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Five Takeaways: In the Trenches with Social Media

Barry M. Benjamin, partner in the New York office and chair of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Advertising and Marketing group, was honored to present to the 2016 INTA (International Trademark Association) Leadership Meeting. Mr. Benjamin…more

California Amends RMLA: Federal Agency Approval Not Required For Processing and Underwriting Companies

Effective January 1, 2017, the definition of lender under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act (RMLA) will be amended to include third-party processors and/or underwriters who do not solicit loan applicants, originate…more

FERC Rejects Sierra Club’s Request for Rehearing and Green Lights $3.5B LNG Export Facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana

On November 23, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirmed its authorization of the construction of a $3.5 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana and rejected the Sierra…more

Employee who forged 16 sick notes, then tried to blame her manager, was fired for cause

A Canada Revenue Agency employee who forged signatures on 16 sick notes was fired for cause, a federal adjudicator has decided. The employee had a problem with absenteeism and started missing work without calling in. The employer…more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 18 & 25, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Settlement/Waiver: borrowers permitted to raise affirmative defenses and counterclaims against lender where subject Loan Modification Agreement failed to include waiver of claims, affirmative defenses, or…more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled “The…more

U.S. Copyright Office Announces Important Changes to DMCA Agent Designation

Effective December 1, 2016 the U.S. Copyright Office is imposing new requirements on service providers in order to maintain safe harbor protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Service providers who don’t meet…more

Forecasting, Risk Management and Compliance

When I was in the corporate world, I cannot begin to recall the number of times senior management had an overly optimistic forecast regarding some transaction; whether the transaction was the purchase of a smaller company, a joint…more

The Post-Election FinTech World: Are Happy Days (for Bankers) Here Again?

In the days following the U.S. federal elections that resulted in the election of Donald Trump as President and Republican control of the 115th Congress, FinTech companies, banks, and other financial institutions are increasingly…more

Uber Drivers Are Workers, Not Self-Employed Contractors

In the case of Aslam and others v Uber BV ET/2202550/15, the Employment Tribunal considered the employment status of Uber drivers. Uber drivers brought a claim in the Employment Tribunal, alleging that they were workers, not…more

City of Chicago Imposes New Burdens on Mortgagees and Servicers Through Expanded Vacant Building Ordinance

For the last several years, the City of Chicago has rapidly expanded the scope of regulations on lenders and mortgage servicers doing business in the City. If recent developments are any indication, the City Council’s transparent…more

A “Crystal Ball” On Life After The New ERISA Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new fiduciary rule that is going to go in effect in April 2017 is going to have a profound change in how financial advisors work with their retirement plan clients. It’s unchartered waters, since this is…more

Elkhorn Crossing, LLC: An Equity Cushion is Not Enough

“Don’t Bet The Farm On It” When is a million dollar equity cushion not enough? Despite a purported cushion of at least $1.2 million, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska recently held that a proposed Chapter 12 plan’s…more

Food for Thought: Ninth Circuit Rejects GMO and Pesticide Bans in Three Hawaii Counties Because State and Federal Laws Preempt the Local Regulations

Alika Atay et al v. County of Maui, et al, No. 15-16466 (9th Cir., Nov. 18, 2016) - Hawai’i Papaya Indus. Assn., et al v. County of Hawaii, No. 14-17538 (9th Circ., Nov. 18, 2016) - Robert Ito Farm, Inc., et al. v. County of Maui…more

White House Calls for Restrictions to Curb Non-Compete Agreements

The White House has issued new information about its policy position on non-competes, including a call to action from President Obama to state and federal lawmakers to curb and limit non-compete agreements…more

New California AG Appointed with Possibilities for Privacy Enforcement

With the election of current California Attorney General Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate, Governor Jerry Brown was tasked with appointing her replacement. On December 1, he announced that his pick is U.S. Representative Xavier…more

Court Of Chancery Summarizes Law On Reliance Disclaimers

Large commercial contracts frequently try to limit a buyer’s remedies for any extra-contractual misrepresentations by the seller. Many Delaware decisions deal with disclaimers of extra-contractual representations and this decision…more

CFPB Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda published

The CFPB’s Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of October 19…more

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #6: Balancing BYOD Programs with Expectations of Privacy at Work

This is the sixth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. OVERVIEW - The workplace practice of bring your own device (BYOD) has hit the mainstream as more and more employees use their own mobile electronic…more

Unfair Dismissal and Appropriateness of Final Written Warning

In Bandara v British Broadcasting Corporation UKEAT/2016/0335/15/JOJ, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the fairness of a dismissal where the employer had relied on a previous final written warning which was “manifestly…more

A view from Brussels: Margrethe Vestager - half-way through her mandate

Margrethe Vestager has now been in office as European Commissioner for Competition for two years, and is effectively at the half-way point in her mandate. This is an appropriate time to evaluate her record so far and to assess where…more

DOL to Appeal Texas Court’s Injunction of New Overtime Rule

Following a Texas court’s issuance of a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining the new overtime rule on November 22, the U.S. Department of Labor filed a notice of appeal of the decision yesterday...…more

Defendant Ordered to Produce Source Code Responsive to Agreed Upon Search Protocol: eDiscovery Case Law

In ACI Worldwide Corp. v. MasterCard Technologies, LLC et. al., No. 14-31 (D. Nebraska, Oct. 27, 2016), Nebraska Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett granted the plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Production of the defendant’s Full Source Code in…more

Succession Planning: What the “Successor” Values

In my most recent blog, The Art of Succession Planning – Thoughts on How to Start, I shared tips gleaned from observing a “model firm” on how to successfully start and integrate succession planning. All too often, partners think about…more

Developments in Association Law 2015–2016

The Nonprofit Organizations Practice at Pillsbury has prepared this summary of significant legal and policy developments that have occurred in approximately the past year. All of these developments have potential impacts upon nonprofit…more

OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Workplace Illness and Injury Reporting Rule: How Employers Can Prepare

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas denied a preliminary injunction that sought to block the nationwide implementation of the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s…more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - Latest Developments in Financial Services Law - December 14th, 1:00pm CST

This webinar will provide information on recent developments in financial services law over the past year…more

Plan Fees Have Been Getting Lower

NEPC, LLC published the results of its 11th Annual NEPC Defined Contribution Plan and Fee Survey. Data shows that Defined Contribution (DC) plan record-keeping and investment management fees continue to decline…more

Micro-Units under the Microscope: The Second and Fifth Circuit Courts Consider Specialty Healthcare and Its Misapplication

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit joined the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits in upholding the Board’s Specialty Healthcare standard for determining appropriate bargaining units under…more

EEOC Issues New Guidance On National Origin Discrimination For First Time In Fourteen Years

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 18, 2016, the EEOC issued new guidance on its enforcement of anti-discrimination laws related to national origin. The guidance provides clarification on the scope of national origin under Title VII and…more

[Webinar] MSHA Hazard Complaints and Whistleblower Protections: Working Through Complaint Investigation - Dec. 15th, 1:00pm EST

Regular MSHA inspections (aka E01 inspections) are commonplace for mines – an average of two to four inspections per year for surface and underground operations respectively. Yet, MSHA has in its arsenal a host of other types of…more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Even as auto lending continues at near break-neck pace, regulators are expressing concerns about the rise (again) of subprime delinquencies from borrowers. The trend, at a time when the US economy is doing relatively well, points to…more

Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants in Transactional Agreements

In Rush Hair Ltd v Gibson-Forbes [2016] EWHC 2589, the High Court considered the enforceability of two-year restrictive covenants contained in a share purchase agreement. Rush Hair Ltd (Rush), a chain of hairdressing salons, and…more

NAPABA Has a Lobby Day and So Should You!

A “lobby day” is an event hosted by a non-governmental organization, usually on a select day and an annual basis, where its members meet personally with elected officials to advocate and explain support for legislation that is relevant…more

Policy Predictions: How will Trump's 100-Day Plan Affect U.S. Energy Industry?

The American landscape is littered with failed prognostications about what new Presidential administrations would or would not ? and could or could not ? accomplish. Every new President faces the challenge of transforming campaign…more

OCR Alerts Listservs About Fake Phishing Email to Covered Entities and Business Associates

On November 28, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an Alert to its listservs that a phishing email is being circulated on “mock HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature of OCR”s Director, Jocelyn Samuels” to…more

OSHA’s New Rule Will Impact Employer Post-Accident Drug Testing Policies

On November 28, 2016, a Texas federal judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction, which sought to enjoin implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) new…more

Copyright Office Starts New Process for DMCA Safe Harbor Registration Today

Last month, the Copyright Office issued a final rule governing the designation of agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). To help streamline the process, the…more

Lessons from Adobe’s State AG Data Breach Settlement

Last month, several state Attorneys General announced a $1M settlement with Adobe Systems, Inc. in connection with a 2013 data incident involving the personal information of roughly 534,000 consumers. The 15 Attorneys General alleged…more

Federal Court Denies Motion For Preliminary Injunction Of Anti-Retaliation Provisions of OSHA Reporting Rule

Yesterday, a federal judge denied a preliminary injunction filed by several businesses and business groups regarding the anti-retaliation portion of OSHA’s final rule regarding injury and illness reporting. As previously discussed in…more

A Fresh Take on the Horizontal Joint Employment Theory: Conditional Certification for Subway Employees Denied

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal court denies motion for conditional certification for a proposed class of employees working at separate Subway franchises. Earlier this year, the DOL’s Wage-Hour Division issued a much-publicized…more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and primary European fund domiciles: November 2016 - Issue 9: Luxembourg

ALFI Response to IOSCO Consultation Report on Good Practices for the Termination of Investment Funds - ALFI responded to the IOSCO Consultation Report on Good Practices for the Termination of Investment Funds which includes also a…more

The Difficulty in Implementing an Idea Does Not Mean the Idea is Not Abstract

In Apple, Inc., v. Ameranth, Inc., [2015-1703, 2015-1704] (November 29, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the PTAB’s subject matter eligibility determination of claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,384,850…more

As Agency Enforcement Efforts Mount, CFTC Prohibits Private Lawsuits Against RTOs/ISOs for Market Manipulation

Incidents of alleged fraud and market manipulation in the energy markets increasingly have received the attention of federal agency enforcement efforts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Commodity…more

HHS Releases Inflation Adjusted Federal Civil Penalties

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued new interim final rules to adjust a variety of Federal Civil Penalties for inflation. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 required the…more

Federal Judge Blocks Changes to Overtime Rules For Now

On November 22, 2016, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the federal Department of Labor from implementing its final rule in respect of overtime compensation (the "Final…more

Taxotere Multidistrict Litigation Transferred

In 1996, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved Taxotere “for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer after failure of prior chemotherapy.” However, women claim that Sanofi- Aventis…more

Stevens Transport Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Company Refused to Hire Air Force Veteran With Bipolar Disorder as Truck Driver, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - Stevens Transport, the largest refrigerated trucking company in Texas and one of the top four largest…more

DOL Oversteps Overtime Regulations

Just one month after the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas shut down a Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule, the District Court has enjoined the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule…more

Changes In Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules: Will They Make A Difference?

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission amended its existing safe harbor rule for intrastate investing, Rule 147, and added a new intrastate safe harbor, Rule 147A in an effort to reflect the realities of modern…more

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