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Franchisor Liability for Franchisee Employment Decisions: The NLRB's General Counsel Addresses the Move to Expand the...

In July 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took the unexpected step of authorizing complaints against McDonald's USA, LLC and some of its franchisees for the franchisees' responses to employee protests. The Board...more

Cell Phone Defense

Cell phones are used everywhere. Whether it is an old school flip phone, smartphone or tablet, Americans are devoted to, and engrossed with, their electronic gadgets. A piece of web art I ran across depicts a crowd of people...more

Will Over-Serving Your Guests Ruin Your Holiday (Legally Speaking)?

The middle of the holiday season means more than just busy shopping malls. It is also the time when many people host holiday parties. After attending Mora Rounds’ holiday party and consuming several adult beverages, Bitu...more

Employer Liability for Employees’ Privacy Violations: What your organization should learn from Walgreens’ expensive lesson (hint:...

You may already have read the scintillating facts surrounding a jury award of $1.44 million (recently challenged unsuccessfully on appeal) against Walgreen Co. (Walgreens) following its pharmacist’s alleged inappropriate...more

Before Driverless Cars, Questions

Although it is unclear when autonomous vehicles will be hitting the roads, what is clear is that this technology is coming. Automakers to suppliers to lawmakers to insurers will want to carefully consider the following issues...more

The Crimes of Others: Adam Lanza, Sandy Hook, and Protection Against Tort Liability for Selling Firearms

The families of the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, in which Adam Lanza attacked the Sandy Hook Elementary School, have filed a lawsuit against the seller of the AR-15 rifle that Lanza used in the crime, and...more

Not so obvious “obvious risks”

The District Court of Western Australia’s recent decision in Petkovic v Blazeski [2014] WADC 170 highlights the limitations of “obvious risk” defences and the level of evidentiary analysis that defendants ought undertake...more

Stuff That Won’t Help A Retirement Plan Sponsor Limit Their Liability

As eat belt in a car is useless if the driver or passenger isn’t wearing it. A smoke detector is useless if the batteries are dead. Vitamin C won’t prevent a cold and putting paper on your forehead won’t cure hiccups. For a...more

Data Security, Cyber Liability and First-party Costs for Mid Cap and Small Companies Are Reaching Catastrophic Levels

Curiously, while the numbers on data security and cyber liability losses have grabbed headlines, the published information has not focused on the insurance perspective. NetDiligence® recently released its Cyber Claims Study...more

Conspiracy? Ohio Federal Court Says No; Holds That Health System Joint Venture Is a Single Entity Incapable of Conspiring in...

When competing health care providers affiliate by contract, rather than by merger or acquisition, they often face the challenge of structuring their joint activities to avoid liability under § 1 of the Sherman Act, which...more

Landlords Need Not Deny Puppy Love

Dog-lovers will be happy to know they may rent property to a tenant and the tenant’s dog without necessarily being subject to strict liability if man’s best friend turns out to be not-so-friendly after all. In Spirlong v....more

Survey Says Sharing Information is Crucial in a Volatile Data Security Environment

Information sharing allows for better insight into existing threats and vulnerabilities and alerts organizations to the existence of important data that can help prevent cyberattacks and mitigate the effects of ongoing...more

Thinking of buying your child their own laptop or smart phone? Read this first – a look at whether parents are liable for their...

A Georgia seventh-grader created a fake Facebook profile that defamed a classmate, according to this Wall Street Journal story. In middle school fashion (I am not looking forward to parenting through this period), a boy...more

Partial Recall: Product Contamination Coverage Has Its Limits

In disputes over the scope of liability coverage, courts must often draw a line between (1) providing insurance against errors that harm others and (2) broadly guaranteeing the work product of the insured. The problem is...more

D.C. Council Passes “Emergency” Amendments to the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act

As we noted in our blog post last month, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray recently signed an amendment to the Wage Theft Prevention Act. As detailed in our post and related client alert, the D.C. Wage Theft Prevention...more

December 2014: Securities and Structured Finance Litigation Update

Recent Cases Signal That Victims of Terrorist Attacks May Be Able to Collect Damages from Financial Institutions. A pair of decisions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and United States District...more

Holiday Parties: Can You Sue the Bar or Homeowner Who Served the Alcohol?

It’s that time of year again, when holiday parties abound and the number of buzzed drivers or intoxicated drivers on the roads increase, putting many innocent pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and motorists at risk. We may...more

Forced to Cyber-Spy: Court Rules Parents Can Be Held Negligent for Child’s Facebook Activity

Are parents now liable for what their kids post to Facebook? According to a recent decision in the Georgia Court of Appeals, they are. The Georgia Court of Appeals held that the parents of a seventh-grade student...more

EuGH: Einzelhändler können für Belastungen von in Verpackungen geliefertem Geflügelfleisch verantwortlich sein

Der EuGH urteilte, dass ein ausschließlich auf der Vertriebsstufe tätiger Unternehmer für das Inverkehrbringen von nicht zum Verzehr geeigneten Lebensmittel zur Verantwortung gezogen werden kann. Der Einzelhandel sollte sich...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Strengthens Policyholders’ Ability to Pursue Consumer Protection Claims against Insurers for...

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) has made it clear that an insurer cannot avoid claims for failing to defend a policyholder merely by tendering payment to the policyholder at the last minute. The central issue...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Avoid Liability for Acts and Incidents at Franchisees' Locations

There has been a lot of news lately about risks of franchisors being liable for acts and incidents at franchised locations. The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel recently announced he intends to claim...more

Limited Liability Company Members May Be Held Liable After a “De Facto” Dissolution of the Entity

Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (October 7, 2014)- One of the advantages of the Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) structure is, not surprisingly, that it generally limits the liabilities of its Members. One...more

Missouri’s General Rule Of One Corporation Not Being Liable For Another’s Conduct Is Reaffirmed

In Blanks v. Fluor Corp., ____ S.W.3d ____ (Mo. App. E.D. 2014) WL 4589815, September 16, 2014), the Missouri Court of Appeals reversed a jury verdict against Fluor Corporation, because it was improperly based on the conduct...more

Can I Sue If I Was Hit By a Car While Jaywalking?

While California pedestrians are legally required to cross streets in demarcated crosswalks, if you were jaywalking in the San Fernando Valley and were hit by a car, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your...more

Another Court Declares Terms of Service Provisions Unenforceable - Are Yours?

Too many companies/lawyers treat website Terms of Service (TOS) as boilerplate agreements that no one reads. Many companies simply put a link at the bottom of the homepage. This approach continues to prove ineffective, as...more

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