January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019

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self-driving autonomous car product liability
Supporters of autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, often claim they will make our roads safer by removing human error from the driving equation... Read More >
CBD and Hemp Growth
Hemp has wide commercial application and appeal with a viable market for nearly every part of the plant, from the seeds, to the roots, to the flower... Read More >
US Bankruptcy Court
On January 9, 2019, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California... Read More >
Union representation numbers
Once again, the percentage of private sector union-represented workers fell – to 6.4% in 2018, from 6.5% in 2017, according to the Bureau of... Read More >
marijuana, new york, cuomo
Overhauling the State’s Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Markets along the Way As part of his $170 million budget proposal for fiscal... Read More >
environmental groups push for green new deal
On January 10, 2019, more than 600 environmental groups signed a letter submitted to U.S. Representatives urging them to consider certain principles... Read More >
Colorado oil and gas drilling
In an important victory for Colorado’s oil and gas industry, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously supported the decision of the Colorado Oil... Read More >
2019 EEOC Wellness Initiatives
On December 20, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) vacated the incentive provisions of its final wellness program regulations,... Read More >
Government Shutdown Impact FDA
The federal government entered into a partial shutdown at midnight on Saturday, December 22, 2018.... Read More >
OFCCP posts ombudsman position
Quick Hit: OFCCP has requested applications for its newly created “Ombudsman” position. The opening... Read More >
IRS Shutdown Contingency Plan
Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant... Read More >
Google defeats BIPA violation claims
In December 2018, Google defeated claims that it had violated Illinois’ Biometric Identification... Read More >
Government shutdown USDA and FDA
As previously reported on this blog, without either a fiscal year 2019 appropriation or a... Read More >

Federal Court News

sixth circuit compels arbitration

Plaintiff entered into a lease agreement with Defendants (Shell Oil entities) governing extraction of oil and gas from his five-acre property located in Guernsey County, Ohio. The agreement provided a signing bonus to Plaintiff...

OFCCP Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

On August 10, 2018, OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) Acting Director Craig Leen issued Directive 2018-03 in an effort to harmonize OFCCP’s standards with “recent developments in the law regarding religion-exercising...

glowing laptop, dominos, ada

Litigation surrounding the accessibility of online services continues to evolve. On January 15, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the website and mobile app of Domino's Pizza must comply with the...

Fair Credit Reporting Act investigation

Ponder v. Ocwen Loan Serv., LLC, 2018 WL 4474635 (N.D. Ga. July 30, 2018) is a reminder to furnishers of information to consumer reporting agencies to conduct a reasonable investigation of any reported errors the first...

Bankruptcy Code Section 546e safe harbor

In its ruling in FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Sweeney (In re Centaur, LLC), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware addressed the Supreme Court’s recent clarification of the scope of Bankruptcy Code...

State Court News

Minimum wage increases by 2024

On January 17, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leaders announced an agreement to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. Under the agreement, and presuming enactment, effective July 1, 2019...

Slack labeling product liability claims

Slack fill litigation can be frustrating for businesses – at times even infuriating. For companies yet to find themselves on the wrong side of a slack fill lawsuit, the claim often boils down to, “I thought there was more in...

Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund Investments

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Paperwork Lease Registration

When two do the same, it is not the same. This old saying is true especially when comparing legal regulations in different countries. Businesses that are present in various jurisdictions sometimes tend to expect the same, when...

Brexit settlement scheme

EU citizens and their family members may now apply under the EU Settlement Scheme as part of a public test phase, running from 21 January 2019.

Applicants for this part of the test phase must be either...

MEE updates Order No 7

After over a year of review and revision, on January 8, 2019, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published the "Chemical Environmental Risk Assessment and Control Regulation (Draft)" (Regulation) for public...