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Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo Joins CFPB OMWI Director on Panel at ABA Meeting

Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo joined Director Stuart Ishimaru of the CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion and other industry leaders for the panel discussion "Diversity and Dodd-Frank Section 342," on September...more

ABA Seeks to Combat Discrimination, But Clients May Hold the Keys to Progress

We normally devote our small corner of the internet to updating you on the latest developments with the goal of helping employers do the right thing, most often from a legal compliance standpoint, but occasionally from a...more

Ballard Spahr partner Dee Spagnuolo joins CFPB OMWI Director on panel at ABA meeting

Members of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services group recently participated in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts. On September 8, Ballard partner, Dee...more

Have your clients had their legal checkup?

In August 2014, the ABA's Commission on the Future of Legal Services set out to improve the delivery of, and access to, legal services in the United States. (Report on the Future of Legal Service in the United States, p.4) ...more

New Model Rules Make It Unethical to Discriminate

As I have for over a decade now, I attended the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting last week serving on the ABA’s House of Delegates – the organization’s main governing body. My exact position is actually State...more

Is encryption the key to your data security?

With the increased rate of data breaches targeting personal information, an increased public awareness of online privacy, and an increasingly demanding regulatory landscape, large and small businesses are looking to...more

The Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (Part 1) — Pathway to “Receiver Sales” of Real Estate Security?

“Uniform” laws seem to be all the rage these days. A group called the Uniform Law Commission (aka National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) does the drafting, and the goal is to come up with a...more

Clause for Concern? Sandbagging Provisions in Canadian M&A

The use of express sandbagging language in M&A agreements (whether “pro” or “anti”), or the decision to remain silent, is commonly one of the most acrimonious issues faced by M&A practitioners in private acquisitions. The...more

ABA to sponsor July 20 program on CFPB arbitration proposal

On July 20, 2016, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET, the American Bar Association is sponsoring a program, “CFPB’s Proposed Arbitration Ban — What You Need To Know.” The panelists will discuss the pros and cons of the CFPB’s...more

ABA Section of Litigation Regional CLE Workshop on Handling a Construction Failures Case Scheduled for June 3, 2016

The ABA has scheduled a half-day Regional CLE Workshop on Handling a Construction Failures Case for Friday, June 3, 2016, at Pepper Hamilton LLP’s offices at 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA....more

CFPB to hold May 25 webinar for banks on elder financial exploitation

The American Bankers Association has reported that on May 25, 2016, the CFPB will hold a webinar on how banks and credit unions can protect older consumers from financial exploitation. The webinar will highlight the CFPB’s...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

The Proof Is in the Password!

Consider this scenario: A young couple entrusts you, an experienced real estate attorney, to assist them in the purchase of their first home. Days before closing, your unsecured email account gets hacked and your client...more

Cybersecurity: You can't afford to ignore it anymore

In late March, newspapers confirmed that a Russian hacker named "Oleras" targeted 48 law firms (most of which are Am Law 100 firms). Oleras planned to hack these firms to secure confidential and highly valuable insider...more

Legislative Update: Employee Training Required for Hotels, Inns on Human Trafficking

Over the next week or so, I’ll be providing updates on various bills to pass (or fail) at the state general assembly. They’re coming in fast and furious so patience is the order of the day....more

ABA Clarifies Referral Fees Between Lawyers in Formal Ethics Opinion 474

On April 21, 2016, the American Bar Association ("ABA") Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released Formal Opinion 474, addressing referral fees under Model Rule 1.5(e) and the impact of conflicts of...more

Thoughts on Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation, Despite Inaction by Congress

Last week, as part of my work with the American Bar Association, I had the opportunity to meet with all of Connecticut’s Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C. Most were available in person, while I met with senior...more

Four Takeaways from the ABA Antitrust Section's 2016 Spring Meeting

Antitrust practitioners, enforcers and industry professionals came together in Washington, D.C. for the 64th installment of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's annual Spring Meeting. The Spring Meeting provides a look at the...more

Professional Responsibility Abroad: Your Rules Follow You

A California litigation attorney recently asked me if he could represent his American friend living in France. French law can be divided into two main categories, droit privé (private law) and droit public (public law). The...more

Diversity Matters

A casual look around the room at any major mediation conference will quickly confirm that women and minorities are still significantly under represented. It may be a long slow journey to create more representative panels...more

Are Pins, Posts, Tweets and Likes Appropriate for Use in Selecting Jurors?

When you hear the name of someone you can’t place or don’t know much about, what do you do? Chances are, you “Google” them. Well that is what attorneys are doing to learn more about prospective jurors too! But they are not...more

The Final Persuader Rule: What You Need to Know About the New Reporting Requirements

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations revising the “advice exemption” and requiring employers and consultants (including lawyers) to report labor relations advice and services under...more

Employers Face New Reporting Requirements after DOL Issues Final Persuader Rule

On March 23, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) finalized its long anticipated “persuader” rule, which requires that employers and legal consultants report pay arrangements regarding any attempts to persuade employees,...more

DOL Publishes Final Rule Requiring Employers to Disclose Persuader Agreements

For many years, employers have been able to lawfully avoid certain reporting requirements under the Labor Management and Reporting Disclosure Act which compels the disclosure of agreements with outside...more

Fighting Over Fixed Fees

You have probably seen the Avvo commercials by now: the quick little scenes linked to humorous search terms typed onto the middle of the screen. The little public intoxication dog is adorable and has helped grab a lot of...more

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