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CFPB Outlines Long-Awaited Debt Collection Reforms

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released on July 28 new proposals designed to "overhaul" the practices of the debt collection industry. The proposals include sweeping changes to existing regulations, including...more

Window Closes Today! Employer Should Provide Notice Before this Opportunity is Gone!

WINDOW CLOSES TODAY! Employers who wish to take advantage of the safe harbor provision of California’s new piece rate legislation, must provide notice to the Director of Industrial Relations by July 28, 2016. The...more

Defendants Are Awarded Additional Costs For Depositions And E-Discovery

Robinson, J. Defendants’ motion to review taxation of costs is granted in part and denied in part. Delaware Local Rule 54.1 provides guidance as to how the court generally exercises it discretion to award costs. The...more

New OSHA Rule Creates Concern for Employers’ Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies

As we reported in May 2016, OSHA recently published a rule that phases in new requirements for employers. Certain portions of the rule that protect employees against retaliation for reporting injuries and illnesses are giving...more

Relief in Sight for New York Nonprofits with Prospect of Additional Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013

On June 16, 2016, the New York Legislature passed A10365-B approving further changes to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (the “Revitalization Act” or “Act”), including major changes to the rules on independent directors and...more

Auto-ISAC announces automotive cybersecurity best practices

Members of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) recently released an overview of comprehensive Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices developed as a proactive measure to further enhance vehicle...more

Shareholders Will Get to Trial in Petrobras Corruption Scandal Action

Yesterday I wrote about what may well be the next great bribery and corruption scandal across the globe involving the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). However, the current largest corruption...more

Neste Publishes “4 Reasons Why The World Needs Biofuels”

On July 12, 2016, Neste, a BRAG member, published "4 Reasons Why The World Needs Biofuels," highlighting the positive results of seeking alternative, low-carbon sources of renewable energy. The article mentions that "biofuels...more

Sex On TV: Final FAQs For Employers About The Roger Ailes Case

Well, Gretchen is out, Roger is out, and Megyn is in. Your Magic 8-Ball is here to answer the sexual harassment questions that employers are dying to ask....more

De Minimis Sampling and Copyright

A recent decision the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that Madonna’s song Vogue was not infringing as a result of a horn segment sampled from another song....more

Construction Law & Practice - US Chapter

This is the US Chapter from the Second Edition of Construction Law & Practice, published by Thompson Reuters's Sweet & Maxwell International Series. The chapter provides more than 50 FAQ responses about key issues regarding...more

FERC Seeks to Enhance Electricity Market Surveillance and Data Collection for Market-Based Rates Sellers and Other Market...

On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (July NOPR) to require certain participants in wholesale electric markets to submit “relational databases” to report...more

Projected Decline of Americans Lacking Health Insurance Over Next Decade

The CMS Office of the Actuary recently released a report estimating that the percentage of Americans lacking health insurance will decline over the next decade. The actuary’s office predicts that in 2025, 8 percent of the...more

Increase in Vertical Price Restraint Enforcement in China

In recent months, Chinese anti-monopoly enforcement actions scrutinizing and penalizing pricing-related issues have noticeably increased. A growing number of foreign companies in consumer-facing industries have received...more

Commonsense Misconduct Not so "Common": Illinois Supreme Court Significantly Narrows Use of Commonsense Rationale in Employee...

In the absence of a rule prohibiting specific conduct, employers can no longer rely merely on what one would deem "commonsense" to deny unemployment benefits. In Petrovic v. Department of Employment Security, the Illinois...more

Brexit: Key commercial issues for real estate

Summary – the three things you need to know - It is worth re-emphasising that Brexit will not result in any significant changes to the law underpinning property ownership, letting and conveyancing in England and...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 14: Data...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? National Data Protection Authorities ("DPAs") are appointed to implement and enforce data protection law, and to offer guidance. As set out in Chapter 16, DPAs have...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

Can blockchain live up to the hype?

Is blockchain the revolutionary technology that will rewrite the rules for the finance industry, identifying authenticity and verifying payment flows that arise at a business-to-business level or between business and...more

Physical Combinability of References Not Necessarily Required for Obviousness

Addressing issues of obviousness, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the obviousness determination of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board), explaining that it is not necessary for two...more

Choice is Knowledge: H.R. 3178

This is the fifth installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016....more

One of the Largest Member Clubs in Singapore Is Liquidated

California Fitness’s closure has left many consumers who have purchased prepaid packages without any remedies. On 20 July, California Fitness, which was once fronted by action movie star Jackie Chan, announced that it...more

Top 10 rules for compliant non-qualified deferred compensation

By Lori Jones Internal Revenue Code Section 409A regulates nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans and arrangements, which are commonly used to provide supplemental compensation to key executives. Complying with...more

Ten Questions to Consider Before Granting Equity to Employees

Granting employees equity can be a great way to reward and motivate employees. Most employees will work harder once they have some skin in the game. However, granting equity can be complicated and it's easy to make mistakes....more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Constitutional Limits on Punitive Damages

In Brandt v. Superior Court, the California Supreme Court held that when a plaintiff proves that an insurance company withheld policy benefits in bad faith, attorneys' fees reasonably incurred to compel payment of the...more

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