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‘Amorphous’ mention of wage violations not protected activity (access required)

Where a manager made an “amorphous” mention of possible wage law violations and attempted to introduce pay incentives and a bonus program to combat low employee morale, his conduct was not “protected activity” under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Background ...

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Multiple claims in freezer patent dispute construed (access required)

Where the parties disputed whether a patent covering a rack-isle freezing system for palletized product was infringed, the court construed multiple terms, including airflow chamber and warehouse. Background Tippmann Engineering LLC brings this action against Innovative Refrigeration Systems Inc. and ...

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30-year sentence reduced under First Step Act to time served (access required)

Where the guidelines range for someone convicted today for the cocaine-related crimes involved here would be 262-327 months, and the defendant had already served 289 months of his 360-month sentence, his sentence was reduced to time served under the First ...

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Change in sentencing law leads to compassionate release (access required)

Where a defendant seeking compassionate release cited changes to the sentencing law showing that while he was sentenced to 360 months in prison the guidelines range today would be 188-235 months, his sentence was reduced to 212 months supported by ...

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ALJ failed to consider disability applicant’s reliance on coach (access required)

Where an applicant for disability and social security benefits has relied on job coaches in the past, it was error for the administrative law judge to not assess whether she would need assistance from a job coach if she moved ...

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No personal jurisdiction over commission suit (access required)

Although a Virginia-based company alleged it was owed commissions by an Illinois corporation because it assisted in selling over $28 million of personal protective equipment, or PPE, the suit was dismissed because the alleged breach of the agreement concerned entities ...

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Ex-employee prevails on conversion, conspiracy claims (access required)

Where a roofing company alleged its former salesperson received unauthorized payments, he prevails on the conversion claim because there was no evidence the payments were wrongful or unauthorized. Because there was no evidence he agreed to injure the company, he ...

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