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Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance -…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Arbitration, Banking Sector, CFPB

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Eleventh Circuit Clarifies CAFA Jurisdiction Continues After Dismissal of Class Claims

On November 22, the Eleventh Circuit clarified that Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) jurisdiction is not eliminated when the class claims are dismissed before the class is certified. The plaintiff, an Alabama trucking…more

Article III, CAFA, Class Action, Class Certification, Jurisdiction

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Hillsborough County Adopts Mobility Fees, Ends Push for Transportation Sales Tax

As we previewed in our prior update, Hillsborough County settled part of a years-long debate over transportation funding by adopting a mobility fees ordinance, but on the very next day, by a 4-3 vote, decided against putting a…more

Ballot Measures, Impact Fees, Local Ordinance, Real Estate Development, Sales Tax

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Legalizing the Appellate Introduction

In polite society, it is rude not to introduce yourself, but if you are writing a brief to a Florida appellate court, the issue is complicated. The rule describing the required content of a brief does not describe an…more

Appellate Briefs, Appellate Rules, Florida, Legal Writing, Litigation Strategies

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Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 22, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Condition Precedent: providing a notice of the assignment of mortgage loan, as required by section 559.715, Florida Statutes, is not a condition precedent to filing a mortgage foreclosure…more

Bank of America, Countrywide, Discovery, Foreclosure, Mortgages

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AML Update: The NYDFS’s New Anti-Money Laundering Regulation and its Annual Compliance Certification Requirement

This summer, one of the nation’s top state regulators for finance announced a major new AML regulation, providing a critical hook for regulatory liability for companies that lack effective anti-money laundering controls. An…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, Banking Sector, BSA/AML, Certification Requirements

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NAIC Draws Line In CFPB Sand Box

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has taken a firm stance on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed ban of “mandatory arbitration” clauses that make financial product consumers waive their right to…more

Arbitration, Banking Sector, CFPB, Class Action, Consumer Financial Products

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New and Disruptive Technologies: The Care and Feeding of the New Economy [Expect Focus – Vol. I, Winter 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - The CFPB Takes First Enforcement Action Related to Data Security Practices. LIFE INSURANCE - Class Certified in Unique Fixed Indexed Annuity Case. Alleged Misrepresentations to DFS Warrant…more

Auto Insurance, Automotive Loans, Bad Faith, CFPB, Class Action

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MACRA: Top 10 FAQs

Significant changes to the Medicare payment system are underway. The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is set to take effect January 1, 2017. MACRA represents a deliberate departure by the Centers…more

Alternative Payment Models (APM), CMS, Electronic Health Record Incentives, Fee-for-Service, Health Care Providers

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For Excess Liability Insurers, Consent-to-Settle Clauses Still Count

When a liability insurer defends its insured under a reservation, recent decisions limit the insurer’s right to enforce a policy’s consent-to-settle clause. But can the reservation affect the rights of an excess carrier? And…more

Class Action, Consent Agreements, Insurance Industry, Insurance Litigation, Liability Insurance

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Georgia Court of Appeals Expands Lenders' Ability to Pursue Guarantor Deficiency Judgment Suits Beyond Foreclosure Confirmations

The Court of Appeals of Georgia further clarified Georgia's treatment of deficiency judgment suits against guarantors in instances where lenders cannot obtain foreclosure confirmations of secured property. Community & Southern…more

Appeals, Deficiency Judgments, Foreclosure, Guarantors

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FCC Adopts New Privacy Rules

On November 2, the FCC released its Report and Order adopting new privacy rules for telecommunications carriers after a 3-2 vote. After the reclassification of broadband internet access service as a telecommunications service…more

Arbitration, Broadband, Class Action, Data Collection, FCC

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Rules of the (International) Road, Brexit, PPP as a New Tool for Argentina, and Keeping Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit (Expect Focus International – August 2016)

- Post-Daimler: Are Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit in U.S. Courts? What if the Non-U.S. Parent Registers to Do Business in a State? - Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor …more

Argentina, Authentication, Brazil, Commercial Insurance Policies, Community Trademark

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Law Enforcement Thwarts Sovereign Freeman

Copyrighting their names, “signing” with red thumbprints – we’ve seen some unusual court filings from unique individuals. But one person has apparently gone too far. It can be incredibly frustrating for a lender when a…more

Bank Fraud, Banking Sector, Borrowers, Court Appearances, Criminal Prosecution

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CFPB's Project Catalyst Highlights Innovation Opportunities

On October 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its "Project Catalyst Report: Promoting Consumer-Friendly Innovation." ("CFPB Report"). The CFPB Report reviews what the CFPB "has learned about a range of…more

Banking Sector, CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Financial Services Industry, FinTech

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Brazilian Voluntary Disclosure Program: The Cost of The Medicine for Contaminated Funds

On January 14, a voluntary disclosure program, the Special Regime for Foreign Exchange and Tax Regularization (RERCT), was enacted in Brazil. It gives Brazilian residents an opportunity to voluntarily disclose unreported funds…more

Brazil, Common Reporting Standard (CRS), Disclosure Requirements, FATCA, New Legislation

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Does Your Expert Challenge Quack Like an Untimely Daubert Motion?

In Frigaliment Importing Co. v. BNS Int’l Sales Corp., 190 F. Supp. 116 (S.D.N.Y. 1960), Judge Friendly famously asked “What is chicken?” A case decided last year raises the question, “What is a Daubert motion?”…more

Daubert Standards, Evidence, Expert Testimony, Expert Witness, Litigation Strategies

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CFPB's Project Catalyst Highlights Innovation Opportunities

On October 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its "Project Catalyst Report: Promoting Consumer-Friendly Innovation." ("CFPB Report"). The CFPB Report reviews what the CFPB "has learned about a range of…more

Banking Sector, CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Financial Services Industry, FinTech

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NY DFS Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations Revised and Implementation Delayed

We previously reported on the New York Department of Financial Services’ proposed cybersecurity regulations. During the public comment period, the DFS received over 150 comments. In response, the DFS announced on December 28,…more

Banking Sector, CISO, Comment Period, Confidential Information, Cybersecurity

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 25, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Ad Valorem Taxation: lessee holding 99-year leasehold interest in unimproved land owned by government entity is not “equitable owner” and thus not liable for ad valorem property taxes pursuant to…more

Ad Valorem Tax, Deutsche Bank, E&O Insurance, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Foreclosure

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Deal Carefully With Bitcoins Until Legislation Catches Up

Interest in cryptocurrencies is growing, even after Mt. Gox, formerly the largest international bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in Japan following $473 million in losses. Bitcoin’s resulting drop in value, from a $1,000…more

Bitcoin, Virtual Currency

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Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance -…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Arbitration, Banking Sector, CFPB

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2015 Food Industry Decisions With Bite

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others relate…more

Ascertainable Class, CAFA, Chobani Inc, Class Action, Class Certification

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Georgia Trial Court Limits the Protection of Georgia's Anti-SLAPP Statute

A recent opinion from the DeKalb County State Court, currently certified for appeal with the Supreme Court of Georgia, included a reminder that the protections afforded by Georgia's anti-SLAPP statute have limits. Georgia's…more

Anti-SLAPP, Government Investigations, Media, News Stories

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Injunction Placing New Overtime Rule on Hold Affects Employers in Every Industry

Late yesterday, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which was to take effect December 1, 2016. The rule, addressing the so-called white collar exemptions,…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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Post-Hurricane Matthew: Insurance Statutes and Regulations

Because Hurricane Matthew claims may be taking you and your colleagues to several different states, we thought it might be helpful to bear in mind the different claims adjusting standards and regulations in those states that…more

Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Season, Insurance Claims, Insurance Industry, Natural Disasters

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Court Approves Direct Payment Of Reinsurance To Insured In Reliance Insurance Company Liquidation

The court handling the liquidation of Reliance Insurance Company has approved an application for the direct payment of reinsurance proceeds by United Insurance Company to Reliance’s insured, Hoechst Celanese Corporation, with…more

Insurance Industry, Insurance Litigation, Liquidation, Reinsurance

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Hypothetically Speaking, Mr. Insurance Commissioner, There Is No Need To Answer

A recent case pitted two State of Florida agencies involved in insurance regulation against one another, and resulted in a decision by the appellate court that the Insurance Commissioner could not be compelled to appear as a…more

Appeals, Depositions, Insurance Commissioners, Insurance Industry, Witness

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Off The Record. Or Not?

In November 2007, an article titled “Off the Record,” which was co-authored by one of this article’s authors, was published in this Journal. It began by saying “[e]very good appellate lawyer knows that an appeal is constrained…more

Appeals, Discovery, Evidence, Internet, Judicial Notice

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New and Disruptive Technologies: The Care and Feeding of the New Economy [Expect Focus – Vol. I, Winter 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - The CFPB Takes First Enforcement Action Related to Data Security Practices. LIFE INSURANCE - Class Certified in Unique Fixed Indexed Annuity Case. Alleged Misrepresentations to DFS Warrant…more

Auto Insurance, Automotive Loans, Bad Faith, CFPB, Class Action

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Eleventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Insurer Based on "Other Capacity" Exclusion

On June 22, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of National Union Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., in an action where the insured sought $10 million in coverage under a D&O policy. The court…more

Corporate Officers, D&O Insurance, Fiduciary Duty, Insurance Litigation, Shareholder Litigation

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Peerless, This is Not: Sixth Circuit Finds No Latent Ambiguity in Consent to Settle Requirement in Excess Policy

Disputes between policyholders and excess insurers often involve events that occurred before the underlying defense costs or indemnity payments reached the excess layer. In Stryker Corp. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of…more

Denial of Insurance Coverage, Excess Policies, Insurance Industry, Medical Devices, National Union

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Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance -…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Arbitration, Banking Sector, CFPB

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A Plague O’ Both Your Clauses: Insurance Probably Won’t Cover Businesses Stung By Zika

During the past several months, Zika virus has rapidly spread across Latin America and into the United States. While Congressional action has stalled, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a number of…more

Business Income, Business Interruption, CDC, Commercial General Liability Policies, Employer Liability Issues

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District Courts Find Impermissible “Fail-Safe” Class Definitions But Deny Motions to Strike Class Allegations

Two recent decisions from the Eastern District of Illinois involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), decided a day apart, provided valuable insight as how this court will respond to motions to strike class…more

Advertising, ATDS, Class Action, Faxes, Motion To Strike

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Using Independent Sales Representatives to do Business in the United States

Domestic and foreign manufacturers and suppliers that sell their products at wholesale in the United States may benefit from contracting with local independent sales representatives in the United States to help promote sales of…more

Contract Renewal, Contract Termination, Foreign Corporations, Forum Selection, Manufacturers

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Q&A With Carlton Fields' Gregory Cesarano

At Carlton Fields, Greg Cesarano focuses his practice on defense of corporations and manufacturers in products liability and commercial claims. He also leads Carlton Fields’ products and toxic tort liability practice group,…more

Class Action, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), DUI, FDCA, Food Labeling

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Heal Thyself: Insider Threats to Heed, Especially for Industries with Large Amounts of Personal Information

A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that insider threats due to malicious or negligent employees are the leading cause of private-sector cybersecurity incidents. Of the over 600 information security professionals…more

Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Educational Institutions

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Post-Hurricane Matthew: Insurance Statutes and Regulations

Because Hurricane Matthew claims may be taking you and your colleagues to several different states, we thought it might be helpful to bear in mind the different claims adjusting standards and regulations in those states that…more

Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Season, Insurance Claims, Insurance Industry, Natural Disasters

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SEC Issues Cybersecurity Risk Alert

On April 15th, the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") issued a Risk Alert concerning its initiative to assess the cybersecurity preparedness of the securities industry. The Risk Alert states that…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, OCIE

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Expect Focus - Regulators Are Watching: New Products, New Opportunities, New Risks - Volume III, Summer 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Standard CGL Policy Form Adds Data Breach Coverage Exclusion - LIFE INSURANCE ..Class Claims Against Lincoln National Barred in Section 419 Action – Again …more

Accredited Investors, Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, CFPB, Class Action

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DOAH Strikes Proposed Rule Requiring Public Notification of "Reportable Releases"

On December 30, the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) entered a final order invalidating the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed rule expanding notification requirements for every release of any…more

Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Liability, Environmental Policies, Hazardous Substances, Notification Requirements

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Excluded Evidence: Is Your Proffer Sufficient To Preserve The Error?

Just because you know what your excluded evidence would have shown does not mean that the trial court knows and, as importantly for appellate purposes, that the appellate court can glean from the record the substance of the…more

Appeals, Confidential Communications, Discovery, Evidence, False Statements

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Trademarks in Cuba, Successful Whistleblowers, Big Data, Health Care Encryption, Jury Instruction Tips [Expect Focus – Vol. 1, Winter 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT · Is your Company Ready to Comply with Encryption of Individually Identifiable Health Information? LIFE INSURANCE · STOLI Schemers Must Make Good on Damages Caused · At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index…more

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NY DFS Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations Revised and Implementation Delayed

We previously reported on the New York Department of Financial Services’ proposed cybersecurity regulations. During the public comment period, the DFS received over 150 comments. In response, the DFS announced on December 28,…more

Banking Sector, CISO, Comment Period, Confidential Information, Cybersecurity

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BP Settlement Claim

After years of litigation, BP Exploration & Production, Inc. and BP America Production Company (collectively, "BP") entered a class-wide settlement ("BP Settlement") that covers most businesses located in the Gulf Coast Region,…more

BP, Class Action, Eligibility, Gulf Oil Spill, Settlement

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Home Depot Cyber Derivative Action Shuttered: Another Data-Breach Derivative Suit Fails to Clear Fundamental Corporate Law Hurdles

The recent dismissal of a Home Depot derivative action ends a string of high-profile derivative suits stemming from large-scale corporate data breaches. On November 30, the Northern District of Georgia dismissed a shareholder…more

Breach of Duty, Business Judgment Rule, Corporate Governance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach

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Ninth Circuit: Food Manufacturers May be Liable for Misleading Consumers if They Label Foods Containing Synthetic Citric and Ascorbic Acid “Natural”

On September 30, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed in part a district court decision granting summary judgment to Dole Packaged Foods, LLC (“Dole”), finding that a reasonable fact finder could conclude that Dole’s…more

All Natural, Class Action, Class Certification, Dole Food, False Advertising

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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Don’t Rest on Your Laurels: The Importance of Adapting Objections to Changed Circumstances

Without a crystal ball, trial lawyers can make objections only on the basis of what has occurred or what they reasonably expect might occur based on the facts and circumstances existing at the time. Litigation, however is a…more

Litigation Strategies, Motion To Strike, Objection Procedures, Standing Objections, Young Lawyers

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New and Disruptive Technologies: The Care and Feeding of the New Economy [Expect Focus – Vol. I, Winter 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - The CFPB Takes First Enforcement Action Related to Data Security Practices. LIFE INSURANCE - Class Certified in Unique Fixed Indexed Annuity Case. Alleged Misrepresentations to DFS Warrant…more

Auto Insurance, Automotive Loans, Bad Faith, CFPB, Class Action

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Be Wary About A Trial Court's Assurances of Preservation

Imagine a trial judge is trying to move things along at a charge conference. An issue arises, trial counsel begins to voice objections, and the judge short-circuits the discussion by saying, “Your rights are saved on the issue.”…more

Evidence, Litigation Strategies, Objections, Preservation of Rights, Young Lawyers

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 13, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where a valid mortgage properly encumbers the subject property, an incorrect deed and a reformation of deed count are not fatal to a foreclosure action - Heartwood 2, LLC v. Dori, Case…more

Affirmative Defenses, Banking Sector, Banks, Consumer Lenders, Escrow Accounts

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Best Practices In Reducing Cost And Managing Risk In Class Action Litigation

Across industries, corporate counsel reported they spent $2.1 billion annually on class action lawsuits in 2012. This reflects a modest decline from $2.2 billion in 2011. On average, companies managed 5.1 class actions in 2012,…more

Class Action, Legal Costs, Risk Mitigation

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Administrative Closing Of Employment Discrimination Case Subject To Arbitration Agreement Bars Appellate Review

In Walker v. TA Operating, LLC et. al., Case No. 14-41046 (5th Cir. May 22, 2015), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal of an employment discrimination case subject to an arbitration agreement due to lack of…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Employment Discrimination, Federal Arbitration Act

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New Disclosures Required Regarding Subsurface Rights In Florida

On May 12, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law CS/CS/CS/HB 489, regarding subsurface rights disclosures. The bill creates a new Section 689.29, Florida Statutes. Beginning October 1, 2014, a seller of residential…more

Mineral Rights, Minerals, Natural Resources, Subsurface Estates

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New and Disruptive Technologies: The Care and Feeding of the New Economy [Expect Focus – Vol. I, Winter 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - The CFPB Takes First Enforcement Action Related to Data Security Practices. LIFE INSURANCE - Class Certified in Unique Fixed Indexed Annuity Case. Alleged Misrepresentations to DFS Warrant…more

Auto Insurance, Automotive Loans, Bad Faith, CFPB, Class Action

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Considerations for Your Company’s Website Accessibility Policy

We previously discussed the uncertainty concerning whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites of private businesses and, if so, the specific requirements that would apply. We noted that even if…more

ADA, Information Technology, Information Technology Outsourcing, Policies and Procedures, Website Accessibility

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2015 Food Industry Decisions With Bite

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others relate…more

Ascertainable Class, CAFA, Chobani Inc, Class Action, Class Certification

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Is It Time To Review, Retest, Or Amend Your Employee Benefit Plans? IRS Provides Same Sex Marriage Guidance For Retirement Plan Sponsors And Administrators

On June 26, 2013, when the Supreme Court determined that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, the tax and benefit plan implications were unclear. Later, in Revenue Ruling 2013-17, the IRS…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, DOMA, Employee Benefits, Employer Liability Issues, Plan Administrators

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Post-Hurricane Matthew: Insurance Statutes and Regulations

Because Hurricane Matthew claims may be taking you and your colleagues to several different states, we thought it might be helpful to bear in mind the different claims adjusting standards and regulations in those states that…more

Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Season, Insurance Claims, Insurance Industry, Natural Disasters

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Proposed Rule Changes to Florida’s Affordable Housing Allocation and Funding Process

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (“Florida Housing”) has proposed changes to its rules governing the affordable housing allocation and funding process. The changes are to Rule Chapters 67-21, 67-48, and 67-60, F.A.C…more

Affordable Housing, Allocation of Funds, Bonds, Building Codes, Community Development

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eCommerce Regulation, Bitcoin, Anti-Money Laundering, Shadow Insurance, 401(k) Litigation [Expect Focus – Vol. IV, Fall 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - California Passes Life and Annuity Electronic Transactions Law LIFE INSURANCE - - Under a Spotlight, "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuit Fails Scrutiny - NAIC Evaluates Insurer’s Use of Variable…more

401k, Administrative Proceedings, Big Data, Bitcoin, BSA/AML

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Managing Risk: Liability For The Criminal Acts Of Others

There is an ever-present possibility that a land owner may be held liable in damages for the injuries and consequences of criminal acts of strangers…more

Foreseeability, Land Owners, Landlords, Negligence, Premises Liability

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Subcontractor Exception Torpedoes Insurers’ Defense To Faulty Workmanship Claim

As this blog has reported, a line of cases deciding coverage disputes over faulty workmanship runs against (or, at least, around) a basic rule for interpreting insurance policies. Under that rule, the scope of coverage is…more

Breach of Contract, Commercial General Liability Policies, Condominiums, Construction Contracts, Construction Defects

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Expect Focus - Catching The Next Wave, Regulatory and Litigation Developments - Volume II, Spring 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions? - LIFE INSURANCE ..How to Fight a STOLI Scheme: Court Rulings Offer Clues ..STOA Schemes Face Increased…more

Compliance, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, PBGC, Private Equity

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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IRS Treats Captives With Section 831(B) Elections As “Transactions Of Interest”

On the heels of Congress’ amendments last year to Section 831(b) of the Internal Revenue Code to curb perceived abusive use of so-called “micro” captive insurance companies, the IRS recently issued Notice 2016-66 officially…more

Captive Insurance Company, Disclosure Requirements, Insurance Industry, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS

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Dismissal for Drugmaker Affirmed: Galectin Had No Duty to Disclose Payments to Promoters

In re: Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 16-10324, 2016 WL 7240146, ____ , F2d ___ (11th Cir. Dec. 15, 2016). The Eleventh Circuit recently addressed the circumstances under which a public company must…more

Disclosure Requirements, Financial Markets, Pharmaceutical Industry, Public Offerings, Publicly-Traded Companies

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 13, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where a valid mortgage properly encumbers the subject property, an incorrect deed and a reformation of deed count are not fatal to a foreclosure action - Heartwood 2, LLC v. Dori, Case…more

Affirmative Defenses, Banking Sector, Banks, Consumer Lenders, Escrow Accounts

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Rules of the (International) Road, Brexit, PPP as a New Tool for Argentina, and Keeping Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit (Expect Focus International – August 2016)

- Post-Daimler: Are Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit in U.S. Courts? What if the Non-U.S. Parent Registers to Do Business in a State? - Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor …more

Argentina, Authentication, Brazil, Commercial Insurance Policies, Community Trademark

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Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance -…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Arbitration, Banking Sector, CFPB

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New Condominium Exemption To The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act

As we previously reported, a significant amendment to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) becomes effective on March 26, 2015. HR2600 adds an exemption from registration for a “condominium unit.” This is a…more

Condominiums, Exemptions, ILSA

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District Of New Jersey Rewards Defendant’s Candor, Finds No Waiver In Successive Motion to Dismiss

Federal Rule 12(g)(2) generally prohibits a successive motion to dismiss based on grounds that were known at the time of the original motion. This rule was tested in VNB Realty, Inc. v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Assoc., No. 2:13-4743,…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Motion to Dismiss, Preservation of Rights

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Court Finds Arbitration Award That Included Attorneys’ Fees Was Not A Manifest Disregard Of The Law

The court confirmed an arbitration award entered in favor of Astanza Design, LLC against Giemme Stile, S.p.A. and Giemme USA, LLC (Giemme) in which the arbitrator awarded both damages and attorneys’ fees to Astanza in a dispute…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Arbitration Awards, Attorney's Fees

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Illinois District Court Holds CAFA and Diversity Both Provide Federal Jurisdiction Over Class Actions

The Southern District of Illinois recently confirmed that traditional diversity jurisdiction and jurisdiction under the Class Act Fairness Act (CAFA) provide two separate means of obtaining federal jurisdiction over class action…more

CAFA, Class Action, Diversity Jurisdiction, Federal Jurisdiction, Jurisdiction

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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None Of Your Business: Eleventh Circuit Enters A Gray Area For Contract Liability Exclusions

Businesses have responsibilities; they buy liability insurance to cover losses that arise if they fail to perform them all. Businesses also “assume” responsibilities under contracts; those responsibilities are typically…more

Blue Cross, Breach of Contract, Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Insurance Industry

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A Former Appellate Court Judge Offers Tips to Trial Attorneys

While trial attorneys know they must preserve issues they wish to raise on appeal, they often overlook the basic steps required to help ensure appellate review. During more than 27 years on the bench, former Florida appellate…more

Appeals, Evidence, Litigation Strategies, Objection Procedures, Objections

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Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance -…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Arbitration, Banking Sector, CFPB

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Florida Appellate Court Embraces Daubert Standard And Provides First In-Depth Analysis Under New Law

Last week, the Third District Court of Appeal resolved any questions concerning the applicability of the Daubert standard in Florida following the legislative changes to Florida's evidence code in July 2013…more

Appeals, Daubert Hearing, Daubert Standards, Evidence, Expert Testimony

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Deal Carefully With Bitcoins Until Legislation Catches Up

Interest in cryptocurrencies is growing, even after Mt. Gox, formerly the largest international bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in Japan following $473 million in losses. Bitcoin’s resulting drop in value, from a $1,000…more

Bitcoin, Virtual Currency

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Rules of the (International) Road, Brexit, PPP as a New Tool for Argentina, and Keeping Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit (Expect Focus International – August 2016)

- Post-Daimler: Are Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit in U.S. Courts? What if the Non-U.S. Parent Registers to Do Business in a State? - Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor …more

Argentina, Authentication, Brazil, Commercial Insurance Policies, Community Trademark

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FCC Adopts New Privacy Rules

On November 2, the FCC released its Report and Order adopting new privacy rules for telecommunications carriers after a 3-2 vote. After the reclassification of broadband internet access service as a telecommunications service…more

Arbitration, Broadband, Class Action, Data Collection, FCC

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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Biting The Hand That Fed Them – And Winning

Choice of law is frequently a prominent – and sometimes a pivotal – factor in a court’s analysis of whether to grant or deny certification of a nationwide or multi-state class. Whether a federal court may apply one state’s…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Predominance Requirement, Rule 23(b)(3)

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Quick Trial Checklist

This chart provides a quick reference regarding motions and objections that may be made immediately prior to, during, and immediately after trial to preserve issues for appellate review. Please see full Chart below for…more

Appeals, Bifurcation, Cross Motions, Depositions, Evidence

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Trademarks in Cuba, Successful Whistleblowers, Big Data, Health Care Encryption, Jury Instruction Tips [Expect Focus – Vol. 1, Winter 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT · Is your Company Ready to Comply with Encryption of Individually Identifiable Health Information? LIFE INSURANCE · STOLI Schemers Must Make Good on Damages Caused · At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index…more

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Ninth Circuit Parses “Administrative Feasibility” and “Ascertainability” – Refuses to Acknowledge Either as a Prerequisite to Class Certification

The Ninth Circuit affirmed certification of putative class actions brought against ConAgra Foods, Inc. (“ConAgra”) by consumers who claimed that ConAgra’s “100% Natural” labels on Wesson cooking oils were false or misleading…more

Administrative Feasibility, Ascertainable Class, Class Action, Class Certification, ConAgra

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Resolving Shopping Center Foreclosures in Florida - Considerations for Lenders

Shopping centers in Florida—and across the country—are increasingly facing financial stress due to factors such as Internet commerce and rent pressures. Rents generated from a shopping center are usually pledged as collateral…more

Banking Sector, Borrowers, Commercial Real Estate Market, Commercial Tenants, Delinquent Borrowers

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Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance -…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Arbitration, Banking Sector, CFPB

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MACRA: Top 10 FAQs

Significant changes to the Medicare payment system are underway. The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is set to take effect January 1, 2017. MACRA represents a deliberate departure by the Centers…more

Alternative Payment Models (APM), CMS, Electronic Health Record Incentives, Fee-for-Service, Health Care Providers

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New Federal Drone Regulations Leave Unanswered Questions

The Federal Aviation Administration Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 (“FAA Reauthorization”) was signed into law July 15. The FAA Reauthorization contained at least five sections directed specifically at unmanned…more

Airspace, Aviation Industry, Best Practices, Certification Requirements, Commercial Use

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Supreme Court Once Again Upholds Class Arbitration Waiver

On June 20, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, holding that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) “does not permit courts to invalidate a contractual…more

American Express, American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, AT&T Mobility

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California District Court Holds Class Action Alleging Securities Act Claims Not Removable Under SLUSA

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently clarified the criteria for removal of a securities class action filed in state court under the Securities Act of 1933, 15 U.S.C. §§ 77a, et seq…more

Class Action, Initial Public Offerings, IPO, Motion to Remand, Securities Act

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 13, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where a valid mortgage properly encumbers the subject property, an incorrect deed and a reformation of deed count are not fatal to a foreclosure action - Heartwood 2, LLC v. Dori, Case…more

Affirmative Defenses, Banking Sector, Banks, Consumer Lenders, Escrow Accounts

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Construction Case Law Update - January 11, 2016

CGL Policies, Supplemental Payment Provision, and Attorney’s Fees - A contractor’s commercial general liability insurer appealed a final judgment in favor of homeowners that damages awarded to them in a construction defect suit…more

Anti-Assignment Clauses, Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Insurance Industry

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Second Time Lucky: In Phantom Vehicle Cases, Ohio Insureds Can Now Corroborate Their Own Testimony

Hit-and-run drivers don’t always hit; some motorists recklessly cause accidents without making contact, then vanish from the scene. Victims in such cases can often obtain coverage under the uninsured motorist (UM) provisions of…more

Auto Insurance, Car Accident, Denial of Insurance Coverage, Evidence, Hit-and-Run

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Tenth Circuit Drills Down Into Roots Of Moral Hazard, Comes Up Dry

Moral hazard (one of this blog’s preoccupations) usually comes up in disputes over the scope of coverage under an insurance policy. But state legislatures often address it, too—for example, by imposing limits on agreements to…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Denial of Insurance Coverage, Energy Sector, Indemnification, Insurance Industry

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Expect Focus - ONLINE HEALTH CARE: NOT SO FAST Telemedicine Hits A Few Speed Bumps, Volume II, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT • Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences - LIFE INSURANCE • Ninth Circuit Finds Bonus Indexed Annuity Delivers Exactly What…more

Accounting Fraud, Annuities, Bad Faith, Broker-Dealer, Captive Insurance Company

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Home Depot Cyber Derivative Action Shuttered: Another Data-Breach Derivative Suit Fails to Clear Fundamental Corporate Law Hurdles

The recent dismissal of a Home Depot derivative action ends a string of high-profile derivative suits stemming from large-scale corporate data breaches. On November 30, the Northern District of Georgia dismissed a shareholder…more

Breach of Duty, Business Judgment Rule, Corporate Governance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach

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Spokeo Gets Lyft Off

The Northern District of California dismissed a Fair Credit Reporting Act case against Lyft upon finding that plaintiff lacked Article III standing based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540…more

Article III, Background Checks, Class Action, Credit Reports, FCRA

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Northern District of Illinois Declines To Restrict Defense Counsel’s Communications With Putative Class Members

The Northern District of Illinois refused to restrict a defense counsel’s communications with putative class members, reasoning that the communications were not misleading or coercive. The case arose when a “romantic getaway”…more

Class Action, Putative Class Actions

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In Overhead and Profit Class Actions, The Third Trade’s No Longer The Charm

When repairs to a damaged home reach a certain level of complexity, they call for supervision by a general contractor, who receives a percentage of the actual repair costs as “general contractor’s overhead and profit” or “GCOP.”…more

Contractors, General Contractors, Insurance Litigation, Policy Exclusions, Property Damage

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Rules of the (International) Road, Brexit, PPP as a New Tool for Argentina, and Keeping Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit (Expect Focus International – August 2016)

- Post-Daimler: Are Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit in U.S. Courts? What if the Non-U.S. Parent Registers to Do Business in a State? - Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor …more

Argentina, Authentication, Brazil, Commercial Insurance Policies, Community Trademark

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Foreclosure of Mortgage Securing Electronic Promissory Note Affirmed

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal recently issued its mandate in Rivera v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. confirming the finality of its decision to uphold the enforcement of an electronic promissory note (“e-note”) in a…more

Banking Sector, Consumer Lenders, E-Signatures, Final Judgment, Foreclosure

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EXPECT FOCUS: Onboard Technology, NAIC Cybersecurity, DOL, ACA Litigation, SEC Regulation (Vol. III, Summer 2015)

In This Issue: IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage LIFE INSURANCE - - Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case - Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News…more

AIG, ALJ, Auto Body Shop, Bailout, Banking Sector

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NY DFS Proposes New Regulation for Life and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements

On November 17, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a press release announcing its proposal of new Insurance Regulation 210 - Life Insurance and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements. Non-guaranteed elements…more

Annuities, Comment Period, Filing Requirements, Insurance Industry, Life Insurance

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U.S. Pre-Immigration Tax Planning

The U.S. Pre-Immigration Tax Planning brochure provides information on the U.S. Tax Code, income tax, estate and gift tax, and pre-immigration considerations, in addition to real-world examples. There are no adverse…more

Capital Gains, Estate Tax, Foreign Tax Credits, Foreign Taxpayers, Gift Tax

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Timing is Everything: When Is The Right Time To Move To Remand?

It may not always be apparent whether a potential basis for remand is procedural or impacts subject matter jurisdiction. As a recent federal case from Kentucky demonstrates, identifying issues and classifying them early is…more

Diversity Jurisdiction, Objection Procedures, Remand

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Injunction Placing New Overtime Rule on Hold Affects Employers in Every Industry

Late yesterday, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which was to take effect December 1, 2016. The rule, addressing the so-called white collar exemptions,…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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Ready for Your Close-up? Five Tips for Using Videoconferencing Technology at Trial

From a technological standpoint, it is now relatively simple to present live video and audio testimony during a court proceeding of a witness located anywhere in the world. There are many advantages to presenting testimony in…more

Discovery, Evidence, Litigation Strategies, Technology, Testimony

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NY DFS Proposes New Regulation for Life and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements

On November 17, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a press release announcing its proposal of new Insurance Regulation 210 - Life Insurance and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements. Non-guaranteed elements…more

Annuities, Comment Period, Filing Requirements, Insurance Industry, Life Insurance

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Expansion of Fiduciary Duties Will Impact Florida LLCs – Is it Time to Update Your Operating Agreement?

Amendments to the Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act go into effect on July 1, 2015. It governs all limited liability companies in the state of Florida. Effective July 1, 2015, the Act was amended, in part, to change…more

Fiduciary Duty, Limited Liability Company (LLC), New Amendments, Operating Agreements

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FinCEN Unveils “Fifth Pillar” of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

The idea that a “fifth pillar” of Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) compliance – customer due diligence requiring U.S. banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, commodity futures merchants, and introducing brokers (“covered financial…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, Banking Sector, Beneficial Owner, BSA/AML

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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New Jersey Federal Court Affirms Arbitration Award, And Denies Cross-Motion To Vacate Arbitration Award

The underlying arbitration involved a dispute between Petitioner Global Liquidity Partners, LLC (“Global”), a “securities execution services firm that . . . us[es] confidential and proprietary technology, software, programs and…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, Federal Arbitration Act, Motion to Vacate

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Expect Focus - ONLINE HEALTH CARE: NOT SO FAST Telemedicine Hits A Few Speed Bumps, Volume II, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT • Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences - LIFE INSURANCE • Ninth Circuit Finds Bonus Indexed Annuity Delivers Exactly What…more

Accounting Fraud, Annuities, Bad Faith, Broker-Dealer, Captive Insurance Company

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When Objecting Once Is Not Enough: Recognizing a Continuing Duty as the Charges and Verdict Form Evolve

On November 21, 2016, the First Circuit offered practitioners yet another reminder that, as the charges and verdict form evolve through colloquys with the trial judge, there is a continuing obligation to object; the timing of…more

Jury Instructions, Jury Verdicts, Litigation Strategies, Objection Procedures, Objections

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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Post-Hurricane Matthew: Insurance Statutes and Regulations

Because Hurricane Matthew claims may be taking you and your colleagues to several different states, we thought it might be helpful to bear in mind the different claims adjusting standards and regulations in those states that…more

Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Season, Insurance Claims, Insurance Industry, Natural Disasters

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DOAH Strikes Proposed Rule Requiring Public Notification of "Reportable Releases"

On December 30, the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) entered a final order invalidating the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed rule expanding notification requirements for every release of any…more

Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Liability, Environmental Policies, Hazardous Substances, Notification Requirements

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Florida Court Rejects "Date of Death" Trigger for Escheating Life Insurance Death Benefits Under Florida's Unclaimed Property Act

On August 5, Florida's First District Court of Appeal reversed a ruling issued by Florida's Department of Financial Services ("DFS") that would have triggered an insurer's duty to escheat life insurance benefits under Florida's…more

Death Benefits, Escheat, Life Insurance, Unclaimed Property

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Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending July 19, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – STEFANIE LINCOLN - Litigation Privilege: litigation privilege, which protects actions taken in the course of and related to judicial proceedings from civil liability, applies to causes of action…more

Abuse of Process, Condemnation, Malicious Prosecution, RESPA, Title Insurance

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2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

Carlton Fields’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2016 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature. The…more

Bullying, Child Care, Conservation Easements, Criminal Procedure, Energy Sector

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The ILSA Condo Exemption – Not Out of the Woods Yet

The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) is a federal statute that aims to prevent land sales fraud and uninformed purchases of unimproved real property by requiring registration of subdivisions with the Consumer…more

Certificates of Occupancy, CFPB, Condominiums, Construction Industry, Construction Project

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U.S. Pre-Immigration Tax Planning

The U.S. Pre-Immigration Tax Planning brochure provides information on the U.S. Tax Code, income tax, estate and gift tax, and pre-immigration considerations, in addition to real-world examples. There are no adverse…more

Capital Gains, Estate Tax, Foreign Tax Credits, Foreign Taxpayers, Gift Tax

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection Adopts Emergency Rule Imposing New Notice Requirements

In response to the storm-related sewage and sinkhole-related discharges at the Mosaic facility in Mulberry, Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published two rulemaking notices on September 27, both…more

Department of Environmental Protection, Discharge of Pollutants, Emergency Rule, Environmental Policies, Florida

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Contemplating Cross-Appeals – When “Winners” Need to Appeal

One preservation issue that seems to receive less attention than it should is the potential need for a cross-appeal. An appellee/respondent who is not entirely successful in the trial court may challenge an unfavorable portion…more

Appeals, CEQA, Cross-Appeals, Final Judgment, Litigation Strategies

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D.C. Court Dismisses Dispute Over Reinsurance Of Federal Crop Insurance Program

On September 20, a federal district court in the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by reinsurers of the federal crop insurance program. The plaintiffs-reinsurers alleged that the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation…more

Agricultural Land, Breach of Contract, Contract Terms, Crop Insurance, Crops

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance -…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Arbitration, Banking Sector, CFPB

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Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance -…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Arbitration, Banking Sector, CFPB

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Rules of the (International) Road, Brexit, PPP as a New Tool for Argentina, and Keeping Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit (Expect Focus International – August 2016)

- Post-Daimler: Are Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit in U.S. Courts? What if the Non-U.S. Parent Registers to Do Business in a State? - Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor …more

Argentina, Authentication, Brazil, Commercial Insurance Policies, Community Trademark

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SCOTUS to Determine Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses

The United States Supreme Court granted and consolidated three petitions for certiorari related to the validity of class action waiver clauses in employer/employee arbitration agreements. The Court has consolidated the…more

Arbitration, Case Consolidation, Certiorari, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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The Ghost of Depositions Past

Deposition testimony plays a powerful role in case resolution. Themes are developed, admissions are gathered, and claims and defenses are vetted. Depositions are also a great opportunity to size up how a witness will “play” with…more

Depositions, Discovery, Evidence, Expert Witness, Litigation Strategies

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What You Must Know About Florida’s Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure Process

Introduction - Florida is a judicial foreclosure state. Mortgage foreclosures in Florida are “judicial proceedings,” and are governed by Section 45.031, Florida Statutes. Florida’s statutory judicial procedure allows a…more

Commercial Property Owners, Foreclosure, Mortgages

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What will U.S. Business Immigration Look Like Under A Trump Administration?

More than 10 days have passed since the election results were revealed, and the United States now has a businessman as its president-elect ready to take office on January 20, 2017. However, despite his business background, it…more

Biometric Information, Customs and Border Protection, DACA, Donald Trump, E-3

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EXPECT FOCUS: Onboard Technology, NAIC Cybersecurity, DOL, ACA Litigation, SEC Regulation (Vol. III, Summer 2015)

In This Issue: IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage LIFE INSURANCE - - Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case - Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News…more

AIG, ALJ, Auto Body Shop, Bailout, Banking Sector

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Unsettled Questions Remain Under The SCRA

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protects active duty members of the military in civil actions, including foreclosures and collections. Section 533 of the Act applies to persons entering the military after incurring…more

Active Duty, Debt Collection, Default Judgment, Foreclosure, SCRA

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 13, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where a valid mortgage properly encumbers the subject property, an incorrect deed and a reformation of deed count are not fatal to a foreclosure action - Heartwood 2, LLC v. Dori, Case…more

Affirmative Defenses, Banking Sector, Banks, Consumer Lenders, Escrow Accounts

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Getting It Right The First Time: Presenting A Persuasive Argument Without Relying On The Court’s Familiarity With The Facts Or The Law

Even apart from the importance of assuring appellate review, properly preserving the record and carefully laying out one’s argument can have an immediate impact at the trial level. Very often, a litigator comes across a set…more

Appeals, Litigation Strategies, Trial Preparation, Trials

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Expect Focus - ONLINE HEALTH CARE: NOT SO FAST Telemedicine Hits A Few Speed Bumps, Volume II, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT • Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences - LIFE INSURANCE • Ninth Circuit Finds Bonus Indexed Annuity Delivers Exactly What…more

Accounting Fraud, Annuities, Bad Faith, Broker-Dealer, Captive Insurance Company

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California Employment Law and Arbitration: The Battle Intensifies

Tuesday, by a two-to-one vote, the Ninth Circuit joined the California Supreme Court in holding that Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims are an exception to the Federal Arbitration Act. In Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail…more

Arbitration, AT&T Mobility, AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, CA Supreme Court, Class Action

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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eCommerce Regulation, Bitcoin, Anti-Money Laundering, Shadow Insurance, 401(k) Litigation [Expect Focus – Vol. IV, Fall 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - California Passes Life and Annuity Electronic Transactions Law LIFE INSURANCE - - Under a Spotlight, "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuit Fails Scrutiny - NAIC Evaluates Insurer’s Use of Variable…more

401k, Administrative Proceedings, Big Data, Bitcoin, BSA/AML

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California Supreme Court Holds that Whether Arbitration Will Proceed on Class Basis is an Issue for Arbitrator, not Court

California’s back-and-forth on arbitrations and class actions continued again this week. In a key 4-3 decision the California Supreme Court held that the arbitrator—not the court—can decide whether an arbitration agreement…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, CA Supreme Court, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 13, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where a valid mortgage properly encumbers the subject property, an incorrect deed and a reformation of deed count are not fatal to a foreclosure action - Heartwood 2, LLC v. Dori, Case…more

Affirmative Defenses, Banking Sector, Banks, Consumer Lenders, Escrow Accounts

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Dealmakers Q&A: Carlton Fields' Greg Null

W. Gregory Null, shareholder in the Atlanta office of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt LLP and chairman of the firm’s commercial finance industry group, has extensive experience in representing institutions and entrepreneurs in the…more

Commercial Leases, Finance Lease Contract, Financing, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Investments

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New Department of Justice Memo to Increase Prosecutions of White Collar Executives and Other Employees

New policy changes implemented by the Department of Justice have potentially significant implications for companies and individuals facing DOJ investigations. The new policy may create additional obstacles for companies…more

C-Suite Executives, Corporate Governance, Criminal Investigations, DOJ, Investigations

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EXPECT FOCUS: Onboard Technology, NAIC Cybersecurity, DOL, ACA Litigation, SEC Regulation (Vol. III, Summer 2015)

In This Issue: IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage LIFE INSURANCE - - Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case - Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News…more

AIG, ALJ, Auto Body Shop, Bailout, Banking Sector

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What's the Future of Hospitality and Tourism in Cuba as U.S. Embargo Loosens?

The loosening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba has generated significant discussion regarding the country's potential for economic transformation. Most analysts agree that Cuba will be a very different country 10 years from…more

Cuba, Embargo, Foreign Relations, Hospitality Industry, Hotels

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Family Law: Corporate and Trust Challenges to Service of Process and Jurisdiction

The president of a corporation, manager of a limited liability company, trustee of a family trust, or principal of another business entity receives a summons in a Florida divorce case. One spouse contends the other’s control,…more

Affidavits, Alter Ego, Burden of Proof, Business Entities, Clear and Convincing Evidence

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New Department of Justice Memo to Increase Prosecutions of White Collar Executives and Other Employees

New policy changes implemented by the Department of Justice have potentially significant implications for companies and individuals facing DOJ investigations. The new policy may create additional obstacles for companies…more

C-Suite Executives, Corporate Governance, Criminal Investigations, DOJ, Investigations

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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Trademarks in Cuba, Successful Whistleblowers, Big Data, Health Care Encryption, Jury Instruction Tips [Expect Focus – Vol. 1, Winter 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT · Is your Company Ready to Comply with Encryption of Individually Identifiable Health Information? LIFE INSURANCE · STOLI Schemers Must Make Good on Damages Caused · At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index…more

See All Updates »

Spokeo Gets Lyft Off

The Northern District of California dismissed a Fair Credit Reporting Act case against Lyft upon finding that plaintiff lacked Article III standing based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540…more

Article III, Background Checks, Class Action, Credit Reports, FCRA

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Winner Beware: When the Court Overrules Your Opponent’s Objection or Sustains Yours, You May Have a Special Problem

Every experienced civil trial lawyer knows that when the judge rules against you on an objection at trial, you need to build a record to show that the court’s ruling was not only wrong, but harmful. For generations, and in…more

Appeals, Contested Proceedings, Harmful Error, Objections, Young Lawyers

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New Department of Justice Memo to Increase Prosecutions of White Collar Executives and Other Employees

New policy changes implemented by the Department of Justice have potentially significant implications for companies and individuals facing DOJ investigations. The new policy may create additional obstacles for companies…more

C-Suite Executives, Corporate Governance, Criminal Investigations, DOJ, Investigations

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NY DFS Proposes New Regulation for Life and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements

On November 17, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a press release announcing its proposal of new Insurance Regulation 210 - Life Insurance and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements. Non-guaranteed elements…more

Annuities, Comment Period, Filing Requirements, Insurance Industry, Life Insurance

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Court Partially Grants And Partially Denies Motion For Summary Judgment In Crop Insurance Commission Dispute

Plaintiff Hudson Insurance Company brought suit against DuRussel Insurance Agency, Inc. and Blue Water Agribusiness LLC concerning the alleged breach of two separate crop insurance contracts issued by Hudson. The first contract…more

Breach of Contract, Crop Insurance, Crops, Farms, Overpayment

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Eleventh Circuit Clarifies “Permanency” Requirement under Florida Bad Faith Statute

In Cadle v. GEICO Ins. Co., Case No. 15-11283 (11th Cir. Sept. 30, 2016), the Eleventh Circuit held that GEICO had not acted in bad faith when it failed to settle a claim after the insured did not provide any evidence of…more

Appeals, Auto Insurance, Bad Faith, Bodily Injury, Car Accident

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NY DFS Proposes New Regulation for Life and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements

On November 17, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a press release announcing its proposal of new Insurance Regulation 210 - Life Insurance and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements. Non-guaranteed elements…more

Annuities, Comment Period, Filing Requirements, Insurance Industry, Life Insurance

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A Kickstart to Business: Florida Joins Other States in Passing Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption

The local charitable campaign that raised funds for new team uniforms is moving to the boardroom as Florida joins more than 20 other states that have passed legislation or enacted regulations permitting some form of intrastate…more

Crowdfunding, Financial Institutions, Florida, Internet, Investment

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Unlike Friendships, Policy Exclusions Are Not Severable In West Virginia

A homeowners insurance policy often covers every member of a family, and many policies state that the insurance applies separately to each insured. The same policies usually exclude coverage for intentional acts. But what…more

Auto Insurance, Declaratory Judgments, Denial of Insurance Coverage, Homeowner's Insurance, Indemnification

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The Potential Impact Of a Trump Presidency on Employers

Based on promises made during the campaign, it appears employers may expect changes in the government’s approach to workplace regulation. Although we certainly do not have a crystal ball, President-elect Trump campaigned on a…more

Affordable Care Act, Civil Rights Act, DOL, Donald Trump, EEOC

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EXPECT FOCUS: Onboard Technology, NAIC Cybersecurity, DOL, ACA Litigation, SEC Regulation (Vol. III, Summer 2015)

In This Issue: IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage LIFE INSURANCE - - Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case - Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News…more

AIG, ALJ, Auto Body Shop, Bailout, Banking Sector

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In Construction Disputes, Tell the Story

Construction disputes are inherently complex. They involve numerous facts that are usually highly technical and beyond the understanding of lay persons. These cases typically draw in multiple parties and require extensive expert…more

Construction Disputes, Litigation Strategies

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Food for Thought: Ninth Circuit Rejects GMO and Pesticide Bans in Three Hawaii Counties Because State and Federal Laws Preempt the Local Regulations

Alika Atay et al v. County of Maui, et al, No. 15-16466 (9th Cir., Nov. 18, 2016) - Hawai’i Papaya Indus. Assn., et al v. County of Hawaii, No. 14-17538 (9th Circ., Nov. 18, 2016) - Robert Ito Farm, Inc., et al. v. County of…more

Agricultural Land, APHIS, Appeals, Biotechnology, Farms

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Florida Supreme Court Decides that Concurrent Causes Equal Coverage

It’s said that “defeat is an orphan,” but insurable losses often have multiple, concurrent causes. In some cases, one or more of those causes might be outside the scope of coverage, either by omission or exclusion. In Sebo v…more

All-Risks Insurance, Appeals, Construction Defects, Denial of Insurance Coverage, FL Supreme Court

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Expect Focus - Spot The Regulator, Volume IV, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Crisis Management: Five Steps to Take Before Providing That Comment - LIFE INSURANCE ..Third Circuit Limits ERISA Fiduciary Liability to those with Ultimate…more

Automotive Loans, CFTC, Class Action, Consumer Complaint System, Data Breach

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Rules of the (International) Road, Brexit, PPP as a New Tool for Argentina, and Keeping Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit (Expect Focus International – August 2016)

- Post-Daimler: Are Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit in U.S. Courts? What if the Non-U.S. Parent Registers to Do Business in a State? - Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor …more

Argentina, Authentication, Brazil, Commercial Insurance Policies, Community Trademark

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AAA/ICDR Adopts New Optional Appellate Arbitration Rules

In a move that is bound to revolutionize both domestic and international arbitration, the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), including its international arm, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution ("ICDR"), has…more

Arbitration, International Arbitration

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Food for Thought: California Court Prevents Second Bite at the Yogurt - Torrent v. Yakult U.S.A., Inc., No. 8:15-cv-00124-CJC-JCG (C.D. Cal., March 7, 2016)

Plaintiff Nicolas Torrent filed a putative class action alleging yogurt drink manufacturer, Yakult U.S.A., Inc.’s marketing and advertising claims concerning digestive health benefits were false and deceptive. Plaintiff sought…more

Class Certification, False Advertising, Food Labeling, Food Manufacturers, Food Marketing

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Section 489.128 - Unlicensed Window Installation Contractor Avoids Construction Defect Claims Based On Florida's Statute Of Limitations

Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal recently considered a window installation contractor’s defense to a homeowners' construction defect claims based on the statute of limitations. The homeowners argued that the four-year…more

Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Construction Project, Contractors, Statute of Limitations

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No Harm, No Standing: Texas Federal Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action

Dismissing a class action based on a data breach, the Southern District of Texas added to the growing number of decisions that find an alleged risk of future identity theft due to a data breach is not an injury that creates…more

Actual Injuries, Class Action, Corporate Counsel, Data Breach, Dismissals

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New FIRPTA Exceptions Provide Opportunities for Foreign Pensions and Investment Funds

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) authorized the United States to tax foreign persons on the gain from the disposition of U.S. real property or U.S. real property interests (USRPIs). Recently, the…more

FIRPTA, Pension Funds, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Real Estate Market, REIT

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Q&A With Carlton Fields' Brian Rosner

Brian Rosner is a shareholder in Carlton Fields' New York office. Q: What is the most challenging case you have worked on and what made it challenging? Originally Published in Law360, New York - April 29, 2013…more

Billing, Litigation Strategies, Securities Fraud

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Construction Case Law Update - January 11, 2016

CGL Policies, Supplemental Payment Provision, and Attorney’s Fees - A contractor’s commercial general liability insurer appealed a final judgment in favor of homeowners that damages awarded to them in a construction defect suit…more

Anti-Assignment Clauses, Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Insurance Industry

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Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Presumption of Disloyalty for Independent Directors

Public companies incorporated in Delaware frequently adopt a charter provision, pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 102(b)(7), that insulates their directors from monetary damages for breaches of the fiduciary duty of care. Those…more

Breach of Duty, Controlling Stockholders, Delaware General Corporation Law, Derivatives, Exculpatory Clauses

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DOL Raised The Bar: Final White Collar Overtime Exemption Rule Doubles Salary Threshold - New rule is expected to change the exemption status of 4.2 million employees

The U.S. Department of Labor has unveiled the long-anticipated final version of its “white collar” overtime exemption rule, which becomes effective December 1, 2016. The final rule raises the minimum salary threshold required…more

DOL, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Over-Time

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Family Law: Corporate and Trust Challenges to Service of Process and Jurisdiction

The president of a corporation, manager of a limited liability company, trustee of a family trust, or principal of another business entity receives a summons in a Florida divorce case. One spouse contends the other’s control,…more

Affidavits, Alter Ego, Burden of Proof, Business Entities, Clear and Convincing Evidence

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“Waive” Your Undeveloped Arguments Goodbye

The case of Mid-S. Iron Workers Welfare Plan v. Harmon, 645 F. App’x 661 (10th Cir. 2016), teaches a valuable, if oft-repeated reminder: undeveloped arguments in the lower court may not be considered on appeal. Harmon…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Litigation Strategies, Motion to Dismiss

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Alternative Fee Arrangements

Clients and law firms sometimes talk about "Alternative Fee Arrangements" (or "AFAs") without understanding what they entail. Best understood, the term describes any arrangement other than payment based purely on hourly billing…more

Alternative Fee Arrangements, Billing, Budgets, Fixed-Fee, Young Lawyers

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The New “Price” of U.S. Health Care: The Future of Value-based Reimbursement Under President-elect Trump and Tom Price

The total U.S. health care expenditure was $3.2 trillion in 2015, and is projected to grow to nearly $5.6 trillion by 2025. As our nation’s cost of care rises, both Democrats and Republicans recognize the overwhelming need to…more

Affordable Care Act, CHIP, CMMI, CMS, Health Insurance

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Considerations for Your Company’s Website Accessibility Policy

We previously discussed the uncertainty concerning whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites of private businesses and, if so, the specific requirements that would apply. We noted that even if…more

ADA, Information Technology, Information Technology Outsourcing, Policies and Procedures, Website Accessibility

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Personal Injury: Defendants May Conduct Multiple Independent Medical Examinations With Good Cause

Gomez v. Rendon, No. 3D12-1105, 2013 WL 1316439 (Fla. 3d DCA April 3, 2013) - When a personal injury plaintiff’s physical condition is in controversy, and it changes substantially after the defendant conducts an…more

Medical Examinations, Medical Records, Notice for Independent Medical Exam

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Injunction Placing New Overtime Rule on Hold Affects Employers in Every Industry

Late yesterday, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which was to take effect December 1, 2016. The rule, addressing the so-called white collar exemptions,…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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What’s Your Game Plan? Offensive or Defensive: Playing to Your Strengths [Expect Focus – October 2016]

- AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial - Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation - On The Horizon: Global…more

Administrative Proceedings, Annuities, Business Continuity Plans, CFPB, CFTC

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The Future of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

In today’s world, as technology costs decrease and personal information becomes more valuable on the black market, data breaches have seemingly joined the ranks of death and taxes as certainties. Add to that litigation:…more

Article III, AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, Clapper v. Amnesty International, Class Action, Comcast v. Behrend

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New and Disruptive Technologies: The Care and Feeding of the New Economy [Expect Focus – Vol. I, Winter 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - The CFPB Takes First Enforcement Action Related to Data Security Practices. LIFE INSURANCE - Class Certified in Unique Fixed Indexed Annuity Case. Alleged Misrepresentations to DFS Warrant…more

Auto Insurance, Automotive Loans, Bad Faith, CFPB, Class Action

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IRS Targets Captive Insurance Companies Owned by Closely-Held and Middle Market Companies

In February 2015, the IRS added certain small or “micro” captive insurance companies to its “Dirty Dozen” list of abusive tax scams for the 2015 filing season. In response to what it sees as an abuse involving a legitimate…more

Captive Insurance Company, Insurance Industry, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS, Tax Scams

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New Condominium Exemption To The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act

As we previously reported, a significant amendment to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) becomes effective on March 26, 2015. HR2600 adds an exemption from registration for a “condominium unit.” This is a…more

Condominiums, Exemptions, ILSA

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What the Recent NAIC Financial Condition Examiners Handbook Changes Mean for Insurers

On September 21, 2015, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) IT Examination Working Group adopted amendments to the IT section of the Financial Condition Examiners Handbook (“the Handbook”). The changes are…more

Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, Guidance Update, Handbooks

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Excluded Evidence: Is Your Proffer Sufficient To Preserve The Error?

Just because you know what your excluded evidence would have shown does not mean that the trial court knows and, as importantly for appellate purposes, that the appellate court can glean from the record the substance of the…more

Appeals, Confidential Communications, Discovery, Evidence, False Statements

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 13, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where a valid mortgage properly encumbers the subject property, an incorrect deed and a reformation of deed count are not fatal to a foreclosure action - Heartwood 2, LLC v. Dori, Case…more

Affirmative Defenses, Banking Sector, Banks, Consumer Lenders, Escrow Accounts

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eCommerce Regulation, Bitcoin, Anti-Money Laundering, Shadow Insurance, 401(k) Litigation [Expect Focus – Vol. IV, Fall 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - California Passes Life and Annuity Electronic Transactions Law LIFE INSURANCE - - Under a Spotlight, "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuit Fails Scrutiny - NAIC Evaluates Insurer’s Use of Variable…more

401k, Administrative Proceedings, Big Data, Bitcoin, BSA/AML

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Employment and Labor Law Road Map for Employers Entering the U.S. Market

Foreign companies and investors that enter the U.S. market will be governed by numerous state and federal labor and employment laws. When opening a business in the United States, it is therefore critical to work with experienced…more

Compensation & Benefits, Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Employment Policies, FLSA

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Cybersecurity and Privacy Policy as a Board of Directors Issue

Cybersecurity and privacy of customer information have become such a critical issues that in-house counsel should treat them as board of directors-level issues. In-house counsel should do that with presentations for their boards…more

Board of Directors, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, Data Breach, Data Protection

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Expect Focus - Catching The Next Wave, Regulatory and Litigation Developments - Volume II, Spring 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions? - LIFE INSURANCE ..How to Fight a STOLI Scheme: Court Rulings Offer Clues ..STOA Schemes Face Increased…more

Compliance, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, PBGC, Private Equity

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Proposed Rule Changes to Florida’s Affordable Housing Allocation and Funding Process

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (“Florida Housing”) has proposed changes to its rules governing the affordable housing allocation and funding process. The changes are to Rule Chapters 67-21, 67-48, and 67-60, F.A.C…more

Affordable Housing, Allocation of Funds, Bonds, Building Codes, Community Development

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Resolving Shopping Center Foreclosures in Florida - Considerations for Lenders

Shopping centers in Florida—and across the country—are increasingly facing financial stress due to factors such as Internet commerce and rent pressures. Rents generated from a shopping center are usually pledged as collateral…more

Banking Sector, Borrowers, Commercial Real Estate Market, Commercial Tenants, Delinquent Borrowers

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Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Carriers May Pursue Justice

Workers’ compensation statutes impose liability without fault on the employers of men and women who are injured on the job. They also permit employers to recoup the costs they incur from any third parties who actually caused the…more

Appeals, Bodily Injury, Construction Industry, Employees, Employer Liability Issues

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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CFPB Issues Statement Following Reports of Widespread Student Loan Servicing Failures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently focused its attention on the student loan industry following alleged widespread servicing failures reported by borrowers and found by the CFPB's examinations and…more

Borrowers, CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Consumer Lenders, Debt

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Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance -…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Arbitration, Banking Sector, CFPB

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NY DFS Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations Revised and Implementation Delayed

We previously reported on the New York Department of Financial Services’ proposed cybersecurity regulations. During the public comment period, the DFS received over 150 comments. In response, the DFS announced on December 28,…more

Banking Sector, CISO, Comment Period, Confidential Information, Cybersecurity

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Are You Prepared for Disruption? New regulations, new challenges and opportunities [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

- Fed Takes First Steps Toward Setting Capital Requirements for Some Insurers - New Wave of COI Rate Increase Lawsuits Hits the Industry - STOLI Policies Cancelled, Insurers Retain Premium - SEC…more

Administrative Proceedings, Capital Requirements, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Death Master Files

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Eleventh Circuit Reverses District Court on Application of Noneconomic Damages Cap

Yesterday, the Eleventh Circuit issued an order in Estate of McCall v. USA reversing the district court’s order applying the noneconomic damages cap. The Eleventh Circuit remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with…more

Damage Caps, Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), Wrongful Death

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Cut! Eighth Circuit Excludes Non-Board Member from CGL Coverage for “Directors”

Directors and Officers liability policies are typically precise in defining the job descriptions of the individuals to whom they offer coverage. Recently, in United Fire & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Thompson, No. 13-2352 (8th Cir. July…more

Board of Directors, Commercial General Liability Policies, Directors

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Before You Push Play – Important Considerations When Using Videotaped Depositions at Trial

Videotaped depositions can be an effective trial tool. When using video at trial, however, attorneys must remain mindful of the court record. Often, especially for long excerpts, court reporters at trial do not see the need to…more

Depositions, Discovery, Evidence, Litigation Strategies, Trial Preparation

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Economic Incentive Applications and Florida’s Public Records and Sunshine Law

If you are considering locating—or relocating—your business to Florida, and are interested in applying for an economic incentive, you should be aware of Florida’s Public Records and Sunshine Law, which provides that certain…more

Business Plans, Confidential Information, Florida, Incentives, Proprietary Information

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Construction Case Law Update - January 11, 2016

CGL Policies, Supplemental Payment Provision, and Attorney’s Fees - A contractor’s commercial general liability insurer appealed a final judgment in favor of homeowners that damages awarded to them in a construction defect suit…more

Anti-Assignment Clauses, Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Insurance Industry

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 13, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where a valid mortgage properly encumbers the subject property, an incorrect deed and a reformation of deed count are not fatal to a foreclosure action - Heartwood 2, LLC v. Dori, Case…more

Affirmative Defenses, Banking Sector, Banks, Consumer Lenders, Escrow Accounts

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NY DFS Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations Revised and Implementation Delayed

We previously reported on the New York Department of Financial Services’ proposed cybersecurity regulations. During the public comment period, the DFS received over 150 comments. In response, the DFS announced on December 28,…more

Banking Sector, CISO, Comment Period, Confidential Information, Cybersecurity

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What’s Your Game Plan? Offensive or Defensive: Playing to Your Strengths [Expect Focus – October 2016]

- AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial - Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation - On The Horizon: Global…more

Administrative Proceedings, Annuities, Business Continuity Plans, CFPB, CFTC

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The Basics of E-Recording

The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) in most states, and the Global National Commerce Act (E-sign) federally, allow sale contracts, mortgage instruments, and promissory notes to be memorialized with the electronic…more

E-SIGN, Florida, Recording Requirements, UETA

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Quick Trial Checklist

This chart provides a quick reference regarding motions and objections that may be made immediately prior to, during, and immediately after trial to preserve issues for appellate review. Please see full Chart below for…more

Appeals, Bifurcation, Cross Motions, Depositions, Evidence

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Don’t Let The Two Issue Rule Send Your Appeal Down the Drain

There are several preservation pitfalls to be mindful of when drafting the verdict form. One such issue is whether and how to avoid the "two-issue rule." As commonly found in most jurisdictions, the two-issue rule states that…more

Appeals, Litigation Strategies, Young Lawyers

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Banks to Broaden Reporting of Suspicious Cyber Activity; Regulators Propose “Enhanced” Cybersecurity Standards

The fourth quarter of 2016 has seen an uptick in regulatory activity respecting the financial services sector in the cybersecurity space, both at the state level as previously discussed (here) and on the federal level. Indeed,…more

Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), Banking Sector, Banks, Covered Entities, Cybersecurity

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Q&A With Carlton Fields' Jim Walker

James Walker IV is a shareholder in Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA's Atlanta office and co-chairman of the firm’s technology industry group. His practice is focused on representing companies and investment funds in complex…more

Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Divestiture, Joint Venture

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OMG! I Have To Produce What? 4 Steps To Tipping The Field With Social Media

Not every widower mourns by partying with several young women. And most of those who soothe their pain with a couple cold ones and a few warm shoulders to cry on don’t commemorate the occasion with a Facebook photo. But a few…more

Discovery, Document Productions, Social Media

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Are You Prepared for Disruption? New regulations, new challenges and opportunities [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

- Fed Takes First Steps Toward Setting Capital Requirements for Some Insurers - New Wave of COI Rate Increase Lawsuits Hits the Industry - STOLI Policies Cancelled, Insurers Retain Premium - SEC…more

Administrative Proceedings, Capital Requirements, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Death Master Files

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Minnesota Discovers Limits To Its Regulator’s Power Over Insurers

In Minnesota, the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce regulates the insurance industry, and he has a statutory right to conduct investigations “related to the duties and responsibilities entrusted to” him. Last month, in…more

ALJ, Consumer Financial Products, Financial Services Industry, Insurance Industry, Regulatory Oversight

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New and Disruptive Technologies: The Care and Feeding of the New Economy [Expect Focus – Vol. I, Winter 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - The CFPB Takes First Enforcement Action Related to Data Security Practices. LIFE INSURANCE - Class Certified in Unique Fixed Indexed Annuity Case. Alleged Misrepresentations to DFS Warrant…more

Auto Insurance, Automotive Loans, Bad Faith, CFPB, Class Action

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Employment and Immigration Issues Facing Banks

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES - 1. No compensation for compensable work - Many banks—including large, sophisticated banks—are facing class action lawsuits for not compensating non-exempt employees for compensable work. These…more

Banks, Class Action, Criminal Background Checks, Employer Liability Issues, Foreign Nationals

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Ninety-Nine Problems but a Breach Ain’t One: Cybersecurity Lessons for Insurers

In the movie WallStreet , the character Gordon Gekko famously states that information is the most valuable commodity he knows. These days, the same could be said of data, which can now be bought, sold, and, increasingly, stolen…more

Cyber Attacks, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach

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Third Circuit Applies Presumption of Timeliness to Pre-Certification Motion to Intervene as Class Representative

This case concerned a federal antitrust class action involving a proposed class of Class 8 truck purchasers who alleged a conspiracy by several truck transmission suppliers and manufacturers to raise prices by eliminating…more

Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Violations, Article III, Auto Parts

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What’s Your Game Plan? Offensive or Defensive: Playing to Your Strengths [Expect Focus – October 2016]

- AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial - Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation - On The Horizon: Global…more

Administrative Proceedings, Annuities, Business Continuity Plans, CFPB, CFTC

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Illinois Supreme Court: Innocent Insured Doctrine? For a Lawyer? (cough)

Illinois State Bar Assoc. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Law Office Of Tuzzolino and Terpinas, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the “innocent insured” doctrine does not protect an innocent prospective insured, if his law partner makes…more

Attorney Malpractice, IL Supreme Court, Innocent Insured, Law Firm Partners, Malpractice Insurance

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Foreclosure of Mortgage Securing Electronic Promissory Note Affirmed

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal recently issued its mandate in Rivera v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. confirming the finality of its decision to uphold the enforcement of an electronic promissory note (“e-note”) in a…more

Banking Sector, Consumer Lenders, E-Signatures, Final Judgment, Foreclosure

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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Connecticut Issues Bulletins Regarding Financial Reporting Requirements For Surplus Lines Insurers And Accredited Reinsurers

The Connecticut Insurance Department has issued two bulletins addressing 2016 and 2017 financial reporting requirements for foreign eligible surplus lines insurers and accredited reinsurers. Regarding surplus lines insurers, the…more

Financial Reporting, Insurance Industry, Reinsurance, Surplus Lines Insurance

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BP Settlement Claim

After years of litigation, BP Exploration & Production, Inc. and BP America Production Company (collectively, "BP") entered a class-wide settlement ("BP Settlement") that covers most businesses located in the Gulf Coast Region,…more

BP, Class Action, Eligibility, Gulf Oil Spill, Settlement

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National Union Prevails on $40 Million Coblentz Enforcement Action in D&O Case

On October 20, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted summary judgment to National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., in BondSafeguard v. National Union, 6:13-cv-561. The court held that…more

D&O Insurance, Development Agreements, Negligent Misrepresentation, Policy Exclusions, Real Estate Development

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Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks…more

Annuities, Big Data, Bitcoin, Broker-Dealer, CFPB

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State Law Prohibiting Class Actions Does Not Preclude Court From Maintaining Certification and Approving Settlement Agreement

The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed approval of a class action settlement agreement, holding that “a post-settlement change in the law does not alter the binding nature of the parties’ settlement agreement, nor does it violate…more

Appeals, Class Action, Class Certification, FRCP 23(b)(3), Rule 23

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Trademarks in Cuba, Successful Whistleblowers, Big Data, Health Care Encryption, Jury Instruction Tips [Expect Focus – Vol. 1, Winter 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT · Is your Company Ready to Comply with Encryption of Individually Identifiable Health Information? LIFE INSURANCE · STOLI Schemers Must Make Good on Damages Caused · At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index…more

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