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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

HMRC publishes responses to the consultation on Partnership taxation

The result of the HM Revenue & Custom's consultation on UK partnership taxation was released on 20 March, this is important for both fund partnerships and fund managers structured as LLPs which file UK tax returns. Although aimed…more

Indecent Exposure: New Decision Confirms Subcontractors Liability To CD Damages Is Expansive

How broad is a “broad-form” indemnity provision in a construction contract? A recent decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals has held such a provision allows a developer great latitude in recovering monies paid for settlement and also…more

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of Class Action Roundup, covering the fourth quarter of 2016. As has been the case throughout the year, class actions continue to play a key role in courtrooms across the country. The…more

Be Aggressive, B-E Aggressive – SCOTUS Encourages IP Plaintiffs

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two much anticipated intellectual property cases. Supreme Court Rejects Laches in Patent Infringement Cases - The first, SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag et al. v. First Quality Baby…more

Illinois Legislative Proposal Would Eliminate the Unclaimed Property Exemption for Business to Business Transactions

A bill has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature that could significantly impact the escheat liability and recordkeeping requirements of any holder doing business in the state of Illinois. House Bill 2603 (“HB 2603”), introduced…more

Maryland Allows Use of Nonjudicial Settlement Agreements in Trust Administration

Maryland previously enacted a version of the Uniform Trust Code (UTC), which contains various provisions focused on permitting more efficient administration of trusts. However, Maryland’s version of the UTC initially omitted the UTC…more

Avangrid Wins Latest BOEM Auction for Offshore North Carolina Lease and Moves Towards Full Commercial Lease

Following an auction on March 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) named Avangrid Renewables, LLC (Avangrid) the provisional winner of the auction. Avangrid, majority owned by global…more

Deaf Individuals Sue Health System for Discrimination Under Section 1557 of the ACA

This month, twelve deaf individuals filed a federal suit against Banner Health in Arizona alleging discrimination under Section 1557 of the ACA because of an alleged failure to provide effective auxiliary aids. Specifically, the…more

[Video]Employment Law This Week: Missing Comma Affects Case, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, DOL Budget Cuts, New Complaint Filing System

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

Update #6: ACA Lives On – Employers Should Stay Their Course

Republicans have announced that their ACA replacement bill, known as the American Health Care Act, has been pulled from a vote, after determining they may not have enough votes to pass the bill. It is unclear whether or when a…more

CFPB Fails to State Case Against Payment Processor

The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota recently dismissed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) complaint against a payment processor, Intercept, in a case McGuireWoods has been monitoring. The…more

Utah Enacts Uniform Voidable Transactions Act

On March 21, 2017, Utah joined about a dozen other states in enacting the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (the Act). This statute, which is found at §25-6-101 et seq., amends Utah’s Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (§25-6-1 et seq.)…more

The Evolving Electronic Medical Records Industry and its Effect on Patient Safety -- Time for an EMR Refresher for Your Employees?

The electronic medical records (EMR) industry is evolving. Technology and ease of use is improving, but risks are still inherent in using EMR. While the advent of EMR made it easier to create a better piece of evidence in some regard…more

Payment Practices and Performance Reporting - New UK rules aimed at tackling late payment of suppliers and vendors will require large businesses to report on their payment practices and performance

Under Section 3 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEEA 2015), the Secretary of State has the power, by regulations, to require certain companies to publish information about their payment practices and…more

Lawyers and Culture in the Financial Services Industry

The rise of the compliance profession has had a number of positive impacts on the corporate governance landscape. One of the most important results has been increased focus on corporate culture…more

Mind the “Gap”: Laches No Defense to Claims for Patent Damages

Last week the Supreme Court held in a 7-1 decision that the equitable defense of laches is no defense to the legal remedy of patent damages where the infringement occurred during the statutory period of 35 U.S.C. § 286. SCA Hygiene…more

Court Relies on Due Process Argument to Dismiss Website Accessibility Suit

Over the past few years, a handful of law firms have filed hundreds of lawsuits – and sent many hundreds of letters threatening lawsuits – over website accessibility issues. This has been a lucrative business for these firms. Many of…more

The JOBS Act at Five: Congressional Hearing Highlights Need for Further Reform

On March 22, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the U.S…more

Public Accommodations are Starting to Win Website Accessibility Lawsuits

Two recent decisions by federal judges to dismiss website accessibility lawsuits may cause more public accommodations to fight instead of settle these suits, but businesses must continue to weigh many factors before making that…more

California Rules of Court – 2017 Reporter’s transcript

Reading through the 2017 California Rules of Court regarding court reporter’s transcripts, there are some provisions that are particularly interesting relating to timeliness, the cost of transcripts, and the appellant’s ability to…more

It’s Audit Season: Have You Audited Your Website’s Accessibility?

Audit season is in full swing. Businesses now are working with auditors on their tax and other audits to ensure compliance with various financial regulations. But there is one audit that many businesses have yet to undertake and have…more

EPA Delays Effective Date of Certification of Pesticide Applicators Final Rule

On March 20, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a notice that it was delaying the effective date of five regulations, including the final rule on the certification of pesticide…more

Nevada Supreme Court Weighs in Again on the Nevada Constitution’s Minimum Wage Amendment

On March 16, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court issued yet another 6-0 en banc decision regarding the Nevada Constitution’s oft-litigated Minimum Wage Amendment, Nev. Cost. art. XV § 16 (“MWA” or the “Amendment”). The issues before the…more

Net Operating Loss Carryforwards on President Trump’s 2005 Income Tax Return

James B. Stewart, writing for The New York Times (March 23, 2017), explored the complexities of President Donald Trump’s 2005 U.S. income tax return, which was revealed publicly last week. President Trump used $103 million of net…more

Are They Coming or Going? Employee Travel Can Trigger Workers’ Compensation Liability

As a general rule, an employee who is injured while commuting to or from work is not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, as the injuries are not deemed to be “in the course and scope of employment” by virtue of the longstanding…more

State Department Orders ‘Extreme Vetting’

State Department Secretary Rex Tillerson has directed all consular chiefs to determine which populations of visa applicants should be subject to additional “extreme” vetting. The March 15 direction is in response to President Donald…more

Keys To Successor Liability: EEOC Discrimination Suit In Alabama

Seyfarth Synopsis: An Alabama district court granted a temporary staffing company’s motion to dismiss all claims in one of the EEOC’s most high-profile lawsuits asserting hiring discrimination and abuse of vulnerable workers. The…more

Rite Way to Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Federal Agency Wins $70,000 for Worker Who Was Fired for Helping With Sexual Harassment Investigation - GULFPORT, Miss. - Rite Way Service, Inc., a former Alabama corporation that provided janitorial cleaning services to…more

Maryland Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Construction Goods Through Drones

Last week, Maryland’s Cecil County Sheriff’s Office used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to recover nearly $400,000 worth of stolen construction equipment, which also led to the arrest of the culprit. The New Jersey State Police…more

Blog: New Mexico Poised to Add the ‘Data Breach Notification Act’ to the Patchwork of State-Level Data Privacy Laws

The New Mexico Legislature passed the ‘Data Breach Notification Act’ (the Act) on March 15. The Act is now with Governor Susana Martinez who has 20 days from the date the Act was passed to sign it into law. If enacted, the Act would…more

Five Tips for Making the Most of #LMA17

Headed to the Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference 2017 in Las Vegas starting next Monday? Us too! Look for Blattel Communications Founder and CEO Ellen Blattel and President Traci Stuart. With the conference nearly here…more

A Contract Be too Good to Be True

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A Florida Supreme Court decision provides a variation on the adage: if a contract looks too favorable to one side to be valid, it probably isn’t. Thirty-nine weeks pregnant and…more

Freelance Work Isn't Free

On May 15, 2017, the New York City “Freelance Isn't Free Act” (the Act) will take effect. The Act protects freelance workers who are defined as “any natural person or organization composed of no more than one natural person, whether…more

Jordan’s Accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Jordan is off to a busy and productive year from an intellectual property standpoint. Starting late in December of 2016, the Jordanian Council of Ministers approved the accession of the Kingdom into the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)…more

Sustainable Commodities: EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

Earlier this month, the European Parliament voted to adopt the final text of an EU Conflict Minerals Regulation (the “Regulation”), which will require smelters, refiners and importers into the EU of tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold and…more

SCOTUS Finds Cheerleader Designs Copyrightable

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held on March 22, 2017 that the “pictorial, graphic or sculptural features” of the “design of a useful article” can be protected by copyright under certain…more

New Laws Add Significant Student Record-Keeping Requirements

The Michigan legislature has enacted two new laws, effective March 22, 2017, due to changes in technology and practices as they relate to student information. These statutes make management of student record information more…more

AHCA Pulled From the House Floor Minutes before an Expected Vote

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was pulled from consideration at the last minute after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) reportedly told President Donald Trump…more

[Video]FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 318-Erica Byrne on Ethisphere's 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies

In this episode, I visit with Erica Salmon Byrne, EVP at Ethisphere on the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees. Erica goes into how the corporate compliance programs are evaluated, what the companies disclose to Ethisphere…more

Federal Circuit Confirms $455 Million ICC Arbitration Award

The Federal Circuit this month, for the first time, confirmed an international arbitral award administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In another first for the Federal Circuit, the court indicated that it would…more

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