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Demystifying Canadian employment and labor law

Because Canada is a confederation of provinces and territories, each with the power to pass employment and labor laws, determining the applicable law in a particular situation can be perplexing to a newcomer to the nation's employment…more

The Demise of the Presumption Against Preemption in Express Preemption Cases

We’ve always been bothered by the presumption against preemption – so much that this blog’s first major substantive post was on that subject. Even before that, back in the Bone Screw days, we remember the presumption against…more

Patents: Important Facts, Takeaways, and Pitfalls to Avoid

1. Broad Claim Scope is Key. Merely getting a patent is not the goal. The goal is to maximize the scope of meaningful patent protection to which your invention is entitled. Put yourself in a competitor’s shoes - how would you design…more

Three Things You Need to Know About California’s New Surface Water Diversion Reporting Requirements

On August 22, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) held an informational meeting to answer questions and get the public up to speed on California’s new surface water diversion reporting requirements. As we…more

Questioning 2nd Circ. Analysis in Aluminum Antitrust Case

In a painstaking dissection of the “inextricably intertwined” standard often used by courts to determine whether plaintiffs can show they suffered “antitrust injury” if they neither purchased from, nor competed with, a defendant, the…more

NJ Supreme Court Holds Intervening Mortgage Takes Priority After Discretionary Advances by Initial Mortgagee

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently clarified its rules regarding mortgage priority, holding that a factoring company’s secured first mortgage can be trumped by a law firm’s later-filed mortgage where the factoring company knew of…more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 33

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Seeks Public Comment on Disclosure Requirements of Subpart 400 of Regulation S-K - On August 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is seeking public comment on the issues that the…more

Hallmark 6-Incentives and Disciplinary Measures

The FCPA Guidance states, “In addition to evaluating the design and implementa­tion of a compliance program throughout an organization, enforcement of that program is fundamental to its effec­tiveness. A compliance program should apply…more

Terminating employees due to internal investigations in Germany

When it comes to internal investigations, multinational companies need to reconcile the sometimes conflicting legal requirements of various jurisdictions. Under German law, conflicts typically arise where a foreign law governing, for…more

Ontario Pension Plan Members Will Soon Have Significant New Rights

Ontario is on the verge of implementing new rights for members of registered pension plans. Members will have the right to form committees that will have broad rights to review information about all aspects of plan administration…more

Five Areas of Focus for the New CDD Rule

While regulators haven’t yet spelled how the new customer due diligence (CDD) requirements for financial institutions will be implemented, banks, credit unions, securities firms, money services businesses, and casinos should begin…more

FinCEN Proposal Extends AML Requirements to Banks Without a Federal Functional Regulator - Proposed Rule Would Include Trust Companies and Puerto Rican IBEs

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Aug. 25, 2016, issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (Proposed Rule) to implement Section 326 of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to…more

Tick Tock: Proofs of Claim, the FDCPA and Stale Debt Clock

On August 25, 2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Dubois v. Atlas Acquisitions LLC, (In re Dubois), No. 15-1945 (4th Cir. Aug. 25, 2016) and joined a majority of other circuits holding that the filing of a…more

Final Rule Implementing Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Published

On August 25, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) collectively issued a Final Rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to…more

DOJ Proposes Expanding Reaching of INA's Anti-Discrimination Provisions

Employers already know that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin and citizenship status. However, they may not be aware that the federal Immigration and Nationality Act also contains anti-discrimination…more

Court Rules in Favor of Investment Adviser after Trial in Section 36(b) Excessive Fee Case

In a case closely watched by the mutual fund industry, the federal district court in New Jersey ruled on Thursday in favor of a mutual fund’s investment adviser and against the shareholders who had brought the lawsuit under Section…more

Recognition of foreign insolvency processes in Colombia

On the 10th of June, during the second part of a hearing with a massive attendance the Superintendence of Corporations (the "Superintendence"), such authority recognized in Colombia the process of insolvency that Pacific Exploration…more

Major Win for Products Manufacturers on Safer, Alternative Design Requirement

In a unanimous decision released last week, the Alabama Supreme Court delivered a significant victory for manufacturers defending products liability claims in Hosford v. BRK Brands, Inc. As in most jurisdictions, a plaintiff in a…more

Genzyme Petitions Federal Circuit for Rehearing in Genzyme Therapeutic Products, Inc. v. Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Many of the complaints from patent holders over the PTO's inter partes review process under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (codified in pertinent part at 35 U.S.C. §§ 311-319) stem from how the Office has implemented these…more

Attorneys – Deposition Transcripts – Consciousness

A common topic at court reporting conferences around the country is attorney consciousness and how attorneys seem to be less aware or even care about the record than in the past; that there are two types of attorneys, attorneys who are…more

Agreement To Arbitrate “Any Disputes” Doesn’t Reach Derivative Claims

Corn v. Superior Court, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6182 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Aug. 22, 2016) is a case about the meaning of one sentence in a settlement agreement consisting of just seven words – “The Parties agree to arbitrate any…more

[Video]Employment Law This Week®: Transgender Case, “Labor Peace” Agreements, EEOC’s Pay Data Proposal, Parental Leave Requests

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that could impact…more

Bridging the Week - August 2016 #4

Nonmember Banned From Trading All CME Group Products for 60 Days Without a Hearing for Alleged Suspicious Trading Activities: Andrey Sakharov, a nonmember, was summarily barred from trading any CME Group product for 60 days based on a…more

International Consultation on Good Practices for the Termination of Investment Funds

The International Organization of Securities Commissions published a report outlining a proposed set of good practices on the voluntary termination of investment funds. The decision to terminate an investment fund can have a…more

Legal interpretation and application of year-end bonuses under Chinese law

The term “year-end bonus” generally refers to the material incentive a company gives to its employees to reward them for their good performance and contribution to its development. With continuous economic growth a goal of many…more

Government Releases Final Rule Implementing “Blacklisting” Law

The final rule and guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, signed by President Barack Obama in July 2014 and finally published on August 25, 2016, remain almost as burdensome and problematic as they were…more

Want to Weigh In On Cyber Issues? Here's How.

Do you feel that the federal government doesn’t listen? Or at least not to you? Well, here is the opportunity to have your voice heard, albeit just on cybersecurity…more

Bail-In and Contractual Recognition: The Impact on US and Other Non-EU Counterparties and the Potential Impact of Brexit

Following the 2008 banking crisis, governments around the world found themselves having to bail out large financial institutions by injecting capital to help those institutions continue to service their debts. In Europe, the most high…more

The Small Drone Rule –Part 107 –is Effective on August 29, 2016

Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (or the Small Drone Rule) applies to non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft (UAS) commercial operations of all drones under 55 lbs. The final rule will go into effect on August 29, 2016. The…more

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Limits Common Sense in Obviousness Determinations in Patent Claims

On August 10, 2016, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals tightened the usage of common sense and in doing so clarified the criteria for applying it in an obviousness determination. Arendi S.A.R.L., Appellant v. Apple Inc., Google Inc.…more

Enough is enough - stopping bullying in the workplace in Australia

Bullying at work has long been recognized as a problem. The potential negative consequences are endless, including risks to health and safety, adverse impacts on culture and morale, increased absenteeism and turnover, damage to…more

En Banc Court Ties On-Sale Bar to Commercial Sale in Accordance with Uniform Commercial Code

In a unanimous en banc decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit established the circumstances under which a product manufactured according to product-by-process claims is invalid under the “on-sale bar” of 35 USC §…more

Records Of Employment – Not Just For Terminations

The end of summer is (unfortunately) just around the corner, which for many employers means saying goodbye to student employees and seasonal workers. Most employers know that they need to complete a record of employment (ROE) when an…more

SEC Approves FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule

This week, on Thursday, August 25, 2016, the SEC approved FINRA Proposed Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Proposed Rules) as they had been proposed by FINRA. The Proposed Rules would impose pay-to-play restrictions and recordkeeping…more

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… uh oh… a Super Lien!

Liability insurers have always gnashed teeth over the dreaded “super lien” – aka a lien asserted by Medicare for treatment expenses where the patient is reimbursed through a settlement obtained in personal injury litigation. This is…more

Missed Opportunity by The Supreme Court to Address the Erosion of Hospital Self-Review Privileges

In Tibbs v. Bunnell, the U.S. Supreme Court recently denied a hospital’s petition for certiorari to review the scope of the patient safety work product privilege. The hospital appealed from a Kentucky Supreme Court decision holding…more

Court Denies Preliminary Injunction and Terminates Temporary Restraining Order, Allowing Imposition of Level 3 School Impact Fees

On May 26, 2016, the California Building Industry Association successful obtained a temporary restraining order from the Sacramento Superior Court preventing the State Allocation Board—and all others acting in concert with the SAB or…more

Outsourcing and the Value Added Tax: Mexico’s Third Circuit Reminds Employers to Consult the Federal Labor Law

On July 15, 2016, the Third Circuit Court on Administrative Matters, acting in plenary session (based in Jalisco), published a Judicial Interpretation titled, “Provision of Independent Services: In order to determine whether or not…more

Final Fair Pay Rules Are Here: Contractors Face Complex Requirements and Challenges with New Reporting Obligations

The federal government released the final regulations implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (“EO” hereafter) this week. The regulatory package contains two parts: amendments to the Federal Acquisition…more

District Court Rules Against an Illinois Power Plant in CAA Citizen Suit, Rejecting Three Defenses to Liability

In the case of National Resources Defense Council , et al. , v. Illinois Power Resources, LLC and Illinois Power Resources Generating, LLC, decided August 23, 2016, the United States District Court for the Central of District of…more

California Court of Appeal Partially Upholds Air Quality Thresholds of Significance Following State Supreme Court Decision

In a published decision, following the Supreme Court’s decision in California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District (2015) 62 Cal.4th 369, the First District Court of Appeal upheld California…more

India-Mauritius Protocol Seeks to Close Tax Loopholes

Originally published in The Investment Lawyer, Volume 23, Number 9, pages 19–27, September 2016. On May 10, 2016, the Republic of India and the Republic of Mauritius entered into a protocol (the Protocol)…more

AB 2535 Expands Exceptions to Tracking Hours Requirements on Itemized Wage Statements

Prompted, in part, by a 2015 federal court decision which held that employers must state the total hours worked by outside sales persons, Assembly Bill 2535 amends Labor Code section 226 to further clarify the categories of workers…more

Wynn Just Bought a Bunch More Land in Everett and You Have to Wonder Why

At some point this past spring, casino mogul Steve Wynn acquired the weed-choked, old General Electric property in Everett for an undisclosed sum and an undisclosed purpose. I’m surprised this move has received so little attention…more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – Pokémon Go Edition

Even as the initial furor surrounding the release of developer Niantic’s Pokémon-themed ap has subsided, the issues raised by the mass embrace of the augmented reality-flavored game continue to merit attention from lawmakers, games…more

Private Antitrust Damage Actions in China: An Emerging Force?

China has emerged as a global power in merger review with surprising speed. Does the surge in private antitrust litigation suggest a similar pattern? Introduction - This Client Alert provides a general description of the…more

Draft IRS Publication 5164 (Early Look) for Processing Year 2017

If your EIN will have 250 or more full-time employees in 2016 (counting each person who was full-time in any month) you’ll need next year to file your 2016 ACA Information Returns – Forms 1094-B and 1095-B or Forms 1094-C and 1095-C –…more

Annie Get Your Gun – Court Rules Termination For Bringing Gun to Work Unlawful

In a recent decision that could have implications in many states, a federal appeals ruled that an employee could state a claim for wrongful termination under state law after being discharged for storing a gun in his car on company…more

HHS Office for Civil Rights to Increase Investigation of Small HIPAA Breaches

The Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OCR) recently announced that it has increased its review of breaches of protected health information affecting fewer than 500 individuals. This…more

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