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Revisiting Ascertainability: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Weighs in on “Ascertainability” for Class Certification

Over the past four years, the federal circuit courts have frequently been called upon to address the proper role and scope of the “ascertainability” requirement in the class certification analysis. The results have varied by circuit…more

Super Bowl Office Betting – Does it Cross the Line?

Riding her beloved Packers late-game win against the Dallas Cowboys, Allfer Funn, owner of Con Genial, is polishing her cheese head hat and dusting off her Super Bowl Squares Pool from last year in anticipation of the Big Game in a…more

Employer Did Not Owe Legal Duty to Protect Employees' Hacked Personal and Financial Records

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) maintained a human resource database containing current and former employees' names, dates of birth, social security numbers, tax information, addresses, salaries, and bank information…more

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part I: the Insurance Industry

In the uncertain atmosphere surrounding the process of ‘repealing’ and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there are some clues as to what we can expect to come next, at least with regard with the health insurance industry…more

TSCA: EPA Releases Proposed Chemical Risk Evaluation Process Under New TSCA

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a process for conducting risk evaluations to determine whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment…more

Miami-Dade County Commission Approves Incentive-Driven Workforce Housing Ordinance

On December 20, 2016, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners approved an Ordinance proposed by Commissioner Barbara Jordan that provides incentives for builders to offer workforce housing units in new developments within…more

Virginia Court Dismisses RICO Claim Against WYO Flood Insurer and Its Adjusters

The preemptive effect of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on overlapping claims asserted by policyholders based on federal and state common law theories of liability is well established. “Numerous courts have held that…more

Ohio Federal Court Rules That Bank is Not Liable Under Ohio Securities Act for Providing Ordinary Banking Services to Customers Who Operated Ponzi Scheme

In a January 10, 2017 decision, United States District Judge Thomas M. Rose in the Southern District of Ohio ruled that plaintiffs, who claimed to be investors in a Ponzi scheme operated by customers of PNC Bank, failed to state a…more

FTC Announces Two Telemarketing Cases

On January 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it filed two lawsuits against more than a dozen individual and corporate defendants allegedly coordinated by two individuals. In the complaints, the FTC alleges…more

Breaking News: MSHA to Publish Final Rule for Workplace Exams in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

As a parting gift from Joe Main, the departing Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), MSHA released this week the final rule for Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. MSHA…more

[Video]Day 19 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Compliance Expertise on the Board

Every Board of Directors need a true compliance expert sitting on their Board. Almost every Board has a former Chief Financial Officer (CFO), former head of Internal Audit or persons with a similar background and often times these are…more

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Begins Use of UAS for Dangerous, Hostile and Life-Saving Operations

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” LASD Sheriff, Jim…more

Federal Agencies Announce Revision to Modernize Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), together with a host of other federal agencies, announced revisions via a final rule to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the…more

Immigration Update: New Rule on Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices Effective January 18, 2017; Changes to National Interest Waiver Standard

On December 19, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule that revises the DOJ's regulations implementing certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) related to unfair immigration-related employment…more

What Will Employers Face After Tomorrow?

Employers across the country will be watching to see how and if President-Elect Trump’s positions on labor and employment issues materialize after his inauguration. He hasn’t been as vocal on labor and employment issues as on other…more

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

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