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Baby on Board: Illinois Increases Protection in the Workplace for Expectant and New Mothers

On August 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed into law House Bill 8, an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (the “IHRA”) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

New Disclosure Rules for Extractive Companies Coming Into Force Soon

UK companies, including UK subsidiaries of EU companies, face tougher anti-corruption rules from next year. Under chapter 10 of the EU Accounting Directive (2013/34/EU) (“the Accounting Directive”) and the EU Transparency…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Purple is the New Orange: FDA Releases a Purple Book for Biosimilars

On September 9, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) published the first edition of the Purple Book: Lists of Licensed Biological Products with Reference Product Exclusivity and Biosimilarity or Interchangeability…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Win for Employers: High Court of Australia Rejects the Expansion of Employment Law Rights

The High Court of Australia (High Court) has handed down a much anticipated decision in Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker [204] HCA32 (10 September 2014) with respect to the implied term of mutual trust and confidence in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

2014 Comprehensive Report

Historically, the “Short Session” of the North Carolina General Assembly focuses on state budget corrections and adjustments. Frequently, legislators will also work on additional legislation while they are in Raleigh. This Short…more
| Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Health, Insurance

U.S. Bank v. Indian Harbor: Insurers Face Another Restitution/Disgorgement Setback

In a recent decision, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota held that insurers could not use the so-called restitution/disgorgement defense to avoid covering amounts that their insured bank agreed to…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Insurance

Human Rights at the Pub: The Expanding Scope of Sexual Harassment Laws

A recent decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court (Court) has significantly broadened the concept of what constitutes a 'workplace' by finding that a contractor sexually harassed an employee in various locations,…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Excess Policy Attaches Notwithstanding Settlement with Underlying Insurers for Less Than Full Limits

Recently, a Texas Court of Appeals handed down a pro-policyholder opinion in the case of Plantation Pipe Line Co. v. Highlands Insurance Co., in Receivership, Case No. 11-12-00029-CV (Tex. App. Aug. 29, 2014). The issue before…more
| Insurance

PHMSA Proposes Regulations Claimed to Make Business Easier for Retailers and Transporters and Finalizes a Regulation that Could Shut Down Small Businesses

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently published two proposed regulations that may positively affect retailers and transporters, if implemented as proposed. In addition, PHMSA finalized a…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, Transportation

NSW Supreme Court Confirms Definition of a 'Construction Contract' Under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW)

The recent NSW Supreme Court case of Seabreeze Manly v Toposu, (Seabreeze Case), is a useful reminder to the building and construction industry as to what 'arrangements' will give rise to a 'construction contract' under the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Commercial

Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rodgers: responding to an employee's breach of contract

What happened? In Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rodgers, the High Court decided that an employer could refuse to allow an employee to resign in breach of contract and instead hold him to the terms of his contract. This meant that…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Breaking News – Full Federal Court Confirms Patentability of Isolated Genes

A five-judge bench of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (Full Court) has today unanimously decided that Myriad Genetics Inc's (Myriad) patent covering the isolated BRCA1 gene (Patent) is patentable subject matter…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Hazardous Chemical Users: Time to Consider Compliance with the GHS

In most Australian states, businesses involved with hazardous chemicals must comply with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) from 31 December 2016. 'Businesses' include…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Environmental Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Corporate Responses to Investigative Requests by the Federal Government

In light of these new realities corporations face, the first step a company should take is to establish internal guidelines addressing interaction with government agents. Companies should have a response policy in place and…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

ASIC Clarifies its View on Wholesale Classification of SMSFs…but are Things as Clear as They Seem?

On 8 August 2014, the Australian Investments and Securities Commission (ASIC) issued a media release – 14-191MR Statement on wholesale and retail investors and SMSFs (14-191MR), in which ASIC withdrew its previous view on the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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