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NLRB Overrules Precedent; Allows Unions Easy Access to Employee Witness Statements

For nearly 40 years, the National Labor Relations Board has followed a bright-line rule pursuant to which an employer is privileged to withhold witness statements from unions. In its 1978 Anheuser-Busch Inc. decision, the Board held…more

District Court Dismisses Breach Of Duty Of Utmost Good Faith Claims Unrelated To Breach Of Contract In Reinsurance Dispute

The Middle District of Florida recently granted in part and denied in part plaintiff Stewart Title Guaranty Company’s (“Stewart Title”) motion to dismiss defendant First American Title Insurance Company’s (“First American”)…more

Ofgem consults on Network Operator pension deficit funding policy

With the current price control period for electricity Distribution Network Operators having recently ended, Ofgem has launched a consultation on the future funding of deficits attributable to regulated activities. The last round of…more

The PTO Provides Additional Guidance for Meeting the “Financial Products or Services” Requirement for Instituting CBM Reviews - Photoshelter, Inc. and Vectorstock Media Ltd. v. Uniloc USA, Inc. and Uniloc Luxembourge S.A.; Informatica Corp. v. Protegrity Corp.

In a series of decisions addressing whether an abstract idea involves “financial product or service” in the context of covered business method (CBM) reviews, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found all of the challenged…more

Planning for the Unexpected: Casualty issues in Commercial Properties

PROPER BUSINESS PLANNING includes planning for unlikely but significant events such as a casualty that impacts commercial property. In part 1 of a 2 part article, we will focus on some key issues that tenants need to consider. -…more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie In Headscarf Religious Accommodation Case

The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the EEOC’s lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., alleging that Abercrombie violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing to hire a Muslim applicant, who wore a headscarf…more

Confederate Flag Controversy & Fostering Respectful Workplace Conversations

Best practices for fostering respectful workplace conversations. Considered a symbol of Southern pride by some and a symbol of racism by others, the Confederate flag has been a source of extreme controversy for at least the past…more

The U.S. Supreme Court Holds EPA Must Consider Costs in Deciding to Regulate Power Plants

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 29th decision in Michigan v. EPA, taken together with another significant CAA opinion from last term, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, demonstrates the Court’s proclivity for subjecting agency…more

Federal Circuit Upholds USPTO Post-Wyeth Patent Term Adjustment Procedures

In Daiichi Sankyo Co. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit upheld the USPTO’s post-Wyeth Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) procedures, and found that the USPTO did not abuse its discretion when it limited the Interim Procedures to petitions filed…more

Medtronic Acquires Aptus Endosystems for $110 Million

Medtronic PLC recently announced its acquisition of Aptus Endosystems, further adding to its portfolio of medical device products. The acquisition was reported to be valued at approximately $110 million. According to its website…more

Medical Malpractice Damage Caps — A Balance of Justice

In a recent landmark decision for the citizens in the State of Florida, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals, the appellate court for Palm Beach, Broward, and the counties to their north, issued an opinion finding the application…more

Employer Risks in Using Employment-Related Criminal Background Checks

Use of employment-related background checks by employers to discover information about the work history, education, criminal record and financial history of job applicants has become ubiquitous. In one recent survey of employers, 92%…more

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