RPL Sponsors Youth, I.N.C.’s 20th Annual Gala Event Honoring Bent On Learning and Other Nonprofits Serving Youth in New York

On November 18, 2014, Youth, I.N.C. brought together fourteen of the top, local nonprofits serving youth in New York in its 20th Annual Gala event, A Celebration to Benefit New York Kids. Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP served as a sponsor of the event. Bent On Learning was honored at the event. BOL is an organization devoted to promoting healthy living and teaching yoga to children and teens in New York…

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Exotic Dancers: Employees or Independent Contractors – The High Costs of Misclassification – Act I

This article was written by Lawrence Brocchini, a Partner of the Firm. A New York federal judge recently awarded nearly $11 million in unpaid minimum wages to a class of exotic dancers that the owners of a New York “cabaret” incorrectly classified as independent contractors, not employees. The employers in that case face additional damages and penalties at trial. The substantial damages that United States District Court Judge Paul A…

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RPL Partner Nicole Page Interviewed on Media Mayhem

RPL Partner Nicole Page appeared on Media Mayhem to discuss How to Navigate Hollywood’s Rocky Career Road with host Allison Hope Weiner. In this wide-ranging talk, Nicole focused on a variety of current issues in the media and entertainment industry, from sexism and wage inequality for women, to idea theft, to legal issues surrounding the misclassification of independent contractors.

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Second Circuit Finds “Big Four” Audit Associates Exempt from FLSA

This article was written by Lawrence Brocchini, a Partner in the Firm. In a decision on the scope of the “learned profession” exemption to the overtime requirement under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a ruling that certain “Big Four” audit associates possess a level of specialized knowledge and professional discretion exempting them from FLSA’s overtime requirement. The…

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RPL Client Jackson Films Inc. to Premier New Film at DOC NYC

We are pleased to announce that RPL client Jackson Films Inc., along with Teale Productions Inc., will premier a new documentary, Grazers: A Cooperative Story, on November 16th as part of DOC NYC. Grazers: A Cooperative Story is an intimate chronicle of a group of fiercely independent farmers in upstate New York as they attempt to form a cooperative to sell their grass fed beef. The film illuminates timely issues…

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RPL Partner Mark Moore Featured in Corporate Counsel

RPL Partner Mark H. Moore has published the article Workplace Disputes Under the Stored Communications Act in Corporate Counsel magazine, describing recent lawsuits claiming unauthorized access to data maintained by businesses or their employees, with a special focus on the federal Stored Communications Act.

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Second Circuit Reaffirms Expanded Definition of Protected Activity Under SOX Whistleblower Statute

This article was written by Alice K. Jump, a Partner in the Firm. For an employee to establish a whistleblowing claim under the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”), the employee must show that (1) he or she engaged in a protected activity; (2) the employer knew that the employee was engaged in the protected activity; (3) the employee suffered an adverse employment action and (4) the protected activity was…

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Women’s Sports Foundation Recognizes RPL for its Title IX Achievement

The Women’s Sports Foundation, the nation’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to equality in sports, recognizes RPL and highlights the achievement of RPL attorneys Lawrence Brocchini and Heidi Reavis in successfully integrating a public middle school sports team.  RPL was one of only 40 entities or people selected by the WSF in connection with its 40th Anniversary tribute honoring achievements in sports equality. https://www.facebook.com/WomensSportsFoundation  

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New York’s Court of Appeals Orders the Production of Source Code for Risk Analytics Software

This article was written by Mark H. Moore, a Partner in the Firm. New York’s Court of Appeals, in a recent decision, MSCI Inc. v. Jacob, ___ N.Y.3d __, __ N.Y.S.2d __, 2014 WL 4637883 (Sept. 18, 2014), ordered the production of a defendant software company’s latest versions of its source code for a risk analytics product.  The Court of Appeals carefully weighed the defendant company’s legitimate concern for confidentiality…

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The U.S. Supreme Court Preserves the Efficient Market Presumption in Investors’ Class Actions

This Article was written by Mark H. Moore, a Partner in the Firm The Supreme Court, in its recent decision, Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., ___ U.S. __, 2014 WL 2807181 (June 23, 2014), declined petitioner Halliburton’s invitation to put a quick end to class action lawsuits for investors seeking redress for securities fraud.  However, the Court, in a decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, raised…

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