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National Labor Relations Board Overrules Register Guard and Recognizes Employees' Right to Use Employer's Email for Section 7 Activity

A recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that reverses prior law should cause all employers to review and evaluate their email system policies. In Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (Dec. 11, 2014), the NLRB…more

A New Domain Name Dispute Alternative: The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS)

The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) was created as part of ICANN’s new gTLD program. A gTLD (generic top-level domain) is the “suffix” at the end of a domain name, most commonly .com, .org, .info, .biz and .us. Prior to the new…more

California High-Speed Rail: If You Build It, Will They Come?

“If your friends ask you what’s happening with that High-Speed Rail, you can tell them construction has started.” That’s what the Northern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority told us the other…more

Senate Fails to Pass TRIA Extension Legislation; TRIA Will Expire on December 31st

Last night, the objections of one member, Senator Tom Coburn, (R-OK), prevented the Senate from passing S. 2244, a bill already passed by the House of Representatives, that would have extended the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)…more

USPTO: Over Half of Applications/Declarations Studied Over-Claim Covered Goods/Services

It has been the practice of some brand owners to include more goods in a use-based trademark application or declaration than were actually being used. Under TTAB precedent such as Medinol v. Neuro Vasx, Inc., 67 USPQ2d 1205, 1209…more

The Crimes of Others: Adam Lanza, Sandy Hook, and Protection Against Tort Liability for Selling Firearms

The families of the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, in which Adam Lanza attacked the Sandy Hook Elementary School, have filed a lawsuit against the seller of the AR-15 rifle that Lanza used in the crime, and against the…more

Gifts, Meals and Then . . . FCPA Enforcement

Life can be very humbling. The SEC has definitely humbled me. For years now, I have been claiming that companies spend too much time worrying about gifts, meals and entertainment expenses under the FCPA, rather than focusing on…more

The Barko v. KBR Privilege Battle Continues

A high-profile qui tam suit against Kellogg, Brown & Root and Halliburton continues to generate important case law relating to the scope of attorney-client privilege and work product protection given to internal investigations…more

Staged car crashes claim many victims

Many drivers throughout Chicago have become victims of fraudulent auto accident claims, which are a common way for organized crime rings to make money. Drivers are often unaware of the fraud, and quietly accept their role in the…more

Supreme Court rules employees not entitled to pay for time spent in security screenings

The U.S. Supreme Court recently found that warehouse employees were not entitled to compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act for time spent waiting to pass through anti-theft security screenings after their shifts ended because…more

Kennesaw Reverses Course and Approves Mosque

Earlier this month, we reported that Kennesaw, Georgia’s City Council voted 4 to 1 to deny a land use application by Suffa Dawat Center (the “Center”) to establish an Islamic place of worship and education center in a retail shopping…more

Latest HIPAA Settlement: Compliance is an Ongoing Process

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued its first settlement under new OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels earlier this month. This latest settlement serves as a reminder that a successful…more

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