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False Claims Act: Circuit Court Questionably Construes Scienter Requirement

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued an opinion addressing the False Claims Act's intent requirement. U.S. ex rel. Phalp v. Lincare Holdings, Inc., No. 16-10532, ___ F.3d ___ (11th Cir. May 26,...more

Supreme Court Holds Voluntary Dismissal With Prejudice Does Not Constitute An Appealable "Final Decision" That Would Allow The...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg, held that “[f]ederal courts of appeals lack jurisdiction under [28 U.S.C.] § 1291 to review an order denying class certification...more

Federal Court Decision Approves New Class Of “Surf-By” Lawsuits - Is Your Website Susceptible To ADA Title III Challenges?

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court in Florida issued a potentially groundbreaking decision earlier this week that could open the floodgates when it comes to a new trend in litigation filed under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

Ninth Circuit Nixes Immediate Appeals of Denials of State Action Immunity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Decision from largest judicial circuit establishes majority position that denials of state action immunity are not immediately appealable collateral orders. On June 12, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...more

IRS Can Pursue “Responsible Persons” for Unpaid Trust Fund Taxes and Automatic Stay Cannot Be Used to Enjoin Collection Against...

The Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Court followed the Third Circuit in holding that the Anti-Injunction Act, which prohibits suits to restrain the assessment or collection of any tax, is not superseded by section 105(a) of the...more

N.D. Illinois Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim For Lack Of Complaint To The SEC

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a whistleblower retaliation claim under the Dodd-Frank Act because the plaintiff failed to report his complaint of alleged securities...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Title VII - The Seventh Circuit Weighs In

In July 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") published a guidance titled What You Should Know About EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers, which took the position that employment...more

First Circuit Applies FAA Transportation Worker Exception to Independent Contractors

The First Circuit Court of Appeals, in a case of first impression, recently issued an important ruling that will have a major impact on transportation companies using arbitration agreements in the states and territories...more

Seventh Circuit’s En Banc Decision in Hively Opens Door For Transgender Protection Under Title VII

by Bowditch & Dewey on

As we reported a few months ago in a previous article, “7th Circuit Rehears Hively Case”, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to rehear the case of Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, on the issue of whether Title...more

Second Circuit Orders En Banc Review of Panel Holding that Title VII Does Not Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination

We previously discussed the conflict between a Second Circuit panel’s holding in April that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act did not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and the Seventh Circuit’s...more

Got Registration? You Better if You’re Filing a Copyright Case in the 11th Circuit

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act provides, in pertinent part, that “no civil action for infringement of the copyright in any United States work shall be instituted until preregistration or registration of the copyright...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

What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay in Vegas: Considerations When Discovery of Privileged Communications Is Sought in a...

In most instances, discovery disputes over applicability of a privilege are litigated in the same jurisdiction where the privileged relationship arose, and the availability of that privilege is clear. But what happens when a...more

Circuit Split: Expansion of Title VII Protections and Sexual Orientation as a Subset of a Protected Class

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Title VII has been supplemented via legislative action to also prohibit discrimination due to...more

Third Circuit Widens the Circuit Split on Late-Filed Tax Returns

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The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has joined the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits in employing a four-part test to determine whether debt associated with a late-filed tax return is dischargeable...more

SCOTUS Poised to Resolve Circuit Split Over Offsetting Unpaid Work Time with Paid Breaks

by Goodwin on

On May 15, 2017, petitioners in E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. Bobbi-Jo Smiley filed a reply brief with the U.S. Supreme Court defending their petition for certiorari and arguing that the Court should take up review of the...more

Stage is set for SCOTUS to rule on Title VII and sexual orientation

by Kirton McConkie PC on

DISCRIMINATION - Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, state and fed­eral laws have been enacted to prohibit employment discrimi­nation against individuals on the basis of their race, ethnicity, age, disability,...more

What did the Supreme Court Say? Creditor Claim for Stale Debt in Chapter 13 Case Does Not Violate the FDCPA

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The United States Supreme Court recently held in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) that filing a proof of claim that is obviously time-barred in a Chapter 13 debtor’s bankruptcy case is not a violation of...more

Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation -- The Wave Grows

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Back in March we explored the question, “So – Are LGBTQ Rights Protected Under Federal Employment Law or Not?” In that article, which unpacked a recent federal court decision on LGBTQ workplace protections, we concluded that...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split on Scope of 546(e)’s Safe Harbor Provision

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court announced that it will review the scope of Bankruptcy Code section 546(e)’s safe harbor provision. Section 546(e) protects from avoidance those transfers that are made “by or to (or for...more

What to Watch for From the New SEC Chairman

Last Thursday, Jay Clayton was officially sworn in as the new Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the new Chairman takes office, here are a few things we’re keeping an eye on...more

Only in America: The Controversy Concerning Federal Jurisdiction Over Motions to Confirm, Vacate, or Modify Arbitral Awards

In most countries, it is uncontroversial that a court sitting at the situs of an arbitration has jurisdiction to adjudicate a petition to confirm or vacate or modify an award issued in that arbitration. In the United States...more

Welcome To The Neighborhood: Hospitals Need To Get To Know Title IX  

by Fisher Phillips on

Hospital administrators are well aware their institutions are subject to a whole host of workplace-related federal statutes: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA),...more

A Dealership’s Guide To Sexual Orientation Discrimination In The Workplace

by Fisher Phillips on

Following the landmark 2015 Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal across the country, federal courts have grappled with determining which types of claims are actionable under the “sex” provision of Title VII,...more

Q: Could You Be Dragged Into Court For A Company Data Breach? A: It Depends

by Fisher Phillips on

This same time last year, many in the business community were eagerly anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, which was to decide the standard that should be applied to determine whether...more

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