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Latest Update on Federal Trade Secrets Legislation

With increased activity regarding proposed federal trade secrets legislation expected next month and for the remainder of the fall Congressional session, Seyfarth Shaw’s dedicated Trade Secrets/Non-Compete group has created a...more

Bill Introduced to Protect New Jersey Nail Salon Workers From Hazards and Unpaid Wages

On June 4, 2015, a bill (A4494) was introduced to protect nail salon employees from wage and hour violations and health and safety hazards. If passed, the bill would require nail salon owners to provide personal protective...more

New Jersey Family-School Partnership Act Seeks to Provide Leave for Involvement in School Activities

Another bill (S2935) proposed by New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg on May 19, 2015, would require employers with at least 25 employees to permit their employees to take up to 40 hours of leave to participate...more

Effort to Establish Private Cause of Action in New York Against Insurers for Unfair Settlement Practices Fails to Pass State...

The New York State Legislature actively considered a bill during the recently completed legislative session that would have amended the New York State Insurance Law regarding unfair claims settlement practices in a way that...more

FCC Fines Companies $2.96 Million for TCPA Robocall Violations, Adopts New Interpretations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently taken two significant actions addressing robocalls under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)—the imposition of a $2.96 million fine and the adoption of new...more

California’s New Workplace Anti-Bullying Law in Effect – May Spread to Litigation and to Other States

California’s new anti-bullying law, which became effective in that state at the beginning of 2015, may be a precursor to other states enacting similar statutes. The law requires that all California employers with 50 or more...more

DOL Hearings Debate “Fiduciary Duty” not “Suitability” Standard for Retirement Accounts

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL“) recently heard public comment to its proposed regulatory changes implementing a fiduciary duty on any individual receiving compensation for advice tailored to a plan sponsor, participant...more

DuPont Wins Partial Summary Judgment in Drinking Water MDL

An Ohio federal district court gave E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. a partial victory in litigation over ammonium perfluorooctanoate (“C-8”) drinking water contamination in Ohio and West Virginia by granting partial summary...more

U.S. Congress To Again Consider Private Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

On July 29, 2015, with bipartisan support, congressional leaders in both the House and Senate, including Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), introduced a bill to create a federal private right...more

Product Liability Update - July 2015

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Failure-to-Warn Claim Against Drug Manufacturer Not Preempted Because There Was No “Clear Evidence” FDA Would Not Have Approved Plaintiffs’ Suggested Warning; Also Holds...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Rule 23 Trumps State Law Precluding Private Class Actions

The Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act’s (ADTPA) restriction on private class actions does not apply in federal court. Federal Rule 23 controls. That’s what the Eleventh Circuit recently held, relying on Shady Grove...more

Inside the Implied Conflict Preemption Box

Federal preemption in the drug and medical device world is a game of categories. Express preemption versus implied. Conflict preemption versus field preemption. Drugs versus devices, generic versus branded, premarket...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2015

Employee's Inability To Work For A Particular Supervisor Does Not Constitute A "Disability" - Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015) - Michaelin Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical...more

Standing in the Shoes or Freeing Evil Zombies? The Public Policy of Applying the In Pari Delicto Defense to Actions Brought by a...

In pari delicto is an equitable defense asserted when a defendant claims that a plaintiff is equally at fault for the wrong that has befallen him. The doctrine is “rooted in the common-law notion that a plaintiff’s recovery...more

Connecticut Enacts New Pay Secrecy Law

On July 1, 2015, the General Assembly passed "An Act Concerning Pay Equity and Fairness" designed to root out "pay secrecy." A day later, on July 2, 2015, Governor Malloy signed the Act into law. The new statute, Public Act...more

City of Chicago Increases Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2015, the City of Chicago increased the minimum wage within its city limits to $10.00 per hour worked for non-tipped employees and to $5.45 per hour worked for tipped employees. The previous minimum wage...more

DOL Proposal Would Fundamentally Alter Fiduciary Relationship

Nearly five years after proposing a failed rule that would have dramatically expanded the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the Department of Labor has decided to try...more

Oklahoma HB 1123 Shortens the Time to File Mortgage Releases

Last month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a variety of bills affecting mortgage loan servicers. One bill of note, Oklahoma HB 1123, decreases the time in which a mortgage release must be filed after a mortgage...more

Business Litigation Reporter - May 2015

Lawsuit Dismissed Where Defendant Hulu Did Not “Knowingly” Disclose Personal Identifying Information. In In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation, 2015 WL 1503506 (N.D. Cal. March 31, 2015), the plaintiffs alleged that Hulu had...more

Instagram for Sale: Artist Richard Prince’s New Portraits Sparks Controversy

In the past week, several news outlets and social media channels have been buzzing about artist Richard Prince’s exhibit New Portraits, which first debuted at the Gagosian Gallery on September 19, 2014 and was reborn with...more

First Look at False Marking Under the AIA

In Sukumar v. Nautilus, Inc., the Federal Circuit took its first look at the standing requirements to bring a false marking case under the American Invents Act (AIA). The court rejected Nautilus’ arguments that only “market...more

Maryland’s New False Claims Act: Is It Enough?

Maryland Senate bill 374 (cross filed with House bill 405) has made its way to Governor Larry Hogan’s desk for signature. Championed by Attorney General Brian Frosh, the bill expands Maryland’s False Claims Act from its...more

Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Standing Issue

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339 (SCOTUSblog page), to decide whether a plaintiff who does not suffer any injury has Article III standing to sue for violation of a...more

Will Class Actions Have a Leg to Stand on After Spokeo?

In essence, the question presented in Spokeo is whether a statutory violation, without more, satisfies the injury requirements for Article III standing purposes. Should the Court rule in Spokeo, Inc.’s favor when it hears the...more

New York City Passes Bill Prohibiting Employers From Requesting or Using Credit History in Employment Decisions

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council passed a bill to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to prohibit employers from requesting or using an individual’s credit history in making employment decisions. ...more

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