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New OSHA Rule May Require Employers to Update Drug-Testing Policies

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new reporting rule goes into effect August 10, 2016. Although it does not expressly address post-accident drug testing, OSHA’s commentary related to the new rule makes clear…more

See You In Court! - July/August 2016

Out of the blue, Nancy Newshound, longtime reporter for the Nutmeg Bugle called Mr. Superintendent. “I understand that a student hacked the district’s system and changed a bunch of grades,” she stated. “What can you tell me about…more

A Side-By-Side Comparison of “Privacy Shield” and the Controller-Controller Model Clauses: The Easiest Way to Understand What Privacy Shield is and What You Need to Do to Use it

The EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (the “Directive”) creates the legal framework for the national data-protection laws in each EU member state. The Directive states that personal data may only be transferred to countries outside…more

A Call to Action: Leading Executives issue “Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance”

Citing the importance of publicly owned companies to the U.S. economy, a group of thirteen leading executives issued a set of principles, on July 21, 2016, outlining their vision for the critical elements of good corporate governance…more

Employment Law Alert: Will You Need to Pay Overtime to Your Salaried Workforce?

New Questions Arise as the Federal Minimum Salary Levels for Exempt Employees Will More Than Double on December 1, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued new regulations which increase the minimum salary levels…more

Avoiding Defective Service in Arbitration

A recent High Court decision provides a timely reminder that parties to an arbitration agreement must take care to ensure that arbitration proceedings are properly served to avoid an award being set aside or refused enforcement due to…more

The VPPA and PII: Is Geolocation Another Anonymous Identifier?

Video Privacy Protection Act - This article explores how personally identifiable information has been defined in leading Video Privacy Protection Act actions and looks at how concerns over the potential sensitivity of geolocation…more

EU-US Privacy Shield to Launch August 1, Replacing Safe Harbor

I. Introduction: Privacy Shield to Go Live August 1 (at Last) - The replacement for Safe Harbor is finally in effect, over nine months after Safe Harbor was struck down by the Court of Justice of the EU in the Schrems case. As…more

HHS OCR Guidance on Ransomware Attacks: They Constitute a “Security Incident” and Are Likely a Data Breach

On July 11, 2016, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance on HIPAA covered entities’ responsibilities in a ransomware attack, a type of cyber-attack that has targeted the health care sector extensively in recent months…more

FAQs on the Final Overtime Regulations

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division released the new final overtime rule. The new minimum salary level for the executive, administrative, and professional employee exemptions under the Fair Labor…more

SEC Eases Regulatory Burden for Listing Actively Managed ETFs

The Securities and Exchange Commission took a step toward streamlining the approval process for actively managed ETFs last week by approving rule proposals from two securities exchanges…more

New Governance Best Practices Released

On July 21, a diverse consortium of leading corporate executives and business leaders released the compilation, "Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance."…more

Using Information on Human Rights Impacts to Drive Social Performance

New legislative requirements and stakeholder concerns have driven many companies to implement systems to identify and address the potential human rights impacts of their operations. Companies increasingly realize the responsible…more

Pennsylvania Enacts Biosimilar Substitution Law

On July 20, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 514, which allows pharmacists to substitute for a brand name biological product a less expensive biosimilar product that has been deemed interchangeable by the FDA…more

Federal District Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action Complaint Against Scottrade

On July 12, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri granted Scottrade’s motion to dismiss a putative class action complaint that was predicated on the alleged theft of personal information from…more

Bauman Jurisdictional Limits Dismember Three More Misjoined Multi-Plaintiff Complaints

In this post we happily bring to your attention three more favorable resolutions where pharmaceutical defendants faced with multi-plaintiff misjoined complaints utilized the limits on general personal jurisdiction imposed by Daimler AG…more

Alabama Department of Revenue Now Argues that ALL Software—Canned or Custom—Is Subject to Sales/Use Tax

The Alabama Tax Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) ruled in a recent case that the taxpayer-hospital was entitled to a refund of the sales tax paid on the purchase of software that had been customized for its particular functions (Russell…more

Federal Judge Awards $1,470,000 in EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Case Against Z Foods

Workers Who Were Sexually Harassed and Fired for Complaining Vindicated in Court's Ruling - FRESNO, Calif. - A federal judge has ordered Z Foods, Inc., once one of the largest dried fruit processors in the United States, to pay…more

LED Dispute Blazes Through Summary Judgment

A recent decision from Judge Stearns sheds new light on a dispute between Lexington Luminance (“Lexington”) and Google over LED technology. The dispute began in November, 2012, when Lexington accused Google of infringing U.S…more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s biggest utilities break own record for solar power Sacramento Bee - Jul 15 - California’s booming solar industry had a record day last week when the state’s largest utilities generated…more

Arbitration Article Series II: Appointing Arbitrators

An arbitrator can be appointed directly by name (this is not the common method used), through the court or through the arbitration centre. If you agree for the court or arbitration centre to appoint an arbitrator you need to make an…more

IRS Releases August 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for August 2016 has decreased to 1.4%. The August 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found..…more

In the Weeds Between Federal and State Law: Brand Name for Legal Marijuana Sales Denied Federal Registration

In a precedential opinion, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed a USPTO refusal to register the trademark HERBAL ACCESS on the basis the use of the mark in commerce was unlawful under the Controlled Substances Act…more

CMS Considers Delaying MACRA Start Date

On July 13, 2016, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt testified before the Senate Finance Committee regarding the possibility of a delay in implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). MACRA’s aim is…more

EPA Raises Statutory Civil Monetary Penalty Amounts

On July 1, 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an interim final rule that modifies statutory civil monetary penalty amounts for statutes administered by the agency. EPA’s interim final rule, which becomes…more

Report Warns Providers of HIPAA Violations When Responding to Negative Online Reviews

ProPublica, a public interest investigative newsroom, recently identified more than 3,500 one-star medical reviews on Yelp in which patients complained about privacy issues. ProPublica determined that “in dozens of instances, responses…more

Summer Travel Tips Released by CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske released the agency’s summer travel tips for international travelers…more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District completes $175-million purchase of Delta islands - Los Angeles Times - Jul 18 - Metropolitan Water District (MWD) this Monday completed the $175-million…more

MACCOFFEE Found Likely To Ride Coat-Tails Of McDonald’s EU ‘Mc’ Family Of Trademarks

On July 5, 2016, the European General Court rendered an interesting decision illustrating the broad protection enjoyed by those trademarks with “a reputation in the EU.”…more

Unpaid Volunteers Are Not “Employees”, Says Court

The CHRO is no stranger to taking aggressive positions in the court system. So, it can really be no surprise that the agency wanted to expand who is covered by the state’s anti-discrimination laws…more

They Blew Us Off – Insights into the State of New Mexico’s Suits Against the EPA and the State of Colorado

While speaking at a recent conference on natural resource damages, the Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department, Ryan Flynn, outlined New Mexico’s grievances against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the…more

Defend Trade Secrets Notification Requirement

Most companies are aware that President Obama recently signed into law new federal trade secret protection, entitled the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The DTSA provides protection for trade secrets similar to that found in the…more

Seventh Circuit Serves Up Employer-Friendly Recipe For Compensating Tipped Employees

Many employers, particularly in the hospitality industry, pay tipped employees less than the minimum wage. They do so anticipating that tipped employees will receive tips from customers that push employees’ income above minimum wage…more

Proposed changes to the UK Limited Partnership Act 1907

On 23 July 2015, the UK Treasury published a consultation paper and draft Legislation Reform (Limited Partnership) Order 2015 setting out its proposed amendments to the Limited Partnership Act 1907 (LPA 1907). The proposals were…more

Relativity Certifications—Helping You Learn the Lingo

For Relativity gurus, making sense of kCura’s certification system is likely no sweat. However, for ediscovery outsiders or legal/IT professionals new to Relativity, all of the classes, tests and designations are a bit overwhelming…more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 4 - Territorial application

Why does this topic matter to organizations? The GDPR does not necessarily apply to every organisation in the world. It applies to all organisations that are established in the EU. However, for organisations established outside…more

Labor Alert: New LA ordinance requires 48 hours of paid sick leave per year for all employees

Los Angeles area employers are now required by law to provide their employees with even more paid sick time off. On June 2, 2016 the City of Los Angeles passed a new ordinance (Ordinance No. 184320) (the “Ordinance”) requiring…more

Protected Health Information: Providers Must Proceed with Caution

Medical records are a powerful weapon in the courtroom. They may reveal the extent of an individual’s injury in a personal injury case or substantiate the severity of an individual’s mental illness when that mental illness is being…more

Your "Limited Appearance" in the Business Court May Not Be As Limited As You Think

The attorney for the Plaintiff in Foster Biodevice, LLC v. Cantrell. 2016 NCBC 51 said that he was only making a limited appearance, but the Business Court (through new Business Court Judge Robinson, in his first Opinion for the Court)…more

Looking Forward: Expedited Arbitration

The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce’s (SCC) revised draft Rules for Expedited Arbitration (the “Expedited Rules”) and the SCC’s draft Arbitration Rules (“the Arbitration Rules”) (together “the Rules”), due to come into force in January…more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - July, 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why You Don’t Need to Found Your Startup in Silicon Valley - Startups have the potential to thrive in places less "trendy" than California…more

By Sasso's Ingeniously Simple 3-Point Index, Hillary Edges Out Trump

For my money, John Sasso has produced the best analytical framework for understanding who will become the next President of the United States. “Demographics and regional electoral factors do matter in the general election. But…more

Congress and Obama Administration Take Steps to Ease Buprenorphine Access

On Friday, July 22, President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA). Following on federal, state and local trends, CARA seeks to expand access for persons needing opioid treatment…more

Anne Littlefield Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, “Use Caution When Shortening Student’s School Day to Address Behavior”

A public charter school student with autism and an emotional disturbance is suspended frequently over the course of a school year, with 10 days of removals in total. In an effort to address his behavioral issues, which increase in the…more

Court Affirms Judgment Against Executor That Deeded Estate Property To Himself

In In the Estate of Montemayor, the trial court entered summary judgment for an estate beneficiary on a claim to quiet title as against the independent executor, who had deeded estate property to himself. No. 04-15-00397-CV, 2016 Tex…more

Symantec releases “Ransomware and Businesses” report

Symantec Corp released its annual “Ransomware and Businesses” report this week outlining the increasing sophistication of ransomware attacks. Individuals continue to be the primary target of ransomware attacks as they usually have the…more

Management Lessons from the Chicago Cubs

Despite the Cubs’ historic start to 2016, a true blue Cubs fan can’t help but remain skeptical about what the fall has in store for the team. A history of 100+ years of doing the same thing with the same annual result has created a…more

Biosimilars Development Updates

We previously reported on collaborations between Amgen and Allergan on oncology-related biosimilars. On July 21, Amgen and Allergan announced results of a Phase III trial for their ABP 980 product, which is being developed as a…more

Shortridge v. Foundation Construction Payroll Service, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Douglas M. Shortridge, the named inventor of U.S. Patent No. 8,744,933, sued Foundation Construction Payroll Service, LLC ("Foundation") for infringement thereof in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California…more

The Polyjuice Potion Is the Worst Prescription When Branding Marijuana Businesses: Lessons Learned From In re Morgan Brown

The recent Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision, In re Morgan Brown, (Herbal Access) denied registration for the Herbal Access mark for a retail store legally selling marijuana products in Washington state. The decision…more

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