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Requiring A Flu Shot Over Religious Objections: Risky Business

It’s flu season and many employers, particularly those in healthcare, want to require employees to be vaccinated to minimize the spread of illness. But what happens when an employee refuses on religious grounds?…more

Alert: DOJ to Criminally Pursue Anticompetitive Employment Violations

On October 20, 2016, the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly released important guidance aimed at informing human resource (HR) professionals (and others involved in…more

Employer Groups Try To Block “Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces” Rule. Will They Beat The Deadline?

Many federal contractors are on the verge of having to comply with the Obama administration’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The FAR Council’s Final Rule and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Guidance (I’ll refer to…more

Bankruptcy Court Assesses Sanctions on Mortgage Servicer for Failure to File Notices Relating to Residential Mortgage Loans

In re Gravel, ____ B.R. _____, Case Nos. 11-10112, 11-10281, 12-10512, 2016 WL 4765773 (Bankr. D.Vt. September 12, 2016) - In September of 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont assessed sanctions…more

On the Road: SCC Allows Class Action Judges to Hold Extraprovincial Hearings in Certain Circumstances

On October 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled that a provincial superior court judge may sit outside his or her home province to hear motions without live evidence in national class actions proceedings in certain…more

D.C. Circuit Holds CFPB Unconstitutionally Structured' and Overturns PHH Penalty

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its much-anticipated decision in PHH Corp. v. CFPB, No. 15-1177 (D.C. Cir., Oct. 11, 2016). In its 110-page decision, the three-judge panel deemed the Consumer Financial…more

Government Contractor “Blacklisting” Regs Take Effect Oct. 25 — Fast Facts

The controversial new Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rules begin to phase in starting Oct. 25, 2016. The regulations, mandated by President Obama’s executive order and now being implemented in the Federal Acquisition Regulatory…more

Employer Guide for Election Season

The 2016 presidential election season has provided fodder for often impassioned conversations among friends, family and co-workers. While we may not always agree with all points of view, it is important to remember that conduct and…more

[Video]Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 16-SOX reporting & disclosure controls and COSO Framework unity

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I discuss the differences between SOX 404 reporting controls and 302 disclosure controls. We then pivot to a discussion of the potential merging of the COSO 2013 Framework for controls with the COSO ERM…more

Countries at a Glance 2016: Spain - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Employers should distribute a hard-copy disclaimer which acknowledges the employees' receipt of the Plan documents as well as…more

Court Rejects EEOC’s EPA Lawsuit Theory

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC sued an employer for Equal Pay Act violations, claiming that Maryland Insurance Administration failed to pay three female fraud investigators the same wages as comparable male fraud investigators. On cross…more

"CFTC Proposes Rules to Count Cross-Border Swaps for Swap-Dealer Thresholds and Other Requirements"

The CFTC’s newly proposed rules on cross-border transactions address which swap activities affect swap-dealer thresholds and trigger transaction-level swap requirements. These are the latest in a series of CFTC rulemakings, orders and…more

When a Contract Is Not a Contract | Contract Attorney in Arizona

As an experienced contract attorney in Arizona I find it interesting that going into the 1860 Republican nominating convention, it was far from certain who would emerge as the presidential candidate for the young party. One of those…more

Analyzing Patent Claims Having Conditional Language – the PTAB Provides Clarity

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) recently designated Ex parte Schulhauser, Appeal 2013-007847 (PTAB April 28, 2016), as precedential. In this decision the Board clarified how to interpret method and system claims that include…more

Singapore Hosts Inaugural Forum on Managing Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

The Judicial Insolvency Network (JIN) conference aims to encourage communication and cooperation amongst national courts. From 10 to 11 October, Singapore hosted the inaugural JIN conference. JIN is a network of insolvency judges…more

Medical Device Updates: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Releases Numerous and Important Draft Guidance Documents

The summer of 2016 saw a flood of new medical device-related guidance documents coming out of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Some of these draft guidance documents, such as those addressing device…more

Federal Court Finds That 2015 TCPA Safe Harbor Applies to Automated Flu Shot Reminders

A recent decision from a federal court in California found that a retail pharmacy’s “flu shot reminder” calls to mobile phones fall within the FCC’s TCPA safe harbor for exigent health care treatment messages. But the holding is…more

Medtronic, Inc. v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Federal Circuit Denies Petition for Rehearing in Medtronic v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems

One of the aspects of inter partes review that differed from other post-grant review proceedings before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (succeeded by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board) is a requirement for transparency…more

Countries at a Glance 2016: United States - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - A claim for breach of contract could arise where a Plan is amended or discontinued. It is recommended that Plan provisions be…more

OCC & Federal Reserve Report and Proposed Rules - Limitation on Banks Dealing & Investing in Metals and other Physical Commodities

On September 8, 2016, as required by Section 620 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance…more

Full Seventh Circuit Bench to Decide Whether Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

In a previous post we discussed the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, in which a three-judge panel concluded that Title VII did not protect an employee from discrimination based on her sexual…more

Entities that are subject to the Affordable Care Act’s Nondiscrimination Rules must post notice by October 17, 2016 and implement other procedures

In May, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The rule prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age…more

Potential London NFL Team Could Impact Next CBA

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP, entertainment and sports law partner Glen A. Rothstein, was quoted in a Law360 article, “Potential London NFL Team Could Impact Next CBA.” The October 20th article, written by reporter…more

Member States cannot impose uniform retail prices for prescription-only medicinal products, highest EU Court says

EU law precludes national legislation setting fixed retail prices for prescription medicinal products, as it unreasonably restricts imports - On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling concluding that the…more

Washington Supreme Court Announces New Rule on Attorney-Client Privilege: Post-Employment Communications Between Corporate Counsel and Former Employees Are Discoverable

In a 5-4 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the attorney-client privilege does not shield post-employment communications between corporate counsel and the corporation’s former employees. In Newman v. Highland…more

Manufacturer Settles FTC “Made in USA” Lawsuit

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) announced that Georgia-based glue manufacturer Chemence, Inc. (“Chemence”) has agreed to pay $220,000 to settle a lawsuit filed in connection with Chemence’s “Made in…more

Sharing Consumer Health Information? Look to HIPAA and the FTC Act

Does your business collect and share consumer health information? Check out these tips from the FTC for complying with HIPAA and the FTC Act…more

Looking over the edge of the Cliff - The Use of Pooled Income Funds to Reduce the Taxation of Offshore Repatriated Carried Interest - October 2016

The addition of IRC Sec 457A effectively ended the ability of investment managers to defer the tax recognition of the carried interest in the investment manager’s offshore fund. Under IRC Sec 457A, hedge fund managers must repatriate…more

[Webinar] OSHA Issues During Acquisitions and Divestitures - November 8th, 1:00p.m. EST

OSHA compliance issues have been long ignored in the due diligence process for mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. With OSHA’s new focus on follow-up inspections and Repeat citations, and expanding the concept of successor OSHA…more

House Tax Policy Review Committee Update - Public Policy Alert from the South Carolina State House - October 2016

The House Tax Policy Review Committee held its fourth meeting on Tuesday, October 18th, to hear from the public on issues regarding tax policy in South Carolina. Twelve individuals addressed the Committee on various tax concerns…more

California Amends Identity Theft Requirements for Debt Collectors

The California legislature has amended the existing requirements for debt collectors who receive consumer claims of identity theft with the Identity Theft Resolution Act (“Act”). See AB 1723; Cal. Civ. Code § 1785.16.2. The Act does…more

BioPharma Patents Quick Tips & News – October 2016

October 2016 BioPharma Newsletter — Halloween Edition - U.S. patent eligibility can be scary! Tips to avoid the Grim Reaper (a.k.a. the Examiner or a Judge) killing your claims:  Bonus tip: This strategy works even better if…more

U.S. EPA Issues Revisions to Hazardous Waste Generator Rule, To Be Finalized in October 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published proposed revisions to Hazardous Waste Generator regulations in September 2015. The public comment for the proposed revisions closed at the end of December 2015 and the revisions are…more

5 legal trends food and agriculture companies need to know about

Thompson Coburn recently sponsored the 37th annual 2016 American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) Symposium in Oklahoma City. I had the honor to help plan the event, speak on food labeling issues, and moderate a panel on GMO…more

Medical Device Investor Forum - Oct. 27-28 in Irvine, CA - Knobbe Medical

OCTANe, an Orange County-based non-profit life sciences and technology accelerator organization, has announced the agenda for its 11th Annual Medical Device & Investor Forum (MDIF), which will be held on October 27-28, 2016, in Irvine…more

Life Sciences Spotlight - Asia Pacific Issue 7, 2016

Welcome to the seventh edition of Life Sciences Spotlight, and our very first AusBiotech/Biofest conference edition. We are very pleased to provide updates on a number of developments in the life sciences sector across the Asia…more

New Jersey Repeals Estate Tax

As a result of new legislation, New Jersey has eliminated its estate tax as of January 1, 2018. Under the estate tax, New Jersey levies a tax on all assets of a decedent’s estate in excess of $675,000 (except assets passing to spouses…more

International Cybersecurity Accord Adopted By Major World Economies

The Group of 7, comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, adopted a non-binding agreement aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity and resiliency of the international financial…more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2016 #3

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs - Corrections - The SBA has issued technical corrections to its final rule published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2016 (81 FR 48557), amending its…more

The IRS Voluntary Compliance Program Is Like Your Parents

As a child, you’re usually told by your parents that they just want to hear the truth and that telling the truth is going to carry a far less punishment than if you lie and try to hide whatever bad thing you do. The Internal…more

Federal regulators propose joint rules to enhance banks’ cyber-risk management

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, and the FDIC issued a joint advanced notice of proposed rulemaking outlining expectations and seeking public comment on enhanced cyber-risk management standards. This is the most…more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 41

SEC/CORPORATE – SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Five Additional C&DIs Relating to Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule – On October 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (Division)…more

Pricing Carbon in Wholesale Electricity Markets: RTOs/ISOs Looking at a Carbon Price to Integrate Regional Public Policy Goals

Several eastern regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTO/ISO) are talking seriously about pricing carbon in their markets. NEPOOL, the participant voting organization on wholesale market matters across…more

Overtime Rules Still On Track — Are You Ready?

Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of bluster about lawsuits filed that are challenging the new overtime rules that are set to take place in just a few weeks. And there was also news that Congress was considering a law…more

Mexican government proposes tax incentives on IT services and R&D activities for 2017

As part of the 2017 economic budget and proposed tax reform, the Mexican government intends to incentivize a couple of activities that may be intertwined: first, by allowing information technology (IT) services to qualify as an export…more

Cumis Counsel: An Insurer’s Right To Dispute Coverage Does Not Automatically Trigger A Right to Cumis Counsel

Recently, once again, a California appeals court weighed in on the scope of the right to Cumis counsel and the meaning of Cal. Civil Code §2860. St. Paul Mercury Insurance Company v. McMillin Homes Construction, Inc., No. 15cv1548 JM…more

New Report Outlines 5 Year Plan to Achieve Cancer Moonshot

The Cancer Moonshot Task Force has just released its 5 year plan for implementing President Obama’s “Cancer Moonshot” program (“Report”). The initiative, announced during President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address, is a national…more

Creditors Beware: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Expands Purview Of Potential FDCPA Violations And Furthers Circuit Split

In Daugherty v. Convergent Outsourcing, Inc., No. 15-20392 (5th Cir. Sept. 8, 2016) the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently joined the circuit split interpreting the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (“FDCPA”) in a way that…more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and primary European fund domiciles - October 2016 - Issue 8: United Kingdom

FCA Publishes Third MiFID II Consultation Paper - The FCA published its third consultation paper on 29 September 2016, on the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II)…more

California Adopts New Requirements with Respect to Disability Access for Commercial Leases

One of the 800+ bills that the California Legislature left behind for Governor Brown to sign in September was AB 2093, which amended California Civil Code Section 1938 and created new obligations for commercial landlords. The Governor…more

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