Afternoon Briefs: Last equal pay claim against Jones Day is tossed; law students' quest for refunds is rejected
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Judge tosses last equal pay claim in suit against Jones Day
A federal judge on Wednesday tossed the last equal pay claim by the last plaintiff in the gender bias suit against Jones Day. U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss of the District of Columbia said Jones Day did not undercompensate plaintiff Katrina Henderson, relative to male lawyers, while allowing her to stay on the payroll as she searched for a new job. Three of Henderson’s claims are pending. (Law360, Bloomberg Law, the March 31 opinion)
Law students can’t sue for refunds because of online classes
Three law students at the Santa Clara University School of Law won’t be able to pursue a would-be class action that sought a tuition refund after their classes moved online. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California said the university never made an explicit promise that its classes would be in person. (Law360)
Husch Blackwell adds 21 lawyers from Dentons
Husch Blackwell is opening new offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco with the addition of a 21-lawyer litigation team from Dentons. Husch Blackwell said the expansion is “just the first chapter” of its growth in California. Rather than be located in the new offices, some of the new lawyers will work remotely from Husch Blackwell’s virtual office, dubbed the Link. (Law.com, Bloomberg Law, Reuters Legal, Husch Blackwell press release)