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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

It’s All Relative: A California Court Says Employers Must Accommodate Employees “Associated” With a Person With a Disability

In an issue of first impression, the California Court of Appeals held that employers have a duty under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to provide reasonable accommodations to an applicant or employee who is…more

TN COA Tosses Fraud & Securities Claims Over “Crazy” Scam

Tennessee fraudulent misrepresentation claims – and “investment contract” claims under the State’s Blue Sky Law – fail the “reasonable reliance” requirement, where the plaintiff himself asserts it’s a fraud because nobody would believe…more

Tribute to Dr. Jannetta and Improvisation in Compliance

It is rare you are able to write about someone who directly changed the quality of your life. Rarer yet that you did not know about him, only what he created, until you read his obituary. That happened to me recently when I read about…more

Defend Trade Secrets Act To Be Signed Into Law

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) by a vote of 410 to 2. As the DTSA has already passed the Senate by an 87 to 0 vote, the bill now heads to President Obama to be signed…more

"Bad Boy" Guarantys

The term “bad boy” guaranty is used in certain circumstances to describe a guaranty to be provided – usually by an individual, not an entity – in connection with, most often, real estate financing. The original intent of “bad boy”…more

A Look at Tax Issues of the Life Sciences and Tech Industries

Wolters Kluwer had the opportunity this past week to sit down with Pepper Hamilton LLP partners Todd Reinstein, Washington, D.C., and Joan Arnold, Philadelphia, to discuss current tax issues particularly relevant to the life sciences…more

Debt collector, Portfolio Recovery Associates, to pay $18 million to settle TCPA violations

Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC (Portfolio Recovery) agreed to pay $18 million to end multi-district litigation against the debt collection company for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The…more

Reason to Cheer – SCOTUS Suits Up to Hear Copyright Clash Over Cheerleading Uniforms

Hold onto your pom-poms, copyright fans. On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to address a question that has vexed lower courts across the land: What is the appropriate test to determine when a feature of a useful…more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2016

Stock Drop Case Update: Settlement Reached in Dudenhoeffer Case; Dismissal of Lehman Brothers Lawsuit Upheld. Two recent developments in stock drop litigation are worth noting: Dudenhoeffer Settlement. In Fifth Third Bancorp v…more

Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic settles with OCR for $750,000 for lack of business associate agreement

Consistent with the settlement the OCR agreed to with North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota, the Office for Civil Rights has settled its investigation of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. (Raleigh Orthopaedic) for $750,000. The OCR…more

Long-term supply (and off-take) agreements: some recent themes

This Client Alert seeks to highlight certain recurring issues and themes arising in the context of long-term commodity supply and off-take agreements. It draws upon the recent collective experience of our lawyers as well as…more

Credit Card Theft Plaintiffs Discover Warm Home After 7th Circuit Rulings

One of the great scourges for retail companies in the digital age has been the ever-present threat of massive data breaches by hackers attempting to steal millions of consumers ’debit and credit card information. In recent years…more

Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 Passes Muster in U.S. House of Representatives

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representative passed the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 (H.R. 5019) by a vote of 411 to 6. This bill directs the SEC to amend its regulations under the Securities Act of 1933…more

DOL Persuader Regulations Expose Every Employer to Reporting Requirements and Disclosures

All employers should examine their use of labor and employment service providers to mitigate unwanted disclosure of fees paid to such providers. To protect confidentiality and the integrity of the attorney-client relationship for…more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap - April 2016

Arkansas - Medicaid Expansion Funding Secured, Program to Continue - Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed an appropriation bill funding "Arkansas Works," the re-named State's Medicaid expansion, concluding a two-week-long…more

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense

I am committed to helping shape a system for securities litigation defense that helps directors and officers get through securities litigation safely and efficiently, without losing their serenity or dignity, or facing any real risk of…more

Better Late Than Never: Massachusetts Moves to Obtain NPDES Delegation

Like most federal environmental programs, NPDES program authority is largely delegated to the states. Only four states aren’t delegated: Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. How is it that progressive Massachusetts…more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2016 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - California utility-scale solar beat wind for first time in 2015 - Solar Industry Magazine - Apr 28 - In 2015, energy from grid-connected, utility-scale solar plants surpassed that from wind power…more

Litigation Holds and Spoliation Issues

When the need arises, a litigation hold should be implemented quickly and effectively to avoid the inadvertent destruction or overwriting of potentially responsive data. The time to implement a litigation hold may be when it can be…more

European Court of Justice to Rule on Legality of Online Sales Bans

An appeal court in Frankfurt has asked the European Court of Justice to clarify the application of the competition rules to online sales. The Frankfurt court made its request in the context of a dispute between a leader in beauty…more

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