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Central District of California Finds Prerecorded Call Was Not Telemarketing Under TCPA

Last week, the Central District of California granted summary judgment in a TCPA case involving a single prerecorded call from the plaintiff’s medical insurance company. In Smith v. Blue Shield of California, the plaintiff...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

Patent Challengers Must Show Harm to Appeal Final PTAB Decisions

Last week, the Federal Circuit for the first time addressed the legal standard for demonstrating standing in an appeal from a final agency decision, such as an inter partes review (IPR) decision. Phigenix, Inc. v. ...more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action: Part IV – What Does it all Mean?

Today I conclude my series on the Rolls-Royce global anti-corruption enforcement action by taking a look what it all means going forward. The resolution is more than simply the stunning fines and penalties of £671 million...more

SEC Brings Enforcement Action for Disclosure Failures During Merger Talks

The SEC announced that Allergan Inc. had agreed to admit securities law violations and pay a $15 million penalty for disclosure failures in the wake of a hostile takeover bid. The SEC’s order finds that Allergan failed...more

New Sheriff In Town As Rolls-Royce Pays Record Penalty For Foreign Bribery And Corruption

On 17 January 2017, the UK Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”),[1] the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”),[2] and the Brazilian Ministério Público Federal (“MPF”) announced an $800 million global settlement with Rolls-Royce plc and...more

Race to Courthouse in Shareholder Derivative Actions Could Raise Due-Process Issues

The Delaware Supreme Court requested further consideration of the federal due-process issues that might arise where a court is asked to hold that a shareholder derivative action is precluded because a prior derivative action...more

Court Reminds Arbitrators and Employers: Proper Investigation of Employee Medical Marijuana Use is a High Priority

The courts have again reminded employers–and arbitrators–of the importance of a proper investigation and analysis when an employee is discovered to be using medical marijuana contrary to the employer's policies....more

An Employer’s New Year Resolution: Pay Attention To Pay Equity In 2017

We are not yet through the first month of the New Year, but pay equity lawsuits have already dealt a one-two punch to employers: “one” being a million-dollar settlement between a legal and business research company and its...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Uber over Allegedly Deceptive Earnings Claims; Commissioner Ohlhausen Dissents

In its latest action involving allegedly deceptive earnings claims, the FTC announced yesterday that Uber had agreed to settle charges that it misled potential drivers with inflated earnings claims. The complaint also...more

Face Value: An Allegedly Co-Opted Photograph Turns into a $2.2 Billion Headache for Chipotle

Because celebrities closely guard their names and likenesses, lawsuits claiming high-dollar amounts for violations of those rights are not unusual. But a lawsuit for $2.2 billion dollars for a non-celebrity claiming a...more

Corporate Criminal Liability: the UK is Now Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

The UK’s growing focus on corporate criminal liability was seen in two recent pieces of news. Last Friday the government announced a consultation on extending the reach of corporate criminal liability to additional...more

Sixth Circuit Declines to Address the Definition of Dodd Frank “Whistleblower”

On January 13, 2017, the Sixth Circuit in Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, declined an opportunity to be the third federal appellate court to address the definition of “whistleblower” under Dodd Frank’s...more

REDIAL: 2016 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis of Critical Issues and Trends

The Sutherland TCPA team has published its third annual REDIAL: 2016 TCPA YEAR IN REVIEW – ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis of significant Telephone Consumer...more

Informal shareholder resolutions: the Duomatic principle considered

A recent High Court decision has considered whether a company's shareholders had informally amended the company's articles of association under the so-called Duomatic principle. The case highlights issues which can arise from...more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action, Part II

Today I continue my exploration of the Rolls-Royce global corruption enforcement action which included the largest fine to-date under the UK Bribery Act, with its total fines and penalties under three agreements being around...more

Southern District of New York Issues a Troublesome Corporate Privilege Case

Most courts applying privilege principles automatically treat wholly-owned subsidiaries' employees as if they were the parent's employees. However, occasionally courts take a narrower view. In Au New Haven, LLC v. YKK...more

Employer Exposure Increases: Emotional Distress Damages in FLSA Cases

The number of federal courts allowing plaintiffs to recover emotional distress damages in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) retaliation cases is expanding, with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last month joining two other...more

Alert: New Privacy Training Requirements for Companies with Federal Government Contracts

Effective January 19, 2017, companies awarded federal government contracts will be required to ensure that their employees receive annual privacy training if those employees (1) handle personally identifiable information...more

What is the Price for Failing to Voluntarily Disclose an FCPA Violation? – A Curious Case Of Successor Liability

On January 6, 2017, the Securities and Enforcement Commission filed an Administrative Action announcing a settlement with two global agribusiness companies. The Order is brief and short on facts. ...more

PTAB Finds Copyright Notice and Catalog Listing Insufficient as Proof of Public Availability

A Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) panel has denied institution of an inter partes review proceeding because the petitioner did not establish that key references were properly qualified as printed publications under 35...more

2016 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Authorities launched new criminal probes, obtained guilty pleas from companies and executives and imposed hefty fines as aggressive enforcement continued. Several significant developments occurred in cartel enforcement...more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action: Part I

When most people across the globe think of Rolls-Royce, one word comes to mind – excellence. Yet that image largely relates to Rolls-Royce Limited, the automobile manufacturer, which was founded in 1909. Just a few years...more

‘Ancient’ Data (and Documents): Prepare for Federal Changes to a Long-standing Hearsay Exception

Unbeknownst to many, changes to the Federal Rules of Evidence governing the hearsay exception for ancient documents (FRE 803(16)), and additional rules governing self-authentication of evidence generated by electronic...more

Labor Law 2016: A Year In Review

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

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