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Foreign Startup Founder Rule Delayed

by Cozen O'Connor on

It is being reported that the Trump Administration intends to stop a new rule meant to help grant foreign-born entrepreneurs temporary permission, “parole,” to be in the U.S....more

Tesla’s CEO makes personal pledge for employee safety

by FordHarrison on

Tesla, an electric-automobile manufacturer, made headlines last month after Worksafe, a California-based worker advocacy group, released a report in May indicating that the injury rates at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing...more

Incorporating Employee Storytelling into Your Compliance Marketing

by Thomas Fox on

As you might suppose I read quite a bit. One of the pleasures I receive each month is when the copy of the MIT Sloan Management Review arrives. I also find the articles highly topical and present ways to consider new...more

Hogan Lovells Obtains Major TCPA Consent Revocation Victory

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 22, 2017, in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed with Hogan Lovells attorneys representing the defendant and held that the Telephone Consumer...more

California Does Not Bar Defense Coverage For "Willful Acts"

"California prohibits insurers from indemnifying policyholders for their intentional misconduct, as a matter of public policy and as codified in California Insurance Code section 533. This bar on insurance coverage, however,...more

One Way Out: California District Court Finds Insurer Had Right to Pay Limits Despite Possible Defense

by Carlton Fields on

In Film Allman, LLC v. New York Marine and General Insurance Company, Inc., 2:14-cv-7069-ODW, (C.D. Cal. May 23, 2017), a California district court granted summary judgment in favor of an insurer of a production company. The...more

Uber’s Former CEO and Current Chairman of the Board Sued Personally for Independent Contractor Misclassification – Is This an...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Last week, the lawyers representing drivers who have sued Uber in California commenced another lawsuit on behalf of drivers alleging that Uber misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees. This lawsuit,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #4

NAD Says Aldi Should Change Savings Claims Ads - The National Advertising Division (NAD) has recommended that Aldi, Inc. discontinue advertising based on a “market basket” comparison that claims consumers could save more...more

Inbound and Outbound U.S. Tax Planning - What's Left After the MLI?

On June 7, 2017, the formal signing ceremony of the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the “Multilateral Instrument” or “MLI”) took place. ...more

Recast EU Insolvency Regulation Comes Into Force

From today, 26 June 2017, the Recast EU Insolvency Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) No. 2015/848) comes into force and will apply to all relevant insolvency proceedings (although existing and ongoing proceedings will...more

Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and Take of Development

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Under Maryland law, the rights of a land developer to develop property for commercial or residential uses generally do not “vest” until there is some visible, lawful, construction on the property. Of course, development of a...more

ITC Issues Public Commission Opinion Clarifying Methodology for Allocating Domestic Industry Expenses and Issuing Exclusion Order...

On May 17, 2017, the International Trade Commission (ITC) reversed an ALJ’s ruling and found a violation of Section 337 in Certain Air Mattress Systems, Components Thereof and Methods of using the Same (“Certain Air Mattress...more

5 Best Practices For Minimizing Rescission Risk

Recent court decisions across a variety of industries highlight the importance of submitting accurate and complete insurance applications and renewals. When submitting an insurance application, the applicant should accurately...more

Sweet as Candy? Sugarfina takes Competitor to Court

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On June 15th, Sugarfina Inc. (“Sugarfina”), a gourmet candy boutique, sued one of its competitors, Sweet Pete’s LLC (“Sweet Pete’s”), accusing Sweet Pete’s of trade dress, copyright, trademark, and patent infringement, as...more

Iris House Provides Valuable Reminder to Landlords About Non-Profit Renters

Recently, the Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department, handed down a decision affirming the lower court in 2363 ACP Pineapple, LLC v. Iris House, Inc, 2017 NY Slip op 27047. As the attorney on this case, Michael D....more

UK: FCA call for input on access to insurance

by Hogan Lovells on

On 20 June 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA“) published a Call for Input inviting firms (amongst other stakeholders) to submit their views on the challenges they face in providing travel insurance to consumers who...more

Procurement Pulse - June 2017

by DLA Piper on

Procurement legislation provides certain guidance on how to run an impartial procurement process - including minimum time limits for submitting expressions of interest or bid documentation, prescribed criteria for selecting...more

CEQA Review of Cannabis Regulations - Comment Period Opens on Draft Program Environmental Impact Report of MCRSA and AUMA

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently released its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Draft Program Environmental Impact Report. The intent of the PEIR is to conduct environmental review of the regulations...more

Good Choice: Important Capital Formation Reforms in Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 Passed by House

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 on a vote of 233-186. Congress loves acronyms, and here “CHOICE” stands for Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and...more

Will he or will he not issue the arbitration rule?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

I have previously expressed serious doubt whether Director Cordray will issue a final arbitration rule. In the CFPB’s last semi-annual regulatory agenda issued last year, the CFPB stated that the arbitration rule would be...more

Court Declines To Quash Subpoena Issued To South Carolina Department Of Insurance In Companion Property Case

by Carlton Fields on

We previously reported on this case on January 5, 2016, June 28, 2016, July 20, 2016, and December 14, 2016. The case concerns Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company’s participation in a fronted insurance program...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Troubled Japanese auto parts maker Takata, “crippled by vast airbag recalls,” has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and is planning to sell its surviving operations to Key Safety Systems, an American rival owned by a...more

Second Circuit Says Contractual TCPA Consent Not Revocable

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, held that contractual consent—once given—cannot be unilaterally revoked. The landmark Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

Deducting Payments Between Related Parties

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Potential for Abuse- Many years ago, Congress decided that taxpayers who were “related” to one another should be required to use the same accounting method with respect to transactions between them in order to prevent the...more

Zebra Crossings: the view on secondment in Johannesburg

by Hogan Lovells on

When I left the UK, bound for Johannesburg, it was (and remains) a turbulent time with the UK government facing difficult negotiations in the coming years first over Brexit and now too in relation to its very ability to...more

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