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Southern District of California Rejects Coupon Class Settlement

The Southern District of California rejected a pre-certification class settlement because it provided for an inadequate coupon payment and a tenuous cy pres award, and included a clear sailing attorney fee provision. Plaintiff…more

Attorney's Fees, Class Action, Cy Pres Funds, Rule 23, Settlement

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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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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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They Didn’t Teach You This in Law School: Preserving Error as to PowerPoint Presentations at Trial

Today, it is rare for a trial to take place without the use of PowerPoint presentations. They most often appear during opening statement, the examination of experts, and closing argument. So let’s suppose that opposing counsel…more

Evidence, Record Preservation

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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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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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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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Yes, Counselor, You Argued That Below, But No, It Is Not Preserved

Don’t assume that just because your argument is clearly reflected somewhere in the record that it is preserved for appeal. Often for purposes of preservation, the procedural context for the argument is just as important as the…more

Appeals, Duty to Preserve, Litigation Strategies, Oral Argument, Trials

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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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The HIPAA Audits are Coming, The HIPAA Audits are Coming! Five Steps to Prepare for a HIPAA Audit

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the long-awaited launch of phase 2 of HIPAA’s audit program. The program will target all types of covered entities,…more

Business Associates, Covered Entities, Health Care Providers, HIPAA, HIPAA Audits

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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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Rule Change Would Let Law Enforcement Access Computers Remotely Regardless of Location

The Supreme Court recently adopted a proposed change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that would allow a federal judge to issue warrants authorizing government agents to access computers located in any…more

Confidential Information, Electronically Stored Information, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, FOIA, Government Investigations

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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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Waiver By Confusion: When There Is a Split of Authority, Do You Know Where Your Court Stands?

Recognizing splits of authority and knowing where your court stands on the issue can be critical to avoid waiver. Lawson v. Sun Microsystems, Inc., 791 F.3d 754 (7th Cir. 2015), cert. denied, 84 USLW 3130 (U.S. 2016),…more

Litigation Strategies, Motion for Summary Judgment, Rule 50, Trial Practice Guidance, Waivers

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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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Hill v. SEC: Eleventh Circuit Buries District Court Challenges to the Constitutionality of SEC Enforcement Actions

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that a district court cannot hear constitutional challenges to an ongoing administration enforcement action of the U.S. Securities and Exchange…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Appeals, Appointments Clause, Article I

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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: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal assignment…more

Attorney's Fees, Banking Sector, Deficiency Judgments, Equitable Subrogation, Financial Institutions

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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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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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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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Illinois Federal Court Rules That Cedent’s Claims Are Time-Barred

Our prior discussion of this case, and relevant background, can be found here. In 2012, Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC (“PTRIL”) brought an action against Banco de Seguros del Estado (“Banco”) to recover sums purportedly…more

Insurance Industry, Insurance Litigation, Reinsurance, Statute of Limitations, Summary Judgment

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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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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal assignment…more

Attorney's Fees, Banking Sector, Deficiency Judgments, Equitable Subrogation, Financial Institutions

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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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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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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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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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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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What Employers Must Know About Wage and Hour Law

This year, according to a recent Syracuse University study, federal courts are on track to handle a record number of wage-and-hour lawsuits stemming from violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which establishes…more

DOL, FICA Taxes, FLSA, Independent Contractors, Minimum Wage

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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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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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Supreme Court Reverses Heightened Standard to Treble Damages in Patent Cases

In a decision where numerous amici warned a that reversal would only embolden patent trolls if the Supreme Court lessened the burden to impose treble damages under § 284 of the Patent Act, the Supreme Court did just that. Noting…more

Halo v Pulse, Patent Infringement, Patents, SCOTUS, Stryker v Karl Stroz

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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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Questions About Delivery Drivers’ Employee/Independent Contractor Status Preclude Commonality and Predominance Findings

A New Jersey district court denied certification of a putative class of furniture delivery drivers and helpers employed by various transportation companies (the “Driver/Helpers”) and individuals who owned those transportation…more

Class Certification, Commonality, Corporate Counsel, Independent Contractors, Misclassification

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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 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: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal assignment…more

Attorney's Fees, Banking Sector, Deficiency Judgments, Equitable Subrogation, Financial Institutions

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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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Round Up The Usual And Customary Suspects: Insurers May Determine UCR Prices By Shopping At Retail Outlets

For more than a decade, medical providers have tried to limit the discretion of automobile insurers to pay less than the billed amount for services and equipment offered to injured insureds. Most of these efforts involve…more

Auto Insurance, Bodily Injury, Insurance Industry, Medical Reimbursement, Medical Supplies

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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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Share What You Know: Liability Protection for Private Entities that Share Cybersecurity Information Pursuant to Federal Guidelines

On February 16, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly issued preliminary guidance — with final guidance due later this month — on how the private sector and government will…more

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), DHS, DOJ, Information Sharing

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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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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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Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Decision That Bankruptcy Court Did Not Abuse Its Discretion In Denying Motion To Compel Arbitration

This appeal is from an order by a district court in California, affirming a bankruptcy court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee’s adversary proceeding, in which the trustee sought…more

Arbitration, Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Court, Chapter 7, Fraudulent Transfers

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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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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' 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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Ninth Circuit Remands Dispute Over Arbitration, Finding That Third Party May Be Able To Assert Arbitration Protections

Late last month, the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision out of the Western District of Washington finding that a third party was not able to assert an arbitration provision. The underlying claim revolved around premium text…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Motion to Compel, Putative Class Actions, Text Messages

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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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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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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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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: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal assignment…more

Attorney's Fees, Banking Sector, Deficiency Judgments, Equitable Subrogation, Financial Institutions

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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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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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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: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal assignment…more

Attorney's Fees, Banking Sector, Deficiency Judgments, Equitable Subrogation, Financial Institutions

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Coverage for Direct Physical Loss Does Not Necessarily Include “Matching” or Require “Aesthetic Uniformity”

When a property insurance policy covers a multi-story building or multi-building property, and a portion sustains damage, there is often a question regarding the extent to which undamaged property should be replaced to ensure…more

Denial of Benefits, Insurance Industry, Property Damage, Property Insurance, Summary Judgment

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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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Cuba: A Playing Field for Trademark Pirates

Now that President Obama has lifted trade restrictions, American businesses are considering whether to expand their operations to Cuba. For some corporations, it makes immediate sense. For others, it may not. But regardless of…more

Business Opportunities, Cuba, Sanctions, Third-Party Risk, Trade Relations

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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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Does Your Company Website Violate the ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has is most commonly thought of as prohibiting workplace discrimination against individuals with disabilities and requiring the elimination of physical barriers to public locations. But…more

ADA, DOJ, Public Accommodation, Title III, 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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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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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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The Future of Class Actions: The Impact of Justice Scalia’s Death on Upcoming Rulings

There is no doubt that the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will have major repercussions on Supreme Court jurisprudence. A 30-year veteran of the Court, Justice Scalia was known for his originalist positions and…more

AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, Barack Obama, Class Action, Class Certification, Comcast v. Behrend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Condominium Exemption To The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act

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

Condominiums, Exemptions, ILSA

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

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

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

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Pre-Trial Problems: Don’t Forfeit Your Personal-Jurisdiction Defense

The Seventh Circuit’s decision in German American Financial Advisors & Trust Co. v. Rigsby, No. 15-1612, --- F. App’x ----, 2015 WL 5579751 (7th Cir. Sept. 23, 2015), highlights the preservation pitfall of forfeiting a…more

Litigation Strategies, Motion to Dismiss, Personal Jurisdiction, Summary Judgment

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal assignment…more

Attorney's Fees, Banking Sector, Deficiency Judgments, Equitable Subrogation, Financial Institutions

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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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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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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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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 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: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal assignment…more

Attorney's Fees, Banking Sector, Deficiency Judgments, Equitable Subrogation, Financial Institutions

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Step-Up, Insurer! Your Step-Down Provision Is Not Triggered

Where an automobile policy covers someone other than the named insured, a “step-down” provision may subject the amount of available coverage to the limit on “similar coverage” that is imposed by the injured person’s own policy…more

Auto Insurance, Bodily Injury, Car Accident, Declaratory Judgments, Denial of Insurance Coverage

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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, 2016, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Spokeo v. Robins. This had been a closely watched case, as it had the potential to substantially limit federal court jurisdiction in cases where plaintiffs sued for…more

Article III, Class Action, FCRA, Injury-in-Fact, SCOTUS

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Eighth Circuit: Delay In Asserting Right To Arbitrate And Using Litigation Machinery Results In Waiver

The plaintiff, a terminated employee, had signed a two year employment agreement and a separate arbitration agreement with a home décor company. The plaintiff was terminated after six months and sued the defendant in Minnesota…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Corporate Counsel, Hiring & Firing, Motion to Compel

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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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Will Tender of Full Amount of Named Plaintiff’s Claim Moot a TCPA Class Action?

In Campbell-Ewald Co. v Gomez, 136 S.Ct. 663 (2016), the Supreme Court held that Rule 68 offers of judgment to a class representative do not moot a class action. The Supreme Court left open the possibility that an actual tender…more

Mootness, Putative Class Actions, Rule 68, TCPA, Tender Offers

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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, ILL 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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Failure To Pay Costs Did Not Materially Breach Arbitration Agreement In Light Of Legitimate Dispute As To The Forum

A New Jersey appellate court affirmed an order dismissing a class action and compelling individual (non-class) arbitration. The underlying arbitration agreements provided that the defendant car dealership would pay all costs of…more

American Arbitration Association, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Breach of Contract, Car Dealerships

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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 Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Fund Distribution and Sub-Accounting Fees

Guidance Update No. 2016-01, published this month by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, provides extensive guidance concerning the possibility that payments from mutual funds are being used to promote sales of the…more

Fund Distribution, Intermediaries, Investment Company Act of 1940, 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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