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Equipment Finance Industry Dodges a Bullet in Important Legal Ruling

This summer, the equipment finance industry dodged a bullet in an important Minnesota Supreme Court ruling. The Court ruled that a financier of a lease could bring a breach of contract action against an equipment vendor and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

California Legislature Passes Controversial Sick Pay Law

Under the Act, employees must accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every thirty hours worked, up to a total of 24 hours per year. New employees may begin using accrued sick days after 90 days of employment. The Act further…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Philadelphia Joins New York in Issuing Social Media Guidance for Lawyers

We live in a digital age. And at the center of it all is the explosion of social media. The numbers are astonishing. Americans spend 16 minutes of every hour online on social networking sites. More Facebook profiles (5) are…more
| Law Firm Marketing, Law Practice Products & Services

Trial Judge Concludes The Deepwater Horizon Spill Caused By BP’s Gross Negligence And Willful Misconduct

On September 4, 2014 the federal district judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill issued long-awaited rulings as to liability. The court concluded that BP is subject to…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Maritime Law

In re Paulsboro Derailment Cases: Putting the Brakes on Defendants’ Momentum Regarding Recent Ascertainability Developments Within the Third Circuit

In a recent unpublished decision, Judge Robert B. Kugler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey addressed the rapidly developing “ascertainability” requirement in class action litigation within the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Products Liability, Toxic Torts

Increased Muni Power Means Larger Fines For NJ Mortgagees

As a result of the recent changes in New Jersey law, mortgagees and servicers should review their practices and procedures to ensure timely response to notices of municipal code violations on abandoned or vacant properties in…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

High Court Should Review Scope Of Crime-Fraud Exception

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 on camera. The court settled on…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

ISS’ FAQs on Equity Plan Data Verification – Roadmap for Proxy Statement Disclosures

If you have a proposal to adopt or amend the company’s equity plan in the proxy statement that you file with the SEC after September 8, 2014, then you can use a new data verification portal recently launched by Institutional…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Mortgagees Face Increased Penalties for Failure to Remedy Municipal Violations on New Jersey Properties in Foreclosure

Action items: As a result of the recent changes in New Jersey law, mortgagees and servicers should review their practices and procedures to ensure timely response to notices of municipal code violations on abandoned or vacant…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

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
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