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A Year-End Summary of Recent Railroad Preemption Cases

by Lane Powell PC on

Railroads have long defended certain state law tort claims in crossing accident and trespasser cases by invoking the doctrine of federal preemption. The past year is no exception. Although the discussion of the cases below is...more

Alberta's Highest Court Clarifies OHS Law: Privilege Must Be Proven

by Field Law on

With its decision this week in Alberta v. Suncor Energy Inc, 2017 ABCA 221, the Alberta Court of Appeal has considered and clarified the application of solicitor-client privilege and litigation privilege to incidents under...more

Campus Counsel | Monthly Roundup Of Legal Issues In Higher Education: March 2017 Edition Summaries: Ineffective Remedial Measures...

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Institutions are shielded from liability under Title IX when they take timely and reasonable measures in response to claims of sexual harassment. However, institutions can be held liable for subsequent conduct if they fail to...more

The Federal Railroad Safety Act — An Employer’s Nonretaliatory Reasons for Discharging an Employee Must Be Considered in Context...

by Lane Powell PC on

The Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) prohibits a rail carrier from retaliating against an employee because the employee engaged in certain activities protected by the statute, including the reporting of a workplace injury....more

Perspectives for the Professions - January 2017: Case Summary: Test for Interim Conditions

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Scott v. College of Massage Therapists of BC, 2016 BCCA 180, allowing an appeal of the lower Court’s decision to quash an interim condition on practice. A massage therapist was the subject of a complaint that he had...more

FDA lets medical device-makers report safety woes in lax, secretive ways

Instead of acting as a tough federal watchdog that protects and informs patients about problems with medical devices-from heart valves to drug pumps-the federal Food and Drug Administration all too often has served as an...more

Senate Version of Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Preempts Local Drone Regulations

by Buchalter on

On March 17, 2016, the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee of the United States Senate approved amendments to the most recent funding legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), the FAA...more

Government Finally Investigating Power Morcellators

by Howard Ankin on

Patients undergoing medical treatments expect that their physicians will utilize tools that will assist in the treatment without causing undue harm or damage to their bodies. One of these tools, a power morcellator which is...more

Taking Down the Flagg: Fifth Circuit Remands Med Mal & Device Case for Lack of Diversity Despite Uncompleted Administrative Review...

by Butler Snow LLP on

A divided panel (2-1) of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that failure to exhaust a state law pre-suit medical panel review process did not subject the plaintiff’s claims against the...more

San Francisco Cannot Sue Federal Agency For Gas Explosion Under APA

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit issued its Opinion in City & County of San Francisco v. US Department of Transportation, holding the City may not proceed against the Secretary of Transportation and the Pipeline and Hazardous...more

California Supreme Court Lowers The AOE/COE Hurdle In Workers’ Compensation

In South Coast Framing, Inc. v. WCAB, Jovelyn Clark, S215637, May 28, 2015, the California Supreme Court clarified a claimant’s burden of proof in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits. In brief, a claimant meets the...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - May 2015

by Perkins Coie on

In This Issue: - RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS ..Court Dismisses in Part “Natural” Claims ..Court Enters Partial Dismissal of “Handmade” Claims ..Court Dismisses Injunctive Relief Claim Allows...more

Texas eMediaLaw Legislative Update: 2015

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

It’s Spring in Texas which means one of two things – the bluebonnets are out and in odd years, our legislature is back at work. One makes me grateful to be in Texas and the other only meets every other year. Here are a few...more

Is Your Business a “Nuisance”? If so, It Could Cost You Dearly

Many landlords and businesses are already aware that they may be sued in a civil court for criminal acts committed by others on their property. While this is a reactive process that occurs in response to a specific incident,...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 30, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales - 25 March 2015 - Smythe v Burgman (No 2) [2015] NSWSC 150 - The New South Wales Supreme Court has held...more

Dutch judge: online operator does not have to refund gambling losses

by DLA Piper on

Through its website, the remote gambling operator gave the opportunity to participate in remote games of chance. Now that it is still not legally permitted to offer remote games of chance targeted to the Dutch market, the...more

Texas High Court Confirms Exclusivity of Texas Workers’ Compensation Claim Remedy, Even for Alleged “Independent Injuries”

by Wilson Elser on

In a highly anticipated decision, the Texas Supreme Court emphasized its commitment to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation Act (Act) to deal with and respond to claims arising out of the...more

Restrictions on ICO’s Power to Impose Fines for cold calls, emails and nuisance text messages relaxed (and mobile...

by DLA Piper on

From the 6 April this year, the UK regulator the Information Commissioner will be able to issue fines for breaches of the direct marketing provision of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003...more

Can Comments By a Federal Employee Result in a Taking Requiring Compensation Under the Fifth Amendment?

by Nossaman LLP on

It depends. A recent decision out of the Federal Circuit tackled this very issue, and the court’s decision strongly suggests that a taking could arise under the right circumstances. (Filler v. U.S. (Fed. Cir. Mar. 10, 2015)...more

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Dangerous Supplements by New York Attorney General

Since the passage of the “Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act,” the supplement industry has effectively been a wild west of snake oil salesmen foisting their sometimes fraudulent and dangerous miracle cures on the...more

Workers' Comp. Alert: Going And Coming Rule Again Narrowed

The California Court of Appeal addressed the scope of the Going And Coming Rule in its decision, Craig Schultz v. WCAB and Joint Test Tactics and Training (JT3), 2015 S.O.S. 99, January 6, 2015....more

Accidental Disclosure Waives Privilege Under Public Records Act

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Court of Appeal Says Privilege Removed Under PRA By Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents - If a privileged document is accidentally released to the public during compliance with a Public Records Act request,...more

Fee award against non-party attorney is thrown out by appellate court

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Suarez v. City of Corona, 2014 DJDAR 12101, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting case concerning the interpretation of California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1038....more

Health Alert (Australia) - October 20, 2014

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: Judgements, Legislation, and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth - 15 October 2014 - Gray v Richards [2014] HCA 40 - In 2003, a 10-year-old girl...more

Discipline as Defamation: Title IX, Disciplinary Panels, and The Risks of Righteousness in The Wake of Wells V. Xavier and Harris...

LR-college-campus_med_rgbTwo recent court rulings illustrate some of the perils facing university administrators when handling internal disciplinary complaints against students who have been alleged to have committed...more

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