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Good-Bye to Arnold Palmer and Revolutionizing Compliance

The golfing world and the world of beverages lost one of their giants earlier this week. I, of course, refer to golfing and beverage legend Arnold Palmer. The legend around the beverage is that at dinner one evening Palmer ordered his…more

Governors Publish Open Letter To Administrator McCarthy Requesting End Of RVP Limit On E15

On September 13, 2016, governors of seven ethanol producing states wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting the removal of the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limit on E15. RVP measures gasoline volatility, and E10 receives a one…more

District Courts Find Impermissible “Fail-Safe” Class Definitions But Deny Motions to Strike Class Allegations

Two recent decisions from the Eastern District of Illinois involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), decided a day apart, provided valuable insight as how this court will respond to motions to strike class allegations…more

Arizona Court of Appeals Deals Fatal Blow to "Take-Home" Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits

In a recent published opinion, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that an employer does not owe a duty of care to the child of an employee who contracts mesothelioma from asbestos brought home on the employee’s work clothes, dealing a…more

CFPB discusses handling of student loan partial prepayments by servicers

In a new blog post by Student Loan Ombudsman Seth Frotman, the CFPB discusses its concerns regarding how student loan servicers may be responding to borrowers seeking to make partial prepayments on their student loans and provides…more

Match Made in Heaven: Compliance and Human Resources

The corporate compliance function is only as successful as its partnerships with key internal constituencies. Depending on the company and the personnel involved, compliance has to establish and maintain effective working partnerships…more

UPCO Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Claremore Manufacturer Denied Permanent Job to Temp Because of Questionable Medical Exam, Federal Agency Charges - ST. LOUIS - UPCO, Inc., a Claremore-Okla.-based leading manufacturer of sucker rods and accessories for the oil and…more

Hedge Fund Wins $40 Million Defamation Judgment

Following a three-week trial in New Jersey Superior Court, a jury awarded $40 million to NuWave Investment Corp., a hedge fund based in Parsippany, New Jersey. The case centered around reports provided to prospective investors between…more

NLRB’s new ‘joint employer’ standard threatens business interests

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) demonstrated intent to change the traditional employer-employee relationship to broaden unionization in the United States in a series of cases over the last year. In three cases, the NLRB has…more

An Update to our Latest Article on Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory

Only days before the electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement was to become mandatory for all visa-exempt foreign nationals* the Government of Canada announced its decision to extend the leniency period to November 9, 2016…more

EEOC Task Force Offers Expansive Recommendations for Updating Anti-Harassment Policies and Training

This summer, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a 127-page document titled “Report of the Co-Chairs of the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace” (“Report”). Among other things, the…more

Two Lawsuits Hope to Put the Brakes on Overtime Rule Changes

With a December 1 deadline looming, millions of employers across the country are scrambling to implement new compensation and classification practices in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule, announced in…more

New York DFS Announces New Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations

On September 13, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) released proposed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions.1 When the regulations become effective, they will make New York the first state…more

Trump, Clinton Talk Workplace Law At First Debate

The topic of labor and employment law made an early appearance at last night’s presidential debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. Although typically not a needle-moving topic…more

Inherent Disclosure Satisfied Written Description

In Yeda Research and Development Co., Ltd. v. Abbott GMBH & Co. KG, Slip Op. 2015-1662 (Fed. Cir. 2016), the Federal Circuit held that a claim to an isolated protein described by its partial amino acid sequence satisfies 35 U.S.C. §…more

Regulatory and Product Liability Overview for Distributors of Food Products in California

Welcome to California! California is a great place to live and work, and we are fortunate to call it home. But there is no sugarcoating the fact that California presents unique and daunting challenges to product manufacturers and…more

Life’s Work: How Aileen Casanave Pursues Her Passions, Grows as an Attorney, and Impacts Her Community Through Board Service

People hear the word ‘boards’ and they make many assumptions. Many of them are simply false,” says Aileen Casanave, deputy general counsel at Jiff, Inc. Jiff, Inc. helps companies lower healthcare costs and cultivate happier…more

Federal Website Lawsuits Top 100 As New Wave Of Demand Letters Hits Community Banks

Seyfarth Synopsis: The number of federal lawsuits alleging inaccessible websites continues to increase, along with the number of law firms filing them. Businesses need advice now on how to manage risk in this chaotic environment…more

Investigators Continue to Scrutinize Climate Change Disclosures

Critics Claim “Intimidation” - Earlier this month, on September 14, 2016, feuding parties gathered before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to address the legitimacy of subpoenas sent to the New York and…more

ZAG-S&W Represents Nano Dimension Ltd in U.S. NASDAQ ADS Public Offering

A ZAG-S&W Team announced that it represented Nano Dimension Ltd, a leader in the field of 3D Printed Electronics (NASDAQ, TASE: NNDM), in its public offering of 1,850,000 American Depositary Shares (ADSs) at a price of $6.50 per ADS…more

Social Copycats: Is a Social Media User Infringing On Your Intellectual Property Rights?

Social media platforms present great opportunity for brands to gain visibility and attract followers.   But what if another user is using your brand name or a confusingly similar brand name to promote a competing business?  Or, what if…more

Third Circuit Blocks Hospital Merger in Key Victory for FTC on Geographic Market Definition

On September 27, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed an important victory to the Federal Trade Commission and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a closely watched hospital merger case. The decision provides…more

Upcoming CLE examines ways to avoid tax traps in life insurance

Beware that an employer-owned life insurance contract might not qualify for the usual exclusion from regular income tax. An “employer-owned life insurance contract” (a term that applied to much more than one would think) does not…more

Employers Act Even Before Additional Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence Are Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed AB 2337, strengthening the job protections for victims of domestic violence, and ensuring those who work for employers with 25 or more employees are notified of protected time-off rights for…more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - September 2016

Editor's Overview - This month, we have re-published an interview of our colleague Seth Safra discussing the Department of Labor’s final regulation concerning fiduciaries and conflicts of interest. In this interview, Seth…more

International Task Force to Review Cyber Security of Wholesale Payments

The Bank for International Settlements' Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures announced that it had established a task force to review the security of wholesale payments that involve banks, financial market infrastructures…more

Court in LendingClub Class Action Requires Due Diligence by Lead Plaintiff Before Approving Lead Counsel

In a recent decision in the now-consolidated LendingClub class action cases, Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California appointed a lead plaintiff but unexpectedly declined to appoint lead counsel at the same time…more

Structural Element Does Not Make Method Claims Indefinite

In Cox Communications, Inc. v. Sprint Communication Company LP, [2016-1013] (September 23, 2016), the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s determination that the asserted claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,452,932; 6,463,052;…more

Insights Conversations: How Government Health Care Investigations May Be Shifting

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has long had the advantage when investigating False Claims Act (FCA) cases against health care companies. However, recent changes in the courts, including a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision, seem…more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement With Trump Hotel Over Two Data Security Incidents

On September 23, 2016, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with Trump International Hotels Management LLC, d/b/a Trump Hotel Collection (“THC”), imposing $50,000 in penalties and ongoing obligations to…more

GMO Food Labels, Our Emotions and the “Rationalist’s Delusion”

Politicians often referred to a 90% consumer preference for food labels signaling the existence of genetically modified ingredients—or GMOs as they are known—during this year’s congressional hearings regarding the now enacted “National…more

Employment Law - September 2016 #2

California Appellate Court Moves Associational Disability Claims Forward - Why it matters - Recognizing associational disability claims, a California appellate panel ruled that an employee's claim for disability…more

Massachusetts Determination of Need Proposal Would Implement State Health Policy Initiatives in Updating DoN Regulations

On September 21, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health conducted the first of two public hearings on proposed changes to the Determination of Need (DoN) regulations. The Proposal would implement significant changes impacting…more

Billing Companies Beware – OIG Signals a Crack Down on Fraud and Abuse at All Levels

In an unprecedented administrative action, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (“HHS-OIG”) penalized a medical billing company for preparing and submitting claims to Medicare for diagnostic…more

CFPB and California Announce Enforcement Actions Against Online Lender

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the CFPB and the California Department of Business Oversight (“DBO”) announced separate enforcement actions against Flurish, Inc., an online lender that does business as “LendUp” in California and two…more

CentsAbility: Creditors' Rights Law Update - South Carolina Court of Appeals applies Uniform Commercial Code Six-Year Statute of Limitations

This summer, the South Carolina Court of Appeals decided the appeal of Coastal Federal Credit Union v. Brown. The Court had to determine which statute of limitations applied to the credit union’s action to collect a deficiency…more

The Impact of Brexit on Debt Capital Markets

On 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted in favour of exiting the European Union. Whilst the UK will not leave the EU in the immediate future, issuers of, and investors in, existing debt capital market transactions or those issuers…more

Chapter 12 family farmer cases in Missouri: A look inside the numbers

Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code, enacted in 1987, provides relief to family farmers facing financial distress. Chapter 12 is available exclusively for family farmers that want to reorganize their financial affairs. While Chapter 12…more

Do I Owe Income Taxes When I Rent Out My Home?

Over the summer, Brad Bevos’ company relocated him from Austin to Springfield, Illinois. A University of Texas alum and huge Longhorn football fan, the move bummed Brad because he won’t be able to attend home games this season…more

Food For Thought: How Delivery-Only Food Service Is Impacting Retail Real Estate

Today’s consumer is a tricky one – she is impatient and demanding. She requires excellent service in the blink of an eye (or perhaps, more appropriately, in the swipe of a finger), and likes to eat meals made with high quality…more

Minimizing Tax on Gain from the Sale of Stock of Latin American CFCs

The United States currently has only two income tax treaties in effect with Latin American jurisdictions: Mexico and Venezuela. As a result, most individual taxpayers who recognize gain from the sale of stock of a controlled foreign…more

Encryption: Ensuring the Right to Privacy in the Information Age?

On December 2nd, 2015, a tragic mass shooting occurred in San Bernardino, California. The attack resulted in 14 deaths and severe injuries to 22 others. The attackers, a married couple, targeted the husband’s workplace – the Department…more

Proposed Regulation Issued Under New York State’s “Zombie Properties” Law: Law Firm, Attorneys, New York

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) has proposed a new regulation (the “Proposed Regulation”) that will require mortgage lenders and servicers to report vacant and abandoned properties in accordance with the New…more

New Mexico Pit Rule Survives Challenge by Enviro Group

In a case displaying the tactics of anti-fossil fuel advocates, Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project v. New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission, a court rejected a challenge to the Commission’s amendment of the “Pit Rule”. This…more

I’m Not a Lawyer – I’m a Race Car Driver – P3 Stage 2: Perform

I started the inaugural entry in this blog with the statement I’m not a lawyer, I’m a race car driver. Just after posting that entry, I had a race weekend and I wrote about the first facet of the P3 theme I introduced to you…more

Hot Topics in Employer Health Benefits

As we start looking forward to 2017, and as many employers head into annual enrollment periods this fall, employers need to be aware of recent changes in the law that have a significant impact on health benefit plans. This short list…more

Your 401(k) Plan "Brokerage Window" May Require An S-8 Registration

New guidance from the Securities Exchange Commission requires issuers to take a fresh look at their 401(k) plans. On September 22, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released a Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation…more

Just Say No to Automatic Post-Accident Drug-Testing

Do you automatically drug-test after all work-related injuries or accidents? If so, you should change your policy immediately in light of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new reporting Rule, which went into effect on…more

Saudi Arabia Update - September 2016

As per the new Companies Law that came into effect on 2 May 2016 and which we have described in previous updates, single owner LLCs may be formed – whereas previously a minimum of two shareholders was required…more

Massachusetts State Building Code Update: Amendments to 8th Edition adopted effective August 12th with Concurrency Period until January 1, 2017

The following is an update to the G&S advisory published in January 2016 regarding the proposed amendments to the Massachusetts State Building Code. On July 19, 2016, the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards…more

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