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Big Changes Could Be Coming in Class Action Litigation

On February 10, 2017, U.S. Rep. and House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), introduced a new version of his Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985) (the "Act"). The Act, while bearing the...more

Fifth Circuit Grants Request to Delay Appeal on Federal Overtime Rule

The appeal regarding the validity of the federal overtime rule will not be fully briefed until May 1, 2017, according to an order issued by the Fifth Circuit on February 22, 2017, granting an unopposed request by the...more

Class Action Fairness Act Author Introduces New Bill That Would Drastically Reform Class Action Litigation

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the author of the Class Action Fairness Act, introduced the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017” last week that would substantially change class action...more

"2016-17 Supreme Court Update"

In a season of political surprises, the eight-member U.S. Supreme Court has stirred no controversy with its decisions so far this term. The handful of opinions the Court released in the fall were unanimous and, for the most...more

Law Alert: Villasenor v. Evans

Notice of Claim Statute Applies to Elected Official - In this case, the court of appeals confirmed that the notice of claim statute applies to elected officials. Villasenor was a consultant and lobbyist for a developer...more

‘Standing Outside the Fire?’ D.C. Circuit Puts Off Question on House’s Standing to Sue Over ACA Subsidies—For Now

We will have to wait at least a bit longer—and perhaps indefinitely—to learn whether a striking ruling that members of Congress have standing to sue the executive branch over the funding of Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies...more

More Overtime or Not?

The table is set for a fight over whether or not more employees will be eligible for overtime pay as a result of the Department of Labor regulation changing the qualifications to be an exempt employee. President-Elect Trump...more

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Department of Labor's Request for Expedited Briefing and Oral Argument Schedule

On December 8, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) motion for an expedited briefing and oral argument schedule in its appeal of the District Court’s grant of a...more

DOL Requests Expedited Ruling on Appeal of Preliminary Injunction, But Appeal Will Not Be Decided Before Trump Administration...

On December 2, one day after filing its appeal of the preliminary injunction blocking its new salary basis regulations, the DOL filed a request for expedited briefing and oral argument in the appeal. The DOL has requested...more

Exemption Rules Appeal Won't Be Resolved Before Obama Leaves Office

It looks like the U.S. Department of Labor’s appeal of the order blocking the new overtime exemption rules won’t be decided before President Obama leaves office. Under the Court of Appeals’ regular rules, the DOL’s opening...more

Not Dead Yet! DOL to Appeal Overtime Exemption Rules Injunction

Sorry employers, the ride’s not over yet. For those of you keeping track, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime exemption rules were set to go into effect yesterday, December 1, 2016. However, on November 22, 2016, the...more

The DOL Overtime Salary Regulation is Temporarily Enjoined - Now What?

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily barring the Department of Labor from implementing the December 1, 2016 salary rate increase for the white collar overtime...more

Federal Court Blocks New DOL Overtime Exemption Rule from Taking Effect on December 1

In a stunning turn of events, a federal court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction last week blocking the U.S. Department of Labor's new rule on overtime exemptions from taking effect. The rule, which was slated for...more

Permanent Pause to Persuader Rule: Texas Court Issues Permanent Nationwide Injunction

On November 16, 2016, in National Federation of Independent Business v. Perez, No. 5:16-cv-00066, a federal judge in Texas issued a permanent injunction preventing the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) from enforcing its new...more

Permanent Injunction puts Persuader Rule on the Ropes

Earlier in the year, we reported on a temporary injunction issued by a federal district court Judge in Texas. The injunction prevented the Department of Labor from enforcing the so-called “persuader rule.” The rule sought...more

Texas Court Permanently Strikes Down Persuader Rule

Good news for employers. On November 16, 2016, a Texas federal judge permanently enjoined the Department of Labor's ("DOL") proposed Persuader Rule. The federal court's decision to permanently block the rule ensures that...more

Court Permanently Blocks DOL's Persuader Rule

To the relief of many employers that rely on third parties to provide labor advice and services, a Texas federal court has permanently blocked a rule that would have required them to make certain disclosures about their...more

$18 Million Fine Levied for Campaign Finance Violation in Washington State

On November 3, 2016, a Thurston County Superior Court judge levied an $18 million penalty against a trade association for violations of Washington campaign finance laws. This is believed to be the largest campaign finance...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: April 28, June 23, June 30 and July 22, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued a number of opinions this Spring and Summer in recent terms. Its work resulted in several opinions affecting Virginia local (and state) government law, in the areas of Virginia...more

Missouri Commercial Receivership Act Creates a New Statutory Scheme Which Presents a More Robust Remedy

The Missouri Commercial Receivership Act (MCRA), passed by the Missouri legislature and just signed into law by Governor Nixon, becomes effective Aug. 28, 2016. It expands, clarifies and fleshes out the existing minimal...more

Federal Precedents Under the DTSA Have Arrived

While the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) has only been in effect for a few months, the first wave of cases raising DTSA claims have started to generate federal decisions. In what appears to be the first substantive...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reins In Government's Expansive Interpretation of Bribery Charges

Last week, in McDonnell v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the bribery convictions of Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia. In doing so, the unanimous Court rejected prosecutors’ expansive...more

Court Clarifies the Cease & Desist Requirement Prior to Initiating Brown Act Litigation

City’s Loss Illustrates Risks of Litigating Open Meeting Law Violation Claims - In 2012 the California Legislature amended the judicial remedies aspect of the Brown Act “Opening Meetings” Law. That amendment added...more

High Court Clarifies “Official Act” in Former Gov. Bob McDonnell Decision

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the bribery convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should come as a no surprise to anyone versed in the high Court’s recent public corruption jurisprudence. However,...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2016

The scope of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act enacted on May 11, 2016 extends well beyond employment issues. However, its impact on an employer's asset protection and enforcement program is quite significant. Please...more

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