Castaneda v. International Leg Wear Group: The Court affirmed in a per curiam opinion a decision by the Court of Appeals, which had upheld the granting of benefits to the plaintiff. Judge Tyson’s dissent, which had argued that the medical causation evidence was speculative, was rejected by the Court.
In Panos v. Timco Engine Center, the court considered the applicability of the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act (NCWHA) to an employee who works outside of North Carolina. Plaintiff had brought an action based on the company’s failure to pay severance as required by his employment contract. Although the company was based in North Carolina, […]
The Fourth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s decision for the union in United Steelworkers, Local 850L v. Continental Tire. The Court agreed with the union that the dispute over pension and health benefits had to submitted to arbitration.
In Desmond v. PNGI Charles Town Gaming, the Fourth Circuit reversed the trial court, concluding instead that the plaintiff was not exempt from being paid overtime as an administrative employee. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), one of the “white collar” exceptions to the overtime requirement is the administrative exception. An administrative position is “office […]
Ann Groninger, along with Paige Kurtz, has written a paper on piercing the corporate veil, an important topic when bringing lawsuits against businesses. The paper is entitled “Behind the Shield: Piercing the Corporate Veil.” Summary: So you finally have a great case against Big Corporation. You file your complaint and send in discovery requests. Somehow […]
At the North Carolina Advocates for Justice CLE, Workers’ Compensation: Maximizing Your Case, Valerie spoke on the topic of representing state employees. She presented a paper entitled “How to Manage a State Employee’s Workers’ Compensation Case.” Summary: North Carolina state employees have benefits available to them when they are entitled to workers’ compensation that must […]
Ann Groninger spoke at the Torts Made Perfect seminar in Las Vegas on March 20, 2009, on the subject of representing bicyclists in personal injury cases. She presented a paper entitled “Litigating Bicycle Crash Cases.” Summary: There are many different nuances for an attorney to explore and understand in order to successfully represent an injured cyclist. […]
At the North Carolina Advocates for Justice CLE, Workers’ Compensation Roundtable, Valerie spoke on the topic of When an Injured Worker Commits Suicide. She presented a paper, co-authored with Jessica Leaven, entitled “Violent Death at Work.” Summary: Each year thousands of acts of violence occur in the workplace. It can occur at or outside the […]
Valerie Johnson spoke at the 2008 Annual Conference of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC), which was held in Seattle. Valerie’s talk was part of a session concerning health and safety for workers. She presented a paper, written with Narendra Ghosh, titled “How Can Unions Protect Injured Workers?” Summary: This paper discusses some common problems faced […]
Valerie Johnson spoke at the NCATL’s 2007 Workplace Torts and Workers Comp CLE, held in Chapel Hill. Valerie’s presentation topic and paper was “New Developments in the Interaction Between North Carolina State Employee Benefits and the Workers’ Compensation System.” Summary: Although the interaction between the state employee benefits system and the workers’ compensation system has some […]