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U.S. Department of Education Outlines Loan Relief Pathway for Certain Students

On March 11, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released an advanced proposal of rulemaking that would establish a more "borrower-friendly process" for students seeking loan relief triggered by unscrupulous conduct by higher…more

Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), CFPB, Colleges, Debt Relief, Department of Education

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Tendering Funds to Support Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Still Does Not Moot Case

On July 6, the Sixth Circuit addressed a question apparently left open by the Supreme Court in its recent Campbell-Ewald case.  In Campbell-Ewald, the Supreme Court ruled that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment did not moot…more

Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Class Certification, Mootness, Rule 68

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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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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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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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FinCEN’s Expanding Application of the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering Regulations

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is again flexing its regulatory muscles by increasing the breadth and scope of the types of entities regulated by the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Among other things, the BSA requires…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, Financial Institutions, FinCEN, Investment Adviser

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Two Reasons Two Fellows from Fargo Could Facilitate Financial Fraud

For most Americans, the term "money laundering" conjures an image of boxes of currency flown to the United States via seaplane—or former dictators paying cash for multimillion-dollar homes in swanky communities. Virtually no one…more

Automated Clearing House (ACH), Banking Sector, Banks, BSA/AML, CFPB

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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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New Patient Transparency Requirements for Hospitals and ASCs

Governor Scott signed into law House Bill 1175 relating to Transparency in Health Care. The new law makes several changes to existing laws regulating the licensure of hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers…more

Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Financial Assistance Policies, Health Care Providers, New Legislation, Transparency Directive

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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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Federal Court Issues $1 Million Contempt Award for Repeated Cell Phone Unlocking Misconduct

On March 18, United States District Judge Ursula Ungaro of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered an order against a Hong Kong-based company that was improperly distributing prohibited…more

Cell Phones, Contempt, Final Judgment, Hackers, Permanent Injunctions

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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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CFPB Hits Credit Reporting Agency with $8 Million Penalty for FCRA Violations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) recently ordered a Florida subprime credit reporting company and its owner to pay an $8 million civil penalty and to halt illegal practices in a December 3 Consent…more

CFPB, Civil Monetary Penalty, Consumer Reports, Credit Reporting Agencies, FCRA

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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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Legislature Amends Evidence Code Provisions Governing Admission Of Expert Testimony

The Florida Legislature passed House Bill 7015, dealing with expert testimony, which has been signed into law by Governor Scott. Chapter 2013-107, Laws of Florida, amends Florida’s evidence code to conform to Rule 702 of the…more

Daubert Ruling, Depositions, Evidence, Expert Testimony, Kelly-Frye Test

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Florida Imposes Additional Unclaimed Property Requirements on Life Insurers

On April 12, Florida Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 0966 into law. SB 0966 amends the insurance benefits provisions of Florida’s Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, Fl. Stat. Section 717.107. These amendments effectively codify…more

Death Benefits, Florida, Insurance Industry, Insurance Regulations, Life Insurance

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FFIEC Issues New Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Banking

Mobile banking is a convenient and powerful tool that provides customers with a bevy of cutting-edge services, including mobile check deposits, on-the-go bill pay, and peer-to-peer payments. For financial institutions, this…more

Banking Sector, FFIEC, Financial Institutions, Mobile Apps, Mobile Banking

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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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CFPB’s Proposed Rule Banning Use of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements to Block Consumer Class Actions Signals New Wave of Class Actions Against Industry

On May 5, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) published a proposed rule which would prohibit application of pre-dispute arbitration agreements to class litigation involving a broad range of consumer…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, CFPB, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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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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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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Court Finds that False Claims Act Suit Alleges Uninsurable “Willful Acts”

A federal court has ruled that a whistleblower suit under California’s False Claims Act alleged a “willful act” that cannot be covered by liability insurance. In Office Depot Inc. v. AIG Specialty Insurance Company, Case…more

AIG, Commercial General Liability Policies, Denial of Insurance Coverage, Insurance Industry, Office Depot

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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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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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Securities Fraud Update: Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Section 17(a) and Rule 10b-5 Analyses

S.E.C. v. Radius Capital Corp., No. 15-12004, 2016 WL 3542235, ___ F. App’x ___ (11th Cir. June 29, 2016). The Eleventh Circuit last month explained the material similarities and differences between two kinds of securities…more

Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Financial Markets, Financial Sector, Ginnie Mae, Misrepresentation

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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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Ninth Circuit Leaves it to Policyholder to Pay Eddie Haskell’s Attorneys’ Fees

Moral hazard lurks around the edges of many disputes about liability coverage. Everyone agrees in principle that insurance shouldn’t help bad actors benefit from their wrongdoing, but parties often clash over where the principle…more

Actors, Attorney's Fees, Class Action, Commercial General Liability Policies, Compensatory Damages

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No More Surprises: Florida Ends Certain Medical Balance Billing

"Surprise medical billing" occurs when a patient receives care at a facility and receives treatment from a provider, such as an anesthesiologist or radiologist, who is not contracted with the patient’s health insurance plan. The…more

Billing, Florida, Health Care Providers, Health Insurance, HMOs

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NY Appellate Court Rules “Blanket Ordinance or Law Coverage” not as Blanket as Insured Hoped

In 1947, some Bedouin shepherd boys were tending their sheep and goats near the ancient settlement of Qumran, near the Dead Sea. One of the boys threw a rock into an opening on the side of a cliff and heard something break. …more

Apartments, Building Codes, Insurance Industry, Property Damage, Property Insurance

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Smooth Operators: Seventh Circuit Untangles Objections and Affirms Settlement of Hair Product Class

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a class settlement over objection in a case involving a hair-smoothing product (“the Smoothing Kit”) that allegedly destroyed users’ hair and burned their scalps. Plaintiffs sued…more

Class Action, Class Members, Reimbursements, Settlement Agreements, Unilever

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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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SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker

We previously warned that some individuals involved with arranging EB-5 investments may be required to register as broker-dealers (see "Immigrant Investor Program Raises SEC Broker Registration Issues" in the Summer 2014 Expect…more

Broker-Dealer, Citizenship, Disgorgement, EB-5, Enforcement Actions

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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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Florida Public Records Law and Government Contractors 2016 Legislature Makes Significant Changes

Chapter 119, Florida Statutes (“the Act”), requires that every “agency” make its records available for inspection and copying to any member of the public who makes a request. Either refusal to provide such access or an…more

Attorney's Fees, Federal Contractors, Florida, FOIA, New Legislation

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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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NAIC Cybersecurity Task Force Weighs Credit Freezes

On May 24-25, the NAIC Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force held an interim meeting to hear comments from various industry trade organizations and other interested parties on the proposed Insurance Data Security Model Law exposed for…more

Credit Reports, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Financial Sector, NAIC

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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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SEC Cyber Update: Official Outlines Active Role for SEC on Cybersecurity as Enforcement Questions Persist

SEC Chicago Regional Director David Glockner spoke at a PLI Conference in New York on June 6 regarding the SEC’s data security regulations and enforcement efforts. Mr. Glockner acknowledged frustration with the Division of…more

Corporate Issuers, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Financial Markets

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Gatekeeper Liability of Inside Asset Management Attorneys "Appearing" Before the SEC

This article addresses the liability of inside attorneys at asset management companies— mutual fund sponsors, investment advisers, broker-dealers, life insurance companies—as gatekeepers under rules of the US Securities and…more

Appearance Policy, Arthur Anderson, Asset Management, Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Best Interest Standard

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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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Avoiding Trouble Following In Limine Rulings

Trials often are preceded or interrupted by hearings on motions in limine, where parties attempt to limit the evidence or arguments that their opponents can utilize in the trial. These hearings are often fast-paced, with rulings…more

Evidence, Expert Testimony, Litigation Strategies, Motions in Limine

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 22, 2016

Lis Pendens: a party seeking to maintain a lis pendens must establish a “fair nexus” between the party’s claim and the subject property by making “a minimal showing that there is at least some basis for the underlying claim…more

Banking Sector, Consumer Lenders, Debt Collection, Deutsche Bank, First American Title Insurance Co.

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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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Federal Court Dismisses Claims Against Third-Party Administrator

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Environmental Protection Agency brought certain enforcement actions against Hartford Iron & Metal, Inc. to remediate alleged environmental damage at a scrapyard run by…more

Environmental Policies, Environmental Remediation Costs, Environmental Violations, EPA, Insurance Industry

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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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Court Finds that False Claims Act Suit Alleges Uninsurable “Willful Acts”

A federal court has ruled that a whistleblower suit under California’s False Claims Act alleged a “willful act” that cannot be covered by liability insurance. In Office Depot Inc. v. AIG Specialty Insurance Company, Case…more

AIG, Commercial General Liability Policies, Denial of Insurance Coverage, Insurance Industry, Office Depot

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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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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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IRS Revokes Ruling That Imposed Excise Tax On Wholly Foreign Reinsurance Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service recently revoked a 2008 ruling that a 1% excise tax under section 4371(3) of the Internal Revenue Code applied to “reinsurance premiums paid by one foreign insurer or reinsurer to another.” The IRS’s…more

Excise Tax, Foreign Insurance Companies, Insurance Industry, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS

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Securities Fraud Update: Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Section 17(a) and Rule 10b-5 Analyses

S.E.C. v. Radius Capital Corp., No. 15-12004, 2016 WL 3542235, ___ F. App’x ___ (11th Cir. June 29, 2016). The Eleventh Circuit last month explained the material similarities and differences between two kinds of securities…more

Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Financial Markets, Financial Sector, Ginnie Mae, Misrepresentation

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 22, 2016

Lis Pendens: a party seeking to maintain a lis pendens must establish a “fair nexus” between the party’s claim and the subject property by making “a minimal showing that there is at least some basis for the underlying claim…more

Banking Sector, Consumer Lenders, Debt Collection, Deutsche Bank, First American Title Insurance Co.

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Seeing is Believing: Preserving Your Argument as to Audiovisual Evidence and Demonstrative Aids in the Courtroom

With the advent of courtroom technology, parties are increasingly relying on audiovisual evidence or demonstrative aids to present their case to the trier of fact. Sometimes, however, counsel fail to specifically object to some…more

Criminal Appeals, Evidence, Motions in Limine, Prejudice, Preservation of Rights

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Hospital/Physician Leases Compliance Checklist

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: A "no" answer to any of the following questions may mean your lease is out of compliance with applicable laws. Is the lease in writing? Is the lease signed by both parties? Does it specifically…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Commercial Leases, False Claims Act (FCA), Health Care Providers, Healthcare

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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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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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Colorado Takes A Stand Against Unauthorized Settlements

The “notice-prejudice” rule gives a pass to policyholders who breach the notice or cooperation provisions of their policies, if the breach is found not to have prejudiced the insurer. Sometimes, the late notice does not arrive…more

Breach of Contract, CO Supreme Court, Insurance Industry, No-Voluntary-Payments Clause, Notice Prejudice Rule

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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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Regulatory Musical Chairs for Money

The SEC and FINRA continue to play musical chairs with staff resources allocated to examinations of investment advisers and broker-dealers. According to SEC Chair Mary Jo White’s remarks at an April 16 SEC Compliance…more

Broker-Dealer, Financial Markets, Financial Sector, FINRA, Investment Adviser

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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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Appealing Class Certification Orders

Class action litigation involves complex procedural issues and significant appellate practice. For example, Rule 23(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, adopted in 1998, allows an appeal from an order granting or denying…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Interlocutory Appeals, Objection Procedures, Rule 23(f)

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Two-Midnight Rule Update

Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 19, 2013, the two-midnight rule provided that an inpatient admission generally would only be payable under Medicare Part A if: (1) the admitting practitioner had an expectation,…more

CMS, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, Hospitals, Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)

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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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Brexit and International IP: Changes are Coming

Surprising many commentators and pundits, the UK voted to exit the European Union. That exit raises questions as to whether IP filings made through the European offices will continue to provide protection in the UK during and…more

Community Trade Mark Regulation (CTM Regulation), Community Trademark, EU, European Patent Office, Intellectual Property Protection

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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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Circuit Split Develops Over The Enforceability Of Class Waivers In Employment Agreements

Affirming a district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held unenforceable a provision of an employment agreement mandating that wage-and-hour claims…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Collective Actions

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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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A Model Preservation Test for Race-Based Peremptory Challenges

Preserving error during voir dire can be tricky. In jurisdictions like Florida, certain steps must be taken to preserve objections, including those related to pretextual peremptory challenges. On March 18, Florida’s Second…more

Jurisdiction, Jury Selection, Jury Trial, Litigation Strategies, Objection Procedures

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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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Court Orders Additional Notice to Class Regarding Counsel’s Request for Fees Based on Work Performed Following Initial Fee Award

The Northern District of Illinois vacated its grant of fees to class counsel for work performed following an initial fee award, finding that Rule 23(h) required notice to the class regarding counsel’s new fee request, even…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Class Action, Fee Awards, Southwest Airlines

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CFPB Acts Against Lead Aggregator for Unfair and Abusive Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently filed actions against online lead aggregator D and D Marketing, Inc. d/b/a T3Leads and its co-founders alleging unfair and abusive practices in violation of the Consumer…more

Banking Sector, CFPA, CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Mortgage Loan Aggregators

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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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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 July 22, 2016

Lis Pendens: a party seeking to maintain a lis pendens must establish a “fair nexus” between the party’s claim and the subject property by making “a minimal showing that there is at least some basis for the underlying claim…more

Banking Sector, Consumer Lenders, Debt Collection, Deutsche Bank, First American Title Insurance Co.

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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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No Health Insurers Need Apply: Health Plan Can’t Recover Medical Costs From NY No-Fault Insurer

Under no-fault laws, automobile policies typically must cover the cost of certain medical services provided to policyholders who have been injured in covered accidents. New York’s insurance laws also permit those costs to be…more

Aetna, Auto Insurance, Car Accident, Equitable Subrogation, Health Insurance

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Alabama Puts The Mystery Back Into All-Risk Coverage

Insuring property against loss creates an unavoidable moral hazard: policyholders often have an incentive to cause or allow their property to disappear. Early efforts to limit insurers’ exposure to that risk—such as requiring…more

AL Supreme Court, All-Risks Insurance, Marine Insurance, Property Damage, Property Insurance

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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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Collaboration Key to Combatting Cyber Threats: Federal Government Issues Final Guidance Clarifying Liability Protection for Private Entities that Share Cybersecurity Information

On June 15, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly issued final guidance on how the private sector and government will communicate cyber threat data and defensive measures under the…more

Cyber Attacks, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA)

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Food for Thought: Ninth Circuit Reinstates 'Natural' Labeling Class Suit Against Hain Celestial - Balser v. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., No. 14-55074 (9th Cir. Feb. 22, 2016)

The Ninth Circuit held that a consumer’s definition of “natural” as alleged in the complaint is sufficient for the court’s determination of the sufficiency of the pleading with respect to a motion to dismiss. In Balser, putative…more

All Natural, False Advertising, Food Labeling, Food Manufacturers, Food Marketing

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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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Cuba: The Risks and Rewards for U.S. Businesses

Background - Last week, the Obama Administration announced that the President intends to visit Cuba next month. He will find a political mixed bag of optimism and resignation. American businesses will find an equally…more

Cuba, Embargo, Export Controls, Obama Administration, Popular

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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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Storm Clouds Gather for Life Insurers’ Cost of Insurance Rate Increases

For more than two decades any insurer increasing its cost of insurance (COI) rates on its universal life policies was likely to be met with policyholder lawsuits and even, occasionally, regulatory resistance. Until the past…more

Insurance Industry, Insurance Rates, 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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4 Reasons Why Companies Can Ask Exempt Employees to Work for 'Free'

The leaked Urban Outfitters memo asking salaried employees to volunteer one or more weekend shifts at an Urban Outfitters fulfillment center to pick, pack and ship merchandise is really no story at all, despite Internet shaming…more

Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Popular, Threshold Requirements, Urban Outfitters

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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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Florida Imposes Additional Unclaimed Property Requirements on Life Insurers

On April 12, Florida Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 0966 into law. SB 0966 amends the insurance benefits provisions of Florida’s Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, Fl. Stat. Section 717.107. These amendments effectively codify…more

Death Benefits, Florida, Insurance Industry, Insurance Regulations, 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 Companies, 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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Learning from Venmo’s Compliance Issues: How to Avoid Inadequate Privacy Disclosures

PayPal, the company responsible for the popular mobile payments app, Venmo, recently agreed to voluntarily bolster its privacy and security disclosures—and pay a $175,000 penalty—in response to an enforcement action brought by…more

Cybersecurity, Data Collection, Data Privacy, Data-Sharing, Disclosure Requirements

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California Federal Court Dismisses Claims In Class Action To The Extent Plaintiff’s Claims Are Based On The Theory That Rates Were Not Filed Pursuant To The California Insurance Code

In this class action lawsuit in a California federal court, Shasta Linen Company and all those similarly situated brought an action against Applied Underwriters, Inc. and its affiliate entities. Shasta Linen alleges that the…more

Class Action, Insurance Industry, Insurance Litigation, Reinsurance, Workers Compensation Awards

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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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Objecting to a Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation

An unpublished opinion from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2016 caught our eye because it collected various established preservation-of-error principles for objecting to a magistrate judge's report and…more

Litigation Strategies, Objection Procedures, Trial Preparation, Trials

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Veil Parted on SEC Whistleblower Award

Early this year, the SEC announced it had paid a whistleblower award of “more than $700,000” to a company “outsider” who “conducted a detailed analysis” that led to a successful enforcement action against the company…more

Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions, Financial Markets, NYSE, Proprietary Trading

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Q&A With Carlton Fields' Dave Leonard

Dave Leonard, a shareholder with Carlton Fields, has experience in civil litigation, arbitration and negotiation of disputes. Q: What is the most challenging case you have worked on and what made it…more

Contract Drafting, Contract Interpretation, Expert Testimony, Insurance Industry, Law School

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SCOTUS Gives Landowners New Tools to Challenge Wetlands Permitting Decisions

The United States Supreme Court handed landowners and developers a win this month in a unanimous decision allowing appeals to federal courts of Army Corps of Engineers determinations that a body of water or wetland is subject to…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Clean Water Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Hawkes Co v United States Army Corps of Engineers

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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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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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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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What’s New In Risk Based Corrective Action In Florida?

Over the last several years, under the direction of Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has embarked on an aggressive program to streamline regulatory processes across program areas,…more

Contaminated Properties, Corrective Actions, Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Policies

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The Amount-in-Controversy Requirement Presents an “Obstacle” to CAFA Removal

In Pazol v. Tough Mudder Inc., No. 15-1640, — F.3d —-, 2016 WL 1638045 (1st Cir. Apr. 26, 2016), the First Circuit analyzed the “reasonable probability” standard that a defendant must satisfy to support CAFA’s $5 million…more

Amount in Controversy, CAFA, Class Action, Putative Class Actions, Removal

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SEC Committee Recommends Investor-Specific Mutual Fund Cost Disclosures

In mid-April, the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) issued a recommendation that the SEC "explore ways to improve mutual fund cost disclosures." As a first step, the IAC urges the SEC to require that periodic account…more

Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Investment Adviser, Mutual Funds, SEC

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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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CFPB Sanctions Law Firm and Debt Buyer For Failing to Review Account Documentation

On April 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered an enforcement order against New Jersey law firm Pressler and Pressler and its debt-buyer client, New Century Financial Services, for pursuing hundreds of…more

CFPB, Debt Buyers, Debt Collection, Enforcement Actions, Junk Debt

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Facebook and HIPAA: Strange Bedfellows

As a social media user, you may have experienced Facebook’s targeted advertising. Mere moments after searching for a specific item on Google or visiting another website, your Facebook ads reflect your recent browsing history…more

Advertising, Behavioral Advertising, Cookies, Data Collection, Facebook

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Rules of the (International) Road: Make an Informed Decision on Agency

Once you decide to do business in another country, you have choices as to the form your business presence there will take. The various options entail different types of commitments, investments, risks, and benefits. Your best…more

Business Development, Business Formation, Business Pursuits, Designated Agent, Doing Business

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Consumer Finance Rule Will Ban Use of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

If you've ever read the fine print in your credit card agreement, there is a good chance it states you agree to arbitrate any claims and waive the right to bring a class action against the bank that issued it. Such class action…more

Arbitration Agreements, CFPB, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Consumer Financial Products, Credit Cards

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Florida Law Mandates Police Body Camera Policies—Then Lets Agencies Fend for Themselves

Police body cameras are the hot new item on the procurement “wish lists” of law enforcement agencies at all levels of government. Following well-publicized police encounters with citizens throughout the United States, hundreds…more

Body Worn Cameras, Data Breach, Law Enforcement, New Legislation, Policies and Procedures

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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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2016 Federal Spending Bill Will Impact Immigration Programs

The fiscal year 2016 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill funds the Government’s immigration provisions, among others, through September 30, 2016. It will saddle many immigration programs with harsh fees and…more

Coast Guard, EB-5, H-1B, H-2B, L-1 Visas

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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 July 22, 2016

Lis Pendens: a party seeking to maintain a lis pendens must establish a “fair nexus” between the party’s claim and the subject property by making “a minimal showing that there is at least some basis for the underlying claim…more

Banking Sector, Consumer Lenders, Debt Collection, Deutsche Bank, First American Title Insurance Co.

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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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Supreme Court Declines to Review Constitutionality of SEC In-House Court

The SEC’s increased use of its own "home court" for enforcement proceedings has triggered constitutional challenges to SEC administrative proceedings (APs). See "Defendants Challenge SEC’s Increased Use of Administrative Forum,"…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Appointments Clause, Article II, Bebo v SEC

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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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Court Finds that False Claims Act Suit Alleges Uninsurable “Willful Acts”

A federal court has ruled that a whistleblower suit under California’s False Claims Act alleged a “willful act” that cannot be covered by liability insurance. In Office Depot Inc. v. AIG Specialty Insurance Company, Case…more

AIG, Commercial General Liability Policies, Denial of Insurance Coverage, Insurance Industry, Office Depot

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 22, 2016

Lis Pendens: a party seeking to maintain a lis pendens must establish a “fair nexus” between the party’s claim and the subject property by making “a minimal showing that there is at least some basis for the underlying claim…more

Banking Sector, Consumer Lenders, Debt Collection, Deutsche Bank, First American Title Insurance Co.

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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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Cuba: The Risks and Rewards for U.S. Businesses

Background - Last week, the Obama Administration announced that the President intends to visit Cuba next month. He will find a political mixed bag of optimism and resignation. American businesses will find an equally…more

Cuba, Embargo, Export Controls, Obama Administration, Popular

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Domestic Partnership Agreements: FAQs

How do domestic partnership agreements (DPAs) and prenuptial or premarital agreements differ? Marriage contracts between two people who plan to marry are prenuptial agreements or antenuptial agreements. Marriage contracts…more

Domestic Partnership, DPA, Florida, Healthcare Surrogates, Living Will

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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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Supreme Court Declines to Review Constitutionality of SEC In-House Court

The SEC’s increased use of its own "home court" for enforcement proceedings has triggered constitutional challenges to SEC administrative proceedings (APs). See "Defendants Challenge SEC’s Increased Use of Administrative Forum,"…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Appointments Clause, Article II, Bebo v SEC

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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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Smooth Operators: Seventh Circuit Untangles Objections and Affirms Settlement of Hair Product Class

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a class settlement over objection in a case involving a hair-smoothing product (“the Smoothing Kit”) that allegedly destroyed users’ hair and burned their scalps. Plaintiffs sued…more

Class Action, Class Members, Reimbursements, Settlement Agreements, Unilever

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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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Storm Clouds Gather for Life Insurers’ Cost of Insurance Rate Increases

For more than two decades any insurer increasing its cost of insurance (COI) rates on its universal life policies was likely to be met with policyholder lawsuits and even, occasionally, regulatory resistance. Until the past…more

Insurance Industry, Insurance Rates, 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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Storm Clouds Gather for Life Insurers’ Cost of Insurance Rate Increases

For more than two decades any insurer increasing its cost of insurance (COI) rates on its universal life policies was likely to be met with policyholder lawsuits and even, occasionally, regulatory resistance. Until the past…more

Insurance Industry, Insurance Rates, 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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New York Appellate Court Finds “Electronic Data” Exclusion Applies to Data Breach

The computer network of a Five Guys Burger franchise, RVST Holdings, LLC (RVST), was hacked. Customers’ credit card information was stolen and used to make numerous fraudulent charges. Trustco Bank brought an action against…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Credit Cards, Cyber Attacks, Cyber Insurance

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The Aftermath of Tyson Foods: Lessons for Employers

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action against Tyson Foods is an important reminder that employers must be aware that certain pre- or post-employment activities are compensable…more

Admissible Evidence, Class Action, Class Certification, Doffing, Donning

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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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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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Third Circuit Slams The Door On Coverage For The Cost of Defending Excluded Claims—Then Leaves It Wide Open

An insured corporation settles a class action, and a portion of the settlement pays the plaintiffs’ attorneys. Payments to the class are excluded from coverage under the terms of the corporation’s liability policy. But can the…more

ATMs, Attorney's Fees, Banking Sector, Banks, Class Action

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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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Brexit and International IP: Changes are Coming

Surprising many commentators and pundits, the UK voted to exit the European Union. That exit raises questions as to whether IP filings made through the European offices will continue to provide protection in the UK during and…more

Community Trade Mark Regulation (CTM Regulation), Community Trademark, EU, European Patent Office, Intellectual Property Protection

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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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Domestic Partnership Agreements: FAQs

How do domestic partnership agreements (DPAs) and prenuptial or premarital agreements differ? Marriage contracts between two people who plan to marry are prenuptial agreements or antenuptial agreements. Marriage contracts…more

Domestic Partnership, DPA, Florida, Healthcare Surrogates, Living Will

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Seeing is Believing: Preserving Your Argument as to Audiovisual Evidence and Demonstrative Aids in the Courtroom

With the advent of courtroom technology, parties are increasingly relying on audiovisual evidence or demonstrative aids to present their case to the trier of fact. Sometimes, however, counsel fail to specifically object to some…more

Criminal Appeals, Evidence, Motions in Limine, Prejudice, Preservation of Rights

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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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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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10 Tips for Minimizing Company Liability for Terminating Employees who Steal Trade Secrets

When your company uncovers evidence that an employee misappropriated trade secrets it must act swiftly. The company may want to fire the employee to protect itself from the potentially devastating consequences. But how can you…more

COBRA, Compliance, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies

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Court Orders Additional Notice to Class Regarding Counsel’s Request for Fees Based on Work Performed Following Initial Fee Award

The Northern District of Illinois vacated its grant of fees to class counsel for work performed following an initial fee award, finding that Rule 23(h) required notice to the class regarding counsel’s new fee request, even…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Class Action, Fee Awards, Southwest Airlines

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Companies, Through Best Practices, Can Help Keep Cyber Insurance Prices Reasonable

In speaking to a cybersecurity conference in 2012, then FBI Director Robert Mueller told attendees that there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be. Sadly, with each passing day,…more

Best Practices, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Insurance Industry, Price Transparency

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Another One Bites the Dust: Maryland Federal District Court Dismisses Putative Data Breach Class Action for Lack of Standing

The United States District Court of Maryland recently dismissed a putative class action alleging that CareFirst’s failure to adequately secure the computer hardware storing their customers’ personal information led to two…more

Article III, CareFirst, Class Action, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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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 July 22, 2016

Lis Pendens: a party seeking to maintain a lis pendens must establish a “fair nexus” between the party’s claim and the subject property by making “a minimal showing that there is at least some basis for the underlying claim…more

Banking Sector, Consumer Lenders, Debt Collection, Deutsche Bank, First American Title Insurance Co.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CFPB Continues Scrutiny of Payday Loans in Recent Report and Proposed Rule

Online payday loans can result in an array of "steep, hidden costs" for borrowers, according to the latest payday loan report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The report precedes potential new regulatory scrutiny…more

Banking Sector, CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Consumer Lenders, Debt Collection

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DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program Keeps Heat on Individuals

In April, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a one-year pilot program offering certain violators of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) the possibility of reduced sanctions on top of any credit provided for by the…more

Cooperation, Corporate Misconduct, DOJ, FCPA, Federal Pilot Programs

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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 July 22, 2016

Lis Pendens: a party seeking to maintain a lis pendens must establish a “fair nexus” between the party’s claim and the subject property by making “a minimal showing that there is at least some basis for the underlying claim…more

Banking Sector, Consumer Lenders, Debt Collection, Deutsche Bank, First American Title Insurance Co.

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South Carolina District Court Finds Expert Report Does Not Satisfy Obligation Under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a)(1)(A)(iii) To Provide Method of Damages Calculation

A South Carolina federal court found that Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company’s expert’s testimony did not satisfy its obligation to provide a damages calculation. Companion argued that its failure to disclose the…more

Calculation of Damages, Disclosure Requirements, FRCP 26, Insurance Industry, Insurance Litigation

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SCOTUS v. the Ninth Circuit on Failure to Enforce ERISA Stock-Drop Pleading Standard

In a terse per curiam opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court in Amgen Inc. v. Harris, No. 15-278 (U.S. Jan. 25, 2016), made clear that it expects lower courts to faithfully apply the pleading requirements for “stock-drop” cases under…more

Amgen, Breach of Duty, Employee Benefits, ERISA, ESOP

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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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The Reply Brief: Turning "Getting the Last Word" into "Getting the Win"

When you are the appellant, you always have the burden of persuasion in seeking a reversal. Even on a de novo review, you are starting at least a step behind, psychologically. A reply brief may be the last word and the last…more

Appeals, Litigation Strategies

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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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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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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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Supreme Court’s Spokeo Decision Leaves Questions Unresolved

On May 16, the Supreme Court issued its Spokeo v. Robins decision. Spokeo was a closely-watched case, as it had the potential to substantially limit federal court jurisdiction in cases where plaintiffs sued for violations of…more

Article III, Background Checks, Credit Reports, FCRA, Injury-in-Fact

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Eighth Circuit Rules That NLRB Erred By Invalidating Employment Agreements Requiring Individual Arbitration

We previously reported on a federal circuit split that has developed over the enforceability of arbitration provisions waiving class actions in employment agreements. Compare December 19, 2013 (D. R. Horton) and November 9, 2015…more

Arbitration, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, D.R. Horton v NLRB, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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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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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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Another One Bites the Dust: Maryland Federal District Court Dismisses Putative Data Breach Class Action for Lack of Standing

The United States District Court of Maryland recently dismissed a putative class action alleging that CareFirst’s failure to adequately secure the computer hardware storing their customers’ personal information led to two…more

Article III, CareFirst, Class Action, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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Two Key Insurance Considerations For Startups

Startups have numerous and different insurance needs and will face many challenges as new businesses, but by considering whether general liability and key person insurance are appropriate products they will likely be better…more

Business Formation, Entrepreneurs, Legal Perspectives, Liability Insurance, Popular

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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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Pension Income Stream Products Worry FINRA

Some SEC-registered broker-dealers connect individuals wishing to cash in on their future pension payments with potential investors in such income streams. In April, the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA)…more

Broker-Dealer, Consumer Financial Products, Employee Benefits, FINRA, Investment

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Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Chemical Transport Dispute Finding No Manifest Disregard Of The Law

ICC Chemical Corporation sued Nordic Tankers Trading A/S concerning a cancelled charter agreement. Per the agreement, Nordic was scheduled to have its vessel present at the port ready to be loaded with ICC’s chemical cargo…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, Chemicals, Inspections, Manifest Disregard

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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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SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance

Since at least March 2016, SEC examiners have reportedly been checking whether mutual fund firms are complying with the SEC staff’s recent guidance on “distribution-inguise.” The guidance suggests that fund boards,…more

12b-1 plan, Distribution Rules, Investment Adviser, Mutual Funds, SEC

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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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