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Product Liability Update - October 2015

Massachusetts Federal Court Holds Proof of Testing of Proposed Alternative Design Not Required in Design Defect Claim, Evidence Plaintiff Ignored Defendant’s Warnings Did Not Establish He Was Sole Proximate Cause of Injury on...more

Key EU Employment Decision Impacting On Aviation And Wider Transport Sector

Within the EU and wider EEA significant employment legislation often derives from EU directives which individual member states are then required to implement into their national law. Of particular significance is the Acquired...more

NLRB Makes a Mess of the Burns Successorship Analysis and Worker Retention Laws

New York City’s Displaced Building Service Workers Protection Act (DBSWPA) is one of numerous local worker retention laws, which apply to various industries in jurisdictions across the country, such as Los Angeles, San...more

Happy Birthday to All

On September 22, 2015, a California district court issued an opinion that may change birthday celebrations forever. In Rupa Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., the court held that Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. does not own a...more

Eleventh Circuit Decision Weakens Injunctive Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants

Last month, in Transunion Risk and Alt. Data Sols., Inc., v. MacLachlan, the Eleventh Circuit held that the district court should have considered hardship to an employee when it enforced a restrictive covenant in an...more

Ninth Circuit Applies “Successorship Doctrine” to Claim for MPPAA Withdrawal Liability

The Ninth Circuit concluded in a case of first impression that an employer could be held liable for its predecessor’s withdrawal liability to a multiemployer pension fund pursuant to the “successorship doctrine.” The Court...more

Notice Requirements for Protection of Tenants in Foreclosure Actions Session Law 2015-178

The Federal “Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act of 2009” expired on December 31, 2014. The North Carolina General Assembly has adopted Session Law 2015-178 which reinstates many of the same protections for tenants as...more

NJ Appellate Division Reiterates Requirement That Arbitration Agreements Must Be Clear and Unambiguous To Be Enforceable

In two unrelated yet similar cases, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division reiterated the requirements that arbitration provisions in employment agreements must be unambiguous, written in clear language, and...more

The National Labor Relations Board says “Happy Labor Day” with Flurry of Late Summer Pro-Union Moves

While some people may have been on vacation at the end of August, the past few weeks have been extremely busy at the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”), with a series of decisions that will continue to make it...more

Obama Board Reaffirms Successor’s Right to Set Initial Terms of Employment when Taking Over Unionized Operation

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a refreshingly employer-friendly decision which allowed a successor company to implement new pay terms without having to first bargain with the labor union. ...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 7 of 24): Mergers and Acquisitions

When it comes to mergers and acquisitions involving at least one applicable large employer (ALE), the substantive rules governing employer shared responsibility (under Internal Revenue Code § 4980H) and the corresponding...more

NLRB Forces Buyers To Become “Successors” Against Their Will

While all eyes were on the landmark Browning-Ferris decision issued Thursday, the Board issued yet another split decision that also may have far reaching consequences. In GVS Properties, LLC, 362 NLRB No. 194 (Aug. 27, 2015),...more

Insurance Code §520 Requires Reversal of Prior Supreme Court Decision Upholding Insurance Policy Language Barring Post-Loss...

Fluor v Superior Court (Hartford) California Supreme Court (August 20, 2015) In 2003, the California Supreme Court ruled in Henkel Corp. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co. (2003) 29 Ca.4th, 934, that a...more

Compliance with pre-arbitration and pre-litigation notice procedures is critical to enforcing contractual rights: English High...

When a party to a contract wishes to sue, the contract may include specific procedures for giving notice to the counterparty in a prescribed way prior to the right to litigate or arbitrate in accordance with the contract...more

Florida Case Underscores Importance Of The Prior WAMCO Decision On Admissibility Of A Predecessor Servicer’s Records

A recent decision from the Second DCA reinforces that a subsequent mortgagee or servicer must be prepared to lay a proper foundation in order to introduce a predecessor mortgagee or servicer’s payment history by testifying as...more

Eighth Circuit Weighs in on Assignment of Non-Competes

A recent case out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit raises some interesting issues related to assignment of employee non-compete agreements. Let’s take a look...more

The Meaning Of "Successors," "Members," And "Designees" In A Release

The words "successors," "members," and "designees," as used in a Release were at issue in Judge Bledsoe's Opinion last week in TaiDoc Technology Corp. v. OK Biotec Co., 2015 NCBC 71. Plaintiff TaiDoc had settled a...more

Manufacturer of Asbestos-Free Product May Still Be Liable for Asbestos Related Injuries

In Sherman v. Hennessy Industries, Inc. (No. B252566, filed June 18, 2015), the Court of Appeal, Second District, reversed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a manufacturer of a brake grinding machine. The...more

European Opposition Tactic Using Ambiguous Patent Conveyances in Employee Agreements

Opponents in Europe have been invalidating priority claims in European patent applications using a formalistic challenge. In Europe, in order to have a good priority claim the applicant listed on the priority application must...more

Spin-Offs and Successorship Clauses

In 2006, the media conglomerate News Corporation, referred to as Old News Corp, entered into a Settlement Agreement to settle stockholder litigation filed in Delaware in 2005. Subject to certain exceptions, the Settlement...more

Tenants are Left in the Cold after the Sunset of the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act

For a time, the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act of 2009 (“the Act”) provided some protection for tenants against foreclosures on a landlord’s property. The law gave tenants in foreclosed properties protections against...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Effect Of Spin-Off

This is an interesting decision because it deals with what is the effect of a spin-off of corporate assets on existing contracts that apply to the parties’ “transferees, successors and assigns.” ...more

The Coming Silver Tsunami: Families May Lose 70% in Wealth Transfer

Record Wealth Transfer. Over the next 30-40 years about $12 trillion from those born in 1920s and 30s will be transferred to the baby boomers, and the boomers are expected to transfer some $30 trillion to their heirs, with...more

New York Labor Law Amendments Put LLCs and Their Members on the Front Line

The New York State Legislature passed a bill on June 19, 2013, intended to update New York’s labor law, including the Wage Theft Protection Act (WTPA). The bill (A 8106-C, S5885-B), signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on...more

It’s All in the Family: Shifting Standards for Joint-Employer Liability

The concept of joint-employer liability is popping up in the news a lot again. This is because the NLRB is taking a more aggressive view on joint-employer standards under the National Labor Relations Act, particularly as to...more

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