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Firm Profile: Robinson & Cole LLP
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103-3597, United States
Phone: (860) 275-8200
Fax: (860) 275-8299
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  • Environmental Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
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Hurricanes Force Manufacturers to Consider Impact on Employees

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused widespread property damage and flooding, and some manufacturers may not be able to reopen their businesses for several months. To assist followers of this blog, I have set out below a few of…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Supply Chain Problems After The Hurricanes: What Manufacturers Should Be Aware Of

As the recovery effort continues after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, some manufacturers are starting to deal with supply chain slowdowns or shortages. The most widely reported issue that impacts both manufacturers and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Superfund Reform May Be a Slow Go

As we previously reported, the current administration set out to make Superfund reform a priority. Shortly after taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt convened a task force to provide recommendations for restructuring…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Breaking News: Manufacturers Breathe Relief as Court Strikes Down DOL Overtime Rule

The United States District Court for the District of Texas issued a broad decision today invalidating the U.S. Department of Labor’s attempt to amend the so-called “White Collar” Exemption by doubling the minimum salary paid to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

No “Summer Slow-Down” for Manufacturers – Regulatory Changes Continue

Readers of this space may recall my recent posts highlighting court and legislative changes to employment laws, regulations and policies affecting manufacturers. See e.g. “‘Manufacturing’ Law: Courts Also Move to Fill the…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

TSCA Implementation Update: EPA Finalizes Framework Rules and Announces Scope For First Risk Evaluations

TSCA Framework Rules Promulgated - As we outlined last year, the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) was recently updated to provide EPA with much broader authority to regulate “existing” chemical substances (i.e., those…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The False Claims Act: Why It Is Relevant To All Manufacturers

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a major civil enforcement tool used by the federal government to redress fraud causing monetary loss to the government. In the 2016 fiscal year, the federal government recovered over $4.7 billion…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

The DOL Seeks to Change the Tide

While local state and city governments have been working to expand the scope of workplace protections, the Federal government has begun “undoing” some of the aggressive advancements of the Obama Administration…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

Superfund Changes Afoot

Since taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has made it clear that he intends to focus on—and overhaul—the Superfund program. Calling the program “at the center of the Agency’s core mission”, Pruitt has put in place a…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Interesting Update: “Manufacturing” Law: Courts Join the States to Fill the Void

In a May 16 Blog Post, I reviewed several cases dealing with the question of whether Title VII’s ban on discrimination “because of . . . sex” included a ban on discrimination “because of sexual preferences.” I summarized three…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Patent Litigation Development for Manufacturers: U.S. Supreme Court Limits where Corporations can be Sued for Patent Infringement

The United States Supreme Court just limited where corporations can be sued for patent infringement in a case called TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341 (U.S. May 22, 2017). Manufacturers sued for…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

“Manufacturing” Law: Courts Also Move to Fill the Void

Last month, I wrote that in the absence of significant Congressional action on the labor and employment front, states and cities are increasingly willing to take steps to improve employment protections. Some courts appear…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

“Take-Home Toxins” Expand Duty of Care Imposed on Employers

A federal district court in Pennsylvania recently found that Accuratus Corporation (“Accuratus”), a ceramics manufacturer and supplier, could be liable under New Jersey law for chemical exposure injuries to the girlfriend and…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Toxic Torts

States (and Cities) Rush In Where Congress Fears to Tread

Some manufacturers may interpret the “Epic Fail” of Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act as a sign of stability in the labor and employment landscape. After all, one thing which the new Administration and Congressional…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

A Contract Provision Often Overlooked By Manufacturers

Most manufacturers scrutinize indemnification clauses in contracts to determine what liability they make be taking on if something goes wrong in a transaction or sale. A typical indemnification clause will also provide that the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts
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