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Florida Whistleblower Act Requires Showing of Actual Violation, Federal Court Rules

Florida’s private-sector Whistleblower Act (“FWA”) protects only those employees who can show an actual violation of a law, rule, or regulation, a federal district court has held. Graddy v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, No....more

Focus on the Issue of “Corrupt Intent”

Legal and compliance practitioners are often asked to review a set of facts and determine whether the actors will potentially violate the FCPA. A lot has been written on the vagueness or lack of clarity surrounding the FCPA....more

New Rules in the Northern District of California Aim to Encourage Patent Case Settlements

New rules for patent cases in the Northern District of California will significantly affect litigation and settlement of cases in Silicon Valley’s backyard. Lawyers litigating cases in the district after the January 17, 2017...more

ITC Files Next Batch of Adams Spokane Vegetation Management Easement Cases

ITC has filed multiple condemnations in Macomb County Circuit Court seeking expanded vegetation management easements. I previously detailed ITC issuing good faith offers as a prelude to filling new condemnations seeking...more

New Year - New Insurance Law

In an earthquake related judgment issued in late December 2016, the High Court (Court) found a mutual duty of good faith applied to parties to an insurance contract, including during the claims handling process. A breach of...more

A Cautionary Tale: How Sudden Changes to Intermittent FMLA Can Cost You

A January 9 decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals serves as a vivid reminder that employers must tread with great caution when managing intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. As the ruling in...more

ITC Issues Good Faith Offers for Adams-Spokane Line in Washington Township

ITC is seeking expanded vegetation management rights from property owners in Washington Township. ITC has issued numerous good faith offers to property owners in Washington Township. The offers, which are being received...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2017 Edition: Is Arguing Over the Appropriate Level of Efforts Worth the Effort?

The recent Delaware case, Williams Cos v. Energy Transfer Equity LP (No. CV 12168-VCG, (Del. Ch. June 24, 2016)), sought to provide some additional guidance on this question, but at bottom the standard adopted by the court is...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Revisits Contractual Good Faith Principles

The organizing principle of good faith and the duty of honest contractual performance laid down by the Supreme Court of Canada in Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71 [Bhasin] do not give courts the ability to review the fairness of...more

CFPB releases annual employee survey results, 2016-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

The CFPB released two items at year-end:  the results of its 2016 annual employee survey and its updated Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan) for 2016-2020....more

IRS Grants Extension of ACA Information Reporting Deadline and Provides Good Faith Standards for 2016 Information Reports

The IRS recently issued Notice 2016-70, which extends certain 2017 deadlines for employer information reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health coverage offered to individuals during the 2016 calendar year. The...more

Extension for Good-Faith Reporting and 2016 Forms 1095-C and 1094-C

On November 18, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2016-70, extending both the due date for furnishing individuals with Forms 1095-C and 1095-B, in addition to certain good-faith transition relief to the 2016...more

Point of Interest: Sixth Circuit Complicates Sureties’ Duty Of “Good Faith”

A hefty body of law declares that “suretyship is not insurance,” and so that sureties are not subject to claims for the tort of insurance bad faith. E.g., Upper Pottsgrove Township v. Internat’l Fidelity Ins. Co., 976...more

Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance Set to Take Effect July 1, 2017

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, which applies to large retail and food service employers in Seattle. It requires these employers to provide employees with...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, The world of raising capital for emerging companies has experienced a revolution. Prior to the enactment of the JOBS Act in 2012, raising capital for private companies was...more

When to Say When? Fifth Circuit Rules on When an Accommodation Isn’t Working

In a published opinion, the Fifth Circuit has held that an employee’s poor performance in a light-duty position can relieve the employer from any further obligation to find a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with...more

No implied duty of good faith in termination clause

In Monde Petroleum SA v Westernzagros Ltd [2016] EWHC 1472 (Comm) the High Court ruled that there was no implied term in a commercial contract that a party would not terminate in bad faith. There was no indication that the...more

BIG BROTHER: Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance Will Be Watching Employers’ Every Move

On September 19, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a secure scheduling ordinance that will regulate how large retail stores and food-service employers schedule workers working in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray is expected...more

Blog: Court Gives Energy Transfer the Right to Walk Based on its Counsel’s Inability to Deliver the Required Tax Opinion

In a rare decision involving unusual facts, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a buyer (Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.) had the right to terminate a signed merger agreement with its target (The Williams Companies, Inc.)...more

Points & Authorities - Summer 2016

There Ought to be a Law: Consider This Alternative To Litigation - Government is becoming more intrusive. At the state and federal levels, a host of agencies and departments continuously create new rules for us to live...more

Confirmation Of A Chapter 11 Plan: Good Faith In The Context Of “Artificial Impairment”

In order to confirm a chapter 11 plan, at least one class of creditors whose claims are “impaired” must accept the plan. The concept of “impairment” is very broad. Under the Bankruptcy Code, a class of claims is impaired...more

Ninth Circuit Retcons Its “Dancing Baby” Fair-Use Decision and Creates More Confusion

Apparently, George Lucas is not the only party in California who can edit his own work after release in order to change aspects he does not like. While perhaps not as culturally significant as changing “Star Wars: A New Hope”...more

ITC Issuing Good Faith Offers in Dearborn

New ITC takings occurring in Dearborn. ITC has been using eminent domain for years to acquire additional property rights along existing transmission lines. For a more complete discussion of this process, please see...more

For a Whistleblower, What is Good Faith?

Good faith. It is a term that is mercilessly bandied about in the law. And, its ambiguity can cause confusion . . . and a plea to the state’s highest court for clarification. The Louisiana Environmental Whistleblower...more

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