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JAMS Employment Matters - Winter 2017

by JAMS on

The Sunk Cost Fallacy: Why Workers Stay with Bad Jobs, Employers Keep Poorly Performing Employees and More Discovery May Backfire - In economics, a sunk cost is any cost that has already been paid and cannot be recovered....more

Making a Federal Case Out of It: What Does the DTSA’s “Interstate Commerce” Limitation Mean?

We’ve blogged a lot about the Defend Trade Secrets Act in the roughly year-and-a-half period since the law was enacted. Our coverage has run the gamut: from the first jury verdict under the DTSA, to the U.S. Patent and...more

Salt Transloading Facility: Court Addresses Whether Local Ordinance is Preempted by Federal Statute

A United States District Court addressed in a December 7th opinion whether the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“Act”) preempted a Vermont town’s ordinance regulating a salt transloading facility. See Vermont...more

Bitcoin: Where Speculation (Likely) Meets Securities Regulation

by Murtha Cullina on

Recently, Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies have been widely reported in national mainstream news, with stories describing rapidly higher prices and interest, especially among retail investors. As a result, regulated...more

FERC Puts Cloud Over Certain Oil Pipeline Marketing Affiliate Transactions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In an unexpected shake up in the oil pipeline industry, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) recently declined to approve an oil pipeline’s proposal to have its marketing affiliate obtain its...more

Nonprofits Can Avoid Overtime Requirements If They Avoid 'Enterprise' Status

Last year’s proposal to increase the minimum salary to qualify for exemption from federal overtime requirements hit nonprofit employers particularly hard. While the new salary levels never went into effect, many nonprofits...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA publishes guidance for menu-labeling rule. On November 7, the FDA published...more

Look Before You Leap – FDA Issues Warning Letters to Four Cannabis-Based Businesses Over Unlawful Product Claims

While the phrase “Green Rush” has been applied to the recent relaxation of state and local laws pertaining to the sale of medicinal and recreational marijuana, perhaps a more apt phrase is: “Check yourself before you wreck...more

California’s Drug Price Transparency Bill

by Knobbe Martens on

On October 9, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the new drug price transparency bill SB 17. The new law requires pharmaceutical companies to give 60 days’ notice to state and health insurers if they plan to raise...more

Lorenzo's a Schemer, Not a Maker; Dissent Blasts SEC ("Not Fair," "Stinks")

by Burr & Forman on

Cut, paste and forward ? just as the boss instructed. But Lorenzo’s email to two clients was misleading, so the SEC filed an enforcement action. The ALJ held Lorenzo liable for violating anti-fraud provisions and imposed a...more

Are You Owed Overtime Wages?

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires covered employers to pay all non-exempt employees the federal minimum wage. It also requires covered employers to pay non-exempt employees 1.5 times their regular rate for any...more

South Dakota Nexus Law Held Invalid in Violation of Quill

by Varnum LLP on

Like many states, South Dakota recently enacted an aggressive sales and use tax nexus statute requiring certain out-of-state retailers with no physical presence in South Dakota to collect and remit tax on sales made to South...more

Trademark Rights Based on Common Law or Federal Registration

by Snell & Wilmer on

This article analyzes trademark rights depending on: (1) whether a user is relying on common-law rights or a federal trademark registration, (2) the effective date on which a user’s rights began, and (3) the geographical...more

Sen. McCain's New Jones Act Repeal Effort Not Likely to Progress

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Sen. John McCain's proposed "Open America's Waters Act of 2017" is the Arizona Republican's fourth effort to eliminate or sharply pare back Jones Act cabotage restrictions in the past eight years. • McCain's latest...more

How Employers Can Avoid California Labor Code Section 925

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Many non-California employers view the enactment of California Labor Code Section 925 as destroying any possibility of avoiding the state’s restrictive covenants laws for California-based employees. But there is hope! With...more

Do Private Company M&A Intermediaries Need to Register with the SEC as Broker-Dealers?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Since 2014, many private company mergers and acquisitions intermediaries have chosen not to register as broker-dealers. That’s because a 2014 SEC no-action letter took the position that intermediaries that limited their...more

Use in commerce for federal trademark registration: the Federal Circuit slowly moves towards the Supreme Court

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Is there any use of a trademark within the United States that is insufficient to support federal trademark registration? The federal trademark laws are based on the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, and...more

Second Circuit Rejects Novel Due Process Challenge to Rule Permitting Evidence of Prior Sexual Assaults

The Second Circuit joined its sister circuits and upheld the constitutionality Federal Rule of Evidence 413, which renders admissible propensity evidence about the defendant in sexual assault cases. In United States v....more

The Muddy Waters of Use for Beer Brands

The Craft Brewers Conference is an impressive affair. Between the number of brewers I’ve met from across the country as well as internationally, and the colossal trade show, the breadth and scope of the industry is probably...more

Expect a Mess When Food and Class Actions Collide: Part 1

by Benesch on

Remember eating pasta and spaghetti sauce as a kid? Remember what it did to your shirt? Your face? Want to rekindle that memory? Two recent cases will help you revive it. One involves gumbo; the other, gourmet foods and...more

DELAYED: The FDA’s Intended Use Rule

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

The effective date of FDA’s Intended Use Rule has been extended until March 19, 2018. The comment period will remain open until May 19, 2017....more

In Commercial Litigation, Home-Field Advantage Can Help You Win

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Interstate commerce is happening all around us, all the time. Companies from all over the country do business with each other. Lawsuits between these companies, however, can only occur in one place (aka venue). Does it matter...more

Just When We Thought Measure 97 Was Dead—It May Be Back!

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As I reported previously, Oregon Measure 97 was overwhelmingly defeated by voters in the state’s general election this past November. It certainly appeared that the voters spoke loudly and clearly on November 8, 2016, when...more

Riding Currents into New Markets: What Power Generation Developers and Contractors Should Watch Out For

The CPV St. Charles Energy Center, a new 725 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Maryland, went online earlier this month. The U.S. Supreme Court analyzed federal preemption with respect to state regulation of power...more

Facing a Potentially Lengthy Non quorum Period, FERC Delegates Further Authority to Its Staff

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order (the “Delegation Order”) delegating “further authority” to its staff—beyond the existing delegations of authority...more

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