BurnsBarton LLP Blog

BurnsBarton Verdict Among Top 2013 Defense Verdicts in Arizona

The June edition of the Arizona Attorney magazine lists the top eight defense verdicts in Arizona during 2013.  Among them is Sanchez v. United Parcel Service, a case defended by BurnsBarton.  Sanchez sought more than $700,000 in back wages and an unspecified amount in compensatory and punitive damages Read more [...]

Verdict Received in Favor of BurnsBarton Client

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 a unanimous federal jury in Connecticut returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client ASML US, Inc.  During the five-day trial, Plaintiff Fritz St. Ange alleged that ASML retaliated against him when it ended his employment after allowing him to spend 62 weeks on medical Read more [...]

Vindication for Forever Living in FMLA lawsuit

On Thursday, November 14, 2013 a unanimous federal jury returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client Forever Living Products International, in a trial testing the notice requirements of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA").  Plaintiff Mary Clare Peak was discharged in September 2010 Read more [...]

Success for Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center

On September 26, 2013 a jury returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center, PLC, in a hotly contested breach of contract and unpaid wage lawsuit brought by founding member Ronald Barnet, M.D.   Dr. Barnet retired from the practice in 2011 but sued the company for Read more [...]

Supreme Court Raises Bar for Proving Retaliation

In a decision favoring employers, the Supreme Court split 5-4 on the issue of which causation standard should apply to Title VII retaliation claims.  In University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority, which held that claimants in retaliation cases must Read more [...]

Successful Trial for BurnsBarton

On May 23, 2013, a jury of 8 ruled in favor of United Parcel Service in a case defended by attorneys C. Christine Burns and David T. Barton. The plaintiff, a current UPS employee, alleged that UPS retaliated against him because he filed a charge of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Read more [...]

Comcast Decision May Help Employers Fend Off Class Action Claims

On March 27, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision in Comcast Corporation v. Behrend, a decision that gives employers another weapon to defeat class certification.  The Comcast class action was brought by cable television subscribers who alleged that Comcast engaged in unlawful anti-competitive Read more [...]

Phoenix Bans Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

On Tuesday, the Phoenix City Council voted 5-3 to pass an amended ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on "sexual orientation," "gender identity or expression," and "disability." For private employers, this change in the law means they risk criminal penalties if they are found to have discriminated Read more [...]

FMLA Coverage Expanded for “Sons or Daughters” with Disabilities.

In January 2013, the Department of Labor clarified its definition of "son or daughter."  Now eligible employees may take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for an adult child who is incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability, regardless of how old the child was Read more [...]