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SEC FCPA Settlement Sends Wake-Up Call to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

On July 28, 2014, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (“Smith & Wesson”), the firearms manufacturer based in Springfield, Massachusetts, agreed to resolve charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for violations…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

3rd Circ. Puts Debtors 1st In FDCPA Case

In McLaughlin v. Phelan Hallinan & Schmeig LLP, the Third Circuit recently held that debtors are not required to dispute a debt under Section 1692g of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq., prior to…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Federal Court Determines Low Levels of Carcinogens PCE and TCE Insufficient to Establish Private RCRA Cause of Action Absent Expert Testimony

Further underscoring the importance of expert testimony to support environmental claims, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Leese v. Lockheed Martin Corp., et al., No. 11-5091 (JBS/AMD), 2014 U.S…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Toxic Torts

The Crime-Fraud Exception: Open Questions for the Supreme Court

In Zolin, the Supreme Court determined that a party invoking the crime-fraud exception must make a threshold showing before a district court may review documented attorney-client communications in camera. The Court settled on…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

New Jersey “Ban The Box” Statute Signed Into Law

On August 11, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act, New Jersey’s version of “ban the box” legislation, making New Jersey the fifth state to prohibit private employers from inquiring about…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Did Russian Hackers Really Amass Over a Billion Passwords?

It was widely reported yesterday in The New York Times and elsewhere that a sophisticated Russian crime ring was holding a massive cache of stolen Internet credentials. According to the private security firm Hold Security, a…more
| Criminal Law, Privacy, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Jersey Supreme Court Allows Early Contribution Claims Under the Spill Act

Parties sued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) for remediation now have an immediate right to seek contribution from other potentially responsible parties. Following last week’s unanimous ruling by…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, Real Estate - Commercial

Third Circuit Rules Class Arbitration a Question for the Courts

In a precedential ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Opalinski v. Robert Half Int’l recently held that a federal judge—not an arbitrator—should decide whether an agreement between individuals to arbitrate…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Cybersecurity as an Investment Risk

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) have weighed in on the cybersecurity issue from an investor’s point of view in their paper called What investors need to know about…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Second Circuit Finds Fourth Amendment Violation in Law Enforcement Retention of Computer Files Not Within Scope of Search Warrant

On June 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a significant Fourth Amendment decision in United States v. Ganias. The decision is premised on the well-established notion that, because of the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Electronic Discovery, Privacy

Reality Check on the Auditor General’s Report on DEP’s Oversight of Oil and Gas Operations

The expected chorus of politically driven indignation is raining down in response to the Auditor General’s report released this Tuesday on the DEP’s performance in monitoring potential impacts to water quality from shale gas…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Delaware Adopts Law Requiring the Destruction of Consumers’ Personally Identifiable Information

On July 1, 2014, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law Delaware House Bill 295, which amends Section 6 of the Delaware Code relating to trade and commerce. The new law, 6 Delaware Code §§50C-101 thru 50C-401, places new…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Third Circuit Holds Debtors Need Not Dispute Debt Before Filing Suit Under FDCPA

In McLaughlin v. Phelan Hallinan & Schmeig, LLP, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that debtors are not required to notify a debt collector in writing regarding a disputed debt as a…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Goodwill Investigating Possible Data Breach

Yesterday it was announced that a number of financial institutions reported tracking what could be a series of credit card breaches involving various Goodwill locations nationally. Goodwill operates more than 2,900 stores…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Cybersecurity—There Is an App for That!

Many of our readers and those active in cybersecurity have been following ThreatWatch from Nextgov. This highly informative site provides a daily snapshot of the data breaches impacting organizations and individuals on a global…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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