The JD Supra 50 - Top Legal Topics in 2016


Dear readers: it is my pleasure once again to present our annual recap of popular topics on JD Supra for the past year. As in years past, I've noted rising and falling interest, and highlighted in bold those topics which have moved dramatically across the list (or appear on it for the very first time).

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The JD Supra 50 - Top Topics in 2016:

  Topic Ranking Change
  Employee Handbooks  last year: 3
  Retaliation — unchanged
  Healthcare Reform (aka the Affordable Care Act)  last year: 1
  Estate Planning  last year: 7
  Cybersecurity — unchanged
  The Telephone Consumer Protection Act  last year: 4
  The Dodd-Frank Act  last year: 9
  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (aka EEOC)  last year: 12
  Foreclosure  last year: 22
  The National Labor Relations Board (aka NLRB)  last year: 11
  The Securities & Exchange Commission (aka SEC)  last year: 26
  Compliance Matters   last year: 6
  Social Media & the Law  last year: 8
  Data Breaches  last year: 17
  Fair Labor Standards Act (aka FLSA) new to the list
  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (aka CFPB)  last year: 13
  Corporate Taxes  last year: 16
  Employer Liability Issues — unchanged
  The Family Medical Leave Act (aka FMLA)  last year: 24
  Hiring & Firing  last year: 14
  Independent Contractors  last year: 19
  Wage & Hour   last year: 25
  Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (aka HIPAA)  last year: 28
  Patents  last year: 20
  Publicly Traded Companies new to the list
  Title VII  last year: 31
  Confidentiality Agreements new to the list
  Class Action Matters  last year: 27
  The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (aka FDCPA)  last year: 49
  Non-Compete Agreements  last year: 15
  Enforcement Actions  last year: 38
  China new to the list
  Mortgages  last year: 23
  The Military Lending Act  last year: 42
  Whistleblowers  last year: 21
  Discrimination  last year: 29
  Data Protection new to the list
  Patent Litigation  last year: 30
  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (aka OSHA) new to the list
  The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (aka FCPA)  last year: 43
  H-1B Visas — unchanged
  Healthcare new to the list
  The Americans with Disabilities Act  last year: 50
  Same-Sex Marriage  last year: 10
  The United States Supreme Court (aka SCOTUS)  last year: 39
  Trade Secrets new to the list
  The United States Departent of Labor (aka DOL) new to the list
  Unfair Deceptive or Abusive Acts and Practices (aka UDAAP) new to the list
  Sanctions new to the list
  The United States Food and Drug Administration (aka FDA) new to the list


We'll see you in the new year! Thanks for reading...


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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