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Massachusetts Passes New Paid Sick Leave Law

What you need to know: Effective July 1, 2015, Massachusetts will require most employers to grant at least forty hours of paid sick leave to their employees each year. Employees may take the paid sick days to care for…more
| Labor & Employment Law

California Passes Paid Sick Leave Law, Joining Nation-Wide Trend

What you need to know: Effective July 1, 2015, California will require virtually all employers to grant at least three days of paid annual sick leave to California employees. Employees may take the paid sick days to care…more
| Labor & Employment Law

HHS OIG Issues Report on Questionable Billing for Medicaid Pediatric Dental Services

What you need to know: The Office of Inspector General for the US Department of Health & Human Services recently published the results of its study on Louisiana dentists who may be providing unnecessary dental procedures…more
| Health

Effective Immediately: Employers Required to Grant Employees Domestic Violence Leave

What you need to know: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently signed a law, effective immediately, that requires employers with 50 or more employees to grant up to 15 days of leave from work if an employee or a…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Issues Guidance Requiring Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Pregnant Women

What you need to know: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued Guidance relating to pregnancy in the workforce. The Guidance contains significant changes in the interpretation of laws affecting…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Fifth Circuit Holds That a TPEE in a CGL Policy Can Exclude Pollution Claims Even in the Face of a UREC

What you need to know: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Texas law, held that a Total Pollution Exclusion Endorsement in a CGL Policy did not irreconcilably conflict with, and therefore was not superseded by,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Energy & Utilities, Insurance

Chancery Court Provides Additional Room for Shareholders Challenging Change of Control Transactions

What you need to know: In its recent decision in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, Delaware’s Court of Chancery held that directors and officers may be found to have acted in bad faith, thereby breaching their fiduciary duty of…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Securities Law

Supreme Court Rejects Presumption for ERISA Fiduciaries, But Makes Clear Stock-Drop Claims Are Difficult to Sustain

What you need to know: In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, et al., decided earlier this month, the Supreme Court seemingly handed a victory to the plaintiff’s bar, striking down a presumption of prudence that ERISA…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

Governor Signs Law to Raise Massachusetts Minimum Wage

What you need to know: Governor Deval Patrick recently signed a law that will raise the Massachusetts minimum wage from its current $8 per hour to $11 per hour over the next three years. The first increase, to $9 per…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Lets Basic Presumption Stand for Securities Fraud Class Actions

What you need to know: The Supreme Court has declined to overturn a longstanding presumption that investors acquiring shares in an efficient market can be deemed to have relied on alleged misrepresentations. The…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

US Supreme Court Issues Modest Ruling in ‘Software Patent’ Case

What you need to know: Thursday’s highly anticipated US Supreme Court ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank was modest in scope and largely stuck to the tests it previously applied in Bilksi and Mayo for patent eligible…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Conflict Minerals Filing Tips – Deadline Approaching

What you need to know: Public companies are required to submit their conflict minerals filings by June 2nd. SEC guidance issued after a recent federal appeals court decision has effectively eliminated the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Proposes Elimination of Most Non-Compete Agreements and Adoption of Uniform Trade Secrets Act

What you need to know: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently proposed legislative reform that would abolish non-compete agreements made in the technology and life sciences sectors, as well as other, currently…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

First Circuit Holds That AIG Must Defend Directors and Officers in FDIC Litigation

What you need to know: The United States First Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an insured versus insured exclusion did not exempt AIG from advancing defense costs under a D&O policy in a suit brought against…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Del. Chancery Criticizes Bankers Again in Rural Metro; Undisclosed Conflicts Can Make Sale Process Unreasonable

What you need to know: A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision reinforced the premise that directors of Delaware corporations will be held culpable if they conduct an M&A process based on inadequate information and/or…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Torts, Securities Law
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