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Volume XII, Number 230

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What to Consider Before Committing to a Smart Contract Model
The application of smart contracts has been growing in a multitude of industries, from... Read More >
Recent Cases Highlight DOL ERISA Audits and De Novo Review Standards
We usually focus most on significant ERISA court decisions, particularly those from the... Read More >
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How the Inflation Reduction Act is Impacting Businesses
Today, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “Act... Read More >
Amazon Fulfillment Warehouse Receives FDA Warning About OTC Drugs
In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) sent a... Read More >
How Companies Can Prepare For Possible Downsizing
As economists and news outlets inform us daily, a recession is coming – with some... Read More >
SCOTUS Denies Coinbase's Motion To Stay Litigation
The Supreme Court denied cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase’s motion to stay litigation in... Read More >
Written Overtime Protest With Profanity Protected by NLRB and D.C. Circuit
An employee writes “whore board” on a company bulletin board — you can fire him, right?... Read More >
Anti-Kickback FCA Courtroom Claims Require High Bar for Causation in Eighth Circuit
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent ruling in United States ex rel. Cairns v. D.S... Read More >

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Federal Law News

Hearing Aids Will No Longer Require Prescription Due To FDA Final Rule

Many people experience hearing loss and related hearing issues. To date, to get a hearing aid, people needed a prescription and to see a licensed hearing aid specialist in order...

Construction Project Forms Released by AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Contract Documents program recently released a limited number of state-specific Sworn Construction Statements and Lien Waiver and Release forms for use on construction projects. At the...

USDOT Proposes Changes To  DBE Decertification Process

Preliminary NoteThe U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modernize the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program regulations. This blog is part of...

Class Members With No Article III Standing Undercut GoDaddy Settlement

Class actions for money damages that involve class members who do not have Article III standing in the Eleventh Circuit are improper even if such members would have standing in...

Civil Procedure Rule 68 and Attorney Fee Awards Focus of 7th Circuit Ruling

The Seventh Circuit recently clarified an important distinction between offers of judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 and non-Rule 68 offers of settlement, and explained the role rejection of such offers plays in...

Whole Foods Rice Pilaf Lawsuit in the 7th Circuit Dismissed
  • On August 16, a federal judge for the Northern District of Illinois granted Whole Foods Market’s (WFM) motion to dismiss a proposed class action...

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State Law News

Massachusetts Governor Signs New Climate and Clean Energy Bill

On August 11, 2022, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a significant new climate bill, “An Act driving clean energy and offshore wind” into law....

Passage of California Pay Transparency Senate Bill Appears Imminent

A bill to increase pay transparency in California steps closer to becoming law.

Senate Bill 1162,...

Drinking Water Contamination Case Settled by One Defendant

We previously reported on various Georgia PFAS lawsuits that allege drinking water pollution from the carpet...

Additional paperwork needed for exemption under Securities Act

Section 25102.5 of the California Corporations Code exempts from the issuer qualification requirement of the Corporate Securities Law of 1968 a "transaction" that is the sale of: (i)  a series of notes secured directly by an...

Paid Time Off and Raised Minimum Wage Coming to Michigan in 2023

Pursuant to two voter initiatives, Michigan has a new minimum wage of $12 per hour, as well as a requirement that employees be provided up to 72 hours of paid sick leave – but those changes will not go into effect until...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

New EU Regulations for Wine Labeling

The EU reform of Common Agricultural Policy (the CAP), published on 6 December 2021, will enter into force on 1...

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French Influencer Regulations are Broad

Over the past decade, influence marketing has changed the way advertising is handled by companies. Influencers have...

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Global Fashion Industry Impacts by Export and Import Sanctions

The war led to a rapid response from governments, who imposed sanctions that have had a significant impact on...

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European Union GDPR Violation Claims French Data Protection Authority

On August 5, 2022, French AdTech company Criteo announced that it had received a report from the French Data...

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Trademark Infringement Found in Recycled Packing Case by MSA in China

Back in 2020, the famous Chinese brew company Tsingtao Beer filed an administrative complaint for trademark...

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