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Professional Regulatory Alert: No Loyalty Program for Drugs: Court Confirms Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements

by Field Law on

The Alberta Court of Appeal recently confirmed that professional regulators have significant discretion to implement rules and policies intended to protect the public interest. Specifically, rules and policies may include the...more

DOT Rebrands and Expands FAST Act Grant Opportunities for Infrastructure Projects

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Yesterday, the Department of Transportation announced a discretionary grant program called the Infrastructure Rebuilding America Grants program. The program is a rebranding and expansion of the FASTLANE program, which stems...more

Can an Employee take FMLA Leave to Care For a Sibling? Before You Say "No," Read This

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

I love my brother dearly. I love my sister just as much. And whenever we near the end of life’s journey (a long time from now, of course), I’ll be there to care for them. And they, for me, despite the many piledrivers I...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Claims Based on Bank's Pricing Policy for Vehicle-Secured Loans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a proposed consent order with Charter Bank to settle charges that the bank violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by discriminating on the basis of national origin...more

Germany: Court Holds Payment and Amount of Discretionary Bonuses are Subject to Judicial Review

by Littler on

On August 3, 2016, Germany's Federal Labor Court ruled that while the payment of employee bonuses and their amounts are at the discretion of the employer, they are subject to full judicial review. Under this reinterpretation...more

NJ Supreme Court Holds Intervening Mortgage Takes Priority After Discretionary Advances by Initial Mortgagee

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently clarified its rules regarding mortgage priority, holding that a factoring company’s secured first mortgage can be trumped by a law firm’s later-filed mortgage where the factoring company...more

Supreme Court Decides Simmons v. Himmelreich

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Simmons v. Himmelreich, No. 15–109, holding that the judgment-bar provision of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) does not apply to claims dismissed for falling...more

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