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The Business Visitor in the Current Immigration World

While the Executive Order (“the Order”) issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017, and temporarily halted by the District Court in the Western District of Washington and subsequently by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, has been…more

Top Locations for Your Depositions in England

Just like it is in the United States, depositions in the United Kingdom can be taken at any location, making it easier to schedule than some other European countries, e.g., France and Germany. However, for counsel who have never been…more

NYDFS announces final cybersecurity rules for financial services sector: key takeaways

On February 16, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced final cybersecurity rules for New York’s financial services sector. The Cybersecurity Requirements For Financial Services Companies (the Final Rule), promulgated by the New York…more

Think Before You Call: Contacting Employees On FMLA Leave

How many employers have had this situation arise? An employee requests and receives FMLA leave. While they are out, the employee’s supervisor needs to locate a document, find out the status of a project the employee was working on…more

The 340B Program Omnibus Guidance: Not Ready for Prime Time

On January 30, 2017, the proposed 340B Drug Pricing Program (the “340B Program”) Omnibus Guidance (the “Guidance”) first issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in August of 2015 was withdrawn from the Office…more

MSHA decides that the White House’s Regulatory Freeze Does Not Apply to its New Rule

MSHA decided to move forward with its controversial Examination of Workplaces in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Rule without regard to a White House Memorandum requesting federal agencies to delay rules for sixty days. (see our Blog on this…more

Second Circuit Rules That Defendant Who Pleads Guilty Mid-Trial May Testify as Cooperating Witness Against Former Co-Defendants

On Wednesday, February 15, the Second Circuit issued a published opinion in United States v. Barret, No. 12-4663(L) (Pooler, Hall, Carney), addressing an issue of first impression in the Circuit—whether testimony of a former…more

Taking Credit for Subcontractor Past Performance

- Procurements under FAR Part 8 are subject to a different default rule than FAR Part 15 procurements, GAO rules. - Absent clear direction from the solicitation, an agency conducting a Part 15 procurement must consider significant…more

Someone Forgot to Tell the PTAB That There is No IPR Estoppel

In Great West Casualty Co. v. Intellectual Ventures II LLC, [IPR2016-01534] (February 15, 2017), the PTAB declined to institute an IPR because petitioners were estopped by their prior challenge to U.S. Patent No. 7,516,177…more

H-1B Season Has Started!

Petitions for new H-1B visas are eligible to be filed on April 1, 2017, for federal FY 2018 beginning October 1, 2017. There are a limited number of new H-1B visas each year (65,000 and an additional 20,000 for foreign nationals with a…more

Fourth Circuit Takes a Pass on Statistical Sampling, Finds DOJ's Settlement Veto Authority Unreviewable

After granting the relators’ petition for an interlocutory review of the district court’s rejection of the use of statistical sampling to establish FCA liability, the Fourth Circuit ultimately declined to reach that issue in its…more

Roundup of upcoming cases and anticipated UK regulatory developments

Cases to watch- Wall v RBS – is the bank entitled to an order requiring Mr Wall to identify the third party funder funding his case so that the bank can make an application for security for costs against the funder? Due in the…more

Gavel to Gavel: Focusing on FINRA priorities letter

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is an independent self-regulatory organization authorized by Congress and overseen by the Securities Exchange Commission. Its mission is to protect America’s investors by making sure the…more

"New York Appellate Court Sets New Standard for Approving Nonmonetary and 'Disclosure-Only' Settlements"

It has become a common phenomenon for the announcement of a significant merger transaction to be quickly followed by shareholder class action or derivative litigation challenging the terms of the transaction and the accuracy and…more

Labor Department Nominee’s Opinions as National Labor Relations Board Member

R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s nominee as the next Secretary of Labor, served on the National Labor Relations Board from December 17, 2002, to August 21, 2003. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 22…more

Update: Dubai Judicial Committee hands down further decisions

Following on from its first decision in the case of Daman Real Capital Partners Company LLC v. Oger Dubai LLC, Cassation No. 1/2016 (read our previous article), the recently- formed judicial committee (the Committee) established to…more

Court of Appeal confirms relevance of communications subsequent to an alleged contract

Contract negotiations necessarily involve much toing and froing between the parties, but at what point does the contract become final? When can you stop taking further exchanges into account and what is the effect of "subject to…more

Delaware Court Affirms Utility of Buyer Acknowledgment Clause in Dismissing Fraud Claim

In IAC Search, LLC v. Conversant LLC (f/k/a ValueClick, Inc.), 2016 WL 6995363 (Del. Ch. Nov. 30, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery provided a reminder on how potentially-overlooked contractual provisions could have a significant…more

Distressed M&A faces new tax challenge - German supreme tax court judged tax relief for recapitalization gain illegal

The German Tax Authorities' common instrument to grant relief from an taxable recapitalization gain - the Recapitalization Decree (Sanierungserlass) - violates constitutional rights according to a recent decision of the German Federal…more

It Pays to Pay Attention to Impact When Considering Layoffs

Unfortunately, many employers from time to time face the need to restructure or downsize their workforce. While the business climate or customer needs are often the driving force in a restructuring or layoff, there are a number of…more

New York Industrial Board of Appeals Rescinds Payroll Debit Card and Direct Deposit Regulations

Seyfarth Synopsis: Regulations that would have restricted New York employers’ ability to pay employees via payroll debit cards have been struck down by an administrative review tribunal within the State Department of Labor. Barring…more

George Socha of BDO: eDiscovery Trends

This is the fourth of the 2017 Legaltech New York (LTNY) Thought Leader Interview series. eDiscovery Daily interviewed several thought leaders at LTNY (aka Legalweek) this year to get their observations regarding trends at the show…more

Estate Plan Taxes | Estate Planning Attorney

What Does a Trump Presidential Victory Mean to My Estate Plan and Estate Taxes? Regardless whether you lean towards the political left or right, the results of the 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections will result in…more

FMA releases Conduct Outcomes Report

The New Zealand Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has released its Conduct Outcomes Report 2016 (Report), highlighting the key issues and actions from the FMA's enforcement, supervision and preventative activities for the financial…more

Legislative and Other Challenges to Immigration Executive Order

Following recent ICE arrests of 680 individuals in the Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio, and New York City areas, Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced a…more

NPE’s Warning Letters, In-Person Meeting with Accused Infringer, and Prior Lawsuits Are Sufficient To Establish Person Jurisdiction in Unfavorable Forum

In a recent case applying the constitutional limits of personal jurisdiction in a declaratory judgment action filed by an accused patent infringement against a foreign non-practicing entity, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal…more

Be Aware Belgium February 2017

This issue discusses the fact that employers should bear in mind that the employer social security contribution on bridge pension indemnities have repeatedly been increased in the past, and it could very well be that they will again be…more

California Minimum Wage Increases

California Legislature introduced and passed a law phasing in state-wide minimum wage increases that will ultimately reach $15.00 per hour by 2022 for large employers and by 2023 for small employers. Specifically, for employers with…more

Age Discrimination Claims Valid When Both Candidates Over 40

In Irvin v. Ascension Parish School Board, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana denied Defendant’s motion for summary dismissal of a claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”). In…more

Investment Funds Updatea: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and primary European fund domiciles - January 2017 - Issue 1: France

AMF Consultations - Corporate Finance Advice and Intermediation in Miscellaneous Assets - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF”, the French financial markets authority) has recently launched two public consultations…more

Atlanta Dentist Goes to Jail for Medicaid Fraud - Do You Hear Me Now on Dental Practice Compliance?

A few months ago, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the guilty plea of an Atlanta dentist for Medicaid fraud.  Just this week, the dentist was sentenced to serve a year and a half in federal prison…more

Federal Trade Secrets Act

At long last, there is a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) enacted in 2016. The DTSA complements state law remedies, which are not preempted, potentially…more

Sony Cyber-Attackers Lurking at Financial Supervisor “Watering Hole” Target Banks and Others

Cybersecurity specialists at BAE Systems and Symantec announced last week new evidence suggesting that the criminals behind the notorious 2014 attack on Sony Corp. are also responsible for recent cyber-attacks involving 104…more

DC Circuit joins other circuits in enforcing Escobar's strict materiality requirement: key takeaways

The DC Circuit has affirmed summary judgment against the relator in United States ex rel. McBride v. Halliburton Company, et al, a False Claims Act (FCA) case alleging defendants-appellees (collectively, KBR) inflated "headcount data"…more

The New York Department of Financial Services Issues Its Final Cybersecurity Regulation

On February 16, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued the final version of its cybersecurity regulation. The regulation, which has seen several iterations since it was first proposed in September 2016, is…more

Budget 2017

The 2017 Budget was presented by Minister Pravin Gordhan before Parliament on 22 February 2017. The 2017 tax proposals are projected to raise ZAR28 billion, and increase the tax burden from 26% of GDP in 2016/17 to 26.7% in…more

Sportbrain Sues Smartwatch Manufacturers, PTAB institutes IPR against Patent-in-Suit

Sportbrain Holdings LLC (“Sportbrain”) is a company that was previously engaged in the business of selling fitness trackers. Sportbrain recently sued eight smartwatch manufacturers for alleged infringement of its U.S. Patent No…more

Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Approaches

March 1st is the deadline for filing all property tax exemption applications in the state of Florida. No matter in which of the 67 Florida counties you own property, please be certain that any property tax exemptions you may be…more

Defining the Role of a Board Chair

The prior Family Business Advocates blog post provided an overview of the different legal roles that shareholders, directors, and officers play in the intersection of ownership and management of a company, but how does a family-owned…more

Legislative Update for Minnesota Employers: Paid Leave Bills Advance, Cell Phone Hands-Free Bill Introduced

Employers with employees in Minnesota—and in particular, those with employees in the cities of Minneapolis and/or St. Paul—may be interested in the status of several bills that have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature…more

Why you have nothing to fear about government being in the retirement plan business

As a retirement plan provider, competition is a big thing and the last thing you want is a competitor with unlimited pockets. So you’d be fearing state government being in the auto-IRA business and then eventually, the multiple…more

EU Competition Newsletter – February 2017

Portugal Asks European Court to Determine the Criteria Required for Discriminatory Pricing to Be an Abuse Under Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - Portuguese Court has asked the European Court of…more

Property Acquisition: Five Signs of Trouble Ahead

As much as public agencies want infrastructure projects to go smoothly, they rarely do. Even when a project is seemingly rolling along through right of way acquisition, there are still hurdles that inevitably impact budgets and project…more

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Moral Damages, Human Rights Damages, and High Legal Cost Award in Wrongful Dismissal Case

In a new Ontario Court of Appeal case, the appellate court upheld the trial court’s judgment in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $60,000 for moral damages, $55,849 for wrongful dismissal, $25,000 in human rights damages and an…more

The Ascendency of Accessibility: Surge in Website Lawsuits Continues

The proliferation of accessibility lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has not abated. It is well-documented that ADA-related litigation increased by 37% from 2015 to 2016, which is symptomatic of…more

Lessons learned from the Rolls-Royce Deferred Prosecution Agreement

On 17 January 2017, Sir Brian Leveson, the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, declared that the proposed Deferred Prosecution Agreement ("DPA") between the SFO and Rolls-Royce plc and Rolls-Royce Energy Systems Inc (together…more

It's H-1B Season: Employers Get Ready for April 1, 2017 Deadline

Advocates, employers, and employees are in a state of suspense in anticipation of potential changes to the H-1B program. The H-1B visa allows foreign workers to be employed in certain "specialty occupations," which are generally…more

Ontario Municipal Board review: be careful what you wish for

NIMBYists and development antagonists across Ontario are rejoicing with the Province’s unveiling of its latest proposal to reform the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B.)…more

Employers: Don’t Get Trumped by Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

Last week Emma Grant’s line cook and 25 other undocumented employees at her bar-b-que restaurant Emma Grant’s Bar-B-Que were working the lunch shift when it was raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, apparently at…more

Schemes of arrangement: splitting debts to sanction?

In the first case of its kind, the High Court in England has prevented a shareholder from splitting its shareholding in an attempt to defeat the approval of a scheme of arrangement under section 895 of the Companies Act 2006 (Scheme)…more

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