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Changes to the Taxation of Termination Payments

Termination payments are payments made to individuals as a result of their loss of employment. They are often made up of different components including statutory redundancy, compensation for loss of office, damages and payment in lieu…more

Proposed Rule to Benefit Certain Immigrant Startup Entrepreneurs

Qualified applicants would be granted parole in United States for up to five years. On August 26, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an advance copy of a proposed rule that would extend discretionary…more

Nature’s Way Can’t Slide Out of Coconut Oil Suit

On August 12, 2016, Southern District of California Judge William Q. Hayes denied most of a motion to dismiss and motion to strike in Hunter v. Nature’s Way Products, LLC, Case No. 16cv532-WQH-BLM. The putative class action brings…more

The Tennessee Business Court Further Defines LLC Law

The Tennessee Business Court continued its prolific promulgation of rulings affecting the resolution of internecine disputes between LLC members. In Terrell K. Raley, et al. v. Cees Brinkman, et al., Case No. 16-0196-BC, the Business…more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #5

Sustainable Development Focus - More electric cars, more solar power expected as state struggles to reach tough new climate standards - San Jose Mercury News - Aug 28 - Under a landmark bill sent to Governor Jerry Brown…more

Second Circuit Holds That Non-Supervisory Employee’s Retaliatory Intent May Be Imputed to an Employer Under Title VII

In Vasquez v. Empress Ambulance Service, Inc., the Second Circuit adopted the “cat’s paw” theory of liability under Title VII and held that the retaliatory intent of a low-level, non-supervisory employee may be imputed to an employer…more

Concerted Actions with Sister Company in Finland Result in Delaware Jurisdiction

Addressing personal jurisdiction over a foreign defendant, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that concerted actions occurring in a foreign jurisdiction but directed at Delaware were sufficient minimum contacts to…more

Product Liability Update: April 2016

Massachusetts Superior Court Rejects “Innovator Liability” Failureto-Warn Claim, Holds Branded Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Owed No Duty to Plaintiff Alleging Injury From Equivalent Generic Drug That Copied Defendant’s Labeling But…more

National Labor Relations Board Grants Student Assistants the Right to Unionize at Private Colleges and Universities

In a setback to private colleges and universities, the National Labor Relations Board ruled on August 23, 2016 that student assistants have unionization and collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act. In so…more

Maximizing value in today's brisk healthcare M&A market

A rare confluence of factors is generating great opportunities for private equity and strategic buyers in the healthcare industry. These factors have buyers lining up at the gate, resulting in unprecedented (and often double digit)…more

Treating with the Enemy: Civil Collaborative Practice

If you feel sure you have been cheated by a business partner, an employee, or a contractor, your first instinct may be to file a lawsuit, in the hope that you can annihilate the person who did you wrong…more

New York Makes Some Workplace Assaults a Felony

New York has beefed up protections for certain private and public sector employees, designating assaults against them as Class D felonies, rather than just Class A misdemeanors…more

HIPAA Breaches: Size Doesn't Necessarily Matter

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) made headlines this month with a record $5.55 million HIPAA settlement reached with Advocate Health Care System, Illinois’ largest health care system with 12…more

Core Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L. v. LG Electronics, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2016)

Core Wireless Licensing brought an action against LG Electronics in the Eastern District of Texas. Core contended that LG infringed claim 21 of its U.S. Patent No. 7,804,850. LG moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the…more

Beware the Booty-Encrusted Hook: Cybersecurity Vendors Should Use Caution Approaching GSA’s IT-70 Solicitation for Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services, or “HACS”

Machiavelli – yes, that Machiavelli – knew a thing or two about working with a powerful government. In his most well-known writings, Machiavelli opined on both the application of power and importance of intellect when addressing that…more

Outlook for Fall & Lame Duck

As summer ends and we look ahead to cooler weather, a historic presidential election, and a legislative and regulatory calendar that has numerous measures ready for activity, ML Strategies is pleased to share our outlook on what to…more

Cloud Computing: A move towards harmonization, or continuation of a tiered service provision?

Regulators in Europe have continued to publish guidance notes designed to encourage the take-up of cloud computing services. As we report in this Alert, the views of the UK financial services regulator on the risks and issues inherent…more

Litigation Alert: The Ninth Circuit Leaves Pirate Joe’s Saying “Shiver Me Timbers!”

Late last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined a court had jurisdiction to decide a trademark lawsuit filed by a U.S. grocery store against a Canadian reseller where the products at issue were only sold in…more

Privacy Watchdogs File Complaint With FTC over WhatsApp’s Privacy Policy Change

Yesterday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) and the Center for Digital Democracy (“CDD”) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against WhatsApp, Inc. According to the complaint, WhatsApp posted an entry…more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - September 2016

What Makes A 401(k) Plan A Target For Litigation. Don't be a mark. I've always been a big fan of 1970's cinema and one forgotten classic is The Sting, starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw. The title to the movie…more

The Florida Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

When Justin Ellsworth was killed in Iraq in 2005, his family requested that Yahoo grant them access to Justin’s Yahoo e-mail account. Yahoo refused, forcing Justin’s family to sue Yahoo to gain access. Ultimately, the Michigan probate…more

The Curious Case of Employment Arbitration Agreements

Oh boy, what a year 2016 is shaping up to be! Employers faced some daunting changes to: Sick Leave, California Minimum Wage, the DOL final rule re salary thresholds and now – class action waivers. We feel like doing a Liz Lemon style…more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Require Hyperlinks to Exhibits in Filings

The SEC has proposed rule and form amendments that would require registrants to include a hyperlink to exhibits in their filings. The proposed amendments would require registrants that file registration statements and periodic and…more

Fourth Circuit Falls in Line with Second and Eighth Circuits Holding that Filing a Proof of Claim on a Time-Barred Debt Does Not Violate the FDCPA

In Dubois v. Atlas Acquisitions LLC, Case No. 15-1945 (4th Cir. Aug. 25, 2016), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held in a 2-1 decision that filing proofs of claim on time-barred debts does not violate the Fair Debt Collection…more

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Obstacles to Effective Integration

This is the third in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. For some companies, integrating CSR commitments…more

Four Challenges When Repurposing Office Campuses

Greenberg Glusker Real Estate partner Henry Finkelstein was quoted in a Law360 article published August 25, 2016, “4 Challenges When Repurposing Office Campuses,” (subs. required) about the challenges developers face in repurposing…more

AIPF 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston

The Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF) is hosting its 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston. AIPF is an international association of independent specialty law firms that specialize in patent, trademark, and copyright law. This…more

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Class Action Waivers In Employment Arbitration Agreements

On August 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (which covers California) struck down a "concerted action waiver" (i.e., a waiver of class, collective or other group actions) in an arbitration agreement. This decision…more

So You Might Sell Your Business Someday. Do You Need a Broker?

After a lifetime of pouring time and energy into growing and expanding, Pawlenty Energy, JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty are ready to sell their business and retire. Having never sold anything of this magnitude, JR and Sue Ellen have no idea…more

FCPA Enforcement Actions and Reputational Damage

If you ask members of a corporate board or senior executives about the cost of an FCPA enforcement action, they will candidly acknowledge all of the costs – fines, penalties, and professional costs (e.g. legal, accounting, forensic)…more

CMS Issues Guidance on Privacy Concerns at Nursing Homes

Earlier this month, CMS issued guidance regarding privacy concerns in nursing homes. In a letter entitled “Protecting Resident Privacy and Prohibiting Mental Abuse Related to Photographs and Audio/Video Recordings by Nursing Home…more

Looming Registration and Reporting Deadlines for Nonprofit Raffles: September 1 and October 1

Many charities embrace raffles as a fun and lucrative way to raise money. A lot of them aren't aware that raffles constitute illegal gambling, unless the requirements of the Penal Code are met. If not, the charity is committing a crime…more

SEC Awards Culpable Whistleblower $22 Million

The SEC announced the award of more than $22 million to a whistleblower whose detailed tip and extensive assistance helped the agency halt a well-hidden fraud at the company where the whistleblower worked. The $22 million-plus…more

Student Athletes Fight to Keep Fantasy Sports-Related Right of Publicity Claims Alive

Last week, the plaintiff collegiate athletes in a putative class action lawsuit pending in the Southern District Court of Indiana filed their opposition to FanDuel and DraftKings’ respective motions to dismiss. The opposition seeks to…more

Equitable Subrogation Part Deux: Mechanic’s Lien vs. Later Bank Deed of Trust

This post follows, almost two years to the day, Rick Erickson’s post of August 29, 2014. As noted by Rick Erickson in his August 29, 2014 post, the Arizona Supreme Court in the Weitz case (2014) had determined that equitable…more

Spokeo Can't Help Bank Avoid $6.2M Settlement

Invoking the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo v. Robins, a federal court in New York held that a bank remained on the hook for a $6.2 million class action settlement. What happened - Plaintiffs were borrowers…more

Check Your Neutral Policies: The EEOC Joins the ACLU’s Challenge to Dignity Health’s Exclusion of All Care Related to Sex Transitions as Sex Discrimination

The ACLU filed a complaint against Dignity Health, claiming that the total exclusion of care related to “sex transformation surgery” in Dignity’s employee health insurance plan is unlawful sex discrimination. Now the EEOC wants a piece…more

IRS Addresses Health Coverage Opt-Out Payments Under the Affordable Care Act

As the cost of providing health coverage increased over the past fifteen years, many employers began to offer employees cash payments if they “opted out” of coverage. Some expected that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would put an end…more

Complying with Children's Products Safety Rules and Regulations

As we head into the busiest time of the year for consumer purchases of children's toys and games, it is important to be mindful of the rules and regulations governing children's products' safety. Below are just a few of the…more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.31.16

Continual rejections worked for Hershey in fending off Mondelez’s takeover bid. The Deal Professor thinks that Tronc faces considerable risks in following the same strategy with Gannett’s repeated overtures…more

HSR 2015 Annual Report: Filings Up, Second Requests Down and ESO/RSU Implications

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report Fiscal Year 2015, published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), summarizes FTC and DOJ actions conducted under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements…more

Tales from the (Quantum) Crypt

The dream of hack-proof communication just got a little closer to reality. On August 16, 2016, China launched the world’s first “quantum satellite,” a project the Chinese government hopes will enable it to build a communication system…more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Prompt Consideration of Whistleblower Carve-outs

The recent settlement of SEC enforcement actions concerning the Dodd Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions are prompting companies and their counsels to evaluate current and prospective severance and confidentiality agreements for…more

The Privacy Shield: September 30, 2016, Deadline for Early Self-Certification Offers Compliance Opportunity and Risk

The European Commission recently determined that the Privacy Shield Framework is adequate to legitimize data transfers under EU law, providing a replacement for the Safe Harbor program. The Privacy Shield is designed to provide…more

The sukuk experience in Turkey

Turkey's government is determined to make Istanbul a financial hub for Islamic finance, regionally and globally. With a GDP of US$733.6 billion in 2015 according to the IMF, Turkey is the 18th largest economy in the world, and is well…more

Wealth Management Update - September 2016

September Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The September § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs…more

New Import Regulations Signal Increased Enforcement Against Duty Evasion

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued new interim regulations to remedy and penalize evasion of antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) orders. The regulations, which became effective August 22, 2016, establish…more

Ninth Circuit Holds That SOX Disgorgement of Incentive Compensation Does Not Depend on Executives’ Own Misconduct

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held today that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s disgorgement provision – which requires disgorgement of certain CEO and CFO compensation when an issuer restates its financial statements “as a…more

California Considers Rules For Data Security, Geolocation ­

On Wednesday, August 24, the California state senate (the “Senate”) took action on a bill that would expand the definition of protected personal consumer data to include geolocation and biometric information while also requiring…more

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