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11 New Federal Court Appointees Named, Confirmations Critical for Labor and Employment Policy

On July 13, 2017, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of 11 new judicial appointments to federal courts throughout 5 states—Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. The nominees include a...more

Trump Continues Focus on State Prosecutorial Experience in United States Attorney Nominations

On June 29, 2017, President Donald Trump made his second group of nominations of prospective United States Attorneys. With the eight lawyers he nominated earlier in June, this group brings the current number of Trump’s United...more

A Look at Trump's First Wave of United States Attorney Nominations

On June 12, 2017, President Donald Trump made his first nominations of prospective United States Attorneys...more

Texas Judge Suspended When State Discovered She is a Non-Citizen.

The State of Texas recently suspended a municipal court judge, when the state learned that she was not a U.S. Citizen — a requirement for appointment, holding most public offices, and voting. Municipal Court Judge Young Min...more

Justice Gorsuch Likely To Have Significant Impact on Labor and Employment Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With Justice Neil Gorsuch joining the Supreme Court in April, and the apparent re-emergence of a 5-4 split, we expect to see the Court issue more expansive opinions and be less reticent to grant...more

RLUIPA Round Up

The recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has brought renewed attention to the often blurry line between the courts, government and individual religious liberty. Gorsuch wrote a concurring opinion in the...more

A New Justice: Any Change For Class Actions?

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

This week, Justice Gorsuch donned his black robes and began hearing arguments alongside his new colleagues on the Supreme Court. With his elevation to the high court, Justice Gorsuch assumes many new responsibilities. Some,...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - April, 2017 #2

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the Legislature, House members filed dozens of bills and tried to get as much accomplished as possible prior to the legislature's spring recess. Confirmations - The Senate continued the process of...more

DOJ Renews Commitment to Immigration Enforcement

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 11, 2017, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to federal prosecutors announcing a renewed commitment to criminal immigration enforcement. The memo outlines immigration offenses that should be...more

A World Without the Chevron Doctrine? Newly Confirmed Justice Challenges Administrative Deference in Interpreting Ambiguous...

The Senate’s recent confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the United States Supreme Court vacancy, could impact the deference courts currently afford to administrative agencies in the...more

Kudos to Charlie Baker for Wanting Michael Ricciuti on Superior Court

by PretiFlaherty on

Michael Ricciuti’s is an American success story. He clearly merits the superior court judgeship he’s been nominated for by the governor. But do not be surprised if one or even two members of the Governor’s Council votes...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter - April 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Exceptions to California’s “Going and Coming” Rule - In Lynn v. Tatitlek Support Services, Inc., E063585, Super.Ct.No. CIVBS1200525, 2/22/17, the plaintiffs appealed a summary judgment at the California Court of Appeal...more

Neil M. Gorsuch Confirmed to Be the Next Supreme Court Justice

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Gorsuch’s nomination establishes a 5-4 conservative majority on the high court,...more

Business Litigation Report - March 2017

Culture: Meeting Regulatory Expectations - Recent scandals in the corporate and financial spheres have served to highlight the importance of a strong and well-embedded institutional culture. It is difficult to pinpoint...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

As the Trump presidency completes its first 10 weeks, the administration is celebrating big wins on the regulatory reform front while nursing some wounds from a major defeat on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable...more

March 2017: Appellate Litigation Update

The Effect of the New Presidency on Business Litigation in the United States Supreme Court. With Justice Scalia’s seat unfilled for a year since his death in 2016, and with President Obama’s nomination of Chief Judge...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - March, 2017 #2

by Brooks Pierce on

This week the pace quickens within the House and Senate policy committees while the Appropriations committees received presentations on Governor Cooper's proposed budget recommendations. Regulatory Reform (HB131) -...more

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Has Significant Antitrust Experience

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 31, 2017, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat at the Supreme Court of the United States left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. As a federal judge for the US Court of Appeals for the...more

What Can Employers Expect from the Trump Administration in the Upcoming Year?

by FordHarrison on

It has been a little less than a month since President Donald Trump took office, and employers are anxious to see what changes the new administration will make that will affect both businesses and employees. President Trump...more

DeVos Confirmed, Oral Arguments Set in Gloucester County, and Congress Introduces Education Legislation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, the United States Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos’ confirmation hearings were contentious, as telephone switchboards in Congress were flooded with constituent calls opposing her...more

Waiting for Gorsuch: SCOTUS Kicks Important Class-Action Waiver Case to Next Term

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last week, the United States Supreme Court informed litigants in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that it is pushing the case to its October 2017 term. The lawsuit, which rose up through the Western District of Wisconsin and the...more

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on Data Privacy

Last month, the President announced his nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—a federal appeals court judge—to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch must still go through Senate confirmation hearings before officially becoming the ninth...more

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Sides with Businesses on Labor Issues

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

On February 1, 2017, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Antonin Scalia’s death in February...more

Is Gorsuch A Positivist?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As President Trump applies his whack-a-mole, hammer-them-all-on-thehead theory of leadership, could a Justice Neil Gorsuch legal philosophy join opinions that would declare the president’s actions unconstitutional? It is a...more

What’s in a Pronoun? Liability for Employers

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Political correctness in the workplace has become increasingly complex. Employers who have referred to transitioning employees with the wrong pronoun have found themselves in the crosshairs of the EEOC. But what about those...more

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