Willful Violations

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Telecommunications Giant Hit With TCPA Treble Damages Award For Calls to Reassigned Cell Number

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) prohibits non-emergency calls to cell phone numbers using automatic telephone dialing systems (ATDS) or prerecorded voice messages absent the called party’s prior express consent....more

New Haven Firefighters Sue Over Overtime Miscalculation

On September 1, 2015, a total of 174 current and former firefighters filed a lawsuit against the City of New Haven (the “City”) seeking, among other things, back pay, liquidated damages, interest and attorney’s fees. The...more

August Whistleblower News Digest | News Your CCO Needs to Know

Morgan Stanley is in the news once again for whistleblower retaliation in a new lawsuit that mentions some of the same staff members involved in the last suit against them. Progenics was found guilty of retaliation, NuVasive...more

SEC Charges Four Individuals and Nutrition Company for Failure To Disclose Executive Perks

On September 8, the SEC charged a sports supplements and nutrition company, its former audit committee chairman and three of its current and former executive officers with committing accounting, disclosure and other...more

Cecil the Lion and Due Diligence Failures

The “I didn’t know” defense is a tough one to sustain. Maybe you didn’t “know,” but should you have known? Were all the signs there but you looked the other way? Should you have asked more questions? Is it fair to infer by...more

CentsAbility: Creditors' Rights Law Update - If you Have an Objection, Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

A creditor recently received a wake-up call from the Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina in In re Crawford, an opinion issued by the Court on June 8, 2015. In Crawford, the Court granted the debtors’ motion to...more

IRS New Guidance Significantly Reduces Maximum FBAR Penalties

To moderate the draconian Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) violation penalties under Title 31 of the U.S. Code, the IRS just published guidance that significantly reduces willful and non-willful FBAR violations....more

How Does the IRS Determine if Conduct is "Willful" or "Non-Willful"?

This Article is a guide for practitioners and taxpayers in deciding whether to apply for the streamline procedures of the IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program ("OVDP"). The streamline procedures require a certification...more

Plaintiff Must Show Defendant’s Knowledge of TCPA Violation To Get Treble Damages, 11th Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that a plaintiff must show that the defendant knew its conduct violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to establish a willful or knowing TCPA violation....more

Considerations in Obtaining Advice of Counsel to Rebut a Claim of Willfulness

In 2007, the willfulness inquiry changed significantly with the Federal Circuit’s seminal decision, In re Seagate. In addition to establishing a new twoprong test for willful infringement, the Federal Circuit in Seagate...more

Part VI – Willful Or Non-Willful Offshore Omissions & Conclusion

Below is Part 6 and the conclusion of my partner, Rick Josepher’s, analysis of the new offshore enforcement environment in light of the new 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures....more

Offshore Tax Enforcement Update: IRS Unveils Major Changes to Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since the 1970s, U.S. taxpayers with foreign banks accounts have been required to annually report their foreign bank account information to the Department of Treasury on a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts...more

Criminal Conviction Upheld for Modifying Videogame Console

USA v. Reichert - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a defendant’s criminal conviction under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for trafficking technology that modifies technological...more

Credit Suisse Admits Securities Law Violations

Another example of the Commission’s new and evolving ad hoc admissions policy emerged from the settlement of an administrative proceeding with Credit Suisse Group AG. In the Matter of Credit Suisse Group AG, File No. 3-15763...more

Willful Fair Credit Reporting Act Violation Confers Article III Standing

Whether they would admit it or not, most people have probably at some point searched for their own name in a search engine. Often the results illustrate how much personal information has been scraped and aggregated by...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Against Spokeo on FCRA Claim

On February 4, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that plaintiffs need not allege actual injury to demonstrate constitutional standing for a willful violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (the...more

Federal Circuit Has Appellate Jurisdiction Even Where Damages, Willfulness Have Not Been Determined

Although the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit did not take a position on the propriety of bifurcating damages and willfulness, to the extent those issues are separate from infringement, a party will now be able...more

Three California Contractors Fined a Total of $1.8 Million For Willful Violation of CA Wage, Apprenticeship Laws

As reported in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, three contractors were found by the California Labor Commissioner to have “willfully” violated state wage and apprenticeship laws. The contractors were ordered to pay over...more

No Bad Faith Recovery Unless Insured Demonstrates Acts Were A Producing Cause Of Damages

A jury found that Mid-Continent committed five separate violations of the Texas Insurance Code and awarded $2 million to the insured as compensation for the amount it paid to settle third-party claims. The trial court,...more

Wage Theft Law Protects Workers

The Chicago City Council unanimously passed a wage theft law that activists hope will become the standard for protecting employees from dishonest employers across the United States. The new law states that companies who are...more

Court Rules Against Imposing Sanction Of Dismissal Because Plaintiff’s Conduct Did Not Rise To The Level Of A Willful Violation

A United States District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri recently denied a Defendant’s motion seeking to impose a sanction of dismissal against the Plaintiff because the Plaintiff’s conduct did not “rise to the...more

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