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Implications of SEC’s Revised “WKSI-Waiver” Guidance

On March 12, 2014, the SEC updated its guidance regarding the framework it will follow in reviewing a “WKSI waiver” request. Such a waiver – which, if granted, allows an issuer to continue to qualify as a WKSI despite...more

Coverage Opinions Remain Privileged in Bad Faith Action Even Where Gist of Recommendation is Set Forth in Letter to Insured

As a matter of first impression, the Supreme Court of West Virginia recently held that coverage opinion letters were protected by the attorney-client privilege even though the insurer subsequently sent correspondence to its...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds that Terminated Employee Can Waive FMLA Claims Through the Date of a Release

In a victory for common sense, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined that an employee could not pursue Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) interference and retaliation claims against her former employer...more

OSC Credit for Cooperation - Continued Uncertainty for Market Participants with Respect to Privilege

On March 13, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released its revised Credit for Cooperation Program via OSC Staff Notice 15–702. As pointed out in our recent client update (OSC Adopts New Initiatives to Strengthen...more

Chilean Visa Waiver Implementation Accelerated

Recently, the United States announced that Chile would be added to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”). May 1, 2014, was the original implementation date,...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Suit Brought By Worker Who Expressly Declined To Take FMLA Leave

Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, Nos. 11-17608 and 12-15320 (February 25, 2014): In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employee can affirmatively decline to use leave under the Family and...more

Eleventh Circuit Agrees Employees Can Waive FLSA Collective Action Rights

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has become the fifth appellate court to hand down a victory for employers in the fight over enforceability of class action waivers. The court ruled that an arbitration...more

SEC Revises Guidance on Granting WKSI Waiver

On March 12, 2014, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance updated its guidance regarding requests for waivers by well-known seasoned issuers (“WKSIs”) that would otherwise become ineligible issuers under Rule 405 of the...more

USCIS to Reopen All I-601A Waiver Applications Denied before January 24, 2014 Based on a Criminal Offense

On March 18, 2014, USCIS announced that it would be reopening all I-601A waiver applications that were denied prior to January 24, 2014, if the denials were based solely because of a prior criminal offense committed by the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Hands Down Significant Decision on Effect of Personal Jurisdiction Waiver

Maintaining and asserting objections to personal jurisdiction has been one of the more difficult issues in the law of most jurisdictions for years. Thursday morning, the Illinois Supreme Court clarified an issue of...more

Nevada Privilege Law May Be Inadvertently Waived During Witness Preparation

It is common for a witness to refer to documents when testifying in order to refresh the witnesses’ recollection. NRS 50.125 requires disclosure of any writing used to refresh a witness’ recollection before or while...more

Court Affirms Parties’ Waiver Of Right To Compel Arbitration

A federal court of appeals has affirmed a district court’s decision that parties to a pending lawsuit waived their right to compel arbitration by waiting 11 months after that lawsuit was filed to invoke their right. Instead...more

Puerto Rico Tees Up GO Financing

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico continues its efforts to maintain fiscal and financial stability. This week, we expect the Commonwealth to move forward with an approximately US$3 billion General Obligation bond financing....more

SAE Power Inc. v. Avaya Inc.

Opinion and Order Affirming Denial of Avaya's Motion to Compel Arbitration

Defendant Avaya Inc. appealed an order by the NJ Superior Court denying its motion to compel arbitration in a case we filed on behalf of our Client SAE. We argued that Avaya waived its right to arbitration because it (1)...more

Parties may not contractually waive judicial review of arbitral awards

Introduction - In a recent award enforcement decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that parties cannot contractually eliminate judicial review of arbitral awards under the US Federal Arbitration...more

Not Settling for Less: The EEOC’s Latest Challenge to Employee Releases

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently filed a “pattern or practice” lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy, Inc., alleging that CVS uses an “overbroad, misleading and unenforceable Separation Agreement” that...more

Background Check Forms Face Increased Scrutiny in Federal Court

Businesses should check their background check consent forms and their pre-adverse action waiting periods, after a recent federal court decision out of Pennsylvania. ...more

Argument Report: Does Waiver of Personal Jurisdiction Apply to Orders Entered Before Service?

In the recently concluded January term of the Illinois Supreme Court, the court heard arguments in five civil cases. Our reports begin with BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP v. Mitchell. In BAC, an apparently skeptical Court heard...more

IRS Now Allows Caregiver Parents to Exclude Medicaid Waiver Payments From Income

The Internal Revenue Service has reversed a long-standing policy and agreed to allow parents of people with disabilities who receive Medicaid waiver funds in return for caregiving services provided to their children to...more

Non-Immigrant Visa Interview Waiver Program Now Permanent

In January 2012, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) introduced a pilot program waiving visa interviews for certain types of visa applicants. The DOS has announced that the visa interview waiver program is now permanent. ...more

CMS Announces Modernized Medicare Waiver Program in Maryland

Can hospitals cut costs, increase the quality of care, and improve patient outcomes? The State of Maryland and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) challenge hospitals to do just that in a newly announced reform...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Five Civil Cases This Week

The civil portion of the Illinois Supreme Court’s argument docket for the January term begins tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Court’s temporary courtroom on the 18th floor of the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N....more

Insurer “Waives” Goodbye to Coverage Defense in Illinois

In Pekin Ins. Co. v. Skender Constr. Co., 2013 IL App. (1st) 123532-U (Ill. App. Ct. Dec. 27, 2013) (Unpublished), the Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed a trial court’s finding that an insurer waived a coverage...more

SEC Grants Second Rule 506 Bad Actor Waiver

On December 26, 2013, the SEC granted its second waiver from disqualification from reliance on Regulation D because of prohibited conduct under new Rule 506(d). The waiver was granted to a Broker-Dealer alleged to have paid...more

Herculean Metaphors, Other Peculiarities Of Heller v. Ace

Does a party waive its right to demand appraisal if it states in open court, “We don’t like appraisal,” simultaneously opposes a motion to compel appraisal in a companion case with nearly identical facts, attempts a...more

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