De Minimis Claims

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VMG Salsoul LLC v. Ciccone - USCA, Ninth Circuit, June 2, 2016

Ninth Circuit breaks from Sixth Circuit in music copyright infringement case over a 0.23-second horn segment in Madonna’s pop hit “Vogue,” holding that de minimis copying exception applies to copyrighted sound...more

Short Samplings of Songs May Not Be Considered Copyright Infringement After All

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just decided that sampling a song without permission does not necessarily infringe the copyright. Many artists have built careers by sampling an old song to create a new work. Until now,...more

Ninth Circuit “Strikes A Pose” For Madonna And Music Sampling In “Vogue” Copyright Dispute

In a copyright decision that rocks the music industry and splits from the Sixth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit recently held that Madonna’s mega-hit “Vogue” did not violate copyright rights by sampling a 0.23-second horns segment...more

Ninth Circuit Roundly Supports Time Punch Rounding

The Ninth Circuit this week blessed an employer’s policy of rounding employee time punches to the nearest quarter hour, affirming summary judgment in favor of the company on an employee’s challenge to the rounding policy...more

Second Circuit Affirms Denial of Class Certification in FDCPA Action for De Minimus Recovery

Gallego v. Northland Grp. Inc., No. 15-1666-CV, 2016 WL 697383 (2d Cir. Feb. 22, 2016) - Debtor brought a class action against a debt collector alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by...more

Whistle while you work… on getting dressed: Wisconsin Supreme Court rules Hormel employees to be paid for time putting on clothing...

Like most employers, Hormel Foods paid its employees from the time they punched-in to the time they punched-out. Prior to punching the clock, manufacturing employees were required to dress in a clean white jumpsuit, boots,...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Weighs in on the Compensability of Pre- and Post-Shift Work

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently helped clarify the circumstances under which pre- and post-shift donning and doffing constitutes compensable work under Wisconsin’s minimum wage and overtime laws. The decision, which...more

De Minimis Principle Returns to Class Actions in Quebec

In our November 2015 Blakes Bulletin: De Minimis Rule is Back in the Context of Class Actions, we analyzed the Sofio c. Organisme canadien de réglementation du commerce des valeurs mobilières (Sofio) decision of the Court of...more

De Minimis Rule is Back in the Context of Class Actions

De minimis non curat praetor — this ancient legal maxim suggests that judges should not have to hear trivial cases. The maxim seems to have lost most of its significance in the context of class actions. In several instances,...more

Flag on the Play! Expired Contractor’s License!

It’s football season again. Which means, of course, that in addition to touch downs and field goals, you’ll also see hooting and hollering when the ref throws down a yellow flag signaling that a foul has been committed....more

Next on DOL’s Agenda: Mobile Device Use Outside Work Hours

It appears that the U.S. Department of Labor intends to remain busy through the rest of the summer. After releasing in June a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Fair Labor...more

Evidence of Likelihood of Confusion: A Brief Overview

When attempting to prove a trademark infringement claim the fundamental inquiry is whether the defendant’s use of its mark is “likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive.” 15 U.S.C.A. § 1114(1). The...more

Contractual Recognition of Bail-In - EBA publishes Final Draft RTS but practical difficulties remain

Following our article on the European Banking Authority's (EBA) consultation paper on the contractual recognition of bail-in, and industry responses to it, EBA has published the Final Draft Regulatory Technical Standards...more

Hang Up After Hours? The Spring 2015 Regulatory Agenda Tackles This and Other Overtime Issues

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the White House, through its executive branch and other federal agencies, issued the Spring 2015 edition of the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. Published twice a year, the agencies’ regulatory agendas...more

Third Circuit Upholds the Motor Carrier Exemption for Drivers Who Did Not, But Reasonably Could Have Been Expected to, Cross State...

Are drivers of a motor carrier who rarely or never drive the carrier's interstate routes covered by the motor carrier exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act?  Yes, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third...more

Can A Certified Class Include Uninjured Parties? First Circuit Majority Says “Yes,” In Some Instances

One of the “hot” issues in class actions today is whether, or to what extent, a class can be defined to include members who were not injured, and do not have standing to sue. ...more

CFTC Finalizes Rule to Exclude Swaps with Municipal Utilities From $25 Million De Minimis Swap Dealer Threshold

The CFTC has published its final rule to exclude most swaps used for hedging purposes by municipal and other governmental utilities from counting against the $25 million swap dealer de minimis threshold that currently applies...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 22

In this issue: - Delaware Legislation Banning Fee-Shifting in Bylaws and Charters - CFTC Proposes to Amend De Minimis Threshold for Swaps with Utility Providers - CFTC Grants Recordkeeping Relief for...more

The Death of "De Minimis" Is Greatly Exaggerated

The "de minimis" worktime concept is a common-sense, court-recognized notion dating from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's earliest days. It has been articulated by the U.S. Labor Department this way...more

International Update - Tax Executives Institute PowerPoint Presentation

In this Presentation: - Topics - Inversion - Inversions – How Did We Get Here? - Impact Of The §367 Regulations - 2003 – Enactment of §7874 - §7874 - Determining “Ownership” - Treasury Regulation...more

De Minimis Defense Closes Shop on Starbucks Barista’s Off-the-Clock Claim in the Central District of California

On March 7, 2014, Judge Feess of the Central District of California granted Defendant Starbucks’ motion for summary judgment on Plaintiff’s proposed class claims for unpaid wages under the California Labor Code. Plaintiff...more

Supreme Court Holds That Items of Protective Clothing Are ‘Clothes’ for Purposes of the FLSA, and Questions the Viability of the...

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday released its much-anticipated decision in the case of Sandifer v. United States Steel Corporation, and held that Section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) — which allows parties to...more

New Temporary Regulations Introduce a Welcome De Minimis Rollover-Shareholder Exception to US Anti Inversion Rules

On January 16, 2014, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service released new temporary regulations on one aspect of corporate inversions under Section 7874 (the “Regulations”) that altered and clarified the...more

A “De Minimis” Cost Can be Enough to Defeat a Religious Accommodation Claim

While many employers are familiar with the phrase “reasonable accommodation” because of the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state laws, the ADA is not the only employment law that requires employers to make...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - October 25, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Proposes New Rules for Crowdfunding Exemption - CFTC Provides Clarification for SD and MSP Employees Acting in Clerical or Ministerial Capacities - CFTC Requests Public Comment on MAT...more

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