Wilson Elser

Natural Contaminants Exceed Human-Made Contaminants in California’s Groundwater

Defendants in groundwater contamination cases in California have additional evidence to direct blame where it should be placed – on naturally occurring contaminants. An extensive study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has…more
| Energy & Utilities, Toxic Torts

Nevada, Washington and North Dakota Expand Data Breach Definition and Notice Requirements

Continuing the trend of states expanding their data privacy laws, companies that store and transmit personal information about residents of Nevada, Washington and North Dakota must now take note of additional data-element…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability PART 3: Initial Contact

This is the third in a series of blogs examining the rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its consequential impact on product liability risk. The development of the IoT has been so rapid and the applications so…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Defendant’s Belief a Patent Was Invalid Is Not a Defense to an Induced Infringement Claim

Addressing a syllogistic, perhaps paradoxical difference between belief of non-infringement and belief of invalidity, on May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. held that an accused…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Jeep Hack Drives Cyber, Crisis, Liability and Supply Chain Coverage Issues

A recall notice to fix critical control software on 1.4 million vehicles should raise concerns for companies, brokers and insurers across several business lines. The vulnerability of vital control systems to a remote hacking…more
| Personal Injury, Privacy, Insurance, Products Liability, Transportation

Modernizing and Coordinating the Regulatory System of Biotechnology Products

On July 2, 2015, the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) of the Office of the President issued a memorandum to initiate a process to coordinate, update and modernize the federal regulatory system governing…more
| Administrative Law, Agriculture, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Potential Erosion of the Distinction Between Benefits Denials and Breach of Fiduciary Duty under ERISA in the Tenth Circuit

A recent decision from a federal district court in the Tenth Circuit provides an example of the potential erosion of the distinction between claims for wrongful denial of benefits and breach of fiduciary duty under the Employee…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Insurance

Seventh Circuit Holds That Risk of Future Fraudulent Charge on Credit Card Sufficient to Withstand Motion to Dismiss

During the 2013 holiday season, Neiman Marcus, like many other retailers, discovered that its payment card systems had been compromised and customers’ credit and debit card information was potentially stolen…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy

New York City Employers Prohibited from Requesting Criminal History Information before Making a Conditional Offer

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the “Fair Chance Act” (Int. 318-A), known as “ban-the-box” legislation, prohibiting employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees on the basis of…more
| Labor & Employment Law

A Win for Licensees: Royalty Payments Stop at Patent’s Expiration

On June 22, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that if a patent holder’s invention was properly filed and approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, then the patent holder is granted a term of twenty (20)…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

San Francisco’s First “Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights” Creates More Obligations for Retail Employers

As of July 3, 2015, retail employers in San Francisco are required to comply with new regulations regarding the work hours, scheduling, pay and retention of their employees based on the passage of San Francisco’s first-ever…more
| Labor & Employment Law

FTC Takes Its First Action Against Crowdfunding Site

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) targets more FinTech (new and emerging financial technology) under the banner of protecting consumers from deceptive trade practices, the Commission finally turned its attention to the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability PART 2: One Step Closer

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability, published in February 2015, identified a number of factors leading to the emergence and phenomenal growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). It also…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Proposed California Legislation Would Mandate Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Disclosures Statewide

California Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has introduced and sponsored Assembly Bill No. 597, the Asbestos Tort Claim Trust Transparency Act, which if passed would require asbestos plaintiffs to disclose all asbestos…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Products Liability

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Privacy Rights for Los Angeles Hotel Operators

In a win for privacy advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a City of Los Angeles municipal ordinance permitting warrantless police searches of hotel registries is unconstitutional. The subject ordinance (Los Angeles…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Privacy
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