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The Future Is Now For 401(k) Plan Sponsors

When I was the head ERISA attorney at a New York based third party administrator (TPA), I left because I saw the future of the retirement plan business and I didn’t think this TPA was a part of it. I had issues with undisclosed fees…more

High Court Finds UT Austin Race-Conscious Admissions Process Constitutional

In a 4-3 decision on Thursday, June 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’s (UT) race-conscious admissions program. The decision addressed only UT’s specific admissions policy in effect when Ms…more

Brexit: What are the implications for tax law?

The precise impact of a Brexit on UK tax law is not possible to determine without knowing the terms of the exit negotiated by the UK with the EU and future government decisions. There are various ways the relationship between the UK…more

CMS Steps Up Efforts to Recover Overpayments from Providers/Suppliers Sharing TINs

CMS has just announced that it has enhanced its financial accounting system to allow it to recover Medicare payments made to a provider or supplier that shares the same Tax Identification Number (TIN) with a provider or supplier with…more

When are Universities and Executive Agencies “State Actors” for Antitrust Immunity?

More than fifty years ago, the Supreme Court formalized the “state-action antitrust immunity” doctrine - a judge-made rule that certain state governmental conduct is immune from challenge under the federal antitrust laws. Since then…more

Legislation Tracker: PRICED Act Proposes to Shorten Biologic Exclusivity Period from 12 to 7 Years

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday proposes “[t]o amend the Public Health Service Act to shorten the exclusivity period for brand name biological products from 12 to 7 years.” Titled the “Price Relief…more

California PAGA Amendments Will Expand Labor Officials’ Involvement in PAGA Claims

On June 15, 2016, the California Legislature approved Governor Jerry Brown’s budget. As part of the budget, the Legislature passed SB 836. Included as part of this 96-page budget “trailer bill” are a number of amendments to the Labor…more

Knee Implant MDL Judge Enters Aggressive Lone Pine Order

We love Lone Pine orders. First of all, we love the name. Makes us think of a cowboy eating beans under a scraggly tree. On the prairie. Listening to Dolly Parton. We also love Dolly Parton, whom we saw in concert last week here in…more

EU Council Agrees on Final Anti Tax Avoidance Directive

We wrote in February (European Commission Publishes Anti Tax Avoidance Package) about the draft EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (“ATAD”). On 21st June 2016, the EU Council agreed on the final text of the ATAD and it will be…more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Merrill Lynch was at the center of actions brought by the SEC and FINRA this week. One action charged the firm with violations of the customer protection rule tied to using customer cash and failing to protect their securities. The…more

Fisher, the Sequel: Supreme Court Upholds Public University’s Affirmative Action Program

On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the race-conscious admission program that a public university used for undergraduate admissions was lawful under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth…more

FERC says Nicatous microhydro doesn't need license

Federal energy regulators have ruled that a micro-hydroelectric project proposed by a remote Maine sporting camp does not require licensing under the Federal Power Act. The Nicatous case illustrates one expedited regulatory path for…more

Reminder to New Jersey Employers: Shortening the Law Against Discrimination’s Statute of Limitations is Prohibited

Employers in New Jersey should be aware that a recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision invalidated a contractual provision that shortened the statute of limitations for bringing a claim for discrimination under the Law Against…more

EEOC Chair Reveals That Agency Intends To Issue A Revised EEO-1 Rule

As previously reported, in February 2016 the EEOC proposed revising its EEO-1 report to require employers to provide certain wage and hour data regarding their employees to the EEOC on an annual basis. The notice and comment period…more

California May Collect Certain Information from Businesses to Support Its New Proposition 65 Website

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has launched a website, www.P65Warnings.ca.gov, intended to provide both businesses and consumers with information regarding the requirements for Proposition 65…more

Brexit: Implications for commercial contracts

The UK electorate has voted to leave the EU - a decision that has many implications for commercial contracts. Like other supervening events, it is unlikely that Brexit was contemplated by the parties when negotiating and documenting…more

The Second Circuit Re-Visits Dawn Donut and the Geographic Scope of Injunctive Relief in Trademark Cases

More than half a century ago, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an influential decision in Dawn Donut Co. v. Hart’s Food Stores, Inc., concerning the proper scope of injunctive relief in a trademark infringement case…more

The Toxic Substances Control Act Overhaul: What You Need to Know

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” into law, making comprehensive changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This step comes after years of congressional…more

New Weapon For Manufacturers: Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA”), which provides a federal civil cause of action to manufacturers for the misappropriation of trade secrets under the Economic Espionage…more

OFCCP Settles Sex Discrimination Claims With Mental Health Provider

The Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) recently settled a case involving allegations of gender discrimination with federal contractor, Integris Mental Health (“Integris”).  As part of the settlement, OFCCP and…more

Justice Department Announces Unprecedented National Health Care Fraud Takedown

In what is being billed as the largest coordinated Medicare fraud takedown in Justice Department history, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell have…more

Led Zeppelin Legends Smackdown “Stairway to Heaven” Copyright Suit

This morning in a Los Angeles federal court, a unanimous jury exonerated British rockers Jimmy Page and Robert Plant—two members of the storied Led Zeppelin rock band—from claims of copyright infringement over the iconic 1970s rock…more

Final Rule Issued on ACA’s Non-Discrimination Provision for Federally Funded Programs

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), in effect since 2010, prohibits discrimination in any federally funded health program on the basis of race, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The Department of Health and Human…more

SCOTUS Says DOL Needs to Explain Itself If It Wants Deference to its Regulations

This week, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Department of Labor’s rulemaking procedures, criticizing the agency for explicitly changing its long-standing treatment of automobile service advisors as overtime exempt while saying…more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers

Volume VI —Organizational Conflicts of Interest: When the Whole Is Less Than the Sum of Its Parts - An organizational conflict of interest (“OCI”) arises when the performance of one contract undermines a contractor’s objectivity…more

Barflies or Worker Bees: Alcohol at Work, What’s the Deal?

Seyfarth Synopsis: Is the glass half full (of perks) or half empty (with liabilities) for employers who serve alcohol in the workplace? Various California laws implicate the practice of providing alcohol for employees at work, and…more

EEOC Releases Sample Notice for Wellness Programs

As we reported last month, the final Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) rules require employers who offer wellness programs that include disability-related inquiries or medical examinations to provide a written notice to…more

$15 Minimum Wage Bill Heads to Governor Christie’s Desk

In a close 21-18 vote the New Jersey State Senate passed bill S15, the $15 Minimum Wage Bill. The bill will now head to Governor Christie’s desk after its previous stamp of approval from the New Jersey State Assembly. The vote…more

IPR Tracker: IPR2016-00383 (U.S. Patent No. 6,331,415) (Genzyme) (Cabilly II patent) – Denying Institution of IPR

The PTAB has denied IPR on U.S. Patent No. 6,331,415. On June 8, the PTAB instituted a separate Genzyme petition against this patent (IPR20016-00460), which was joined to an earlier Sanofi-Aventis and Regeneron IPR (IPR2015-01624)…more

Opportunity Lost: Germany Enacts Revised Cultural Property Export Restrictions

Immediately Squanders Market Opportunities Created by Brexit - On a historic day in the European Union, Germany quietly enacted the revised Cultural Property Protection Law (Kulturgutschutzgesetz) that has sparked much controversy…more

A null and void non-compete clause does not trigger automatic damages

Until now, there has been no requirement for an employee to demonstrate any loss suffered to be entitled to damages owing to a null and void non-compete clause inserted into his or her employment contract. In its decision of 25…more

Drones: FAA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On Tuesday, June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration issued Part 107, the Final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Rule comes sixteen months after the FAA issued its Notice of…more

Legacy and Grandfathered Agreements are Not Subject to Disclosure Requirements Under the Department of Labor’s New “Persuader” Regulations and Interpretation of the “Advice” Exemption

On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“USDOL”) Office of Labor-Management Standards (“OLMS”) published its highly controversial “persuader” regulation, which requires employers and labor relations consultants, including…more

Skies Open for Business: FAA Makes Way for Commercial Drones

The new rules will greatly expand and encourage commercial drone use but come with some limitations. After much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed sweeping new rules on June 21 to facilitate…more

House Committee Advances Higher Education Bills

This summary is the first installment in a series examining the five bipartisan bills in greater detail. As much of the attention in Washington this week was concentrated on the sit-in by House Democrats over gun control…more

NTIA Multistakeholder Process Finalizes General Privacy Guidelines for Commercial Facial Recognition Use

We’ve previously blogged about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder process to address concerns associated with the emerging commercial use of facial recognition technology…more

IRS Provides New 409A Guidance; New Proposed Regulations Provide Additional Clarity, Warn of Abusive Practices, and Present Planning Opportunities

In Depth - Additional flexibility to use Section 409A exemptions - ..Expanded availability of the rules for transaction-based compensation for stock rights and incentive stock options. The final regulations allow employers to…more

Health Update - June 2016

Real-Time Data Analytics in Government Investigations and Reducing Exposure - It is not every day that the words “innovative” and “nimble” are used when referring to an agency of the federal government bureaucracy. Yet, after…more

Take a Seat (if Reasonable): The California Supreme Court “Clarifies” Employee Seating Requirements

In April, in Kilby v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., the California Supreme Court weighed in, at the request of the Ninth Circuit, on elements of two California Wage Orders that have, until now, received relatively little notice, and have escaped…more

CMS Overhauls Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule with Long-anticipated Final Rule

On June 17, 2016, CMS released a long-anticipated final rule revising the Medicare payment system for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests paid under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) (the Final Rule). In 2018, CLFS rates…more

Paid Sick Leave Is Coming to Chicago: Mark Your Calendars for July 1, 2017

An ordinance mandating paid sick leave for Chicago employees, first introduced in April, passed before the City Council on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Chicago will now join the growing list of cities with similar laws on the books. The…more

The Kirtsaeng Opinion: Supreme Court Guidance on Attorneys’ Fees Awards in Copyright Cases

Recently, in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court provided substantial guidance in an unsettled area of law by holding that, when deciding whether to award attorneys’ fees under 17 U.S.C. §505, the Copyright…more

United States Supreme Court Approves Race-Conscious Admissions Policy

On June 23, 2016, in its second trip to the United States Supreme Court, the High Court ruled in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al. No. 14-981 (June 23, 2016) that the University of Texas’ (“UT”) race-conscious admissions…more

Construction Law Group News: Veteran-Owned Contractors: SCOTUS Reaffirms the “Rule of Two,” which is Good for You!

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week in Kingdomware Techs., Inc. v. U.S. should create more opportunities for veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (collectively, "VOSBs") to win contracts with the…more

Canada NEB starts Energy East pipeline review

Canada's National Energy Board has ruled that the applicationsare complete for the Energy East Pipeline Project and a related gas project. This determination starts the NEB's review process, under which the Board must issue its…more

EAT Decision Sheds New Light on Scope of ACAS Code on Ill Health Dismissals

In the recent case of Holmes v Qinetiq Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) considered for the first time whether the power to increase or decrease an award of compensation for a failure to comply with the ACAS Code of Practice…more

Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturers Do Not Need to be Shielded from Lawsuits

Full disclosure # 1: I, the author of this blog post, am a trial lawyer. Full disclosure # 2: The law firm that allows the publication of this blog post has many, many, many more trial lawyers. Without disputes that could go to trial…more

One-Two Punch on Hospital Challenges: Is the FTC Down for the Count?

There was a time not long ago when the odds of beating the Federal Trade Commission on a hospital merger antitrust challenge were slim. Two recent defeats, however, may change that some. Late last year, the FTC, in quick succession…more

Clarifying the law on repeat claims and post-termination claims under the Security of Payment Act - A case study of Asplenium Land Pte Ltd v CKR Contract Services Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 85

The Singapore High Court’s recent decision in Asplenium Land Pte Ltd v CKR Contract Services Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 85 has perhaps finally put to bed the issue as to what constitutes a repeat claim that is prohibited under the Security of…more

Drone on Drones: FAA Commercial Drone Regulations Finalized

The FAA finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems this week, beginning the process towards full integration of drones into domestic airspace. The regulations, which in…more

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