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New Federal Trade Secrets Protections for Employers

Both the U.S. Senate and House have passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 and it is expected to be signed by President Obama in short order…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

NY Transit Agencies Escape Vicarious Liability for Contractors Alleged Discrimination

It is not uncommon for companies to contract their daily business operations to third-party companies. In Motta et al v. Global Contact Services, Inc., the court addressed whether such relationships relieve the outsourcing…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

Employee’s Inability to Meet Job’s Attendance Requirements Divests her of ADA Protections Sixth Circuit Holds

The converging paths of the Family Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ranks among the most difficult legal issues for employers to safely traverse. Employers should think twice before…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Perception Is Everything: Supreme Court Expands First Amendment Protections for Public Employees

In a decision that may expand the "zone of interest" protected by the First Amendment via 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Supreme Court in Heffernan v. City of Paterson, strengthened free speech rights for public employees by holding a…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

FDCPA Claims Related to Venue of State Court Collection and Garnishment Action Barred by Statute of Limitations and Rooker-Feldman Doctrine

Michael Marienthal v. Asset Acceptance, LLC and Wright, Lerch, & Litow, LLP, No. 1:14-1636, 2016WL795902 (SD. Ind.) - The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted debt collector and law firm’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking

ABA Clarifies Referral Fees Between Lawyers in Formal Ethics Opinion 474

On April 21, 2016, the American Bar Association ("ABA") Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released Formal Opinion 474, addressing referral fees under Model Rule 1.5(e) and the impact of conflicts of…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Eighth Circuit Concludes that Post-Judgment Actions are not Subject to the FDCPA's Venue Provision and Equitable Tolling does not Apply to FDCPA's Statute of Limitations

Hageman v. Barton, No. 14-3665, 2016 WL 1212235 (8th Cir. Mar. 29, 2016) - In Hageman v. Barton, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that registration of a foreign judgment and related garnishment…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking

Fourth Circuit Rejects Motion to Compel Arbitration in FDCPA Putative Class Action

Hayes v. Delbert Servs. Corp., No. 15-1170, 2016 WL 386016 (4th Cir. Feb. 2, 2016) - In Hayes v. Delbert Servs., Corp.,the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement between the lender,…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Indigenous Peoples

Workers' Comp Plaintiff Attorneys Might Be Getting a Bigger Payday in Florida

On April 20, 2016, the 1st District Court of Appeals fired the most significant shot in years at controversial attorney fee restrictions in Florida. In 2003, the Florida State Workers' Compensation Statute placed strict…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Law Practice Products & Services, Worker’s Compensation

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms "Prior Express Consent" in Health Care Collections Case

Baisden v. Credit Adjustments, Inc., No. 15-3411, 2016 WL 561735 (6th Cir. Feb. 12, 2016) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that two hospital patients consented to a debt collection agency's automated…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Health

Absent a Fee-Sharing Agreement Signed by Client, Referring Attorney Cannot Recover Fees From Receiving Attorney

Naughton v. Pfaff, 2016 IL.App (2nd) 150360 - Brief Summary - A referring attorney sought to recover under an oral fee-sharing agreement with another attorney, alleging that their agreement constituted a joint venture…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Statutory Elimination of the Real Estate Broker's Fiduciary Duty

Will the California Supreme Court’s anticipated decision in Hiroshiike v. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company, significantly impact real estate agency law and the fiduciary duty of real estate agents? 25 states have…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

Second Circuit Affirms Denial of Class Certification in FDCPA Action for De Minimus Recovery

Gallego v. Northland Grp. Inc., No. 15-1666-CV, 2016 WL 697383 (2d Cir. Feb. 22, 2016) - Debtor brought a class action against a debt collector alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking

Hinshaw Thwarts Consumer's Attempt to Expand the Definition "Debt Collector" under FDCPA

Seo v. Education Credit Management Corporation, Case No. 1:15-cv-03703, 2016 WL 521065 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 9, 2016) - Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP lawyers convinced a district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois to…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking

Insurance Broker Had No Duty to Inform Security Company Insured of Change in Exclusion Language for Alarm Systems

Schlossberg v. B.F. Saul Insurance Agency of MD, Inc., Case No. GJH-13-3076 USDC (Dist. of Maryland, Southern Div.) December 8, 2015 - Plaintiff was the bankruptcy trustee for DTM, a company that provided security guards to…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting, Insurance
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