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Defeating Class Certification: Halliburton II Ruling Impacts Securities Class Action Issues

In its June 23, 2014 opinion in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (“Halliburton II”), the United States Supreme Court addressed two securities class action issues: 1. It affirmed the validity of the…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

Another Hoop For Government Contractors: The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On Thursday, July 31, 2014, President Obama signed another in a series of recent Executive Orders targeting employment practices of federal government contractors and subcontractors. Under the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces”…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Second Amendment Rights “Out the Door” in D.C.

Despite what might be implied by this article’s title, Second Amendment rights have actually expanded in D.C. recently. Last month, in Palmer v. District of Columbia __F. Supp.2d__ (2014); 2014 WL 3702854 (D.D.C. July 24, 2014),…more
| Constitutional Law

Fourth Circuit Adopts More Demanding Test for Exercise of Objective Prudence by Retirement Plan Fiduciaries -Tatum v. RJR Pension Investment Committee

In the latest ruling in a long-running battle arising from company stock fund divestments, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has underscored the importance of procedural prudence in the management of plan assets…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts, Securities Law

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - July Update

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of recent legislation around the U.S…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

President Obama Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order that prohibits the federal government and private federal government contractors from discriminating against applicants and employees based on sexual orientation and…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

Most employers are generally familiar with the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and its prohibition of employment discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related medical conditions. On July 14, 2014,…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Appellate Federal Court Overturns District Court Ruling; Federal Government Contractor Must Disclose Internal Investigation Documents In Whistleblower Lawsuit

In our current Williams Mullen Construction Industry News, the article titled “Federal Contractors” discussed a ruling on March 6, 2014 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordering a federal government…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

D.C. Circuit Rules That "Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies" Is Not Required For Violations of ERISA’S Statutory Guarantees: Stephens v. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has joined five other federal circuits to rule that pension plan participants need not exhaust a plan’s internal remedial procedures before they file suit in…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

ESOP Fiduciaries Lose “Presumption of Prudence”

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held last week that employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) investment in employer stock is not entitled to a special ERISA “presumption of prudence”. The decision provides important guidance for…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts, Securities Law

No Recess: Supreme Court Decision Invalidates Three 2012 NLRB Appointments and Narrows President’s Recess Appointment Powers

On June 26, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that President Obama’s purported “recess” appointments of three National Labor Relations Board members was an invalid exercise of executive power. The decision has…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Reliance on Professional Advice Avoids Valuation Penalty

In Whitehouse Hotel Ltd Partnership v. Commissioner, No. 13-60131 (6/11/2014), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Tax Court’s enforcement of a gross undervaluation penalty imposed on a taxpayer claiming a charitable…more
| Civil Procedure, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial

Williams Mullen Construction Industry Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2014

In This Issue: - CGL Insurance & Defects - No Sure Thing - Contract Quicksand - The Nuclear Option - Federal Contractors - Excerpt from CGL Insurance & Defects: Does Your Insurance Cover…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential, Government Contracting

CFPB Advises Consumer Lenders to Comply with Fair Lending Laws when Making Credit Exceptions

On May 22, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued an edition of its Supervisory Highlights that includes eight suggested steps to take to avoid fair lending violations when granting credit exceptions…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

The OFCCP Calls a Moratorium on Enforcement Activities Against TRICARE Providers

On May 7, 2014, a Directive of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) placed a five-year moratorium on enforcement activities regarding health care providers that are TRICARE subcontractors. TRICARE is the…more
| Civil Rights, Health, Government Contracting
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