• Dramatic Supreme Court Decision Vacates Years of NLRB Cases
  • July 1, 2010 | Authors: William P. Barrett; David C. Burton; James V. Meath; Douglas M. Nabhan; James Nelson Wilkinson
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  • An unexpected Supreme Court ruling has vacated hundreds of labor decisions, casting years of labor precedent into doubt. From 2008 until the middle of 2010, a two-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) issued almost 600 decisions in labor cases. In its June 17, 2010 decision in New Process Steel LP v. NLRB, however, the Supreme Court held that the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”) did not authorize decisions by a two-member panel. In so doing, the Supreme Court has invalidated more than two years of Board precedent.