A Texas judge has ruled that Hunton Andrews Kurth is entitled to coverage from Great Northern Insurance Co., a unit of Chubb, Ltd. (“Chubb”), for losses its predecessor firm suffered when Hurricane Harvey closed its Houston office and disrupted business in 2017. The decision illustrates that law firms, like businesses in virtually every other economic sector, including the labor and employment industries, are susceptible to widespread damage caused by storms and other natural disasters.  The decision also stands as a reminder that businesses must be ready to enforce their right to receive the benefit of their insurance when a covered loss occurs.
Continue Reading Hunton Insurance Team Wins Summary Judgment on Firm’s Own Hurricane Harvey Business Income Loss

The US Chamber of Commerce, along with two other business-oriented groups, recently filed an amicus brief urging the Ninth Circuit to overrule a $102 million judgment against Wal-Mart.
Continue Reading The US Chamber of Commerce Slams Controversial Hundred Million Dollar Award Against Wal-Mart in Wage Statement Dispute

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP was recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 Labor and Employment guide, which seeks to find law firms and partners who stand out in their labor and employment practices throughout the US. The Firm’s Labor & Employment Team was recognized by Benchmark Litigation in 5 locations, and 13 partners from the practice were also recognized as “Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Stars.”
Continue Reading Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Labor and Employment Practice in 2019 Rankings

As part of a flurry of legislation enacted in 2018 as a response to the #metoo movement, 11 bills were signed to combat workplace sexual harassment. What does this mean for businesses?  Hint: that training video you’ve been showing to new employees for years is likely no longer sufficient.  
Continue Reading New York Mandatory Anti-Harassment Training Explained

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher M. Pardo and Anna L. Rothschild to its national labor and employment practice. Both are based in the firm’s Boston office.
Continue Reading Hunton Andrews Kurth Expands Labor and Employment Team with Addition of Christopher M. Pardo and Anna L. Rothschild in Boston

If you are looking for options to lower your annual PBGC premiums and reduce overall pension liability including plan termination liability), a retiree lump-sum window may again be a viable option. De-risking strategies are methods a company can implement to reduce its pension plan’s administrative expenses, PBGC premiums and overall pension liability.
Continue Reading The IRS does an “About-Face” on Restricting a Key Pension Plan De-Risking Strategy

Our California labor and employment team has been nominated by Benchmark Litigation as a California – Labor & Employment Litigation Firm of the Year, and Partner Roland Juarez  has been nominated as a California – Labor & Employment Litigation Attorney of the Year.
Continue Reading Benchmark Litigation Shortlists Hunton Andrews Kurth’s California Office, Lawyer for Labor and Employment Litigation Awards

Historically, bank executives have faced civil liability for breach of contract and violations of state laws governing the misappropriation of trade secrets for misusing their employer’s confidential and proprietary information. However, a recent “notice of intent to prohibit” issued by the Federal Reserve indicates that bank executives may now face a much harsher consequence than mere civil liability for misappropriating their employers’ information — namely, a ban from the business of banking altogether.
Continue Reading Fed’s Stance on Trade Secrets Could Mean More Banker Bans