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De Minimis Claims

In infringement, sometimes the little things don’t mean a lot

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In the immortal words of "Caddyshack"'s Ty Webb, a flute without holes is not a flute. Similarly, a de minimus infringement is not an infringement, according to a New York federal judge, who ruled that a “fleeting shot” of...more

Does The De Minimis Defense Apply To California Labor Code Claims?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The California Supreme Court recently heard the case of Troester v. Starbucks Corporation which could significantly increase employers’ exposure to claims by hourly paid employees for small pre-shift and post-shift tasks that...more

Copyright Suit Against HBO Tossed

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HBO escaped a copyright lawsuit on Tuesday May 1, after a New York federal judge dismissed claims filed against the network by a graffiti artist. Last July, Itoffee R. Gayle, sued the television network for featuring his...more

Supreme Court to Address Use of Cy Pres Relief in Class Action Settlements Next Term

The Supreme Court recently granted review in a case that involves whether, or in what circumstances, cy pres relief may be used in class action settlements. ...more

Supreme Court to Review Use of Charitable Donation to Settle Privacy Claims Against Google

A challenge to the use of a cy pres charitable donations to settle privacy claims against Google will be heard by the Supreme Court. In Frank v. Gaos, petitioners seek reversal of lower court decisions rejecting their...more

Supreme Court to Decide Permissibility of Cy Pres Awards in Class Action Settlements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether parties to a class action may agree to a settlement that confers cy pres awards upon various nonprofit institutions and organizations, but provides no monetary relief for...more

A Waiting Time/Bag Inspection Case Where The De Minimis Defense Actually Worked!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have blogged several times recently on the rash of “check bag” cases that have percolated through the courts. Another example. A class of workers employed by Converse Inc. have now asked the Ninth Circuit to revive a class...more

Natural Gas Importer Sues U.S. Customs for Rejecting NAFTA Claims

by Perkins Coie on

An importer of natural gas from Canada filed suit on February 23, 2018, alleging that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unlawfully denied preferential treatment for its imports under the North American Free Trade...more

Good Faith Exception to Exclusionary Rule Saves Conviction Based on Illegal Search

In United States v. Gomez, 16-181-cr (Parker, Wesley, and Droney), the Second Circuit found that the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated during a five-minute traffic stop because the police officers extended the...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - February 2018

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts – SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Cryptocurrency-related Holdings - On January 18, 2018, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment...more

Step On A Crack; Break Your Mother's Back

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Most of us know the old rhyme, “Step on a crack, you’ll break your mother’s back.” It also means you might just break your leg, hurt your back, or worse. We all know that transportation companies are more than just about...more

Employment Law - November 2017

California Employers Face Multiple New Laws - Why it matters - With several new employment-related measures recently signed into law, California employers should start preparing themselves now. Beginning on Jan. 1,...more

CFTC Order Extends Application of Current De Minimis Threshold Until December 2019

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an order (the “De Minimis Order”) that pushes back by one year the date on which the CFTC may lower its swap dealer de minimis threshold, the amount of swap...more

Time Study Kills Off-the-Clock Claim

by BakerHostetler on

In many cases, particularly in light of last year’s decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, it is the plaintiff who tries to use statistical evidence in an off-the-clock case to estimate damages. But that same data may...more

A Copyright Fable: Debunking The “Seven-Second Rule”

If you are a television news producer or documentary filmmaker, you have almost certainly faced this issue: You are putting together a story about a past event, and you want to make the point that this past event was once the...more

Is 2 seconds of television time too much to be a fair use?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a recent episode of "48 Hours," CBS displayed – for two seconds – a copyrighted photograph taken by Steven Hirsch. He sued for copyright infringement. A federal court in Manhattan denied CBS’s motion to dismiss, finding...more

House Judiciary Subcommittee to Consider Sensenbrenner Bill on July 25, 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017 (NRWRA) is scheduled for a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law on Tuesday, July 25 at 10:00 am EDT in 2141...more

Meals and Entertainment Expenses Can Be 100% Deductible

In general, a taxpayer may deduct only 50% of its business-related meals and entertainment expenses. This is commonly known as the 50% limit on meals and entertainment expenses. The 50% limit typically applies to the...more

Who Says There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? -- the US Tax Court in Jacobs v. Commissioner Ruled That There May Be Such a...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Judge Ruwe ruled in Jeremy M. Jacobs and Margaret J. Jacobs v. Commissioner, 148 T.C. 24 (June 26, 2017), that a free lunch may exist today under Federal tax law. In this case, the taxpayers, owners of the Boston Bruins of...more

Fair use blocks out copyright claim over LeBron’s tattoo

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Courtside questions: Is it fair or foul to show a player’s tattoo in a video game? LeBron James is a talented individual: three-time NBA Champion; 13-time NBA All-Star. And he gave a more than respectable performance playing...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/24-4/28

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week... Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week – The...more

Does Chevron Ever Permit EPA to Rewrite a Statute? EPA’s Release Reporting Exemptions Are Struck Down

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated EPA’s final rule governing reporting of air releases from animal feeding operations. The Court found that EPA had no statutory authority...more

Employer’s Guide to Preliminary and/or De Minimis Activities Under the FLSA: Booting Up Before Clocking In

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Security apps, passwords, and slow computers can delay the start of the workday for many of us by one to six minutes. For non-exempt employees, this can become an issue. Office employees who clock in using their work...more

“Pre-Shift” Does Not Mean “Before-Shift”: Are Your Pre-Shift Meetings Violating The FLSA?

by Fisher Phillips on

The popular workplace practice of holding a “pre-shift” meeting to set the tone of the workday and communicate important announcements can be very beneficial and may even boost workplace morale. But don’t be fooled by this...more

Wage and Hour Compliance: Off-the-Clock Work

by McManis Faulkner on

Thanks to the wonders of technology, it has become increasingly easier for non-exempt employees to engage in small work-related acts, or to be “on call” for their employer, after they have “clocked out” at the end of a shift....more

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