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Eleventh Circuit Confirms Scope of Original Jurisdiction Under Class Action Fairness Act

In Wright Transportation, Inc. v. Pilot Corporation, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit considered whether a district court retains original jurisdiction over state law claims following the dismissal of class…more

Exemption Rules Appeal Won't Be Resolved Before Obama Leaves Office

It looks like the U.S. Department of Labor’s appeal of the order blocking the new overtime exemption rules won’t be decided before President Obama leaves office. Under the Court of Appeals’ regular rules, the DOL’s opening brief would…more

CFPB Issues Rigorous New Guidance to Financial Services Industry Regarding Sales Incentives

The compliance burdens being placed on institutions to monitor all aspects of product sales will require a substantial expansion of the types and scope of reporting that are done for product sales. On November 28, the Consumer…more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Will Convene Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - The First Regular Session of the 128th Maine…more

Mexico Increases Daily Minimum Wage, Effective January 1, 2017

On December 1, 2016, the National Minimum Wages Commission (CONASAMI) unanimously approved two new increases to the minimum wage. The first increase, consisting of $4.00 Mexican pesos per day, has been designated as an “independent…more

5 Places to Meet a New Client During the Holidays

The holiday season, and its social opportunities, will be over before you know it…more

Comptroller of the Currency Moves Forward to Create a Special Purpose National Bank Charter

On December 02, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry announced that the OCC “will move forward with chartering financial technology companies that offer bank products and services and meet our high standards and chartering…more

Resistance Is Futile: CMS Gets Serious About Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotics and similar drugs, known more broadly as antimicrobial agents, are an instrumental weapon in the healthcare armory, rendering once-lethal infections treatable, and dramatically reducing instances of sepsis and secondary…more

Scotus Grants Cert To Review Lexmark V. Impression

On December 2, 2016, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the en banc decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Lexmark v. Impression. The Federal Circuit held that, unlike the situation in U.S…more

Update on Electricity Rate Relief Program for Ontario Businesses

The expansion of Ontario’s Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) to provide electricity rate relief to more businesses comes into effect on January 1, 2017. Businesses who want to participate in the expanded ICI program must provide…more

Evolution of eDiscovery Automation – Looking Back and Looking Forward: eDiscovery Trends

How has eDiscovery automation technology evolved over the years?  Where is it headed?  What is the current state of acceptance for Technology Assisted Review (TAR) within courts and within the bar?  How do the different TAR approaches…more

Federal Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction on OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Regulation

On Nov. 28, 2016 a federal judge in Texas cleared the way for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new anti-retaliation regulation to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, at least temporarily (Texo ABC/AGC, Inc., et al…more

6 estate planning techniques for blended families

A “blended family” is more than just a staple of TV sitcoms. Today, it’s not unusual for a household to include children and even grandchildren from prior marriages, as well as adopted family members or same-sex couples. These various…more

Abestos Alert: Government Contractor Defense Available to Broker Which Arranged for Asbestos-Containing Insulation to Be Provided to Navy

California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (November 22, 2016) - The Government Contractor defense is available in asbestos lawsuits brought against manufacturers and suppliers of military hardware and equipment. The…more

Proposed Legislation Could Extend Geoblocking Restrictions to Traders’ Unilateral Conduct

On 28 November, the Council of the EU (‘Council’) reached an agreement (‘Common Position’) on the draft Regulation intended to ban “unjustified” geo-blocking and other discriminatory practices that prevent end user customers from…more

Claim for Failure to Reimburse Reasonable Business Expenses Not Barred by EPL Policy’s Wage and Hour Exclusion

Don’t be too surprised if you see a “wage and hour” exclusion in your employment practices liability insurance policy, especially if you have employees in California. While these exclusions purport to bar coverage for claims brought…more

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes Final Rule Improving Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers and foreign nationals should take note of critical changes to DHS’ regulations impacting employment-based immigration for highly skilled workers. On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland…more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and primary European fund domiciles: November 2016 - Issue 9: European Union Legal Developments

EMIR – European Commission adopts revised rules for reporting to trade repositories under EMIR - The European Commission adopted revised rules for reporting to trade repositories under EMIR on 26 October 2016. The revised rules in…more

Arbitration Clause In Body Of Reinsurance Agreement Governs Over Provision In Endorsement

In a dispute between First Mutual, a ceding company, and its reinsurer, Infrassure, over which of two competing arbitration clauses in a reinsurance contract governed, the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court decision in favor of the…more

Court Decides Take-Home Exposure Duty Claims with 'Wide-Ranging Impact'

Employers and premises owners have a duty to "members of a worker's household" to exercise ordinary care to prevent take-home asbestos exposures, the California Supreme Court held on December 1, 2016. This ruling expands liability for…more

Do As We Say, Not As We Do: Audit Reveals Unencrypted IRS Emails Put Taxpayer Data at Risk

With tax season around the corner, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun its yearly campaign to educate taxpayers on the importance of protecting their personal information. However, a recent audit of the agency’s email use…more

FHFA Announces Increases in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for First Time in 10 Years

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 will increase to $424,100 from $417,000. While the increase is modest, it is…more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing- Limitless Mobile, LLC

Limitless Mobile, LLC, successor to Keystone Wireless, LLC, has filed a petition for relief under chapter 11 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Case No. 16-12685). According to the First Day…more

ICYMI: Energy & Environmental News Roundup

Environmental - Environmental Protection Agency Announces Drinking Water Action Plan - On Wednesday, November 30, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced its Drinking Water Action Plan (Plan), designed to improve…more

Hurricane Sandy, Flood, and Sewer Backup: New Jersey Federal Court Confirms Anti-Concurrent Causation Bars Insured’s Claim

As we have written about before on this blog, the water damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 gave rise to important questions concerning the applicability of so-called “anti-concurrent causation” clauses. Such was the case…more

Answers to Ten Key Questions about the New Form I-9

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, which all employers must use beginning no later than 1/22/17. We’ve closely tracked its release. Here are answers to 10 key questions about the new Form I-9…more

Football Association Premier League Limited v Luxton [2016] EWCA Civ 1097

Sports rights holders and sports broadcasters will be reassured as a result of a recent Court of Appeal (“CoA”) decision, which prevented a pub owner in Swansea from using a foreign-purchased domestic decoder card to show live Premier…more

Did You Make the Multistate Tax Compact Apportionment Election in California? Watch Out for Penalties

On December 31, 2015, the California Supreme Court ruled against the taxpayer in The Gillette Company v. Franchise Tax Board. The United States Supreme Court denied review of Gillette on October 11, 2016. Thus, Gillette is final. With…more

Third Circuit Enforces Make-Whole Premium for Notes Accelerated by Bankruptcy Filing

Some term loans allow borrowers to redeem debt. But to protect a lender’s expected yield, such loans often impose a “make-whole premium” on redemption. That is, they require compensation to the lender for the borrower’s premature…more

Top Takeaways: Best Ways to Address Section 101 Patent Eligibility

Kilpatrick Townsend partners Megan Chung and Thomas Franklin recently participated in a panel at the 2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention in San Diego. Panelists, which included Jay Choi from Uber and Jason…more

Gender Diversity Progresses as First Female Chief Justice Appointed

This week the Coalition government announced that serving High Court Justice Susan Kiefel will replace retiring High Court Chief Justice Robert French. Justice Kiefel's appointment to the role is significant as she will be the first…more

Fuzzy Math? 6 Differing Arbitration Agreements = 0 Arbitration Agreement

If you ever wanted an “Exhibit A” for how drafting arbitration agreement(s) could go very, very wrong, the Tenth Circuit has just provided it. In Ragab v. Howard, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 6832870 (10th Nov. 21, 2016), a majority of the…more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Federal regulators are on the verge of creating a brand new type of banking license specifically for fintech. Called “special purpose national bank charters,” the licenses are intended to enable fintech companies that accept deposits…more

Ontario Court Decision Highlights Summary Judgment as Potential Tool in Class Proceedings

In a recent class action decision, Wise v. Abbott Laboratories Limited (Wise), Justice Perell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Court) granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment in advance of certification, concluding…more

Port Jervis, NY Sued by DOJ; Settles Two Days Later

The City of Port Jervis, New York has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging that the City’s revision to its zoning code violated the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized…more

Sunrise’s Infringement Complaint Gets the Green Light

In a recent opinion out of the District of Massachusetts, the court ordered that a patent infringement dispute between two Massachusetts-based competitors in the lighting systems industry would be allowed to proceed. This was despite a…more

Celgene Asks PTAB to Reconsider Adverse Final Written Decision

On October 27, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued four final written decisions invalidating claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,045,501 (“the ’501 Patent”) and U.S. Patent No. 6,315,720 (“the ’720 Patent”) covering Celgene’s…more

[Video]Employment Law This Week®: FLSA Overtime Rules, NYS Overtime Laws, National Origin Discrimination, Foreign Workers

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that could impact…more

BREAKING: FMCSA Announces National Drug And Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse For Commercial Truck, Bus Drivers

The day has finally come. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday that it had issued a Final Rule establishing a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for holders of commercial…more

Avoiding the Enforcement Crosshairs of Cross-Device Tracking

The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) recently announced that enforcement of its guidance on cross-device tracking (the “Application of the DAA Principles of Transparency and Control to Data Used Across Devices”) is set to begin on…more

Florida Supreme Court Decides that Concurrent Causes Equal Coverage

It’s said that “defeat is an orphan,” but insurable losses often have multiple, concurrent causes. In some cases, one or more of those causes might be outside the scope of coverage, either by omission or exclusion. In Sebo v. American…more

The Domestic Corrupt Practices Act Arrives According to the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the parent company of United Airlines has agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle charges for providing a public official with more convenient flight options. The parent company did…more

HUD Activity – Week of November 28, 2016

HUD Announces Nationwide Smoke-Free Policy in Public Housing - The most talked about HUD development this week has been Secretary Castro’s announcement on Wednesday, November 30th that HUD will require all public housing…more

More Questions for Employers As DOL Appeals Preliminary Injunction of Overtime Rules

On December 1, 2016, the date that the Department of Labor regulations were set to become effective, the government filed a notice of appeal of the November 22, 2016 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas’s…more

7 Takeaways from the Maritime Investigations Presentation at This Year’s Work Boat Show in New Orleans

It is Work Boat Show time in New Orleans, and yesterday featured a great presentation on marine investigations. Any maritime lawyer worth her salt will tell you that the best part of the practice is getting that 0200 client call about…more

The DOL Will Appeal Injunction Suspending Regulations Raising the White Collar Salary Minimums

As we continue to follow the progress of the injunction suspending the Department of Labor’s regulations raising the salary minimums for the ‘white collar exemption’, on December 1, 2016, the DOL informed a Texas federal court that it…more

Italian NPL Market: The Tightrope Walker and the Seagull!

During the summer I wrote about the marvels of the Italian tightrope trick (The NPL Circus: the Italian Tightrope) and remarked on the massive feat of the Italian legislature in making the seemingly impossible, possible with the…more

Handy Proposal May Solve Sharing Economy Business Woes

As startups from Silicon Valley to Silicon Forest continue to flood the market with competing on-demand service platforms “staffed” with independent workers, these same businesses – implementing one of the most disruptive, innovative…more

On the Right Track: FRA Proposes High-Speed Train Rules

At the end of November, the Federal Railroad Administration proposed updates to the passenger train safety standards relating to the operation of high-speed trains. In the works for nearly a decade, the proposal amends existing…more

Justice Department Will Appeal Halt of New Overtime Rule

The U.S. Justice Department announced that it is appealing last week’s nationwide preliminary injunction that temporarily blocked implementation of the Labor Department’s new overtime rule. The rule, which was scheduled to go into…more

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