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Public Trust Doctrine & Water Rights - The Walker Case: Does the Public Trust Doctrine Apply to Water Rights Established in...

A case currently pending in the Ninth Circuit raises a significant and novel issue of western water law. The case addresses whether the public trust doctrine can authorize modification of a water rights decree and...more

US: Guns at Work: The Implications of the Fifth Circuit’s Recent Decision in Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation casts new doubt on the enforceability of employer policies prohibiting employees from carrying firearms onto...more

AG's latest remarks signal no outright campaign against cannabis yet

On March 2, 2017, it seemed as if the U.S. Department of Justice was aiming to crack down on the U.S. cannabis industry in a way not seen since before the previous administration. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXVII: Maryland Close to Catching Paid Sick Leave Bug

Seyfarth Synopsis: After several years of failed legislative attempts to pass a statewide paid sick leave law, Maryland is nearing the finish line following the state Senate’s approval of the Maryland Healthy Working Families...more

Nevada Legislature Mulls Codification Of The Internal Affairs Doctrine

Delaware and Nevada are each in the business of marketing their corporate laws to businesses in other states. Thus, it should surprise no one that these states don’t appreciate it when their legal offerings are undermined by...more

Giving the Unions Their Dues: NLRB ALJ Finds Partial Preemption of Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: Administrative Law Judge found that the NLRA preempts part of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law that restricts employers from deducting union dues directly from employees’ paychecks....more

Step Aside! Trade Secret Preemption of Other Claims

Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion to Dismiss, Henry Schein, Inc. v. Cook, et al., 16-cv-03166-JST (Judge Jon Tigar) - One purpose of the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“CUTSA”) is to preempt and...more

Aviation Happenings - Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Air Carrier Not Responsible for Rancid Cheese Under Montreal...more

Minnesota Bill to Preempt Local Sick and Safe Leave Ordinances Advances in Legislature

As expected, the Uniform State Labor Standards Act (H.F. No. 600)—a Minnesota bill to preempt local employment law ordinances, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul safe and sick leave ordinances—passed in the state House of...more

Aviation Happenings - Winter 2016-2017 Part 2

Part 2 of the winter edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Supreme Court Affirms Presumption Against Preemption...more

Ex-General Counsel Dodged Privilege Claims Before $14.5 Million Verdict

In our last post, we detailed how Sanford Wadler, the former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, won a $14.5 million verdict against Bio-Rad. Before Wadler could get to a jury, however, he had to surmount a...more

Aviation Happenings - Winter 2016-2017

Part 1 of 2 of the winter edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Court Dismisses State Law Negligence Claim Against...more

Of Employees and Independent Contractors: The Ninth Circuit to Consider Where Truck Drivers Fall

On February 24, 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick in the district of Arizona stayed a proposed class action in Virginia Van Dusen et al v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc. et al, No.: 2:10-cv-00899, against Swift...more

Remand Decision in Madden v. Midland Funding Raises Questions Regarding Choice of Law Clauses in Consumer Loan Agreements

A careful parsing of state laws should be done if a lender is relying on a choice of law to avoid states that have criminal usury statutes. On February 27, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York...more

Attempt to Block Unclaimed Property Gift-Card Audit Again Rejected by Delaware Federal Court

Marking its second decision on the issue, the Delaware federal district court has held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s priority rules governing the distribution of unclaimed property among competing states do not apply to...more

The St. Louis Minimum Wage: City’s Press Release Raises More Questions Than it Answers

In our recent blog post, “The St. Louis Minimum Wage Returns From the Dead,” we reviewed the implications of the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis (No. SC95401) decision, which...more

Kentucky Federal Court Orders Further Briefing On Whether The Federal Arbitration Act Or Kentucky Law Applies In Dispute Involving...

The background of this case is as follows. State Insurance Commissioner Brian Maynard, acting as liquidator of the failed Kentucky Health Cooperative (“KYHC”), filed suit in Kentucky state court against CGI Technologies and...more

Florida Supreme Court Rejects PSQIA Preemption of Florida Constitution

On January 31, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court held that adverse medical incident reports produced in accordance with Florida law cannot constitute confidential and privileged patient safety work product (PSWP) under the...more

U.S. Senate Urges DOJ to Uphold Cole Memorandum

On Thursday March 2, a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing concern over remarks made by the Trump administration over Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement against...more

The St. Louis Minimum Wage Returns From the Dead

On August 28, 2015, the City of St. Louis passed an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $11.00 per hour by January 1, 2018. The ordinance initially increased the minimum wage to $8.25 per hour with an October 15, 2015...more

Sea Change in Nazi-looted Art Claims? The HEAR Act is Put Into Action

Two pending cases have invoked the new law - A recent article in the New York Times highlights the change that the recent passage of the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act of 2016 has had on disputes about...more

California’s Bill to Add Marijuana Trademark and Service Mark Classifications

On December 12, 2016, Assembly Bill No. 64 (AB 64) was introduced to California’s legislature, with the stated purpose of (1) furthering the intent of the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), a...more

Texas High Court Allows Employee to Pursue Assault Claim Against Employer for Tortious Acts of “Vice Principal”

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a decision that is sure to increase the costs and complexity of litigation, the Texas Supreme Court recently held that a former employee’s common law assault claim was not preempted by the state’s...more

Red State Preemption Of Local Pay Equity Laws? — Stay Tuned

Seyfarth Synopsis: The 2016 elections had the effect of hardening the Red-Blue divide in the country. A number of Blue cities in Red States are enacting ordinances that implement the progressive political agenda, which of...more

WPI State of the States: Legislatures Saw a Flurry of Activity in February

Statehouses across the country continue to propose legislation at a frenzied pace. In February, as in January, more than 500 bills concerning labor and employment issues were either introduced or addressed in some fashion....more

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