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Budding Opportunities – Insuring Medical Marijuana Licensees In An Uncertain World

by Saul Ewing LLP on

?The medical marijuana industry took a big step forward on June 20, 2017 when Pennsylvania’s Department of Health awarded 12 grower/processor permits. Of the 457 total applicants, the Department plans to award the remaining...more

Power Outage Shows Unique Risks for Airport Cybersecurity

by Baker Donelson on

On May 27, 2017, thousands of British Airways passengers across the globe were stranded when a simple power failure took down critical systems, including those used to check in passengers. As images of crowded terminals and...more

Small Business Payment For Performance Act Unanimously Leaves Committee – Will SBC Construction Contractors Be Able To Reduce...

Currently pending in the House of Representatives is H.R. 2594, the “Small Business Payment for Performance Act of 2017” (the “Bill”). This Bill unanimously passed the House Committee on Small Business earlier today. While...more

Alarmist Algorithms: Why Pricing Bots Won’t Be the End of Society

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Ohlhausen and Commissioner McSweeny recently gave two very different speeches on algorithmic pricing. Commissioner McSweeny’s speech seemed to express concern that algorithms would...more

Uber’s CEO Is Forced Out

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Have you ever felt powerless in your job? Felt that there was no way you could have impact on the corporate environment? Well, recent events have shown how the catalyst theory is alive and well in corporate America....more

ABCs of Distribution to Grocery

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

At Farm to Label, I presented a panel called “ABCs of Distribution to Grocery” with Brittany Sienia, Trade Analyst at Tillamook, Chris Tjersland, Partner Brands Development Manager at New Seasons and Ray VanWetten, Vice...more

Customers Sue Darden Restaurants Over Information on Receipts

by Reed Smith on

A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Darden Restaurants, Inc. (“Darden”), alleging that Darden violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”). Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that...more

US Companies Create Principles for Cybersecurity Risk Ratings

by BakerHostetler on

On June 20, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that a consortium of more than two dozen chamber member companies, including prominent big banks, big-box retailers, and technology giants released a set of principles...more

In a Series of Personal-Jurisdiction Cases, the Supreme Court Gives Businesses Tools Against Forum Shopping

by K&L Gates LLP on

The 2016–2017 U.S. Supreme Court term will be remembered for decisions on splashier subjects, but for the business community, the personal-jurisdiction decisions in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v....more

Could Your Website Be Collecting Information from Kids? Federal Trade Commission Issues 6-Step Plan for Complying with the...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

This month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued guidance for businesses operating websites and online services looking to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). COPPA addresses the...more

The Latest East Coast/West Coast Conflict: Massachusetts Courts Consider the Application of California Law in Non-Compete...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Hearkening back to the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s, Massachusetts courts (as well as others around the country) have increasingly been asked to analyze the application of California...more

Tectonic Shift Affecting Enforcement of Noncompetition Agreements Emanates from the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session and Passage of...

by Littler on

Nevada noncompetition law has historically had few seismic shifts, which changed in 2016 when the Nevada Supreme Court issued its opinion in Golden Road Motor Inn, Inc. v. Islam, 376 P.3d 151 (Nev. 2016). That case sent...more

Get your ducks in a row if you want to challenge an adjudicator's decision

by Dentons on

To err is human and, soon after the Construction Act was enacted, the courts sensibly recognised that a "slip rule" could be implied in adjudications to allow adjudicators to correct minor clerical and typographical errors in...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Despite ‘Known Damage’ Exclusion Insurer Had Duty Under Oregon Law to Indemnify and Defend Contractor...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Alkemade v. Quanta Indem. Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 6896 (9th Cir. Apr. 20, 2017) - In 1994, Adrianus and Rachelle Alkemade (the “Alkemades”) bought a house from Meltebeke Built Paradise Homes (“Meltebeke”). The home was...more

Mind the gap – New Size-of-Transaction Test in German merger control

by Hogan Lovells on

New German competition law: Germany takes a pioneering role in adapting its competition law to the digital economy (Part 1) - On 9 June 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC)...more

The Continuing Stream of Website Accessibility Claims: A Trial Victory for a Plaintiff and a Dismissal for a Company

by Littler on

Over the past 18 months, the number of claims being filed over website accessibility has increased dramatically. Although courts continue to differ as to whether websites are places of public accommodation covered by Title...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest Wall Street revolution appears to be driven in large part by companies like Creative Planning, a registered investment adviser in a suburb of Kansas City that’s helping lead a shift away from brokers and mutual...more

Second Circuit Holds that Contingent Equity-Based Compensation of Former Lehman Employees are Subordinate to Creditor Claims

In In re Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc. 855 F.3d 459 (2d Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court order subordinating the claims of former Lehman Bros. (“Lehman”) employees...more

New Revenue Recognition Standards Reinforce Need for Precise Accounting Definitions in Transaction Documents

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Revenue recognition standards adopted by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) will become effective over the next two years. In light of the changes, it is a good time to remind ourselves that accounting terms in...more

Bottini v. GEICO: Parties to Bad Faith Action Not Bound by $30.8 million-dollar Verdict Without Appellate Review

For years, when a bad faith action was brought pursuant to a jury verdict in excess of policy limits in the underlying UM claim, everyone assumed the jury verdict was binding in the bad faith action. Then, Bottini v. GEICO...more

The Government Uses Multiple Tools to Fight Corruption

by Thomas Fox on

There are multiple ways to deal with an issue which can provide known and unforeseen benefits. Today we celebrate one of those as it was on this day in 1944, that President Franklin Roosevelt signed the GI Bill into...more

New Jersey Amends the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to Address the Manufacture and Sale of Hard Cider and Mead – Part 2: Wineries...

In addition to creating the Cidery and meadery license (see Part 1 for a discussion of the privileges of that license), the recent amendments to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act (“Act”) amended the definition of “wine” in...more

Safe harbour and ipso facto reform in Australia

by DLA Piper on

Long-awaited law reform to bring Australia's insolvency regime into step with many of its trading counterparts is slated to be enacted in the second half of 2017. The text of the law is currently before parliament for debate....more

Force majeure and the Qatar crisis: implications for UAE businesses

by Dentons on

On 5 June 2017, the UAE announced that it would be severing all diplomatic ties with Qatar. In separate announcements, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt also severed ties with Qatar, with other countries in the region following...more

Don’t Forget To Calendar Your Deadlines – Especially The Statutory Ones!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

If you commence an action by way of summons with notice, you must bear in mind the strict time limitations imposed by CPLR 3012(b). When the other party timely serves a written demand for a complaint, you have exactly twenty...more

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