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ARB Rules That Secret Recording of Workplace Conversations Can Be Protected Whistleblowing Activity

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) held that the recording of workplace conversations can be protected whistleblower activity under the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Third Circuit Decision Could Have Broad Implications For Sentencing In Federal Fraud Cases

Last week, the Third Circuit issued a decision that could have major ramifications for sentencing in federal fraud cases. United States v. Nagle dealt with a fraud perpetrated against the Department of Transportation’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Transportation, Government Contracting

OIG’s Audit Of OSHA Whistleblower Programs

On September 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published the findings of its audit of OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Programs (Whistleblower Programs). The audit focused on (1)…more
| Labor & Employment Law

CFTC Issues Second Whistleblower Award To The Tune Of $290,000

On September 29, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it will make its second award as part of its whistleblower program, which was created by Dodd-Frank. The tipster will receive a bounty…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

District Court Rules That Smartphone Passcodes Are Testimonial; Protected by Fifth Amendment

In Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, the district court held that the Fifth Amendment protected two former employees against having to disclose their personal passcodes for company-issued smartphones to government…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Supreme Court Denies Stay of DOL’s Home Care Rule

On December 22, 2014, in Home Care Association of America v. Weil, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a key portion of a U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) regulation amending the minimum wage and…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

D.C. Council Introduces Bill Providing 16 Weeks Of PAID Leave to D.C. Employees

Yesterday (October 6, 2015), 7 of the 13 members of the Council of the District of Columbia introduced the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 (the “Act”). If passed, the Act would significantly impact employers and workers in…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

US-EU Safe Harbor Invalidated: What Now?

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) invalidated the US-EU Safe Harbor framework, effective immediately. This momentous decision jeopardizes the continued flow of data from Europe to the US. As the Safe…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Wealth Management Update - October 2015

October Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The October § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and…more
| Finance & Banking, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Supreme Court Denies Review of Second Circuit Insider-Trading Case

On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Court refused to grant review of the Second Circuit’s restrictive insider-trading decision in United States v. Newman. The Government, through the Solicitor General, had asked the Supreme Court…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

The Legacy of the RadioShack Bankruptcy and the Importance of PII

Customer information has become an increasingly valuable business asset. And, the volume and detail of other available information about consumers has increased along with it, well beyond mere customer names and addresses to…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Mergers & Acquisitions, Privacy

Immigration News Flash: 2017 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens October 1, 2015!

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2017 opens Thursday, October 1, 2015. Entries must be submitted electronically at: between noon on October 1, 2015, and noon on November 3, 2015,…more
| Immigration Law

HSR Enforcement Continues Swiftly: $240K Settlement Announced with FTC for Failure to File

On the heels of the FTC's recent HSR passive investor exemption enforcement action comes another reminder that HSR compliance is not always clear, and that it is not always easy. The Federal Trade Commission has announced a…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Coding Errors Lead To SEC Sanctions for High-Frequency Trading Firm

Mistakes in computer coding by a high frequency trading firm that went undetected for approximately four years were responsible for approximately 12.6 million orders that violated Reg NMS, according to an Order settling an…more
| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: More Lessons to Be Learned

Courts continue to struggle with the application of CDA immunity to shield service provider defendants from liability in extreme cases. In this case, the Washington Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, affirmed the lower court’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law
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