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The Top Ten Laws That Did Not Pass in 2016 (…But May Pass in 2017)

Each year hundreds of laws are introduced in California’s House of Representatives or Senate, only a fraction of which are ever signed into law. Many laws that are passed, such as last year’s Senate Bill 3 which will increase...more

Adequacy is Adequate: DC District Court Certifies Pacer Fee Class

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia certified a class of all individuals and entities who paid fees to obtain court records though the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. The...more

Fourth Circuit Weighs In on Article III Standing in Data Breach Suits

Earlier this month, the Fourth Circuit weighted in with the most recent decision in the developing case law on Article III standing in data breach litigation, a topic that we have been covering extensively on this...more

Magistrate Judge Had Authority To Enter Final Judgment Without Consent Of Absent Class Members But Abused Discretion In Approving...

The Ninth Circuit held that a magistrate judge was not required to obtain the consent of absent class members to approve a settlement in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) case and to enter a final judgment after...more

Safeguarding Every Veteran's Benefits: Lessons From Bruce V. Mcdonald, 2017 WL 57172

On January 5, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims rejected the assertion by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and the Board of Veterans Appeals (the Board) that a service member who requested a...more

OFCCP Sues Google For Comp, Employee Data

Every year, typically in the fall, federal contractors across the nation receive scheduling letters from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs informing them that they have been selected for compliance reviews....more

OFCCP Sues Google, Seeking Pay Data

On January 4, 2017, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sued Google, claiming that the tech giant is illegally withholding information about the compensation it provides its employees.  OFCCP seeks...more

EEOC Issues Publication on the Rights of Job Applicants and Employees With Mental Health Conditions

User-Friendly Document Explains Workplace Protections Under the Americans with Disabilities Act - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued a resource document that explains...more

Supreme Court Update: Bravo-Fernandez V. United States (15-537) And Order List

12.2.2016 Greetings Court Fans! The Court issued its first signed opinion of the term this week, a unanimous decision in Bravo-Fernandez v. United States (15-537) holding that the Double Jeopardy Clause does not bar the...more

Stevens Transport Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Company Refused to Hire Air Force Veteran With Bipolar Disorder as Truck Driver, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - Stevens Transport, the largest refrigerated trucking company in Texas and one of the top four largest...more

Applying Kentucky Law, Sixth Circuit Finds Continued Employment Constitutes Assent To Arbitration Agreement

During the time Plaintiffs Aldrich and Nolan worked as recruiters for the University of Phoenix, they allegedly signed an electronic form acknowledging their understanding of updated terms to the employee handbook. The...more

Returning Veterans to Work: Reemployment Obligations for Employers under USERRA Vary Based on Length of Service

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, prohibits discrimination against members of the U.S. military and imposes various obligations on employers with respect...more

CFPB issues report on servicemember complaints

A new CFPB report, “A snapshot of servicemember complaints,” focuses on issues related to VA mortgage refinancing. The report indicates that as of November 1, 2016, the CFPB had received over 12,500 mortgage complaints...more

Military Disability Benefits May be Wrongfully Taxed by the IRS

To help reduce the tax burden of those who bravely serve our country, the Internal Revenue Code provides that a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the armed...more

State Laws Encourage Employers to Honor Veterans

The tradition of annually recognizing the courage and contribution of veterans dates back to November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. November 11 became a national holiday in 1938, and employers in...more

Appeals Court Explains Punitive Damages Awards For Extreme Reprehensibility Or Unusually Small, Hard-To-Detect Or Hard-To-Measure...

In Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Ins. Co. (No. B234271A, filed 11/3/16), (“Nickerson II”) a California appeals court outlined the requirements for complying with the single-digit multiplier annunciated as a Constitutional...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation, a/k/a Federal Contractor Blacklisting Regulation

On July 31, 2014, without much public attention, President Obama issued a far-reaching Executive Order, No. 13673, which requires bidders on federal contracts to disclose adverse labor law decisions under more than a dozen...more

The FAR Councils Drop 10 FAR Amendments in End-of-Fiscal-Year Blitz

On September 30, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Councils issued 10 FAR amendments (nine final and one interim) on a broad range of topics. One rule imposes new risks for contractors with delinquent taxes or...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Amendments to Department of Defense (“DOD”) Mentor-Protégé Program DOD has issued a proposed rule which will amend the DFARS to implement Section 861 of the NDAA 2016, which provides amendments...more

D.C. Circuit Rules That the 8(a) Program is Constitutional, But Its Reasoning Raises Questions

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a split decision holding that § 8(a) of the Small Business Act does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the...more

Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo Joins CFPB OMWI Director on Panel at ABA Meeting

Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo joined Director Stuart Ishimaru of the CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion and other industry leaders for the panel discussion "Diversity and Dodd-Frank Section 342," on September...more

Ballard Spahr partner Dee Spagnuolo joins CFPB OMWI Director on panel at ABA meeting

Members of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services group recently participated in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts. On September 8, Ballard partner, Dee...more

Proposed Amendment to NYC Human Rights Law Would Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

An amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) introduced before the City Council this week would add current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. If approved by the...more

Massachusetts Leave Entitlements Change Yet Again

Massachusetts long has required that employers provide leave to military veterans wanting to participate in Veterans Day or Memorial Day exercises, parades, or services in their communities of residence. Previously, employers...more

Pennsylvania Tax Changes and Tax Amnesty Program

As part of the budget package, the Pennsylvania General Assembly made many significant changes to various Pennsylvania tax laws and the unclaimed property law (including a tax amnesty program) that are estimated to generate...more

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