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DOJ sides with Lucia against the SEC in dispute over whether ALJs are inferior officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Supreme Court is considering a cert petition requesting that it hear the Lucia case, which we have blogged about extensively due to its potential impact on the outcome of the PHH case. Significantly, the DOJ recently...more

The Supreme Court - December 11, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear arguments in seven cases: China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh, No. 17-432: Whether the rule from American Pipe and Construction Co. v. Utah, 414 U.S. 538 (1974),...more

Government Actions are Not Protected Speech Under California Anti-SLAPP Law - Appellate Opinion Stems from Disputed Construction...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a government entity issues a construction permit, that is government action not protected by California’s anti-SLAPP law — which extends only to constitutionally protected exercises such as “free speech” — the California...more

Third Circuit Continues the Marathon Battle Over Delaware’s Escheat Law

by Alston & Bird on

On December 4, 2017, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Delaware federal district court’s dismissal of the plaintiffs’ claims in Marathon Petroleum Corp., et al. v. Cook. The court held that the plaintiffs did in...more

Top Considerations for Companies Engaging in Political Expression

by Perkins Coie on

We all know to avoid the topic of politics with family and friends at the holidays, but in recent months, American companies and the CEOs who lead them have spoken publicly on social and political issues like never before....more

The SEC Urges Supreme Court Review Of The Constitutionality Of Its Administrative Law Judges

On November 29, 2017, the Solicitor General filed a brief on behalf of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") in Raymond J. Lucia et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, asking the Supreme...more

Supreme Court Searches for Fourth Amendment Line for the Digital Economy

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Carpenter v. United States. The Court’s decision could have critical implications for companies operating in the digital economy and their ability to limit...more

Companies Outside Retail And Financial Industries May Have Additional Arguments To Challenge Standing In Data Breach Cases

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was one of the most serious and possibly one of the top ten largest data breaches of the 21st century, compromising background investigation records for some 22...more

Supreme Court of Georgia Upholds Constitutionality of Certificate of Need Statute

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

The Supreme Court of Georgia has rejected an outpatient surgery center’s constitutional challenge to the state’s Certificate of Need (“CON”) statute, Women’s Surgical Center, LLC, v. Berry. The applicable code section,...more

Following Federal Courts’ Lead, North Carolina Superior Court Dismisses No-Injury Class Action For Lack of Standing

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), which holds plaintiffs without concrete injury lack standing to sue in federal court, relies on federal constitutional and...more

Fixed-Price Contracts Are Simple - Or Are They?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Firm fixed-price contracts seem like a simple concept in practice — agreements that do not allow for the modification of the contract price after award without an express agreement between the parties. Originally published...more

Preliminary Hurdle for Cayman Derivative Claims Does Not Bar Suit in New York

A shareholder bringing a contested derivative claim in the Cayman Islands must seek leave from the court before proceeding. This litigation prerequisite -- imposed by Rule 12A of the Rules of the Grand Court of the Cayman...more

Foreign Cloud-Based Service Providers May Be Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in the United States

Following a recent U.S. district court’s ruling, foreign companies operating cloud-based services may find themselves subject to federal long-arm jurisdiction under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 4(k)(2), even if they...more

Defending The Business-To-Business Data Breach Lawsuit

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Hardly a day goes by without a headline announcing that a prominent company has fallen victim to a data breach. These headlines are followed, almost inevitably, by reports of class action lawsuits filed by consumers whose...more

Is the DOJ's Approval of AT&T's Acquisition of Time Warner Conditioned on the sale of CNN?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

According to several news outlets, the Department of Justice has called on AT&T and Time Warner to sell DirectTV or Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN, in order to gain approval of AT&T's $84.5 billion acquisition of...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declares Dollar-Based NOL Cap Unconstitutional

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a unanimous decision in Nextel Communications of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. v. Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the Commonwealth Court's holding that Pennsylvania's dollar-based cap on corporate net income...more

Millennium Lab Part II: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Dispels Shadow Over Non-Consensual Third-Party Releases (For Now)

by Dechert LLP on

In trotting a path out of Chapter 11, debtors in most cases will need to engage various key stakeholders, some of whom are not entitled to a distribution in the bankruptcy. As a form of remuneration, non-debtors may insist on...more

IRS Audits Of Cannabis Companies And The Importance Of Substantiation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Feinberg v. Commissioner, a case involving an ongoing and hard fought battle between the IRS and a medical marijuana dispensary, Total Health Concepts, LLC. The IRS examined THC’s...more

Step by Step: Employee Benefits in the Supreme Court

In conjunction with the start of the Supreme Court’s new term, Eversheds Sutherland took a look back at the Court’s work in employee benefit cases since the enactment of ERISA. We found an astonishing 128 decisions, spanning...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #3

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

FDA Warns Snyder’s-Lance About Iron Content Labels - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. about the iron content of its Lance Toast Chee Crackers. The letter...more

Top Five Labor Law Developments For September 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it discharged an employee who protested an unlawful confidentiality policy, even though the employee protested without the involvement of any coworkers, the U.S....more

Plaintiffs Survive Standing-Based Challenge to California Senior Notice and Financial Elder Abuse Claims

by Carlton Fields on

In California, actions predicated on alleged senior notice requirement violations and financial elder abuse continue to challenge life insurers. For example, in June, a California federal district court denied the insurer’s...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #2

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Chicago Repeals SSB Tax After Two Months of Enforcement - Chicago officials have voted to repeal a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax approved in November 2016 by the Cook County Board of Commissioners but delayed by a...more

The Ongoing Battle Between LGBTQ+ Rights And Claims Of Religious Liberty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Justice has reversed the previous Administration’s position on employment protections for transgender individuals, and issued a memorandum that will likely be relied on by private...more

Supreme Court Likely To Decide Whether To Hear SEC ALJ Issue This Term

As the U.S. Supreme Court commenced a new term last week, one issue of substantial interest to many readers of this blog is whether the Court will address the constitutionality of the Securities & Exchange Commission’s use of...more

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