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Equifax largest data breach settlement
Equifax has agreed to pay $575 million to settle consumer as well as state and federal regulatory claims for its 2017 data breach. This is the... Read More >
DHS USCIS Explain Immigration Backlog, Congressional Hearing
The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship called upon Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to explain and... Read More >
DOL Nominee
This past Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Eugene Scalia to be the next secretary of labor. Readers will... Read More >
Amazon can be liable as a seller for defective products sold by third parties
On July 3, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower district court decision and held that Amazon can be liable as a “seller”... Read More >
Fifth Circuit Bars Notice of FLSA Collective Actions to Employees
The Fifth Circuit recently became the first federal court of appeals to hold that employees who signed arbitration agreements should not receive... Read More >
Pittsburgh Sick Leave
After a lengthy journey through the Pennsylvania legal system, the City of Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act is now on course to go... Read More >
Facebook Libra digital currency, keep tech out of finance act
On July 15, the Democratic majority of the House Financial Services Committee introduced draft legislation, titled “Keep Big Tech Out Of... Read More >
Biometircs fingerprint scan
In the footsteps of San Francisco’s ban of the use of facial recognition technology, the cities of Somerville, Massachusetts, Oakland,... Read More >
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Internal Revenue Service Introduces Six More Examination Campaigns
On July 19, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Large Business & International (LB&I)... Read More >
HHS & HIPAA changes, medical record sharing
There are reports that HHS plans to issue a proposed rule next month, which would again amend 42... Read More >
Netflix Eliminating E-cigarettes from TV-14, PG-13, Juul
Netflix stated it will eliminate all e-cigarette representations from future streaming content... Read More >
Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors Proposed Rules Withdrawn Drug Pricing
On July 11, 2019, the Trump administration announced it would withdraw a proposed rule that would... Read More >
SSN Identity Verification Tool Being Developed
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced the development of a portal that would allow... Read More >

Federal Court News

Supreme Court Set to Review Third ERISA Case

The US Supreme Court recently agreed to review the Eighth Circuit’s decision in Thole v. US Bank, in which the Eighth Circuit held that participants in an overfunded...

Claim construction and patent litigation, Federal Circuit

Claim construction, the process by which a court interprets the scope and meaning of a patent’s claims, is a crucial part of patent litigation. In fact, claim construction can make or break a patentee’s case for infringement and/or validity....

 Arbitration Agreements Curtail Class Claims

May 21, 2019, marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, which upheld the use of class action waivers in employee arbitration agreements.

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court...

When Are California Employers Required to Pay for Employees’ Shoes?

A hot-button issue in California is whether an employer is required to pay for or reimburse an employee for shoes that are required as a condition of employment. A recent ruling by the California Court of Appeal highlights the...

State Court News

Connecticut Legislature Modifies Public Health Statutes

On July 9, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Public Act No. 19-118 “An Act Concerning the Department of Public Health’s Recommendations for Various Revisions to the Public Health Statutes” (...

CA financial branch, Central Location

Six years ago, I wrote about the enactment of legislation, AB 2364 (Wagner) intended to make it...

Wal-Mart.com Oral Argument in Louisiana Supreme Court

The date and time are now set for the much-anticipated oral argument of the Wal-Mart.com “marketplace” litigation matter in Louisiana’s highest court...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

Australia prenatal diagnostic methods patent laws

In a decision underscoring that the U.S. stands (nearly) alone in holding most diagnostic methods to be not eligible for patenting, the ...

Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images in Western Australia

This week marked the conclusion of the first prosecution under the Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Act 2018 (WA). Mitchell Joseph Brindley, 24 years old, pleaded guilty to posting ten intimate images of...

UK Prudential Regulatory Authority Enforcement

At the Financial Services Lawyers’ Association meeting last week, Miles Bake, Head of Legal at the Enforcement & Litigation Division of the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) discussed the PRA’s approach to enforcement, gave an overview of...