August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016

August 26, 2016


Money, PwC Settlement in $5.5 Billion Bankruptcy Case of Former Client Underscores Critical Gatekeeper Role of Auditors
In the largest accounting negligence case to go to trial, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was accused of enabling a $5.5 billion fraud at the bankrupt... Read More >
automobile, car, self-driving
You know how flying cars, jet packs and things like that always seem way off into the future? Many feel the same about self-driving cars being on the... Read More >
food label, fda, natural vs organic
The continued uptick in “Natural” and “Organic” claims combined with increased consumer confusion concerns may result in... Read More >
ESOP, Employment Stock Ownership Plan
Each year, the National Center for Employee Ownership updates its employer stock litigation review (the ESOP and 401(k) Plan Employer Stock... Read More >
Equal Pay, FAR Council Issues Final Rule, DOL Issues Final Guidance on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Executive Order, Effective October 25, 2016
Yesterday, the Federal Acquisition Regulations Council (“FAR Council”) and the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its... Read More >
University, NLRB Excludes Theology Teachers from Bargaining Unit at Catholic Universities
While the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision this week in the teaching assistants’ case caught most of the headlines, the... Read More >
Union Stamp, Students can Organize
The issue of whether students may be considered employees for purposes of organizing under the National Labor Relations Act has been a hotly... Read More >
Wind mills, Massachusetts Legislation Spurs Offshore Wind Power Development
On August 8, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a major energy bill aimed at putting Massachusetts at the forefront of states... Read More >
taxes, family law
Due to recently proposed regulations to Section 2704 by the U.S. Treasury Department, high net-... Read More >
Taxes, planning
This month the IRS issued proposed regulations designed to limit, or eliminate, popular estate tax... Read More >
Income Return, IRS Begins Formal Assessment of CAP Program
On August 26, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that its Large Business &... Read More >
Workplace, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Final Rule and Guidance Released by DOL and FAR Council
Just in time for Labor Day, the Labor Department and FAR Council issued a final rule and... Read More >
Cutlery, Incredible Edible Food Packaging
USDA researchers are developing edible food packaging made from milk proteins. Fomented by dual... Read More >

Federal Court News

patent, IP

Listed below are all new filings before the PTAB of petitions for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM).  Also listed are any newly-posted requests for ex parte...

Discrimination, Seventh Circuit Discards Well-Worn Standard for Discrimination Cases

Does this Herald the End of the Golden Age of Summary Judgment for Employers?

Late last week, the often employer-friendly Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out the basis upon which...

NLRB, Exercises Jurisdiction Over Charter Schools

It’s been a busy summer for the National Labor Relations Board. After issuing important decisions expanding the reach of the National Labor Relations Act to allow...

gavel, securities, arbitration

Corn v. Superior Court, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6182 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Aug. 22, 2016) is a case about the meaning of one sentence in a settlement agreement consisting of just seven words – “The...

Meeting, EEOC Transgender Case, New York City Labor Peace Agreements, Parental Leave: Employment Law This Week - August 29, 2016 [VIDEO]

EEOC Loses Transgender Case in Michigan

Our top story: An employer wins a landmark case after firing a transgender employee. A funeral home in Michigan decided to terminate its director after he...

NLRB, seal, union, student assistants

The National Labor Relations Board today opened the door for further unionization efforts at institutions of higher education by finding that student assistants are employees and therefore eligible for union organizing. Its...

State Court News

Gavel, Litigation

In Olivo v. Owens-Illinois, Inc., 186 N.J. 394 (2006), the New Jersey Supreme Court imposed a duty of care on a landowner in a premises liability case for injury to a spouse from take-home exposure to a toxic substance...

edible arrangements, trademark infringement, IP

In a recent decision, Judge Vanessa L. Bryant shed some light on a significant new issue: trademark infringement in the world of internet keyword advertising. In a case with important implications for online marketing...

employee handbook, illinois, caregiver leave act

Effective January 1, 2017, the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (the “Act”) will allow employees to use employer-provided personal sick leave benefits to care for an ill or injured family member or attend a medical appointment...


brexit signs, uk, eu

Following the 2008 banking crisis, governments around the world found themselves having to bail out large financial institutions by injecting capital to help those institutions continue to service their debts. In Europe, the...

pills in money, illegal pharmaceutical sales, Alcon Laboratories

Recently, a U.S. pharmaceutical and medical supply company was fined over $16 Million for illegal sales, exports and reexports to Iran, Sudan, and Syria—countries that are currently subject...

gavel, ITC, PTAB

In Certain Three-Dimensional Cinema Systems and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-939, the ITC for the first time suspended enforcement of a remedial order in view of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board Final Written...