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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Import From Cuba
One aspect of the dramatic shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba that has not been widely reported is a relaxation of the old rule prohibiting imports of... Read More >
Breaking News: Executive Order Signed Relating to “Significant Malicious Cyber-E
President Obama today signed an Executive Order granting authority to the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (... Read More >
Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, and Universal Studios v. Nissim Corp: Denying
Takeaway: A parent-subsidiary relationship alone is not sufficient to establish that a party is a real party-in-interest. However, a party that... Read More >
When Does a Traveling Employee Actually Begin to "Travel"?
In Pryor v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, 2015 IL App (2d) 130874WC, the Illinois Appellate Court, Workers' Compensation... Read More >
The Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015
On March 25, 2015, the United States House of Representative, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade approved draft... Read More >
Ethiopian Airlines Is Bringing Africa Together and to the World
The ongoing expansion activities of Ethiopian Airlines has the potential to make a significant impact on intra-African trade and in deepening the... Read More >
Defray the Costs of CFPB Actions by Utilizing your Insurance Portfolio
Each year since its creation in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has steadily increased the number of... Read More >
Email Autofill Error Exposes Personal Information of G20 World Leaders
With breaches caused by payment card thieves and hackers dominating the news, it is easy for mid-sized and small companies to think that data... Read More >
Recent Developments Illustrate the Need to Regularly Review Employee Handbooks
A recent report from the General Counsel of National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”)... Read More >
IRS Releases Final Regulations Clarifying 162(m) Limitation on Compensation
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code precludes the deduction by public companies for... Read More >
A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments
Fourth Circuit Applies Two-Year Statute of Limitations to SOX Whistleblower Claim and Confirms... Read More >
Mining Industry Coalition Opposes Proposed Civil Penalty Rule Changes under Mine
Mark Savit
Opposing a proposed Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rule changing the civil penalty... Read More >

Federal Court News

No Girls Allowed Isn't Allowed: Even Roughnecks Have to Follow the Law

Even in the “manliest” of jobs, employers must be careful not to discriminate against female applicants, or it will cost them. On March 24, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma...

The FASB’s Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-02, Consolidation (Topic 810): Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis, ...

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Moldex-Metric, Inc. v. McKeon Products, Inc. clarifies that even when a single color trade dress has a function, and even when the color is marketed as such, this...

In our last couple posts, we’ve been speaking about non-compete agreements and the way they are evaluated by courts in the state of Kentucky. Given all that we have discussed, it is interesting to look at the way a...

"Why, when the employer accommodated so many, could it not accommodate pregnant women as well?" With that telling reasoning, the Supreme Court last week sent a case back to a federal appellate court and served notice...

State Court News

Ohio Wind Developer and FWS Successfully Defend Incidental Take Permit for Endan

A proposed Ohio wind farm cleared another legal hurdle last week when Judge Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (“FWS”) issuance of...

On December 23, 2013 (then) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 126, which affects Pennsylvania motorcycle riders. The law, known as Act 126 of 2013 (effective February 21, 2014) limits the number of times a motorcycle...

Manufacturing on the Rise in Florida

When one thinks of business in Florida, most think of tourism—amusement parks, fishing, golf, and beaches—or Florida’s world-famous citrus agriculture—oranges, grapefruits, and strawberries. Perhaps...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

Italy: GSE Claims Reimbursement of FiT Payments from Conto Energia I Plant Owner
by: Carsten Steinhauer of McDermott Will & Emery

Owners of early generation Conto Energia I photovoltaic (PV) plants are currently receiving letters from the Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE) announcing that it will adjust the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) downwards and claim...

by: Lacy Kolo and David Elkins of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Following President Obama’s December 2014 announcement of a relaxed policy towards Cuba, many companies await the opening up of the Cuban market. Some steps can be taken now to protect a company’s valuable...

by: Witney Schneidman and Earl W. Gast of Covington & Burling LLP

The historic electoral victory by Muhammadu Buhari, the first time an opposition candidate has defeated an incumbent president in Nigeria, opens a new and unprecedented chapter in the history of Africa’s most populous...