Mintz Levin

Africa Update - July 2015 #4

Leading the News - Burundi: On July 19th, representatives of the Burundian Government failed to appear for talks backed by the East African Community (EAC) aimed at ending the unrest caused by President Pierre…more
| Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Military Law

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 2 of 24): Yikes! The Costs of Failing to Comply Just Doubled

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes information reporting rules on providers of minimum essential coverage, e.g., insurance carriers and self-funded plans, and on applicable large employers, i.e., those employers that are…more
| Health, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

Immigration-Related Documents and Information Not Discoverable in Wage and Hour Lawsuit

A New York federal court recently said that the plaintiff-employees involved in a wage and hour lawsuit are not required to produce their immigration documents and information. The case is important because it limits an…more
| Civil Procedure, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Shifting CPSC Recall Landscape? Agency Announces Major “Repair Program” that is not Labeled a “Recall”

Yesterday the CPSC and major furniture company IKEA jointly announced a “repair program” to address the serious and complex hazard of furniture tip over posed by 27 million chests and dressers sold by the company. The repair…more
| Consumer Protection, Products Liability

“3-Year” DACA EADs Must Be Returned

USCIS announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients of employment authorizations documents (EAD) after February 16, 2015, with validity longer than two years, were “likely mistakenly issued and must be…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

U.S. House Passes GMO Labeling Legislation

Today the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 passed the House, in a vote of 275 to 150 (more information here). Still a hot-button issue, opposition to the Act is emotionally charged, with those opposed to the bill…more
| Agriculture, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics

USCIS Releases Final Guidance on H-1B Job Site Changes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released final guidance on a recent Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision requiring amended or new H-1B petitions for workers who change job sites. These requirements…more
| Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

EU Court Clarifies the Conditions Under Which Assertion of Standard-Essential Patents May Constitute Abuse of Market Dominance

Last week, in response to a request for a preliminary ruling by a German court hearing a patent infringement action brought by Huawei against ZTE, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) took up the question of whether…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Africa Update - July 2015 #3

Leading the News - Burundi: On July 9th, United Nations (U.N.) Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein briefed the U.N…more
| Civil Rights, International Law & Trade, Military Law

Biosimilars, the BPCIA, and Amgen v. Sandoz: The Federal Circuit’s First Attempt To Make Sense of “A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma”

On July 21, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a key decision regarding the meaning of various provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). See Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., Fed. Cir. Case No. 2015-1499…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

USCIS Releases Final Guidance on H-1B Job Site Changes

On Tuesday July 21, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released final guidance on a recent Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision requiring amended or new H-1B petitions for workers who change job…more
| Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Class Action Suit Filed Against UCLA After It Suffers Massive Data Breach Affecting 4.5 Million Individuals

In yet another data breach affecting millions of individuals, UCLA Health System (“UCLA”) reported on July 17, 2015, that hackers had accessed portions of its health network that contained personal information, including names,…more
| Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

New York Becomes First State Raise Minimum Wage to $15 . . . For Fast Food Workers

A panel appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recommended a minimum hourly wage increase to $15 for fast food service workers on Wednesday. The recommendation comes just three months after Governor Cuomo tasked the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

FDA Issues Warning Letter to Corporate Sponsor of Clinical Trial

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not frequently issue Warning Letters to corporate sponsors of FDA-regulated clinical trials, so the June 16, 2015, Warning Letter sent to AB Science, a pharmaceutical company with…more
| Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

EEOC Rules that “Sex” Encompasses Sexual Orientation Under Title VII; Ruling Helpful to LGBT Employees, But Not an End to the Debate

In a sweeping decision, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that Title VII prohibits sexual orientation-based discrimination. Although the statute does not explicitly include sexual orientation as a protected…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
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