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Seventh Circuit to Re-Hear Case Determining Whether Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Covered By Title VII

Seyfarth Synopsis: A Seventh Circuit panel’s ruling that Title VII does not cover claims of sexual orientation discrimination will be heard en banc by the Circuit. Whether an en banc ruling affirms or reverses the panel’s decision, it…more

Landmark Decision Issued by the Italian Supreme Court in the Automotive Sector

A resounding judicial victory was scored in Italy this fall by Bryan Cave’s affiliated office (“SILS”) on behalf of the Volkswagen Group. The Supreme Court of Italy (“Corte di Cassazione”) rejected all claims brought against VW by…more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - October 2016

Editor's Overview - This month, we look at the implications of the two federal district court cases from California that applied the ban on discretionary clauses typically found in ERISA plans to self-insured plans. The decisions…more

Sign of the Times: EEOC Settles Case of Employer Failing to Provide ASL Interpreter for Job Interview

A deaf person applies for a job and the employee who takes applications asks you “how can a deaf person do this job?” What if an essential function of the job requires interaction with the public or the ability to communicate with team…more

Why The Election Can’t Be Hacked: Internet Of Things Edition.

In our consulting days, a former boss – a retired Army Colonel – enjoyed sharing his Cold War recommendation for protecting sensitive documents from the KGB: fill up a fleet of tractor-trailers with every U.S. government document, and…more

Method Requiring Physical Action not Claiming an Abstract Idea

Green Mountain Glass (Green Mountain) filed a patent infringement lawsuit of patent 6,230,521 against Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc., d/b/a Verallia North America, known as Ardagh Glass Inc. (“Ardagh”). The court denied a summary motion…more

US Federal Reserve Board Governor Delivers Remarks on Distributed Ledger Technology

As part of remarks delivered at an Institute of International Finance panel on blockchain, US Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard addressed distributed ledger technology, noting that this technology may represent the most…more

FCA Publishes "New" Mission Statement

On 26 October 2016, the FCA published a Mission Statement titled “Our Future Mission”. The aim of the publication is to “establish a set of guiding principles” that explain how the FCA pursues its strategic and operational objectives…more

Ukraine: New laws regarding enforcement proceedings gradually come into force (Ukrainian)

In summer 2016, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the new Law of Ukraine “On Enforcement Proceedings” and the Law of Ukraine “On State Bodies and Persons who Carry Out Enforcement of Court Judgments and Decisions of other State Bodies”…more

Ukraine: New laws regarding enforcement proceedings gradually come into force

In summer 2016, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the new Law of Ukraine “On Enforcement Proceedings” and the Law of Ukraine “On State Bodies and Persons who Carry Out Enforcement of Court Judgments and Decisions of other State Bodies”…more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Linden Capital Acquires ProPharma Group, Merical

Linden Capital Partners announced earlier this month that it acquired ProPharma Group and, in a separate transaction, acquired Merical. Linden, based in Chicago, seeks control equity in middle-market companies. A leading private…more

Another Party Enters ACA Enforcement and HIPAA Privacy and Security Enforcement Expands

OSHA Joins the ACA Enforcement Regime - Effective on and after October 13, 2016, employers need to watch their mail from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) for notices related to ACA retaliation claims…more

FINRA Submits Proposed Rules to the SEC to Address Financial Exploitation of Seniors

Last Thursday, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) submitted proposed rules to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) designed to address “financial exploitation of seniors and other vulnerable…more

FDA to Issue Draft Guidance on Interchangeability by End of Year

Last Thursday, October 20, the FDA held a scheduled public meeting on the reauthorization of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA). The FDA heard from a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including patient/public health advocates…more

FCC Broadband Privacy Part I: The FCC’s Ascension as a Privacy Regulator

Tomorrow, October 27, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on new privacy rules for internet service providers (ISP) that will have a lasting impact on U.S. privacy regulation. In this special Series, DWT…more

Ransomeware: To Pay or Not to Pay

Ransomware poses one of information security’s biggest threats, right alongside infamous data breaches and high-profile Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Ransomware. It’s a data security buzzword that has caught on…more

Stakeholders Call for Passage of Occupational Health Bill

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s health and judiciary sectors have requested that the National Assembly pass the Occupational Safety Health Bill into law. It is estimated that, in Nigeria, over 25,000 people die from work-related injuries…more

A Call-to-Action: Obama Administration Encourages States to Ban Noncompetes for Low-Wage Workers and Certain Other Employees

On October 25, 2016, the Obama administration released a fact sheet announcing the steps that the White House is taking to “enhance competition to benefit consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs.” The administration’s actions come in…more

DC Circuit Hears TCPA Oral Arguments

Oral arguments were recently held before the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit in a consolidated case, spearheaded by ACA International, challenging the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) recent order and…more

DOJ Publishes Guidance Encouraging Voluntary Self-Disclosures, Full Cooperation and Timely and Appropriate Remediation

On Oct. 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), National Security Division (NSD) published Guidance setting forth its policy of encouraging business organizations to voluntarily self-disclose criminal violations of statutes…more

New SEC Rules for Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings

The SEC has adopted final rules to modernize intrastate securities offerings under Rule 147, adopted new Rule 147A to broaden the availability of the existing safe harbor for intrastate securities offerings and amended Rule 504 of…more

SIFMA Sends Comment Letters to FHFA on Credit Risk Transfer

SIFMA, along with the Association of Mortgage Investors and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and separately along with the ABA, AMI, HPC, MBA, and SFIG, submitted comment letters to the FHFA in response to the…more

SEC Exhibit Hyperlink Proposal Excludes Investment Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed that filings on Securities Act registration form types beginning with “S-” and “F-”, or on the basic Securities Exchange Act reporting forms, provide hyperlinks to exhibits…more

Blog: Solvency II: the PRA on monitoring model drift & standard formula reporting for internal model firms

The UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority has published a brief Supervisory Statement, “SS15/16 Solvency II: Monitoring model drift and standard formula SCR reporting for firms with an approved internal model“. The PRA has long…more

A New Financial Consumer Framework – Does this Change Everything?

On October 25, 2016, Bill C-29, Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2, received first reading. Division 5 of Bill C-29 will, if passed, consolidate the consumer provisions under the Bank Act. This is a result of successive…more

Yes, We Can (Order a Country to Suspend Criminal Prosecution and Extradition): Hydro v. Albania Redux

An update, if not an epilogue, to the Hydro v. Albania saga. As described in our prior post, the ICSID arbitration tribunal in that case had imposed interim measures directing the Albanian government to suspend its prosecution of two…more

SEC Proposed Rules on Universal Proxy Cards

At an open meeting held today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 2 to 1 to propose amendments to the proxy rules relating to the use of universal proxy cards and require provision of additional voting options and…more

OSHA Postpones Enforcement of New Retaliation Provisions

The retaliation provisions of OSHA’s new “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule are now scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016. OSHA states that the purpose of the rule is to intensify anti-retaliation…more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration For Lack Of Federal Jurisdiction

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a plaintiff’s RICO claim, and thus found the district court lacked independent federal jurisdiction to compel arbitration of the dispute under the Federal Arbitration Act…more

CFPB Mortgage Servicing Rules Published

With the Oct. 19. publication of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) mortgage servicing rules in the Federal Register, the 12-month clock has started for lenders and servicers to implement most of the broad-range rules…more

Plaintiff Must Cooperate on Search Terms, Says Court: eDiscovery Case Law

In Pyle v. Selective Insurance Company of America, No. 2:16-cv-335 (W.D. Pa. Sept. 30, 2016), Pennsylvania Senior District Judge Terrence F. McVerry granted the defendant’s Motion to Compel Plaintiff to Provide ESI Search Terms…more

Deposition Horrors!

By Suzanne Quinson Image from Halloween is fast approaching, meaning zany costumes, yummy treats, Linus awaiting the Great Pumpkin, and horror stories! All attorneys, paralegals, and court reporters have a few of these. Read…more

Countries at a Glance: Australia - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Employees may have rights to additional vesting or other benefits under the Plan in cases of involuntary termination. To reduce…more

Florida Supreme Court Rules Incorrect Denial of Insurance Benefits Can Trigger Award of Attorneys’ Fees to Insured

On September 29, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court held, in Johnson v. Omega Insurance Company (No. SC14-2124), that a homeowner is entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees after an improper denial of insurance benefits. The homeowner…more

The Crime-Fraud Exception Can Apply to Innocent Lawyers' Communications

The crime-fraud exception can strip away privilege protection from communications in which lawyers further their clients' future wrongful conduct. Under the majority approach, the adversary must (1) first meet a fairly low threshold…more

False Financial Statements Not Always Actionable

A Houston federal court recently held that neither an oil and gas company nor two of its directors were liable for federal securities fraud—and were not liable to shareholders—even though the company issued annual financial statements…more

Cordray remarks to MBA signal continued CFPB focus on servicing, likely petition for rehearing in PHH case

In his remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual meeting in Boston on October 25, Director Cordray signaled that mortgage servicing will continue to be a focus of CFPB supervisory and enforcement activity, with the CFPB…more

Court Enjoins Several Parts of the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Final Rule

Over the last few months our Government Contracting and Labor & Employment teams have been breaking down the specifics about the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Final Rule and the corresponding Department of Labor guidance. As we explained…more

“Blacklisting” Executive Order Stayed by District Court Judge

On October 24th, 2016, United States District Judge Marcia A. Crone issued a preliminary injunction that suspends the implementation of certain portions of President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, called the Fair Pay and Safe…more

Timing Is Everything: Successful Joinder Motions At The PTAB

The joinder provisions of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings can be a great tool to circumvent the 1-year IPR filing deadline following service of a complaint for infringement. However, grant of a joinder petition by the Patent…more

Litigation Alert: The Fifth Circuit Limits Coverage under the Computer Fraud Provision of Insurance Policies

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit narrowed the conduct covered under an insurance policy’s computer fraud provision by vacating the judgment in favor of the insured, Apache Corp., and rendering judgment for the…more

Halloween Tax Alert: Beware of the IRS "Wealth Squad"

What’s scarier than zombies, clowns, or vampires? The dreaded Global High-Wealth Industry Group, a/k/a the IRS’s “Wealth Squad.” The Wealth Squad is comprised of highly-specialized examiners and other professionals whose sole job is to…more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of October 17th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency of the…more

Blog: Passive Investors: The Invisible Hand Of The Marketplace?

You might be interested in this article in the WSJ discussing the ascension to power-broker status of passive investors, such as index funds. The article contends that “leverage over America’s corporate boards… increasingly belongs to…more

Blacklist Regs Get a “Preliminary” Black Eye from the District Court in Texas

On October 24, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Crone of the Eastern District of Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulations. In addition to…more

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Must Be Filed Within Four Years of Claimed Injury

Reminger Co., L.P.A. is pleased to announce that it successfully persuaded the Ohio Supreme Court to reverse the Eighth District Court of Appeals, in the case of Antoon v. Cleveland Clinic, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-7432. This appeal…more

DOT Issues Proposed Cybersecurity Guidance for Auto Industry

On Monday, October 24, 2016, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued proposed cybersecurity guidance to the auto industry, including auto manufacturers and designers and…more

Must-Have Skills to Demonstrate eDiscovery Competence

Technological competence is a key component of a lawyer’s ethical duties. But how can corporate and outside counsel, whose practice areas often involve substantive legal matters other than eDiscovery, comply with their duty of…more

Overview of New Section 385 Regulations

The IRS has issued final and temporary regulations under Code Section 385. These provisions, intended to limit earnings stripping, will enhance the IRS' ability to characterize related party ownership arrangements, purportedly…more

Changes in the Balance of Power: The Board Versus CEO

There is no doubt that corporate boards operate under greater scrutiny. The trend is clearly to hold boards and individual members accountable. But this is not the result of government prosecution; rather, this trend reflects increased…more

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