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Successfully Selling Your Business: Top 6 Potential Pitfalls

Among the growing number of business owners looking to sell their business, JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty are in the market to sell their darling Pawlenty Energy. This month, Tilting the Scales highlights a variety of issues is its first…more

Illinois Restrictive Covenants: July 2016 Update

Heads up, Illinois employers with post-employment restrictive covenants: three new cases may impact your enforcement efforts. One continues the split between state and federal courts as to whether continued employment is sufficient…more

The European Commission Formally Adopts the Privacy Shield

The Privacy Shield heightens the level of scrutiny and the burden on organizations that voluntarily self-certify. On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the European Commission’s (the…more

Department of Justice Sues Bensalem Township, PA Over Mosque Denial

On July 21, the United States Department of Justice sued Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania, in federal court alleging violations of each of RLUIPA’s provisions following the Township’s 2014 denial of a variance application submitted by…more

The Importance of Risk Ranking to Compliance

We all face a number of risks every day. Yet, we do not respond to each and every risk. We engage in risk-ranking our responses. Some are more risk than others and some are more catastrophic than others. So, we engage in risk ranking…more

Pokemon Go, a Scary Trend for any E-Discovery Practitioner

One word that I never thought would have any cultural relevance ever again, Pokemon. I remember the days when Nintendo was the “it" thing to have and Pokemon was at the forefront of that fad. But that was the 1990s, so when I heard…more

European truck cartel’s €2.93 billion in fines may just be the beginning

The European Commission on Tuesday announced its decision finding truck makers MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, and DAF liable for violating EU antitrust rules. The companies acknowledged that for 14 years they colluded in setting…more

Supreme Court Rules that Citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Entity is Based on Citizenship of its Members, Which Includes Shareholders

On March 7, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) ruled that the citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Entity (“REIT”), for purposes of federal diversity jurisdiction, is based on the citizenship of its members, which…more

U.S. Court in Louisiana Remands Advance Stores Co. Data Breach Class Action to State Court

In a case with a familiar fact pattern, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana refused to find that permitting Plaintiff to proceed in Louisiana state court was “futile” on Article III standing issues…more

NY Strengthens Law Concerning Zombie Properties as Well as Good Faith Negotiations

New York Senate Bill S8159 - On June 23, 2016, the New York State Legislature passed a bill imposing new requirements upon mortgage servicers seeking to foreclose on defaulted home loans. The bill — S8159, dubbed the "zombie bill"…more

Two Decisions out of San Diego Remind Us to Follow the Rules

We don’t often see multiple takings-related cases in one week, but last week we saw three. The California Supreme Court’s decision in Property Reserve was obviously the most important, but the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal…more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Portions of New Recordkeeping Rules

In response to employer complaints and a new federal lawsuit, on July 13, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a delay in enforcement of the non-retaliation portions of its new injury and illness…more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It: U.S. Major party platforms address cybersecurity. The two major parties have released their 2016 election platforms, both of which include cybersecurity planks. The Republican platform’s perspective of…more

"Europe Tries Harder: Extension of the AIFMD Marketing Passport to Non-EU Countries"

In our August 2015 client alert, we reported on the European Union's tentative efforts to extend the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) marketing passport to managers and funds established in non-EU jurisdictions…more

Lowndes Attorneys Obtain Favorable Rulings for Court-Appointed Receiver

Orlando, FL–Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is pleased to announce that shareholder, Richard Dellinger, and appellate attorney, Jennifer R. Dixon, prevailed in defending a client appointed to serve as a receiver in…more

Price Reductions Are Dead; Long Live Price Reductions

You no doubt have heard by now about GSA’s 23 June effort to “embrace modern technology while moving away from outmoded practices” – specifically, its implementation of the new Transactional Data Reporting Rule (“TDR Rule”) and its…more

Brown & Brown Insurance Brokerage Firm Is Sued By EEOC in Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Job Offer Rescinded After Company Learned of Applicant's Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI - A Daytona Beach-based insurance brokerage firm violated federal law by rescinding a job offer to a woman because of her…more

Antitrust Reverse Termination Fees--2016 Q2 Update

This post updates the public deal antitrust reverse termination fee database through June 30, 2016. An antitrust reverse termination fee (ARTF), sometimes called an antitrust reverse breakup fee, is a fee payable by the buyer to…more

Liquor Control Board Weighs in on Alcohol Law Changes in Pennsylvania

Of particular interest to Pennsylvania residents and those doing business in the Commonwealth is the focus on expanding the location and availability of alcohol beyond traditional licensees. A month after Act 39 of 2016 was signed…more

Spectrum Pharms., Inc. v. Burwell

Case Name: Spectrum Pharms., Inc. v. Burwell, No. 15-5166, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 10095 (D.C. Cir. June 3, 2016) (Circuit Judges Griffith, Cavanaugh, and Wilkins presiding; Opinion by Griffith) (Appeal from D.D.C., Lamberth, J.)..…more

President Obama to sign Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016

On July 19, 2016, bill H.R. 3700, more commonly known as the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016 (“HOTMA”), was presented to President Obama for signature after being unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate on July…more

Securities Fraud – a Lesson for Promoters

We discussed SEC v. Arcturus et al last week and promised more. Here it is. Did defendants commit securities fraud? It doesn’t matter. Violations of Sections 5 of the Securities Act and 15.A of the Exchange Act are strict…more

Quirky Question #286: Best Practices on Restroom Access and Terminology for Transgender Employees

Question: There has been a lot of news coverage lately on restroom policies related to transgender employees. Can you provide some guidance on how to structure our restroom-use policies to be both lawful and respectful of all…more

New N. Calif. Report Suggests High Cost of Giving Birth Linked to Increased Health System Consolidation

Childbirth is the leading indication for hospital admission in California, with roughly 500,000 deliveries in the state each year. This is particularly challenging for health plans serving Northern California, the most expensive region…more

Federal Courts Teach Arbitration 101 In Recent Opinions

While state courts have been busy articulating novel interpretations of arbitration law this summer, federal courts seem intent on getting back to basics. In recent weeks, federal appellate courts have reminded parties who has the…more

Final ACA Nondiscrimination Rules Under Section 1557 Now Effective

This is the one hundred and first issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. (Click here to access our general Summary of Health Care Reform and other issues in this series.) This series of…more

Popular Cybersecurity Reads - Trending Right Now

Cybersecurity issues transcend numerous sectors, marketplaces, industries - as evidenced by this list of recent popular reads on the topic…more

Surplus Lines Clearinghouse Provides Instructions Following The Dissolution Of The Non-Admitted Insurance Multistate Agreement (NIMA)

In a Special Focus article posted on May 2, 2016, we addressed the uncertain future of the multi-state allocation of non-admitted premium tax revenue. The Non-admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA) provides for individual states to…more

Federal Contractors: Be Aware of Potential for Increased Penalties Under FCA

As we see an uptick in federal government contract awards before the end of the government fiscal year on September 30, 2016, companies doing business with the federal government should take note of two recent developments that stress…more

Nevada Supreme Court Accepts Certified Question in HOA Lien Litigation Case – Should the SFR Decision Apply Retroactively?

We previously reported on the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC. v. U.S. Bank, N.A., holding that a homeowners association (HOA) lien is a true super-priority lien that upon foreclosure extinguishes a first…more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.26.16

Private equity bigwig Lynn Tilton has reportedly hired appellate superstar Paul Clement (after Gibson Dunn got the boot) to represent her in her “bid to revive her challenge to the [SEC’s] in-house court at the Second Circuit”…more

NASDAQ Adopts Rule to Require Disclosure of Third Party Compensation of Directors

Nasdaq has released a new rule, Rule 5250(b)(3), which requires listed companies to disclose the material terms of all agreements and arrangements between entities other than the issuer (“Third Parties”) and directors or nominees for…more

Healthcare Newsletter: Volume 6, Number 1

Recent Developments in Mental Health Benefit Denials - The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) requires health plans to provide the same coverage for mental health conditions as they provide for physical…more

Courts Answer Key Questions Over the Reach of the BPCIA

Since the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) was signed into law in 2010, only a small handful of abbreviated Biologics Licensing Applications (“aBLAs”) have been filed and of those the FDA has approved only…more

CFPB and Fed propose new Regs M and Z commentary on adjustments to exemption thresholds

The CFPB and Federal Reserve Board have proposed amendments to their official Regulations Z and M staff commentaries to memorialize the calculation method used by the agencies each year to adjust the thresholds for exempt consumer…more

Second Circuit Holds Class Can Be Decertified After Jury Verdict

A class certification ruling is always subject to challenge if the class representative does not prove the necessary elements of class certification. On July 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a…more

Recent Decision Widens “Narrow” Door for Use of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act against Corporate Insiders

Information security threats come from a variety of sources, including outside hackers and disloyal corporate insiders. One federal statute that may provide a powerful remedy when a company’s defenses are breached and data is stolen…more

Is Big Data a Misunderstood Moving Target?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Big Data (BD) as data sets that are complex, hard to understand and difficult to process utilizing conventional methods. Historically, typical Information Technology (IT) systems have been…more

HR to the Rescue: Prompt Investigation Beats EEOC’s Sex Harassment Claim

Don’t listen to all the doubters – HR truly can save the day. A recent federal court decision from the Western District of Tennessee illustrates the point again: prompt and appropriate investigation of a sexual harassment…more

Wave of Shootings Puts Workplace Violence Back in the Spotlight

Seyfarth Synopsis: DHS’s recommendations for active shooter prevention and preparedness is only one piece of an effective workplace violence prevention program. Employers should assess their workplaces and develop comprehensive…more

Japan – Leader in Customer Service

After a recent trip to Osaka and Tokyo, Japan, I was struck by two things – Japan’s impeccable customer service and their public transportation systems. I had often heard about Japan’s amazing customer service – complete with bows…more

OSC Whistleblower Program Launched

On July 16, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced the launch of its Office of the Whistleblower. This is the first paid whistleblower program by a securities regulator in Canada. Subject to eligibility requirements…more

OCR’s Recent $2.7 Million Settlement with Oregon Health & Science University Highlights the Importance of HIPAA Compliance Follow-Up

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) recently entered into a resolution agreement to settle potential violations of HIPAA’s Privacy and Security…more

FinCEN Issues Customer Due Diligence Rule (CDD) FAQs

On July 19, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued FAQs regarding the customer due diligence requirements (“CDD”) that it published on May 11, 2016, for certain financial institutions, including brokers…more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 8: Consent

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Processing of personal data is lawful only if, and to the extent that, it is permitted under EU data protection law. Each and every data processing activity requires a lawful basis (see…more

Blog: Study Shows That Investment In Material Sustainability Issues Yields Higher Performance

With the SEC asking proactively in its concept release whether to mandate sustainability disclosure, the question of the relevance to investors of sustainability issues has assumed a new prominence. According to the SEC, some…more

Panel Did Not Commit Manifest Disregard Of The Law When It Rejected Res Judicata Defense

A construction company appealed an order confirming an international arbitration award, which had denied the company’s demand for unpaid monies against an Antiguan medical school. The award also granted the medical school’s…more

"NYDFS Finalizes Rule to Regulate Transaction Monitoring, Filtering"

Financial institutions operating in New York — including New York state licensed banks, trust companies, private bankers, savings banks, savings and loan associations, branches of foreign banks, check cashers, and money transmitters…more

BancorpSouth Bank Agrees to Pay More Than $10 million to Settle Charges of Redlining and Discrimination in Mortgage Underwriting and Pricing

On June 29, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and BancorpSouth Bank (BancorpSouth) agreed to settle allegations of redlining and discrimination in violation of the Equal Credit…more

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