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SCOTUS Aligns Application of Statute of Limitations in Constructive Discharge and Actual Discharge Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court held in Green v. Brennan that the statute of limitations for a constructive discharge begins to run on the date of resignation, not the date of the employer’s last discriminatory act, resolving a circuit…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Case Reminds Insurance Agents to Review Process of Receiving Approval from Insureds Before Submitting Applications to Carriers

Schmidt v. Indiana Insurance Co., No. 22S01-1507-PL-412, Supreme Court of Indiana, December 2, 2015 - Plaintiff was the owner of a house in which he allowed his cousin to live from 2007 to 2009. When the cousin moved out,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

Groundbreaking Healthcare Nondiscrimination Rule Issued by HHS: What It Means for Covered Entities

HHS late last week issued a Final Rule prohibiting discrimination in healthcare on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The Rule also broadens protection for individuals with limited English…more
| Civil Rights, Health, Insurance

Federal Government Issues Guidance to Schools on Title IX and Transgender Students

In a move that made headlines across the country, two federal government agencies issued a significant guidance document last week interpreting Title IX's requirements for protecting transgender students' rights…more
| Civil Rights, Education

What Employers Need to Know About Shrinking Overtime Exemptions

The hour has arrived. Last summer, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor announced substantial revisions to federal regulations regarding who is exempt from overtime pay. After almost a year of waiting, the DOL…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - May 2016

Debt Collection Letters Now Have a Safe Harbor In The Second Circuit - Avila v. Riexinger & Associates, LLC, 15-1548, --- F.3d ---- , 2016 WL 1104776 (2d Cir. March 22, 2016) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

PRACTICING WITHOUT A NET: Protecting Your Firm By Agreement

Attorneys come to us when contemplating the creation or expansion of their firms, when they want to leave their firm, or are dealing with the fallout of another member leaving. While many law firms have taken advantage of the…more
| Business Organizations, Law Practice Products & Services

Overtime Exemptions Shrink

The hour has arrived. Last summer, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor announced substantial revisions to federal regulations delineating who is exempt from overtime pay. After almost a year of waiting (and…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Issues Final Regulations on Wellness Programs

Employers who provide employees with incentives to encourage healthy behavior must contend with an alphabet soup of federal law--ERISA, GINA, HIPAA, the ACA, the ADA, just to name a few. Earlier this week, the EEOC weighed in…more
| Civil Rights, Health, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Provides a Narrow Win for Defendant—With Chance for More—On "Actual Injury" Issue

Spokeo Inc. v. Thomas Robins et al., No. 13-1339 (2016) - On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 6-2, set aside a lower court decision on whether what might be a technical statutory violation gives a consumer…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

Supreme Court Takes Pragmatic Approach To Whether Letters Violate FDCPA

Sheriff v. Gillie, No. 15-338 (2016) - On May 16, 2016 the Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision of the Sixth Circuit that had held that collection attorneys hired as independent contractors to collect debts on…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What Business Owners Need to Know

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016. It became effective immediately. The DTSA — which amends the Economic Espionage Act (18 U.S.C. § 1831) — establishes a federal…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

Is the American Rule Dead in New Jersey?

Ok, so maybe "dead" is a bit hyperbolic, but the New Jersey Supreme Court's decision in Innes v. Marzano-Lesnevich, No. 074291, ___ N.J. _____ (N.J. Apr. 26, 2016) has raised serious questions about just how far the New Jersey…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Professional Malpractice

Be Careful How, And With Whom, You Associate

Attorney associations are valuable means to reduce overhead and expenses, and provide support for sole practitioners. However, casually creating an association can give rise to issues, including increased exposure to vicarious…more
| Business Organizations, Law Practice Products & Services

Agent Had No Duty to Produce Additional Insurance Coverage For Lost Rent and Soft Cost Without a Specific Request

Professional Lines Alert - APM, LLLP v. TCI Insurance Agency, Inc., No. 20150243, Supreme Court of North Dakota, March 15, 2016 - Plaintiff, a property management company, was seeking a builder's risk insurance policy…more
| Construction Law, Insurance
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