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Contracts Where Neither or Only One Party Signs Can be Binding

In today’s world where circumstances can change at lightening speed, companies sometime feel compelled to act before their counsel can formalize or finalize a written contract. Similarly, there are instances where only one...more

Substantial Compliance Doctrine Will Not Override Return Signing Requirement

In a recent Tax Court case, a joint return was timely filed by a husband and wife. However, the return was filed without the wife signing the return. The IRS rejected the initially filed return and imposed late filing...more

Counterpart Execution in Scotland

In this article, published in The Scotsman ("Sign of the times for Scots law documents"), Jonathan Gaskell looks at the introduction, into Scots law, of the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Act 2015 -...more

Practical guidance on drafting and negotiating commodities contracts: Focus on Chinese counterparties with emphasis on successful...

It is inevitable that some commodity trades end in dispute, particularly in current markets where prices are generally low and have been falling. This may happen in any jurisdiction, although this article focuses on China and...more

Do You Know Where Your Manually Signed Signature Pages Are?

On September 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled an enforcement action against a company for, among other violations, a failure to manually sign and retain signature pages, as required by Rule 302 of...more

National Labor Relations Board Determines Parties May Submit E-Signatures to Support a Show of Interest

In a September 1 memorandum, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) general counsel, Robert Griffin, issued guidance for accepting electronic signatures in support of a showing of interest, per the NLRB’s December 15,...more

USCIS Says Green Cards Without Signatures Are Acceptable I-9 Documentation

USCIS recently announced that permanent resident cards (also known as “green cards”) that say “signature waived”, on the front and back of where a signature would normally be located, are acceptable documents to prove...more

Stark Regulations: Technical Revisions

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2016 includes multiple technical revisions to the regulations implementing the Stark law. These revisions appear to be designed to provide greater clarity and flexibility with...more

Business Court Refuses To Unwind Mediated Settlement Agreement

The Defendants in last week's decision in DeCristoforo v. Givens, 2015 NCBC 53 were hellbent on getting out from under a settlement they had agreed to at mediation. They offered a host of challenges to the validity of their...more

Contracting with foreign entities and electronic signature under English Law: Getting the execution right

You've managed to agree the deal; all that's left is to sign the documents. That's the easy bit, correct? So you might think, but it is important to be careful not to slip up at this final stage, particularly when contracting...more

Arbitration Agreements in Residency Contracts Offer Valuable Protections—Part III

Over the past few months, I have explained how arbitration agreements can help save your company money, and described several “best practices” for drafting arbitration agreements. As I wrote last month, getting your case...more

136 Means 136: Ballot Signature Requirement Requires Strict Compliance

Ballot access statutes nearly always require that prospective candidates present a given number of valid voters’ signatures in order to qualify for the ballot. In Illinois, nomination for offices below the statewide level...more

Please can I have your Autograph Mr Ramsay!

You might have seen some of the recent media coverage of Gordon Ramsay’s court case relating to a personal guarantee given to his landlord that was signed using an “automated pen” operated by his estranged business partner...more

Pennsylvania Nursing Home That Failed To Sign Arbitration Agreement Cannot Seek to Enforce the Agreement

On January 15, 2015, the Pennsylvania Superior Court in Bair v. Manor Care of Elizabethtown, PA, LLC 2015 Pa. Super. 9 (2015) ruled that a nursing home arbitration agreement was not enforceable when the facility did not sign...more

Employment Client Alert: Court Upholds Enforceability of Ambiguous Employment Contract

In Pacific Corporate Group Holdings, LLC v. Keck, No. D062277, published December 12, 2014 (Keck), the Court of Appeal held that an employee could enforce the terms of an employment contract where the parties’ conduct showed...more

SBA Encourages Greater Use Of Electronic Signatures

Recently, the SBA issued a procedural notice highlighting the acceptance of electronic signatures in its 7(a) and 504 Loan Program. The notice, which outlines various performance standards, is intended to encourage more...more

When It Comes to Confidentiality Agreements, Just Getting the Signature Is Not Enough

Automotive suppliers and other manufacturers frequently have to share their valuable intellectual property with third parties. A supplier might need to share CAD files with another supplier to ensure that the finished product...more

Court Permits Political Candidate to Solicit Nominating Signatures on Retailer’s Private Property

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a supermarket violated a political candidate’s state constitutional rights when the store manager prevented him from collecting nomination signatures on the sidewalk...more

Shopping for Milk, Bread and Signatures: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Allows Solicitation of Political Nomination...

A recent decision issued by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has expanded a citizen’s right to conduct political activity on a retailer’s private property. In the case, STEVEN M. GLOVSKY vs. ROCHE BROS....more

Global HR Hot Topic—October 2014: Electronic Signatures and the "Paperless Office" in International Human Resources

Back in the decades before information technology marginalized hard-copy HR documents, paperwork containing employee signatures and staff sign-offs continually expanded—think of job applications; offer letters; tax/social...more

You’re on Leave — Return Receipt Requested

An employee over-extends her FMLA leave and the employer declines to reinstate her. The employee exclaims that she never knew she was on FMLA – short term disability, sure, but not FMLA. ...more

EU adopts new regulation on cross-border electronic identification and e-signatures

The General Affairs Council, on 23 July 2013, adopted a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the Internal Market. Until the...more

“2 Sign or Not 2 Sign:” Which Statute of Frauds Governs Oil & Gas Leases?

In a recent decision, the Pennsylvania Superior Court resolved an open question of state law regarding which one of two alternative statutes of frauds apply to oil and gas leases, in the process making clear that for an oil...more

Minnesota Appellate Court Holds Email Signature Not Necessarily Evidence Of Intent To Sign Attachments

On June 2, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that under the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA), an electronic signature in an email message does not necessarily evidence intent to electronically sign an attached...more

Robo-Signing Still Making Headlines As Wells Fargo Settles Another Lawsuit

“Robo-signing,” the term coined to refer to bank officials who quickly approved mortgage foreclosure documents without actual knowledge of the validity of the grounds for foreclosure, has been spurring lawsuits and making...more

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