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District Court Dismisses RICO Suit Against AFL-CIO Building Trades Department

December 2012

The Building Trades Department of the AFL-CIO and several union officials have succeeded in obtaining a complete dismissal, on the merits, of all claims in a suit filed against them in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

First Circuit Enjoins Restrictions on Political Activity by Puerto Rico Unions

October 2012

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and its affiliates, prevailed in their legal challenge to legislation that purported to restrict their right to engage in spending in connection with the November 2012 election. 

Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 35, Prevails in Maryland Court of Appeals

August 2012

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, recently upheld the right of Montgomery County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 35, to grieve the County’s unilateral rejection of a twenty-year practice allowing Lodge 35’s trainee shop stewards to observe officer interrogations for training purposes. 

Bankruptcy Court Rules in Union’s Favor, Denying Employer’s Attempt to Reject Expired Collective Bargaining Agreements

April 2012

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently dismissed an effort by Hostess Brands, Inc., filed under Section 1113 of the Bankruptcy Code, to reject its collective bargaining agreements with several local unions affiliated with the Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. 

United States Senators File Amicus Brief in Support of New Trading Regulations

April 2012

Nineteen U.S. Senators, with the assistance of Bredhoff & Kaiser, have filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of new regulations imposed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”). 

United States District Court Strikes Down Parts of Wisconsin Antiunion Statute

March 2012

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin recently ruled on a challenge brought by a coalition of seven unions, for which Bredhoff & Kaiser served as lead counsel. The court struck down on equal protection and First Amendment grounds two important provisions of Wisconsin Act 10, the widely publicized antiunion statute sponsored by Governor Scott Walker in 2011, a requirement for annual recertification by an absolute majority of union members and a prohibition on the voluntary withholding of union dues from a general employee’s paycheck.

Union Members Prevail In Challenge to Denial of Spousal Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

November, 2011

A Maryland union representing public safety workers achieved victory in an arbitration challenging a county’s refusal to provide benefits to spouses of members who entered into valid, out-of-state marriages. 

Fourth Circuit Affirms Judgment That Volvo Could Not Unilaterally Reduce Retirees’ Health Benefits

July 2011

The Fourth Circuit affirmed the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia prohibiting Volvo Group North America, Inc. from unilaterally modifying or terminating the health benefits of over 430 retirees of the New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia.

Third Circuit Rules in Favor of Union’s Jurisdictional Arguments

February, 2011

The Third Circuit recently held that a District Court had improperly exercised jurisdiction in a dispute over work assignments that must instead be resolved through arbitration.