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United Airlines Settles with SEC for Side-Stepping Its Own Anti-Corruption Controls: Management Override for a Ride Over to South...

In a settlement highlighting the need for public companies to implement – and adhere to – effective internal controls, United Airlines “United” recently paid a $2.4 million civil penalty to the Securities and Exchange...more

Roadmap for Merger Decision-Making Process in Delaware

In a string of recent cases, the Delaware courts have given public companies a roadmap for structuring the decision-making process in merger transactions. Before delving into the recent decisions, it may help to understand...more

Court Nixes Privilege Protection for Former Employee Interviews – Is This a Big Deal?: Part I

In a 4-3 vote, the Washington Supreme Court held that an institution's lawyers' communications with former employees did not deserve privilege protection. Newman v. Highland Sch. Dist., No. 90194-5, 2016 Wash. LEXIS 1135...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 3 [Video]

We are back to our more rounded format for this episode on a variety of topics including anti-corruption enforcement across the globe, the new French anti-corruption law, Sapin II, the Agricultural Bank of China compliance...more

Can a Single Employee Go On Strike Against a Non-Union Company?

The short answer is “yes.” The National Labor Relations Act extends the same protections to employees of non-unionized employers as it does to union members. One of those protections is the right to engage in a strike,...more

November 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Our news update for last month highlights the fact that IC misclassification lawsuits are happening across the country and in virtually every industry, both in the on-demand economy and in more traditional business sectors....more

Samsung Versus Apple in the Design Patent Wars: The Supreme Court Strikes Back – And Punts

In a December 6, 2016 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered the latest decision in the long-running war over smartphones between industry and cultural titans, Apple and Samsung. While many might have hoped for a clarifying...more

Avoiding Appearance-based Discrimination Claims in the Workplace

Employees are generally considered the face of a company, projecting the brand’s image to customers and clients. In the face of this reality, employers often mandate certain grooming and appearance standards for employees –...more

Corporate Individual Creating a Privileged Communication May Not Control Waiving it

While companies, like people, are entitled to protect privileged communications with their counsel, companies only can act through individuals. So what happens when the former CEO wants to disclose a privileged communication...more

Student Athletes Are Not Employees, Seventh Circuit Rules

Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit released a decision broadly ruling that student-athletes are not employees for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Berger v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, two women...more

Amendment to Criminal Procedure Rule 41 Impacts Data Privacy in U.S. and Abroad

On December 1, 2016, amended Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCP) went into effect, thus expanding federal law enforcement’s power to search and seize electronic data. The new rule will allow law...more

Supreme Court Changes Standard for Determining Damages for Design Patent Infringement

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Apple Inc. (No. 15-777) - In the closely-watched Samsung v. Apple case, the Supreme Court today issued a landmark ruling that changed the long-standing rule for calculating damages for...more

Long-Term Shift of Essential Job Functions May Remove Them as Mandatory Qualifications

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only requires employers to provide accommodations that allow the disabled employee or applicant to perform the essential functions of the job. The employer is not required to shift or...more

4th Circuit Bounces Bank's Request to Dismiss Manager's FMLA Case

In a relatively recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) found that an employer's faulty notice to an employee about his rights under the Family and...more

Courts Say Title VII Forbids Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Seyfarth Synopsis: Increasingly, courts have held that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity violates Title VII. Federal district courts in Nevada and Pennsylvania have recently joined their...more

EEOC Increases Scrutiny of Employer Actions Taken Against Prescription Drug Users

Prescription drug abuse has made national news in the last few years. In March 2016, President Obama noted that “prescription opioid abuse and [the] heroin epidemic claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each...more

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In a Rough Year for CDA §230, Manchanda v. Google Provides Comfort to Website Operators

As we noted in our recent post on the Ninth Circuit case Kimzey v. Yelp! Inc., in the right circumstances, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) still provides robust protection against liability for website...more

Courts are Trending Toward Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination under Federal Law

Two recent court decisions highlight the ongoing struggle by federal courts to determine whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation....more

Recent Developments in Proxy Access

As the 2017 proxy season begins to unfold, proxy access continues to be a focus of shareholder proposals. Last year, companies that had already adopted mainstream proxy access bylaws, or that were planning to put mainstream...more

Eleventh Circuit Confirms Scope of Original Jurisdiction Under Class Action Fairness Act

In Wright Transportation, Inc. v. Pilot Corporation, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit considered whether a district court retains original jurisdiction over state law claims following the dismissal...more

Texas Court of Appeals Finds Noncompete Agreement Inapplicable to Former President’s Post-Termination Activities Due to the...

On October 27, 2016, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s order denying an application for temporary injunction seeking to enjoin Thomas Musgrave, the former president of Henry F. Coffeen III Management,...more

Federal Court in Missouri Holds At-Will Employment Is Not Consideration for Noncompete

The end of the year is an opportune time for employers to make sure their noncompete and arbitration agreements are still valid. A recent Missouri federal court decision underscores how difficult it can be to enforce those...more

A Failed Strategy: Another Derivative Action In A Data Breach Case Goes Down To Defeat

Dismissal Of Home Depot Derivative Action Extends Shareholder Losing Streak An attempt to impose liability on corporate officers and directors for data breach-related losses has once again failed. On November 30,...more

FTC Report on Sharing Economy Cautions Regulators Not to Impede Innovation

In 1942, economist Joseph Schumpeter observed that the "creative destruction" of innovation often drives economic growth in market economies as companies continuously introduce new products or services, or new ways to produce...more

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