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October 17th Compliance Deadline for HHS Nondiscrimination Notifications Approaches

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Among other topics, the final rule imposes…more

Farming through the eyes of an ag lawyer

On September 13 and 14, Thompson Coburn’s Agriculture & Food group hosted a hands-on seminar for professionals in the food and agriculture industries. The program – “From The Ground Up: A Hands-On Seminar for Agribusiness…more

Hotels – Brand Expansion or Brand Explosion?

Consumer oriented companies commonly use “brand extension” to launch a new product by using an existing brand name on a new or related product, often in a different category. These companies use brand extension to leverage their…more

How to Respond to Civil Subpoenas and Document Requests That Ask For Personal Information

Litigants in a civil dispute often use subpoenas, subpoenas duces tecum, and discovery requests to obtain personal information about individuals who may not be present in the litigation. A request for documents and information that…more

Brexit: An Opportunity to Readjust UK Tax Policy?

The U.K. government mantra has for a number of years been: "Britain is open for business." This has been reflected in a number of areas relevant to U.K. domestic and foreign tax policy, including in a gradual reduction of the main rate…more

European Banking Authority Consults on Proposed Draft Technical Standards Supplementing the Payment Accounts Directive

The European Banking Authority published proposed draft technical standards on fee terminology and disclosure documents under the Payment Accounts Directive…more

The Eighth Circuit Extinguishes Claims of Continuing Conduct in Propane Tank Conspiracy

Before plaintiffs could light the pilot on antitrust claims against two propane tank distributors, a split Eighth Circuit panel cut the gas. In doing so, the majority espoused a narrow view of the applicability of the continuing…more

FDA Guides Industry For Use Of “Healthy” On Food Packaging

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced guidance regarding using the term “healthy” in the labeling of human food products. As background, the FDA issued final rules updating the Nutrition Facts label and serving…more

Commerce Secretary: Trust Gap Hinders Cyber Attack Reporting

In a keynote address delivered on September 27, 2016 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, DC, Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker conceded that “the federal government cannot…more

Dealwatch: Shire Returns Etanercept Rights to Coherus and Adalimumab Rights to Momenta

Shire plc has returned development rights to two biosimilar candidates to Coherus BioSciences, Inc. and Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., reportedly based on a strategic portfolio review following Shire’s June 2016 acquisition of Baxalta…more

CFPB September 2016 complaint report highlights money transfer complaints, complaints from Pennsylvania consumers

The CFPB has issued its September 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about money transfers and complaints from consumers in Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia metro area.  The CFPB began taking money transfer complaints…more

Let's Talk North Carolina Leases: The Leased Premises Is Primary

We talked in our last piece about the parties to a lease, and the nuances of that requirement. Today, as promised in our last post, we discuss the "leased premises". A lease is a contract. It is a contract in which the lessor…more

Accelerating the autonomous vehicle revolution

Accelerating the autonomous vehicle revolution - USDOT announces new policy for safe design, development and deployment of autonomous vehicles - In an important step towards facilitating the safe introduction and deployment of…more

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Small Products, Big Exposures

They are everywhere: in your pocket, in your car, in your hands, in your lap and even “in your face.” Lithium-ion batteries are in nearly every product that has become a staple of modern life, such as smartphones, tablets/notebook…more

Supreme Court Will Weigh Insider Trading, Securities Act Class Action Requirements

In its 2016 fall term, the U.S. Supreme Court will have the opportunity to consider two cases involving securities laws, one of which is already on the calendar for oral argument. The cases concern the “personal benefit” required to…more

New York’s New Renewable Energy Standard

Last week’s article discussed New York’s Zero-Emissions Credit (ZEC) for nuclear power. The ZEC is one component of New York’s Clean Energy Standard (CES). The other major component of the CES is the new Renewable Energy Standard…more

European Commission Establishes Brexit Negotiation Task Force for UK Exit Negotiations

The European Commission established a task force to prepare and conduct negotiations with the United Kingdom. The Task Force will assist the Commission on all strategic, operational, legal and financial issues related to the…more

EEOC’S Memphis District Office and Mexican Consulate Renew Collaborative Agreement

Offices Agree to Continue to Work Together to Fight Discrimination - MEMPHIS - The Memphis District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) renewed its memorandum of understanding (MOU) today with the…more

How Can Employees Help Victims of Louisiana’s August 2016 Storms. . .Through an Employer Leave Donation Program or Leave Sharing Program?

Leave Donation - In mid-September, the IRS announced income tax relief for individuals who donate through their employers to aid victims of the Louisiana storms that began on August 11, 2016. See IRS Notice 2016-55 (Sept. 16…more

Recent Changes to the Massachusetts Zoning Act and Smart Growth Zoning

Recently, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted and Gov. Baker signed into law several important changes to the Massachusetts Zoning Act, General Laws chapter 40A, and the Smart Growth Zoning and Housing Production Act, General Laws…more

EEOC Reported To Be Close To Issuing New EEO-1 Regulations

As reported today in Politico, the EEOC’s final regulations revising the EEO-1 report will be released this week. The new regulations will revise the annual EEO-1 report to require employers to provide certain wage and hour data…more

California’s D&O Loan Ban And Advancement Of Expenses

Yesterday’s post outlined the general scope of the ban on loans to directors and officers found in Section 315 of the California Corporations Code. Because Section 315 doesn’t define “loan”, it may not always be clear whether an…more

FTC Wins on Appeal in the Third Circuit to Block Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System Hospital Merger

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed a district court decision that the Federal Trade Commission and the state of Pennsylvania could not block the merger of two hospital systems, holding that…more

[Video]WORD OF THE DAY® – Farm Out

Latham & Watkins' partner Stephen Szalkowski explains the term Farm Out from the Book of Jargon® – Oil & Gas. The Book of Jargon® – Oil & Gas is one of a series of practice area-specific glossaries published by Latham & Watkins…more

Increase to the Alberta Minimum Wage

Alberta employers are reminded that the general minimum wage in Alberta will be increased on October 1, 2016 to $12.20 per hour, up from $11.20 per hour. Additionally, the current liquor server rate will be eliminated effective October…more

FTC Wins Key Appellate Victory in FTC v. Penn State Hershey Medical Center

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) won a decisive victory today in its efforts to slow the record pace of health care provider consolidation, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed a District Court's decision…more

When the Family Business is Beer

St. Joseph's University's Haub School of Business sponsors the Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship, and I am honored to be a member of its Advisory Board. Yesterday, September 27, 2016, the Initiative presented an…more

October 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has issued a Visa Bulletin update for the month of October 2016 and, for the first time since November 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced permission to use…more

EBA Consults on Fee Terminology and Disclosure Documents under Payment Accounts Directive

Pursuant to the Payment Accounts Directive (2014/92/EU) (PAD), on September 22, 2016, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper on draft technical standards on fee terminology and disclosure documents under…more

Bill Baer at SCCE: What is Extensive Cooperation

The second day of the SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute (CEI) Conference began with Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Bill Baer providing remarks. After opening with how aggressively the Department of Justice (DOJ) had…more

EEOC Continues its “Fight” Against Mandatory Flu Vaccines

Following up on a post from last week on the issue of mandatory flu vaccine policies, the EEOC seems to be on a march to challenge any employer – particularly hospitals – that denies an employee a requested exemption from a mandatory…more

Location, Location, Location: Personal Jurisdiction in Products Liability Lawsuits

As every manufacturer, distributor, advertiser, or retailer of consumer products likely knows, the location where a lawsuit is brought can have a large impact on the ultimate resolution of the matter. Whether because of perceived…more

Dispute an expert's jurisdiction appointed to provide expert determination?

In the recent decision of Zvi Construction Co LLC v. Notre Dame University (USA) in England [2016] EWHC 1924, the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) had to consider whether a party had expressly or impliedly accepted the…more

For Wrigley Field Street Vendors, It’s Win or Go Home

The Chicago Cubs are rolling into the playoffs, putting the finishing touches on a historically dominant regular season with over 100 wins. Cubs fans (like me) even dare to dream that the century-plus long championship drought may…more

CFPB Fines TMX Finance LLC $9 Million for Unfair and Abusive Practices

On September 26, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered into a consent order with one of the country’s largest auto title lenders, TMX Finance LLC, the parent company of TitleMax. The CFPB took action against TMX…more

Morristown, New Jersey, Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Effective 2017

Morristown, New Jersey, Mayor Timothy P. Dougherty has signed an Executive Order (No. 16-01) delaying the effective date of Morristown’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, O-35-2016, from “upon passage and publication” to January 11, 2017…more

Healthcare Business Associates

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act modified the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) by expanding the definition of Business Associates (“BA”) and their…more

Proposed Rule Could Increase Scrutiny of Employers During the Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) Process

Under existing law, employers are required to verify the identities and employment eligibility of employees hired after November 6, 1986, by completing the Form I-9. In addition, employers cannot discriminate against workers during the…more

In a Leona Helmsley Moment, Trump Goes Afoul of Sasso's Analytic Device

To measure last night’s presidential debate, let’s grab the John Sasso Gauge from the political toolbox. Sasso, a chief of staff to former Governor Michael Dukakis and a high-ranking field officer in two Democrat presidential…more

Pop-Up Retail Shops: Considerations to Keep You Ahead of the Latest Trend

Traditionally, pop-up shops have largely been utilized by seasonal retailers. Many consumers have go-to stores for Halloween costumes or Christmas decorations that appear like clockwork just in time every year for their holiday needs…more

The Pitch Starts at Hello: 5 Ways to Make Sure Relationships Become New Business

Everyone is different and approaches business development in different ways, but if you keep the following five points in mind you will be both more successful at landing new mandates, and less susceptible to discouragement when things…more

HUD Settles with FHA Lender Over Alleged Underwriting Violations

On September 23, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that on April 7, 2016 it had entered into a settlement with a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approved lender over allegations that the lender…more

Fourth Circuit Requires Individual Analysis of "Me Too" Discrimination Evidence

In order to reach a jury trial, plaintiffs in employment discrimination claims generally must provide evidence of intentional treatment that led to some adverse employment consequences. In some cases, plaintiffs attempt to meet this…more

Talking with Clients about E-Discovery

With the growing prevalence of e-discovery issues and cases in both state and federal courts, lawyers and firms have adapted to include specialists who handle many of the technical issues. Newer attorneys who attended law school in the…more

The Next Big Thing: Audits Regarding the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Over the last six years, employers and insurers have been working diligently to adapt to the ever-changing landscape under the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, the agencies have also issued comprehensive regulations under…more

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: TCPA Defendants Finding Success in Striking “Fail-Safe” Class Allegations

The 1964 cold war era movie, “Fail-Safe,” centered on the plight of a U.S. military jet pilot who received an errant instruction to drop a nuclear bomb on Moscow. Unlike the movie, where Henry Fonda, as the fictional President of…more

Janssen v. Celltrion (Infliximab): District Court Enters Partial Final Judgment in Favor of Celltrion

As we previously reported, after the district court found that all the asserted claims of the ’471 patent were invalid for obviousness-type double patenting, Celltrion moved for entry of final judgment on that patent under Federal Rule…more

The Four Corners Of The Trust Instrument Get Tighter

When a court is called upon to decide a trust dispute, it starts by looking at the intent of the settlor. Invariably there is some statement about the court being bound by the “four corners” of the trust. Only if the language within…more

Three Restatements Conclude with SEC Enforcement Action

Following a restatement of its financial statements, many firms are investigated by the SEC and later named in an enforcement action. For Weatherford International PLC, three was the charm – following its third restatement in two years…more

US Fish and Wildlife Service Moves Forward With Proposed Eagle Rule Revision

On July 5, 2016, the public comment period closed for the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) proposed revisions to the rules authorizing eagle take permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (Eagle Act) and accompanying…more

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