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Tier 2 Immigration Skills Charge – another fee to pay

As part of the government plans to reduce Britain’s reliance on migrant workers, from 6 April 2017 employers may have to pay an immigration skills charge of £1,000 per employee. The skills charge will apply to a sponsor of a Tier…more

OCR Signals Continued Title IX Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced the resolution of two Title IX sexual violence complaints filed against a private university in Ohio. In the resolution letter and agreement, which identified…more

IRS Files Petition to Enforce Summons Issued to Virtual Currency Company

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) obtained authorization from a California federal court last November to serve a John Doe summons on the virtual currency firm Coinbase in order to obtain customer information to determine whether…more

Federal Court Serves Up Satisfying Seconds For California Franchisors: No Ostensible Agency Liability For Franchisees’ Alleged Labor Code Violations

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal court in California recently held that a franchisor cannot be held liable for labor code claims where it did not exercise control directly, or through an actual agency relationship with the employer, over…more

Victorian Purchaser Update: Changes to Stamp Duty and First Home Owner Grant and Introduction of New Vacant Residential Property Tax for Melbourne

The Victorian Government has announced a number of significant housing related duty and tax initiatives to be introduced later this year, including: - changes to the off-the-plan stamp duty concession - abolition of stamp duty…more

Two Second Circuit Cases, Two Applications of Campbell-Ewald, Two Different Results, Three Weeks Apart

Within roughly three weeks, the Second Circuit issued two opinions applying the Supreme Court’s Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez decision to class action cases involving Rule 68 offers of judgment. On February 15, 2017, in Leyse v. Lifetime…more

Brazilian Corruption Scandals Continue

The stench of corruption continues to bedevil Brazil, even as the clean-up initiated with Operation Car Wash is ongoing. This time, allegations of bribery and corruption have reached one of Brazil’s most prestigious exports, its beef…more

OCC Issues Draft Licensing Supplement for Fintech Companies Seeking National Bank Charters

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has taken another step toward implementing its proposal to allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for a special purpose national bank (SPNB) charter, issuing a draft…more

The Other Shoe Drops on Laches Defense in IP

In 2014, the Supreme Court’s opinion in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. held that the equitable doctrine of laches is not available as a defense to copyright infringement when the claim is brought within the three years specified…more

Lunchtime car accident a matter for WSIB, not courts, WSIAT rules

The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal has ruled that an employee who was injured at lunchtime in a car accident was barred from suing the other driver in court.  Instead, he must go through the WSIB for his injury…more

An Overview Of The NYC Business Tax Environment

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.” So begins one of the most iconic of musical tributes to New York City. It is sung at every Yankees game. It sums up the feelings of thousands of aspiring artists. As it turns, out…more

False alarm: Spain will not join the Unitary patent system after all

You may recall that we reported here that, on 7 March, the Spanish Parliament had voted in favor of a non-binding motion (i.e. Non-Legislative Proposition -NLP) filed by the main party of the opposition (Socialist Party -PSOE), aimed…more

[Video]Your Cyber Minute: What to keep in mind as a litigator

Partners Harriet Pearson and Michelle Kisloff talk about the real-time challenges of data breaches in the context of litigation and investigations. Hear the three major things you need to do and how to avoid the common pitfalls…more

Regulators Provide Guidance on Variation Margin for Uncleared Swaps; CFTC Also Delays Compliance Date for Filing Notices to Disaggregate Positions

Global regulators adopted regulations to govern the posting and collection of margin on uncleared swaps. These regulations are set to take effect in stages over a four-year period. The initial compliance date was September 1, 2016…more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2017

Expanding wage and hour obligations will continue to be a top concern for employers in 2017. As most employers are aware, in May 2016, the United States Department of Labor issued its long-awaited final rule regarding the exemption of…more

US Department of Labor Proposes Extension to Fiduciary Rule Applicability Date

The US Department of Labor proposed to extend the applicability dates of the fiduciary rule and related exemptions, including the Best Interest Contract Exemption, from April 10, 2017 to June 9, 2017…more

The importance of aggregation clauses in professional clauses in professional indemnity insurance policies

UK Supreme Court clarifies effect of aggregation wording: AIG Europe Limited v Woodman - In a long awaited judgment, which will affect all organisations with professional indemnity insurance, the Supreme Court has clarified how…more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital

Budget Work Stymied: With the House and Senate headed for a mid-April recess, work on completing the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations for 10 of the 11 appropriations bills remains unfinished despite an approaching April 28th deadline…more

Defendant Not Required to Modify Production After Plaintiff Fails to Demonstrate Prejudice: eDiscovery Case Law

In Excel Enterprises, LLC v. Winona PVD Coatings, LLC, No. 3:16-cv-19-WCL-MGG (N.D. Ind., Feb. 17, 2017), Indiana Magistrate Judge Michael G. Gotsch, Sr. ruled that despite the fact that the defendant failed to demonstrate that it…more

SEC’s Information Update for Advisers Relying on the Unibanco No-Action Letters

Recently, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management published a four-page Information Update for Advisers Relying on the Unibanco No-Action Letters (the “Update”). The stated purpose of the Update is to inform multi-national…more

Varsity Brands Earns Hard-Fought Win in Supreme Court Ruling Designs on Cheerleading Uniforms Are Copyrightable

The United States Supreme Court, in the case Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., et al., Case No. 15-866, ruled in a 6-2 opinion that two-dimensional designs incorporated onto three-dimensional useful articles (here…more

HHS and Medicare Asked to Expand Coverage for Genetic Tests

Fifteen members of Congress have asked the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (Medicare) to examine how the federal government can help improve patient access to genetic…more

Oregon selects 15 solar projects for development under Solar Development Incentive program

At least 116 megawatts of new solar energy development will soon be underway in Oregon, supported by the state’s Solar Development Incentive (SDI) program…more

Self-Disclosure Analysis of FCPA violations and the New Administration

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice had set forth a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Enforcement Plan and Guidance on enforcement, announcing an FCPA enforcement pilot program to promote greater accountability for…more

March Sadness: How Not to Drop the Ball When a RIF is on Your Schedule

No matter how long you’ve played the game, administering a Reduction-in-Force or RIF is never easy. In fact, it is often painful not only because they are difficult to administer, but because of the toll it takes on the workplace…more

Will the Trumpcare fiasco mean that health care is finally accepted as a right?

A GOP assault on American health care has been turned aside, for now. But major questions have been exposed that will need answering if we as a country are ever to come together over health care. Do we recognize that health…more

Two Bits, Four Bits, Six Bits, a Dollar, Cheer Uniforms are Copyrightable, Stand Up and Holler!

In Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., (2017), the Supreme Court affirmed the Sixth Circuit that the two dimensional designs appearing on the surface of Varsity’s cheerleader uniforms were copyrightable…more

How Do I Know When I Need to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

Many innocent San Fernando Valley residents are injured in accidents that are not their fault but, for one reason or another, they fail to reach out to an experienced injury attorney to discuss their legal rights and potential…more

Sixth Circuit: ERISA Exhaustion Not Required in Plan Amendment Suit

The Sixth Circuit held that retirement plan participants were not required to exhaust their administrative remedies prior to bringing a claim alleging that a plan amendment violated ERISA...…more

Something good for employers in the American Health Care Act

The Affordable Care Act’s current proposed replacement does not include an employer mandate and abolishing the employer mandate is a good thing proposed in the American Health Care Act and the Patient Freedom Act before it. Employers…more

Indiana Reaffirms Relaxed Rule for Med Mal Complaints

In Indiana a medical malpractice plaintiff doesn’t proceed directly to court. First, a proposed complaint goes to the Indiana Department of Insurance, and the case is heard by a Medical Review Panel consisting of physicians. The…more

New Trademark Office Audit May Result in Cancellation of Registrations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced a final rule that took effect on February 17, 2017. To assess and promote the accuracy and integrity of the trademark register, the USPTO amended rules concerning the…more

Selecting a Unique Brand for your Cannabis Business

All brands should strive to be unique. However, it is particularly important that businesses in competitive industries, like the cannabis industry, adopt brands that are highly distinctive and unique. Why? In competitive industries…more

Board Denies Kyle Bass Challenge Against Biogen’s Tecfidera® Patent In View of Unexpected Results

The PTAB issued a Final Written Decision finding that Biogen’s patent on treating Multiple Sclerosis (“MS”) with a certain dose amount was not obvious because the clinical efficacy exhibited by administering this dose amount was…more

SEC Obtains Freeze Order In Suspicious Trading Case

Suspicious trading cases have become a staple of SEC insider trading enforcement. Typically the cases involve outsized trading in advance of a significant corporate event. The only way for the SEC to avoid the possible transfer of the…more

Healthcare Law Update: March 2017

Enforcement - OIG Issues Advisory Opinion Allowing Free or Reduced-Cost Lodging and Meals - On March 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion…more

OSHA’s Attempt to Expand Citation Statute of Limitations Thwarted by Congressional Review Act Senate Vote

On March 22, 2017, the Senate, by a vote of 50-48, passed a House of Representatives’ resolution which overturned the OSHA Rule seeking to expand the statute of limitations period for citations it issues to employers. OSHA had…more

When Banks and SCRA Compliance Collide

In the financial industry, non-compliance means violating or not complying with legal regulations, prescribed industry practices, internal governance, or ethical standards. Non-compliant behavior can have a major impact on their…more

SEC Chair Nominee Testifies at Confirmation Hearing

On Thursday, March 23, Jay Clayton, President Trump’s nominee for Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, testified before the Senate Banking committee at his confirmation hearing. In both his prepared statement and in…more

House Amends Class Action & Fraudulent Joinder Statutes

On March 9, 2017, the House passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 and the Innocent Party Protection Act, addressing class actions and fraudulent joinder suits, respectively. The class action bill (H.R…more

Knowing Where You Are, When You Are: Creepy or competitive? The privacy and security issues involved with geo-location tracking

Smartphones, smartphone apps, websites, and other connected devices (e.g., “wearables”) increasingly request that consumers provide their geo-location information. Geo-location information can refer to general information about a…more

Artful Pleading is Insufficient to Evade Application of California’s anti-SLAPP Statute In Cases Involving “Mixed Claims”

In Nancy Lee Sheley v. Linda Harrop (No. C977747, filed 3/20/17) the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District held allegations arising out of a protected activity, as defined in California’s anti-SLAPP statute…more

DOJ Announces Continuation and Ongoing Review of FCPA Pilot Program

The extension of the program — which emphasizes voluntary self-disclosure of FCPA violations, raises considerations for corporate entities and individual executives. The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that the…more

Wind Powers Texas. What Does That Say About the Future of Coal?

According to Bloomberg BNA (subscription required), last week, for the first time ever, more than 50% of the load in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas service area was supplied by wind power. This is the state that consumes…more

Janssen’s Amicus Brief Sandoz v. Amgen

As we posted here, here, and here, various amicus briefs have been submitted in Sandoz v. Amgen. Last week, Janssen Biotech, Inc. submitted an amicus brief in support of Amgen…more

CFPB Loses a Major Battle (But Not Quite the War) Against Third Party Payment Processors

A recent US District Court decision dismissing a claim brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) against a third-party processor and two of its executives deals a setback to the agency’s ability to pursue enforcement…more

FINRA’s Engagement Initiative

In our capacity as advisers to financial institutions, we carefully monitor FINRA’s rulemaking and enforcement activities with a view to thinking about how these affect market participants and their activities. FINRA’s March 2017…more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Decorative Elements Can Be Copyrighted

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6 to 2 decision, affirmed a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in favor of Varsity Brands, Inc., et al. (Varsity). The Supreme Court held that…more

North Carolina Legislative Update, March, 2017 #3

This week at the legislature, Senate confirmations continued as committees in both chambers received informational presentations and voted on bills. Confirmations - Senate committees are continuing the process of confirming…more

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