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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,...more

8/29/2014 - Appeals Employee Benefits ERISA Insurers Life Insurance Retained Asset Accounts

Second Circuit Rejects Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provision

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the first U.S. appellate court to weigh in on the extraterritorial application of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

8/19/2014 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Appeals Chief Compliance Officers Dodd-Frank Extraterritoriality Rules FCPA Sarbanes-Oxley Siemens Whistleblowers

SEC Launches First Whistleblower Retaliation Case Under Dodd-Frank

On June 16, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) initiated and resolved its first case charging an employer with unlawfully retaliating against a securities whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

6/23/2014 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Dodd-Frank Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act Whistleblowers

SEC Issues $875,000 Whistleblower Award

On June 3, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a whistleblower award to two individuals who had provided information leading to a successful SEC enforcement action. The whistleblower...more

6/10/2014 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Texas Supreme Court Limits Fraud Claims by Terminated Employees

In a case of first impression, the Supreme Court of Texas declared that at-will employees may not bring an action for fraud that is contingent on the promise of continued at-will employment. The Court also held that...more

5/14/2014 - At-Will Employment Collective Bargaining Fraud Hiring & Firing Termination

Department of Labor Issues Interim Final Employee Whistleblower Rule Under the Consumer Financial Protection Act

On April 4, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Interim Final Rule establishing procedures concerning the manner in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will address employee whistleblower...more

4/9/2014 - CFPA CFPB DOL OSHA Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Obama Issues Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum Concerning Equal Pay Initiatives for Federal Contractors

Yesterday, President Obama issued an Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum intended to address equal pay for women. The Executive Order prohibits federal contractors from retaliating against an applicant or employee...more

4/9/2014 - Equal Pay Executive Orders Federal Contractors OFCCP Retaliation Wage and Hour Wages

SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower Warns Companies and Inside Counsel Against Using Employment Incentives to Deter External...

During a recent panel discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center’s 18th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, warned...more

3/20/2014 - Corporate Counsel SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Contractors of Public Companies

In the first SOX whistleblower case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court held on March 4 that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) prohibits private contractors of publicly traded companies from retaliating...more

3/6/2014 - Contractors Fidelity Investments FMR LLC Lawson v FMR Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Supreme Court Defines “Changing Clothes” to Include Steelworkers’ Donning and Doffing of Certain Protective Gear

On January 27, 2014, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit holding that steelworkers’ donning and doffing of certain items of required protective...more

1/29/2014 - Collective Bargaining FLSA Sandifer v U.S. Steel Corp SCOTUS Unions Workplace Attire

Judicial Review of Government Contractor Suspensions

In recent years, the U.S. government has exercised enhanced scrutiny over federal contractors through, among other things, the increased use of its suspension and debarment remedies – fueled in part by reports of contractor...more

1/29/2014 - Affiliates COFC Defense Logistics Agency Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Federal Contractors Fraud and Abuse Suspensions & Debarments U.S. Navy

State Attorney General Parens Patriae Actions Are Not Removable to Federal Court as CAFA “Mass Actions”

This week the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. that parens patriae actions in which the State is the sole plaintiff are not “mass actions” under the Class Action Fairness...more

1/17/2014 - CAFA Class Action Mass Action Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Parens Patriae Removal Rule 23 SCOTUS

Federal Courts Take Divergent Approaches to Jury Trials for Whistleblower Plaintiffs Under Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley

A recurring question under the federal whistleblower laws is whether plaintiffs suing their employers for retaliation have the right to a jury trial. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act1 appears...more

1/10/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Consumer Protection Act Dodd-Frank Employer Liability Issues Financial Regulatory Reform Hiring & Firing Jury Trial Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Securities Fraud Termination Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Legal Alert: Cost of Insurance Litigation – Insurers Retain Discretion to Set COI Rates in Two Key Victories

In the first federal appellate decisions addressing cost of insurance (COI) charges in life insurance policies, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed two victories to insurers in opinions issued December 13, 2013. In...more

12/19/2013 - Class Action COI Rates Insurers Life Insurance Motion to Dismiss Premiums

SEC Order Denying Whistleblower Claim Confirms Prospective Coverage and Limited Discovery in Dodd-Frank Bounty Proceedings

In a recent order denying a whistleblower’s award claim,1 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission upheld the prospective application and discovery limitations of two of its rules implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

12/9/2013 - Discovery Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

High Court's Decision Next Term May Increase Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Litigation

This November, in Lawson v. FMR LLC, the United States Supreme Court will hear argument on whether “whistleblowers” employed by a privately held contractor or subcontractor of a publicly traded company are protected from...more

8/28/2013 - Contractors Lawson v FMR Mutual Funds Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Subcontractors Whistleblowers

Second Circuit Says that Overtime Claims Lacking Specificity Fail

On August 5, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its third opinion since May of this year in Dejesus v. HF management Services, LLC, affirming the dismissal of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims...more

8/9/2013 - Evidence FLSA Lack of Specificity Motion to Dismiss Over-Time Wage and Hour Wages

Fifth Circuit Creates Split on Scope of Retaliation Protection for "Whistleblowers" Under Dodd-Frank

Since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, a number of federal courts have grappled with the scope of the Act’s new protections for employee “whistleblowers.” Until recently,...more

8/7/2013 - Conflicts of Laws Dodd-Frank Retaliation Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Provides Two Decisive Victories for Employers in Title VII Cases

On June 24, 2013, a divided U.S. Supreme Court issued much-anticipated decisions in two Title VII cases in which the Court provided some needed certainty and relief to employers on the front lines of employment litigation. In...more

6/26/2013 - But For Causation EEOC Harassment Nassar Retaliation SCOTUS Supervisors Title VII UT Southwestern Medical v Nassar Vance v. Ball State University Vicarious Liability

Legal Alert: Southern District of New York Endorses Extension of Dodd-Frank's Retaliation Protections to Internal Whistleblowers

In Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently held that Dodd-Frank’s whistleblower protections can extend to employees who do not qualify as statutory “whistleblowers.”...more

6/19/2013 - Dodd-Frank Reporting Requirements Retaliation SEC Whistleblowers

Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Post-Concepcion

Class action waivers in employment agreements have been a point of contention for quite some time. More often than not, courts around the country have found that employment arbitration agreements with class action waivers are...more

5/31/2013 - Arbitration AT&T Mobility AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Contract Drafting Contract Interpretation Federal Arbitration Act

Employers Should Use Revised FCRA Disclosure for Employees and Job Applicants

Employers who use consumer reports as part of their decision-making process in the hiring, promotion or firing of employees should note the attached “A Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” issued by the...more

1/16/2013 - Background Checks CFPB Compliance Credit Reporting Agencies Credit Reports Disclosure Requirements FCRA Summary of Rights Written Consent

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