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Local Ballot Measures: Continuing Legal and Political Points of Division

by Nossaman LLP on

A recent swell of local ballot measures throughout the State and the controversy and case law that has resulted serve to remind the Elections Law/Land use lawyer that more than a little caution is warranted, as the web of...more

Recent Developments Regarding Noncompete Agreements

by Payne & Fears on

There is no question that noncompete agreements in California employment contracts are generally unenforceable. Many other states, however, may enforce such agreements if they are “reasonable” in duration and geographic...more

Appellate Court Upholds Arbitration Award In Face Of Manifest Disregard Of Law And Public Policy Arguments

by Carlton Fields on

An arbitration panel entered an award in a legal malpractice matter in favor of the claimant and the attorneys and law firm moved to vacate the award. The district court denied the motion to vacate, and the Ninth Circuit...more

What Is a Regulated Drug Test?

In 1987, the Connecticut legislature passed Public Act 87-551, entitled An Act Concerning Drug Testing in the Workplace, which imposed restrictions on employer-required drug testing (now found at Sections 31-51t et seq of the...more

Down…But, Not Out!

by Zelle LLP on

Assignment of benefits (“AOB”) have become a double-edge sword for the consuming public. While the public policy reasoning for their creation, to allow the insured to obtain immediate, necessary assistance in meeting their...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Applies Ohio Mixed Dust Exposure Statute

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Recently, in State ex rel. American Electric Power v. Swope, the West Virginia Supreme Court ordered the dismissal of a number of mixed dust exposure cases. Dozens of persons brought claims alleging injuries as a result of...more

Supreme Court’s Ruling on AIA Patent Reviews Could Reverberate Across Patent Law Landscape

Supreme Court’s Ruling on AIA Patent Reviews Could Reverberate Across Patent Law Landscape - Key Takeaways - The impact of the Court’s grant of Oil States’s petition for certiorari, and their subsequent decision on...more

Trends in cross-border real estate investment and the changing tax landscape

by Hogan Lovells on

Real estate markets in both the U.S. and Europe continue to attract significant overseas investment. With interest rates at or near all-time lows, and dwindling returns in other asset classes, real estate has emerged as...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: April 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour and discrimination issues. Wage & Hour - Batze v. Safeway, Inc., 10 Cal. App. 5th 440, 216 Cal. Rptr. 3d 390 (2017) - Summary: While determination of...more

Fla. justices reject keystones of partisans’ plan to undercut patients’ rights

As congressional Republicans pursue their counter factual campaign this week to strip patients of their rights to pursue legal redress for harms they suffer while seeking medical services, the Florida Supreme Court has sent a...more

In a landmark ruling, Indian court rejects objections to enforcement of a $300 million LCIA award

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 April 2017, the High Court of Delhi handed down its decision in the case of Cruz City Mauritius Holdings v Unitech Limited, rejecting objections to the enforcement of a US$300 million LCIA award....more

NDP-Green coalition government: An analysis

by Dentons on

With the signing of a detailed agreement that covers dozens of areas of public policy over a 10-page accord, British Columbia’s New Democratic Party (NDP) and Green Party have aligned to form the next government in British...more

NLRB Settlements Can Be Tricky, Especially If You Don’t Inform The Agency

The last few decisions issued by the NLRB have addressed a wide spectrum of rather unique situations. Just in the last several days we saw decisions involving a combative registered nurse and a human resources representative...more

President Trump Orders Review of National Monument Designations Under the Antiquities Act

by Nossaman LLP on

On April 26, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13792, Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act (“Order”), which requires the Secretary of the Interior (“Secretary”) to review all Presidential designations...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Finding Arbitrator Had Reasonable Basis To Deny Wage Discrimination Claim

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff raised three arguments in support of her motion to vacate an arbitration award: “(1) that the arbitrator exceed his powers or so imperfectly executed them that a mutual, final, and definite award upon her claims was...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects Per Se Rule Automatically Mooting Sale Appeals in the Absence of a Stay

by Jones Day on

Debtors beware: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has recently expanded the ability of parties to appeal a bankruptcy court's approval of a sale of assets notwithstanding the statutory mootness rule set forth in section...more

Massachusetts District Court, Citing Hall Street, Declines To Find Manifest Disregard Of The Law Or Public Policy As Bases For...

by Carlton Fields on

A federal court confirmed an arbitration award, denying a motion to vacate where the movant failed to cite any basis for vacatur under section 10 of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). Instead, the movant sought vacatur of the...more

Public Perception And Policy Regarding Drones And Autonomous Vehicles

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Recently I had the opportunity to speak to a college class regarding public perception and policy regarding drones and other autonomous vehicles. In preparing for my presentation, I realized several things that I already...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Properly Perfected Assignment of Rents Not Property of Bankruptcy Estate

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a significant ruling impacting commercial real estate lenders in Michigan, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an absolute assignment of rents that had been fully perfected (by demanding payment from tenants to...more

OCC to Move Forward with Considering Fintech Charter Applications

The OCC’s announcement to move forward considering fintech charter applications has potentially significant industry, policy and practical implications. This presentation explores industry reaction to the OCC’s decision,...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2017

Ruth Featherstone alleged that her former employer (SCPMG) discriminated against her based on a "temporary disability" that was caused by an adverse drug reaction, which resulted in an "altered mental state." During this...more

NESCOE Responds to Stakeholders; Requests No Public Policy Transmission Study from ISO-NE

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

After receiving input from members of the ISO-New England, Inc.’s (ISO-NE) Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) regarding the state, federal, and local statutes and regulations (Public Policy Requirements) “driving transmission...more

California Supreme Court Punts on FAA Preemption - Court invalidates waiver of public injunctive relief, declines to address...

Last month, the California Supreme Court handed down its unanimous decision in McGill v. Citibank N.A., holding that an arbitration provision that effectively waives a consumer’s statutory right to seek public injunctive...more

Enforcing a Jury Trial Waiver in California: An Impossible Task?

It is not uncommon for parties to enter into agreements containing jury waiver provisions. However, enforcing such provisions in California courts may be a losing battle. California has a strong public policy in favor of the...more

Florida Supreme Court Rulings Affecting Health Care Providers

by Wilson Elser on

It is well established that Florida physicians are required to report any adverse incident that occurs in their office to the Department of Health. Discovery of these reports is a patient’s constitutional right under Article...more

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