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Arbitration Clause Found Unenforceable In Service Contract Action

Reversing the lower court, the Supreme Court of New Jersey found an arbitration provision in a service contract was unenforceable because it failed to notify the consumer clearly and unambiguously that, by entering into the...more

FATCA Letters-What Should I Do Now?

As a result of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, (FATCA), the latest estimates are that over 77,000 Foreign Financial Institutions (FFI’s) and over 80 foreign governments have entered into agreements to provide...more

Trade Groups Submit Brief in SCOTUS TILA Rescission Case

This week, six financial services trade associations submitted an amicus brief in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., No. 13-684, a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that may resolve a circuit split over...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: September 2014 #2

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Parol Evidence: trial court erred by considering extrinsic evidence to determine parties’ intent because contract for sale of property that provided certain prior deposits be paid to seller as...more

FDCPA Violated by Letter Suggesting Consumer Can Avoid Litigation Only by Paying Debt, First Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a collection letter sent by an attorney violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it would lead a “hypothetical unsophisticated consumer” to...more

Second Circuit Finds That Late Notice Bars Claims Against Reinsurer

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling in favor of TIG Insurance Company, finding that AIU Insurance Company’s belated notice of claim to TIG under nine certificates of facultative...more

Fourth Circuit Holds That Debtors Are Not Required To Dispute Debt In Writing To State A Claim Under FDCPA

On August 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of a debt collector’s motion for judgment as a matter of law because, under the FDCPA, debtors are not required to dispute...more

TILA versus TILA: Rescission by Notice or Lawsuit

Here’s something to ponder on: “Whether the Truth in Lending Act entitles homeowners to rescind their mortgage commitment by notifying the lender in writing within the period specified by the statute, or whether the...more

Illinois Case Law and Legislation Update

Effective January 1, 2015, Section 18.4 of the ICPA was amended to permit a condominium Board of Directors to adopt and amend its rules and regulations to allow for electronic delivery of notices and other communications...more

Loan Servicer Properly Identified as Party with Authority To Negotiate Mortgage Terms in Foreclosure Notice, Georgia Court Holds

A recent decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals helps to add further clarity to the state’s foreclosure notice statute. The statute, which was amended in 2008, requires that the written notice of a foreclosure sale “shall...more

May A Director Resign By Telling Another Director “I Quit”?

Suppose in a fit of pique, a director telephones a fellow director and announces that she is quitting the board. Has the director resigned? California Corporations Code Section 305(d) provides...more

Constructive Dismissal and Post-Resignation Conduct

In Cockram v Air Products Limited UKEAT/0038/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an employee had lost the right to claim constructive dismissal because he had given his employer a much longer notice period than...more

Employment Background Checks: Tips Employers Should Know to Comply With Federal Laws

Many employers rely on background checks to screen job applicants and employees when making important personnel decisions, including hiring, retention, and promotion. In March, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

New COBRA Notices May Require Document Updates

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued two updated COBRA notices — a revised model general COBRA notice and a new model COBRA election notice — and proposed regulations that would allow the DOL...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on Notice of Rescission Under TILA

The United States Supreme Court indicated that it will review an opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit involving whether notice alone was sufficient to effectuate a rescission under the Truth...more

Deadline for Philadelphia Employers to Post New Notice of Rights for Pregnant Employees is Approaching

This Sunday, April 20, marks the deadline by which Philadelphia employers must provide their employees with written notice of a recent amendment to Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance. The amendment provides additional...more

Employers: Limit FMLA Liability by Making Them Pick Only One From the Menu

A recent federal appellate court decision illustrates how employees may limit their rights by affirmatively choosing to designate time-off as vacation time rather than as leave protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

Fourth Circuit Lets Consumers Orally Dispute Validity of Debts

In a per curiam decision which vacated the lower court’s dismissal of a consumer class action under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in a case of first...more

Using Biometrics In The Workplace

In the past, employees rarely objected to having their picture taken for the company’s identification badge. But in this age of technology allowing for facial recognition, photo “tagging,” finger or palm prints, and other...more

With The New Year Comes New Annual Notice Obligation For New York Employers

Between January 1 and February 1, 2014, all private employers must provide each of their New York employees a written notice containing detailed information regarding the terms and conditions of their employment....more

Supreme Court Allows Future Conditions to Be Used as the Baseline Under Limited Circumstances

Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (August 5, 2013, S202828) __ Cal.4th __(“Neighbors”). What is the baseline against which environmental impacts are measured? There has been...more

Several Lessons For Louisiana Royalty Owners

Ross et al v. Enervest Operating, L.L.C. et al has several teachable moments for Louisiana royalty owners. ...more

CEQA Challenge To Residential Development Project Was Time-Barred Because It Was Subject To 30-Day Statute Of Limitations

A challenge to a city’s approval of a residential development project was filed more than 30 days after the city approved the project. The trial court held that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) challenge was...more

Legal Alert: OFCCP Removes CSAL Notice From Website

After briefly posting notices of the Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSAL) on its website on July 18, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has now removed the posting....more

Expanded Exemption for Religious Employers Regarding Women's Contraceptive Services

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires non-grandfathered group health plans to cover preventive services at no cost. For women this includes all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures,...more

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