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When whistleblowing is in the public interest… and it’s not just a question of numbers

by Dechert LLP on

This update reports on the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Chesterton Global Limited and anor v Nurmohamed in which it considered the public interest requirement of the UK’s whistleblowing legislation....more

Update on Canada's environmental and regulatory review process

by Dentons on

On June 29, 2017, the Government of Canada released its environmental and regulatory reviews discussion paper (Discussion Paper). The Discussion Paper follows from reports prepared by expert panels tasked with reviewing...more

California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: A Potent, Yet Confounding, Weapon

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Lawsuits designed to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional right of free speech or the right to petition, denominated as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (or “SLAPP” suits), have taken on increasing...more

Associated Press Files Anti-SLAPP Motion in DC Federal Court Diversity Case

by LeClairRyan on

In January, I wrote about the DC Court of Appeals’ then-recent Mann decision, and specifically about the Court’s response to the DC Circuit’s Abbas decision, which held that the DC anti-SLAPP statute could not apply in a...more

ITC Issues Public Commission Opinion Clarifying Methodology for Allocating Domestic Industry Expenses and Issuing Exclusion Order...

On May 17, 2017, the International Trade Commission (ITC) reversed an ALJ’s ruling and found a violation of Section 337 in Certain Air Mattress Systems, Components Thereof and Methods of using the Same (“Certain Air Mattress...more

When Law Enforcement and Community Meet

The divide between law enforcement and the African-American community is a hot topic, but what happens when the two meet? In her Daily Journal article “When law enforcement and community meet,” Partner Angela Powell discusses...more

Legislation Protecting Victims of Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images

by Field Law on

On May 1, 2017, the Alberta legislature passed Bill 202, which created the Protecting Victims of Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images Act (the “Act”). The Act seeks to protect individuals from having intimate images...more

Executing a Contract Can Constitute Protected Conduct Under California’s Anti-SLAPP Scheme

In San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State University Research Foundation, et. al. (No. D069189, filed 5/3/17) the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held the act of contracting to provide...more

Superior Court Grants Trade Association’s anti-SLAPP motion

by LeClairRyan on

Last October, I wrote about the Personal Care Products Council’s interesting anti-SLAPP motion, filed in a DC Superior Court case. There, the plaintiff (Simpson) alleged that she developed ovarian cancer by using talcum...more

Maintaining confidentiality in fund documents: a realistic expectation?

by Dechert LLP on

In this context, the English High Court recently granted an interim injunction preventing the disclosure and publication by Reuters of information from confidential documents relating to a fund manager, Brevan Howard Asset...more

No Emergency Injunction Appeal in Chamber’s Challenge to DOL Rule

On March 20, 2017, a federal court in the Northern District of Texas denied the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal challenging implementation of the Department’s conflict of interest...more

Does Whistleblower Protection Extend To Disclosures To Your Mom Or The Press?

by Allen Matkins on

California and federal law establish ample protections for whistleblowers. These protections can be found in numerous laws, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and Section 1102.5 of the California Labor...more

Texas Supreme Court Tosses Former Employee’s Defamation Suit Based on Matters of Public Concern Under the TCPA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court throws out a former employee’s defamation suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, finding that communications about his alleged failure to measure a petroleum storage tank...more

Rejecting Pendency of Related Cases as a Dominant Factor, Federal Circuit Orders ED Texas to Transfer Patent Infringement Case to...

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

In re Google, Inc., Case No. 2017-107 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 23, 2017)(nonprecedential). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a writ of mandamus ordering the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of...more

Insider Trading Around Private Placements: Was Tom Price’s Investment Down Under Above Board?

On February 10, the Senate confirmed Representative Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services, where he will oversee the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His nomination has not been without...more

Chairman Pai Steps-It-Up on Broadband Deployment

Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a new Broadband Advisory Committee, calling for nominations by February 15, 2017. The mission of the new FCC federal advisory committee is to make...more

Perspectives for the Professions: Joint Submissions on Sanction: The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Amount of Deference...

by Field Law on

In a previous article, we discussed a discipline tribunal’s role in considering joint submissions on sanction; namely, a discipline tribunal has the discretion to accept or reject a joint submission. Previous courts adopted...more

Foreign Officials, Defamation Claims and the DC anti-SLAPP Statute

by LeClairRyan on

First was the lawsuit filed by Yasser Abbas, the son of the Palestinian President, against Foreign Policy Group and one of its reporters, alleging that they defamed him by asking whether he was profiting from his father’s...more

"'Failure to Prevent': The Implications for Global Financial Institutions"

The U.K. government is set to introduce a new corporate criminal offence, based on the strict liability of the entity in question. It almost certainly will come into force in 2017, once the Criminal Finances Bill (Bill) is...more

The “Public Interest” Prevails: Third Circuit Vacates Order That Sealed Whistleblower’s Profit-Sharing Settlement Agreement

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit held that a New Jersey federal district court wrongly sealed a profit-sharing settlement agreement between qui tam litigants. The plaintiffs, Fair Laboratory Practices Associates...more

Former American Idol Contestant’s Defamation and False Light Claims Dismissed

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The California Court of Appeal recently dismissed former American Idol contestant Corey Clark’s claims against Radar Online, LLC (“Radar”), concluding that Radar’s anti-SLAPP motion should have been granted. In 2003,...more

Employment Alert: Federal Court Halts Implementation of New Overtime Rules

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On November 22, 2016, a federal district court in Texas preliminarily enjoined the Department of Labor (DOL) from enforcing portions of its rule increasing the federal minimum salary for exempt executive, administrative, and...more

Department of Labor Overtime Regulations Enjoined by Federal Judge

by Bracewell LLP on

Late yesterday Judge Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas issued a temporary, nationwide injunction blocking implementation and enforcement of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) revised overtime regulations. The regulations,...more

FCC Broadband Privacy Part I: The FCC’s Ascension as a Privacy Regulator

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Tomorrow, October 27, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on new privacy rules for internet service providers (ISP) that will have a lasting impact on U.S. privacy regulation. In this special...more

Purported Public Interest Group Challenges Drug Patent in Qui Tam Action

The intersection of patent law, drug regulations, creative lawyering, and commerce (if not outright greed) has once again arisen in a qui tam suit brought under 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–3733 (alleging fraud against the U.S....more

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