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Vicarious liability of employers - A case note on Mr A M Mohamud (in substitution for Mr A Mohamud (deceased)) v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc [2016] UKSC 11 (Mohamud v Morrison)

Decision by the UK Supreme Court given on 2 March 2016 on an employer’s vicarious liability in tort for an assault carried out by an employee…more

Direct claims against insurers and anti-suit injunctions

In Shipowners’ Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) -v- Containerships Denizcilik Nakliyat ve Ticaret AS (The “Yusuf Cepnioglu”) [2016] EWCA Civ. 386, the Court of Appeal considered the juridical nature of a foreign…more

Hazardous Waste: New Corrosivity Test Denied, But the Fight is Not Over

EPA has tentatively denied a petition to expand the test for the hazardous waste characteristic of corrosivity to cover more wastes. In so doing, however, EPA left the door open to reconsider the decision based on public comment and…more

Settling Parties Beware: Failing to Provide Notice to Your Insurer Before Settling May Doom Your Chance of Recovery

On April 25, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a decision in Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. v. Stresscon Co. Stresscon, a subcontracting concrete company, entered into a settlement agreement – without providing notice to its…more

CFPB Suffers First Official CID Challenge

On April 21, 2016, Judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on the first judicial challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB,” or “Bureau”) authority to issue and…more

Beware of informal relationships and conflicts

Conflicts of interest can be complicated and risky. They can be impediments to taking on new business and can also lead to high verdicts in legal malpractice cases. Virtually all attorneys know to run conflict checks for new matters…more

Biotech Industry Supports Cert in Sequenom to Avert “Crisis of Patent Law and Medical Innovation”

The biotechnology and life sciences community has voiced broad support for Sequenom’s recent request that the Supreme Court review the Federal Circuit’s decision holding Sequenom’s diagnostic fetal DNA patent ineligible under 35 U.S.C…more

The Write Stuff: Q&A with Top Author & IP Attorney Kevin Noonan

Kevin Noonan is one of the top intellectual property and patents writers on JD Supra. He is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and an experienced biotechnology patent lawyer. He helped found Patentdocs.org in 2006…more

The Hidden Danger for Retailers Doing Business in New Jersey

Have You Heard About New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act? New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act, N.J.S.A. §56:12-18 (“TCCWNA”), is the basis for a recent flurry of…more

Fowling Proprietor Gets Bonked -- Lessons in Avoiding Loss of Trademark Rights

Will Rogers once said “Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.” While he surely didn’t intend it that way, this is sage advice to incipient trademark owners. Consider, if you will, the “sport” of…more

Senate Passes First Comprehensive, Bipartisan Energy Bill Since 2007

By a vote of 85-12, the Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan energy bill, S.2012 – the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, last Wednesday. The bill’s passage marks the first time in almost a decade since the Senate has passed a…more

CMS Releases Hospital Inpatient PPS and Long-Term Care Hospital PPS Proposed Rule

CMS released updates to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (Hospital IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS) in a proposed rule on April 18, 2016 (Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule is…more

What lies beyond enterprise bargaining?

In 1993, the Keating government passed laws to move Australia towards a “system based primarily on bargaining at the workplace, with much less reliance on arbitration at the apex” (Laurie Brereton MP, Minister for Industrial Relations…more

Netflix Agrees To Add Audio Description to Many of Its Shows and DVD Rentals

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In what has been deemed the first of its kind, Netflix has entered into an agreement with the American Council of the Blind, the Massachusetts-based Bay State Council of the Blind, and a blind individual, to add…more

State disclosure laws suffer a setback - Federal court grants charitable nonprofit's request for permanent injunction blocking California AG's request for unredacted donor disclosure data

Late last week, the US District Court for the Central District of California struck a blow against the California Attorney General's Office and other supporters of the state's ongoing efforts to expand the public disclosure of…more

Global Energy Game Changers

The global energy sector is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Advanced technologies, distributed networks and new regulations in nearly every subsector have strangled yesterday's business models. Foundational elements throughout…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: France

Direct Lending by French Funds - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the French financial markets regulator, the “AMF”) has published on 1 April 2016 the results from the public consultation organized at the end of last year with…more

Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 - The long expected implementation of the utilities procurement directive

On 17 March the long-awaited text of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 was finally published and laid before Parliament…more

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

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