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Defending parallel proceedings: key considerations and best practices

Parallel proceedings refer to two or more concurrent investigations or litigations arising out of a common set of facts. These proceedings can involve any combination of criminal, civil, or administrative authorities, as well...more

Don’t Lose Sleep Over It…Yet

Seyfarth Synopsis: Do employers have to let employees sleep on the job as a reasonable accommodation for a disability? While far from being decided, a recent federal case in the Southern District of New York addresses the...more

EEOC Announces New Enforcement Priorities - Gig Economy, High Tech Sector In The Crosshairs

Earlier this week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a new series of enforcement priorities on which it will focus over the next five years. By releasing its second-ever Strategic Enforcement Plan,...more

Department of Justice Obtains Guilty Plea for Obstruction in Merger Investigation

On October 14, the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced that Ralph Groen, a former information technology executive of the bus operator Coach USA Inc., had pleaded guilty to criminally obstructing justice...more

Courts Split on Standing Issues in FCRA Suits After Spokeo

On October 5, 2016, two district courts came to opposite conclusions on whether putative class action plaintiffs had standing to bring claims based on prospective employers’ failure to comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

D.C. Circuit Weighing FCC’s Controversial 2015 TCPA Declaratory Ruling

Yesterday, a panel of the D.C. Circuit—composed of Judges Srinivasan and Pillard and Senior Judge Edwards—heard argument in ACA International v. FCC, the consolidated appeals from the FCC’s 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order,...more

Sixth Circuit: Substantial Risk of Harm and Mitigation Costs Sufficient to Confer Standing in Data Breach Case

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a petition for an en banc rehearing of its September 12 decision in Galaria, et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nos. 15-3386/3387). In...more

Ninth Circuit Poised to Say “Call Me, Maybe”

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit has suggested it might upset longstanding “on call” practices by making California employers liable for “reporting time” pay to employees who phone in ahead of their schedule, only to find...more

ECJ Declares IP Addresses are Personal Data

Today, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its long-awaited decision in Breyer v. Germany. Breyer addresses the question of whether IP addresses are “personal data” for purposes of EU data protection law. As is...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms False Claims Act’s Anti-Retaliation Provision Cannot Be Used Against Individuals Who Did Not Employ...

On July 1, 2016, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district Court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s False Claims Act (“FCA”) retaliation claim against all individual defendants in the case. In Howell v. Town of Ball, 827 F.3d 515, 521...more

EEOC's New Strategic Enforcement Plan Takes Aim at Gig Economy, Other Emerging Workforce Issues

On October 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for fiscal years 2017–2021, setting out its priorities and strategies for the near term. The SEP...more

Seventh Circuit Issues Ruling Interpreting False Claim Act Whistleblower Amendments

The Seventh Circuit recently issued a decision interpreting the anti-retaliation provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA). The decision provides important clarifications about how courts may interpret recent amendments to...more

FTC Accepts Practical ‘Failing Firm’ Defense in Ending Challenge to Non-Reportable Transaction

The Federal Trade Commission’s recently announced proposed settlement of its challenge of CentraCare Health’s acquisition of St. Cloud Medical Group (SCMG) is doubly noteworthy. The settlement ends the challenge of a...more

National Labor Relations Board Assumes Worker Misclassification

The Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has filed a complaint for unfair labor practices against Postmates, an on-demand delivery service that, according to its website, “connects customers...more

Another Friendly Reminder from the CAFC – Use of “the Present Invention” is Clear and Unequivocal Evidence of Disavowal

Disavowal can occur when a patent holder disavows the full scope of claim terms in the specification or during prosecution (e.g., through the doctrine of prosecution history estoppel). In either event, disavowal requires...more

Cooperation in the Eye of the Beholder: DOJ Official Bill Baer Elaborates on Cooperation in False Claims Act and Other Civil...

The law is uncertain. One example of this uncertainty is how the “Yates Memo” is to be applied in civil cases—in particular, what constitutes “cooperation” and how cooperation may benefit a company under investigation for...more

Defending Class Actions in 2016

I thought readers might find helpful some broader observations on strategies for defending class actions in 2016... Dig in Deep Early: Some defense counsel are accustomed to the practice of filing a motion to dismiss...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, October 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Duties and responsibilities of independent directors - An overview

This article seeks to provide a general overview of the role of independent directors in a company listed on the Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), with a focus on the duties and responsibilities of such independent directors....more

Proposed amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act

On September 28, 2016, the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development introduced Bill C-25, which includes proposed amendments (the Proposed Amendments) to the Canada Business Corporations Act (the...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Litigation Arising from Controller Buyout of Books-A-Million Under "MFW" Framework

On October 10, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued its decision in In re Books-A-Million, Inc. Stockholders Litigation. The decision, authored by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, is important because it applies the...more

Consider Indemnification and Advancement Obligations When Drafting Limited Liability Company Operating Agreements

When parties are negotiating over the terms of a Delaware limited liability company operating agreement, the most heavily negotiated provisions typically involve things like capital contributions, allocations and...more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Trucking Company's Sleep Study Requirement Based on Driver BMI

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit found in favor of a large transportation employer’s driver sleep study testing requirement in a lawsuit challenging the practice under the Americans with...more

Seventh Circuit Says Workplace Noose Does Not Automatically Create Hostile Work Environment

In recent years, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) has moved toward a position recognizing that certain workplace occurrences automatically meet the legal requirements for...more

Landmark SEC Decision Cites Compliance, Diligence in Decision Not to Prosecute FCPA Violations

In a remarkable affirmation of the value of robust compliance and due-diligence programs, the Securities and Exchange Commission last month announced that it would not prosecute a U.S. company for potential violations of the...more

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