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Breach Response Portal Added by Massachusetts Regulator

If you have had to provide data breach notices across any number of states (and who hasn’t….), you would know that they vary widely in how those notices must be provided to state regulators. In some states (for example, California…more

CMS publishes final Medicaid managed care rule

On April 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its long-awaited Medicaid managed care Final Rule, the first update to Medicaid managed care regulations since 2002, and implements dozens of changes…more

Judge in High-Profile Case Obtains Attorney Agreement Not to Engage in Juror Social Media Snooping

It seems that almost everyone uses social media today. Of course, this means that most every juror is a social media user, and that courts are dealing with the thorny questions that arise out of the proliferation of social media usage…more

DOL Fiduciary Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) earlier this month released final regulations which significantly expand the more than 40-year-old definition of who is a plan fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974…more

What Constitutes “Reasonable Efforts” to Inform Plan Participants of Plan Amendments, Which Include a Forum Selection Clause?

You know that many Plans have forum selection clauses. Are they enforceable? YES When a Plan participant claims they “did not know of a plan amendment,” how do you prove the Participant received notice of the amendment? A new…more

A new breakthrough - Working towards globalising the enforceability of Singapore court judgments

What is the Singapore Choice of Court Agreements Act (CCAA)? The CCAA was enacted on 14 April 2016. It gives effect to Singapore’s treaty obligations under 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (2005 Hague…more

Is the End in Sight? FDIC Proposes the Net Stable Funding Ratio (“NSFR”): Liquidity Risk Measurement Standards and Disclosure Requirements

On April 26, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) proposed a rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would implement a quantitative long-term liquidity requirement—the net stable funding ratio (“NSFR”)—for large and…more

New Website Brings History of Giving to Life

On April 26, National Philanthropic Trust, a public charity dedicated to providing philanthropic expertise to donors, foundations and financial institutions, launched a website on the History of Modern Philanthropy. The interactive…more

What’s That Smell?: Eleventh Circuit Vacates Class Certification for Failure to Show Classwide Exposure to Misrepresentations in Electrolux Moldy Washer Case

On March 21, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit vacated a district court’s decision to grant class certification to California and Texas consumers claiming that Electrolux washing machines have a design defect that makes them prone to staining…more

Court of Appeal Sustains CPUC's Discretion to Fill Gaps in Statutory Scheme for Intervenor Compensation but Requires CPUC to Limit Compensation to Fees and Costs Relevant to Intervenor's Contribution

The California Court of Appeal (1st Dist., Div. 4) issued an important decision on April 19, 2016, in New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC v. Public Utilities Commission, addressing a determination by the California Public Utilities…more

Employee’s Inability to Meet Job’s Attendance Requirements Divests her of ADA Protections Sixth Circuit Holds

The converging paths of the Family Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ranks among the most difficult legal issues for employers to safely traverse. Employers should think twice before terminating…more

Asbestos Alert: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts and Legislation

When asbestos litigation became extremely costly to defend, to settle and to pay judgments, companies began filing for protection under the Bankruptcy laws. In the three decades since Johns Manville and UNR Industries filed the first…more

Is the DOJ’s New FCPA Pilot Program an Offer You Can’t Refuse?

Earlier this month, Assistant US Attorney Leslie Caldwell announced that the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Fraud Section will try to entice companies to self-report potential FCPA issues. The DOJ included a “carrot”…more

What Does the Passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act Mean for Your Business?

Congress passed federal trade secrets legislation today. On April 4, 2016, the Senate passed S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). Soon after, on April 20, 2016, the House Committee approved S. 1890 by voice vote…more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2016

This is the 11th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued during…more

EEOC Seeks More Pay Data

Most private employers with 100 or more employees, and certain federal government contractors with 50 or more employees, are required to annually submit “The Employer Information Report” (known as the EEO-1) to the Equal Employment…more

SEC Complaint: How To Create A Manipulation Vehicle

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of SEC enforcement. Many of the cases start with a public shell followed by a reverse merger in which the promoters end up with large portions of the stock. The transaction culminated with a…more

Missouri Court Applies Borrowing Statute to Bar Illinois Asbestos Claims

In Wolfe, et al. v. Armstrong Int'l, Inc., et al., Cause No. 1522-CC11026 (Div. No. 4), the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, 22nd Circuit, entered an April 11, 2016, Order dismissing certain defendants from an asbestos lawsuit…more

Legislation Amending Volcker Rule Passes in House

The Investor Clarity and Bank Parity Act (HR 4096) passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Volcker Rule adopted by the regulators limited the ability of bank holding companies and their affiliates, including investment…more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Enforceable School District’s Oral Promise to Pay Subcontractor for Returning to Job after Prime Contractor’s Termination

Zacherl, Inc. v. Flaherty Mechanical Contractors, LLC, 131 A.3d 1030, 2016 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 22 (Jan. 6, 2016) - The West Allegheny School Board (the “School Board”) voted to approve the School District’s (the “District’s”) plan to…more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.28.16

As expected, the Fed held steady on rates as it waits for the American economy and labor market to keep improving. June remains on the table for the next incremental increase, though some analysts are shifting expectations to…more

Shakespeare Week – Part IV: Othello and Clash of Compliance Cultures

Which play in Shakespeare’s cannon presents the biggest clash of cultures, which leads to the most catastrophic result? I would have to opine Othello, one of the great tragedies in all of Shakespeare. Othello, a Moor and General in the…more

CFPB Announces $2.5 Million Fine, Compliance Monitoring for Deceptive Debt Collection Practices

On April 25, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered into consent orders with a debt collection law firm, two of the firm’s principal partners, and New Century Financial Services, Inc., a company that purchases…more

Changing Time for Clinical Laboratories

As Bob Dylan wrote, ‘‘The times, they are a-changin’ ’’ While Dylan certainly had larger issues in mind than the state of the clinical laboratory industry, it still is a fair description of what is happening for laboratories right…more

FCC Releases Eagerly Anticipated Lifeline Order

Four weeks after voting 3-2 along party lines to modernize the Lifeline program; the FCC has finally released the text of the Order. The new Lifeline rules: Provide a mechanism for Lifeline subsidies to support broadband service -…more

Setback for EU-US Privacy Shield – How to Safely Get HR Data Across the Pond

After the Court of Justice of the European Union declared the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework invalid in October 2015, multinational companies with employees in the EU are facing the question how to legally transfer personal data…more

HALOS Act Passes Vote in U.S. House of Representatives

After a floor debate during which lawmakers on both sides of the aisle traded dueling press releases, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 325-89 in favor of the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, on April 27, 2016. Read…more

Tax Court Affirms Use of Intergenerational Split-Dollar Arrangements

The Tax Court, in its decision earlier this month in Estate of Morrissette, examined intergenerational split-dollar arrangements between a mother's revocable trust and three irrevocable dynasty trusts, one established for each of her…more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 21, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program: FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.” This proposed rule…more

Burr Alert: Is Tennessee "Retiring" Its Hall Income Tax?

Tennessee has long been known as a retirement friendly state and usually ranks in the Top 10 of any list identifying the best places in the U.S. for retirement. That reputation is about to be enhanced as Tennessee's Legislature voted…more

CFPB unveils changes to website

The CFPB’s website has a new look.  Last week, the CFPB unveiled a set of updates to the website.  According to the CFPB, the new features “will help users quickly and easily browse the vast range of information, tools, and reports…more

LabMD’s Waiting Game: Lingering Questions over FTC’s Authority in Data Security Matters

A contentious legal battle over data security between the Federal Trade Commission and LabMD, a small medical testing lab, is chronicled in the latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. Dune Lawrence’s report raises lingering…more

As Retaliation Claims Rise, Employers Face New Challenges Under Employment, OSHA and Health Care Laws

As we discussed in a recent webinar, employers are facing an increased risk of defending a retaliation complaint as administrative policy changes and expansive federal laws make asserting these claims easier for employees…more

DOL States Its Position On The True Effective Date Of Its Final Persuader Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: DOL states that the Rule is only applicable to arrangements and agreements made on or after July 1, 2016, and to payments made pursuant to arrangements and agreements entered into on or after July 1, 2016…more

Senator Tom Carper Questions Office Of Management And Budget Regarding Emerging Cybersecurity Technologies

On April 8, 2016, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) asking…more

Update on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Late last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) submitted briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in support of its Clean Power Plan (“CPP”) rule. The agency’s briefs were…more

SGX public consultation on listing rules amendments to align with changes to the Companies Act - Electronic transmission of notices and documents

After a series of public consultations by the Steering Committee for the Review of the Companies Act, key provisions in the Companies Act (Cap 50) of Singapore (Companies Act) were identified for reform and refinement. The resultant…more

Congress Passes Sweeping New Legislation to Protect Trade Secrets

Late yesterday, in a departure from the partisan gridlock that has gripped Washington, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute to protect trade secrets. The legislation, which President Obama…more

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Federal Circuit Says Its Required to Accord the PTAB Deference Until Instructed Otherwise by SCOTUS or Congress

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an order denying a petition filed by Merck & Cie for rehearing en banc of an Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board holding several…more

House of Representatives Passes Defend Trade Secrets Act

The House of Representatives passed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) on April 27, 2016 with a vote of 410-2. Strong, unified support for the DTSA by the House of Representatives closely followed its unanimous passage by…more

New HIPAA Phase 2 Audits: Targets Notified by Email Only

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced the long-awaited launch of Phase 2 of its HIPAA Audit Program (Phase 2 Audits). The Phase 2 Audits will review the policies and…more

Dialogue on Carbon Pricing and the World Bank Spring Meetings with Citizens Climate Lobby at S&W

On April 14, S&W hosted a stakeholder dialogue sponsored by the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), Partnership for Change and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum as a part of the ancillary discussions surrounding the spring International Monetary…more

Boston City Council Approves Urban Renewal Plan Extensions

The Boston City Council has approved six-year extensions of most urban renewal plans, which grant the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) powers of land assembly and disposition. The BRA originally adopted 40-year plans in the 1960s…more

Representative Evidence May Or May Not Be Sufficient

A recent U.S. Supreme Court case holding that representative evidence can be used in class/collective actions to the same extent that it could be used in an individual action may not have the broad application hoped for by the…more

Feds Spawn New Rules and Policies for Protected Species Habitat and Mitigation

Federal agencies charged under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) with species protection have recently hatched revisions to regulations and policies that change substantially the determination and protection of habitat for protected…more

CFPB Reopens Comment Period on Proposed Amendments to Servicing Rules

On April 21, 2016, the CFPB reopened the comment period on a narrow portion of its December 15, 2014 notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPR”), which would amend the mortgage servicing rules in Regulation X and Regulation Z…more

Update on The Panama Papers

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) announced that on May 9, it will release selected data purported to be leaked or stolen from the internal records of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca…more

Patent Drafting Post-Alice: Broadly Define the Problem, and Narrowly Claim the Solutions

The notion of strategic claim drafting, which experienced patent practitioners understand, is all about writing specific, narrowly defined claims to cover the strategically important “choke points” in a value chain. The rationale is…more

New employment rates and limits

From 6 April 2016, new employment rates and limits came into effect for 2016/17..…more

Vote YES! for Compliance: An Election Law Refresher for California Employers

Seyfarth Synopsis: Under California law, employers have a part to play in protecting employee voting rights and other political activity. What follows is a short reminder of employer duties and obligations. With the June 7…more

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