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She Liked It. She Really, Really Liked It: Federal District Court Holds Facebook Fan Page Manager Doesn’t Own “Likes”

A federal district court broke new social media law ground in August 2014 when it held in favor of the cable network Black Entertainment Television (BET) in a suit brought by the founder of an unofficial Facebook fan page for...more

Courts Limit Claims for Constructive Dismissal

Constructive dismissal is, in effect, a resignation treated as a dismissal. The employee terminates the employment contract in response to an employer’s alleged breach and the Employment Tribunal then assesses the employer’s...more

Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 3 of 11 – The Decision 2.0: This Time, LeBron Leaves the Right Way; Will Your Employees?

While it seems like it happened forever ago, it was just back in July when LeBron James once again held this nation captive over where he would play basketball. ...more

Bruce Levenson Takeaways, Plus 5 History Lessons To Add “Oomph” To Your Business Ethics Training

It’s amazing to me that we’ve made it to 2014 and we’re still hearing widespread reports of racism and race-based harassment and discrimination. In 2013, the EEOC received 8,519 race-based harassment and discrimination...more

What Should an Employer Do Where an Employee Seeks a Declaration of Constructive Dismissal without Resigning?

Under French law, there are various ways in which an employment contract may be terminated: resignation, dismissal, redundancy, amicable termination and so on. There is also a category of termination which is similar to a...more

Workplace-Diversity Data Continues To Drive Awareness in Silicon Valley

The technology industry has been criticized in recent years for its lack of diversity in its mostly male workforce as advocates call on companies to be more transparent with their demographic information. Apple Inc. is one of...more

The Scope of Commercial General Liability Policies Continues to Shrink

Watch out for those Employment Practice Liability “EPL” exclusions. The courts have routinely upheld these exclusions now explicitly added to both the Coverage A (bodily injury and property damage) and the Coverage B...more

Dutch Tax Plan 2015 and other changes in Dutch tax law

Today, the Dutch Ministry of Finance published its Tax Plan 2015 (hereinafter: Tax Plan). The Tax Plan primarily has an impact on citizens of the Netherlands, especially employees. The impact for the business community...more

New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division rules that physicians’ damages for breach of contract with hospital are limited to...

The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division recently ruled that the damages a physician-independent contractor can recover are limited to those sustained during a notice period in the physician’s contract. The decision...more

The Ambushed Fiduciary: Does Authority over a Corporate Account Cross the Line?

Corporate officers can wear two hats under ERISA: the corporate officer hat or the ERISA fiduciary hat. Actions taken wearing the corporate officer hat are traditionally not fiduciary functions. The courts recognize...more

Minnesota Issues Revenue Notice Regarding Apportionment of Compensation Paid to Nonresident Corporate Board Members

On August 25, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Revenue released Revenue Notice 14-02, which provides an alternative method of apportioning compensation earned by certain corporate directors who are not residents of Minnesota...more

Private Ruling Endorses Taxpayer-Friendly Reading of “Qualified Small Business” Under Section 1202

On September 5, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Private Letter Ruling 201436001 (the “Ruling”), which found that a company providing products and services primarily within the pharmaceutical industry was a...more

Construction Contract Payment Terms: Timing is Everything

In 2011 you will probably recall receiving a plethora of information about the amendments to the Construction Act (the “Act”) particularly the resulting “new” payment regime. There was a flurry of activity leading up to the...more

The NFL’s Handling of Ray Rice Shows Need for Consistent Enforcement of Policies and Compliance Training

To say I’m a football fan is putting it mildly. You will find my family cheering loudly at the TV during Falcons games. (How ‘bout that overtime win over the Saints?!) And while it’s not often I get to blog about football,...more

French High Court Rules on Parent Companies’ Liability to Subsidiaries’ Employees

The court provides guidance on liability if a subsidiary goes bankrupt because of the misconduct and careless management of its parent company....more

Dodd-Frank Splits Courts on Granting Whistleblower Protections

As more claimants take advantage of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) whistleblower program created under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, courts have increasingly been called upon to decipher the law's...more

A Win for Employers: High Court of Australia Rejects the Expansion of Employment Law Rights

The High Court of Australia (High Court) has handed down a much anticipated decision in Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker [204] HCA32 (10 September 2014) with respect to the implied term of mutual trust and confidence...more

Employer Rejects Employee's Fitness for Duty Certification, Faces FMLA Liability

The story is for all you hunt and peck typists out there. But its message is a lesson for all employers when it comes to returning your employee from FMLA leave....more

Texas Supreme Court Draws Distinction Between Loyalty Agreement and Non-Compete

In many industries, it is common to pay incentives in the form of restricted stock options payable in the future if certain conditions are satisfied. In Exxon-Mobil v. Drennen, decided on August 29, 2014, the Texas Supreme...more

Joan Rivers and Non-Competition Agreements: Can We Talk?

Ms. Rivers’ self-deprecating nature and ability to use laughter to put people either at ease or to otherwise coerce them to divulge information often resulted in her getting the scoop. This unique ability allowed her to...more

Business Law Newsletter - Septermber 2014

In This Issue: - Monkeying around with Copyright Laws - Who can Own a Copyright? - Restrictions in Franchise Agreements Narrowly Construed - The Eight Corners Rule and the District of Columbia -...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules for Exxon: A New Day for Noncompete-Triggered Forfeitures in Texas?

On August 29, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court in Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Drennen upheld a noncompete-triggered forfeiture provision in an executive compensation plan that applied New York law. This is a landmark decision in a...more

Texas Supreme Court Opens the Door for a New Option to Restrict Post-Employment Conduct

On August 29, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Exxon Mobil Corporation v. Drennen. The court ruled that Drennen, a former ExxonMobil executive, could be stripped of approximately $5 million in...more

Discrimination and Harassment Training A Necessity In Male Dominated Industries

If you have ever seen Parks and Recreation, a TV show featuring a cast of funny all-stars such as Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones, then you might be familiar with one episode where Leslie Knope (Poehler) decides it’s time to...more

Three Point Shot

Female Football Player Throws Flag at LFL over Bare Wages - The three-year championship run of the Los Angeles Temptation was snapped in 2013 when the upstart Chicago Bliss, led by the quarterback and two-time league...more

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