Subpoenas

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Federal Court Allows the EEOC to Conduct Investigation on Employer’s Premises Without Employer Consent or a Warrant

Many employers are familiar with the fact that the EEOC regularly conducts on-site workplace investigations after receiving charges of discrimination or harassment. A recent federal court decision, however, may lead to an...more

Amending FIRREA: An Alternative Proposal

Near the end of his tenure, Attorney General Eric Holder publicly raised the prospect of amending FIRREA—the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989—to increase the incentives for blowing the...more

Court Says Auf Wiedersehen To Plaintiffs Under Forum Non Conveniens

We generally file motions to dismiss for forum non conveniens under one of two circumstances. Most often we are resisting blatant forum shopping—plaintiffs who try to import their claims into a forum that they view as...more

Knock-Knock, Who’s There? The EEOC: When the EEOC Can Investigate an Employer’s Premises Without Prior Consent

When the EEOC investigates a charge of discrimination, it may employ one of several investigatory methods, including site inspections. In EEOC v. Nucor Steel Gallatin, Inc., a case of national first impression, a Kentucky...more

Investigating Illegal Aliens’ Charges: Fourth Circuit Says EEOC Can Serve Subpoena On Employer

Seyfarth Synopsis: This Fourth Circuit ruling opens the door for the EEOC to investigate employers as a result of EEOC charges brought by unauthorized employees, even though an illegal alien worker may not be able to seek...more

When Attorneys General Attack: AGs’ Aggressive Investigation of Climate Change Disclosures, and Getting Your Insurer to Provide...

Who’s afraid of New York’s Martin Act? Right now, a lot of Wall Street and energy industry companies, that’s who. Why are they concerned about the Martin Act? Because it grants the New York State Office of the Attorney...more

Securing the deposition of a Massachusetts resident for use in a Connecticut action

Imagine this scenario: A Bank issues a loan to two co-borrowers. One co-borrower relocates to Massachusetts. The co-borrowers default on the loan and the Bank commences suit against the two co-borrowers. During...more

Are Changes in Store for the Stored Communications Act?

Last week saw action on two fronts regarding the Stored Communications Act (SCA) – the US federal statute regulating government searches of online accounts in criminal investigations. In Congress, a proposal to reform the SCA...more

State AGs Announce Climate Change Investigations - ExxonMobil Challenges Subpoena on Constitutional Grounds

Several state attorneys general (“state AGs”) have recently announced investigations into energy companies’ securities disclosures about the risks climate change poses to their businesses. In November 2015, Peabody Energy...more

Summary Judgment for Defendants in FCA Action: No Admissible Evidence of False Claims

How much is “enough?” Will we have enough money to retire someday? Did the Drug and Device Law College Sophomore study enough for her computer science midterm? Is there enough salt in the matzo ball soup? In the realm of...more

Not So Fast! Qualcomm Cannot Use “Curious Quirk” of U.S. Discovery Law In Korean Antitrust Proceeding

A recent federal court order highlights the scope, and the limitations, of a U.S. court’s authority to order domestic discovery for use in a foreign proceeding under 28 U.S.C. § 1782. The court in In re Ex Parte Application...more

Help, Domestic Violence Restraints were Filed Against Me—and I didn’t do it!

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act serves an enormously important function to protect abused individuals. However, the protections of the Act can be misused in a divorce or custody litigation to evict someone...more

Protect Yourself by Learning About Your Family’s Finances

All too often, clients enter the divorce process with little or no knowledge about the family’s bank and investment accounts, stocks, retirement assets, ownership of real property, and debt. If you recognize that you and your...more

Use of the Wayback Machine in IPR Is Under Attack

One source of prior art commonly relied on in inter partes review proceedings is the “Wayback Machine.” The Wayback Machine is an internet archive of webpages that are browsed by crawler programs and then stored and preserved...more

Do You Have to Disclose a Government Investigation? Practical Considerations, Legal Standards, and Recent Case Law

After receiving an inquiry from a government agency, such as a subpoena, a Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”), or an informal request for information, public companies ask whether they must disclose publicly that they may be...more

The Seventh Circuit Upholds the Breadth of an EEOC Subpoena Seeking Staffing Company’s Client Information

Earlier this month, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that the EEOC was within its investigatory powers to administratively subpoena broad information about a staffing agency’s clients even though it was...more

Government’s Penn State Investigation Produces Lessons for In-House Counsel

The fallout at Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sexual-abuse scandal, including the victims’ suffering, Sandusky’s criminal conviction, the firing and subsequent death of legendary Coach Joe...more

Witnesses in Arbitration – Federal Arbitration Act

Testimony and documents may be obtained in arbitration in accordance with the parties’ agreement, the applicable institutional arbitration rules and provisions of law (federal and state arbitration acts, as applicable). My...more

Court Emphasizes Proportionality under Amended Rule 26(b)(1) (New York)

Henry v. Morgan’s Hotel Group, 2016 WL 303114 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 25, 2016) - In this discrimination case, the court held that third-party subpoenas violated the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, particularly Fed. R. Civ. P....more

Judge Lord Grants Motion to Quash Subpoena Issued at Close of Fact Discovery

On February 23, 2016, in the matter of Certain Activity Tracking Devices, Systems, and Components Thereof, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-963, ALJ Dee Lord issued an order granting Complainants’ motion to quash respondent Fitbit’s...more

U.S. v. Microsoft – What you need to know about one of the most important privacy cases of the decade

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has in its hands one of the most closely-watched privacy cases in recent memory. U.S. v. Microsoft addresses an issue of critical importance to U.S. businesses — whether...more

Opening The Vault – The EEOC’s New Position On Handing Over Position Statements To Charging Parties

With little fanfare, the EEOC quietly announced on February 18, 2016 its adoption of new “Nationwide Procedures for Releasing Respondent Position Statements and Obtaining Responses from Charging Parties.” Importantly, the...more

Unlawful Trade Practices, Investigations, and Claims: Are Long Term Care Providers at Risk?

Though the statutory names vary from state to state, certain laws exist in every state for the same general reason—to protect consumers from fraud and unfair or deceptive business practices. Known generally as unfair or...more

The Senate Would Like to Speak With You

The United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform earlier this month subpoenaed Martin Schkreli. Mr. Schkreli has been saddled with the nickname "pharma bro" after hiking the price on a...more

EEOC May Obtain Private (And Arguably Unnecessary) Employee Information

Employers served with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) subpoena requesting private employee information – regardless of its arguable relevance – may nevertheless be compelled to respond, according to a...more

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