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OSHA’s Recordkeeping Anti-Retaliation Rule: Assault on Pizza Parties, Drug Tests and Exec Compensation

OSHA’s recent Injury and Illness Recordkeeping reform has created quite a stir for employers. As we discussed in an earlier article about the new Recordkeeping rule, OSHA now requires employers to electronically submit to OSHA their…more

CFPB and National Bank Reach $32.25 Million Settlement Regarding Credit Card Add-On Products

On August 25, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an order against a national bank that will require the bank to pay $32.25 million in consumer relief and civil penalties based on practices relating to…more

Changes to Confidential Business Information Disclosure Under the Reformed Toxic Substances Control Act

This client alert is the fourth in a series that discusses the significant changes instituted by the passage of a new federal Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). The first alert addressed broadly the law’s myriad of changes. The second…more

International Entrepreneurs Receive Welcome News from USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced a proposal to grant international entrepreneurs temporary admission to the United States in order to start or scale their businesses here. On Friday, August 26, 2016…more

Vineyard Wind offshore project changes hands

Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partnershas acquired Offshore MW LLC, the holder of an offshore wind energy lease issued by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management over an area south of…more

ACA Non-Discrimination Rules May Apply to Certain Healthcare Employers' Benefits Practices

In May, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued final regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. This legislative provision, which has been in effect since 2010, prohibits health programs or…more

Contested FCC Media Ownership Order Leaves Rules Largely Unchanged

After failing to complete the required Quadrennial Review of its media ownership rules for nearly a decade, on August 25, 2016, the FCC released a Second Report and Order signaling the completion of both its 2010 and 2014 Quadrennial…more

Ninth Circuit Rules that Agreements Precluding Employees from Bringing Class Action Claims Violate Federal Labor Law

In a sweeping ruling with far-reaching implications for California employers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – the federal appellate court for the Western United States – has concluded in Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP that an…more

Suspending Franchise Sales

In several states that require franchise registration, it is a good idea to suspend franchise sales while an amendment or renewal application is pending with the state.  Franchisors commonly suspend franchise sales pending…more

So You Want To Sell Your Business… PART 4 of 4 – Engaging Advisors to Assist in the Sale

The time has come. You have well-thought-out reasons to sell your business. You have put your business in the best possible position for sale. You are ready to devote significant time and money to the sales process. Market conditions…more

The Ripple Effect of the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Amgen v. Apotex on Biosimilar Litigation

In July, the Federal Circuit decided Amgen v. Apotex, No. 2016-1308 (Fed, Cir. July 5, 2016), its second decision interpreting the U.S. biosimilar statute, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation of Act of 2009 (BPCIA). The…more

OIG Releases Revised Guidance on Independent Review Organization Independence and Objectivity

On August 22, 2016, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) released updated guidance on Independent Review Organization (IRO) independence and objectivity (the “Guidance”). The Guidance…more

U.S. CPSC Oversees Recall of Hoverboards Citing Risks Associated with Lithium-ion Battery Packs

Not surprisingly, following on the heels of various accounts and reports of fires caused by hoverboards, ten manufacturers, distributors and retailers have issued an official recall of 501,000 hoverboards in the United States…more

Week in Review: Appellate Court Upholds Damages-Based Challenge to Predominance and More

This week’s recap examines a recent appellate ruling that provides a nice roadmap for arguing a plaintiff’s theory of damages cannot satisfy Rule 23’s predominance requirement, as well as another district court’s efforts to parse out…more

More Mach Mining: Court Denies The EEOC’s Motion For Reconsideration Of Discovery Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the remand of the high profile Mach Mining litigation that was before the Supreme Court in 2015, a district court denied the EEOC’s motion for reconsideration of a discovery order pertaining to the scope of the…more

Alert: ED Seeks Further Compliance with Third-Party Servicer Rules

On August 18, 2016, the US Department of Education (ED or the Department) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) providing additional guidance on issues related to the requirements for third parties that provide financial aid services…more

Constitutional Rights vs. The Exclusive Remedy Doctrine

The Workers’ Compensation Act evolved from what is often called the “Grand Bargain.” Injured workers cannot sue their employers for work-related injuries in exchange for a no fault system in which the injured worker does not have to…more

NJ Supreme Court Gets it Right! Consequential Damages Caused by a Subcontractor's Defective Construction Work is Insured

The New Jersey Supreme Court’s August 4, 2016 decision in Cypress Point Condominium Association, Inc. v. Adria Towers, LLC opened the door for general contractors to obtain insurance coverage under their commercial general liability…more

DHS Proposes Rule That Would Expand Immigration Options for Certain Foreign Entrepreneurs

On August 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed an advance copy of its notice of proposed rulemaking, entitled “International Entrepreneur Rule.” This rule follow President Obama’s promise in November 2014…more

Honest Weight: Court of Appeal Affirms Threshold for Leave in Secondary Market Securities Class Action

In its recent decision in Mask v. Silvercorp Metals Inc. (Mask), the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Court) dismissed an appeal of the denial of leave and certification to a proposed statutory secondary market securities class action…more

Resource Employment Solutions Pays $435,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

Company Illegally Granted Placement Preferences to Hispanic Temps over Black Temps, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Resource Employment Solutions, LLC (Resource), a temporary staffing agency headquartered in Orlando, Fla.…more

UPDATE: Extreme Anti-Fracking Measures Fail to Make Ballot in Colorado

Two anti-fracking ballot initiatives that were pushed by a group calling itself “Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development” have failed to make the November ballot, the only two initiatives that failed to qualify of the nine…more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: The Billion Dollar Questions – When, How and What?

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference on the topic of autonomous vehicles. Coincidentally, the presentation was the same day Uber announced it would be launching rides in…more

Judge, not Jury, Must Consider the Constitutionality of a Dedication Requirement and Whether it Qualifies as a "Project Effect"

One issue that can arise in eminent domain actions involving undeveloped (or under developed) property is whether the property being acquired is potentially subject to a dedication requirement. If the property’s overall development…more

Smack Talk: Whole Foods’ Quest to be “World’s Healthiest”

Whole Foods recently garnered attention when its trademark application for World’s Healthiest Grocery Store was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The trademark examiner focused on the “World’s Healthiest” part of the…more

OSHA Post-Accident Drug Testing

On August 10, 2016, OSHA’s final rules on electronic reporting of workplace injuries went into effect. The new rules require employers to implement “a reasonable procedure” for employees to report workplace injuries that does not…more

“Eviscerate” is the Proper Term for What the Ober Opinion Did to the Lis Pendens Statute—But What About Jurisdiction?

Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal sent the real property and mortgage world into a frenzy this week after issuing its opinion in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, dramatically weakening the protections of Florida’s lis…more

RLUIPA Defense/Rocky Mountain Sign Law Joint Blog Post: Pennsylvania Borough’s Church Directional Signs Did Not Violate the Establishment Clause

Late last month, a federal district court in Pennsylvania ruled that directional signs to a church, which contained images of a cross and bible, did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The borough of…more

North Dakota To Study Technical And Economic Feasibility Of CCS

On August 10, 2016, Red Trail Energy, LLC, a North Dakota ethanol producer, announced that it, along with the Energy & Environmental Research Center, had been awarded $490,000 to examine the integration of carbon capture and storage…more

The Zika Threat Is Now In Our Backyard! What Employers Need To Know

As the dog days of summer draw to a close, many United States residents continue to think of the Zika virus as that slight distraction to Olympic athletes and the fans who cheered them to victory in the Rio games. However, what was…more

Canada’s Financial Sector: Legislation for the Future

On August 26, 2016, Canada’s Department of Finance (Finance Canada) launched a consultation process to review the legislative and regulatory framework of the federal financial sector. This follows the extension of the sunset provisions…more

What To Make Of The Wage And Hour Division's Voluntary Compliance Agreement With The Subway Franchise System

On July 26, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division entered into a “Voluntary Agreement” with the franchisor of the Subway brand, known as Doctor’s Associates, Inc., and its affiliates. The agreement reads like a…more

Stormwater Forecast: Prepare for More Aggressive Benchmark Monitoring and Corrective Action Requirements under the Next Proposed MSGP

EPA is expected to propose a revised system of benchmark monitoring and corrective action requirements to replace those of the current 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activities (“MSGP”). EPA…more

[Video]Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 7

In this podcast, I discuss the most vexing problem of a best practices compliance program, managing third party risk…more

Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a judge or…more

MEasure - Summer 2016

Brexit – Impact on Middle Eastern Issuers - Whilst the precise legal and regulatory impact that the UK’s recent decision to leave the European Union (EU), dubbed Brexit, will have on the corporate finance market will depend on a…more

When Applying Alice, Evaluate the Invention as a Whole

Addressing for the first time eligibility issues under 35 USC § 101 for a method of preserving organ cells, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s ruling that the claims were directed to a…more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - August 2016

Is Your Police Department Ready for Body Cameras? - Police use of force has been heavily scrutinized for more than a year. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it was providing $20 million in grants to help…more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 16 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis One of our lead articles discusses a research report indicating that SEC enforcement activity has slowed in 2016. According to the article, the SEC has brought nearly ten percent fewer enforcement actions…more

A Novel Outcome at the International Trade Commission: Patent Claims Invalidated Under Alice in the 100-Day Pilot Program

On August 22, 2016, Administrative Law Judge David Shaw of the International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “Commission”) issued his final initial determination (“the ID”) in Certain Portable Electronic Devices and Components Thereof, Inv…more

EEOC Issues Final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues after Public Input Process

Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, to replace its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation. The guidance also addresses the…more

Are Your Customer Accounts in Order? SEC Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Implementation of the Customer Protection Rule Initiative

On June 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) announced that it would begin a coordinated effort across divisions to identify potential violations by broker-dealers of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Rule”) under the Securities…more

What is Telemedicine? A Cool Benefit or a Hot Mess?

We’ve had numerous inquiries lately about telemedicine benefits. My clients most typically ask either “is this a group health plan?” or “is it just access to another provider?” Clearly, there is much confusion surrounding…more

Volte face as hardship becomes part of French law

We sent out a client alert in April on the approaching entry into force of the new French civil code. We highlighted four innovations arising out of this major legal reform. This alert focuses on the introduction of the new…more

New International Entrepreneur Rule Revealed

Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. on a case-by-case basis, in order to start or grow their…more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #5

Last week, we were reminded of the impact of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcement activities. The agency announced that National Freight, Inc. will pay more than $1,000,000 in back wages to 359 workers following…more

Illinois Passes Family Caregivers Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2017, the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (the “Act”) will allow employees to use employer-provided personal sick leave benefits to care for an ill or injured family member or attend a medical appointment with a…more

SEC Requests Comments on Regulation S-K Relating to Disclosures on Management, Certain Security Holders and Corporate Governance Matters

On August 25, 2016, the SEC issued a release requesting comments on certain disclosure requirements under Regulation S-K relating to disclosures on management, certain security holders and corporate governance matters contained in…more

U.S. Appeals Court Finds a Software Patent Valid Even Under the Supreme Court’s “Alice” Test

A recent Federal Circuit decision in Bascom Global Internet Services, Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC, gives patent owners another illustration of patent subject matter eligibility under section 101…more

Regulators Publish Updates to CRA Guidance

The federal bank regulatory agencies adopted revisions to the interagency guidance on the Community Reinvestment Act, focusing on alternative systems for delivering retail banking services, innovative or flexible lending practices and…more

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