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EPA’s Proposed “Reset” of TSCA Chemical Inventory Requires Identification of “Active” and “Inactive” Chemicals and Confirmation of...

If you manufacture or import a chemical subject to the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) Chemical Substance Inventory, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has proposed to require you to confirm each such...more

Court Declines to Issue Seizure Order under Defend Trade Secrets Act

As we previously reported, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) enacted last May includes a powerful ex parte seizure proceeding that allows courts in “extraordinary circumstances” to order the seizure of property...more

Beware What You Share – Disclosure of Medical Information Results in Retaliation and Interference Claims

A United States District Court in Florida thwarted an employer’s attempt to toss the FMLA claims of an employee who sued after his medical condition was disclosed to co-workers who subsequently made fun of him. The employee...more

Revenge of the Whistle-blower: Possible Consequences of Compliance Failures

In a company with a robust compliance culture, potential whistleblowers can express their concerns without fear of retribution. By contrast, the penalty for a culture that silences whistleblowers just got steeper. Companies...more

The Anthem Breach – A Retrospective (Part II)

We published Part I of our “Anthem Breach Retrospective” in January 2017. Coincidentally, at around the same time several plaintiffs in one of the earliest filed cases arising out of the Anthem data breach voluntarily asked...more

Privacy Perils: Social Engineering Fraud - the C-Suite Maneuver

It's a common misconception that cyber-criminals use sophisticated technical tools to hack into a person's computer or online accounts. More often than not, cyber attackers use old fashioned trickery or "social engineering"...more

Reserving Privilege for the Few: The High Court Confirms the Narrow Interpretation of “Client” for the Purposes of Legal Advice...

Following Three Rivers (No 5) [2003] EWCA Civ 474, the High Court has held that notes of interviews of employees, prepared as part of certain internal investigations by a bank’s solicitors, for the purpose of enabling the...more

Of Greek Gods and Data Breaches

The sorry story of Chris Correa, the St. Louis Cardinal executive convicted of hacking into the Houston Astros computer system expanded last month when Federal Judge Lynn Hughes unsealed details about the extent of the...more

Key Issues for Due Diligence of Government Contracts – Part II

In a recent blog post, I highlighted key issues to be analyzed when performing due diligence on a target company that performs government contracts. In addition to the review of government contracts, comprehensive due...more

District Court Denies Motion to Compel Inadvertently Produced Privileged Documents

In this patent infringement action, Teva inadvertently produced documents to Sunovion. Teva subsequently attempted to claw back the documents under the parties' protective order. ...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia – Commercial Vehicles

Decision: A WTO Panel has handed down a mixed ruling in an EU challenge to anti-dumping duties imposed by the Russian Federation on certain light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The Panel found for the EU on 8 of the 28...more

Employer (Still) Has No Duty to Protect Confidential Information

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center continues to get support from the court system in a data breach suit that affected more than 60,000 former and current employees, as Barley Snyder attorneys continue to follow the...more

Major League Baseball fines Cardinals and Plucks Draft Picks for Hacking the Astros

It doesn’t always pay to be a hacker. Major League Baseball (MLB) this week made a strong statement about its tolerance for teams hacking other teams. We previously reported on the incident when a Cardinals employee hacked...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 29, Issue 1

The Cost Of Keeping Things Quiet: Crackdown On Confidentiality Clauses Calls For Explicit Carve-Outs - In last February’s Employment Law Commentary, we discussed best practices for drafting separation agreements. Among...more

Unauthorized Computer Access, Without Service Interruption, May Be Cause for Action

In a case of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit has held that an employer need not show an interruption of service to prove actionable harm under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and other federal laws. This is...more

SAMHSA Finalizes Its Changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records Regulations

Executive Summary - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), recently finalized its changes to the...more

The Risks and Implications of Failing to Comply with U.S. Government Cyber and IT Requirements

This article summarizes some of the many risks and implications that are associated with failing to comply with U.S. government-unique cyber and information technology requirements. We are often asked by small and...more

Eight Things to Know About the New Federal Substance Use Disorder Privacy Rule

A final rule published on January 18 implements the first major revisions to the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance-use disorder patient records (Part 2) since 1987. It finalizes a proposal from...more

TSCA Reset to Affect Nearly All Manufacturers, Importers and Processors

Companies that have manufactured or imported chemical products in the U.S. in the past ten years (alone or formulated in products and mixtures) should plan now to comply with new rules requiring them to identify and report...more

Employment News - January 2017 #2

Change of plan – redundancy four months after TUPE transfer was for ETO reasons - The claimant in Davies v Droylsden Academy was a venue lettings manager for a company which provided premises services for schools. She...more

California Court Rules Sarbanes-Oxley Preempts California Law Regarding Privileged Communications in Suit by Former In-House...

By determining that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX” or the “Act”) preempts California’s ethical rules, the Northern District of California ruled that an in-house attorney can rely on privileged communications and confidential...more

Whistleblower Conference Agenda Sizzles with Hot Topics

2016 was more than simply the most robust year in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement. It was also a record year in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower awards and additionally the year the SEC...more

Disclosing an Employee's Medical Condition May Result in an Automatic FMLA Violation

This is a story about Scott. He has a medical condition affecting his genito-urinary system. In the words of my two-year old, Maggie, this condition sounds yucky. Like other employees with a genito-urinary disorder,...more

Five Workplace New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

With the New Year comes the annual tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions—along with the annual tradition of breaking those resolutions by the second week of January. Even if last year’s Christmas tree survived longer...more

Employer Has No Legal Duty To Protect Employee Electronic Information

A court in Pennsylvania recently held that an employer does not have a legal duty to act reasonably in managing its computer systems to safeguard sensitive personal information collected from its employees, when the employer...more

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