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Blog: State Department ventures into conflict minerals

Bloomberg BNA is reporting that the State Department has launched a new review of “how best to support responsible sourcing of conflict minerals,” which will continue through April 28. Although it’s not known whether the SEC is…more

No Such Thing as March Break – Selected Corporate and Securities Law Developments

March was a busy month for corporate and securities law developments, with the publishing of staff notices by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), as well as developments regarding Ontario’s…more

Second Circuit Addresses Title VII Sexual Orientation Claims And Leaves Door Ajar For Sex Stereotyping Claims

In a three-member panel decision in Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, Inc., the Second Circuit revived a homosexual employee’s claims under Title VII on the theory of sex discrimination based on sex stereotyping, but stopped short of…more

Q2 – The Bellwether of Annual Performance for Law Firms

Last month I posed the question, “What if you didn’t hit budget in 2016?” This month, I want to look forward into 2017 and offer some prospective advice to help leadership teams either hit budget or optimally manage expectations in the…more

Janssen v. Celltrion, Damages: “Patent Dance” May Determine Availability of Lost Profits

On March 2, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts issued an order in Janssen v. Celltrion explaining that an accused patent infringer’s failure to fully engage in the Biologics Price Competition and…more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears TC Heartland Case

On Monday, March 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC, (Case No. 16-341). This case considers whether venue for a patent infringement case is proper in any district…more

Florida High Court Clarifies When an Insured Is Entitled to Attorneys’ Fees When an Insurer Initially Denies a Sinkhole Claim

In Johnson v. Omega Insurance Co., 200 So. 3d 1207 (Fla. 2016), the Florida Supreme Court held that an insured was entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees under section 627.428, Florida Statutes and the confession of judgment doctrine…more

BREAKING: Blacklisting Rule Is Officially and Completely Dead

This week (March 27, 2017), President Trump signed into law a Congressional Joint Resolution of Disapproval (the Resolution”), revoking the rules implementing the controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, better known…more

New Fair Employment and Housing Act Regulations Further Limit Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

Considering criminal records when making employment decisions has long been the subject of scrutiny, and will soon be governed by new California regulations. On March 27, 2017, the California Office of Administrative Law approved…more

SEC Requires Public Companies to Hyperlink Exhibits Beginning September 1, 2017

Public companies will soon be required to include an active hyperlink to each exhibit to all registration statements filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and all periodic and current reports filed under the Securities…more

Brexit: Article 50 Triggered

The UK Government today formally triggered the process of leaving the EU by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. How are the negotiations likely to affect your business? Defining your priorities, developing concrete…more

What If I Was Doing The Same Thing I Now Want to Sue Over?

Many clients ask at the start of a business divorce lawsuit, “Is it fatal to a shareholder oppression claim if I was doing some of the same things that the majority owners are doing that I am now complaining about?” As often happens…more

Food Fight: Two Sides to Every Chicken Filler Story

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recently aired a segment reporting that real chicken content in Subway sandwiches amounted to a lot less than what the average consumer would expect. The network commissioned DNA testing…more

Ninth Circuit Limits Personal Jurisdiction over Foreign Parent Corporation and Requires Product Defect to Result in Safety Hazard

Last week in Williams v. Yamaha (No. 15-55924), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s two separate rulings in favor of defendants: dismissal of Japanese corporation, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (“YMC”), for lack…more

A Contract Provision Often Overlooked By Manufacturers

Most manufacturers scrutinize indemnification clauses in contracts to determine what liability they make be taking on if something goes wrong in a transaction or sale. A typical indemnification clause will also provide that the party…more

Texas' Pending LGBT-Related Legislation: What it Means for Employers

Issues pertaining to LGBT rights have been a focal point of public debate and discourse for several years, but since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, these issues increasingly have also been the focus of…more

President Trump Officially Ends Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On March 27, President Trump signed a bill formally rolling back the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order signed by President Obama in July 2014 that was to apply to certain government contractors and subcontractors. The…more

FCPA Remediation Focus on Supervisory Personnel

The Justice Department’s FCPA enforcement and remediation focus on supervisory personnel is an interesting development. On the one hand, DOJ has been slow to bring individual criminal enforcement actions for FCPA violations. At…more

Public Companies Should Consider Shareholder Reapproval of Section 162(m) Performance Compensation Plans Approved in 2012

As public companies continue to prepare for the 2017 proxy season, we wanted to provide a final reminder of an executive compensation related item that might require shareholder approval in 2017. As reported in Part 1 of our End of…more

[Video]FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 319-Brandon Essig on Prosecutor's View of the Yates Memo

In this episode I visit with Brandon Essig, a former DOJ prosecutor when the Yates Memo was released. He discusses the impact of the Yates Memo inside the DOJ and the triage that prosecutors use on cases in response…more

The Structure of Dismissals – Supreme Court’s Jevic Decision Lays Out Ground Rules for Parties Seeking to Resolve Bankruptcies Through the Increasingly Popular Method of Structured Dismissals

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., 580 U.S. __ (2017) held that a bankruptcy court does not have the power to approve a structured dismissal of a bankruptcy case that violates the Bankruptcy…more

The Impact of the New Administration on International Trade and IP Rights

As we finished out the first month of the New Year, President Donald Trump completed his first few weeks in the Oval Office. Critics and supporters alike watched and analyzed every move the new Commander in Chief made, while…more

[Video]Day 22 of One Month to Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Operationalzing Compliance Through Compensation Incentives

The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Prong 6, Incentives and Disciplinary Measures states: Incentive System – How has the company incentivized compliance and ethical behavior? How has the company considered the potential…more

Solar in the Frost: What to Watch Out For

As solar technology continues to become more efficient, construction of solar plants is expanding rapidly around the world, including in colder environments that, in the past, may have lacked the irradiance necessary to make solar…more

Blacklisting Regulations for Government Contractors

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a joint resolution from Congress invalidating the “blacklisting” regulations that implemented President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The president also issued his own…more

EEOC to Examine The State Of The Workforce And The Future of Work

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., EDT), at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington D.C. The meeting, entitled "The…more

Supreme Court Hears “Church Plan” ERISA Class Action Cases

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the consolidated “church plan” cases, Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, St. Peter’s Healthcare System v. Kaplan, and Dignity Health v. Rollins. As an initial matter, unless…more

IPRs Are Not Time Barred by an Earlier ITC Complaint

Since their introduction as part of the America Invents Act, Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) have proven to be a powerful tool for parties accused on patent infringement. One important constraint on their deployment is a one year limit to…more

Strategic Partnership Announced between BioSig Technologies and Mayo Clinic

BioSig Technologies recently announced a ten-year strategic agreement with Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Ventures. According to the press release, the agreement aims to advance clinical features of BioSig’s PURE EP System, which BioSig…more

N.D. Indiana: Employer Bears Burden of Proving Whistleblower Exhausted Administrative Remedies

On February 1, 2016, the Northern District of Indiana ruled in a case brought under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) that whether a whistleblower has fulfilled relevant administrative requirements prior to filing suit is a…more

So – Are LGBTQ Rights Protected under Federal Employment Law or Not?

The most accurate answer to this question is, “it depends.” On March 10, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Alabama, Georgia, and Florida) weighed in on LGBTQ protections – but the decision is not as clear as…more

Watch for the Fox in Your Henhouse: Gig Companies at Risk

Intellectual property threats (IPT) to companies participating in the gig economy may be greater than those experienced by traditional business. While this may seem self-evident to some, reflection on the matter confirms to the rest of…more

Blog: Investigate Piwowar?

Not everyone is pleased by the actions taken by Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar directing the SEC staff to review the conflict minerals and pay-ratio disclosure rules. In fact, today, four Senate Democrats on the Senate Banking…more

Putting Information on File Share Site without Protection Waives Privilege, Court Rules: eDiscovery Case Law

In Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Holding Funeral Home, Inc., No. 1:15cv00057 (W.D. Va. Feb. 9, 2017), Virginia Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent ruled that the plaintiff’s placement of privileged information on a file share site…more

CFPB Focuses on Incentive-Based Compensation Programs

Incentive-based compensation programs have long been a focus of banking regulators, but recent actions suggest that the issue is back at the top of the regulatory watch list. Specifically, action by the Consumer Financial Protection…more

The Manager-in-Charge Regime: Ruffling feathers in the year of the Rooster?

On 16 December 2016, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced the introduction of a Manager-in- Charge initiative (MIC Regime) aimed at increasing the accountability of the senior management of Hong Kong licensed…more

RMBS Trustee Defeats Motion to Certify Class

On March 21, 2017, Judge Alison Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied plaintiff’s Motion to Certify Class without prejudice in Royal Park Investments SA/NV v. Deutsche Bank National…more

The Top 10 Government Contracting Compliance Headaches in 2017

In the government contracting industry, compliance related issues tend to take place. With administration and party changes, 2017 promises to offer additional complexities. Confusion amongst government contracting professionals…more

Sometimes a Belt & Suspenders Aren’t Enough

Even the most cautious lawyer might think that Columbia North Hills Hospital had done enough to compel arbitration when a former employee sued for sexual harassment, retaliation, and negligence. The trial court thought so. It granted…more

Alert: Congress Has Repealed the FCC’s Privacy Rules – Now What?

By narrow and largely party-line votes, the Senate and the House of Representatives have repealed the Federal Communications Commission's privacy rules. The repeal occurred pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a seldom used…more

Landfill Expansion Project Halted by MassDEP

Company Settles MassDEP enforcement case, Reaches Agreement with MassDEP to split $10 Million Cost to Construct Drinking Water Line and Receives Notice of Intent to Sue from Environmental Groups - A proposal to expand the…more

Nominations Open For Annual Rosalind Franklin Award

On March 8, 2017, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced that nominations for the fourth annual Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in…more

Article 50 triggered: implications for employers and pension schemes

Overview - The Prime Minister has issued formal notice of the UK’s intention to leave the European Union, triggering the start of a two-year negotiation process. The countdown has begun – but a countdown to what? As with the…more

OSHA Staying the Course…for now…

At a recent American Bar Association meeting, Dorothy Dougherty, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and Tom Galassi, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA both noted that while there has been a change in the…more

House votes to eliminate antitrust exemption for health insurers

While the House of Representatives put repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on hold last week, it passed legislation that would eliminate the 70-year-old "McCarran-Ferguson" antitrust exemption for the insurance industry. The…more

Manatt Digital - March 2017

Mobile Games' Booming Market: Opportunity for Hollywood and IP Owners - The mobile games market is growing at a record-breaking pace. The market reached a new high in 2016, generating more than $40.6 billion in worldwide revenue…more

Brexit: It’s Finally Official After nine months of discussion and debate, Article 50 has been triggered

Nine months after a majority of the United Kingdom’s electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the referendum of 23 June, 2016, the country’s government has today (29 March, 2017) formally notified the European Council of…more

The Latest Executive Order: Any Kind of Consistency Is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Make no mistake, the Executive Order signed by President Trump at EPA yesterday is a big deal. Time will tell whether the Administration’s U-turn on the Obama rules currently in litigation, such as the Clean Power Plan and the rule on…more

Man Convicted of “Reckless Endangerment” in Drone Accident; Civil Suit Likely to Follow

On February 24, 2017, a Washington judge sentenced Paul M. Skinner to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for “reckless endangerment” arising from the use of a personal drone. Skinner lost control of the two-pound drone during Seattle’s…more

Ten Things You Must Know About the Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance

The City of Seattle is gearing up for the Secure Scheduling Ordinance to take effect in July. Proposed rules have been issued and public comments are due today. Lane Powell has identified below the top 10 things that employers should…more

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