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Supreme Court Clarifies When State Law Claims Are Removable Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Manning, 578 U.S. __ (May 16, 2016), which resolved a longstanding circuit split as to the scope of exclusive...more

Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Takes Effect

Employers Should Immediately Revise Confidentiality Agreements to Comply - The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law by President Obama last week and effective immediately, provides a new federal remedy for trade...more

ERISA: Reviewing What Needs to Be Proved to Establish the Suicide Exclusion

For many reasons, some of the toughest cases to litigate involve the application of the suicide exclusion. There is a growing body of evidence challenging suicide exclusion determinations....more

The Current State of Trade Secret Law and how the New Federal Statute Will Shape the Landscape

Trade Secret Protection Schemes: •State: Uniform Trade Secrets Act –Adopted in various forms between 1979 and 2013 •Common Law –New York and Massachusetts •Federal: Defend Trade Secrets Act –Amends the...more

First Round of DTSA Complaints Alleging Misappropriation Activity Both Before and After DTSA’s Enactment: Will They Stick?

Following President Obama’s signing of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA” or the “Act”) into law last week, parties are beginning to file lawsuits asserting claims under the DTSA. As widely reported, before the...more

Key Legislation Emerging from the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Session and Local Ordinances to Remember

Maryland's 2016 General Assembly session has now adjourned. Maryland employers should be aware of the following new laws resulting from this legislative term:  (1) Equal Pay for Equal Work; (2) Equal Pay Commission; (3)...more

Same-Day Delivery Companies: 2; MA Independent Contractor Statute: 0. First Circuit Once Again Upholds Classification of Couriers...

Relying on its precedent, the First Circuit Court of Appeals held for the second time this year that the Federal Aviation Administrative Authorization Act of 1994 (“FAAAA”) preempts application of the Massachusetts...more

Final Overtime Rule Released: What Are The Implications for Connecticut Employers

Connecticut employers are probably going to have more questions than answers after the release of the final version of the overtime rule announced by the U.S. Department of Labor on May 18, 2016. This Alert will address the...more

Transgender Employee Bathroom Use

Ah, the bathroom. A place of relief and solitude for many, but for the last six weeks, it has been the focus of controversy. North Carolina now requires that people only use restrooms designated for the gender that appears...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 54 - Finally! Prong 2 Of The Massachusetts "ABC" Test Is Dead!

On May 11, 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in Massachusetts Delivery Association v. Healy (the “MDA case”) preempting Prong 21 of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law (the “Massachusetts...more

Did You Tell Them? Employers' Notice Obligations Regarding Whistleblowers Under the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

The federal Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA"), an amendment to the Theft of Trade Secrets Act, became effective May 12, 2016. The DTSA provides trade secret owners an avenue to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation...more

Trimming Some Fat From Statin Litigation With Daubert and Preemption

In the mythical days of product liability yore, a big drug litigation was spurred by a notable event—like a study describing a new risk appearing in a major journal, a significant labeling change because of new or greater...more

Certain Provisions of California Resale Royalty Act Are Preempted by the Copyright Act

On April 11, 2016, in Estate of Robert Graham, et al. v. Sotheby’s, Inc., D.C. No. 2:11-cv-08604-MWF-FFM (C.D. Cal. 2016), U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald concluded that certain provisions of the California...more

California Telecom Providers File Suit to Protect Competitively Sensitive Information

On May 5, AT&T Mobility along with several other telecommunications providers and trade associations filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”)...more

Implications for the Power Sector of Recent Rulings by U.S. Supreme Court and FERC

One of the most important issues currently facing the power industry is the potential conflict between federal and state roles in power supply planning. Two recent developments at the federal level bear directly on this...more

“Defend Trade Secrets Act” Signed Into Law Effective May 11, 2016

The Defendant Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. The new statute creates broad private federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and has been hailed as...more

2nd Circuit Again Declines to Apply Alien Tort Statute to Corporate Activities Abroad

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling is an important decision for corporations with foreign operations. In 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum...more

Three Strikes and the Commonwealth Is Out: The Natural Gas Act Preempts Article 97

Last week, Judge John Agostini ruled that the Natural Gas Act preempts Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which otherwise would have required a 2/3 vote of the Legislature before Article 97 land could be conveyed...more

Is A Blue Sky Exemption For Farms Sustainable?

Today, California regulates the offer and sale of securities more by exemption than qualification. In addition, California and other states have lost authority over a significant amount of securities transactions due to...more

Yet Another Failure-To-Update Claim Bites the Dust

In terms of the legal gyrations plaintiffs try to avoid preemption, we’ve already expressed our opinion that so-called “failure to update” claims take the booby prize. There are good reasons, discussed in these prior posts,...more

California Court Rules Medicare Does Not Preempt Hospital Claims Against Payer

On April 27, 2016, a California state court judge in a Complex Litigation department for the County of Los Angeles, ruled in favor of 13 of our hospital clients on an important matter involving substantive and financial...more

Vermont Act 120 and Beyond: Genetically Engineered Foods, Where Are We Now?

On July 1, 2016, Vermont’s genetically engineered food labeling law is set to become effective. Act 120 and its implementing rule (Vermont Consumer Protection Rule 121) require food manufacturers to label food products that...more

Proposed West Virginia Hospital Merger Could Have Nationwide Effects

West Virginia recently passed legislation aimed at shielding an in-state hospital merger from antitrust review by the Federal Trade Commission, and if the West Virginia Health Care Authority and West Virginia Attorney General...more

Plaintiff’s Claim that Manufacturer Improperly Trained Physician in use of Class III Medical Device Preempted by Federal Law

In Ashley Glennen v. Allergan, Inc., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 347, published April 29, 2016, the California Court of Appeal, First District, affirmed the trial court’s sustaining of a demurrer in a Lap-Band injury case on the...more

State Laws Are Not a Defense to Title VII's Prohibition on LGBT Discrimination, Says the EEOC

Mississippi and North Carolina recently passed legislation categorized as "sweeping anti-LGBT laws." North Carolina's bill, H.B. 2, requires transgender people to use public restrooms according to the biological sex assigned...more

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