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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

Arbitration Award Reinstating Teacher Charged With “Grooming” of Student Reversed by Court

Cornwall – Lebanon School District v. Cornwall – Lebanon Education Association, Court of Common Pleas of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania No. 2015-01556 (April 21, 2016). Common Pleas Court vacates Arbitrator’s award reinstating teacher…more

Governmental Employers Take Note: Court of Appeals allows employee’s claim for violation of N.C. constitution to go forward

In Tully v. City of Wilmington, No. COA15-956 (N.C. Ct. App. Aug. 16, 2016), the Court of Appeals held for the first time in North Carolina that a governmental employee had alleged a valid property and liberty interest in requiring the…more

Ninth Circuit Issues Pro-Employer and Pro-Union Ruling Against Worker With a Long History of Harassing Comments

In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants in a case involving the discharge of a union employee following his alleged whistleblowing on his…more

NLRB General Counsel Creates a “Misclassification-Plus” Unfair Labor Practice

On August 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board made public an Advice Memorandum from the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel regarding an unfair labor practice case arising in the context of independent contractor…more

SEC Continues to Target Private Equity Firms, Entering Into $52 Million Settlement with Apollo Global Management

On August 23, 2016, the SEC entered into a settlement that reflects a continuation of its recent trend of increasingly active pursuit of private equity firms, particularly for failing to disclose conflicts of interests and other…more

D.C. Circuit Overturns FWS Approval of Wind Farm Due to Bat Concerns

The U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit recently held that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act by approving an Ohio wind energy project without looking at all reasonable…more

Court Rejects Excessive Fee Claims Following Trial on Mutual Fund “Manager of Managers” Theory

On August 25, a federal court in the District of New Jersey issued a much-anticipated decision, finding after a lengthy trial that shareholder plaintiffs failed to prove claims that AXA entities had charged excessive mutual fund…more

New USPTO Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance Following CellzDirect and Sequenom

On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued new subject matter eligibility guidance for life science claims following a ruling by the Federal Circuit in Rapid Litigation Management v. CellzDirect, No. 15-1570 (Fed…more

Corporate Designee Deposition: Elevated Duty Imposed on Corporate Designee Provides Reprieve from Oppressive Discovery Tactics

Virginia’s “ever-evolving discovery rules”[1] necessarily afford counsel wide latitude within which to maneuver in undertaking their duty to zealously advocate. The rules, however, also furnish aggrieved parties with effective means to…more

10 Things You Need To Know About EEOC’s New Retaliation Guidance

On August 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues. The document is a helpful tool for employers when navigating the often-treacherous retaliation…more

Dronsfield v University of Reading

The recent case of Dronsfield v. University of Reading UKEAT/0200/15 has prompted some fairly sensationalist headlines. Take the Evening Standard, for example: "University of Reading art lecturer who had sex with 'vulnerable' student…more

Latest Legal Developments on Transgender Student Issues

Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., 136 S. Ct. 2442 (U.S. 2016): Supreme Court Stays Fourth Circuit Order allowing transgender student to use boys’ restroom; State of Texas, et al. v. United States of Amercia, et al., Case…more

Cat’s Paw Theory Of Discrimination Adopted By 2nd Circuit - False Sexting Claims Prove Employer’s Downfall

The federal appeals court in New York just adopted a broad standard for employer liability as a consequence of discriminatory acts by their employees. This standard opens the door to a significant increase in claims being filed by…more

Why You May Want To Reconsider Promising Confidentiality To Whistleblowers

In this recent post, I suggested that absolute guarantees of confidentiality to whistleblowers may be counterproductive. In today’s post, I will elaborate on why…more

The New York Attorney General’s Crackdown on Non-Compete Agreements: What It Means for Companies

Background - Recently, the NYAG has turned quite a few heads by entering into a new legal arena: challenging non-compete agreements between companies and their employees. The NYAG settled two investigations brought pursuant to…more

The definition of "worker" for whistleblowing purposes

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) creates two levels of protection for whistleblowers. The dismissal of an employee will be automatically unfair if the reason, or principal reason, for his/her dismissal is that he/she has…more

How to Avoid Discrimination in Hiring, While Complying with Export Laws

Imagine your company has employed a research scientist to support your technology programs. The scientist is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and holds an H-1B visa, but is not authorized to view certain export-controlled…more

FCC Rules that Informational Automated Messages Sent by Schools to Parent Cell Phones Do Not Violate the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act

In the Matter of Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (Petition of Blackboard, Inc.), CG Docket No. 02-278 (August 2016). The FCC confirms that schools may send informational messages…more

The Harbor Might Not Be Safe: Failure To Update Generic Drug Labels Can Invite a Storm of State-Law Claims

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on August 22 that consumers’ state-law claims that manufacturers of a generic Reglan, a heartburn medication, did not adequately warn about its risks are not preempted by federal law. Under the…more

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