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Supreme Court Ruling Makes Mortgage Loan Officers Eligible for Overtime Pay

Federal agencies now have the authority to interpret their own rules. On March 9, 2015, in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass’n, No. 13-1041, slip op. (U.S. Mar. 9, 2015), the United States Supreme Court effectively gave federal…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling that Could Radically Change Employee Discipline

In a slip opinion released on Monday, March 9, 2015, styled Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass’n, No. 13-1041, slip op. (U.S. Mar. 9, 2015), the United States Supreme Court effectively gave federal agencies carte blanche to interpret…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law

ISO’s Cloud Privacy Standard: A Guide for Lawyers’ “Reasonable Efforts” to Protect Client Information

Rule 1.1 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct requires that all lawyers provide “competent representation to a client.” In August 2012, the ABA added new language to Model Rule 1.1, comment 8: To maintain the requisite…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Law Practice Products & Services, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rules Now Apply to Real Estate Industry Sectors

For the past 40 years, OSHA has required the majority of employers with ten (10) or more employees to maintain records of workplace illness, injury, or death. Those same employers are also required to post the annual summary…more
| Administrative Law, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Mexico’s Energy Reforms – Round 1 Update: More Participating Companies

As an additional update to the bulletin published on 2 February 2015, we are sending this follow up regarding additional companies participating in Mexico’s Licensing Round 1 shallow water oil and gas tender. …more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Louisiana Business Corporation Act

Effective January 1, 2015, Louisiana adopted the Louisiana Business Corporation Act (“Louisiana BCA”), which was drafted by Louisiana Law Institute’s Corporations Committee and replaces Louisiana’s Business Corporation Law. The…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

Mexico Energy Law – Round 1 Update

Update regarding Mexico’s Licensing Round 1 shallow water oil and gas tender - According to the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (e.g., the National Hydrocarbons Commission; “CNH”), as of Thursday, January 28th, 2015,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

Is Your Company Prepared? Proposed Rule Changes Targeting Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Gender Identity and Gender Norms

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a proposed rule change that would rescind the existing Sex Discrimination Guidelines found at 41 C.F.R. part 60-20 and replace those provisions with new rules regarding current…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Oil Production and Storage Facilities Must Maintain Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans

Small oil production and storage facilities often overlook their obligations to develop and implement oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans. These requirements have been issued by the USEPA under the…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Fifth Circuit upholds “seamen” exemption and dismisses “day-rate” FLSA collective action suit.

A wave of FLSA collective (class) actions have been filed against scores of marine shipping and towing companies in the Gulf States for violation of the FLSA. Specifically, these suits claim that the commonly used “day-rate” pay…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Maritime Law

ISO Adopts Standard for Privacy in the Cloud

The use of public cloud computing services- broadly defined as contracting with another company for the provision of computing resources (networks, storage, applications, and services), offers many potential benefits for…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Three OSHA Rule Changes all Employers Need to Be Aware of Heading Into 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, two new rules will go into effect by the U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that will impact most all employers. One rule relates to recordkeeping and the…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Banking Bulletin: Saddle Up! Livestock Lenders and Livestock Leasing

On August 14, 2014, in a dispute regarding entitlement to proceeds resulting from an auction of livestock in possession of a dairy farmer-debtor, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an order in favor of a…more
| Agriculture, Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

President Obama to Take Executive Action Allowing Millions of Undocumented Immigrants to Stay and Work in the U.S. Legally

Last week President Obama addressed the nation to layout a series of executive actions he is taking to fix the United States' immigration system that everybody recognizes is broken. While such action will not have the permanent…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Maritime Bulletin: Fifth Circuit Rules on McBride

The Fifth Circuit issued its en banc decision in Estis v. McBride Well Service, LLC, No. 12-30714 (5th Cir. September 25, 2014) and ruled that a Jones Act seaman’s recovery is limited to pecuniary losses where liability is…more
| Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Maritime Law
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