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Illinois Joins Push to “Ban the Box”

Effective January 1, 2015, employment agencies and most private employers are prohibited from asking about applicants’ criminal background until they reach the interview stage of the hiring process or, if there is no interview, until a…more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Communications Over Internet and Social Media Platforms

On June 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) issued two draft guidance documents, providing recommendations for two types of communication over internet and social media platforms. The first document…more

Public Sector Unions Take a Hit in Recent Supreme Court Decision

The United States Supreme Court recently held in Harris v. Quinn that the First Amendment protects certain "quasi-public" employees from being forced to pay fees to a public sector labor union that they don't support. While the…more

USPTO Seeks Public Input on Application Pendency

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 38854) requesting comments from the public regarding optimal patent first action and total pendency target levels. The…more

Interns and employment issues

1. Are interns employees? This is an important question with a big impact on the individual concerned and what remuneration and rights they are entitled to. And the answer is…it depends. The main determining factor is whether they…more

Governmental Power and Property Lines

On May 27, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Town of Dillon v. Yacht Club Condos. Home Owners Ass’n, 2014 CO 37. Overturning the rulings of both the trial court and the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado…more

Zombie (Debt Collector) Beware: West Virginia Expands Prohibited Actions

America’s fascination with zombies infiltrated the West Virginia Legislature during the 2014 Regular Session, resulting in the introduction of a “zombie debt” bill, House Bill 4360. The bill, as introduced, was designed to thwart all…more

Black Boxes and Their Role in Accident Reconstruction

In addition to being flight recorders, "black boxes" also refer to onboard data recorders used in motor vehicles. A more technical name for a black box is electronic data recorder (EDR)…more

Charitable Trusts and Estate Planning

There are a number of ways in which clients can incorporate their desire to benefit charities into an estate plan. At the most basic level, the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) generally provides for a federal estate tax charitable…more

5 Reasons to Be a Legal Entrepreneur Instead of an Associate

Here’s a truth for you: I have a vision of the world in which every person is an independent contractor with his or her company/ies… Where we freely trade our gifts, time and expertise for compensation in a fluid, conscious…more

California Foreclosure Law: A Defaulting Borrower Cannot Enjoin A Foreclosure Sale By Asserting That The Lender Lacks Standing

Under California’s non-judicial foreclosure statutes, a defaulting borrower cannot enjoin a lender’s initiation of foreclosure proceedings by asserting that the lender lacks standing. (Keshtgar v. U.S. Bank, N.A. (2014) 192 Cal.App.4th…more

New Spanish Tax Regime for Qualifying Bond Offerings May Boost High-Yield Bond Markets

New rules will facilitate privately held companies’ access to bond financing and reassure Spanish investors. On June 28, 2014, Law 10/2014, on the organization, supervision and solvency of credit institutions (Law 10/2014)…more

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