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Second Circuit: Inability to Sit for Long Periods Can Trigger ADA Coverage - Why it matters: Can an employee’s inability to sit for a prolonged period of time constitute a disability under the Americans with...more

Germany: When is a New Hire too old to join a Company Pension Scheme?

In Germany, all employees are mandatorily covered by the statutory pension insurance which provides the main source of income during retirement. In addition, many companies grant company pension benefits to their employees,...more

Retirement Benefits: Which Way Does the Whistle Blow?

The Issue: A terminated employee makes a claim against the employer for damages. The company says it fired him for stealing from the company. He says it was in retaliation for reporting law violations by the employer (that...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Extends Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections to Employees of Mutual Fund Investment Advisers and Other...

The Supreme Court of the United States on March 4, 2014 held that employees of a privately-held mutual fund investment adviser are protected under a whistleblower provision enacted as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002...more

Lawson v. FMR: Are SarbOx Whistleblower Provisions A Horse Designed By Committee?

A camel (so the saying goes) is a horse designed by committee. It seems the Supreme Court may think the same of the whistleblower provisions in § 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Section 806 prohibits retaliatory...more

Supreme Court Holds That Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Provision Applies To Employees Of Investment Advisers And Other Private...

On March 4, 2013, the Supreme Court issued an opinion with broad implications for mutual funds and certain other SEC-regulated companies that conduct business through or with privately-held entities (such as investment...more

SDNY Holds Whistleblowers Not Entitled To Retroactive Application Of Dodd-Frank Protections

On February 21, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protection provisions could not be applied retroactively to an alleged retaliation that occurred...more

Disparate Impact Remains Fair Lending Risk To Banks

Lenders seeking judicial relief from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s heightened enforcement of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act were left disappointed by the settlement of Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in...more

Update on disparate impact lawsuit against HUD

The settlement and Supreme Court’s dismissal of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. has increased the potential significance of the lawsuit filed in June 2013 in federal district court in Washington,...more

Tentative settlement reportedly reached in Mount Holly

It is looking like our prediction that Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. would settle before the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument was accurate. Late yesterday, the Wall Street Journal...more

Third Circuit Affirms Denial Of Final Approval Of Proposed Settlement And Certification Of Settlement Class Based On Lack Of...

The Third Circuit rejected plaintiffs’ arguments that the district court abused its discretion by overstepping its authority in declining to certify a settlement class and in misapplying Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, in...more

Banks Face Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Noncompliance With ADA Regulations Governing ATMs

More than 100 nearly identical class action lawsuits alleging noncompliance with Americans with Disability Act accessibility standards for ATM machines have been filed against banks and credit unions since new standards went...more

Whistleblowers Are Taking Their Case to the U.S. Supreme Court

Jackie Lawson and Jonathan Zang believe that the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals misinterpreted the law. They appealed the court’s decision in Lawson v. FMR LLC and filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the...more

Rule 23 Requirements are “Heightened” for Proposed Class Settlements

In Rodriguez v. Nat’l City Bank, — F.3d —, 2013 WL 4046385 (3d Cir. Aug. 12, 2013), the Third Circuit refused to certify a proposed class for settlement purposes to amicably resolve mortgage discrimination claims because...more

Third Circuit Affirms Disparate Impact Class Certification Denial

On August 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of class certification to a putative class of borrowers who claimed that a bank’s policy that allegedly allowed individual...more

HUD seeks stay of disparate impact suit

When we wrote about the lawsuit filed on June 26, 2013 against HUD by two insurance industry trade groups challenging HUD’s final rule formalizing its use of disparate impact liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), we...more

Potential Circuit Split Creates an Uncertain Future for Whistleblower Protection of Internal Reporting: Asadi v. G.E. Energy...

The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program - The Dodd-Frank Act amended the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by creating protections and rewards for anyone who provides information that helps the SEC in enforcing the law....more

Supreme Court Takes Up Landmark Disparate Impact Case, Again, Over U.S. Objections

On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., No. 11-1507, to decide whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). It...more

Supreme Court grants cert (again) in FHA disparate impact case

Second time’s the charm? For the second time in less than two years, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari today in a case that presents the question whether plaintiffs suing under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) may bring...more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert. Petition Regarding Use Of Disparate Impact Analysis Under The Fair Housing Act

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Township of Mount Holly, New Jersey, et al. v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., et al. (No. 11-1507)....more

More than 50 parties file recourse proceedings in the Cyprus Supreme Court

As noted in our previous update, several clients have considered legal challenges to the new laws based on the resolution measures agreed by the Eurogroup and the Republic of Cyprus. These resolution measures on Bank of...more

Solicitor General files brief opposing certiorari in Mt. Holly

Last week, the Solicitor General finally filed his brief expressing the views of the United States on whether the U.S. Supreme Court should grant the petition for certiorari pending in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly...more

American Bankers Association Real Estate Lending Conference - Qualified Mortgages: A Sea Change For Mortgage Lenders

In This Presentation: - The Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule - Small Creditor QM Proposal - The Ability-to-Repay (ATR) Rule: What It Says and What It Means - Liability for Failure to Comply with the ATR and QM...more

Michigan ATMs Hit With Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Non-Compliance With ADA Requirements

The first ATM accessibility class-action lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") were filed in federal district court in Michigan earlier this month. The class-action lawsuits request a permanent...more

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Issues Final Rule Affirming Use of Disparate Impact to Establish Liability for...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued a final rule (“Rule”) on February 8, 2013, which provides additional support to potential government and private plaintiffs seeking to challenge “facially...more

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