supreme Court.Lucas Wall has asked the Supreme Court to issue a preliminary injunction against the CDC to put an end to the federal mask m...
Canada, Finance, Labor law, Law, Lyft, Markets, Tax Avoidance, Taxes, Tech Insider, Transportation, Uber

Uber and Lyft could be avoiding $135 million in Canadian taxes every year by relying on contract workers, report says

Uber and Lyft could avoid a combined $135 million in taxes annually in Canada, a new report claims. Canadians for Tax Fairness blamed lax disclosure laws and companies classifying drivers as contractors. Uber and Lyft both disputed the findings, telling Insider they paid all required taxes in Canada. See more stories on Insider's business page. Uber and Lyft could be avoiding a combined $135 million in taxes every year in Canada, according to a new report from the nonprofit Canadians for Tax Fairness (C4TF).The report estimated Uber and Lyft avoid $53.9 million in corporate taxes as well as $81.3 million in unemployment insurance a...
Apollo Global Management, Finance, Law, Legal, Paul Weiss, Subscriber Collection, Teaser

Apollo turned to law firm Paul Weiss over and over again. The lucrative client stoked tensions at the law firm and opened it up to criticism about the close relationship, insiders say.

Over the past decade, private equity giant Apollo has boosted the coffers of law firm Paul Weiss. But the cozy relationship has come at a cost, insiders say. Insider spoke with dozens of experts to find out how the relationship has changed the law firm. See more stories on Insider's business page. Private-equity giant Apollo Global Management has boosted the fortunes of law firm Paul Weiss to the tune of $100 million in annual billings and lifted its dealmaking profile, leading to nearly 100 mergers and acquisitions in which Paul Weiss advised Apollo and its affiliates, according to Dealogic.But there has also been a cost to the co...
Enterprise, Finance, Law, Legal, Startups, Subscriber Collection, Teaser, Tech, Tech Insider, VC

Check out 5 pitch decks that legal-tech startups used to raise millions

Funding for legal-tech is nearing $1 billion for 2021 so far. VC firms, private equity, and even traditional law players are pouring money in. Check out these 5 pitch decks for examples of how legal-tech startup founders sold their vision. See more stories on Insider's business page. As law firms and their clients seek to digitize and streamline work, VCs have been opening their wallets to the growing legal-tech space. The total value of deals in the global market to date this year clocks in at least $974 million — already surpassing the $603 million figure from 2020, according to data from PitchBook.Private equity firms are als...
CDC, Chicago, COVID-19, Drivers, Law, lawsuit, Legal, masks, Ridesharing apps, Tech Insider, Transportation, Weekend BI UK

Lyft and Uber driver who works in Chicago sues CDC over its mask mandate, saying it infringes on his constitutional freedoms

The CDC last week was sued by a Chicago rideshare driver over its mask mandate. Justin Mahwikizi, the driver, said the mandate limits his freedoms of speech and religion. "It's against my Christian beliefs to refuse service to someone in need," he told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. A man who works as a driver for rideshare apps like Lyft and Uber in Chicago last week filed a lawsuit against the CDC over its federal mask mandate, saying it was unconstitutional. Justin Mahwikizi said in his complaint that the mask mandate limited both his freedom of religion and freedom of speech. He said that's because he's ...
Economy, Farming, Fast Food, Food, Law, lawsuit, Meat, Pork, Restaurants, Retail, Subway, Weekend BI UK

Subway accuses US pork producers of being involved in a price-fixing conspiracy, which it says led to inflated costs for more than a decade

Subway accused a group of US pork producers of conspiring to raise prices since 2009. Producers "unlawfully inflated pork costs for more than a decade," a Subway spokesperson said. Tyson, Hormel, and others were included as defendants in a lawsuit filed at the end of June. LoadingSomething is loading. ...