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Everyone Keeps Focusing On Independent Contractors, So We Will Too…

If it looks like “Independent Contractor vs. Employee Week” on Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, that may be a function of the fact that misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been a hot topic for some time…more

Reality and Trend of China’s Regulation on Payment Service by Non-Financial Institutions 2016

Understanding the payments regulatory environment in China—both the existing regime and pending developments—is essential for companies engaged in cross-border payments activities (particularly non-financial institutions). At the…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 Legislature Reconvenes Today, May Possibly Adjourn sine die The Maine State Legislature reconvened…more

IRS Confirms California “Waiting Time Penalties” Are Not Wages For Federal Income Tax Purposes

A recent IRS information letter confirms that “waiting time penalties” paid under California law are not wages for federal income tax withholding purposes. Section 203 of the California State Labor Code imposes penalties on employers…more

Two Federal Courts Uphold Criminal Convictions for Insurance Brokers

Two federal appellate decisions highlight the potential criminal liability for rogue agents. First, in United States v. Binday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld mail and wire fraud convictions of three individuals for…more

New Federal Trade Secrets Law Passed – Major Implications for Trade Secret Owners and Their Employees

Congress just passed a major revision to U.S. trade secrets law, with enactment upon the President’s signature likely in early May. Entitled the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), the legislation creates for the first time a…more

Landmark Federal Trade Secrets Legislation on Its Way to President Obama for Signature

As technology accelerates and electronic information theft becomes more difficult to detect and prevent, vigilant companies constantly look for ways to protect the trade secrets they consider their “crown jewels.” The passage of the…more

Registration Requirement for CRAs in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has a quirky statute that arguably requires any consumer reporting agency who provides credit reports or information to state residents to register with the Department of State – Business Services Division. I strongly…more

El cielo es el límite

El cambiante paisaje urbano de Miami se prepara para su mayor mejora hasta el momento. Con la última decisión de la Administración Federal de Aviación de EE. UU. de permitir que los edificios alcancen una altura de 320 metros (1049…more

Amendments to the Federal Civil Rules May Carry Unintended Consequences

The overarching goal of the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is described in the new text of Rule One – which promotes the “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.”…more

Indiana Governor announces formation of Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity

Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced last week the formation of the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity through an Executive Order. The Council, comprised of 23 members from public and private organizations, is designed to be a…more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.29.16

Dealbook looks back at a crazy Thursday of healthcare company deals [with Abbott/St. Jude taking the prize for biggest] and concludes that the industry appears to be “convinced, regardless of tax benefits [or common financial sense]…more

Shakespeare Week – Part V: Lear’s Fool and Power Points

I conclude my week honoring the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare by using my favorite character in all his work to introduce today’s post. He is The Fool from King Lear. Of Shakespeare’s many theatrical innovations, his…more

New York State Increases Minimum Wage and Enacts Paid Family Leave

For employers with employees in New York State, the cost of doing business in the state is going to go up due to recent legislation. New York State recently passed the following two important changes in the law which will impact all…more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #21

EIOPA consults on infrastructure corporates - EIOPA is consulting on the Commission’s request for technical advice on the identification and calibration of “other infrastructure investment risk” categories. The consultation covers…more

Special Alert: CFPB Plans to Propose TRID Amendments in July

Director Cordray announced yesterday in a letter to industry trade groups that the CFPB has "begun drafting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Know Before You Owe Rule.” However, contrary to some reports, the proposal is not…more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 4/27/16

On March 25, the First Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in a breach of fiduciary duty case that turns, in part, on an analysis of the Supreme Judicial Court’s 2014 decision on damages in the widely-discussed matter of The…more

What GCs Need to Know About Reductions in Force

Reductions in force (“RIFs”) are group terminations, usually driven by the financial condition or business needs of the employer. An employer’s General Counsel, even though responsible for protecting the employer from legal liability…more

Been There, Done That: Kohl’s Wins Dismissal of Copycat False Advertising Class Action

A California federal court recently denied a motion to certify a class of Kohl’s customers allegedly misled by false advertising, finding that plaintiff Wendy Chowning’s claim was a copycat of an earlier-filed case, Russell, et al. v…more

Junk Bond Fund Failure Challenges Industry

The December failure and ongoing liquidation of the Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund (TAFCF) provides potential ammunition to significant financial services industry players who believe mutual funds and investment managers can present…more

North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Sales of Solar-Generated Electricity

The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently ruled that third-party sales of solar-generated electricity violate state law. The Commission rejected a test case brought by an advocacy group seeking to legitimize such third-party…more

The Trade Secrets Bill Proceeds to the President's Desk

On April 27, the House of Representatives by a 410-2 vote passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which creates a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing trade secrets with a degree of protection akin…more

Dodd-Frank and Executive Compensation – Part 1: Status Update

It’s been over five years since the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act (“Dodd-Frank”) and we are still waiting for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to finalize rules on several provisions related…more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week - April 2016 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: I know it may seem like a silly question, but do teachers ALWAYS have a right to a union representative at a meeting with an administrator? Recently, I invited my art teachers in for a meeting to discuss…more

UK Hotels Outlook: Summer 2016 and Beyond

UK hotels remain most popular in Europe - London remains the top destination for hotel investment in Europe, according to a survey of senior hospitality figures, beating Barcelona and Madrid into joint second place. Questions are…more

FTC Settles Monopolization Charges Stemming from Contract Exclusivity Terms Used by First-to-Market Medical Polymer Maker

The mere possession of monopoly power does not violate federal antitrust laws. The laws only address the anticompetitive acquisition, maintenance, or abuse of that power. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) entered into a consent…more

Court Reporters – What is an Oral Reply?

In certain jurisdictions and cases, attorneys hire court reporters to report an oral reply. In my experience, oral replies are typically used in union grievances especially in employment matters. The court reporter is hired to take…more

Chambers USA: 4 Changes for This Year’s Submissions

It’s that time of year all legal marketers love to hate: Chambers season! Editor, Laura Mills recently released three changes to the usual submission process, which we recap here. In addition, we’ve added a few pointers for a less…more

The Fantastical World of Justice Stephen Breyer

In a recent book entitled Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, author Adam Cohen examines the case of Buck v. Bell, where Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that "[t]hree generations…more

CMS's Proposed IPPS and LTCH FY 2017 Rule: Key Takeaways

On April 18, 2016, CMS released its proposed rule addressing new payment rates and policies under both the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS), for fiscal…more

NY Transit Agencies Escape Vicarious Liability for Contractors Alleged Discrimination

It is not uncommon for companies to contract their daily business operations to third-party companies. In Motta et al v. Global Contact Services, Inc., the court addressed whether such relationships relieve the outsourcing company of…more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Responding to U.S. Chamber estimated annual losses to foreign thieves of $300 billion of trade secrets and 2.1 million jobs, in April, Congress voted nearly unanimously (Senate 87-0, House 410-2) to enact the Defend Trade Secrets Act…more

What Tom Brady, Underinflated Footballs, and “Deflategate” Teach Employers About Arbitration

Fans of unscrupulous professional football players and coaches often justify their heroes’ misbehavior with a now-classic sports adage: “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.” In the 1970s, for example, legendary Oakland Raiders…more

Canadian Employment News Series - April 2016

Duty to accommodate may include transferring employee to another workplace A recent decision by the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board serves as a reminder to employers that that it is wise to obtain…more

When is a Wrongful Foreclosure Case a “SLAPP”?

California’s anti-SLAPP statute (Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16) arms a defendant with an early method to challenge a lawsuit known as a “SLAPP” — a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. SLAPPs are meritless lawsuits…more

Congress Passes Major Federal Overhaul of American Trade Secrets Law

On April 27, Congress created a new tool for responding to the theft of valuable company information: a federal claim for trade secret misappropriation. The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) unanimously passed the Senate earlier this…more

Split 8th Circuit Rejects Class Certification in 10b-5 Case

In IBEW Local 98 Pension Fund v. Best Buy Co. Inc., Plaintiffs alleged that misleading statements by Best Buy officers made during a phone call with stock analysts artificially supported Best Buy’s stock prices until a report issued…more

Arbitrator rules BC employer must reinstate employees on long-term disability after non-culpable terminations

In a British Columbia arbitration, Township of Langley v. CUPE, Local 403, No: A-014/15, the arbitrator was considering a grievance concerning the non-culpable termination of three employees of the Township of Langley who had been…more

Lawyers, Are Your Competitors Spying On You?

I was just listening to Pat Flynn record an episode of his podcast, Let’s Ask Pat. He was recording it on Periscope, a livestreaming app, allowing his viewers to watch live while he conducts business. He was answering a question from…more

Stanford declines to divest fossil fuels

Should university endowments be invested in fossil fuel companies? Or should they divest such holdings? Universities across the U.S. are considering these questions…more

The SEC’s New Registration Fee Estimator

The accurate and timely payment of SEC filing fees can be surprisingly challenging, particularly since it is often one of the last tasks performed in the scramble before a filing. The SEC has over the years attempted, with some…more

Protecting Agency/Brokerage Trade Secrets Amidst High Industry Turnover

Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever. The average worker will change employers eight times over the course of his or her career. This increased workforce fluidity highlights the need for employers to protect their company's…more

Bitstamp obtains first payment institution license in the world

Bitstamp, the third largest Bitcoin exchange in the world and located in Luxembourg, announced on April 25, 2016, that it has obtained a payment institution license from Luxembourg, which means it is the first nationally licensed…more

Contractor Blacklisting for Defense Contractors? The HASC Says “Not So Fast”

At last, we have a little good news for government contractors. By a vote of 34–28 taken late in the evening on April 27, 2016, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) adopted a measure that would block the application of Executive…more

The cost of ambiguity: termination clause in fixed-term employment contract ruled unenforceable

On April 8, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Howard v Benson Group[1], in which the court provides important guidance to employers in relation to the use of fixed-term contracts for employees and the early…more

Alleged Misrepresentations to DFS Warrant SLUSA Preclusion

The Southern District of New York recently granted defendant’s motion to dismiss a putative class action claiming that AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company breached its contractual obligation by implementing a volatility management…more

Public Employer May Not Retaliate Against Employee Based on Perception that He Engaged in Political Activity

On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court held that a public employee could sue his employer for retaliation where the employer demoted him for engaging in constitutionally-protected political activity, even though the employer was factually…more

Industry trade groups’ renewed challenge to HUD disparate impact rule could yield helpful precedent for ECOA cases

The D.C. district court recently granted two industry trade associations whose members sell homeowners insurance leave to file an amended complaint in their lawsuit challenging the Fair Housing Act (FHA) disparate impact rule (Rule)…more

MSHA Enforcement Trends: Most-Cited Standards of 2015 and Rules to Live By

Mine operators can look to MSHA’s 2015 enforcement data to identify patterns in the most frequently cited safety and health violations, making it easier to avoid costly citations and possible long-term legal ramifications. Data on the…more

Automotive Law Group News: Appellate Court Win for Massachusetts State Auto Dealers Association

Murtha Cullina's automotive industry team achieved a victory on behalf of the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association on March 17, 2016 when the Massachusetts Appeals Court voted unanimously to affirm the dismissal of a…more

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