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Obama Poised to Unilaterally Impose LGBT Workplace Protections

Making good on his pledge to govern by executive order, rather than awaiting congressional legislation, President Obama has announced that he will soon sign an order barring federal contractors from discriminating against…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Limitation of Liability Clauses

Many industry form documents and custom construction contracts contain provisions shifting or limiting the respective parties’ risks. One of the more potentially significant risk-limiting provisions seen primarily in customized…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Personal Injury

Is a plaintiff required to serve a UIM/UM carrier in accordance with rule 4?

Yes, and if they don’t properly serve the UIM/UM carrier then the case will be dismissed according to the recent NC Court of Appeals decision of Kahihu v. Brunson…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Corporations to Opt Out of Contraceptive Mandate in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

On June 30, 2014, in a decision on two cases involving application of a mandate of the controversial Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closely held corporations are not required to pay for employees’…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health

High Court Rebukes Obama on NLRB Appointments

The U. S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that President Obama exceeded his authority in making recess appointment to fill certain vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Make Mine a Venti Hazelnut Latte with an F-Bomb

In the words of the immortal Yogi Berra, “it’s like déjà vu all over again.” For the second time in a month, the Nasty Language National Labor Relations Board has decided that an employee should not have been fired for telling…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

NLRB Says Cussing Out Boss is OK, So What’s a Business to Do?

[Ed. Note: We know we’re a little late to the party with this one, but we just read the decision and had to share it for anyone else who has been in a news blackout for the past couple weeks.] You’d think that an…more
| Labor & Employment Law

NLRB General Counsel Says Employees Have Right to Use Employer E-Mail Systems for Union Organizing

On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel filed a brief asking the Board to rule that employees have a protected right to use their employer’s internal e-mail system for union organizing. The Board’s…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Unpaid Summer Interns; Folks, Nothing Has Changed

The annual rites of summer are underway. Treetops are alive with the songs of brightly-plumed birds, bees hum happily as they move from flower to flower, and warm breezes tease the tall grasses and bring occasional afternoon…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Liability Of A Truck Broker In Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases

In the vast majority of personal injury and wrongful death cases involving commercial motor carriers the insurance limits for the motor carrier are sufficient to cover the loss given the required $750,000 minimum limits…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Insurance, Transportation

Trade Secret Protection Finally Coming of Age?

A bipartisan bill that would allow businesses to safeguard their trade secrets using federal law was introduced in the Senate last week. According to the press release accompanying the bill, the Defend Trade Secrets Act would…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Service of Process by FedEx?

Can a summons and complaint that is sent to a defendant via FedEx, that’s not personally accepted by a defendant, be deemed proper service?…more
| Civil Procedure

Where is the Internet?

Is the Internet a place? Apparently, no one’s entirely sure, but one federal appeals court has asked the California Supreme Court to figure it out in the context of a lawsuit that is pending against Cable News Network…more
| Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Labor Board Says College Athletes Are "Employees" Who Can Unionize

Sometimes, the wrongheadedness of the National Labor Relations Board is just astounding. Today, a regional director of that agency ruled that Northwestern University athletes are actually employees of the school and should be…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law

DHHS Gearing Up to Begin HIPAA Audits of Business Associates

The office of US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recentlyannounced plans to perform "pre-audit" HIPAA compliance surveys of 800 Covered Entities and 400 Business Associates. Under the Health…more
| Privacy, Health
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