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“Misclassification Mythbusters”: The Labor Department’s Latest Effort to Crack Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor has just released a dozen Q&A’s on the issue of IC misclassification in an online publication it calls “Misclassification Mythbusters.” The 12 IC misclassification “myths” that it seeks to debunk…more
| Labor & Employment Law

FDA's 'Active Moiety' Interpretation of the Three-Year Clinical Investigation Exclusivity

The court found that a different interpretation could result in marketing exclusivity for the original innovator drug in perpetuity. In Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. v. Burwell, the U.S. District Court for the District of…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

When Can Common Sense be Relied Upon to Find an Invention Obvious?

All patent practitioners recognize that a single prior art reference can be used to reject claims in an obviousness rejection. However, the issue is whether the Patent Office must provide additional evidence, above and beyond…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Spring Meeting Confronts the Yates Memo: Execs in the Front Lines of Corporate Criminal Responsibility; Presentation of the Business Law Section's Director and Officer Liability Committee

The Business Law Section’s Director and Officer Liability Committee conducted a program at the Section’s Spring Meeting in Montréal. The program focused on the recent Yates memorandum of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Distinguishes Bilt-Rite in Dispute Involving Information Provided to Designers by Remedial Contractor

Elliott-Lewis Corp. v. Skanksa USA Bldg., Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59406 (E.D.Pa. May 4, 2016) - The Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that the narrow exception to the economic loss…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Appraisal Arbitrage: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Delaware state courts have seen a rise in appraisal petitions filed by shareholders dissenting from mergers, with 34 actions filed in the first half of 2016, compared to 16 in all of 2012, according to a recent Wall Street…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Uber’s $100 Million Settlement Rejected by Judge; Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuit to Proceed

Earlier yesterday, Uber was dealt yet another setback in its efforts to settle the IC misclassification lawsuits brought against it by Uber drivers in California and Massachusetts. As readers of this legal blog will recall from…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

Duty of Consistency Doctrine - Effective Sword for the IRS, but Not Likely a Shield for Taxpayers - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 3

Two recent cases illustrate the IRS’ ability to successfully argue that taxpayers should not benefit from their own mistakes if they result in less tax being paid. Two recent cases highlight the most current view of the…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Final Rules Issued for Certain Money Market Funds - Election of New Methods May Be Beneficial - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 3

The rules generally give helpful and timely guidance for dealing with the new reality of floating rate money market funds. There is a new reality for dealing with floating rate money market shares. On July 8, 2016, the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Digitally Delivered Products Now Subject to Sales Tax in Pennsylvania - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 3

The implementation of sales tax on the thousands of services that are delivered digitally can prove vexing. Have you downloaded a book recently or sent an e-card? Is your billing address in Pennsylvania? If so, as of August 1,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Not So Sweet: The Debate Over Evaporated Cane Juice

FDA’s final guidance expresses its view that the phrase “evaporated cane juice” is false and misleading. “Evaporated cane juice” has become a popular ingredient in everything from yogurt to cookies, attracting consumers who…more
| Administrative Law, Agriculture, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

Court of Appeals of Michigan Holds Contractor Cannot Recover Eichleay Damages from Supplier Absent Contractual Right and Proof that Delay in Delivery Caused an Actual Loss

ITT Water & Wastewater USA, Inc. v. L. D’Agostini & Sons, Inc., 2016 Mich. App. LEXIS 579 (March 17, 2016) - This action arises out of a contract dispute between plaintiff, ITT Water & Wastewater USA, Inc. (“ITT”), and…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Disaster Recovery: Navigating FEMA's Cumbersome Financial Assistance Rules

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, and will end on November 30. Hilary S. Cairnie offers his views on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) policies for reimbursement of disaster recovery…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking

The 100-Day Program at the ITC

In light of Audio Processing Hardware, it is now clear that, with respect to appeals of ITC 100-day program determinations, Commission determinations against a complainant are immediately appealable, while determinations in…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

July 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Four of the five independent contractor (IC) misclassification cases reported below from July 2016 illustrate how companies continue to fail to structure, document, and implement a business’s IC relationships in a manner that…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation
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