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FERC Requests that U.S. District Court Affirm Penalties for Market Manipulation

On October 1, 2013, we reported here that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued orders on August 29, 2013, assessing civil penalties against, and requiring disgorgement of profits by, Lincoln Paper and...more

City Not Required to Provide a Defense to Former Administrative Officer Accused of Looting City’s Coffers

The City of Bell (“City”) sued Robert Rizzo (“Rizzo”), its former chief administrative officer, for restitution after he allegedly looted the City’s coffers. Rizzo, who also faced criminal charges, asserted that the City was...more

Third-Party Risk Management: Busting Myths and Telling Truths

A presentation for the American Conference Institute's 12th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement examining increased scrutiny by government regulators of third party vendor management...more

Employee Burnout

Sometimes employers can’t see the forest from the trees. This is often the case when it comes to the work environment, including workplace policies, and their impact on employee productivity and retention. In the rush to...more

Employer Liability for Unreported Time

A recent decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a nurse’s claim for unpaid wages attributed to working during unpaid meal breaks, did not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). White v. Baptist...more

FTC. v. Wyndham Litigation

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been active in recent years pursuing companies that suffer data security breaches and arguably failed to live up to the data security standards promised in their privacy policies....more

Corporate Compliance with Licensing Requirements

Software and technology licensing fees are often tied to the number of users or devices that access an application or database. More users, or more devices, will often mean higher licensing fees. The terms and conditions...more

SBA Rules Changes – Definition of a Small Business

In the quest to compete and survive, small businesses should embrace all opportunities for revenue growth available to them. One of the largest potential customers in the world is the US Government. Small businesses have a...more

NLRB Cases Impact At-Will Employment Agreements

Most employment agreements in California are for at-will employment. This means that the employer can terminate the employee at any time, with or without cause, so long as termination is not for a reason otherwise unlawful...more

Employer Liability for Unreported Time

A recent decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a nurse’s claim for unpaid wages attributed to working during unpaid meal breaks, did not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). White v. Baptist...more

Notes For General Counsel

A recent article on the Practical Law website, identified major horizon issues for General Counsel. We highlight a selected sample of these issues by subject area below: Commercial: Green Guides The FTC issues revised...more

Securities Litigation Alert: 'Tis the Season: Proxy Statements and Litigation Challenges to Compensation Disclosures

Over the past several months, plaintiffs' lawyers have stepped up attacks on executive compensation disclosures in proxy statements. Although to date most of these attacks have been unsuccessful, the number of case filings is...more

Privacy Enforcement By California Attorney General’s Office

California takes citizen privacy rights seriously. That’s the unmistakable message communicated by a recent announcement that the Office of the Attorney General of California is creating a Privacy Enforcement and...more

BNA Banking Report - A Practical Guide to CFPB Procedures for Investigation and Adjudication

A practical guide to CFPB investigations and adjudications. Available through Bloomberg BNA's Banking Report....more

Plaintiffs’ Firms Gaining Steam in New Wave of Say-On-Pay Shareholder Suits?

Over two years ago, Congress enacted Section 951 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires public companies to conduct an advisory shareholder vote on the company’s executive compensation plan – the so-called “say-on-pay vote.”...more

The Art of the New War - A Guide to Handling CFPB Examinations, Investigations, and Enforcement Actions

"The Art of the New War - A Guide to Handling CFPB Examinations, Investigations, and Enforcement Actions" is practical guidance for institutions governed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on how to handle...more

Legal Alert: Ohio Court Holds No Insurer Duty to Search Death Master File

Life insurance companies in Ohio have no affirmative duty to search the Social Security Death Master File (DMF) or otherwise seek out information on possible deaths, the Ohio Court of Appeals has held in Andrews v. Nationwide...more

NLRB Cases Impact At-Will Employment Agreements

Most employment agreements in California are for at-will employment. This means that the employer can terminate the employee at any time, with or without cause, so long as termination is not for a reason otherwise unlawful...more

DOJ Sues Mortgage Lender Over Alleged Fraudulent Certification of FHA Loans

On October 9, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a civil fraud suit against a mortgage lender alleged to have falsely certified...more

Corporate Social Media Policies Should Comply With Recent NLRB Decision

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a decision with significant impact upon employer policies that apply to employee use of social media. [Costco Wholesale Corporation, 358 NLRB No. 106 (Sept. 7,...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again: FINRA to Focus on Conflicts of Interest Regarding the Sale of Complex Financial Products in the Wake of...

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has announced it will be looking closely at potential conflicts of interest and financial incentives tied to the sales of complex financial products by major brokerages. The...more

Successful “Firing” Depends on Successful Hiring

The best defense against a wrongful termination claim is good cause. And a California employer would have difficulty quantifying good cause if performance expectations and measurements are not established in advance, ideally...more

Settlement Agreement Was Void Due to Trustee’s Conflict of Interest and Board’s Failure to Properly Approve

In a recent case, People v. Bertrand, the Appellate Court held that a settlement agreement entered into by Joseph Bertrand, a trustee of the Board of Trustees of Bremen Township, was void because Bertrand had a conflict of...more

Governor Signs New Law On Disability Access Complaints

California has been a haven for plaintiffs’ attorneys suing for ADA (American With Disabilities Act) violations because of existing law that provided up to $4000 in statutory damages, along with attorneys fees for every...more

Lawsuit Against Airline Over Misleading Fees

Companies often charge additional fees that increase the final cost of a product or service. In some industries, such as telecommunications and airlines, fees imposed by the government may be passed on to consumers. In...more

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