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DOL Issues Guidance Regarding Interaction Between Affordable Care Act And Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Service Contract, Davis Bacon And Related Acts

The Davis Bacon Act and the Davis Bacon Related Acts (collectively “DBRA”) and the Service Contract Act (“SCA”) impose additional obligations related to fringe benefits and wages on covered contractors. With the passing of the…more

Having A Bad Hair Day? The Federal Circuit Agrees That Method Of Cutting Hair Is Invalid Under 101

While I do not usually write about non-precedential decisions, In re: Brown caught my eye as an interesting patent eligibility case. It does not relate to diagnostics or computer programs, but rather to the art of cutting hair…more

Michigan Consumer Protection Act Claims Do Not Require Proof of Intent to Deceive

Because the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) was derivative of common law fraud, many have argued that all claims brought under the MCPA require a plaintiff to prove fraud-like elements in order to create liability under the…more

City of Perris v. Stamper Oral Arguments Are Next Week

If you are an eminent domain junkie like us, then you will appreciate knowing that the City of Perris v. Stamper case (S213468) will be heard by the California Supreme Court on May 5, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in San Francisco. As a quick…more

What’s Next for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield?

With European regulators continuing to debate the current proposal for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the fate of the new trans-Atlantic data framework is becoming murkier by the day. Rapprochement may still be a possibility, but over…more

Hurricane Season: Time to Determine Whether You're Covered for Weather

June 1 brings the beginning of the 2016 hurricane season. These storms have the potential to cause devastating damage for companies who own property such as apartment buildings, hotels, factories, retail outlets, warehouses and office…more

Investigating Illegal Aliens’ Charges: Fourth Circuit Says EEOC Can Serve Subpoena On Employer

Seyfarth Synopsis: This Fourth Circuit ruling opens the door for the EEOC to investigate employers as a result of EEOC charges brought by unauthorized employees, even though an illegal alien worker may not be able to seek certain legal…more

Morse Moving & Storage to Pay $30,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Moving Company Fired an Employee Because She Complained of Harassment, Agency Says - DETROIT - Morse Moving & Storage, a residential and corporate moving services provider based in Romulus, Mich., will pay $30,000 to settle a…more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Simon Property Group and Current, powered by GE, collaborate on mall of the future - PRNewswire - Apr 19 - Simon Property Group, a global leader in retail real estate, and Current, powered…more

What Banks Need to Do to Address Technological Change

In the past few years the FinTech industry has grown exponentially. According to a recent Forbes article, the existing number of FinTech start-ups globally are between 5,000 and 6,000, all seeking to take a slice of the financial…more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 5

Electronic Structured Product Systems and FINRA’s Robo-Advisor Report - In a prior issue of this publication, we wrote about electronic structured note issuance platforms, and how these might be affected by U.S. securities…more

Is Evidence of Confusion Really Necessary to Succeed in a Trademark Infringement Case?

It is not every day that a massive international TV hit show is found to infringe a trade mark. A decision of the English High Court, approved recently by the Court of Appeal, held that the popular 20th Century Fox teenage music show…more

FCC Proposes Indiscriminate PII Definition in Privacy NPRM

In addition to a bothersome “breach” definition, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), in its April 1, 2016 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) concerning ISP privacy regulation, proposes a sweeping definition of personally…more

Insurance Antitrust Newsletter - May 2016

Insurer Antitrust Exemption in Europe in Jeopardy - In the United States, the McCarran Ferguson Act provides insurers with an exemption from the federal antitrust laws. Enacted in 1945, the Act provides that conduct that…more

CMS Proposes Update to Medicare IRF PPS Payments for FY 2017

CMS has published its proposed rule to update Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2017, which begins October 1, 2016. CMS estimates that rates would increase by 1.6%…more

“Temporary Employees” in Germany Need to be Temporary Under New Draft Law

Draft legislation regarding the reform of the German Act on the Supply of Temporary Employees (Arbeitnehmerüberlassungsgesetz – AÜG) has been introduced by Germany’s Federal Minister of Labor. Although further amendments to this draft…more

Mortgage Industry Scores Big Nevada Supreme Court Win in Continued Battle over HOA Super-Priority Liens

The mortgage lending community was dealt a serious blow in September 2014, when the Nevada Supreme Court held that an HOA’s foreclosure of its nominal super-priority lien could extinguish a first lien interest in SFR Investments Pool…more

Hello Insurers – Court says CGL may Cover Privacy Breaches Occurring Prior to 2014

In April 2013, Glens Falls Hospital admitted that the medical records for more than 2,300 of its patients were stored for several months on an unprotected computer server. The hospital’s outside records contractor, Portal Healthcare…more

Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement

At this week’s NBPCA Power of Prepaid conference in Washington, DC, DWT Payments team member Adam Maarec joined a panel entitled “Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement: Uncovering Recent Trends, Targets and Priorities Surrounding Prepaid” to…more

Section 385 Proposed Regulations

On April 4, 2016, Treasury and the IRS proposed sweeping regulations under § 385 of the Code. Issued the same day as the anti-inversion temporary regulations, the proposed § 385 rules would go much farther than merely curtailing…more

Asia Region Funds Passport – Memorandum of Cooperation Signed

Representatives from Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand have this week signed the final Memorandum of Cooperation (Memorandum) setting out the internationally agreed rules and cooperation mechanisms for the Asia Region Funds…more

The FTC Trims the Fat Off Even More Companies Selling Weight Loss Products

Hungry to prevent more companies from selling allegedly bogus weight loss products, the FTC has settled yet another false advertising suit against various sellers of diet pills, in a case similar to February’s Sale Slash settlement…more

Thriving Through Transformation: How PayPal’s Emily Ward Used Her Network and Values to Define a Year

In 2015, Emily Ward, vice president and deputy general counsel at PayPal, was busy. Her itinerary included helping lead aspects of PayPal's separation from eBay, aiding PayPal's transition as its own company, organizing ChIPs' global…more

FTC Guidance: Update Privacy Disclosures to Keep Pace with Advances in Online Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission recognizes that many people benefit from companies’ online tracking by getting advertising that is more targeted to their preferences. However, as the technologies and techniques used by companies and…more

Hitachi Chemical to Plead Guilty to Price-Fixing

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced this week that Hitachi Chemical Co. will plead guilty to a criminal charge for conspiring with competitors to fix the prices of electrolytic capacitors sold in the United States and…more

NLRB Targets Independent Contractor Classification of Truck Drivers

Seyfarth Synopsis: NLRB claims that employers violate Section 8(a)(1) of the NLRA by misclassifying employees as independent contractors, thereby restraining and coercing employees in the exercise of their rights guaranteed under…more

Land Use Matters: Alston & Bird LLP, April 2016

Land Use Matters provides information and insights into legal and regulatory developments, primarily at the Los Angeles City and County levels, affecting land use matters, as well as new CEQA appellate decisions. Please see full…more

Success Is Not Always Founder Friendly (Silicon Valley – Episode 19)

HBO’s Silicon Valley is back, but Richard is still out as Pied Piper’s CEO. To recap how we got here: in the closing moments of last season, the Pied Piper team triumphed by successfully livestreaming its condor cam video to 200,000…more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Amendments to the Venture Capital Fund Adviser and Private Fund Adviser Exemptions - Last month the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update (Update) addressing recent amendments to…more

Ninth Circuit Adopts California Rule Voiding Arbitration Provisions Barring Certain Representative Claims

In recent decisions, both the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California Supreme Court have held that arbitration clauses barring employees from pursuing class actions in arbitration are unenforceable with respect to…more

Washington, D.C. Update – April 2016

FY17 Appropriations - The House and Senate Appropriations Committees continue to move forward on individual FY17 spending measures based on discretionary spending levels enshrined in last fall's bipartisan budget deal…more

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model: Today's Alternative Payment Model for Primary Care Providers Could Be Tomorrow's Obligatory Payment Model

In an effort to affect how approximately 25 million Medicare beneficiaries and other commercial insurance patients receive primary care services, the CMS Innovation Center (the "Innovation Center") announced the Comprehensive Primary…more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and primary European fund domiciles: April 2016 - Issue 4: Ireland

New Irish UCITS V Regulations - The European Communities (Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 143 0f 2016 ) (the “Regulations”) which transpose UCITS V into Irish…more

Bonus Points: ARB Upholds Whistleblower Order Challenging Bonus Plan

The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) recently upheld an order finding a semiconductor company had constructively discharged a manager who complained the company’s bonus plan violated state wage and hour laws…more

Landmark Discrimination Case: Fair Housing Act Thwarts NIMBYs - Avenue 6E Investments, LLC v. City of Yuma (March 25, 2016)

Why It Matters: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision in favor of the City of Yuma, Arizona, and concluded instead that there was sufficient evidence to present to a jury that the City had rejected the developer's…more

President Obama Signs Zika Priority Review, Controlled Substances Laws

President Obama has signed into law S. 2512, which adds Zika virus to the Food and Drug Administration priority review voucher program to encourage the development of treatments for neglected tropical diseases. In addition, the…more

Cybersecurity, Corporate Governance, and Risk Management: Best Practices

As litigators, we help clients resolve conflicts that have matured into disputes. In the realm of cybersecurity, we defend claims brought by private parties or governmental entities against companies facing the fallout from a data…more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016 #5

Environmental and Policy Focus - Lawsuit claims Delta fish harmed by relaxed water standards - Modesto Bee - Apr 25 - Relaxed water quality standards during the drought have harmed salmon, smelt, and other fish in the…more

Legal Lessons from Tom Brady

The state of Massachusetts collectively groaned last week as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in the “Deflate-Gate” saga. A brief recap of this strange story is…more

House Armed Services Committee Adopts Amendment To 2017 National Defense Authorization Act Exempting Defense Contractors From Compliance With The Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On April 28, 2016 the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (the “Amendment”), which would exempt federal defense contractors from compliance with…more

Federal Circuit Review | April 2016

Federal Circuit Upholds Broad Scope of CBM Review and Explains that an Internet Reference Must be Indexed by a Search Engine to Qualify as a Prior Art Publication - In Blue Calypso, LLC v. Groupon, Inc., Appeal Nos. 2015-1391…more

Countdown to the Final Overtime Rule: The Clock Is Ticking on Your Current Exemptions

On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division delivered its proposed final revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s Part 541 overtime regulations to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs…more

Utah Passes New Law Placing Restrictions on Noncompetition Agreements

On March 9th, 2016, the Utah Legislature passed a bill, which the governor signed, substantially limiting an employer's ability to use noncompetition covenants to prevent former employees from competing against them. The new law limits…more

Wrongful discharge – alive and well in Oklahoma

It’s been awhile since Oklahoma’s Supreme Court weighed in on the ability of fired employees to sue their employers for wrongful discharge. Now a vomiting nurse gets to take a shot at the nursing center that terminated his employment…more

South Dakota: The Next Frontier of Sales Tax Nexus

On April 29, 2016, a declaratory action was filed challenging the constitutionality of South Dakota’s sales and use tax economic nexus legislation, which took effect Sunday, May 1, 2016. In American Catalog Mailers Association and…more

Punchlist: The News We Didn’t Quite Get To – May 2016

Punchlist: The News We Didn’t Quite Get To - If you're a solar contractor, make sure you don't get burned..…more

Maine examines interconnection standards

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened an inquiry into whether it should change its rule governing how small distributed generation resources may interconnect with the electric grid. This small generator interconnection…more

First Crowdfunding Portal Application Appears on EDGAR

CFS, LLC became the first crowdfunding portal application available on EDGAR. Actually, the initial application and two amendments are available. The company will conduct business under the name uFundingPortal and its website will be…more

NVOCC Maritime Lien Enforcement: Do Your Documents Protect Your Interests?

In the recent opinion issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, World Imps., Ltd., et al. v. OEC Grp. N.Y. (In re World Imps., Ltd.), 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7118, the Court determined that certain general and…more

East Coast to the West Coast: Consumers Continue to File Deceptive Pricing Class Actions

Earlier this year, consumers filed class action lawsuits against retailers Zulily and Burberry in federal court in New York alleging unfair and deceptive sales practices in connection with their respective marketing of merchandise. The…more

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