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What to do When an Inspector Comes Knocking

Visits to workplaces by work health and safety (WHS) inspectors are a necessary part of the enforcement regime of WHS regulators. They often occur in circumstances where organisations are under considerable time pressures,…more
| Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law

Coverage Options for Employee Asbestos Claims

Over the past year, courts in Illinois and Pennsylvania have dramatically altered the ability of an employee to bring claims against past and present employers for asbestos-related injuries. Traditionally, employees were limited…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation, Insurance

Notification Requirement for Firms Claiming Compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS)

The GIPS Executive Committee has approved a new requirement, effective January 1, 2015, that any firm claiming compliance with GIPS must annually notify the CFA Institute of such claim by June 30. Each GIPS-compliant firm…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Blurring the Lines between False Claims Act Litigation and Putative Federal Malpractice Law: The DOJ Quietly Invokes “Worthless Services” Theory Based Upon Claims of Substandard Care in the $38 Million Extendicare Settlement

On October 10, 2014, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a civil settlement agreement (the “Settlement”) with Extendicare Heath Services, Inc. and its subsidiary Progress Step Corporation (collectively,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Health, Professional Malpractice, Government Contracting

Global Food, Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics Newsletter - 3rd Edition

Welcome - We are pleased to provide you with the Fall edition of the Global Food, Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics newsletter. This newsletter provides updates on important issues and developments across these…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Enforcing Notice Provisions in Construction Contracts in the United States

Notice provisions are a key part of construction contracts. These provisions typically require a contractor to notify the owner of the project (or an owner-designated representative) when the contractor believes that it is…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Arrival of Ebola Virus Prompts Policyholders to Assess Insurance Coverage

With news of the Ebola virus arriving in the United States, many companies are moving quickly to protect the health and safety of their employees and customers. At the same time, some insurance providers have already cautioned…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Consumer Protection, Health, Insurance

New UK Mandatory Energy Assessment Scheme

On 17 July 2014, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (“ESOS”) came into effect, which implements various elements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012. ESOS requires companies over a minimum size threshold and some other…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

CFTC Clarifies and Expands Relief Relating to Delegation of Commodity Pool Operator Responsibilities

On October 15, 2014, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) issued CFTC No-Action Letter No. 14-126 (“Letter 14-126”), which…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law