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McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2013: The (stock) show must go on: Oklahoma Youth Expo secures court win

For nearly a century, Oklahoma City has hosted a junior livestock show each spring where youth from across the state display the best farm animals their generation has to offer in hopes of winning college scholarships and other…more

Department of Agriculture, State and Local Government, State Funding

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McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - March 2013: FTC amends Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission amended the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule to be consistent with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The amendments to the COPPA Rule…more

COPPA, Data Collection, Data Protection, FTC, Personally Identifiable Information

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Demand rising for alternative fees in intellectual property matters

A recent report found that corporate clients use Alternative Fee Agreements (AFAs) more often on Intellectual Property matters than any other practice area. The report provides that clients rely on AFAs for 37 percent of their…more

Alternative Fee Arrangements, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents, USPTO

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The spy who came in from the kitchen…

Offering workers the opportunity to work from home has many benefits for both the employee and employer, but it can bring challenges as well. One challenge is handling trade secrets, which are defined as any information that…more

Best Management Practices, Telecommuting, Trade Secrets

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Wage claims by unpaid interns heat up

School is out and temperatures are rising. For many employers, summertime means a new crop of student workers. Summer internship programs are a time-honored tradition at many companies, providing educational benefits to the…more

DOL, Minimum Wage, Students, Unpaid Interns, Unpaid Overtime

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New ‘.bank’ domain available in mid-2015

New opportunities for the banking community are coming this year. In the fall of 2014, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the entity responsible for coordinating internet domain names, granted fTLD…more

Banks, Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Popular

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New SEC rules on solicitation

On July 10, the SEC adopted rules eliminating the prohibition against general solicitation in securities offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933. These rules, effective Sept. 23, permit…more

Accredited Investors, General Solicitation, Regulation D, Rule 506 Offerings, Safe Harbors

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Courts continue to back employers with strong timekeeping policies, practices

One of the most difficult issues facing employers is off-the-clock work. Employers may find themselves having to pay for this time even if they do not authorize it. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations state that the…more

Best Management Practices, Employment Policies, FLSA, Timekeeping, Wage and Hour

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Employee investigation tips

Employers investigate all sorts of odd or disturbing claims. Knowing how to properly investigate these claims is critical. A recent case from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals put this on full display…more

Hiring & Firing, Internal Investigations, Teachers, Termination, Wrongful Termination

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What Oklahoma's amended Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act means for prescribing medical providers

Last Friday, Oklahoma Governor Fallin signed House Bill 1948 into law, amending the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. The new law, which goes into effect on November 1, 2015, enhances access to Oklahoma’s prescription…more

Controlled Substances, Criminal Prosecution, Databases, Medical License, Medical Malpractice

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McAfee & Taft takes the lead in protecting American farmers' right to 2014 Farm Bill's APH Adjustment Option

Farmers who insure their crops with an Actual Production History (APH) type of crop insurance policy — especially in areas affected by the recent severe droughts — received a welcome benefit in the 2014 Farm Bill known as the…more

Crop Insurance, Drought, Farm Bill, Farms

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McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - 1 Farmers and commercial motor vehicle regulations - 4 Aflatoxin and the insured farmer - 5 Do you need a CDL for your recreational vehicle? - 6 McAfee & Taft’s Agricultural Real Estate Transactional…more

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McAfee & Taft AgLINC - May 2013: Significant changes in tax rates in store for 2013 and beyond

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (2012 Tax Act) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) combine to produce significant changes in tax rates for 2013 and future years. The 2012 Tax Act…more

Affordable Care Act, American Taxpayer Relief Act, Business Taxes, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift Tax

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Oklahoma Supreme Court strikes down tort reform legislation passed in 2009

On June 4, 2013, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck all statutes that were passed in 2009 as the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act (CLRA), finding the statutes violate the Oklahoma Constitution. The court entered two decisions…more

Judicial Review, Tort Reform

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Males need not apply: Restaurant chain sued for gender-specific job posting

The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. was hit with a discrimination lawsuit in Oregon earlier this year that claimed employees were categorically denied positions with the company based on gender. That, of course, is not a…more

Class Action, EEOC, Gender Discrimination, Job Applicants, Popular

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Late notice by petroleum transporter results in insurance coverage denial

In the matter of Starr Indem. & Liab. Co. v. SGS Petroleum Serv. Corp., Case No. 12-20545 (5th Cir. June 18, 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently upheld their prior decision in Matador Petroleum Corp…more

Buyback Programs, Excess Policies, Insurers, Notice Requirements

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Timing of termination creates question of fact in association discrimination case

In employment law, including association discrimination cases, timing is everything. When Terry Booker was fired from his job of 22 years at Delfasco, a manufacturing facility in Greene County, Tennessee, in March 2012, he…more

ADA, Associational Retaliation, Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Group Health Plans

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Brace for Medicaid data mining and recoupment demands

The federal Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) is escalating its war against Medicaid fraud and abuse, just as it has over the past years with Medicare. The OIG’s focus has turned to early prevention and…more

Data Mining, Fraud and Abuse, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud, HHS

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‘More’ does not equal ‘different’ when job duties are comparable under the Equal Pay Act

It has long been thought that the Equal Pay Act (EPA) does not apply if the male and female employees being compared for purposes of establishing pay disparities spend significant amounts of time on different job duties, even…more

Equal Pay Act, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Reversal, Summary Judgment, Title VII

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Gene patents and the future of commercialized technology

Medicine is evolving from a global, one-size-fits-all approach to a more individualized approach that tailors treatment specifically for each patient. Originally published in The Journal Record - August 8, 2013…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Healthcare, Human Genes, Mayo v. Prometheus

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The Cape Town Convention: An Evolving Process (with a Side Note on Non-Citizen Trusts)

Introduction - This is the second article for the International Comparative Legal Guide series. Our first article covered the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the “Convention”) and the Protocol…more

Aircraft, Airlines, FAA, Treaties

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Gavel to Gavel: Good news, bad news by Charles Greenough

Originally published in The Journal Record - January 3, 2013. What do bankruptcy lawyers and undertakers have in common? Your bad news is their good news. So, if the news from bankruptcy court is bad for bankruptcy lawyers,…more

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The PCT Process - flexible, cost-effective and efficient

Initiated in 1970, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) has become a popular tool for patent applicants interested in obtaining patents in multiple countries. In 2014, 61,492 PCT applications were filed by U.S. applicants. As of…more

Filing Requirements, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Cooperation Treaty, Patent Prosecution Highway, Patents

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McAfee & Taft AgLINC - May 2013: Do you have enough water?

Unless you are located in far southeastern Oklahoma, chances are that you could always use some extra water to grow your agribusiness. Oklahoma law requires that if you use groundwater or water from an Oklahoma stream for…more

Farms, Groundwater, Permits

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Payment is due at the time services are rendered

Typically, physicians collect co-payments from patients when services are provided, submit claims for reimbursement to government and commercial payers, and then send bills to patients for the balance owing. The payment and…more

Billing, Consumer Credit Protection, ECOA, Finance Charges, Health Insurance

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Appeals court rules no pretext found in ADEA discrimination case

The Tenth Circuit recently ruled that pretext would not be found if an employer terminated an employee based on a genuine belief that the employee had violated company policy…more

ADEA, Age Discrimination, Appeals, Hiring & Firing, Mixed Motive Cases

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EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Alert - No employer penalties for lack of exchange notice

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an employer subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide a written notice to current employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace (the “Exchange Notice”) by October 1, 2013, and…more

Affordable Care Act, DOL, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, Health Insurance Exchanges

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Job descriptions continue to be critical in defending against disability claims

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed summary judgment on behalf of the employer in a case where the employee claimed that the requirement to be a Department of Transportation-certified driver was not an essential…more

Appeals, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Job Descriptions

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Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act once again

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in King v. Burwell and upheld the Affordable Care Act once again. In a 6-3 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court held that tax credits are…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandates, Health Insurance Exchanges, King v Burwell, Large Employer

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Payment is due at the time services are rendered

Typically, physicians collect co-payments from patients when services are provided, submit claims for reimbursement to government and commercial payers, and then send bills to patients for the balance owing. The payment and…more

Billing, Consumer Credit Protection, ECOA, Finance Charges, Health Insurance

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McAfee & Taft AgLINC Ag & Equine Industry Newsletter - May 2013: What does your deed say?

McAfee & Taft regularly represents clients in connection with the purchase, sale and financing of agricultural real estate. Issues that arise in these transactions include all the issues that are routinely attendant to real…more

Deeds, Grantors

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McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2013: More than just a handshake - Due diligence, purchase contract required for real estate purchases

In western Oklahoma, where this author was born and raised, a handshake is often all that takes place to solidify a deal for the sale or purchase of a piece of land. The need for a purchase contract or anything other than a deed…more

Contract Formation, Due Diligence, Land Titles, Real Estate Market, Title Insurance

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Gavel to Gavel: Class-action Christmas in July

Your dentist, barber and bank send you text messages every day. Electronic communications are part of our lives and our business – but that may change if the Federal Communications Commission has its way. Originally…more

Automation Systems, Banks, Class Action, Electronic Communications, FCC

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Down the rabbit hole: Alice case chases the elusive white rabbit of patent reform

Patent trolls — non-practicing entities best known for threatening expensive patent litigation in order to collect licensing fees from accused infringers — are a well-documented problem. Measures aimed at reforming patent…more

Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Reform, Patent Trolls, Patents

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Gavel to Gavel: Faith and consequences

Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on religious discrimination, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc., may have the unintended effect of an increase in religious stereotyping in the workplace. The lawsuit…more

Abercrombie & Fitch, Appearance Policy, EEOC, EEOC v Abercrombie, Hiring & Firing

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[Your Brand].Sucks

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also known as ICANN, is currently in a multi-year process of rolling out hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). ICANN’s rationale for the expansion:…more

Defamation, Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Online Commentary

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HHS announces new risk assessment tool for HIPAA security compliance

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services released an interactive security risk assessment tool intended to assist employers who sponsor self-insured group health plans in complying with their HIPAA security rule…more

Compliance, Data Protection, HHS, HIPAA, Risk Assessment

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EPA nixes state exemptions on excess CAA emissions

Affirmative defenses commonly relied upon by facility operators to avoid civil and administrative penalties for violations of air emissions limitations during periods of facility startup, shutdown or malfunction (“SSM”) may…more

Affirmative Defenses, Burden of Proof, Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Department of Environmental Quality

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Are your HIPAA ducks in a row? The next round of OCR HIPAA audits is approaching

In 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) established the HIPAA Pilot Audit Program to ensure compliance with HIPAA’s privacy, security and breach notification rules. The first…more

Audits, Best Management Practices, Covered Entities, Enforcement, HHS

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Retaliation claims can sink an employer

Retaliation claims of any variety are potentially explosive for employers. Nothing angers jurors, courts or governmental agencies like an employee’s accusation they were fired in retaliation for exercising their rights or “doing…more

FMLA, Home Health Care, Maternity Leave, Public Policy, Reporting Requirements

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New ruling limits out-of-pocket expenses at individual level in 2016

Most health plan and health insurance policies include strategies that require persons covered under them to share in the costs that are paid. This strategy, often referred to as cost-sharing, serves two purposes. First, it…more

Affordable Care Act, Cost-Sharing, Employer Group Health Plans, Health Insurance, Out-of-Pocket Expenses

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New union election rules yield much quicker elections

Union election petitions and quicker elections have been the immediate effect of the National Labor Relations Board’s new election rules which took effect on April 14, 2015. The new rules were intended to speed up the election…more

Ambush Election Rules, Human Resources Professionals, NLRB, Union Elections, Unions

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McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - 1 Farmers and commercial motor vehicle regulations - 4 Aflatoxin and the insured farmer - 5 Do you need a CDL for your recreational vehicle? - 6 McAfee & Taft’s Agricultural Real Estate Transactional…more

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New state law mandates education about end-of-life treatment

Beginning in 2015, the newly enacted Medical Treatment Laws Information Act imposes educational requirements on Oklahoma health care providers related to patient end-of-life treatment decision-making. Two groups of professionals…more

End-of-Life-Care, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Providers

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DOL proposes dramatic changes to FLSA overtime rules

In March of 2014, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum directing the secretary of labor to “update” and “modernize” the regulations under which the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) manages the Fair Labor Standards Act…more

Barack Obama, DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, NPRM

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McAfee & Taft tIP Sheet - June 2013

In This Issue: - Short Attention Span - When the stars align: Negotiating celebrity endorsement deals - It’s not easy saying you’re green - Excerpt from Short Attention Span: LIKE IT? TWEET IT? PIN…more

Advertising, Disclosure Requirements, FTC, Online Advertisements, Social Media

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Counting on you: Consider the OBF for your end-of-year donations

Originally published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 83, No. 33 - December 8, 2012. It’s that time of year when the Oklahoma Bar Foundation asks you to make a contribution to the OBF as a part of your end-of-year…more

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Physicians as whistleblowers: Doctors get rich by exposing fraud

As the federal and state governments have evolved from Uncle Sam to Doctor Sam, the potential for healthcare waste, fraud and abuse has also increased. One way the government has deterred healthcare fraud is by enacting and…more

Affordable Care Act, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, DOJ, False Claims Act, Healthcare Fraud

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DOL: Most workers are employees, not independent contractors

On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a memorandum providing guidance in helping employers to reduce the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. There is no change to any existing…more

DOL, Economic Realities Test, FLSA, Independent Contractors, IRS

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Tenth Circuit affirms federal preemption of state law tort claims for medical devices

In Caplinger v. Medtronic, __ F.3d __ (10th Cir. 2015), the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a patient’s state law tort claims against a medical device manufacturer as preempted by federal law. The Tenth…more

Dismissals, FDA, Manufacturers, Medical Devices, Off-Label Promotion

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Common legal issues affecting the refining industry

Some involvement with legal issues is inevitable for professionals, including individuals and the companies for whom they work. But too often, companies — their management, their personnel, and their counsel — accept the status…more

Client Services, Consultation, Contract Drafting, Refineries

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Interlocutory Orders Appealable by Right

No one likes to think about, much less plan for, a worst-case scenario. However, your clients' appellate options should be a critical part of your pretrial and trial strategy. There are certain interlocutory, or non-final,[1]…more

Appeals, Interlocutory Appeals, Interlocutory Orders

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Why background checks are fueling the latest wave of class actions

Many employers have third-party services run background checks on applicants, new hires, or existing employees. Many of these employers utilize these services to minimize the risk of claims of negligent hiring or discrimination…more

Background Checks, Class Action, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, FCRA

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Concurrent ‘Alter-Ego’ Claims: Oklahoma Leads the Nation in Extending Protection to Shareholders, Officers and Directors

During the past several years, practitioners have devoted significant attention to the fate of the Oklahoma Legislature’s efforts at, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s response to, legislative tort reform. However, few noticed…more

Alter Ego, Board of Directors, LLC, Officers, Professional Liability

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Envirnomental Regulatory Update: Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy - Volume 32, Issue 3 - October 2013

Oil and Gas Update - Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations - Bureau of Land Management: On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed…more

Bureau of Land Management, Chemicals, Clean Air Act, Energy Policy, EPA

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McAfee & Taft takes the lead in protecting American farmers' right to 2014 Farm Bill's APH Adjustment Option

Farmers who insure their crops with an Actual Production History (APH) type of crop insurance policy — especially in areas affected by the recent severe droughts — received a welcome benefit in the 2014 Farm Bill known as the…more

Crop Insurance, Drought, Farm Bill, Farms

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Hospital-Physician Alignment

Hospital-physician alignment involves the effective coordination between physicians and hospitals in order to accomplish and prioritize patient care and financial goals. Those goals may relate to better patient-centered care,…more

Healthcare, Hospitals, Physicians

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The Cape Town Convention: An Evolving Process (with a Side Note on Non-Citizen Trusts)

Introduction - This is the second article for the International Comparative Legal Guide series. Our first article covered the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the “Convention”) and the Protocol…more

Aircraft, Airlines, FAA, Treaties

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Virginia Supreme Court decision reversing $17.5 million asbestos verdict against ExxonMobil Corp. stands

On June 10, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept the appeal of a case dealing with the duty of ship owners, under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. §§ 901, et seq.), to intervene in…more

Compensatory Damages, Exxon Mobil, SCOTUS

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Interlocutory Orders Appealable by Right

No one likes to think about, much less plan for, a worst-case scenario. However, your clients' appellate options should be a critical part of your pretrial and trial strategy. There are certain interlocutory, or non-final,[1]…more

Appeals, Interlocutory Appeals, Interlocutory Orders

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OIG issues additional guidance to healthcare boards regarding compliance efforts and oversight

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, together with leading legal, audit and compliance collaborators, recently issued the fourth in a series of publications providing…more

Board of Directors, Compliance, Fiduciary Duty, Guidance Update, Healthcare

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Defining supervisor by Dara Wanzer

Originally published in the Journal Record on December 6, 2012. So what exactly does it mean to be a supervisor? Must you have the power to hire, fire, demote, promote, transfer or discipline an employee? Or do you…more

Harassment, Split of Authority, Supervisors, Title VII

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Employee who quit during interactive process cannot pursue ADA claim

A federal appeals court recently decided against an employee who failed to satisfy her obligation to cooperate in the interactive process with her employer when searching for a reasonable accommodation for her disability. The…more

ADA, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, EEOC, Interactive Process

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New procedures available for invalidating patents before the USPTO

Business executives have long struggled with whether to defend a patent infringement suit in court, try to settle the dispute for less than the cost/risk of defending it, or seek to deal with the problem patent by requesting a…more

America Invents Act, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Infringement, Patents, Popular

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Gavel to Gavel: Failure to report costly

Employers have many reporting requirements, but there is one many overlook – the Unclaimed Property Act, Oklahoma Statute title 60, §§ 651 et seq. The statute requires that a person holding property, tangible or intangible,…more

Employer Liability Issues, Failure to Report, Reporting Requirements, Unclaimed Property

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Contact: Brad Neese

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