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The World’s Healthiest Trademark Puffery

Above the Law recently published a Techdirt story reporting that the USPTO denied Whole Foods‘ attempt to federally-register the laudatory trademark: “World’s Healthiest Grocery Store“....more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 8

ALJ holds that a Retailer Must File on a Combined Basis with a Related Intellectual Property Licensing Company - A New York State Administrative Law Judge has held that a retailer must file combined corporate franchise...more

Five New Challenges Facing Retail Employers

This issue of Take 5 is devoted to recent laws and court rulings that have particular significance for retailers. These five short articles address fundamental changes to policies and practices in the retail workplace,...more

Maintaining Patient Privacy In The Digital Age

Those in the heavily regulated healthcare industry know that patient information is sacrosanct. And for good reason; improper handling can result in hefty fines or criminal prosecution under the Health Insurance Portability...more

Testing 101: Court Dismisses Whole Foods’ Yogurt MDL over Failure to Comply With FDA Testing Requirements

On February 16, 2016, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of the Western District of Texas dismissed a multidistrict litigation involving 11 putative class action lawsuits against various Whole Foods corporate entities and...more

Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), hospitals and healthcare providers will need to revisit their employee recording policies. This...more

Are Pennsylvania Employers Safe to Prohibit Recordings in the Workplace?

In an age of smartphones and wearable technology, one cannot escape the possibility that he or she is being recorded at any given time. The workplace is not immune from such possibilities as employees often carry—or sometimes...more

Hedging with Distributed Renewable Generation Sources in Times of Fossil Fuel Price Volatility

Until very recently, mainstream power purchasers have not viewed renewable energy as a reliable hedge against other energy sources, mostly because the costs associated with constructing or purchasing the output of renewable...more

NLRB Says Employers Cannot Stop Employees From Recording Conversations In Meetings

On December 24, 2015, employees who want to make video and audio recordings of co-workers and company meetings received a holiday gift. In Whole Foods Inc. and United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 919, the National...more

Can Your Employees Take A Selfie At Work?

Many employers maintain policies prohibiting employees from using cell phones and other recording devices at work. The reasons for such policies range from maintaining productivity, to protecting customer and employee...more

Sweet Victory: Whole Foods Uses FDA Regulations to Dismiss Complaint in Greek Yogurt MDL

This month, United States District Judge Sam Sparks of the Western District of Texas dismissed a Second Amended Consolidated Complaint in an MDL styled In re: Whole Foods Market, Inc., Greek Yogurt Marketing and Sales...more

Workplace Recording Bans and the NLRA: Are "No-Recording" Policies Still Allowed?

The ubiquity of smartphone applications ("apps") that record audio and/or video – coupled with the risk of workplace discussions being uploaded to social media for all to hear – has led many employers to implement...more

Recent NLRB Work Rule Decision Strikes Down Another Commonly Promulgated Policy

Issuing yet another blow to commonly promulgated workplace rules, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) struck down a Whole Foods Market policy prohibiting employees from recording conversations, meetings, phone calls...more

NLRB Again Says Employers Cannot Impose Blanket Ban on Employee Recording in Workplace

Like many employers, Whole Foods adopted a policy prohibiting employees from conducting unauthorized recording of conversations, phone calls or meetings, regardless of the recording technology used. Employers generally...more

Are You on Candid Camera? The NLRB Just Made It More Difficult to Ban the Use of Recording Devices in the Workplace

On December 24, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), finding for the first time that it is unlawful for an employer to adopt a work...more

NLRB rules employees can record conversations at work

Next time your boss is breaking a labor law, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Whole Foods cannot prohibits its employees from recording conversations, taking photos or video at work....more

To Record or Not to Record, That is the Question

Eliminating any possibility that it might wind up on employers' "nice list," the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on Christmas Eve that a Whole Foods policy featuring an "absolute prohibition" on employees "taking...more

NLRB Holds That a Ban on Videotaping Workplace Conversations is Unlawful

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that an employer violated Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by maintaining a policy that prohibited employees from making certain audio or video...more

NLRB Invalidates Another Employer Conduct Policy

On December 24, 2015, in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (2015) (Whole Foods), the National Labor Relations Board (Board) invalidated two Whole Foods Market policies that prohibited employees' use of recording...more

The NLRB Finds Whole Foods’ No-Recording Policy Unlawful

In Whole Foods Market, Inc., the National Labor Relations Board, in a 2-1 decision, held that Whole Foods’ rules prohibiting the recording of conversations in the workplace violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor...more

NLRB Invalidates Employer's "No Recording" Policies, Bolstering Employees' Ability to Record in the Workplace

Christmas came a day early for labor unions. On December 24, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that invalidated two employee handbook policies prohibiting employees from recording...more

NLRB Strikes Down Policy Prohibiting Recordings by Employees

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) finished the 2015 year in the same way it started: With continued scrutiny of seemingly neutral employer policies. The Board continues to assume that employees will read these...more

NLRB Nixes “No Recording” Rule

In Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), a divided three-member panel of the NLRB ruled that an employer’s blanket rule prohibiting workplace recording of conversations, phone calls, or images with a...more

NLRB: Employers cannot block employees from recording or taking photos in the workplace

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in a 2-1 decision, ruled against blanket employer policies banning employees from taking photos or recordings in the workplace. Such policies would, in the view of the NLRB, having a...more

Three Recent Cases Highlight Risks of Using Claims Of “Fresh” In Advertising

In this post, we take a look at three recent decisions in which food industry defendants were accused of falsely advertising their food products as “fresh”. As discussed in our prior post, a clear-cut, consensus definition...more

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