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Keeping Your (Top) Hat On

“Top hat” plans are plans employers maintain for a “select group of management or highly compensated employees.” These plans are exempt from many of ERISA’s protections, including eligibility, vesting, fiduciary...more

Corporate Trustees and Cash Managers: can historic miscalculations and underpayments be an Event of Default? The English High...

We now have the English High Court’s first judgment concerning the position of Class X Notes in a CMBS structure. The rights of the Class X Notes in the Windermere VII CMBS were considered by the Court in Hayfin Opal Luxco 3...more

Settling Parties Beware: Failing to Provide Notice to Your Insurer Before Settling May Doom Your Chance of Recovery

On April 25, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a decision in Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. v. Stresscon Co. Stresscon, a subcontracting concrete company, entered into a settlement agreement – without providing notice to its...more

The Hidden Danger for Retailers Doing Business in New Jersey

Have You Heard About New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act? New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act, N.J.S.A. §56:12-18 (“TCCWNA”), is the basis for a recent flurry...more

What Constitutes “Reasonable Efforts” to Inform Plan Participants of Plan Amendments, Which Include a Forum Selection Clause?

You know that many Plans have forum selection clauses. Are they enforceable? YES When a Plan participant claims they “did not know of a plan amendment,” how do you prove the Participant received notice of the...more

What Does the Passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act Mean for Your Business?

Congress passed federal trade secrets legislation today. On April 4, 2016, the Senate passed S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). Soon after, on April 20, 2016, the House Committee approved S. 1890 by...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Enforceable School District’s Oral Promise to Pay Subcontractor for Returning to Job after...

Zacherl, Inc. v. Flaherty Mechanical Contractors, LLC, 131 A.3d 1030, 2016 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 22 (Jan. 6, 2016) - The West Allegheny School Board (the “School Board”) voted to approve the School District’s (the...more

Congress Passes Sweeping New Legislation to Protect Trade Secrets

Late yesterday, in a departure from the partisan gridlock that has gripped Washington, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute to protect trade secrets. The legislation, which...more

UCC Standing Blocked in Recent Sabine Decision

What showing must creditors make to be granted the right to prosecute claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate? Under the widely recognized standard established by the Second Circuit in In re STN Enterprises, a bankruptcy...more

Class Actions Under New Jersey Warranty Law Threaten to Turn Terms-of-Service Boilerplate Into Big Potential Risks

Do your Terms of Service preclude litigants from claiming consequential damages or attorneys’ fees? If new class action lawsuits in New Jersey are right, merely including these terms, and potentially many other disclaimers,...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passes House, Moves to President for Signature

One week after the House Judiciary Committee unanimously reported the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 to the House floor, the full House approved the bill, 410-2. The two no votes were from tea party Republicans, Rep....more

The Beat Goes On: D.C. Circuit Upholds NLRB View That Orchestra Musicians Are Employees

Last week, a federal appeals court enforced a ruling by the NLRB that orchestra musicians are employees, not independent contractors. The import of the decision in Lancaster Symphony Orchestra v. NLRB is sure to reverberate...more

Seventh Circuit Holds No Agreement Entered Into With Respect To On-Line Contract

This case arises from an appeal from an Illinois federal district court, which ruled that TransUnion, a credit reporting agency, did not give a putative class of its website users proper notice of an arbitration agreement,...more

Hutchison v. Shull: Expanding Iowa’s Open Meeting Law (Part 1)

Warren County is governed by a three-member Board of Supervisors. The supervisors asked the Warren County Administrator to assist the Board in their stated goal of improving the efficiency of the county government. To that...more

Non-Compete Agreements Cannot be "Reasonable-ized" by Court--Even with the Parties' Consent

Yesterday, the Supreme Court stiffened its stern treatment of non-compete agreements. At issue in Beverage Systems was a non-compete clause that allowed the trial court to modify its geographic scope if the court determined...more

Tom Brady’s suspension reinstated, so what are the potential Massachusetts tax consequences?

Deflategate and the NFL’s suspension of quarterback Tom Brady for 4 games has been the NFL’s biggest news story of the past two years. On April 25, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in...more

Court Denies Discovery Of Reserve Information

On Plaintiffs’ motion to compel discovery in a bad faith action against first-party property insurer Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company (“Liberty Mutual”), an Alabama federal court limited, but allowed, discovery related...more

The New “Persuader Rule” and Its Impact on Manufacturers

The federal Office of Labor-Management Standards (“OLMS”) in the Department of Labor issued a Final Rule, on March 24, 2016, that significantly reinterprets the so-called Persuader Activities Rule. This rule represents the...more

Uber Drivers to Remain Independent Contractors…For Now

Uber, the independent taxi service where you can “drive your car and be your own boss,” has long attracted controversy for classifying its drivers as independent contractors and not employees. Class-action lawsuits claiming...more

Obligation to Perform Work and Incur Costs Under Construction Contract is a Section 752 Liability

In a recently issued Private Letter Ruling (PLR 201608001), the IRS determined that a taxpayer-partnership’s obligation to perform work and incur costs under a long-term construction contract constituted a partnership...more

Uber Class Action Settlement Faces Objections from Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

Uber’s recently announced $100 million settlement to resolve the O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. class action, in which plaintiffs sought an order deeming them employees, rather than independent contractors, already faces...more

NJ Tax Court Denies Interest Addback Exception - Does Your Company Still Qualify?

In a decision published April 26, 2016, the New Jersey Tax Court in Kraft Foods Global Inc. v. Director, Div. of Taxation ruled that a taxpayer couldn’t deduct interest paid to its corporate parent. The taxpayer’s...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2016

Editor's Overview - This month we feature three key developments. First, we review the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 136 S. Ct. 936, 947 (2016) wherein the Supreme Court held that a...more

Colorado Supreme Court Holds That An Insurer Need Not Show Prejudice If Denying Coverage For A Settlement Prior to Notice of Claim

On Monday, April 25, 2016, the Supreme Court of Colorado ruled that policyholders could not be indemnified for a settlement incurred before providing their insurers of notice of the claim—even if the insurer did not suffer...more

When Attorneys General Attack: AGs’ Aggressive Investigation of Climate Change Disclosures, and Getting Your Insurer to Provide...

Who’s afraid of New York’s Martin Act? Right now, a lot of Wall Street and energy industry companies, that’s who. Why are they concerned about the Martin Act? Because it grants the New York State Office of the Attorney...more

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