Jay Holland tackles NFL employment rules in Law360

Holland supplied some insight on the employment rights of NFL players if his team, or the NFL, were to fire a player for “taking a knee?”  Could the player claim discrimination or retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act? Would the player have any success under the prohibition against retaliation under the National Labor Relations Act?  The answers hinge on whether the discrimination or retaliation was related to workplace conditions.

Jay Holland is the chair of Joseph Greenwald & Laake’s Labor, Employment and Qui Tam Whistleblower practice. He is a renowned employment and qui tam litigator known for taking on tough cases and achieving exceptional results.

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Jay Holland sits down with Reuters Legal Current to discuss the dangers of emoji-use in the workplace

Instant messaging has become an increasingly popular way for businesses to facilitate communication and collaboration. With these informal shorthand communication methods has come the rise of the pictographic characters known as emoji. While emoji can generally be a fun way for people to communicate, many lawyers are now encouraging employees to keep them out of business communication.

Emoji-use can be misconstrued between multiple parties, and sometimes, the meaning of a particular emoji can change depending on the context and culture in which it’s used. It can also create problems in terms of workplace misunderstandings, in terms of areas like gender and race, that could potentially lead to legal issues down the line. In this podcast, Jay discusses that, and encourages the use of emoji-awareness seminars to educate employers and employees on the potential legal dangers of this type of informal communication.

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Joseph Greenwald & Laake files Maryland-only class-action lawsuit against Equifax

Timothy F. Maloney and Veronica Nannis along with co-counsel Smith Gildea & Schmidt in Towson, have filed a class-action lawsuit against Equifax in Maryland state court.

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While other lawsuits have been filed, this is the first Maryland-only class-action lawsuit bringing state law claims to filed against the company for its extensive failures to safeguard its consumers’ “Personally Identifiable Information,” and for failing to provide timely notice that their information had been stolen, as well as what type of information was stolen.

The breach, which lasted from mid-May through July, affected up to 145 million individual accounts, compromising individuals’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and for some, driver’s license and credit card numbers.

Speaking to ABC 2 News, Maloney stressed the importance of their focusing on the millions of affected Maryland residents.

“The number of people who have been affected by this breach is astounding,” Maloney told ABC 2. “We feel that it is imperative to focus our efforts on Maryland residents who are now at risk of identity theft and other harms because of the sensitive personal information that was exposed at Equifax.”

A copy of the complaint can be found by clicking here

Tim Maloney quoted in Washington Post article on 100 year sentence

Deonte Carraway, 24, was an aide at Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School, where authorities said he used his position to sexually abuse children and produce child pornography. He was sentenced on Sept. 28, and will serve his 100-year sentence simultaneously with the 75-year prison term he received last month in federal court on related charges. Several of the parents of the abused children have filed several civil lawsuits against Carraway, Glenarden and the Prince George’s County School system. Maloney represents several of the families who have filed these lawsuits.

“We are grateful for the court’s very strong sentence,” Maloney said, quoted in the article. “Now that the criminal cases have been concluded, our clients will now be able to seek relief in the pending civil cases.”

Source: The Washington Post 

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Jay Holland Presents Qui Tam Session at Federal Bar Association Conference, Atlanta

The session, titled “What is ‘qui tam’? What every attorney needs to know about the False Claims Act and whistleblower cases,” was held on Thursday, Sept. 14.

His session taught potential relator counsel, as well as in-house counsel, the basics of the False Claims Act and federal whistleblower statutes for the average federal litigator. It included information on how to identify a potential qui tam case, how to identify the five “Basics” of FCA cases and how to develop an understanding of where the potential traps in FCA litigation are.

With over 17,000 members and over 90 chapters nationwide, the Federal Bar Association is dedicated to promoting the welfare, interests, education and professional development of attorneys involved in federal law. Its members range from small to large firms, corporations and federal agencies. The FBA serves as the communication point between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors.

Jay Holland is a principal in JGL’s Civil Litigation Group, and the chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Qui Tam Whistleblower practice. He is a renowned employment and qui tam litigator known for taking on tough cases and achieving exceptional results. Jay has been lead counsel in several cases that have received national media attention, and has achieved extraordinary success in several high-profile qui tam cases under the False Claims Act that have resulted in settlements of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Tim Maloney Quoted in Washington Post Article on PG County Sexual Misconduct Case

The article details his work on a case involving a former Prince George’s County school aide who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation and child pornography charges stemming from sexual misconduct at Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, Maryland.

23-year-old Deonte Carraway has been sentenced to 75 years in prison by a federal judge, and faces 270 counts of sex abuse and other related charged in Prince George’s County Circuit Court. At least nine civil suits and one class-action lawsuit are pending, led by families of the affected children against Carraway, Prince George’s County Public School system and the city of Glenarden.

Maloney, who represents several of the families suing, said that the issued sentence was appropriately strong.

“Deonte Carraway will spend the rest of his life in federal prison,” Maloney said in the article. “But of course no sentence can ever make up for the harm to these children and their families.”

Maloney is offering free and confidential case evaluations for affected children and their families, using an online form: http://www.jgllaw.com/judge-sylvania-woods-elementary-school-victims-rights1

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JGL Litigation Team Fights For 4,000 Borrowers Whose Mortgage Loans Were Tainted by Kickbacks

A federal district court in Cincinnati granted what is believed to be the first certification of a class action in a Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act case ever in the Sixth Circuit. In that court,  a team of JGL litigation attorneys and their co-counsel are advocating on behalf of borrowers whose mortgage loans are alleged to have  been negatively affected by a series of improper kickbacks. The kickbacks in question are claimed to have violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and were allegedly conducted by lenders and title companies including Genuine Title and Emery Federal Credit Union.  While this appears to be the first time a court in the Sixth Circuit has granted certification of a RESPA class action, the team did previously secure class certification of a related case in the Fourth Circuit last November.

In the 30-page opinion, the court deemed Emery’s arguments as “not persuasive” and sided with the plaintiffs at this stage of the litigation, allowing the case to move forward towards trial. The team representing the plaintiffs in this class action includes  Timothy Maloney, Veronica Nannis and Megan Benevento of JGL as well as Michael Paul Smith and Sarah Zadrozny of Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, assisted by local counsel from Cincinnati Gregory Utter.

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Jay Holland Sat Down with Inside Counsel for Q&A on Racial Slur Ruling

August 15, 2017
Principal Jay Holland was recently quoted in an article by Inside Counsel on the new ruling regarding racial slurs and harassment. According to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, a racial slur need be either severe or pervasive to qualify as harassment. This sets a groundbreaking precedent, as originally slurs had to be both severe and pervasive.

Holland who is chair of JGL’s Labor, Employment and Qui Tam Whistleblower Law Division, applied his expertise to the issue. He offers suggestions for employers on how to prevent harassment including leading by example and requiring employees attend anti-discrimination training. Click here for the full article.