Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Oklahoma HB 1123 Shortens the Time to File Mortgage Releases

Last month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a variety of bills affecting mortgage loan servicers. One bill of note, Oklahoma HB 1123, decreases the time in which a mortgage release must be filed after a mortgage…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

Chapter 7 Debtors Cannot Strip Off Junior Liens on Underwater Home Loans, United States Supreme Court Rules

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that debtors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases cannot “strip off,” or completely void, junior mortgages that—based on the value of the property and the amount of claims secured by…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations on Employee Wellness Programs

In the past year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against certain employers challenging the legality of their “wellness programs.” Wellness programs provide incentives to employees to…more
| Civil Rights, Health, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

DOL Proposes Rules For Compliance With Obama’s Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Last summer, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which requires government contractors hoping to secure contracts of over $500,000 to disclose state and federal labor law violations from the…more
| Civil Rights, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

Nevada Passes HOA Super Priority Lien Fix

On May 28, 2015, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law Senate Bill 306, which will fundamentally alter the HOA foreclosure sale landscape in Nevada. Following the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision in September 2014 in SFR…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Good Faith Belief in Invalidity of Patent Will Not Immunize Induced Infringer

Bringing a lawsuit for a distinct variety of patent infringement has been made a little easier, which is good news for patent owners but probably bad news for victims of patent trolls. This outcome follows from a recent United…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Seventh Circuit Says Secured Creditors Must File Proof of Claim Within Ninety Days of Meeting of Creditors

Timely proof of claim filings by secured creditors have “been a thorn in the side of many Chapter 13 cases involving secured creditors,” according to Judge Wood in In re Pajian. However, a recent Seventh Circuit decision may…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking

Sixth Circuit Holds That Cases Directly Filed in MDLs Are Governed By Law of Where Case Would Have Been Filed

On May 22, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals addressed an important choice-of-law issue for parties involved in multidistrict litigation. When multidistrict litigation is centralized…more
| Civil Procedure, Products Liability

Nevada Court Decisions on HOA Foreclosure Crisis Muddy the Waters

Since September 2014, the lending industry has been scrambling to understand and reconcile the Nevada Supreme Court decision in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., a decision that could potentially wash away billions…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Fourth Circuit Orders Class Certification for African-American Steelworkers—Again

For the second time, the Fourth Circuit has determined that African-American employees at a South Carolina steel plant are entitled to Rule 23 class certification. In Brown v. Nucor Corporation and Nucor Steel-Berkeley,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Senator Shelby Moves Forward with Major Dodd-Frank Reforms

On May 12, 2015, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the text of draft legislation intended to reform the regulatory framework for…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

401(k) Fee Litigation to Increase Following Tibble Decision

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Tibble v. Edison Int'l, it will now be easier for participants in 401(k) and other participant-directed plans to bring lawsuits challenging investment options added to the plan…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts

Navigating complex post-pregnancy leave and restrictions

When Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medial Leave Act (FMLA), it considered them as needed protections for clear-cut situations. For example,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Rules that Dormant Commerce Clause Limits Maryland’s Taxing Powers over Its Residents

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne on May 18. In a split 5-4 decision, the Court struck down as unconstitutional a feature of Maryland’s income tax system…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Taxation

Senators Urge FCC “Not to Weaken” the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

A group of ten democratic senators led by Senator Edward Markey joined in a letter to the FCC urging it “not to weaken the privacy protections” contained in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) preventing most…more
| Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Consumer Protection
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