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Firm Profile: Robinson & Cole LLP
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Hartford, CT 06103-3597, United States
Phone: (860) 275-8200
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  • Labor & Employment Law
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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

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2016

Every year, OSHA releases a list of the 10 most frequently cited violations, which, for 2016, were accumulated by reviewing the nearly 32,000 workplace inspections conducted by OSHA staff. The list for 2016 looks a whole lot…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Keurig Settlement An Expensive Reminder About Product Defect Reporting Obligations

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a $5.8 million agreement with Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. settling claims that Keurig failed to report a product defect that posed an unreasonable…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Products Liability

Surpassing Even My Expectations, Predictions Come True

Last month, in my “Manufacturing Law Predictions for 2017: Labor and Employment” posting, I wrote: “Expect at least some high-profile workplace ‘raids’ to round up undocumented workers and substantial fines on the employers…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Lawsuit Proceeds Against Monsanto for Manufacture of PCBs

Last year, we told you about a lawsuit brought by three California cities against Monsanto Company, alleging that Monsanto is liable for PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) contamination in San Francisco Bay. The cities—San Jose,…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

What Will 2017 Bring For Manufacturers: Environmental, Health & Safety Edition

This post is the last in our three-part series about what manufacturers can expect in 2017. In my humble opinion, we saved the best for last – Environmental, Health & Safety. Citizen Science - With increasing awareness…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law

Manufacturing Law Predictions for 2017:  Labor and Employment

As has been our tradition, January is the time to predict the big developments in the coming year which will impact on manufacturers. Notwithstanding my “Lawyer’s Shrug,” here is my take on 2017…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Things Manufacturers Should Be Watching In 2017 In The Areas of Corporate Compliance / Litigation

As is our annual tradition, this is the first in a series of posts that provide industry and legal outlooks for manufacturers as we head into 2017. I will start with corporate compliance and litigation. Matt will follow with…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

The 2017 “Manufacturers’ Lawyer’s Shrug”

I am a really big fan of the NPR radio show, “Car Talk,” where two Boston auto mechanics took callers’ questions and tried to answer them. Since the November 8 election, I have freely adapted one of their signature phrases – I…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

EPA Identifies First Ten Chemical Substances For Evaluation Under New TSCA

As we outlined earlier this 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 that are already in use in…more
 /  Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

OSHA Updates General Industry Personal Fall Protection and Walking-Working Surfaces Standards

Recently, OSHA issued its long-awaited final rule on walking-working surfaces and personal fall protection systems for general industry. The new rule is intended to update the standards to align with general industry practice,…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law
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