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The Second Circuit Provides A Roadmap For Employers Defending Claims Under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Littler on

While the emergence of biometric technology in the workplace is not a new phenomenon, employers being sued for utilizing this technology is a new trend. Over the past three months, more than 30 class action lawsuits have...more

Food Litigation Trends: New and Undefined Label Claims in 2017

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Part 1: Current Trends and Ingredient Claims - Class-action lawsuits involving the false advertising of food products continue to be one of the most active areas in class litigation. Originally published in Update...more

The Enforceability of Waiver of Defense Provisions in Guaranty Agreements

by Stinson Leonard Street on

It has been said that a guarantor is a fool with a pen. Even the Bible warns, "whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe." Proverbs 11:15, NIV. That...more

[Event] CLE Event: "Whistling at Work" - December 7th, Columbus OH

by BakerHostetler on

The Top 5 Issues for Navigating the Employment Relationship to Avoid and Defend Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints Topics - - Whistleblower 101: Law and Process - Whistleblower and Compliance Policies: Prevention...more

[Webinar] Frequently Asked Employment-Related Questions and Answers Employers Need to Know - December 8th, 10:00am MT

by Payne & Fears on

Every year our clients approach us seeking legal counsel and guidance on a wide range of employment-related issues. Some of these issues are unique to a particular industry; others are common to employers in general. As this...more

Call of Duty Trademark Lawsuit: A Humvee Humdinger

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

AM General, manufacturer of Humvee military vehicles, has sued Activision Blizzard for trademark infringement, based on the use of the “Humvee” and “HMMWV” marks for the virtual military vehicles displayed in...more

California Proposition 65 Actions Expected to Target Furfuryl Alcohol in Food and Beverages

by Bryan Cave on

The next wave of lawsuits involving California Proposition 65 and food products may allege exposure to furfuryl alcohol, a chemical commonly found in a wide variety of thermally processed foods and listed as a carcinogen...more

The Ramifications of a Less-Than-Thorough Investigation

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

An insurance carrier has declined to defend a claim asserted against its insured, arguably without meeting its obligation to investigate the claim. For whatever reason — a change in personnel, loss of a file, or some other...more

ITC Remains Unpersuaded by Final PTAB Rulings

by Jones Day on

This week the ITC stood firm in its position that final PTAB rulings of unpatentability in IPR proceedings are not grounds to modify, suspend, or rescind remedial orders. In Certain Foam Footwear, Inv. No. 337-TA-567, the ITC...more

Insurance Claims and Autonomous Vehicles

by Bryan Cave on

The adoption of autonomous vehicles will have profound legal consequences for insurance claims and liability laws. As vehicles with increasingly sophisticated autonomous driving capabilities proliferate, industry experts...more

[Webinar] Cross-Border Data Breach Litigation Settlements - November 2nd, 12:00pm ET

by BakerHostetler on

Please join BakerHostetler’s Class Action Defense Team along with Kurtzman Carson Consultants (KCC) LLC, RicePoint Administration Inc. and Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP for “Cross-Border Data Breach Litigation Settlements,” on...more

Foreign Companies' Victories in Chinese Courts Support Forum Non Conveniens Motions in U.S. Courts

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A series of recent intellectual property case victories by foreign plaintiffs against Chinese companies in Chinese courts has relevance for the forum non conveniens doctrine as a critical defense motion in U.S....more

Fighting Patent Trolls

by Snell & Wilmer on

When it comes to suppressing U.S. competiveness, no one does it better than patent trolls. A 2017 study concluded that 5,100 patent infringement lawsuits were filed in 2016. Patent Trolls account for about 67% of...more

Lucky Seven – Multi-Plaintiff Misjoinder Fails in Illinois Post-BMS

by Reed Smith on

Once the Supreme Court’s decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017), definitively determined that non-resident plaintiffs can’t go suing non-resident defendants anywhere they want,...more

Topple of Estoppel? Eleventh Circuit Deals Blow to Bankruptcy Disclosure Defense in Discrimination Suit

Employees who sue their employers must disclose that lawsuit if they file for bankruptcy—right? Maybe not. In Slater v. U.S. Steel Corp., the Eleventh Circuit overruled prior precedent and impaired a valuable defense for...more

New Avenue for Motor Carriers and Brokers to Remove Cases to Federal Court

by Sands Anderson PC on

Earlier this year in Desiree Luccio and Reed Frerichs v. UPS Co., the Southern District of Florida brought good news for motor carriers and brokers. This case involved UPS’ intrastate transportation of frozen embryos. The...more

The IRS is Garnishing My Wages or Taking My Bank Account: What Do I Do? Collection Due Process Relief (Part 9)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If an individual or business owes but has not paid federal taxes, the IRS will make efforts to collect these taxes. The IRS will first send a series of notices requesting payment, but if the taxpayer does not respond to the...more

Practice Pointers to Best Utilize or Respond to Document Requests: Sedona Publishes Rule 34 Primer

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The rules governing how litigants conduct written discovery changed substantially on December 1, 2015, when major amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect....more

Recent Decision Highlights Viability of Factual Challenges to Standing in Data Breach Cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Private civil actions against companies that have suffered data security breaches raise a panoply of issues, but none more prevalent or decisive than those relating to injury and damages. This is because most plaintiffs in...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Constitutional Limits on Specific Jurisdiction Over Foreign Defendants…Again

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Since 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court has continued to roll back the expansion of personal jurisdiction by lower courts and has set more limitations on where a plaintiff can sue corporate defendants. We have watched this unfold...more

The Preemption Defense to Flood Insurance Claims Under the National Flood Insurance Program

by Wilson Elser on

According to Lloyd’s of London, which helped to reinsure the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for more than $1 billion seven months before Hurricane Harvey, the storms in Texas and Florida may result in damage...more

It’s About Context: CFPB Wins Bench Trial Against Third Party Servicer for Deceptive Advertising

by Goodwin on

On September 8, 2017, a judge in the Northern District California assessed a statutory penalty of $7,930,000 against Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. (Nationwide) and issued an injunction prohibiting further deceptive...more

Situations When Written Opinions of Counsel Could Spare You a Patent-Related Headache

In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. making it easier for courts to find willful infringement in patent cases and award enhanced damages. Prior to...more

Interference On The Defense? Tenth Circuit Reinstates EEOC’s Formerly Dismissed Claim

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a federal district court dismissed the EEOC’s unlawful-interference claim against a private college that had sued a former employee for allegedly breaching a settlement agreement by filing an EEOC...more

Beware: Claims Investigations May Not Be Protected From Disclosure In Maryland

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Insurance companies and lawyers defending insurance companies oftentimes try to shield claims investigations from disclosure during discovery. Oftentimes, the claimed basis for non-disclosure is the work-product privilege. In...more

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