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Trump libel win based on Trump libel loss

President-elect Donald Trump just won a libel case against a critic — for the very same reason that real estate developer Donald Trump lost a libel case against a critic, more than 30 years ago. And yes, the precedent of Trump…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Personal Injury

EEOC issues guidance on new wellness notice mandated for 2017

Effective as of the first day of the plan year that began on January 1, 2017, or after, employers maintaining wellness programs that collect employee health information must satisfy a new notice requirement. The EEOC has issued…more
| Civil Rights, Health, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

New CME enforcement rules for the new year

In December 2016, the exchanges (and swap execution facility division) comprising the CME Group enacted changes to Chapter 4 ("Enforcement of Rules") of their respective rulebooks. The changes in Chapter 4 impact both…more
| Business Organizations

Cannabis in animal supplements: A hazy proposition

Over at our Life Sciences Decoded blog, we have discussed the state of limbo in which animal dietary supplements exist from a regulatory perspective. In the case of human products, foods, dietary supplements and drugs occupy…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

What the FDA has in store for the food industry in 2017

As Life Sciences Decoded looks forward in 2017, it is clear that FDA-regulated industries have a great deal of change confronting them. Last year, 2016, was a landmark year for the FDA and food regulations, as the agency…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Products Liability

[Webinar] Self-Employment Tax and LLCs; New Partnership Audit Rules; Selected Issues from Heckerling - Jan. 24th, 12:00pm CT

In the webinar we will analyze a recent IRS memo delineating between when it will and will not respect efforts to make a member of an LLC subject to self-employment tax. We will become sensitized to how upcoming partnership…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

New circuit split raises questions about ‘permit shield’ defense in Clean Water Act cases

Can a discharger violate a general narrative state water quality standard incorporated into its national pollutant discharge elimination system (“NPDES”) permit when the permit does not contain specific numeric effluent limits…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Environmental Law

FINRA fines again target financial firms for failure to follow regs

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has, of late, been very aggressive in enforcing its regulations in the area of cybersecurity. FINRA took a strong stance on cybersecurity earlier this year when it fined a…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Trademark Office warns about deceptive trademark-related solicitations

The recent focus on fake news should remind trademark owners of the special care they need to take with communications about their trademark applications…more
| Intellectual Property

Traps and pitfalls of joint ownership

Many people believe that owning property jointly with rights of survivorship is an effective substitute for a will. The benefit of holding property as joint tenants with rights of survivorship is that such property passes to the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Slack-fill lawsuits filling up state court dockets

The uptick in “slack-fill” litigation that we have previously covered in this blog shows no signs of abating — and a spate of recent filings in Missouri state court show that the trend may be expanding…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Products Liability

Is the FSMA a plaintiff’s lawyer’s dream and the food industry’s nightmare?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law in 2011, signaling a sea change in U.S. food safety regulation and making prevention the cornerstone of safety measures. To achieve its lofty goals, while providing time for…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

D.C. appellate court strikes another nail in the coffin for the Frye test

In a striking decision that has the civil litigation bar abuzz about its implications, the D.C. court that first introduced us to the Frye test has now overturned it in favor of Daubert. What distinguishes the court’s decision…more
| Civil Procedure, Products Liability

EPA reveals first 10 chemicals to be reviewed under a more robust toxic substances act

On November 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the first 10 chemicals that it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), 15…more
| Consumer Protection, Environmental Law

Chicago lifts limits on efficiency units close to transit

On Dec. 14, the Chicago City Council approved an amendment to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance waiving the limit on the amount of efficiency units in developments that are in close proximity to a transit station in the Downtown (D)…more
| Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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