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EPA and DOJ Cannot Sugarcoat This: SCOTUS Stays the Clean Power Plan

On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court stayed EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule. No matter how much EPA and DOJ proclaim that this says nothing about the ultimate results on the merits, the CPP is on very shaky ground at this point…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

SJC Finds that Employee’s Unauthorized Copying of Proprietary Information Did Not Give Employer Grounds to Discontinue Severance

On February 4, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held in Eventmonitor, Inc. v. Leness that an employer breached its agreement with a former employee when it reclassified the employee’s termination from…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

EPA Proposes to Add Vapor Intrusion Pathway Assessment to Superfund Listing System

Last week, we wrote about an audit that MassDEP is conducting of previously closed sites to look for high concentrations of TCE in soils and groundwater. The intent of the audit is to address potential vapor intrusion. The EPA…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

From Runway to Replica: Intellectual Property Strategies for Protecting Fashion Designs

Designers like Alexander Wang, Rebecca Minkoff, and Michael Kors are all gearing up to premier their 2016 fall/winter collections this month during New York Fashion Week. Fashion Week draws more than 230,000 attendees each year…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

EEOC Proposes Rule Requiring Employers to Report Wage Data on EEO-1 Form

Late last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed a rule that would require employers with 100 or more employees to report data concerning employee pay on an annual basis. The rule, designed to…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Compliance Challenge: The Links Between Corruption and Human Trafficking

Companies are increasingly being required to disclose how they assess and respond to the risks of human trafficking in their product supply chains. Statutes like the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the U.K…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting, International Law & Trade

Partnership Audit Regime Shakeup

The recent Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”) sets forth a new tax audit regime for partnerships (and limited liability companies taxed as partnerships) that will have far-reaching consequences. The new audit procedures…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

If It Walks Like a Carbon Tax and Talks Like a Carbon Tax, (Then the GOP Hates It.)

On February 4, 2015, the White House released a fact sheet describing its efforts to create a “21st Century Clean Transportation System”. There’s a lot of interesting material in the plan, but all the headlines have been on the…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation, Transportation

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: recent developments with regard to a major Alien Tort Statute case,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade

February 3, 2016 Statement of the Article 29 Working Party on the Consequences of the Schrems Judgment

In response to the announcement of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the Article 29 Working Party issued its own statement, the key elements of which are as follows..…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

If MassDEP calls…

At a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee, MassDEP announced that it will soon begin the process of contacting owners of previously closed sites where…more
| Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015: Implications for Threat Sharing

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (The “Act”), legislation designed to combat online threats to the federal government, state and local governments, and private entities. Within the Act…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

EU Commission and United States agree on new framework for transatlantic data flows: EU-US Privacy Shield

What follows below is the EU’s press release regarding the agreement on a replacement for the EU-US Safe Harbor. We are working to get details and will schedule a webinar on the new framework shortly…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Wyeth v. Levine’s ‘Clear Evidence' Language: Clearly Misunderstood

In 2009, the United States Supreme Court in Wyeth v. Levine affirmed a judgment rejecting a prescription drug manufacturer’s contention that plaintiff’s claim that the manufacturer should have strengthened its U.S. Food and Drug…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Consumer Protection, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Product Liability Update: January 2016

Supreme Court Holds Defendant Cannot Moot Putative Class Action by Making Unaccepted Offer of Judgment for Complete Relief to Representative Plaintiff - In Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857, 2016 U.S. LEXIS 846 (S…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Personal Injury, Products Liability
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