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Employment Law, Litigation

District Court Decides Contract’s Forum-Selection Clause Applies to Non-Party’s Individual Claims

Many contracts contain “forum-selection clauses,” or provisions in which the parties to the contract stipulate that any lawsuit arising from the contract shall be litigated in a particular court or jurisdiction. While a forum-selection clause can generally be enforced only against the parties who signed the agreement in question, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued an opinion this week illustrating why that’s not always the case.

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Employment Law

Virginia Voters Facing a Tough Question on Election Day Regarding ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

When Virginians head to the polls on or before November 8th, they won’t just be faced with a choice between Presidential candidates and the Congressional hopefuls from their District. Among the policy initiatives on the ballot this year are two questions concerning the Virginia Constitution, one of which may have a significant impact on the Commonwealth’s labor and employment laws.

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Employment Law

Fourth Circuit Applies 9-Factor Joint Employer Test; Affirms Dismissal of Discrimination Case

In August 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its decision in Butler v. Drive Automotive Industries of America, Inc., wherein it expressly adopted the “joint employment doctrine” for cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Late last month, the Fourth Circuit issued an unpublished decision in the case of Greene v. Harris Corporation that dealt with the 9-part joint employer test it adopted in Butler.

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