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Illinois Attorney General Limits "Probable or Imminent Litigation" Exception Under Open Meetings Act For Closed Sessions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a binding opinion concerning action taken by the City of Bloomington City Council. The binding opinion further limits the attorney general's interpretation of the Illinois...more

Court Declines To Quash Subpoena Issued To South Carolina Department Of Insurance In Companion Property Case

by Carlton Fields on

We previously reported on this case on January 5, 2016, June 28, 2016, July 20, 2016, and December 14, 2016. The case concerns Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company’s participation in a fronted insurance program...more

European Court of Justice Upholds Use of Evidence from Noncompetition Authority

by Jones Day on

The European Court of Justice ("CoJ") has upheld the European Commission's use of evidence transmitted by a national authority other than a Member State competition authority in a cartel investigation. The CoJ ruled on April...more

Eastern District of Texas Latest Court to Criticize "Subject To" Language in Discovery Objections

by Jones Day on

The Eastern District of Texas recently criticized a party's statement in its written discovery responses that it would produce documents "subject to" its objections. See Realpage, Inc. v. Enterprise Risk Control, LLC, No....more

Employers May Wish to Update Electronic Access Policies to Assure Access to Employee's Emails with Counsel - New York Appellate...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In most states, it is fairly clear that attorney-client privilege does not apply to communications between an employee and the employee's personal lawyer if the communications are made using the employer's email system and if...more

Time to Review Your Non-Competition Agreements in Light of New Nevada Statutory Amendments

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 3, 2017, the Governor of Nevada signed Assembly Bill 276 into law, making substantial changes to Nevada Revised Statute (“NRS”) 613, which governs non-competition agreements. The amendments are notable for not only...more

Tell me more, tell me more…The right to obtain information according to the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of...

by Hogan Lovells on

Bye bye trade secrets? In the new ARC, confidential information and trade secrets still enjoy special protection. The reason is clear: as soon as secret information is revealed, it becomes obvious and, as such, is no longer...more

The Importance of Non-Compete Agreements

by Revision Legal on

It is a common business practice for employers to require their employees to sign a non-compete agreement as part of the terms of their employment. Use of non-compete agreements are a particularly popular practice in...more

Above the Clouds: Jeweler’s Trade Secret Spat Highlights Risk of Employee-Controlled Cloud Storage

We have discussed before the importance of maintaining internal policies and procedures to protect the security and integrity of cloud-based repositories. A recent case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland...more

To Disclose or Not to Disclose? D.C. Circuit Resolves Clash Between FOIA’s Exemption 4 and Section 308 of the Clean Water Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently issued a significant decision addressing the interplay between a confidentiality provision in the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), known as “Exemption 4,” and a...more

Avoiding Common Subcontracting Pitfalls

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Companies often team together to bid on government procurements in order to boost their chances of being awarded contracts and, if awarded the contracts, to provide greater support to the government than they may be able to...more

Official Report Leaves One Eager to Know More about 'Racially Insensitive' Judge

by PretiFlaherty on

There’s one intriguing item, and one only, in the latest annual report of the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct, which fills some 90 pages of text. (I read these things so you don’t have to.) It concerns a...more

Sixth Circuit Signs Off On EEOC Subpoena In UPS Disability Discrimination Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a U.S. District Court’s decision granting the EEOC’s application to enforce a subpoena in a disability discrimination investigation, finding that company-wide...more

The Age of Competition - The Supreme Court Decides the First BPCIA Case

by King & Spalding on

In a landmark ruling for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, a unanimous Supreme Court decided Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., 582 U.S. ____, Nos. 15-1039, 15-1195 (June 12, 2017), its first biosimilar case governed by the...more

Imagining the Perfect Confidentiality Agreement

The perfect confidentiality agreements is, in most cases, overkill and in any event would probably never be signed. Hundreds, if not thousands, of CDAs, NDAs and other secrecy agreements are signed every day, and the vast...more

Is Your Employee NDA Weak?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We live in a world of “leaking” information and the automotive industry is not immune. Automotive companies go to great lengths to protect their confidential information (including innovations). But do they have the legal...more

Preparing for the Inventory Reset: It Is Not That Easy

With the recent release of the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) dataset and the initial interim list of active substances released with the February 2017 copy of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory...more

Exemption 4 of FOIA Not Revoked By Later Enacted CWA Section 308

On May 30, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit decided the case of Environmental Integrity Project, et al. v. EPA. Affirming the District Court, the Court of Appeals held that Exemption 4 of the Freedom of...more

A Physician is Leaving Your Practice – “Must Have” Employment Agreement Provisions (Part III)

by Burr & Forman on

The following is the third installment of a three-part series discussing important provisions in physician employment agreements. When a physician leaves a medical practice, especially if the physician stays in the area to...more

Employer Grabs the Driver’s Seat on Electronic Privacy Claims

by PretiFlaherty on

Most employment laws are like a one-way street, where the only party with the ability to drive a claim is the employee. When it comes to electronic privacy, however, some federal statutes allow for two-way traffic. ...more

NLRB Takes Aim (Again) at Non-Unionized Employee Handbook

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

This month, NLRB Judge Robert A. Ringler struck down numerous policies (17 in total) in a non-unionized employee handbook, concluding that those policies all violated Sections 7 and/or 8 of the National Labor Relations Act....more

How Weak Are Employee “Nondisclosure Agreements”? The Answer May Make You Gag

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We live in a world of “leaking” and threats of dire consequences for the leakers. Does an employer have the legal means to prevent disclosure of information acquired during employment? Likewise, can an employer seek legal...more

See You In Court! - June 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The members of the Nutmeg Board of Education are tired of having to put up with the constant barrage of criticism. Cut teaching positions? The parents go crazy. Add teaching positions? The taxpayer group goes crazy....more

Non-Compete News: Using Defend Trade Secrets Act, California Court Stops Deletion of Misappropriated Confidential Information

by FordHarrison on

Having just celebrated its one-year anniversary, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) triggered an uptick in federal litigation concerning the fight to protect corporate trade secrets. Though no court has issued the elusive ex...more

Superior Court Suit Alleges Arbitration Claim Is a SLAPP

by LeClairRyan on

If a person believes that a defamation claim being asserted against him in a pending arbitration is a SLAPP, can he ask the Superior Court to issue a declaration and an order stopping the claim from being pursued? A new...more

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