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Committee Formation Meeting for Hancock Fabrics, Inc., et al.

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m. Case Name: Hancock Fabrics, Inc., et al. Case Number: 16-10296 (BLS)…more

Court Holds that Following Form Excess Policy Wording Does Not Also Include Underinsured Motorist Coverage of Primary Policy

In Haering v. Topa Insurance (No. B260235; filed 2/3/16), a California appeals court held that an excess liability insurance policy that “followed form” to an underlying primary policy providing uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist…more

5 Things I Don’t Like About The EEOC’s “Pay Survey” Proposal

The proposal was announced by President Obama in a White House ceremony last week celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The proposal could certainly have been worse. The EEOC would require the…more

Purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) to be exempt from Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

On 3 February the Scottish Government published their response to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s Stage 1 report on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill. The report contains the following statement…more

CFPB Encourages Financial Institutions to Improve Checking Account Access

In remarks delivered yesterday at a field hearing in Louisville, Kentucky, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray announced three actions the CFPB is taking to encourage financial institutions to expand…more

FCC Releases 2016 Broadband Progress Report

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 90 percent of Americans have access to broadband Internet access service at the FCC’s benchmark speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads/3 Mbps for uploads. But the FCC also found that 34…more

Agreement on Safe Harbor Replacement, the New EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Considerations for HR Departments

Our winter 2016 edition of the Employment Law Briefing Newsletter discussed the implications of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU’s) decision to invalidate the Safe Harbor framework. Concern about the lack of…more

White House Publishes Third Round of Regulatory Reforms to Cuba Sanctions: 'Musicabana' also Announces Major International Music Festival in Havana

The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently published a series of revisions to the Cuba sanctions regime that appear to encourage…more

Presenting and Recording Evidence During a Deposition

Lawyers and their support staff are usually familiar with basic trial technology. However, they don’t always consider the possibilities offered by using these technologies earlier — in the deposition setting. With some advance…more

News from Second and State

Tuesday was Groundhog Day, and our own Punxatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, signaling that Spring will arrive early this year. But, it seems we in Pennsylvania have been living Groundhog Day- the movie- for the last eight months. As…more

Committee Formation Meeting for Liquid Holdings Group, Inc., et al.

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m. Case Name: Liquid Holdings Group, Inc., et al. Case Number: 16-10202 (KG)…more

When Will We Know If Title VII Applies To Cases of Sexual Orientation Discrimination?

A Judge in the Northern District of Illinois has found that the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do not extend to cases of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This ruling is in line with…more

Business Plan Basics

Every business should have a plan—from tech start-ups to law firms. The process of creating a document that details the thoughts and ideas of the owners or founders of the business allows for a realistic appraisal of the business’…more

Exempt Organizations: 2015 Amendments to New York’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act (2/16)

In December of 2013, New York enacted the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (the NPRA) which impacted all New York not-for-profit corporations as it sought to not only update New York’s Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (NPCL) but it also…more

Privacy Tip #20 – FTC releases new online tools for identity theft victims-take advantage of them!

As one who is frequently asked “What happens when I become the victim of identity theft?” or “How do I prevent myself from becoming the victim of identity theft?”, I am a pretty big fan of the FTC’s website and refer people to it…more

Spotlight on Business Courts

The New York Commercial Division celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. In the last 20 years, we have watched the creation and development of business courts or commercial courts within state-trial-court civil systems. The dockets in…more

Nevada Supreme Court Opinion Impacts HOA Foreclosure Litigation

The Nevada Supreme Court held in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC. v. U.S. Bank, N.A. that a non-judicial foreclosure by an HOA generally extinguishes a first mortgage interest, however, it left several unresolved issues. For example, it…more

EEOC Retaliation Guidance, Part 2: Was Your Employment Action “Adverse”?

What’s a “materially adverse employment action”? This is the second part in what should be a three-part series (it’s possible that we’ll need four) on the proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues recently…more

Committee Formation Meeting for Outer Harbor Terminal, LLC

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: February 11, 2016, 12:00 p.m. Case Name: Outer Harbor Terminal, LLC - Case Number: 16-10283 (LSS)…more

Senate Bill Would Strengthen Mandate That People With Disabilities Be Integrated in the Community

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently introduced the Disability Integration Act of 2015 (DIA) in the U.S. Senate. If passed, the bill would require states and health insurers to provide services to people with disabilities in…more

U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Agreement Reached: Introducing the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

United States and European Union Commission negotiators announced today that they have reached a political agreement on a new data transfer framework that will replace the Safe Harbor Program, which was invalidated in 2015 by the…more

If Pain, Yes Gain -- Part XVI: Winter 2016 Brings Flurry of Paid Sick Leave Activity

One area of employment law that certainly isn’t hibernating this winter is mandatory paid sick leave. Since the start of 2016, mandatory paid sick leave developments have occurred from coast to coast and include: (1) an amendment of…more

“Show Me the Money”: EEOC Seeks Pay Data from Large Employers

On January 29, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced a proposal to begin collecting pay data from private employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors. The EEOC currently collects…more

Ownership of Social Media Accounts

It is becoming increasingly common for issues to arise relating to employer vs. employee ownership of a social media account and the names, addresses, etc. that go along with that account. Business-related social media accounts…more

SBA Submits Call for Early Stage SBIC Applicants

On February 2, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a Federal Register Call Notice (2016 Call Notice) inviting fund managers to submit preliminary materials in the form of the Management Assessment Questionnaire…more

FTC Supports Easing Dental Hygienist Restrictions, Increasing Access to Underserved

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) released a statement on January 29 in support of a Georgia state bill that would further relax supervision requirements for dental hygienists. The proposed bill would expand the…more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passed By Senate Judiciary

On January 27, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (“EEA”) to create a federal private right of action for trade secret…more

EU and U.S. Reach Data Transfer Agreement: Perhaps a Shield, But No Silver Bullet

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce reached an accord on a new transatlantic data transfer protocol. Nicknamed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the framework would replace the 15-year-old Safe…more

Proposed EEOC Rule To Place New Reporting Burdens On Employers

Many employers will be required to supply pay data to the United States government under a recently proposed EEOC rule. The proposed rule will require federal contractors and other employers with more than 100 workers to include…more

Blog: SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Takes On Nasdaq

At the January meeting of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, two Nasdaq representatives made a presentation regarding the recent Solicitation of Comments by the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, a standing independent…more

Rehitching the Horse: Oregon Court ?of Appeals Adjusts the Anti-SLAPP Cart

Although Oregon is in its 15th year of anti-SLAPP litigation under a decidedly robust statute, no Oregon appellate court had ruled on how to decide when Oregon’s anti-SLAPP statute applies until the recent decision in Mullen v…more

Legal Issues for Manufacturers To Consider When Selling Into New Markets

Manufacturers continue to look for ways to increase sales revenue without a massive infusion of capital. Many companies have been successful in adapting current products for new uses and markets. For instance, a company that makes…more

BEPS Action 7: how the OECD's proposals to redefine a PE could affect multinationals

The OECD’s final reports on the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project aim to target aggressive tax planning strategies which have the effect of shifting profits from high tax jurisdictions to low tax jurisdictions. The BEPS…more

California DMV Now Accepting Public Comment on Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

After the release of the Department of Motor Vehicle’s draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations in December, the agency held two public workshops over the past week to allow the public to weigh in. The workshops, attended by DMV…more

EEOC Doubles Down on Push for Pay Equity: Requiring Pay Data on EEO-1 Reports

The EEOC’s latest proposal, requiring employers to report pay data annually on their EEO-1 reports, shows that the Obama Administration means business when it comes to pushing for pay equity—not only for women, but also for racial and…more

EU and US agree to new safe harbor data transfer pact

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission announced on Tuesday that they have entered into a new transatlantic safe harbor transfer agreement, which comes two days after the deadline set by EU data protection…more

U.S. and EU Authorities Announce New Privacy Shield for Data Transfers

Companies should still ensure that they are lawfully transferring data through an alternative mechanism until the details of the Privacy Shield are released. The U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission (the…more

NLRB Continues to Tweak its Election Procedures; Announces New “Captive Audience” Rule in Mail Ballot Cases

The National Labor Relations Board conducts representation elections by manual voting, where voters cast their ballots in a voting booth, by mail voting, where voters mail their ballots to an NLRB regional office, or a combination of…more

EU-US agreement reached on replacement to EU-US Safe Harbor; new program to be called "EU-US Privacy Shield" : The Privacy Shield will require greater protections for personal data and provide increased oversight

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová and her colleague Andius Ansip gave a press conference this afternoon (local time) announcing that the long-running negotiations between the EU and US to find a replacement to the invalidated Safe…more

Ritchie v. Rupe 2016 and the Limits of Fiduciary Duties Owed Between Shareholders in Closely Held Businesses

A recent Texas court of appeals decision bucks the prevailing view when it comes to fiduciary duties owed between shareholders in closely held companies. In Ritchie v. Rupe, the court reversed the jury’s determination that three…more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February #1

FMLC issues addendum to legal uncertainty for CCPs paper - FMLC and the US-based Committee on Capital Markets Regulation (CCMR) have issued an addendum to their comment paper on issues of legal uncertainty relating to the…more

Watch Your LOIs and MOUs and “Agreements to Agree”

If you are working with a third party on a term sheet, letter of intent or memorandum of understanding (an “LOI”) on what you view as a non-binding basis, make sure to say so explicitly in the LOI. Businesses use LOIs with each…more

Hammerin’ Hank and Technological Fraud in Cycling

On this day in 1934, Hammerin’ Hank Aaron was born; who for my money is the greatest home run hitter ever. He began his professional baseball career in 1952 in the Negro League but soon joined the Milwaukee Braves of the National…more

Board of Directors’ Response to Shareholder Demand Not Subject to Heightened Boland Scrutiny

A Maryland appellate court has ruled that a demand refusal by an entire board, consisting of a majority of disinterested and independent directors who chose not to appoint a special litigation committee, is entitled to the presumption…more

A Change in Direction for Change in Condition?

On January 20, 2016, the South Carolina Court of Appeals handed down its opinion in Russell v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2016 WL 231216, and held that claimant is not required to prove a change of condition by objective evidence. Russell…more

DHS Enhances Opportunities for H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrants and Certain EB-1 Immigrants

On January 15, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a final rule in the Federal Register which revises its regulations affecting highly skilled workers in the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty occupations…more

Friendly Reminder: Reverse Discrimination Is Against The Law, Too

Pretty obvious, but a decision issued this week serves as a good reminder to employers that all race discrimination is illegal, whether it’s against members of minority groups or whether it’s against Caucasians. A three-judge…more

New Telecom Carrier Pole Attachment Rates Will Become Effective March 4

The FCC’s modification to the telecommunications carrier pole attachment rate formula have been published in the Federal Register and are set to take effect on March 4, 2016. As we reported in December, the FCC issued an Order on…more

CFPB provides insight on treatment of big data

This will follow up on Barbara Mishkin’s January 14, 2016 blog “FTC warns use of big data may violate federal consumer protection laws.” At the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee meeting last month in Park…more

How to Answer When an Activist Calls

The increasing activist stockholder demands upon boards of directors call for careful responses. The recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision In re Ebix Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 8526-VCN (Del. Ch. Jan. 15, 2016), provides…more

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