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Want to Settle Before Class Certification? The Supreme Court Raises the Stakes

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a putative class action case, that an unaccepted pre-certification settlement offer to the named plaintiff does not moot either the plaintiff’s claim or that of the…more

Is That Recruiting Technology Compliant?

There is some cool recruiting tech out there. Swipe, for example, a Tinder-like mobile app, allows hiring managers to “swipe right” for the applicants they are interested in. It also has a built in job-matching algorithm. Another…more

Key Export Compliance Issues For 2016

The following are a number of important strategic issues to be considered in the export compliance area for the new year. 1. Recent Country Amendments – New Obligations and New Opportunities. There have been export law…more

New Federal Trade Secret Law is Pro Employee Mobility and Rejects Inevitable Disclosure

Proposed legislation creating a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation is on the fast track to becoming law, as described in James Pooley’s excellent post What You Need to Know About the Amended Defend Trade Secrets…more

Regulation Crowdfunding – Funding Portals and Other Crowdfunding Intermediaries

Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) created a new securities registration exemption for crowdfunding offerings by adding Section 4(a)(6) to the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act). In late October of…more

Did You Hear the One About the “Joint Employer”?

It’s hard getting excited about joint employment. In fact, it’s pretty yawn-inducing. (Seriously, get a cup of coffee before reading this.) But a few weeks back, the Department of Labor issued some new guidance on the topic…more

The Shale Play Today: First Quarter 2016

The Best Protection - Safeguards in Purchasing Distressed Oil and Gas Assets - In the current environment of depressed prices for oil, natural gas and related liquids, oil and gas wells, leases and properties are coming on to the…more

By jointly tackling Facebook, French regulators set an example to large international digital media companies – First prominent enforcement measure after the Safe Harbor invalidation

On February 8 and 9, 2016, the French Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Prevention of Fraud (the ‘DGCCRF’) and the French Data Protection Authority (the ‘CNIL’), through an obviously concerted action, have…more

A reset for debt in 2015?

At the beginning of 2015, it was believed that the high yield bond and leveraged loan markets would continue at the levels seen in 2014. Issuance had peaked and terms were loosening. Indeed, the first quarter started well;…more

Swipe Left to Avoid Liability: Policing Dating Apps in the Workplace

According to a 2015 survey, nearly two-thirds of people in the United States and over 2 billion people worldwide own smartphones. For some smartphone users, their phones are their only avenue of access to the Internet. Alongside the…more

Joint Employment Challenges Continue in 2016

The legal concept of “joint employment” exists when a person is employed by two or more entities, such that the employers are responsible, individually and jointly, to the employee for compliance with a particular statute or…more

European M+A News, Winter 2016

Smart Acquisition Structures For Deals In Germany And The UK - What Are the Criteria for Smart Acquisitions via Corporations? - Inbound investment structures seeking to acquire a German or UK corporation should take into…more

Supreme Court Stays Implementation of Controversial Clean Power Plan

The 5-4 decision temporarily blocks further execution of the EPA’s new plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. On February 9, the US Supreme Court handed a potentially significant defeat to the Obama…more

Israel Connect - Legal Insight for Success in the US Market

We are excited to present you with the second issue of Israel Connect — our quarterly newsletter focused on forging new connections and strengthening existing bonds between Israeli businesses and the US market. In our second issue, we…more

What Does an Independent Contractor Mean to You? Eleventh Circuit Issues Significant Independent-Contractor Ruling

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (which has jurisdiction over Alabama, Florida and Georgia) issued a ruling that is noteworthy for all employers, addressing the often-contested issue of whether a worker is…more

Recent Revisions to Internal Revenue Code Affecting Alcohol Beverages

In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). The PATH Act amends several provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) administered by the Alcohol and…more

CFPB Orders "Buy Here, Pay Here" Auto Dealer to Pay $800,000 for "Abusive" Financing Schemes

Why it matters - Continuing to keep a close eye on the auto lending industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered a "Buy Here, Pay Here" car dealer to pay $700,000 in restitution to customers, with a $100,000…more

Clean Power Plan Put on Hold

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, the United States Supreme Court granted a stay preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing its Clean Power Plan (“CPP), a controversial effort by the EPA to control greenhouse gas…more

EEOC Proposes New Pay Data Reporting Requirements for Employers

President Obama has announced that the EEOC is proposing new pay data reporting requirements for employers. Under the proposal, employers would be required to provide annual information on W-2 compensation and hours worked for every…more

Arbitral Awards Based on Penalty Clauses: Enforceable?

A recent English High Court decision suggests that some such awards may be enforceable notwithstanding the rule against penalties. In Pencil Hill Limited v US Citta di Palermo S.p.A., the English High Court enforced an arbitral…more

Patenting the Avocado: A California Story with a Classic Recipe

Guacamole and chips are the ultimate in Super Bowl Sunday comfort food nowadays. During the Panthers/Broncos game, the California Avocado Commission tweeted its own commentary, offering recipes that paired avocados with food and…more

Regional Perspectives on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

On 12 December 2015, nearly 200 countries at the 21st annual meeting (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Convention or UNFCCC) reached an agreement that many have described as a historic turning point…more

Defendants' Motion Seeking to Depose Opposing Counsel Denied Where Defendants Could Not Show That Information Was Unavailable from Another Source

After the plaintiff filed suit against the defendants for patent infringement, the defendants contended that they uncovered during discovery a series of e-mails demonstrating that in 2011, plaintiff engaged plaintiff's attorney, Mr…more

Proposed Rule Adding Vapor Intrusion Component to Hazard Ranking System Will Likely Appear in Federal Register This Month

A proposed rule that would add a vapor intrusion component to the Hazard Ranking System (“HRS”), the primary screening tool for the CERCLA National Priorities List (“NPL”), is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register this…more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Announces Steps to Improve Checking Account Access - On Feb. 3, the CFPB announced that it was taking three steps to expand checking account access to the approximately 10 million “unbanked”…more

Another SEC Insider Trading Case As An Administrative Proceeding

The SEC filed another settled insider trading case. In the Matter of Abdallah Fadel, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-17111 (February 10, 2016). While the case is straight forward, what may be of interest is the fact that it is the sixth insider…more

Ohio Medical Marijuana Task Force Committee Holds First Meeting

The Ohio House of Representatives’ Medical Marijuana Task Force (“Task Force”) convened its first meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the state capitol, and members of Benesch were in attendance. The Task Force was formally…more

Regarding Beauregarding

A Beauregard claim is a claim to a computer program written as a claim to an article of manufacture: a computer-readable medium on which instructions are encoded for carrying out a process. Beauregard appealed the rejection of his…more

MACRA: What Health Care Providers Need to Know

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2, the "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015" (MACRA), a bipartisan effort to reform the Medicare payment policy for physician services that adopts a series of…more

OIG Issues (Another) Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-01

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-01, approving yet another insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The advisory opinion…more

Breaking News - SCOTUS Stays the Implementation of the Clean Power Plan

The United States Supreme Court ("Supreme Court"), in a rather surprising and unprecedented move, issued a ruling staying the Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") implementation of the Clean Power Plan. As you know, the Clean…more

A Culture of Inclusion: Transgender-Friendly Workplaces on the Rise

American Airlines, The Coca-Cola Co., Humana, Macy’s and Ford. All among the best-known brands in the world, each a stalwart of American business. All of them are among the most transgender-inclusive companies in the country according…more

Virtual Learning: The Scope of Preemption Under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Companies seeking protection under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“CUTSA”) should consider the effects of CUTSA preemption on their litigation strategy. Under the well-known Silvaco Data System v. Intel Corporation case and…more

Renewable Energy Case Law Update

This case law update describes a selection of renewable energy cases from 2015. It is not intended to address all renewable energy cases over the previous year, but rather, highlight a few that are more likely to be of interest to the…more

The Eleventh Circuit Still Stands Alone, as Balch Attorneys Defend the Dismissal of Crawford Claims in Federal Appellate Courts Across the Country

From the moment it was published in July 2014, Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC, 758 F.3d 1254 (11th Cir. 2014)—the first reported appellate decision holding that a plaintiff may state a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act…more

Major Changes Underway at the California Fish and Game Commission

The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is in the midst of major changes. The Commission, which was established in 1870, has been led by a body of five commissioners since 1937. The Commission has a small staff to…more

EEOC’s Proposed (Anti) Retaliation Guidance: Is Your Whistleblower Response System Ready?

The EEOC’s January 21, 2016 “Draft Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues” continues the pattern of governmental agencies probing deeply into your whistleblower program.  Whether or not the guidance remains…more

Federal Circuit Reinforces PTAB’s Authority to Institute Trial on Selected Claims in Synopsis v. Mentor Graphics Appeal

Newcomers to post-grant proceedings are often surprised by the PTAB’s claim-by-claim approach to patent challenges under the America Invents Act…more

FDIC’s Winter 2015 Supervisory Insights Focus on Cybersecurity and Marketplace Lending Concerns

On February 1, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released its Winter 2015 Supervisory Insights publication. One of the primary focus areas of this Supervisory Insights mirrors much of current focus of the industry…more

Can Employees Be Disciplined When They Exceed the Frequency or Duration on Their FMLA Medical Certification?

One of the biggest headaches for employers when administering FMLA leave is how to deal with the employee who exceeds the frequency or duration identified on the employee’s medical certification. Nearly all of these situations involve…more

Blog: Applying The 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive & The 2nd Payment Services Directive To Virtual Currency Exchanges And Wallet Providers

The European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council will meet on Friday 12 February 2016. At that meeting, the Council will be invited to agree to..…more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending January 29 & February 5, 2016

Real Property Update - Foreclosure/Standing: filing of original note and mortgage with assignment after complaint filed does not establish standing to sue at inception of suit where endorsement undated and assignment dated after…more

Blog: PRA Letter To Life And General (Re)Insurers About Buy And Sell Side Longevity Risk Transfers

The PRA has published a letter to life and general insurers about longevity risk transfers, and the counterparty risks they transfers can generate. Here’s a key extract..…more

Fannie And Freddie Loans Could Be Next FCA Targets

By now, lenders that make loans insured by the federal government are well acquainted with the False Claims Act. Following the financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice has aggressively used the FCA to collect billions of…more

R&I Update: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings, Volume 1

In 2015, the energy sector accounted for more than one-half of all public company bankruptcy filings, including eight of the 10 largest filings. Current oil prices and bond values indicate that 2016 will be another active year. As of…more

New Jersey Appellate Division Rules Specific Searches not Required Before Resorting to Service by Mail

In New Jersey, there are three different means by which service can be effected by mail when the primary method, personal service, is unsuccessful. Each method is unique to the specific situation that gives rise to the resort to…more

When Cupid’s Arrow Strikes the Workplace

With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air, and employers need to be mindful of the risks associated with workplace romance. While these risks exist year-round, the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday may trigger inappropriate…more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 8, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: South Australia 28 January 2016 - Inquest into the death of Ebony Simone Napier The South Australian Coroner has recommended…more

Publishers close the book on one e-books case; Supreme Court decides whether to reopen another

We will soon know whether the Supreme Court will grant Apple’s cert petition asking the Court to review and reverse its antitrust violation for conspiring with publishers to fix the prices of e-books. The Court will consider the…more

EEOC to Collect Pay Data from Large Companies

If you read one thing... - The EEOC has announced a proposal to start collecting employee compensation information from companies with 100 or more employees, and is seeking comments, which are due by April 1, 2016. -…more

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