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Florida Appellate Court Rejects Bid to Curb Insureds’ Assignments to Contractors

Many property insurance policies contain terms that prohibit assignment, but Florida law has long deemed those terms inoperative once a loss has occurred. E.g., W. Fla. Grocery Co. v. Teutonia Fire Ins. Co., 74 Fla. 220...more

Alberta Announces More Stringent GHG Emission Regulations and Climate Change Policy Review Panel

In her first major policy announcement since taking office five weeks ago, Alberta’s Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips announced today that Alberta’s primary GHG regulation will be renewed and updated. The...more

Third Circuit Holds That Under Pennsylvania Law An Insured Against Whom Punitive Damages Have Been Imposed May Not Recover Those...

As a matter of public policy, Pennsylvania (like a number of other states) prohibits insuring against punitive damages. But what happens if an insurer refuses to settle a case against a policyholder within policy limits and...more

New York Rejects Florida Non-Competition Law As Against Public Policy

In a blow to New York employers who wish to enforce restrictive covenants under other state law, the New York Court of Appeals recently held that the Florida choice of law provision in an employment agreement was...more

Is There a Presumption in Favor of Equal Parenting Time?

While there is no formal ‘presumption’ of equal parenting time, the policy of the State of Arizona is clear. The policy is to ensure “substantial, frequent, meaningful and continuing parenting time with both...more

Encryption and the Consequences of Public Policy

In a world where the development of technology moves quickly and governments tend to move slowly, it is common for public policy to become out of sync with the realities of the market. In many cases, this proves to be a...more

Encryption and the Consequences of Policy

A few weeks ago, your humble blogger looked into how difficult it was for someone to crack encryption in light of debates on Capitol Hill about whether policies should be put in place to limit its strength. In March and May,...more

Data Breach Negligence Claims Not Recognized in Pennsylvania

In an important and well-reasoned 12-page decision, Judge Wettick of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County refused to create a common law duty to protect and secure confidential information. The decision was issued in...more

European Commission Publishes Strategy on the Digital Single Market

On 6 May the European Commission released the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy (the ‘DSM Strategy’), with the declared objective to tear down the obstacles to doing business online. The DSM Strategy has been released...more

Indiana University Launches a New Initiative on U.S. Manufacturing and Public Policy

Until late April of this year, there was not a cross-disciplinary university initiative dedicated to studying U.S. manufacturing public policy issues and developing solutions relevant to the manufacturing sector. Though there...more

NLRB Refuses to Approve Withdrawal of Charges Despite Settlement of Class Action Case

We know that, among many other common employer policies, the NLRB considers many mandatory arbitration agreements to be unlawful, particularly where they prohibit class or collective actions. See Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 361...more

European Commission Launches Reform of EU Policy-Making Process

The European Commission’s new Better Regulation Agenda creates new opportunities for industry involvement in influencing draft legislation and strengthens the role of business and civil society in the preparation and review...more

Shifting Landscapes: Regulatory Challenges Stemming from Emerging Technologies

In the modern era, the world moves fast—aided by technology that is constantly evolving and changing our relationships with each other and with the world around us. Technological developments challenge state and local...more

Virginia’s Draft State Water Resources Plan

The severe drought in Virginia in 2002 saw several localities nearly exhaust available public water supplies and reenergized public policy concerns about Virginia’s water resources and their proper and sustainable management....more

Meritas Capability Webinar - California’s Prohibition Against Non-Compete Agreements (B&P Code § 16600), the Protection of Trade... [Video]

Many attorneys representing company’s in or from other states (freedom of contract jurisdictions) believe a well drafted covenant not to compete can be an employer’s best defense against competition from former employees....more

Marijuana and the Tax Apocalypse

As Californians evaluate the potential for legalization of Marijuana it is important to consider the current state of conflict between state and federal laws and regulations regarding the production, distribution and sale of...more

From Dusk to Dawn: Battle Looming Over USDA Changes to Sunset Provision of Organic Rules

The USDA is facing a lawsuit in federal court stemming from its decision to unilaterally alter the process for exempting synthetic and non-organic substances used in producing organic food. Until September 2013, substances...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Property Dispute Between Former Same-Sex Domestic Partners

In Hewitt v. Hewitt in 1979, the Illinois Supreme Court decided that for public policy reasons, Illinois courts cannot decide property disputes between unmarried couples. In the closing days of the March term, the Court...more

The Role of the Comprehensive Plan in Land Use Planning

The comprehensive plan is the most important tool in land use planning. In its most basic function, it provides a roadmap for the development of a community’s most limited resource, the land itself. More than just a rigid set...more

Court Of Chancery Issues Mother Of All In Pari Delicto Decisions

This and the AIG decisions are the leading decisions on when the in pari delicto defense works. The Court carefully summarizes the 3 exceptions to when in pari delecto bars a recovery: (1) the adverse interest exception, (2)...more

Maryland Appeals Court Casts Doubt On Forum Selections Clauses in Wage Payment Disputes

Recently, the Maryland Court of Appeals took the position, albeit in dicta, that the state’s Wage Payment and Collection Law reflects a “strong” public policy of Maryland and urged Maryland courts to reject as unenforceable...more

South Carolina Does Not Protect Employee Against Discharge for Reporting Crime to Police

Like most states, South Carolina recognizes a limited exception to its at-will employment doctrine. South Carolina employees can sue their employers for wrongful discharge if the reason for termination violates state public...more

Zachry Construction Corp.: The End to Indemnity for Exemplary Damages?

In August 2014, the Texas Supreme Court decided Zachry Construction Corp. v. Port of Houston Authority of Harris County, 2014 WL 4472616 (Tex.). While the case involves construction issues—and specifically the enforceability...more

Are liability waivers that are signed by a parent on behalf of a minor enforceable?

Yes, according to an Order by US District Judge Louise W. Flanagan in Kelly et al v. USA. However, the type of activity that the child is engaged in is critical for this question....more

Another Exception to Employment At-Will

Virginia is known as a stalwart adherent to the doctrine of employment at-will. The courts in Virginia have long recognized that the employment relationship is for an indefinite term and may be terminated for any reason or...more

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