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I-21 – Sexual Harassment (Still), Political Tweeting, and Intersectional Discrimination

by Cozen O'Connor on

Good faith and timing means everything in employment law. This episode of Employment Law Now provides an update from DC, discusses questions employers should be asking in today’s climate of troubling sexual harassment news,...more

New CMS Guidance on Information Blocking

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published two important guidance statements on so-called "information blocking," i.e., knowingly and willfully limiting or restricting the compatibility or...more

Traps for the Unwary under California Law: How Good Deals Can Go Bad

by Blank Rome LLP on

California law has the potential to produce unintended consequences in real estate transactions. Below are a few of the legal “gotchas” that deal makers should keep in mind in transactions where California law...more

E.D. Virginia Allows FCA Whistleblower Retaliation Claim To Proceed

Background. Plaintiff worked with the Senior Advisor for Veteran Employment for the Department of Veteran Affairs (“Senior Advisor”) to develop an online veterans’ employment assistance program. The Senior Advisor’s husband...more

Healthcare Employers, Beware: HIPAA Whistleblowers Could Be (Legally) Leaking Protected Health Information

by Fisher Phillips on

In this day and age, healthcare employers are quite familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects the disclosure of patients’ confidential health information. After all, in the...more

Cooperation And Competence Are Critical, Concludes One Court

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

United States v. New Mexico State Univ., No. 1:16-cv-00911-JAP-LF, 2017 WL 4386358 (D.N.M. Sept. 29, 2017) This case, which arises from allegations of pay discrimination by New Mexico State University (“NMSU”) based on...more

The Case Against Do-It-Yourself Tax Returns: You Don't Know What You Don't Know

In an effort to comply with the increasing complexity of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and the regulations promulgated thereunder, many taxpayers are looking to tax preparation software for assistance in preparing...more

Fourth Circuit Finds Employer Not Liable for Terminating Employee Believed to Have Made False Report of Harassment

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Can an employer be held liable under Title VII when it fires an employee based on a good faith belief that she falsely accused another employee of sexual harassment — even if that belief may have been based upon a mistake of...more

Employer’s Victory In Workers’ Compensation Proceeding Leads To Dismissal Of Discrimination Claims

A recent California Court of Appeal opinion reminds employers of the need to carefully monitor parallel workers’ compensation proceedings involving litigants who also have civil claims pending against the employer. Ly v....more

Court Extinguishes Parties’ Motions to Strike in LED Patent Dispute

Although motions to strike are generally difficult to win, when successful they can significantly dim the opposing party’s prospects for victory on particular claims or defenses. In one recent patent infringement action out...more

District Of South Carolina Denies Motion To Dismiss Action Involving Fronting Relationship

by Carlton Fields on

Applying Delaware law, a South Carolina District Court found Plaintiff had properly pled its causes of action for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence/gross negligence and negligent misrepresentation...more

English Court Rules on Unwinding of Distressed Debt LMA Trades

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The English Commercial Court heard a dispute regarding a back-to-back trade of distressed debt between an upstream seller and a downstream buyer, via a "riskless principal" broker, which contained an express...more

California Updates Its Auto-Renewal Law

by Perkins Coie on

From fashion clothing in the mail to gym memberships to monthly mobile app subscriptions, the subscription-based business model is everywhere and here to stay. As more companies adopt this model, states around the country...more

Google Requests Contempt Order For $10,000 Sanctions Per Day Against…Google: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

Last month, we wrote that Google went 0 for 2 in August in its request for review of warrant cases related to the Stored Communications Act of 1986 (SCA) and the order to produce ESI stored internationally that is subject to...more

Third-Party Bad Faith Is Dead Again!

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Back in June 2016, we reported on a 3-2 Memorandum Decision of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia (“WVSCA”) which appeared to be a disguised (and prohibited) third-party bad faith claim under a liability policy. In...more

A guide to termination of long term contracts in the energy sector

by DLA Piper on

The recent decline in, future and uncertainty surrounding, the price of oil and gas has caused energy sector companies to look particularly closely at their contractual rights and obligations. A long term contract that was...more

7 Business Cases to Follow in the Supreme Court's Fall Term

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada’s fall term begins on October 2. Scheduled hearings that may interest the business community are described below...more

Finding the Unicorn in Lender Liability Litigation

by Bryan Cave on

Investors frequently talk in terms of trying to find the next unicorn, that small start-up company that is going to turn into a billion dollar valuation. Lawyers are like that as well, always looking for that new decision...more

Update: Just Born Strike

The Just Born strike is not resolved.... The lesson to be learned from the Just Born strike is that employers in the private sector ultimately control the final terms and conditions of employment for their unionized...more

If a Whistleblower is Just Playing the Same Old Tune, Does the Law Protect Him?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Some of the trickiest employment decisions can involve employees who have made accusatory complaints against the company they work for. Many state and federal laws protect “whistleblowers” who try to bring to light illegal...more

Ninth Circuit: Employer’s Good Faith Reliance on HR Director is Not a Defense for Any I-9 Form Compliance Violations – Civil...

On August 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a several hundred thousand dollar penalty against a Phoenix, Arizona employer for violating several provisions of the United States Code related to an employer’s statutory...more

Minnesota Supreme Court clarifies requirements for state whistleblower lawsuits

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

An opinion issued by the Minnesota Supreme Court on August 9, 2017, could be the basis for more lawsuits by employees accusing employers of retaliating against them for reporting alleged wrongdoing. The case is Friedlander v....more

Does Making Any Complaint About Work Now Turn An Employee Into A Possible Whistleblower Under Minnesota Law?

by Littler on

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion on August 9, 2017 in Friedlander v. Edwards Lifesciences, LLC, finding that the 2013 amendments to the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (“MWA”) abrogated the requirement that...more

2017 Summer review: M&A legal and market developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Good Faith Belief in Employee’s Wrongdoing Serves as Defense Against Retaliation Claim

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling may offer employers in North and South Carolina another defense against an employee’s retaliation claim: No liability for adverse action against an employee based on the...more

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