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DOL Overtime Rule Update: Breaking News!!!!!

On September 20, 2016, two lawsuits were filed in an attempt to block the DOL’s proposed overtime rule. Wisconsin joined 20 other states in filing one suit while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce along with 50 other business...more

Sixth Circuit Lowers Bar For Plaintiff’s Standing To Sue In Data Breach Cases

On September 12, 2016, a split panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held in an unpublished opinion that customers of Nationwide Mutual Insurance (“Nationwide”) could pursue claims stemming from a 2012...more

Supreme Court Corner: Q3 2016

CASES WE ARE WATCHING - Lee v. Tam TRADEMARK – Cert. Pending Pro-Football, Inc. v. Amanda Blackhorse, et al. TRADEMARK – Cert. Pending ISSUE: Whether the Lanham Act’s disparagement clause violates the...more

RLUIPA Case of the Year? Minnesota Municipality Uses RLUIPA’s Safe Harbor Provision to Avoid Liability

In an important decision for municipalities across the country, a federal court in Minnesota has recently ruled that actions taken under RLUIPA’s “safe harbor” provision absolved a local government of possible RLUIPA...more

Court Dismisses Challenge to New York Donor Disclosure Requirement

On August 29, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed in its entirety a complaint against the New York Attorney General filed by Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation,...more

Legislature to Litigants: “Can’t Touch This!” – Virginia Supreme Court Recognizes Legislative Privilege

The Virginia Supreme Court, interpreting the Virginia Constitution’s speech and debate clauses, has recognized a legislative privilege from responding to a document subpoena substantially similar to that of the better-known...more

Lenders Take Note: U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Scope of Right to Sue Under Federal Fair Housing Act

The federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) outlaws discrimination in lending based not only on race, color and national origin, but also religion, sex, disability and familial status. Across the country, courts are grappling with...more

Gannett Cannot Escape Privacy Suit Over USAToday App

On Friday September 2, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled against Gannett Company, Inc. (“Gannett”) in a case where Gannett allegedly violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) by...more

Off-Label Promotion And The First Amendment Updates

Although activity around the Amarin and Pacira cases has settled down, questions regarding the FDA’s position on truthful off-label promotion-and whether it comports with First Amendment free speech principles—persist....more

FACTA Check: Credit and Debit Receipts Can Show Injury-in-Fact

In a series of recent decisions that have important implications for retailers, large and small, federal courts have allowed consumer class actions to proceed against businesses for violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit...more

John Edwards argues before the Texas Supreme Court on important libel case that started in 2003

Houston partner John K. Edwards recently argued before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend County...more

21 States Sue Obama Administration Over Controversial New Overtime Rule

The fate of the new overtime regulations governing white collar employees has been thrown into doubt this week, as twenty-one states joined together to file suit in the Eastern District of Texas, alleging that the Department...more

Employers Should Not Retreat on Compliance Planning Despite Two-Pronged Attack on OT Rule

Two lawsuits related to the Department of Labor’s revisions to the white-collar exemptions have been filed in East Texas. The first lawsuit, citing (among other things) the severe impact the impending salary increase...more

Federal Circuit Overturns PTAB Denial of Motion to Amend Claims in IPR Proceeding

Veritas Technologies LLC v. Veeam Software Corp., No. 2015-1894 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 30, 2016). On recurring controversy in AIA trials is the difficulty patent owners face meeting the PTAB’s strict requirements for amending...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 15, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued two opinions in September affecting local government law. Its work resulted in opinions addressing legislative privilege from document requests, and applying a local government tax exemption...more

South Carolina Court Decides Key Health Care Case - Physical therapists win in employment lawsuit

The South Carolina Supreme Court has decided a case with great significance in the health care industry. The court overturned a ban on physicians employing physical therapists and gave guidance regarding how state agencies...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - The Unprecedented Extraterritorialization of Tax Crimes

In addition to the discussion of the recently proposed U.K. criminal tax legislation, this month’s issue features articles regarding the Tenth Circuit Court decision in McNeill v. United States discussing a managing partner’s...more

Stern Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules

While it has taken five years of committee and court efforts, the “Stern Amendments” to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will become effective December 1, 2016. These amendments will streamline litigant and court...more

Is the SBA’s 8(a) Minority Business Development Program Constitutional?

The constitutionality of small business programs has been a significant topic of debate over the past few years. The U. S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently upheld the constitutionality of the Small Business...more

From sports and entertainment to politics and social justice—when worlds collide in your workplace

It’s everywhere. Whether you like it or not, you can’t escape it. While the topics of politics and social justice are undoubtedly important discussions to have in our country, the reality is that they now seem ever present....more

The Eighth Circuit Charts a Course for Data Privacy Cases in the Wake of Spokeo for Technical Violations of a Statute That Result...

The Eighth Circuit recently became the one of the first federal Courts of Appeals to apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s Article III standing decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins to a data privacy case. The Eighth Circuit affirmed...more

Fall Is In The Air: Are The Justices Getting Ready For The Gridiron?

The Washington Redskins Ask The Supreme Court To Block Fourth Circuit From Participation In Important Trademark Cases Another Labor Day is behind us, kids are back to school, and fall has unofficially arrived (it will...more

FDA Announces Public Hearing on Off-Label Communications; Registration Deadline October 19, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public hearing on November 9 and 10, 2016, to obtain input on manufacturer communications regarding unapproved uses of approved or cleared medical products (off-label...more

Attorneys Cannot Sue Avvo for Unauthorized Profiles According to Illinois Federal Court

An Illinois federal judge dismissed a proposed class action of lawyers whose business information was published by the online attorney database Avvo without their permission. The lead plaintiff, a Chicago-based personal...more

Litigation Alert: The Sixth Circuit Recognizes Article III Standing in Data Breach Case Despite Absence of Identity Theft...

Last week, the Sixth Circuit held that allegations that personal information was stolen following a data breach was sufficient to confer Article III standing to sue to the affected individuals, even in the absence of...more

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