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SEC Whistleblower Award Rule Changes
This week, in a 3-2 vote, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) approved ... Read More >
 Immigration DOS Visa Bulletin Green Card Availability
On September 24, 2020, The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin, the first of the new government fiscal year (... Read More >
Advocating for Transgender, Intersex, and Gender Nonconforming People’s Equal Access to Homeless Shelters
Nearly one-third of transgender individuals experience homelessness at some point in their life, and 70% of those who have stayed in a... Read More >
public charge rule injunction overturned
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may resume implementation of the new Public Charge Rule, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit... Read More >
Trump EO Sex & Race Stereotyping
On September 22, 2020 President Trump issued an Executive Order “on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping” (“September 22 EO... Read More >
Trump EO Prohibits Diversity and Implicit Bias Training
by: Jack Blum
On September 22, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping that will prohibit federal contractors and... Read More >
Trump Second Term Impact on Healthcare
As the campaign heads into the final weeks, it presents an opportunity to ask a question: what happens if President Trump wins reelection? What... Read More >
Banksy Loses Flower Bomber EUIPO Trademark
Banksy’s trade mark for one of his most famous artistic designs has been declared invalid by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (... Read More >
DOJ Open to Comments on Banking Merger Guidelines
On September 1, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division requested comments on... Read More >
Offshore Platform Decommissioning
“Decommissioning” is the process of terminating oil and gas operations at offshore platforms. It... Read More >
improving cybersecurity to avoid data breaches
On the heels of recent significant Office for Civil Rights (OCR) breach settlements—one related to... Read More >
PTSD Leading to Dementia After an Accident
Traumatic brain injuries are considered risk factors for other neurologic diseases such as dementia... Read More >
OCC Stablecoin Statement
On 21 September, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued Interpretive Letter... Read More >
OFCCP Updates Contractor Review Guidance
As we recently reported, OFCCP has issued its 2020 Corporate Scheduling Announcement List.  That... Read More >
DOL Healthcare Provider Definition
Almost six months after the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued regulations under the Families... Read More >
Driverless Cars Patents and Funding
As Electric / Autonomous Vehicle (E/AV) technologies continue to gain traction, E/AV companies are... Read More >
OFCCP Guidance Landing Pages
OFCCP’s most recent CSAL included, for the first time, establishments selected for promotion and... Read More >

Emerging Legal News

Federal Law News

Machine Learning and ESR in Livingston v. City of Chicago

In a recent order from Livingston v. City of Chicago, Magistrate Judge Young Kim of the Northern District of Illinois provided...

US DOL joint employer rule under FLSA

On September 8, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) ...

Texas Courts Divided on TCPA Case

In a pair of recent opinions, two U.S. district courts in different parts of Texas expressed inconsistent views on a topic we have been ...

Texas Courts Divided on TCPA Case

In a pair of recent opinions, two U.S. district courts in different parts of Texas expressed inconsistent views on a topic we have been ...

New USCIS Forms & Fees

On August 3, 2020, USCIS published a final rule that will significantly change forms and increase fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests effective October 2, 2020.    Any application, petition, or...

HIPAA Settlement OCR

On September 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) ...

Fifth Circuit Vacated Obama-Era 2016 DOL Reg.

On June 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed prohibited transaction exemption (PTE), filling the void left when the Fifth Circuit vacated the Obama-era 2016 DOL regulation in 2018. While the proposed rule is ostensibly an...

Ninth Circuit Overturns FTC-Requested Injunction

In a decision that is potentially important for licensors as well as licensees of standard essential patents (SEPs), a panel of the ...

Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements

Three recent appellate court decisions teach employers some valuable lessons when drafting employment agreements that contain restrictive covenants.

In TLS Management and Marketing Services, LLC v. Rodríguez-Toledo, et al., No. 19...

State Law News

California Flag: California AB 685 Increases Employee COVID-19 Protections


A pair of new California laws add COVID-19 reporting obligations for employers and expand workers’ compensation presumptions

AB 685 makes certain COVID-19...

California Large Employers


New California law requires private employers with more than 500 employees in the U.S. to provide California employees with supplemental paid sick leave if affected by COVID-19

California COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law

On Sept. 9, Governor Newsom signed AB 1867, a statewide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL)...

Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents cause damage. The most obvious and visible damage is the destruction that your vehicle can sustain during the collision. But car accidents also cause damage to your body that may not be immediately visible. 

The New Jersey ...


UK FCA Test Insurance Case

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA“) has just responded to the recent High Court judgement in the Business Interruption (“BI”) test case with a “Dear CEO” letter, which sets out the steps...

UK Announces Winter Economy Plan

As the UK braces itself for a second wave of COVID-19 the UK Chancellor has announced the Treasury’s Winter Economy Plan with the aim of protecting jobs and supporting businesses over the coming months.

Despite the measures introduced in...

FCA Reelases Environmental Consultation Paper

The Financial Conduct Authority’s consultation paper (CP 20/3) on climate-related disclosures proposes that a new listing rule will take effect for...

HM Revenue & Customs HMRC guidance on VAT treatment

Following the recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Meo (C-295/17) and a ...