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Apple anti-poaching suit tossed

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A federal court in California tossed securities claims against Apple that argued the tech giant used illegal anti-poaching agreements so other companies could not solicit its employees. Some of the claims are time-barred while others are dismissed for failure to show proof the agreements are clearly illegal.

Fired for investigating harassment

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A federal court in Georgia declined to dismiss a former police captain’s lawsuit alleging he was fired because he investigated three female officers’ sexual harassment complaints against the former chief of the Savannah State University Police Department. He showed evidence of a causal relationship between his protected activity and his termination, as well as evidence that his termination’s official reason was mere pretext.

Farm labor law carveouts

FRESNO, Calif. — Reluctantly issuing summary judgment in a case that's been under submission since 2017 over a California law that's been repealed since 2020, a federal judge found the law violated farm owners' equal protection rights because carveouts that excluded them were included to appease the United Farm Workers union.

11th Circuit revives deaf discrimination suit

ATLANTA — The Eleventh Circuit reversed the lower court’s finding in favor of O’Reilly Auto Parts, which employed a deaf man who argued the auto shop violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide him with a sign language interpreter on several occasions and failing to text him summaries of nightly safety meetings. His inability to participate in the meetings may have adversely affected the terms of his employment.

Raising Cane’s arbitration

LOS ANGELES — A federal court in California compelled arbitration between Raising Cane’s and a class of employees who say the fast-food chain did not pay them full wages, did not compensate their meal breaks and rest periods, and did not reimburse their necessary business expenses. No class action waiver applied and the arbitration agreement is not procedurally unconscionable.

Minnesota Gov. Tom Walz vetoes higher pay for Lyft, Uber drivers

Uber and Lyft drivers had staged noisy but peaceful demonstrations outside Walz's office in the Capitol in recent days to demand that the governor sign the bill.