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Third Circuit Rejects Presumption of Irreparable Harm for Injunctive Relief under Lanham Act

Following a series of recent appellate decisions across the spectrum of intellectual property disciplines, including the fields of patent, copyright and trade secrets, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that...more

New North Carolina Law Provides Tool to Battle Patent Trolls

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed a bill aimed at the abusive assertion of patents. It was part of the Commerce Protection Act of 2014 (S 648, S.L. 2014-110, section 2.1) and was signed into law by Governor...more

California Supreme Court: Holding Franchisor Liable as Employer Depends on Level of Control Over Day-to-Day Employment Decisions

Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, No. S204543 (August 28, 2014): On August 28, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued a decision holding that a franchisor that did not exhibit the characteristics of an “employer” was not...more

Deposition Tactics - Obstructionist Litigation

With fewer trials and an increasing focus on using the discovery process to leverage a favorable settlement or resolution, it is common for litigation counsel to be obstructionist during discovery. For example, counsel may...more

Why Keeping Corporate Lawyers Quiet Is Good For Us All

In a recent post in The New York Times DealBook, Berkeley Law School Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon argues that keeping corporate lawyers silent “can shelter wrongdoing”. I completely agree that the attorney-client...more

EEOC Sick Over Wellness Programs

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) filed a lawsuit against an employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) related to its maintenance of a wellness program. Although far from a...more

Federal Circuit Finds Computer Bingo Patents Invalid as Abstract Ideas

On August 26, 2014, the Federal Circuit ruled that patent claims regarding computer-aided management of bingo games are invalid because they are directed to a patent-ineligible abstract idea....more

Employers Should Monitor Closely Group Term Life Insurance Enrollments

Many employers offer group term life insurance, including supplemental life. Often an employee who wants to buy coverage above a particular level after an initial open enrollment period must show evidence of insurability....more

The Monsters of the Digital Age

Like the beasts of Tolkien’s imagination, digital trolls skulk around the internet shrouded in anonymity, unprovoked yet fiercely attacking the unwary. These trolls are individuals who use anonymous screen names to post...more

Website Hyperlink Alone Does Not Establish User’s Assent to Arbitration Agreement, Ninth Circuit Holds

In a case intersecting the 89-year-old Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and the digital era, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a consumer who did not read the company’s terms of use when ordering a product on its website was not...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds $83,000 Fine Against Employer for Failure to Send COBRA Dental Coverage Notice

Employers know that the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires them to send qualifying employees notice of their ability to continue group medical, dental and vision plan coverage at their own expense...more

Final Rules Adopted Clarifying Employers’ Obligations under the New York City Earned Sick Time Act

The New York City Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA or the Act) went into effect on April 1, 2014, giving many New York City employees up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. Since March, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)...more

Employer Must Defend Against A Wrongful Death Lawsuit For Not Monitoring Employee Computer Use

An Illinois Appellate Court recently held that an employer must defend against a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that it was negligent in failing to investigate death threats that its employee had emailed to his family from...more

Prompt Payment Requirements That Apply to Employees Who Quit Also Apply to Employees Who Retire

California’s Third District Court of Appeal recently concluded that the final wage payment requirements and waiting time penalties prescribed by Labor Code sections 202 and 203 apply not only to employees who quit, but also...more

Wearable Devices in the Workplace Challenge Data Security and Privacy

Wearable devices, including health and activity monitors, video and audio recorders, location trackers, and other interconnected devices in the form of watches, wristbands, glasses, rings, bracelets, belts, gloves, earrings,...more

How Far Does the In-House Zone of Silence Extend?

In a recent case, a Massachusetts appellate court raised important questions about the scope of the work product doctrine for in-house lawyers. In Cahaly v. Benistar Property Exchange Trust Co., the plaintiffs sought...more

Second Circuit Clarifies the Use of Legal Presumptions of Consumer Confusion and Injury in Certain Lanham Act Cases

On Tuesday, July 29, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit “clarified certain aspects of [its] false advertising jurisprudence” and held that, where literal falsity and deliberate deception have been...more

An Estimate is Just That - The Seventh Circuit Highlights Several Important Lessons for Employers Navigating Intermittent FMLA...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled on two important intermittent Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave issues in Hansen v. Fincantieri Marine Group. First, the court determined that the FMLA...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Alleged Retaliatory Actions Must Be Viewed in Context For Purposes of a First Amendment Retaliation Claim

In Wendy Thomas, et al v. County of Riverside, et al, the Ninth Circuit considered whether the District Court properly granted summary judgment of an employee’s First Amendment retaliation claim in favor of the employer....more

Sexy ADA Issue: Bad Breakup May Not Justify Employer-Mandated Medical Exam

Rarely does one get a case that involves a cutting-edge Americans with Disabilities Act issue combined with wild, crazy, passionate, irrationally exuberant, tempestuous, adulterous romance. Well, folks, today is your lucky...more

Facially Sex-Neutral Statements and Conduct May Support a Sexually Hostile Work Environment Claim

The Second Circuit’s recent decision in Moll v. Telesector Resources Group, Inc. is a good reminder to employers that a sexually hostile work environment claim can be based on more than just sexually explicit or sexually...more

A Sea Change in the Interpretation of Contracts (and much more)

On August 1, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a unanimous decision (Sattva Capital Corporation v. Creston Moly Corporation et al, 2014 SCC 53) that amounts to a sea change in the interpretation of contracts in...more

Antitrust Laws Are Rapidly Changing In Latin America

In recent travels to Central America, it’s been interesting to see the number of American companies operating and distributing in the region. So in a recent telephone conference with other antitrust practitioners, I was...more

SEC Request For O&D Bar Denied

A frequently used remedy in Commission enforcement actions is the officer and director bar. A permanent bar has the very harsh effect of precluding the person from being an officer or director of any public company. That, of...more

Community Health Systems' HIPAA Breach: Significant Lessons for Health Care and Non-Health Care Companies

On August 18, 2014, Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) publicly confirmed, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (CHS filing), that its computer network was attacked between April and June 2014 by hackers...more

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