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A Condemnation Action is Looming — What are a Landlord’s Disclosure Obligations to Potential Lessees?

Before an eminent domain action is filed, public infrastructure projects involve years of planning, environmental approvals, design, and property negotiations. During this time, property owners and real estate agents/brokers are often…more

Sovereign Green Bonds: Poland sets a precedent

Demand in the Green Bond market has historically been driven largely by environmentally and socially responsible investors. As the market becomes more mainstream, the investor base has expanded to include pension funds, insurance…more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES B.

A vehicle owned by the insured or spouse, if insured, may be an “uninsured automobile” when taken without consent and therefore may be entitled to coverage under the O.P.C.F. 44R Endorsement as an “inadequately insured motorist”…more

Massachusetts Has Legalized Marijuana — Should Your Workplace Policies Go Up in Smoke?

On November 8, 2016, voters in Massachusetts (along with their counterparts in Maine, California, and Nevada) voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. This means that recreational marijuana use is now legal in eight states…more

OSHA Civil Penalties Going Up Again – Adopts 2017 Maximums

Seyfarth Synopsis: The DOL has published its 2017 OSHA civil penalties. We had blogged previously about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2016 adjustments to the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for OSHA violations. The DOL…more

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Enforcement and Litigation Data

Agency Adds Statistics Detailing LGBT Charges - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in…more

Looking Back at Predictions That I Made Three Years Ago, Part 2: eDiscovery Predictions Revisited

Earlier, I took a look back at two posts that comprised six eDiscovery predictions for 2014 that I wrote three years ago. I thought it might be fun to look back at those posts to see how those predictions fared. I covered the first…more

MISO Updates Interconnection Rules

FERC approved MISO’s proposed changes to its generator interconnection procedure (“GIP”) and generator interconnection agreement (“GIA”), designed to streamline MISO’s interconnection queue process. These changes will affect all…more

CMS Finalizes Revamped Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation

CMS recently issued revamped home health agency (HHA) conditions of participation (CoPs), strengthening patient confidentiality, patient rights, quality assessment, care and performance standards. The final rule was published in the…more

You Should Know - January 2017

People now spend more time online than watching television. And the top destinations are social media sites like Facebook. This month we look at the consequences of sharing too much personal information on social media and ways to…more

Impacting the Jury with Multimedia Depositions

With improving technology, it’s becoming more and more common for attorneys to display their exhibits on a projector at trial so that the jury can see and better absorb the testimony that accompanies each exhibit. But when playing…more

Some FAQ News Under ERISA - The DOL Issues Two More Sets of "Investment Advice" Q&As

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released two additional sets of FAQs on January 13, 2017 regarding the new “investment advice” regulation and related exemptions (the “Rule”) under the fiduciary provisions of the Employee…more

The U.S. Supreme Court And Workplace Class Actions

Seyfarth Synopsis: As profiled in our recent publication of the 13th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings have a profound impact on employers and the tools they may utilize to defend…more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

The following is a brief recap of the bills Governor Brown signed in 2016 that have added new laws to the books and modified existing laws affecting California employers. Employers should consult with counsel to ensure relevant…more

EEOC Sues Walmart for Discriminating Against Employee with Intellectual Disability

Retail Giant Refused to Make a Simple Accommodation for a Longtime Employee, Federal Agency Charges - MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Walmart violated federal law when it failed to accommodate and fired a longtime employee because of her…more

DOJ and FTC Release Updated Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (“IP Licensing…more

HHS Finalizes Overhaul of Federal Human Subjects Research Protections

In Depth - On January 18, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 15 other federal agencies issued a final rule overhauling the federal human subjects research regulations known as the “Common Rule.” These are…more

Employment Law - January 2017

California: On-Duty, On-Call Rest Periods Violate State Law - Why it matters - Ruling in a closely watched case, the California Supreme Court declared that on-duty and on-call rest periods violate state law. "During…more

Viability of Dutch Claims Foundations In Question

As we have previously noted, Dutch Foundations (or Stichtings) have been considered a useful tool in seeking recovery for losses on foreign securities. After the Morrison decision closed U.S. courts to claims for purchases of shares of…more

Is venture debt right for your start-up or growth-stage company?

Start-up and growth-stage companies rely heavily on invested capital to fund operations, develop product and scale. However, capital invested by venture capital firms and angel groups can be highly dilutive to founders. Also…more

FTC and States Reach $100 Million Antitrust Settlement with Mallinckrodt

On January 18, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it reached a $100 million settlement with pharmaceutical company Questcor Pharmaartinceuticals, Inc. and its Irish parent company, Mallinckrodt plc. The…more

[Video]Day 18 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Email Sweeps

Ongoing monitoring is not limited to the financial component of compliance. The concept is straightforward; at regular intervals you can sweep through your company email database for identified key words that can be flagged for further…more

EPA Issues Final Determination That No Adjustments to GHG Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 Will Be Made, but Questions Remain

On January 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its determination not to change greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for cars and light trucks manufactured in model years (MYs) 2022-2025. This means that…more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own sales loads…more

Looking Back at Predictions That I Made Three Years Ago: eDiscovery Predictions Revisited

Sometimes, in addition to the many other resources that I use to look for blog post ideas, I like to look back at my old posts from the past to see if there’s a topic that warrants a fresh look. When I did that yesterday, I stumbled…more

DAMITT 2016 Year in Review: Significant Antitrust Merger Investigations Longer Than Ever; Deal Agreements Reflect Expected Delays

Fast Facts - Significant merger investigations lasted an average of 9.9 months in 2016, a new DAMITT record. - The 33 significant investigations in 2016 were the second most in the past six years, but down from the…more

Freaky Friday – U.S. Unexpectedly Eases Sanctions on Sudan

- Virtually all U.S. sanctions on Sudan lifted effective January 17, 2017 - Sanctions could be permanently lifted in six months - There continue to be practical challenges to doing business in Sudan…more

Uncle Sam Wants You! (to Provide Employee Compensation Data)

A new lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) demonstrates how dogged the government can be in trying to obtain and review employers’ compensation data. The lawsuit, filed against Google with the DOL’s Office of…more

Reminder – New Form I-9

Federal law requires that every employer who recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the U.S. must complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification…more

Do Routine Calls by Health Plans to Patients and Health Plan Members Constitute “Telemarketing” Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act? Not Today!

Covered entities have a long list of laws and regulations governing their conduct, including their communications with patients, customers, and members. Specifically, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”)…more

Choice of Entity and Key Contents of Organization Documents

Five Business Entity Forms: • Corporation • General Partnership • Limited Partnership • Limited Liability Partnership (“LLP”) • Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) Please see full presentation publication below for…more

Warning Shot Fired (Finally) at Improper DCAA Cost Disallowance Basis

For a number of years, contractors have been required to expend substantial sums challenging baseless legal theories initiated by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and rubber-stamped by the Defense Contract Management Agency…more

FDA Issues Guidance Regarding Interchangeability of Biosimilar and Biologic Drugs

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its latest Guidance for Industry relating to the biosimilar application process set forth in the Biologic Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BCPCIA). This Guidance…more

HSR Act Violations Continue Trend of Heightened Enforcement, Increased Fines in 2016

The past year was a challenging one for investors purchasing voting securities in public corporations with respect to compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act…more

SEC Approves NSCC and NYSE T+2 Rule Proposals

On January 4, 2017, the SEC approved the National Securities Clearing Corporation’s (“NSCC”) proposed rule change to conform to the SEC’s proposed Rule 15c6–1(a) amendment and accommodate a second business day after the trade date…more

Court Reporters and Legal Videographers = Team

As many of you might know, I am married to a legal videographer, Chris Jordan. Naturally, we met at a deposition, and it was a doozy of a depo. The deposition took place at the witness’ home. His two angry Rottweilers greeted us at…more

Gavel to Gavel: Anticipating breach of contract

During our state’s current economic downturn, it is even more important than usual that businesses across all industries use foresight to avoid contractual breaches by their dealers, customers and partners. Consider the following:…more

EU Legal Developments That May Impact Your Business in 2017

Sheppard Mullin’s EU team has created a list of major legal shifts that await General Counsel and Compliance Officers in the areas of competition, EU regulatory and trade in 2017. These challenges may have an impact on your corporate…more

What Is The Trump Pharmaceutical Policy?

Pharmaceutical stocks took a hit after President-elect Trump criticized the industry during his January 11, 2017 press conference. But he also expressed support for the domestic pharmaceutical industry. What is the Trump pharmaceutical…more

Accrual of Statutes of Limitations in TX Bad Faith Claims

Every Texas building owner knows that shortly after a hail or wind storm the doorbell knockers will follow. These doorbell knockers are typically contractors or public adjusters, but may even now be attorneys (or their illegal…more

DHS Announces Changes to U.S. & Cuba Migration Policies

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced changes to the policies and regulations affecting Cuban nationals. DHS stated the “changes represent another important step in the normalization of the…more

#servicebysocialmedia — Federal Courts Allow Use of Social Media to Serve Foreign Defendants

In the recent decision of St. Francis Assisi v. Kuwait Finance House, et al., Case No. 3:16-cv-3240-LB (N.D. Ca. September 30, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California allowed a plaintiff to serve a…more

Vendor Causes Breach of Over 5,000 Patient Records

The continued risk that vendors pose to companies, including health care entities cannot be overemphasized. This week, Sentara Healthcare (Sentara) announced that one of its third-party vendors was the victim of a “cybersecurity…more

A New Kind of Employee Badge – Monitoring, Analytics and More

It is not uncommon for employers to assign badges to their employees to grant access to certain locations on the employer’s property and parking garages. Many employees have them, use them, lose them and think little of them. But…more

HHS OIG Issues Final Regulation Addressing Exclusion Authority

On January 12, 2017, the HHS OIG issued its final rule amending regulations relating to its authority under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to exclude individuals and entities from participation in federal healthcare programs…more

The Final Rule: DOL Releases Additional FAQs Related to New Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released two additional sets of FAQs providing guidance related to its final rule expanding the definition of fiduciary “investment advice” (the Final Rule) for purposes of the Employee Retirement…more

The Trump Administration’s View on Marijuana: Reading the (Tea) Leaves

The incoming Trump Administration may usher in a more hostile climate to state efforts to legalize the sale and distribution of marijuana and products that contain the drug. The Obama Administration opposed the federal legalization of…more

Moody’s Settles RMBS/CDO Ratings Claims with DOJ, States

After markets closed on Friday the 13th, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced an $864 million settlement regarding Moody’s credit ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) and collateralized debt…more

On the Horizon

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of "On the Horizon" - the mining sector's guide to relevant upcoming legal, commercial and regulatory changes and developments. - In this guide, you will find ... Please see full Guide…more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

On the heels of Deutsche Bank’s $7.2 billion deal, Credit Suisse has finalized the terms of its own MBS-related settlement. The Swiss bank will pay $5.3 billion to resolve claims that it misled investors about the standards that the…more

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