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BREAKING NEWS: Discussion Draft of Online Sales Simplification Act of 2016 Released

On August 26, 2016, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Goodlatte from Virginia, released the long-anticipated discussion draft of the Online Sales Simplification Act of 2016. Highlights of the bill include..…more

Hospital and Fixed Indemnity Policies; Excepted Benefits; Supplemental Coverage under Recently Proposed Treasury Regulations; and Central United Life v. Burwell

We reported in a recent post on proposed regulations dealing with, among other things, the treatment of hospital indemnity or other fixed indemnity insurance products in the group market. This post takes a closer look at the future of…more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap - August 2016

California - Medicaid Enrollees Are Largest Share of Newly Insured - A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 33% of Californians uninsured in 2013 are now enrolled in Medi-Cal, the State’s Medicaid program…more

Show Me the Money! California’s Underfunded Courts

Seyfarth Synopsis: Sustained cuts to California’s court system have strained access to justice across the state, and not enough is being done to fix the situation. But, you can help!…more

Refusal to Sell Bulk-Size Packs, Without More, Is Not Price Discrimination – “Size is Not a Service”

Woodman’s Food Market, Inc. v. Clorox Co., No. 15-3001 (7th Cir. August 12, 2016). Clorox Sales Company and Clorox Company produce a range of consumer goods. Clorox sold goods to Plaintiff Woodman’s Food Market, a local grocery…more

EEOC Sues Frontier Hot-Dip Galvanizing for Race and National Origin Harassment, and Retaliation

Employer Permitted Racist Slurs and Graffiti, Then Fired Employees Who Complained - BUFFALO, N.Y. - A Buffalo provider of metal coating violated federal law when it permitted race-based harassment of black employees by supervisors…more

Friedman v. Live Nation Merchandise, Inc. - USCA Ninth Circuit, August 18, 2016

Ninth Circuit revives photographers claims of willful copyright infringement against Live Nation Merchandise over Run DMC photograph it used without permission, concluding lower court incorrectly dismissed willful copyright…more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – August 2016

The Rise of LNG Disputes - Global Trends Emerging From the Recent Cases - Introduction - Although some in the liquefied natural gas industry are generally aware of price review disputes (mostly in Europe) that occurred…more

Municipal Condemnation of Privately Held Utilities Continues to be a Hot Issue, but at what Cost?

In January, I spoke at a conference in Austin about efforts by municipalities to condemn privately-held utility companies. At the time, I figured it would be a one-off presentation on a pretty niche issue, even for eminent domain…more

Happy Birthday, National Parks! Would You Like Your Trademarks Back?

August 25, 2016 marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, which runs the nation’s 413 national parks. Although I am not a particularly outdoorsy person, my relatives are, so here we are on summer vacation in Acadia…more

Knock-Out Depositions!

Hailing from South Philly as I do, Rocky Balboa has been a hero of mine since I was a little girl. In my tween years I became obsessed with Rocky, and boxing in general, reading up on Rocky’s own hero, Rocky Marciano (whose knock-out…more

Federal Contractors Must Report All Federal Labor Law Violations

Federal contractors and subcontractors soon will be required to report all federal “labor law violations” to the government, for review by contracting officers. Here’s what you need to know about this sweeping new requirement…more

Resource for Companies Evaluating Compliance with New Overtime Laws

Many companies are in the process of completing internal audits to prepare for the new salary and overtime rules that go into effect on December 1, 2016. While the changes do not impact the duties-portion of FLSA exemptions, they do…more

Utility Merger Goals in a Decentralized Energy Future

According to Investopedia, mergers are typically undertaken to meet one of three major goals; 1) expand a company’s reach; 2) expand into new segments; or, 3) gain market share…more

Another Reason Why Medical Device Class Actions Don’t Work

The Ninth Circuit filed a preemption opinion the other day that should help prevent the “foodification” of medical device litigation. That made-up word refers to the wasteful food-related class action litigation that has somewhat…more

IRS releases updated safe harbors for management contracts in tax-exempt bond-financed projects

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2016-44. The purpose of this revenue procedure is to provide revised and broader “safe harbors” under which certain private management contracts will not…more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19248 - Western Dermatology Consultants, P.C. v. VitalWorks, Inc. - This decision partially upheld an Appellate Court decision I previously summarized for you where a Connecticut…more

HR Tech and the Law: An Update

Over the past two years, we at the Navigator have been fascinated with all the new technology showing up in the workplace. We’ve repeatedly cautioned employers about the risks of adopting technology before understanding and mitigating…more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #2

Proactive Predevelopment for Successful P3s - A new report was recently published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) called Successful Public/Private Partnerships: From Principles to Practice. The report provides valuable tools and…more

Health Care Matters, Summer 2016

Special Masters in Health Care Antitrust Merger Cases: Resolving the Conflicting Interests - One of the most challenging aspects of antitrust cases in the health care field is the rich mixture of public interest considerations…more

Back to School: NLRB Takes Aim at Colleges and Universities

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National Labor Relations Board issued three important decisions this week that will significantly impact private colleges and universities…more

New Rebar Anti Dumping Investigation May Carry Major Implications for Canada’s Construction Industry

On August 19, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) initiated an anti-dumping investigation into concrete reinforcing bar (also known as rebar) imported from Belarus, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Portugal and Spain…more

Most Recent CFPB Supervisory Highlights Feature FCRA, LO Compensation and Debt Collection Issues

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s most recent supervisory highlights publication featured issues relating to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, loan originator compensation and in-person debt collection that should be on mortgage…more

Seventh Circuit Says No Asylum for Bisexual Man; Posner Dissents

Last week, the Seventh Circuit declined to review the asylum application of a bisexual individual who applied for fear of persecution. Ray Fuller, 51, told an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals that he could not…more

War of the World Wide Webs: D.C. Circuit Refuses Terror Victims’ Attempt to Seize Internet Domain Names

In early August, the D.C. Circuit refused to allow victims of terror attacks to take control of the Internet domain names of Iran, North Korea, and Syria as a means of satisfying previous money judgments awarded to the victims. In…more

The Brexit and Patent Law: What You Need to Know

Now that some time has passed since the Brexit vote, some of the ways in which the vote is likely to impact British patent law are becoming clearer. Here is a quick summary of some of the primary concerns…more

EEOC Sues Midwest Freight Systems for Breach of Mediation Agreement

Company Refused to Honor Agreement to Pay Monetary Relief to Charging Party, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Midwest Freight Systems Corporation, a freight transportation company with headquarters in Warren, Mich., violated…more

Unpaid construction work? Stay calm – and make sure every word of your mechanics lien is accurate

Not getting paid infuriates most contractors and material suppliers. Don’t let that anger cause you to make a bad situation worse by overdoing a mechanics lien. By the time a contractor reaches the point of recording a mechanics lien…more

Ninth Circuit Invalidates Arbitration Agreement with Class Action Waiver

On August 22, 2016, the Ninth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit in the split amongst U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal on the issue of enforceability of employment arbitration agreements precluding class actions. The Ninth Circuit…more

NASAA Publishes Fraud Alert for EB-5 Investors

Recently, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), which is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection, published an investor advisory for potential investors in EB-5 projects. In the…more

In Final Exam, Court Rejects Hearst Interns’ Pay Claims

Unpaid interns for Hearst magazines have been rebuffed again in their effort to be declared eligible to receive wages under the FLSA and the New York Labor Law. In an August 24, 2016 ruling, Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Southern…more

California DBO Reports on Jump in Nonbank Installment Consumer Lending

According to a new report from the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO), installment consumer lending by nonbanks grew almost 50 percent in 2015, with the majority of loans between $2,500 and $5,000 featuring an annual…more

Holding Assets in Trust for the Next Generation

Over the past few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients interested in holding assets in trust for their children. This is a trend we are noticing across the board, regardless of the size of the estate. This…more

Eggleston v. Daniels - USDC, E.D. Michigan, August 16, 2016

District court refused to dismiss infringement claims alleging creators of TV show “Empire” copied Cookie Lyon character from plaintiff’s memoir, concluding, among other things, that stories with female, African-American organized…more

4 Trusted Traveler Programs That Save You Time (and Stress) at U.S. Airport Security

Because this is an “International” blog, we need to talk about one of the most important aspects of international business – travel. And as you know, we are in the thick of the travel season. So it only makes sense to A) take…more

CMS’s Interim Final Rule to Permit “Stacking” of Reclassifications Puts Pressure on Urban Hospitals to Evaluate Advantages of Geographic Reclassification to “Rural” Status for Wage Index Purposes in Advance of September 1 Deadline

Hospitals may seek redesignation to a neighboring core-based statistical area for wage index purposes under the rules that set forth the geographic reclassification process. See 42 C.F.R. § 412.230 et seq. Those rules require that…more

Paying for software development? Make sure you own it!

In a digital society dominated by the saying, “there’s an app for that,” copyright protection is essential. Paying to have a work created does not automatically vest ownership of the copyright in the paying party. When making the…more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring…more

“Caveat Emptor” Applies to ESI Requests (Puerto Rico)

P.R. Med. Emergency Grp., Inc. v. Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriqueña, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99391 (D.P.R. July 26, 2016) - In this Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) case, the plaintiff renewed its…more

FERC NOPR Seeks Connected Entity Data from Virtual Traders and Financial Transmission Rights Holders

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently proposed that virtual traders and financial transmission rights holders (collectively Virtual/FTR Participants), which are not FERC electric market based rate holders but whom…more

New Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act Mandates Greater Flexibility on Use of Leave Benefits

The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (Public Act 99-0841) requires Illinois employers who provide personal sick leave benefits to their employees to allow employees to take such leave for absences due to the illness, injury, or medical…more

Ninth Circuit Holds Class Action Waivers Are Unenforceable

In a strong blow to employers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently released its opinion in Stephen Morris, et al. v. Ernst & Young, et al., No. 13-16599, D.C. No. 5:12-cv-04964-RMW (August 22, 2016), holding that agreements…more

FAR Council and DOL Issue Final Rule Implementing Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and the Department of Labor published a final rule, implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (also known as the “blacklisting” Executive Order), on August 24, 2016. The…more

Double-Check the Math: Advisers Should Not Provide Clients With Performance Data Created by Other Investment Managers Without Verifying the Information

In a series of enforcement actions this week, the SEC made it clear that investment advisers need to substantiate the performance records of investment management firms they recommend to their clients. In these cases, failure to do so…more

Georgia Magistrate Judge Limits OSHA Safety Inspections in Poultry Plants

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fighting a Gainesville, Georgia, magistrate judge’s recommendation that would restrict its new regional worker-safety program aimed at poultry processing facilities…more

Monthly TCPA Digest - August 2016

In light of the continued compliance and litigation challenges presented by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Mintz Levin’s TCPA and Consumer Calling Practice team have launched an inaugural newsletter to keep you informed…more

Student Assistants Win Right to Unionize at Private Colleges and Universities

Reversing longstanding precedent, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that students “who have a common-law employment relationship with their university are statutory employees under the [National Labor Relations] Act.”…more

Regis Corporation to Pay $60,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Hair Salon Refused to Accommodate Stylist's Claustrophobia, Agency Charged - MIDLAND, Texas - Minnesota-based Regis Corporation, doing business as SmartStyle, will pay $60,000 in damages and back pay to former hair stylist Nora…more

OSHA Tests New Program to Expedite Whistleblower Claims

In an effort to speed up claims under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Whistleblower Protection Program, the Labor Department’s San Francisco region has launched a new process, called the “Expedited Case Processing…more

IRS Loosens Restrictions on Safe Harbors for Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Property

The Internal Revenue Service, in Revenue Procedure 2016-44, has loosened the restrictions on safe harbors for management contracts entered into by governmental issuers of tax-exempt bonds in connection with facilities financed by such…more

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