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What We Know About BitCoin, and What Is Still Unknown

In Part I, we gave an overview of Bitcoin and how it’s different from the digital “real currency” that is in widespread use today. In Part II, we’ll ask and answer the question – Is Bitcoin just a fad? Is it novel in...more

That is SO last week - October 2015 #2

Last week, Fortune introduced us to a new HR tech product called Perception. According to Fortune, Perception creator Kanjoya claims that the program can interpret the “intent and emotions” behind written text and filter out...more

SEC’s Hitachi Enforcement Action and Important Compliance Reminders

The SEC continues to plug away at aggressive FCPA enforcement. This year, at least so far, the SEC has had a very successful year. The Hitachi case is a very interesting enforcement action for several major reasons. ...more

Using Consumer Reports for Hiring Decisions Creates Unanticipated Litigation Risk for Employers

When employers obtain a consumer report for employment purposes, §1681b(b)(3)(A) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (the “FCRA”) requires issuance of a pre-adverse action notice to the subject of the report (the “consumer”) if...more

When Terminating An Employee, Is A Clean Break Better Than A Long Limbo?

If you have a poor performer, is it better to make a clean break and fire him, or is it better to prolong his (and your) agony? That is obviously a biased question, but some employers will do almost anything to avoid...more

Court of Appeals Hears Michigan’s Compact Election Cases

The long saga of Michigan's Multistate Tax Compact election continued on Wednesday with oral argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals. A packed courtroom witnessed a 1.5 hour proceeding before an active three-judge...more

“You quit!” “No I Didn’t, I’m Sick!”

In Betts v. IBM Canada Ltd., the Court was faced with a dispute between Mr. Betts, who claimed he was legitimately absent from his employment due to illness, and his employer IBM, which claimed that Mr. Betts effectively...more

DOJ’s Warning to High-Tech Companies: SAP Official Pleads Guilty To FCPA Violation

When DOJ acts, they like to make a splash. While the FCPA Paparazzi have been lamenting the “slow down” in FCPA enforcement actions and the increase in case closings, DOJ still makes its mark when it acts, and I expect more...more

Alien Tort Case Development: Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Ford and IBM

Earlier this week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision in In re: South African Apartheid Litigation dismissing claims brought pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) against Ford and IBM. Plaintiffs had...more

Trade Secret Legislation Reintroduced in Congress (3rd Time)

Maybe the third time is the charm. After trying twice before, Congress is making another run at creating a federal claim for trade secret misappropriation. A bipartisan group of legislators from both congressional chambers,...more

Does Your ADA Accommodation Have To Be Perfect, Or Can It Just Get The Job Done?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires that employers provide “reasonable accommodations” to those with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their jobs. These accommodations cannot impose an undue...more

Submission of Supplemental Evidence in an IPR May Be Submitted After the Due Date - International Business Machines Corp. v....

Addressing the circumstances for submitting supplemental evidence in an inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) allowed the petitioner to submit a responsive declaration after the due date...more

Recent Federal Appellate Decisions Acknowledge Limits on Employer’s Obligation to Engage in ADA Interactive Process

Employers are generally aware of the obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to engage in an “interactive process” with employees who require accommodations in order to perform their duties, but identifying the...more

Second Circuit Holds: You Can’t Always Get What You Want – As Long Your Employer Gives You What You Need (An Effective...

On May 21, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Noll v. International Business Machines Corporation, Case No. 13-4096 (May 21, 2015), affirmed a decision by the Southern District of New York...more

Pensions News - May 2015

In This Issue: - Election Result - The Pensions Regulator - Case Law - Other News - On the Horizon - Excerpt from Election Result: Following the General Election on 7 May which resulted in a...more

Redundancy in China: Regulations and our practices

Redundancy has not been defined in any law or regulation in China so far. Article 41 of The Employment Contract Law of the People’s Republic of China provides the following sole and exhaustive four situations where employers...more

Cybersecurity Coverage Litigation: Learning to Survive After the Second Wave Hits

It’s a familiar pattern. First, new risks inspire legislation and regulations that impose new penalties. Next, insurers and policyholders fight over whether the new liabilities are covered under traditional liability...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Broadens What Constitutes A Means-Plus-Function Limitation (Williamson V. Citrix)

Yesterday, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Williamson v. Citrix that includes an en banc portion that broadens the circumstances in which claim limitations may be deemed means-plus-function limitations. This appears...more

Second Circuit Upholds Employers' Use of Effective ADA Accommodation Over "Perfect" One Sought by Employee

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities in order for them to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Employers and...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Affirms No Coverage under CGL Policy for Damages Arising from Lost Computer Tapes

The Supreme Court of Connecticut recently affirmed the lower court’s finding that no coverage obligation exists for insurers in Recall Total Info. Mgmt. v. Fed. Ins. Co., 2015 Conn. LEXIS 150 (Conn. May 26,...more

Revisiting Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA — Being “Effective”

What does it really mean to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee who has a disability? That’s a question I talk about a bunch with clients. The employee may request one thing but the employer may think that...more

Second Circuit Confirms That Providing “Effective” Reasonable Accommodation Sufficient Under ADA and NYS Law

In Noll v. Int’l Bus. Machs. Corp., 13-cv-4096 (2d Cir May 21, 2015), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the extent to which, under the ADA and New York State law, an employee must be provided with the precise...more

IP Newsflash - June 2015

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - CAFC: If (No Factual Findings), Then (No Deference) - Two days ago, on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit in Shire v. Watson again affirmed its reversal of the...more

Privacy Tuesday – June 2015 – Courts Affirm Insurers’ Denial of Coverage for Electronic Data Claims  

In the last month, both a federal and state court denied coverage for claims relating to an insured’s handling of electronic data. In the first case, a federal court held that there was no coverage under a cyber insurance...more

Data Breach Insurance: Does Your Policy Have You Covered?

Recent developments in two closely watched cases suggest that companies that experience data breaches may not be able to get insurance coverage under standard commercial general liability (CGL) policies. CGLs typically...more

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