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Florida Court Compels Arbitration Against Nursing Home Despite Flawed Agreement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A South Florida court of appeal compelled arbitration against a nursing home in a negligence lawsuit after upholding a severability clause despite an unenforceable cap on non-economic damages and prohibition on punitive...more

Second Department Finds Commercial Tenants Can Waive Their Right to a Yellowstone Injunction

On January 31, 2018, the Appellate Division, Second Department affirmed, in a 3-1 decision, the Kings County Supreme Court Commercial Division’s decision, denying 159 MP Corp. and 240 Bedford Ave Realty Holding Corp.’s...more

Increased FTC Enforcement Highlights Need for Cyber-Regulatory Coverage

Regulatory components to cyber insurance policies are becoming increasingly valuable as data-breach enforcement continues to surge. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission), the nation’s primary privacy and data...more

California Jury Punishes Former Employees for Unfair Play-Only Lawful Competition is Sacrosanct!

by Fisher Phillips on

Notwithstanding California's strong public policy in favor of lawful competitive behavior, California employees' duty of loyalty to their current employer reigns supreme. A violation of that duty can lead to costly jury...more

Contingency Fees in Arizona: Paper is Worth its Weight in Gold

Attention Arizona attorneys: to receive compensation for your contingent fee work, make sure your fee agreement is in writing and signed by the client – or, you might not get paid at all. This is the message from the Arizona...more

Court Upholds Termination of Teacher for Sexually Harassing Co-Teacher

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Neshaminy School District v. Neshaminy Federation of Teachers, 171 A.3d 334 (Commw. Ct. 2017): The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held that an arbitrator decision violated public policy by reinstating a teacher after...more

West Virginia Legislative Brief 2/16/2018

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

...Today was yet another day of teachers showing up in large numbers voicing their opposition and concern about the PEIA and teachers pay proposals. Worth noting, last Sunday representatives of the county affiliates of the...more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims

A bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, introduced in late 2017 before the Massachusetts House of Representatives, continues to gain traction in early 2018. The bill (House Bill 4058), which...more

Understanding Limitations of Liability: Recent Alberta and Canadian Case Law

by Field Law on

Contractual liability limitations are a means of managing risk in construction contracts. Depending on the type of project, the type of possible damages, and the availability (or unavailability) of insurance, liability...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds $1.5 Million Whistleblower Jury Verdict

On January 22, 2018, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict awarding approximately $1.5 million in damages to a radiation oncologist after finding that she had been constructively and wrongfully terminated in...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 3 - January 2018: Takata's Japanese Bankruptcy Case Survives Public Policy Objection

by Dechert LLP on

As has been widely reported, over the last several years Takata Corporation and its various worldwide subsidiaries (together “Takata”) have been involved in a multitude of governmental investigations, class actions and...more

NY Issues Offshore Wind Master Plan, 2,400 MW to be Procured

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After more than a year of extensive research and study of technical and public policy options, New York State issued its comprehensive offshore wind master plan that identifies intentions to develop 2,400 megawatts (MW)...more

Be Global: On the Horizon in 2018

by DLA Piper on

In December's Be Global we looked back at 2017, highlighting developments in data privacy, employment status, working time, global mobility, gender equality, anti-corruption and whistleblowing, and pensions as well as looking...more

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Releases Draft of Regulations for Implementation of Adult-Use Marijuana

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

On December 21, 2017, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission filed a first draft of regulations for the purpose of implementing the legality of adult use of marijuana. The draft—935 CMR 500.000—reflects more than 80...more

The Paris Court of Appeal Weighs In On International Public Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On 16 January 2018, the Paris Court of Appeal reaffirmed its greater control over international arbitral awards by setting aside an ICC arbitral award in MK Group v. Onix on international public policy grounds because of a...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 3 - January 2018: Agrokor: Croatian extraordinary administration proceedings...

by Dechert LLP on

In a significant judgment on 9 November 2017, the High Court in London granted recognition of the extraordinary administration proceedings on-going in respect of the Croatian conglomerate Agrokor as a foreign proceeding under...more

Missouri Court Finds Insurance Contract’s Arbitration Clause Unenforceable As Against Public Policy

by Carlton Fields on

This case arose from an accident at the General Motors plant in Kansas City, Kansas, where an electrician employed by Capital Electric Construction Company, Inc. was severely injured due to negligence by Solaris Power...more

Freedom of Information Code of Practice Consultation

by Hogan Lovells on

The Government is consulting on various revisions to the Code of Practice for public authorities on their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the “Act“). ...more

Missouri Court Holds Arbitration Clause In Insurance Contract Unenforceable As Against Public Policy And Under Governing Law

by Carlton Fields on

A Missouri district court recently held a mandatory arbitration provision was unenforceable in an insurance coverage dispute after an electrician was injured on the job and won an uncontested judgment in state court against...more

New Jersey Proposes to Drastically Restrict the Use of Non-Compete Agreements

Last month, the New Jersey State Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518 (the “Bill”), which, if passed, will severely restrict the use and enforceability of employee non-compete agreements in the state of New Jersey. Most...more

Florida Court Rejects Property Insurer’s Effort To Limit Assignment Of Benefits

by Carlton Fields on

An assignment of benefits (AOB) is a legal tool that allows a third party to be paid for services performed for an insured property owner who would normally be reimbursed by the insurance company directly after making a...more

Connecticut District Court Provides Interpretation of ACA Provision - Decision Allows Insurers to Circumvent Hospitals in...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The ACA does not prevent insurers from declining to directly reimburse out-of-network hospitals for emergency care, and instead adjudicate and administer claims directly with individual patients, the U.S. District Court for...more

Senate, House Tax Reform Bills at Odds on Tax Exempt Bonds for Nonprofit Organizations, Including Health Care

by Polsinelli on

On November 9, the Senate released the Joint Committee on Taxation, Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which summarizes the Senate’s version of a “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” bill (the “Senate...more

OCC’s call for study of separation of banking and commerce: revisited topic with a new twist

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

According to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Ken Noreika, the time is right to reconsider the U.S. policy of limiting the ability of banking and commercial businesses to mix together. ...more

West Virginia Plaintiffs Haunted by Past Excesses

by Reed Smith on

We remember how, shortly after the atrocious decision in Johnson & Johnson v. Karl, 647 S.E.2d 899 (W. Va. 2007), rejecting altogether the learned intermediary rule, litigation tourists visiting West Virginia argued that Karl...more

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