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Antitrust Agencies Release Guidance on Employee Hiring and Compensation

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have jointly issued written guidance for human resource (HR) professionals on how antitrust law applies to employee hiring and compensation…more

What Can Big Data Analytics Do? Rewrite History: eDiscovery Trends

One amusing plotline in the 1998 movie Shakespeare in Love (a terrific movie even though, IMHO, it shouldn’t have beaten out Saving Private Ryan for best picture that year – just sayin’) was the rivalry between young Will Shakespeare…more

Losing Control of V

A common client question is: “Can I ‘get in trouble’ for copying a picture, drawing, or cartoon and pasting it into my report, PowerPoint, etc.?” Before you can answer, they try to answer their own question, adding “Everyone is doing…more

Another Benefit of Arbitrating Employment Disputes

One of my least favorite phrases in blogging is “repurposing content.” The verb “repurposing” hurts my ears. You can give something a purpose, but you’re not “purposing” it. And if “purposing” isn’t a verb, how did “repurposing” become…more

Overcoming 101 Rejections in the 3600 Technology Center

Patent applicants whose applications have been assigned to the USPTO Technology Center 3600 have been particularly impacted by the Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l. However, overcoming 101 rejections…more

Biosimilar Litigation Update

With the U.S. biosimilar pathway created by the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) now fully up and running, there are now seven ongoing biosimilar litigations in the U.S. Here are brief updates on recent…more

Leaked Playboy Photographs Case Considers How Hyperlinking Can Infringe Copyright

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has blurred the lines between primary and secondary copyright infringement in a decision concerning hyperlinks to leaked photos of a Dutch celebrity’s Playboy photoshoot. For businesses…more

Ninth Circuit Denies Motion to Dismiss and Motion to Stay Publication of Decision Holding Nevada HOA Super-Priority Lien Statute Facially Unconstitutional

As we have previously covered in a series of blog posts, the Nevada Supreme Court held in September 2014 that Nevada Revised Statute chapter 116 allows homeowners’ associations (HOAs) to non-judicially foreclose on homeowners who have…more

Back to basics: enforcing a judgment in Scotland

The aim of a payment action is to recover monies due. Obtaining a positive judgment from the court is just the first step in that process. The party with the benefit of the judgment still needs to enforce the order if payment is not…more

Failing to Properly Classify Workers as Employees vs Independent Contractors Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later - Common Legal Mistakes Made by Small Business Owners

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later is a series of short tips on common legal mistakes small business owners make. Tip # 5 Properly Classify Workers as Employees versus Independent Contractors…more

Sweepstakes Attorneys: Protecting Your Promotions

Promotions Law and Sweepstakes Attorneys - Conducting a sweepstakes, contest or other form of promotion can be a highly effective way of increasing your customer base, or creating stronger brand loyalty among existing customers…more

US Federal Banking Agencies Release Public Sections of Resolution Plans for Eight Systemically Important Financial Institutions

The US Federal Reserve Board and the FDIC posted the public portions of the required “targeted submissions” for eight systemically important US banking institutions..…more

Court Holds Indemnity Provision Provides No Right To Attorney Fees

Contractual indemnity provisions often broadly provide for the payment of the indemnified party’s attorney fees. In Alki v. Superior Court, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 892 (Cal. Ct. App. 2016), for example, a fund administration agreement…more

AOPA Asks Supreme Court to Review Sikkelee Decision; Urges FAA Preemption

In a notable amicus curiae brief, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Third Circuit), which allowed states to…more

Hospitals, Physician Practices and Clinics are Reminded to Post New Non-Discrimination Notice

Hospitals, physician practices and other health care providers that receive federal financial assistance, which includes receiving reimbursement from Medicare Parts A, C and D and/or Medicaid, are reminded to post new…more

New draft regulation on REITs

On 14 October 2016, the Polish government published a long-awaited draft of a new law on real estate investment trusts (REITs) (Polish: spólki rynku wynajmu nieruchomosci). The draft has now been referred to public consultation and the…more

EU Consultation on Machinery Directive

The European Commission launched a public consultation on September 22, 2016, on the evaluation of the Machinery Directive (Directive 2006/42/EC), which aims to promote the free movement of machinery within the EU, and to ensure a high…more

Defamation Takes A Holiday: Slander And The Salem Witch Trials

Hypothetical: You go out for a nice stroll one Halloween only to have a neighbor emerge from his house with a pitchfork and accuse you of being a witch in front of the whole village. For the sake of argument, let’s say you are not…more

Election Day is Coming – What are Your Obligations as an Employer?

With Election Day drawing near, and large voter turnout expected, employers should ensure they are aware of state law requirements related to providing employees with time off. While not all states impose requirements on employers…more

Mandatory Wage Exemption Changes

Gunner Gunter employs dealership manager Sayles and computer technician H. Packard (“Pack”) at Falconaire’s Fine Ford and pays these “white collar” employees $40,000 per year. In busy sales months, each averages 50-60 hours a week…more

The Attorney Client Privilege in Community Associations

Few legal concepts rival the complexities surrounding the attorney-client privilege in community association matters. The confusion about these complexities, and the resulting misunderstandings, do not discriminate, roping in…more

HHS Issues Guidance Regarding Importance of Business Associate Agreements Between Covered Entities and Cloud Services Vendors

The Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued guidance regarding the importance of covered entities and cloud service vendors maintaining business associate agreements (BAAs) where electronic personal…more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Italy’s struggling lender Monte Dei Paschi is cutting jobs and closing branches in an effort to revive the world’s oldest bank (and maybe save Siena in the process)…more

Department of Labor Rule Paves the Way for State-Run Retirement Plans

On August 24, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule governing the exemption of state-run retirement plans from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Over 30 states have either implemented or…more

FERC Issues ANOPR on Revisions to Oil Pipeline Indexing Policies and Reporting Requirements

On October 20, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANOPR”) seeking comments on potential revisions to (1) the Commission’s policies for evaluating…more

Intellectual Property Law - October 2016

Federal Circuit After Stryker/Halo - Why it matters: On June 13, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the consolidated cases of Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. and Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and, as had been…more

D.C. Court Dismisses Dispute Over Reinsurance Of Federal Crop Insurance Program

On September 20, a federal district court in the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by reinsurers of the federal crop insurance program. The plaintiffs-reinsurers alleged that the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation…more

Transactions Update: Purchase Price or Compensation

Purchase Price v. Compensation - ..Companies are choosing to stay private significantly longer than the vesting period for stock options ..Recent proposals by private companies to buy back stock from current and former…more

Trouble in Paradise: Florida Third DCA’s Opinion in Beyer v. City of Marathon Declaimed as “For The Birds”

Nestled in the center of the Florida Keys lies the City of Marathon; a tropical paradise splitting the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Recently, Florida’s Third DCA hatched the case of Beyer v. City of Marathon. On September 14…more

Breaking: Federal Judge Enjoins Implementation Of Part Of Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Executive Order, Regulations, And Guidance

On October 24, 2016, just one day prior to effective date of the Regulations and Guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (collectively the “Rule”), Judge Marcia Crone of the U.S. District Court for the…more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology v. Shire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The Federal Circuit recently affirmed a district court's claim construction and determination that claim terms were not indefinite in Massachusetts Institute of Technology v. Shire Pharmaceuticals, Inc…more

Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Agency Issues Guidance on Gender Identity Discrimination

Recently, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) published guidance on gender identity discrimination, which the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act (commonly known as “Chapter 151B”) has prohibited since…more

Dynamic IP Addresses May Qualify as Personal Data

In a key decision, the European Court of Justice has ruled that dynamic IP addresses may qualify as personal data in certain circumstances—ending years of uncertainty about whether such fundamental building blocks of the internet…more

UK Consumer Protection Regulator Cracks Down on Undisclosed Endorsements and “Cherry Picking” Reviews on Social Media

Social media is reportedly rife with influencers promoting or reviewing products or services without disclosing compensation or other consideration that they’ve received for such endorsements. The Competition and Markets Authority…more

And the dream lives on: DraftKings and FanDuel Settle Remaining False Advertising Claims with New York AG

In June, we covered Daily Fantasy Sports (“DFS”) operators’ major legislative victory in New York: a bill legalizing and regulating their business, ending the potential for an outright prohibition on DFS in the state. That bill’s…more

When Strategy Backfires: A Plaintiff Pays the Price for Dumping Too Much Information Into a Trade Secret Disclosure

Order Regarding Discovery Dispute Joint Report #1, VIA Tech., Inc. v. ASUS Computer Int’l et al., Case No. 14-cv-3586 (Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd) - There is a tension in many IP cases between disclosure rules that require a…more

Selling Your Business: Why Accurate Financials are Important

This is the fourth installment of a series discussing potential pitfalls that JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty, who own Pawlenty Energy, should be wary of when they are trying to sell their business. Recently, Tilting the Scales highlighted…more

SEC and DOJ Charge Board Member with Trading on Inside Information . . . During a Board Meeting

On Friday, the SEC filed a complaint against James C. Cope, a former member of the Executive Committee of Pinnacle Financial Partners’ (“PFP”) board of directors, alleging that he engaged in insider trading. The same day, Cope pleaded…more

New York’s Highest Court Issues IC-Friendly Ruling, Holding That Certain Yoga Teachers Are Valid Independent Contractors

Earlier today, October 25, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals issued an important decision on the issue of independent contractor status. The Court held that a group of yoga instructors working at a New York City yoga studio were not…more

SEC’s 2016 Activity Breaks Enforcement and Whistleblower Records

Earlier this month, the SEC (the “Agency”) announced that it initiated a record-breaking 868 enforcement actions in fiscal year 2016. This figure – along with other milestones – reflect the Agency’s commitment to expanding the scope…more

Washington Supreme Court Creates Bright-Line Rule - Postemployment Communications Between Former Employees and Corporate Counsel Not Covered by Attorney-Client Privilege

The Washington Supreme Court held in a 5-4 vote that attorney-client privilege does not apply to communications between corporate counsel and former corporate employees, even if the communications concern what the employees said or did…more

Ready for Your Close-up? Five Tips for Using Videoconferencing Technology at Trial

From a technological standpoint, it is now relatively simple to present live video and audio testimony during a court proceeding of a witness located anywhere in the world. There are many advantages to presenting testimony in this…more

FAQ About California's New Law on Venue and Choice of Law in Employment Agreements

We recently blogged about Governor Brown signing S.B. 1241, which is now codified as Section 925 of the California Labor Code. The law, which affects venue and choice of law provisions in agreements entered into as a condition of…more

Five Highlights from OCR Guidance On HIPAA Compliance In Cloud Computing

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued guidelines for HIPAA-covered entities that utilize cloud computing in processing electronic protected health information (ePHI). The increased use of…more

European Commission Adopts Technical Standards on Margin for Uncleared Derivatives

The European Commission adopted Regulatory Technical Standards on risk mitigation techniques for uncleared OTC derivatives. The European Market Infrastructure Regulation requires counterparties to uncleared OTC derivative transactions…more

Tax Uncertainty Hinders Global Growth: Business Survey Launched

Businesses are invited to participate in an international survey from the OECD to measure the impact of tax uncertainty on their investment decisions. Companies have until December 16 to participate in a confidential questionnaire that…more

EU Retail News – October 2016

Can retailers find the perfect mix? Retailers are increasingly under pressure to evaluate their business models and, in particular, the mix of their in-store, online and mobile offerings. Just as there are few pure-play e-tailers…more

Breaking into the Craft Brewing Industry in Michigan: What Strategic Arrangement is Right for You?

Over the last decade, the craft brewing industry has exploded in popularity. Small micro-breweries and brewpubs have cropped up across Michigan and the United States—many obtaining regional and national popularity. However…more

Finders May Not Be Keepers: Traps for the Unwary in Awarding Transaction-Based Compensation

The CEO of an emerging technology company Acme Corp. calls you on a proposed Regulation D offering. Like many companies in this space, Acme is long on brains but short on capital. The CEO just knows that there must be a deep-pocketed…more

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Lucas Film Limited has sued Michael Brown and his Light Saber Academy for trademark infringement, unfair competition, dilution, cybersquatting, state unfair competition, and dilution, arising from Mr. Brown’s running an academy…more

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