The B&B Docket Blog:

Developments in the Dynamic World

of Business and Employment Law

SJC Denies Attorneys’ Fees In Fiduciary Suit

The “American Rule” has long disallowed a prevailing party in litigation from recovering its attorneys’ fees from the losing party, absent unusual circumstances. The Supreme Judicial Court held in the recent case of Tocci v. Tocci that the American Rule stands as firmly as ever, denying a closely held corporation from recovering the attorneys’ fees that it had expended in…

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First Circuit to Decide Driver Pay Issue

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is poised to decide whether, and to what extent, long-haul trucking companies must pay drivers for time spent in sleeper berths while the trucks are on the road. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) generally requires that these workers be paid minimum wage for “working time.” Whether “working time” includes drivers’ time…

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