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Performing Work with a Suspended CSLB License Costs Big: Subcontractor Faces $18,000,000 Disgorgement

In what could lead to a draconian result, the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District held that a contractor who performs work without a valid license can be required to disgorge all payments received, even if the...more

FedEx Appeals Court Loss – The Implications

On July 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of FedEx drivers who claimed the Company’s treatment of them as independent contractors violated the Kansas Wage Payment Act. ...more

New Jersey Appellate Division Rules that Nurse’s Termination Based On Her Physical Limitations Could Violate The NJLAD

On August 28, 2015, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division in Grande v. Saint Clare’s Health System, reversed the decision of the trial court granting summary judgment to the defendant finding that plaintiff’s...more

PTAB Prevails in First Appeal of a CBM Review - Versata Development Group, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc.

In the first appeal of a covered business method (CBM) review, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB or Board) decision, and explained that the eligibility of a...more

Religion Versus Government: The Current State of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses In the South

On June 26, 2015, a few hours after the United States Supreme Court made its legendary decision to legalize same-sex marriage, many marriage clerk offices in Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky,...more

In Well-Reasoned Decision, Sixth Circuit Joins Eleventh Circuit On TCPA Prior Express Consent

On August 21, 2015, the Sixth Circuit issued its widely anticipated decision in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., No. 14-4168 (6th Cir. August 21, 2015), which affirmed a jury verdict that found Homeward Residential, Inc....more

Another Claim Bites the Dust left by Teva v. Sandoz

Although the jury found the claims valid, and the Fed. Cir. affirmed, this decision, which found that the claims were not insolubly ambiguous, was revisited by the Fed. Cir. While there are pages on issue preclusion, in the...more

Eighth Circuit Denies Consumers’ Appeal to Intervene in FTC Suit

On August 25, a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to deny consumers’ motion to intervene in the FTC’s suit against BF Labs, Inc. d/b/a/ Butterfly Labs...more

Blog: So That’s A “Collective Investment Scheme” – The Court Of Appeal Sorts It Out (Part II); And The FCA Issues A Warning

The Supreme Court has refused to give the 16 defendants (*) in the FCA -v- Capital Alternatives Limited case permission to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal that an African Land Scheme and a Carbon Credit...more

Religious Discrimination: Do Not Count On The Rosary

On August 20, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a plaintiff could not prevail on a Title VII religious discrimination claim if there was no evidence the employer knew that the plaintiff refused...more

The Full Monty is Still Full-on Sexual Harassment—The Tenth Circuit Gets It Right

From the “You’d Think This Would Be Obvious” file in August, the Tenth Circuit reversed a district court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of an employer in a case in which a male employee allegedly exposed his genitals...more

Fifth Circuit Rules on Tip Pooling

In Montano v. Montrose Restaurant Associates, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was presented with what may seem like an easy issue:  does including a “coffeeman” in a tip pool invalidate the tip credit? ...more

Back To The Chalk Board: School District’s Math Fails To Justify CEQA Categorical Exemption For School Closures

In a published opinion filed September 2, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeal (Division 2) reversed the trial court’s judgment denying a writ petition challenging a school district’s determination that its closure of...more

Outside Counsel Should Handle Healthcare.gov Subsidy Appeals

Here’s the coming dilemma: let IRS assess employer mandate taxes based on errant Healthcare.gov subsidy certifications or appeal those errors to prevent those assessments.  “Where’s the dilemma?” you say.  Here:  once you...more

CMS Limits the Scope of Review for Certain Redeterminations and Reconsiderations

For providers who have received inconsistent or varying reasons for denial while navigating through the Medicare appeals process, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided much-needed relief in the form...more

Third Circuit – Failure to Identify Plan’s Limitation Period in Denial Letter Precludes Enforcing Deadline

In 2013, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that ERISA plans can impose shorter limitations periods than would otherwise be the case if the plan was silent. Nevertheless, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit...more

Court of Appeals Hears Michigan’s Compact Election Cases

The long saga of Michigan's Multistate Tax Compact election continued on Wednesday with oral argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals. A packed courtroom witnessed a 1.5 hour proceeding before an active three-judge...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Bad Faith in Multiple-Claimant Claims-Handing Situation

In a new decision, Mesa v. Clarendon National Ins. Co., 2015 WL 5059496, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15203 (11th Cir., Aug. 28, 2015), the Court of Appeals found that the insurer’s claims-handling of multiple claimants did not rise...more

Preserving the Corporate Privilege in Internal Investigations: DC Circuit Clarifies Scope of the Privilege in Important Series of...

For the second time in just over a year, the DC Circuit granted the extraordinary remedy of a writ of mandamus to protect a company’s assertion of privilege over materials relating to an internal investigation. In a...more

Employer Is Liable under the WLAD for Refusing to Hire a Truck Driver for Taking a Prescribed Narcotic

Just when is an employer required to hire those taking prescription pain medications? In Clipse v. Commercial Driver Services, Inc., the Washington Court of Appeals held that Commercial Driver Services, Inc. was liable under...more

Appeals Court Upholds USDOL’s New Minimum Wage and Overtime Rules for Home Care Workers Employed by Home Health Care Agencies

Reversing a decision celebrated by employers in the home care industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that home health care agencies must comply with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) 2013 domestic service...more

Clean Power Rule Challenges Will Proceed Sooner or Later, But Its Goal May Already Be Close at Hand

Legal challenges filed almost immediately after President Obama announced the Clean Power Rule may be premature. That is what attorneys for EPA told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently in...more

11th, 6th Circuits Rule on TCPA Consent for Autodialed Calls to Cell Phones

The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 11th and Sixth Circuits recently issued two rulings regarding when a consumer has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive text messages or...more

The Tenth Circuit rejects excess insurers’ implied duty to investigate and initiate settlement negotiations

Interpreting Oklahoma law, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently held that the duty of good faith and fair dealing does not require that an excess insurer, unlike a primary insurer, affirmatively investigate...more

Obama Board Reaffirms Successor’s Right to Set Initial Terms of Employment when Taking Over Unionized Operation

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a refreshingly employer-friendly decision which allowed a successor company to implement new pay terms without having to first bargain with the labor union. ...more

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