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Natural Contaminants Exceed Human-Made Contaminants in California’s Groundwater

Defendants in groundwater contamination cases in California have additional evidence to direct blame where it should be placed – on naturally occurring contaminants. An extensive study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has…more

Have You Been the Victim of Negligent Security?

Negligent security provided by property owners is all too common and can cause significant injuries to innocent and unsuspecting people. In Florida, property owners and occupiers must exercise reasonable care to maintain their…more

New Amendments Clarify California Paid Sick Leave

This month, the California Legislature enacted AB 304, an urgency measure that became effective on July 13 and provides much needed clarity on various aspects of California’s mandatory paid sick leave law (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy…more

IRS Overhauls Determination Letter Process for Individually Designed Plans

On July 21, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Announcement 2015-19, which significantly limits the circumstances under which the IRS will accept determination letter applications for individually designed retirement…more

Proposed Regulations Target Management Fee Waivers

In the Federal Register for July 23, 2015, the Treasury Department published proposed regulations regarding the circumstances under which partnership allocations and distributions will be treated as disguised payments for services…more

Pennsylvania Permits Insureds Being Defended under a Reservation of Rights to Settle Without Their Insurer's Consent

A standard provision in the commercial general liability policy and many other liability policies precludes voluntary payments—settlements—by the insured without the insurer’s consent. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s decision in…more

B&B Hardware: The Preclusive Effect of TTAB Decisions in Court

Introduction - Issue preclusion is a familiar concept to most practicing attorneys. Under this doctrine, “later courts should honor the first actual decision of a matter that has been actually litigated.” Charles Alan Wright et…more

Ofcom appeal reverses ATVOD decision in Vice UK case

By its decision of 21 July 2015, Ofcom has upheld an appeal by Vice UK Limited, ruling that Vice should not be classified as an on-demand programme service (ODPS) for the purposes of the Communications Act 2003 (Comms Act)…more

Employment Law Commentary, Volume 27, Issue 7, July 2015

Temporary Workers In Dual-Employer Arrangements: Who Is Responsible For Their Health And Safety? One of the most basic concepts in employment law is that employers have an obligation to furnish a safe workplace for their…more

Tenth Circuit Finds Price-Anderson Act Does Not Preempt Nuisance Claims

This decision departs from all other federal circuits that have addressed the issue and, if adopted by other courts, represents a significant expansion of potential liability for operators in the nuclear energy industry…more

Acas Early Conciliation – One Year On

In May 2014, in an attempt to simplify the Tribunal system and make it more efficient, the Government imposed a duty on claimants to attempt early conciliation through Acas before bringing a claim. A recent report provides information…more

California Sick Leave Amendments Offer (Some) Needed Clarity for Employers

The California paid sick leave law provided a significant boon to employees not included under employers’ sick leave or paid time off policies, but it often created more questions than answers for companies. How do we calculate one…more

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