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Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

Arizona Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Proposition 206

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On August 2, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court released its written opinion rejecting the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and other business groups’ challenge to Proposition 206, also known as The Fair Wages and Healthy Families...more

Court Holds That Self-Selection Of Emails By Employee Satisfies Discovery Obligations

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Mirmina v. Genpact, LLC, Civil Action No. 3:16-CV-00614 (D. Conn. July 27, 2017), a federal court in an employment discrimination matter denied the plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery, finding that the defendant’s...more

Changes to PTAB Practice Proposed by STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

The STRONGER (Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience) Patents Act of 2017 was recently introduced in the Senate by a bipartisan group led by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and co-sponsored...more

NC Legislature Decides To Legislate Choice Of Law Provisions In "Business Contracts"

by Brooks Pierce on

The North Carolina General Assembly has decided to legislate choice of law in commercial transactions. The new statute, enacted in June, is called the "North Carolina Choice of Law and Forum in Business Contracts Act."...more

House Financial Services Committee details case for contempt proceedings against Director Cordray for failing to comply with...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A report by the majority staff of the House Financial Services Committee concludes that there is a “valid and factual basis” for instituting contempt of Congress proceedings against Director Cordray. The report states that...more

Colorado Open Records Act Amendments Take Effect This Month

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17-040 into law on June 1, 2017, marking the first major update to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) in more than 20 years. The amendments to CORA are effective on Aug. 9,...more

Oral Argument in Overtime Appeal to be Held in Early October

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has tentatively scheduled oral argument for the week of October 2 in a highly watched case involving revised overtime regulations that were supposed to become effective last...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court ruling bolsters bullet train foes - ABC News - Jul 27 - Federal law does not completely preempt application of California’s strict environmental...more

Possible Workforce Impact from DACA and TPS Elimination

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The combination of the Trump Administration re-examination of grants of Temporary Protected Status to nearly 340,000 foreign nationals, and the recent threats by Texas and ten other States to challenge the...more

U.S. Patent Legislation: The STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

In June, three democratic senators (Chris Coons from Delaware, Dick Durbin from Illinois, and Mazie Hirono from Hawaii) and one republican senator (Tom Cotton from Arkansas) introduced the “STRONGER Patents Act of 2017.” One...more

Minnesota Tightens Restrictions on “Drive-By” Disability Access Lawsuits

On May 23, 2017, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law amendments to the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) that are intended to curb the flood of “drive-by” disability access lawsuits in the state. The law now...more

Hong Kong Enacts Apology Legislation

On 13 July 2017 the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed the Apology Ordinance. This decrees that an out-of-court expression of a person’s regret, sympathy or benevolence, including a statement that he is sorry about a...more

Hawaii Court Enjoins Trump Travel Ban For Excluding Non-Immediate Family Members of US Persons and DHS-Approved Refugees

by Genova Burns LLC on

In June the Supreme Court enforced temporarily President Trump’s travel ban to the extent it excludes persons without a “bona fide relationship” to a person or entity in the U.S. The Court expressly identified wives and...more

The Second Circuit Overturns Watershed Conviction Of Sheldon Silvery Based On Recent Supreme Court Decision

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the high-profile, political corruption conviction of one of the most powerful politicians in New York State— former Speaker of the New York State...more

Hawaii District Court Clarifies Scope of Travel Ban

by Clark Hill PLC on

On July 13, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii held in Hawaii v. Trump that the Trump Administration could not apply the "travel ban" to grandparents, grandchildren, and other close relatives....more

The STRONGER Patents Act: Swinging the Pendulum in Favor of Patent Owners

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

While the House Judiciary Committee conducts hearings today on "The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses," a movement is afoot in the Senate to revitalize the U.S. patent system. On June 21, 2017, a bipartisan group...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - July 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the U.S. Government’s amicus brief in Jesner v. Arab Bank; a...more

The Implementation of Travel Ban 2.0: What Now?

By now, most of you have heard that the United States Supreme Court ruled to reinstate President Trump’s revised travel ban in part. But what does this really mean?...more

Controversial CFPB Rule Exposes Financial Services Companies to Greater Class Action Risk

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under a controversial new final rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on July 10, 2017, banks and credit card companies are prohibited from forcing consumers into arbitration to avoid class action...more

What You Need to Know: CFPB Issues Final Rule on Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Financial Services Contracts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its long-anticipated final rule on pre-dispute arbitration agreements on July 10. Clocking in at 775 pages, the final rule prohibits consumer financial services providers...more

Ninth Circuit Panel Rejects Challenges to a California City’s Misleading Commercial Speech Ordinance - Local Governments’...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Recently, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed local governments’ authority to adopt regulations that prevent the use of false or misleading statements in the solicitation or provision of services....more

Missouri enacts new employment law favoring employers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On June 30, Governor Eric Greitens signed into law a new bill making notable changes to rights and remedies for claims under Missouri’s discrimination law (“MHRA”) and claims for whistleblower retaliation. The changes more...more

Florida Statutes of Limitations and Repose Governing Construction Claims Revised to Clarify Accrual Dates Effective July 1

Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 377 providing for revisions to the Florida statutes of limitation and repose governing construction claims. The new law revises Fla. Stat. Sec. 95.11 (Limitations Other Than for the...more

Last Stop: SCOTUS Reviews The Immigration Ban

President Trump’s Second Executive Order acted to limit the entry of foreign nationals and refugees into the United States. Thereafter, the Fourth and Ninth Circuits granted preliminary injunctions barring the enforcement of...more

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