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Who Poked Whom First: Does a Friend Request or Social Media Invite Count as Solicitation?

by Fisher Phillips on

When Gregory Gelineau quit his job at an Illinois-based insurance company to work for a competitor, he sent LinkedIn invitations to a group of his former co-workers. In response, Gelineau’s former company sued him. The...more

California Employers May Sue For Online Defamation

by Fisher Phillips on

The situation is a familiar one. Disgruntled current or former employees leave negative and harmful comments about their employer on online workplace review websites such as glassdoor.com or vault.com, or on customer review...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again: The Ninth Circuit Finds Concrete Injury in Spokeo Remand

by Bryan Cave on

The U.S. Supreme Court held in its 2016 Spokeo decision that for a plaintiff to have standing to assert a claim based on a statutory violation that the plaintiff must have suffered real—and not just legal— harm. Spokeo...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Consumer Alleging FCRA Claim against Spokeo Sufficiently Pled a Concrete Harm to Confer Article III...

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a consumer’s allegations that the operator of a website reported inaccurate information about him...more

Companies Potentially Liable for Independent Contractors & Third-Party Vendors

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On August 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit published an opinion analyzing the factors used to determine when a company may be liable for the actions of third parties acting as its agents in Jones v. Royal Administration Services,...more

To Connect Or Not To Connect, That Is The Non-Solicitation Agreement Question

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A former employee’s social media activities were not “solicitations” that breached his employment non-solicitation agreement where no suggestion to join the former employee was apparent from the activity....more

Recent Eighth Circuit Case Illustrates the Need for Newest Members of the NLRB to Be Confirmed Sooner Rather Than Later

In another example of a federal circuit court taking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to task for stretching federal labor law past the point of recognition, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals recently refused to...more

Social Links: SCOTUS embraces technology; IoT companies proliferate; blockchain might make senior execs extinct

A federal district court in Wisconsin struck down the first law in the country requiring augmented-reality-game makers to go through a complicated permit-application process before their apps could be used in county parks....more

Food and Beverage Law Update: August 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Wage and Hour - Tenth Circuit Aligns with Cumbie on Tip Credits - In Marlow v. New Food Guy, Inc., No. 16-1134, 861 F. 3d 1157 (10th Cir. June 30, 2017), the court affirmed the district court's ruling, consistent with...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Labor Department has proposed (in a District of Minnesota court filing, at least) an 18-month delay in the retirement-adviser fiduciary duty rule compliance deadline. Experts suggest that a significantly revised rule is...more

Open Questions on Media Company Liability for Statements Made by Talent

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

A recent case has raised questions about whether or not a media company can be held liable for defamatory statements made by its talent on social media. The case arose after a falling out between two television stars, Mykel...more

D.C. Circuit Rejects Labor Board Joint Employer Determination

by Littler on

On August 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit refused to enforce a holding by the National Labor Relations Board (Board) that the Cable News Network (CNN) was a joint employer. In the...more

EU Retail News - July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 18 July 2017, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") published a new report which calls for an end to gender stereotyping in advertising. The report comes at the end of an investigation into this issue, during...more

ALJ Narrows OFCCP’s Request for Google Employee and Pay Data

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last Friday, an administrative law judge limited the amount of information that the OFCCP may seek from Google in its on-going compliance audit because the agency failed demonstrate relevance or justify the...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- 14 AGs Oppose Rollback of FCC Net Neutrality Protections- 14 Democratic AGs, led by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, submitted comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to ensure open...more

Administrative Law Judge Sides With Google in Denial-of-Access Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an advantageous decision for federal contractors, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ruled last week that a demand by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) for pay data about Google employees was...more

E-commerce Is Changing the Definition of Retail Employment

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The retail landscape is in the midst of a mind-boggling – and fast-moving – evolution. In a short amount of time, Americans have radically changed how they shop for things, utilizing multiple channels of shopping to meet...more

Stuntman’s death on ‘The Walking Dead’ set a sad reminder of common workplace hazards

by FordHarrison on

Tragically, stuntman John Bernecker died last week in Atlanta after falling 30 feet to a concrete floor while working on a fight scene for AMC’s zombie-apocalypse series “The Walking Dead.” In response, the show temporarily...more

Trump, Tweeting, Safety, Harassment, Judgment and Will

by Fisher Phillips on

The President’s Tweeting dominated our discussions throughout June, with many people asking why does he Tweet? Was it a crafted strategy? A reasonable response to a biased media? A lack of Judgment? Emotional Outbursts?...more

Will That Sandwich Make You Sick? – 8th Circuit Holds NLRA Does Not Protect Disparaging Statements By Jimmy John’s Employees

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 3rd, the 8th Circuit held that disparaging statements made by Jimmy John’s employees in a labor dispute were not entitled to National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or “The Act”) protections – because the actions were...more

Second Circuit Holds Pro-Union Sentiment Outweighs Impropriety of Profanity-Laden Rant Against Supervisor, His Mother, and “His...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Use of profanity by employees, whether in the workplace, outside the workplace, or on social media, presents difficult legal issues for the employer, as highlighted by a recent Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With politics swirling around in the background, the AT&T/Time Warner mega-merger is still up in the air, with DOJ antitrust officials still working away (8 months after the deal was announced) to determine whether...more

EEOC Sues Time Warner Cable & Charter Communications for Firing an Employee With a Disability

Company Failed to Accommodate Employee and Terminated Her Within Days of Learning of Her Medical Diagnosis, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit today...more

Amendment To Japan’s Omnibus Data Protection Law Mean New Compliance Requirements For U.S. Multinational Employers With Operations...

by Littler on

Effective May 30, 2017, Japan amended its omnibus data protection law, the Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”), to add new compliance requirements that will have an immediate impact on many U.S. multinational...more

“Opening Clauses” and the GDPR – It Might Not Be As Easy As We Thought

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The General Data Protection Regulation is coming, and along with it, a significant expectation of increased harmonization in the privacy rules across the EU. Considering the 60-plus articles which directly impose obligations...more

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