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Perspectives - August/September 2016

We’ve all heard about India’s rape crisis, but not everyone knows that it’s the result of the larger problem of gender inequality. According to UNICEF, India is the worst place to be born a girl. The birth of a baby girl is…more

501(c)(4), Appraisal, Business Formation, Charitable Donations, IRS

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3D Printing News: Recent M&A Activity; Copyright’s Conceptual Separability Test; Expiring Patents

Here are recent and significant M&A deals in the 3D space. In September, GE acquired SLM Solutions and Arcam, reportedly spending $1.4 billion for both. Arcam provides a cost-efficient additive manufacturing solution…more

3-D Technology, Acquisition Agreements, Copyright, General Electric, Patent Expiration

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Perspectives - August/September 2016

We’ve all heard about India’s rape crisis, but not everyone knows that it’s the result of the larger problem of gender inequality. According to UNICEF, India is the worst place to be born a girl. The birth of a baby girl is…more

501(c)(4), Appraisal, Business Formation, Charitable Donations, IRS

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President Obama’s Latest Executive Order: Required Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

By President Obama’s September 7, 2016 Executive Order, federal contractors and subcontractors will now be required to provide paid sick leave to their employees beginning on January 1, 2017. The Department of Labor (DOL)…more

DOL, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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IRS Releases Guidance on Current Refunding of Recovery Zone Facility Bond Issues

On January 13, 2014, the IRS released Notice 2014-9 which contains guidance on the refunding of Recovery Zone Facility Bonds (“RZFBs”) with another issue of RZFBs if certain conditions are met…more

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Bonds, IRS, Refunds

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Perspectives - February 2016

I Just Received Drafts of Construction Loan Documents from My Lender, Now What? I have heard the following statement many, many times over the course of my career: “Do I really need to hire an attorney to close a simple…more

Commercial Leases, Construction Loans, Crowdfunding, DOL, First Amendment

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Omissions Regarding “Known Trends” in a 10-Q Report May Support a Securities Fraud Claim

If a public company fails to disclose in its quarterly or annual reports trends and uncertainties that it could reasonably expect to have a material impact on revenues, at least one significant federal court has held that the…more

Corporate Counsel, Disclosure Requirements, Form 10-Q, Material Disclosures, Publicly-Traded Companies

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IRS Releases Guidance on Current Refunding of Recovery Zone Facility Bond Issues

On January 13, 2014, the IRS released Notice 2014-9 which contains guidance on the refunding of Recovery Zone Facility Bonds (“RZFBs”) with another issue of RZFBs if certain conditions are met…more

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Bonds, IRS, Refunds

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InterConnect - Fall 2016

In May 2016, the Department of Labor released its long-awaited Final Rule on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule—which will take effect in three months—will impact transportation employers nationwide,…more

Common Carriers, Federal Maritime Commission, FLSA, NPRM, Preemption

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SEC Adopts Rules Permitting Crowdfunding

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved by a 3 to 1 vote, new regulations designed to provide additional avenues for small businesses to raise capital via a fundraising method commonly called…more

Capital Formation, Crowdfunding, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Investors

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President Obama’s Latest Executive Order: Required Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

By President Obama’s September 7, 2016 Executive Order, federal contractors and subcontractors will now be required to provide paid sick leave to their employees beginning on January 1, 2017. The Department of Labor (DOL)…more

DOL, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Holiday Help for Hanjin Headaches: A Few Practical Pointers

As most readers are aware, Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. (“Hanjin”) commenced insolvency proceedings in South Korea on August 31, 2016. Shippers, motor carriers, transportation intermediaries, and others are scrambling to react to…more

Chapter 15, Commercial Bankruptcy, Freight Forwarding, Insolvency, Motor Carriers

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Stark Law - Is Relief in Sight?

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published proposed revisions to the regulations implementing the physician self-referral law, or Stark Law. If enacted, these revisions could allow…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, DHS, Health Care Providers, Healthcare Reform

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Brexit's Effect on Intellectual Property Rights

Now that the United Kingdom has voted to withdraw from the European Union (commonly known as “Brexit”), we turn to the question of how Brexit will affect intellectual property rights in the UK and Europe. The good news is…more

EU, European Patent Convention, European Patent Office, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), European Union Trade Mark (EUTM)

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Patent Trolls v. Transportation Companies – Contract Tips to Help Avoid Paying the Toll

Transportation companies have become prime targets for patent infringement lawsuits in recent years. Some mistakenly assume that technology companies are the only companies subject to infringement claims, however, the use of…more

Contract Terms, IP License, Patent Infringement, Patent Trolls, Popular

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The Economic Development Toolbox: Downtown Redevelopment Districts Provide Additional Economic Development Tools for Ohio Municipalities

On May 6, 2016, Governor Kasich signed Am. Sub. House Bill 233 (“H.B. 233”) authorizing Ohio municipalities to create Downtown Redevelopment Districts (“DRDs”) to encourage the rehabilitation of historic buildings and economic…more

Accelerators, Economic Development, Governor Kasich, Historical Rehabilitation, Incubators

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Benesch Perspectives - July 2014 Newsletter

In this issue: - Not-for-Profit Spotlight - Giving to Religion Trending Downward for a Decade - What You Can Learn from Giving 2014 - Is the Front Door Closing on the Parsonage Exemption? …more

Charitable Donations, Churches, Home Health Care, Independent Contractors, Misclassification

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Omissions Regarding “Known Trends” in a 10-Q Report May Support a Securities Fraud Claim

If a public company fails to disclose in its quarterly or annual reports trends and uncertainties that it could reasonably expect to have a material impact on revenues, at least one significant federal court has held that the…more

Corporate Counsel, Disclosure Requirements, Form 10-Q, Material Disclosures, Publicly-Traded Companies

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Benesch @ Work - September 2015

In Browning-Ferris, Businesses Lose as the Board Crafts a Solution in Search of a Problem. Marking a sea change in labor law and a departure from decades of settled precedent, the National Labor Relations Board formulated a…more

Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Joint Employers, Misclassification

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Perspectives - January 2014

In This Issue: - Considerations in the Cloud: Managing the Risks - United States V. Sperry: A Revived Threat to Owners, Directors, Managers and Directors of Distressed Organizations - Board Membership &…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Directors, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt Organizations

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Brexit's Effect on Intellectual Property Rights

Now that the United Kingdom has voted to withdraw from the European Union (commonly known as “Brexit”), we turn to the question of how Brexit will affect intellectual property rights in the UK and Europe. The good news is…more

EU, European Patent Convention, European Patent Office, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), European Union Trade Mark (EUTM)

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Holidays Can Be A Time To Spot Changes In Elderly Family Members

Slight changes in behavior or personality can be subtle and not easily noticed if you interact with the person frequently. However, many Americans will be visiting with elderly family members during the upcoming holidays and…more

Elder Care

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Perspectives: Trends and Topics in Not-For-Profit Management - May 2015

In this Issue: - Not-for-Profit Spotlight - IP and IT Procurement for Not-for-Profit Organizations - Starting Off Right: Recruiting, Training and Retaining Fundraising Staff - Guidance Released for…more

Board of Directors, Chief Compliance Officers, Corporate Governance, Fundraisers, Google

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Chi-Town Pizza Avoids Class Certification in TCPA Suit

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (“TCPA”), prohibits the transmission of “an unsolicited fax advertisement.” Rosen Family Chiropractic (“Rosen”) filed suit against Chi-Town Pizza on Div. St. (“Chi-Town…more

Advertising, Ascertainable Class, Chiropractors, Class Action, Class Certification

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SEC Adopts Final Rules on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted long-awaited final rules on CEO pay ratio disclosure (the “Rules”), which require that almost every SEC registrant disclose the ratio of the annual total…more

CEOs, Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Exemptions, Final Rules

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Chi-Town Pizza Avoids Class Certification in TCPA Suit

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (“TCPA”), prohibits the transmission of “an unsolicited fax advertisement.” Rosen Family Chiropractic (“Rosen”) filed suit against Chi-Town Pizza on Div. St. (“Chi-Town…more

Advertising, Ascertainable Class, Chiropractors, Class Action, Class Certification

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As American as Football, Apple Pie and Class Actions

Two cert petitions in a football-related class action are pending before the U.S. Supreme Court: Gilchrist v. National Football League, case no. 16-283 and Armstrong v. National Football League. Both are scheduled to be…more

Athletes, Class Action, Daubert Standards, NFL, Petition for Writ of Certiorari

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China Business Update: China’s Evolving Legal Landscape for Trade Secret Protection

2013 will be remembered as a watershed year for trade secret protection in China. In January 2013, China’s Amended Civil Procedure Law came into force, giving courts discretion to issue interlocutory injunctions (1)…more

China, Infringement, Irreparable Harm, Patents, Trade Secrets

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In Case of Emergency: Handling HazMat Violations

An unexpected fine for a hazardous materials violation can jolt a company. Even companies with robust systems for managing hazardous materials compliance can be surprised with a penalty due to the actions of a single employee…more

Compliance, Employer Liability Issues, Federal Aviation Act, Fines, Government Investigations

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China Business Update: China’s Evolving Legal Landscape for Trade Secret Protection

2013 will be remembered as a watershed year for trade secret protection in China. In January 2013, China’s Amended Civil Procedure Law came into force, giving courts discretion to issue interlocutory injunctions (1)…more

China, Infringement, Irreparable Harm, Patents, Trade Secrets

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IRS Releases Guidance on Current Refunding of Recovery Zone Facility Bond Issues

On January 13, 2014, the IRS released Notice 2014-9 which contains guidance on the refunding of Recovery Zone Facility Bonds (“RZFBs”) with another issue of RZFBs if certain conditions are met…more

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Bonds, IRS, Refunds

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New Overtime Rule

A federal Judge in Texas yesterday issued an order temporarily barring the Department of Labor (“DOL”) from enforcing its much-publicized new overtime rule, just over one week before the rule’s December 1 effective…more

DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Over-Time, Preliminary Injunctions

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Landmarks - Summer 2015

Technologically savvy shoppers visiting brick-and-mortar retail locations are increasingly engaging in “showrooming,” a practice where consumers use the brick-and-mortar retail location to evaluate a product in person, yet…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Commercial Real Estate Market, Common Areas, Contract Drafting

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Landmarks - Summer 2015

Technologically savvy shoppers visiting brick-and-mortar retail locations are increasingly engaging in “showrooming,” a practice where consumers use the brick-and-mortar retail location to evaluate a product in person, yet…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Commercial Real Estate Market, Common Areas, Contract Drafting

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SEC Adopts Rules Permitting Crowdfunding

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved by a 3 to 1 vote, new regulations designed to provide additional avenues for small businesses to raise capital via a fundraising method commonly called…more

Capital Formation, Crowdfunding, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Investors

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@Work: Your HR and Employment Law Update - December 2015

With 2015 almost wrapped up, it is a good time to highlight the cases and administrative guidance that packed the biggest punch in the workplace over the last year. Some of this year’s biggest decisions carried a common theme:…more

Arbitration Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, Disability Discrimination, Joint Employers, Misclassification

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InterConnect - Summer 2016

On April 6, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its Final Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (the Final Rule). These long-awaited regulations were mandated by the Food Safety…more

Bankruptcy Preferences, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Truck Drivers, Exemptions, FDA

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InterConnect Flash! No. 57 - 10Tth Circuit Hurls Knuckleball at Carriers Attempting ELD Roll-Outs

While the rest of the country was basking in the glow of the Cleveland Indians improbable trip to the World Series last week (ok so maybe just the City of Cleveland) the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals threw a knuckleball to motor…more

Commercial Truck Drivers, Equipment Lease, Independent Contractors, Motor Carriers, Trucking Industry

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Perspectives - March/April - 2016

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) was founded by several professional and trade associations that came together after Hurricane Katrina to help provide humanitarian relief. Today, ALAN comprises hundreds of supply chain…more

501(c)(4), Charitable Donations, Child Abuse, E-Filing, Form 1023 EZ

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InterConnect - Summer 2014

In this issue: - Don’t Sail Too Close to the Wind: Enhancing Awareness of Intermodal Shipping Documents - NEMF Class Action Settlement Serves as a Reminder to Carriers to Ensure FCRA Compliance in Hiring -…more

Antitrust Provisions, Brand, Class Action, Compliance, FCRA

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Perspectives - August/September 2016

We’ve all heard about India’s rape crisis, but not everyone knows that it’s the result of the larger problem of gender inequality. According to UNICEF, India is the worst place to be born a girl. The birth of a baby girl is…more

501(c)(4), Appraisal, Business Formation, Charitable Donations, IRS

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California Ruling On Website Accessibility Under The ADA May Lead To More Litigation

A recent decision out of a California superior court (Davis v. BMI/BND Travelware) ruled that a website operator was liable to a visually-impaired plaintiff for operating a website that was not accessible under the Americans…more

ADA, DOJ, Public Accommodation, Retailers, Title III

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Lyft Obtains Dismissal Of FCRA Class Action

Lyft, the ride-sharing service, recently obtained dismissal of a putative class alleging that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) when obtaining background checks on its drivers. See Nokchan v. Lyft, Inc., No…more

Background Checks, Corporate Counsel, Dismissals, FCRA, Jurisdiction

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Setting The Table - October 2016: The Buck Starts Here - What Shippers and Brokers Must Do to Comply with FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule

In Spring 2016, the FDA released its long-awaited Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (the “Rule”). The regulation, which constitutes one of seven final rules implementing the Food Safety and…more

Commercial Truck Drivers, FDA, Final Rules, Food Safety, FSMA

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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals TCPA Ruling: Thomas v. Taco Bell Corporation

In Thomas v. Taco Bell Corp., No. 12-56458 (9th Cir. June 6, 2014), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of Defendant Taco Bell Corporation, holding that Taco Bell could not be held liable as a…more

Advertising, Corporate Counsel, Taco Bell, TCPA, Text Messages

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The New ASTM Phase I Standard

On December 30, 2013, a new standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (“Phase I”), known as E1527-13 Phase 1 Standard for Environmental Site Assessments (“2013 ASTM Standard”) was adopted by the Environmental…more

ASTM, CERCLA, Environmental Policies, EPA

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OIG Proposes New Revisions to Civil Monetary Penalty Regulations

On May 12th, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a proposed rule which would amend the federal civil monetary penalty (CMP) regulations addressing new CMP authorities…more

Affordable Care Act, Civil Monetary Penalty, Healthcare, OIG

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The Ohio Department of Commerce Proposes “Factsheet” in Advance of Publishing Draft Cultivator Rules

On November 1, 2016, the Ohio Department of Commerce released its “Cultivator Rules” factsheet, which outlines the key elements of its initial draft rules for cultivation licenses under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control…more

Comment Period, Licensing Rules, Marijuana, Marijuana Cultivation, Medical Marijuana

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InterConnect - Fall 2016

In May 2016, the Department of Labor released its long-awaited Final Rule on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule—which will take effect in three months—will impact transportation employers nationwide,…more

Common Carriers, Federal Maritime Commission, FLSA, NPRM, Preemption

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Re-evaluating Your Company’s Use and Presentation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

At a Glance: In May, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) added twelve new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on the use of non-GAAP (“Generally Accepted Accounting Principles”) financial…more

C&DIs, EBITDA, Financial Reporting, GAAP, New Guidance

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2016 Is Ramping Up For Telemedicine Developments

Two months in and this year has already seen significant movement in regulatory action across the country to expand the ability to provide telemedicine services. Below please find some of the more significant items that have…more

Controlled Substances, Electronic Prescribing, Medicaid, Proposed Legislation, Reimbursements

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Analysis of Ohioans for Medical Marijuana’s Proposed Ballot Initiative

Late last week the Ohio ballot board certified a constitutional amendment (the “Amendment”), proposed by Ohioans for Medical Marijuana (“OMM”), to create a comprehensive regulatory program for the provision and sale of medical…more

Ballot Measures, Capital Requirements, Caregivers, Constitutional Amendment, General Elections

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Landmarks - Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Crowdfunding — What It Is, What to Watch - Spotlight on Insurance: Know the Risks Involved with the Protective Safeguards Endorsement - Reinvestment In Leased Retail Space — Top 10 Legal…more

Commercial Insurance Policies, Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Commercial Real Estate Market, Crowdfunding

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New Overtime Rule

A federal Judge in Texas yesterday issued an order temporarily barring the Department of Labor (“DOL”) from enforcing its much-publicized new overtime rule, just over one week before the rule’s December 1 effective…more

DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Over-Time, Preliminary Injunctions

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Lateral Integration for Longevity

In law firms, lateral integration is a marriage of many resources. I am sure many remember the famous quote “it takes a village.” In the case of lateral integration, this quote is spot on for law firms in a competitive market…more

Law Practice Management, Professional Development, Young Lawyers

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CMS Finalizes Rule on Reporting and Returning Overpayments under Medicare Parts A and B

On February 11, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released for publication its final rule for the Reporting and Returning of Overpayments under Medicare Part A and Part B (the “Final Rule”). The Final…more

60-Day Rule, Affordable Care Act, CMS, Final Rules, Medicare Part A

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Setting the Table - January 2015: I Really Need A License For That?! Regulators Crack Down on Liquid Food Commodity Transporters

The new “Tank Vehicle” definition, which became effective and enforceable in all 50 states last summer, will likely have a disproportionate effect on the food commodity transportation sector due to the tendency to transport…more

Commercial Truck Drivers, Commodities, Driver's Licenses, Final Rules, FMCSA

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The Hazy Rollout of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP)

When Ohio House Bill 523 (HB 523) became effective on September 8, 2016, Ohio joined the company of 25 other states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories that have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes…more

Decriminalization of Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Regulatory Standards

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Class Action Lawsuit Claims Wines Contain Unsafe Levels of Arsenic

Four California residents brought a lawsuit earlier this month against 28 wineries for producing, manufacturing or distributing wine in California that allegedly contains inorganic arsenic in amounts far in excess of what is…more

Arsenic, Class Action, EPA, Wine & Alcohol

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Preliminary Injunctions Now Available for Enforcement of Trade Secrets

One of the most welcome developments in China’s evolving legal landscape this year is a new law that allows owners of trade secrets to obtain preliminary injunctions to stop infringement. Overseas investors have long complained…more

China, Eli Lilly, Foreign Investment, Infringement, Investors

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InterConnect - Fall 2016

In May 2016, the Department of Labor released its long-awaited Final Rule on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule—which will take effect in three months—will impact transportation employers nationwide,…more

Common Carriers, Federal Maritime Commission, FLSA, NPRM, Preemption

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InterConnect - Fall 2016

In May 2016, the Department of Labor released its long-awaited Final Rule on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule—which will take effect in three months—will impact transportation employers nationwide,…more

Common Carriers, Federal Maritime Commission, FLSA, NPRM, Preemption

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I-9 COMPLIANCE - A Fixed Fee Program

Investigations and audits of Form I-9 documents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are steeply on the rise, and the Obama administration is promising to keep the heat on employers in the coming…more

Audits, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), Government Investigations, Hiring & Firing

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InterConnect Flash! No. 57 - 10Tth Circuit Hurls Knuckleball at Carriers Attempting ELD Roll-Outs

While the rest of the country was basking in the glow of the Cleveland Indians improbable trip to the World Series last week (ok so maybe just the City of Cleveland) the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals threw a knuckleball to motor…more

Commercial Truck Drivers, Equipment Lease, Independent Contractors, Motor Carriers, Trucking Industry

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House Bill 194: Curbing Baseless Patent Infringement Claims

House Bill 194 was introduced on May 11, 2015, by primary sponsor Representative Kristina Roegner (R), Ohio House District 37. As introduced, the new bill will prohibit persons from engaging in the widespread sending of bad…more

Frivolous Lawsuits, Patent Infringement, Patents, Pending Legislation

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Delaware Proposing New Rapid Arbitration Act

The Delaware General Assembly proposed legislation to provide business entities with the ability to resolve business disputes in a quick and efficient manner through voluntary arbitration: the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act…more

Arbitration, Business Disputes, Proposed Legislation

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Brexit's Effect on Intellectual Property Rights

Now that the United Kingdom has voted to withdraw from the European Union (commonly known as “Brexit”), we turn to the question of how Brexit will affect intellectual property rights in the UK and Europe. The good news is…more

EU, European Patent Convention, European Patent Office, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), European Union Trade Mark (EUTM)

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InterConnect FLASH! No. 40 - Supreme Court Declines Swift Review - But It Is Not The End Of The Story

The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to review the Swift worker misclassification case, which has been working its way through the courts for several years. That decision has brought up a lot of questions on the viability…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Classification, Federal Arbitration Act, Misclassification

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Perspectives - January 2014

In This Issue: - Considerations in the Cloud: Managing the Risks - United States V. Sperry: A Revived Threat to Owners, Directors, Managers and Directors of Distressed Organizations - Board Membership &…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Directors, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt Organizations

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Obama Signs New Federal GMO Labeling Law

On July 29, President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (S. 764) into federal law. This law will establish national standards for the labeling of food containing genetically engineered (“GE”)…more

Food Labeling, Food Manufacturers, GMO, New Regulations, USDA

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The 3D Printing Revolution: Prepare for the Risks, Leverage the Opportunities

3D printing is not just for tchotchkes anymore. Technological advancement paired with decreasing costs to build and/or purchase 3D printers create the perfect storm for the next industrial revolution…more

3D Printing, Copyright, Intellectual Property Protection, IP License, Patents

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Perspectives - October/November 2016

By President Obama’s September 7, 2016 Executive Order, federal contractors and subcontractors will now be required to provide paid sick leave to their employees beginning on January 1, 2017. The Department of Labor (DOL)…more

Crime Victims, DOL, FASB, Federal Contractors, Health Insurance

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Sixth Circuit Sends Flint Water Class Action to State Court Under CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception

On November 16, 2016, the Sixth Circuit held that a state law professional negligence class action against civil engineering companies arising out of the Flint, Michigan water crisis must be litigated in Michigan state court. …more

Appeals, Burden of Proof, CAFA, Class Action, Diversity Jurisdiction

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OIG Releases 2014 Work Plan

The OIG recently made available its 2014 Work Plan. The Plan identifies OIG focus areas and priority projects for the coming year. This post provides a brief summary of many of the new OIG projects for fiscal year 2014 to assist…more

Fraud and Abuse, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud, Medicare, OIG

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Landmarks - Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Crowdfunding — What It Is, What to Watch - Spotlight on Insurance: Know the Risks Involved with the Protective Safeguards Endorsement - Reinvestment In Leased Retail Space — Top 10 Legal…more

Commercial Insurance Policies, Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Commercial Real Estate Market, Crowdfunding

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InterConnect Flash! No. 57 - 10Tth Circuit Hurls Knuckleball at Carriers Attempting ELD Roll-Outs

While the rest of the country was basking in the glow of the Cleveland Indians improbable trip to the World Series last week (ok so maybe just the City of Cleveland) the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals threw a knuckleball to motor…more

Commercial Truck Drivers, Equipment Lease, Independent Contractors, Motor Carriers, Trucking Industry

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District Court Denies Class Certification and Grants Partial Summary Judgment in Favor of DISH Network L.L.C. in Telemarketing Suit

CLEVELAND, OH – February 25, 2014 –Benesch achieved a significant victory for DISH Network L.L.C. when the Federal District Court in Denver, Colorado issued an order and an opinion denying the Plaintiff’s Motion for Class…more

Dish Network, Summary Judgment, TCPA, Telemarketing

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InterConnect - Fall 2016

In May 2016, the Department of Labor released its long-awaited Final Rule on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule—which will take effect in three months—will impact transportation employers nationwide,…more

Common Carriers, Federal Maritime Commission, FLSA, NPRM, Preemption

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Stark Law - Is Relief in Sight?

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published proposed revisions to the regulations implementing the physician self-referral law, or Stark Law. If enacted, these revisions could allow…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, DHS, Health Care Providers, Healthcare Reform

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SEC Proposes Rules for Disclosure of Hedging by Employees, Officers, and Directors

Boards of Directors of companies subject to the federal proxy rules should take note of proposed rules released by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 9, 2015 that would enhance corporate disclosure of…more

Dodd-Frank, Hedging, Proposed Regulation, Proxy Statements, Public Disclosure

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Perspectives - January 2014

In This Issue: - Considerations in the Cloud: Managing the Risks - United States V. Sperry: A Revived Threat to Owners, Directors, Managers and Directors of Distressed Organizations - Board Membership &…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Directors, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt Organizations

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Benesch @ Work - September 2015

In Browning-Ferris, Businesses Lose as the Board Crafts a Solution in Search of a Problem. Marking a sea change in labor law and a departure from decades of settled precedent, the National Labor Relations Board formulated a…more

Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Joint Employers, Misclassification

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Perspectives - August/September 2016

We’ve all heard about India’s rape crisis, but not everyone knows that it’s the result of the larger problem of gender inequality. According to UNICEF, India is the worst place to be born a girl. The birth of a baby girl is…more

501(c)(4), Appraisal, Business Formation, Charitable Donations, IRS

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Perspectives - October/November 2016

By President Obama’s September 7, 2016 Executive Order, federal contractors and subcontractors will now be required to provide paid sick leave to their employees beginning on January 1, 2017. The Department of Labor (DOL)…more

Crime Victims, DOL, FASB, Federal Contractors, Health Insurance

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Perspectives - July 2015

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall…more

At-Will Employment, DOL, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing

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European Union Agrees on Data Protection Reform

Christmas came early for the European Commission, as a multi-year effort to reform the continent’s aging data protection framework was finally agreed upon with the European Parliament and Council, which will significantly change…more

EU, EU Data Protection Laws, European Commission, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), International Data Transfers

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Perspectives - March/April - 2016

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) was founded by several professional and trade associations that came together after Hurricane Katrina to help provide humanitarian relief. Today, ALAN comprises hundreds of supply chain…more

501(c)(4), Charitable Donations, Child Abuse, E-Filing, Form 1023 EZ

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Senators Introduce the CREATES Act

In furtherance of the government’s efforts to bring down healthcare costs, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT.), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced the Creating and Restoring Equal Access…more

Drug Pricing, Drug Safety, FDA Approval, Generic Drugs, Manufacturers

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EEOC Offers Guidance On Employee Wellness Program Notices Required Under New Rules

On the heels of at least two discrimination lawsuits over employer wellness programs, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two new rules on May 17, 2016 under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, EEOC, Employer Group Health Plans, Final Rules

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Understanding Key Terms for 3PLs in Information Technology Agreements

TECHNOLOGY increasingly forms an essential component of every sophisticated warehousing and logistics operation. The prudent development and use of such technology (including, but not limited to, warehouse management software,…more

Computer-System Design/Software Services, Manufacturers, Service Contracts, Software, Technology

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Patent Trolls v. Transportation Companies – Contract Tips to Help Avoid Paying the Toll

Transportation companies have become prime targets for patent infringement lawsuits in recent years. Some mistakenly assume that technology companies are the only companies subject to infringement claims, however, the use of…more

Contract Terms, IP License, Patent Infringement, Patent Trolls, Popular

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Perspectives - September/October 2015

In a decision in which no opinion commanded a majority, the Ohio Supreme Court sided with a private entity — a charter school operator — in a dispute over the ownership of personal property purchased by the operator with funds…more

Affordable Care Act, Board of Directors, Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Charter Schools, Commercial Bankruptcy

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Perspectives - July 2015

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall…more

At-Will Employment, DOL, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing

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Perspectives - December 2015

Governor Signs New Law to Allow Asthma Inhalers in School and Camps. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and…more

ADA, Employer Liability Issues, HIPAA, IRS, Non-Profits

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The Ohio Department of Commerce Proposes “Factsheet” in Advance of Publishing Draft Cultivator Rules

On November 1, 2016, the Ohio Department of Commerce released its “Cultivator Rules” factsheet, which outlines the key elements of its initial draft rules for cultivation licenses under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control…more

Comment Period, Licensing Rules, Marijuana, Marijuana Cultivation, Medical Marijuana

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Chi-Town Pizza Avoids Class Certification in TCPA Suit

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (“TCPA”), prohibits the transmission of “an unsolicited fax advertisement.” Rosen Family Chiropractic (“Rosen”) filed suit against Chi-Town Pizza on Div. St. (“Chi-Town…more

Advertising, Ascertainable Class, Chiropractors, Class Action, Class Certification

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From the Benesch Transportation Archives: To Delivery....And Beyond!: The Boundaries of Carrier Liability for Unloading (A Clear Answer to Muddled Facts)

Introduction: Carmack Boundaries and the Blurring of Unloading Functions - Under the Carmack Amendment, a carrier is liable for the actual loss of goods which “arrive” damaged 49 U.S.C. §4706(a)(1). But when does that…more

Commercial Truck Drivers, Damages, Delivery Drivers, Duty of Care, Freight Forwarding

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