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Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Six-Person Civil Jury Statute as Unconstitutional

The Illinois Supreme Court in Kakos v. Butler, 2016 IL 120377, has found that the six-person civil jury statute enacted last summer is unconstitutional on its face. Facts - Public Act 98-1132, effective June 1, 2015, amended…more

EEOC Releases New Online Resource Center for Small Businesses

Provides User-Friendly Information on Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws, Tips for Small Businesses and Videos on Frequently Asked Compliance Questions - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released…more

SunEdison: A Cautionary Tale?

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein recently approved SunEdison’s proposed sale of $144 million of solar and wind assets to NRG Energy. The sale continues SunEd’s string of dispositions this year following its April bankruptcy…more

CMS says to physicians: Pick your pace for MACRA implementation. Physicians say to CMS: Thank you for hearing us.

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed regulations (Proposed Regs.) as a first step in the implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP…more

Employers’ Guide To The 1st Presidential Debate

Seyfarth Synopsis: For a multitude of reasons, the stakes are exceedingly high for employers in the upcoming Presidential election. Legal compliance strategies and effective control of workplace litigation risks inevitably will be…more

Viagra — Developments in Litigation

There have been some very recent developments in the national litigation regarding the erectile dysfunction (ED) drug Viagra and the allegation that its use increases a patient’s risk of developing melanoma. Judge Seeborg, the federal…more

Depositions of the Stars

Celebrities are often involved in legal matters. From copyright infringement, money claims, crazed fans, and burglary, it’s safe to say that as a celebrity, one should always have a strong legal team! Thanks to the internet, we have…more

Humira Biosimilar Approved As Litigation Gets Going

The FDA on Friday approved the first U.S. biosimilar of Humira (adalimumab), AbbVie’s best-selling biologic for treatment of inflammatory conditions. The biosimilar, Amgen’s Amjevita (adalimumab-atto), received approval for all of the…more

Court Holds OSHA Violated Notice-and-Comment Procedure with 2015 Retail Exemption Memorandum

Recently, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act ("OSH Act") when it issued a "guidance" memorandum in 2015 titled ..…more

Smart Document Control: Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When To Fold ‘Em

In many ways a smart document control policy is like the lyrics in a Kenny Rogers song: “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.” Almost all environmental statutes and regulations require that certain documents be…more

Health Alert (Australia) 26 September 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland - 10 September 2016 - Inquest into the death of C - C was a 14 year old girl with multiple physical and intellectual…more

When to Say When? Fifth Circuit Rules on When an Accommodation Isn’t Working

In a published opinion, the Fifth Circuit has held that an employee’s poor performance in a light-duty position can relieve the employer from any further obligation to find a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with…more

Notable Immigration-Related Hiring Discrimination Claims Settled this Summer with Department of Justice and Heads Up! A New Form I-9 is coming by mid-November

?In the past three months, there have been four settlements with three staffing agencies and one private company reported by the Department of Justice. The three settlements with staffing agencies resolved allegations that the…more

UK Regulator Bans former Barclays Wealth Management Chief Operating Officer

The Financial Conduct Authority published a Final Notice banning Mr. Andrew James Tinney from the UK financial services industry. Mr. Tinney was the Global Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, a…more

US Hedge Fund Managers: Accessing Capital and Marketing in Europe

Recent regulatory change has made the marketing of hedge funds in the European Economic Area (the “EEA”) more involved, particularly for managers based outside the EEA. This appears to have led some US investment advisors to reduce…more

Criminal Liability for Failure to Contribute to Multiemployer Benefit Fund?

The precarious financial status of some multiemployer benefit funds has led to criminal indictment against non-contributors. This troubling expansion of potential sanctions for failure to make required contributions to multiemployer…more

Virginia DEQ Proposes to Amend its Enforcement Manual

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) plans to amend key portions of its enforcement manual (the “Manual”). The Manual details key enforcement policies of the agency and is used by DEQ to guide almost every aspect of…more

Lawsuit Filed Against OSHA on Walk-Arounds

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration overstepped its authority in expanding union representation at “walk-arounds” in non-union workplaces, the National Federation of Independent Business has alleged in a lawsuit against…more

Recent SEC Settlement Demonstrates FCPA Risks from Charitable Contributions

For just the second time in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s (FCPA) history, a company was charged with FCPA offenses based solely on a charitable contribution that was intended to buy the influence of a foreign official. On…more

District Court Excludes Damage Expert's Opinion Based On Faulty Royalty Calculation

In this patent infringement action between Finjan and Sophos, the district court had previously granted a motion to exclude Finjan's damage expert. The district court explained that the expert's, Layne-Farrar, "method of applying a…more

Third Circuit Deals Blow to Jersey City Ordinance Requiring PLAs on Privately Funded Projects in Exchange for Tax Abatements

Jersey City’s Municipal Code offers real estate developers generous tax exemptions that are designed to spur the City’s economic growth, but the tax incentives have strings attached. Specifically, to receive a tax exemption, even on a…more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 2016

The Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") recently announced a proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States to operate high-growth, job-creating startup enterprises. As with other business immigration…more

District Court Decision Upholds Employer’s Wellness Program But Signals Support for EEOC Positions Going Forward

In EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., the Eastern District of Wisconsin rejected the EEOC’s claims that Orion Energy’s wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Although the court upheld the employer’s…more

Judge Approves LifeLock’s $68M Proposed Settlement with Class and $10.2M with Lawyers

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, a federal judge in California granted approval of the $68 million settlement between LifeLock and a class of plaintiffs that alleged it made false statements about the services it provides to consumers…more

New York Court Finds Schools Not Constitutionally Underfunded

On September 19, 2016, an Albany, New York trial court in Maisto v. New York rejected plaintiffs’ claims that the state was constitutionally underfunding eight small-city school districts. Stinson Leonard Street attorneys were…more

Notable False Claims Act decision in California attempts to restrict Escobar

Last Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the US District Court for the Northern District of California held that the Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016), does…more

Ninth Circuit Issues “Antitrust Primer for Aftermarket Issues” in Aerotec

In a precedent-setting opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Aerotec International, Inc. v. Honeywell International, Inc., No. 14-15562, 2016 WL 4709868 (9th Cir. Sept. 9, 2016), affirmed the summary dismissal of…more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.27.16

We learned yesterday that Twitter’s shopping itself around for a buyer. It’s facing one big complication, though—the sizeable amount of stock Twitter has doled out to its employees over the years. Last year, for example, Twitter…more

CFPB enters into consent order with auto title lender

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with TMX Finance, LLC to settle allegations that the company did not provide sufficient information to consumers about the terms of auto title loans, pawns or pledges, and…more

New California Law Requires Increased Private Fund Fee and Expense Disclosure

Recent state legislative developments in California will require disclosure of certain information by private investment fund managers, primarily in the area of fees and expenses incurred by state and local pension and retirement…more

Indeterminate-term vs. fixed-term employment contracts: Quebec employee awarded moral damages for stress and anxiety caused by early termination of a fixed-term employment contract

In a recent decision of the Quebec Superior Court, Bouasse c. Gemme canadienne PA inc., 2016 QCCS 1263 (CanLII) (“Bouasse”), an employee was awarded damages for trouble, inconvenience and moral prejudice for stress and anxiety…more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB2 Worldwide current in Oct; EB2 India and China advance, but remain behind EB3; Visa Office on Priority Dates, Demand, and Predictions

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the various…more

Mine Roof Collapses Trigger Government Safety Alert

Following 10 incidents of roof collapses in July and August, the Mine Safety and Health Agency has issued a safety alert to warn employers and employees about the dangers of roof falls. MSHA said the roof failures occurred while…more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine May Privatize Welfare Program Maine’s ASPIRE program, currently run by the state’s Department of…more

Proposed regulations will significantly impact the valuation of interests in many family-controlled entities

New rules have been proposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which would regulate the valuation of transfers of business interests between family members. Based upon recent interpretation, it appears that the IRS is planning to…more

California Protects Employees’ Rights to Have Their Claims Heard in the State, Under California Law

In recent years, some employers doing business in the Golden State have required their employees to sign arbitration and employment agreements that require the employee to sue or arbitrate in – or under the law of – another state…more

Mediated Agreements and Magic Words: Admissibility of Mediated Settlements of California State Law Claims in Federal Court

Does federal common law govern admissibility in federal court of a written agreement reached during mediation that resolves both California and federal law claims, even when only state law claims remain pending at the time of…more

50-State Survey of State Immigration Laws Affecting Employers - September 2016

This survey is an update on this rapidly evolving area of the law in all 50 states and focuses on laws and bills that could potentially impact employers and their worker eligibility obligations beyond existing federal…more

Mind Reading Infringement Contentions

Order Regarding Discovery Letter Briefs, InteraXon Inc. v. NeuroTek, LLC, Case No. 15-cv-05290 (Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore) - InteraXon, maker of a mind reading meditation aid, is not required to read the patentee’s mind…more

Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the cryptocurrency…more

California Supreme Court Rejects "New Project" Test In High Profile CEQA Suit

“Enough already!” Reading between the lines, this is what a seemingly exasperated California Supreme Court appears to be saying in its latest California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) decision?Friends of the College of San Mateo…more

Vanda v. Roxane Labs. – Are Two Natural Laws Better Than One?

As you will recall, in Prometheus v. Mayo, the Supreme Court held that a claim reciting a natural law had to have other non-conventional steps to pass muster under s. 101. The natural law in Mayo was the correlation between the…more

USDOL Recruits Whistleblowers for Misclassification Claims: Will Gig Workers Even Notice?

The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) recently revised its wage and hour poster to include information on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. As noted in our previous legal alert on this issue, the…more

Former SEC Commissioner Louis A. Aguilar Describes Corporate Directors' Cybersecurity Duties

When Louis A. Aguilar was a commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission, he helped organize the SEC’s March 2014 roundtable to discuss the cyber risks facing public companies. The numerous data breaches that have occurred at…more

A new NHL team: The Las Vegas Silver (or Desert) (or Golden) Knights

Have you heard about the NHL’s newest, not-yet-fully-named hockey team, based in Las Vegas? Although the team’s inaugural season will not begin until October 2017, season tickets have already sold out. This exciting news was a big…more

Middle District of Pennsylvania: Where Declination of Defense is Grounded in a Reasonable Basis, No Bad Faith Exists Under Pennsylvania Law

Defendant Icon Legacy Custom Modular was sued in two separate state court proceedings: one in New York and one in Massachusetts. Plaintiff Westfield Insurance Company initially agreed to defend Icon as to those actions, but…more

California’s Ban On Loans To Directors And Officers

California banned loans to directors and officers decades before Congress thought of doing so as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.  Current Corporations Code Section 315 prohibits corporations from making loans of money or…more

SB356: Senator Coley Proposes Daily Fantasy Sports Contest Legislation

On September 26, 2016, Senator Bill Coley (R-West Chester) introduced S.B. 356, which if enacted would amend Ohio gambling law to expressly define daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) and e-sports contests that charge a commission known as a…more

Can privileged settlement negotiations be used to prove a hostile work environment?

In Shaw Communications Inc. and Unifor, Local M1, Re, 2016 CarswellNat 4032 (Saunders), a dispute arose following an employee’s allegation of harassment against a coworker. The employee filed a harassment complaint, and then remained…more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 19, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Special Assessment / Special Property Tax (Non-Ad Valorem) Debt. Report. On September 15, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Publishes Updated Insurance Ratings…more

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