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Appellate Group News: 2016 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

The Appellate Practice Group of Murtha Cullina is regularly trusted to handle appeals by trial counsel within and outside the firm, as well as individuals and institutional clients. We are grateful for these opportunities and...more

Watch for the Fox in Your Henhouse: Gig Companies at Risk

by Fisher Phillips on

Intellectual property threats (IPT) to companies participating in the gig economy may be greater than those experienced by traditional business. While this may seem self-evident to some, reflection on the matter confirms to...more

First Published Opinion From New Business Court Judge Conrad

by Brooks Pierce on

Business Court Judges don't have to issue written Opinions in cases granting Preliminary Injunctions. (G.S. § 7A-45.3 limits the obligation to issue a written Opinion to rulings rendered per NCRCP 12, 56, 59, and 60). ...more

When Does Preparing to Compete Cross the Line?

by Butler Snow LLP on

An employee or former employee who starts preparing to compete with his employer or former may get tripped up in one of two scenarios: (1) breaching a fiduciary duty of loyalty; or (2) running afoul of a noncompete...more

Selective Enforcement Not A Viable Defense to Non-Competition Agreements Under Ohio Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers sometimes worry whether seeking to enforce their non-competes in some circumstances but not others might preclude enforcement altogether in the future. Not so, says one court. Applying Ohio law, the United States...more

What Can the Business Community Expect from a Trump Administration

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

As Donald Trump’s administration takes shape, the business community stands watch expecting a business-friendly White House. Trump’s promises of fewer regulations and lower taxes have small and large businesses alike feeling...more

DOL Issues (Some) Additional Guidance on the Fiduciary Investment Advice Rule and Best Interest Contract Exemption

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its first set of FAQs under the fiduciary investment advice rule (the “Rule”) and related prohibited transaction exemptions. In general, the Rule provides that parties providing...more

Seventh Circuit Recognizes “Substantial Truthfulness” Defense to Tortious Interference Claims under Wisconsin Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we wrap up another election cycle that has kept “fact checkers” working overtime analyzing the many dubious claims by candidates of all political persuasions, the Seventh Circuit has issued a decision that reminds us of...more

Change in How SC Supreme Court Views Conspiracy Claims May be Coming

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

As our various courts decide cases, we watch to see if there are any trends that seem to be developing or whether a case signals that the courts are beginning to change how they view a particular issue or type of case. We've...more

The DOL Issues “Investment Advice” FAQs – Continues to Try to Find an Ideal Balance for the Brave New Fiduciary World

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released its first set of FAQs (the “FAQs”) regarding the DOL’s recently finalized “investment advice” regulation and various related exemptions (collectively, the “Final Rules”) on...more

"Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Conflicts of Interest Rule"

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance on the Conflicts of Interest Rule it released earlier this year. The guidance, issued on October 27, 2016, is in the form of answers to frequently asked questions, which...more

Tortious Interference with Contract/Employment Relationship/Truthfulness of Statements/Defense to Tort Claim

by Ruder Ware on

A recent ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals extended the notion of “truth as a defense” to a tortious interference with employment claim under Wisconsin law. This establishes a sound defense to a claim by an...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - October 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - This month, we look at the implications of the two federal district court cases from California that applied the ban on discretionary clauses typically found in ERISA plans to self-insured plans. The...more

Mutual Fund Sales by Intermediaries – Fall-Out from DOL Fiduciary Rule and FINRA Enforcement

by Dechert LLP on

Mutual fund sales and distribution arrangements are once again under review. It has been reported that fund intermediaries are re-examining their practices relating to sales charges, share class structures and product...more

Courts Address Conspiracy, Knowing Participation, and Aiding And Abetting Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims

by Winstead PC on

In Rhymes v. Filter Res., Inc., a former employer sued a former employee and the employee’s new business for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference related to the employee’s competition with...more

NEW UPDATE: Is Your Workers’ Compensation Program Unlawful?

In two previous posts, on April 19, 2016 and June 21, 2016, we reported on the EquityComp workers’ compensation program offered by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Applied Underwriters (Applied) and California Insurance...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that SOX 304 Clawback Applies to Executives that are Not at Fault

The Ninth Circuit recently held that Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX 304) allows for a clawback of certain CEO and CFO compensation regardless of whether the clawback was triggered by the personal misconduct of...more

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit? (Part 2)

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

In part 1 of this blog series, I discussed the potential legal implications of social media as it pertains to defamation, privacy rights, and ownership rights. As we pick back up with our discussion, I want to address the...more

North Carolina Court Again Narrows Scope of Post-Employment Restrictions

Last week’s EmployNews reported a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision applying North Carolina law that invalidated an employment non-competition clause due to what it viewed as the overreaching scope of the restrictions....more

Restrictive Covenants in Michigan: A Cent, a Peppercorn, or Continued At-Will Employment

A business dispute in Michigan may provide insight into the consideration required to support a noncompete contract restricting future employment. Innovation Ventures, LLC v. Liquid Manufacturing, LLC, No. 150591, Michigan...more

Employment Law - July 2016 #2

Take Two: EEOC Amends Pay Data Collection Proposal - Why it matters - Tweaking its initial plan, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated proposal about the collection of pay data from...more

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the...more

FRANCHISEE 101: What to Do About Franchisor’s Harmful New Policies

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchisees aren't always excited when their franchisor introduces a new policy. But if a new policy overreaches and might doom a franchisee's business, can it be stopped before it starts?...more

Prevent Computer Fraud – 1 Tip

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

In TripleTree, LLC v. Walcker, the employer sued its former employee under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) based on the employee’s accessing certain confidential and proprietary information on the company’s...more

New Federal Trade Secrets Bill Was Signed into Law – What’s Next?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed S. 1890 – The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, the final step in creating the first federal civil cause of action against those who misappropriate a company’s trade secrets. ...more

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