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FEATURED ARTICLES

hurricane, maria, relief, PR, puerto rico
The stakes were very high: Puerto Rican refugees, victims of Hurricane Maria were about to become homeless as FEMA planned to cancel it’s... Read More >
Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Pass-Through Deductions
Among the more noteworthy changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was the creation of Code Section 199A [1], which grants a deduction to... Read More >
EPA Scott Pruitt Clean Water Act
On June 26, 2018, in one of his final acts as Administrator of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), Scott Pruitt issued a... Read More >
U.S. Regulating Foreign Investments
On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA), which makes a number of... Read More >
California Consumer Data Privacy
If you received a wave of “We’ve Updated Our Privacy Policy” emails recently, here’s why: California just passed the... Read More >
pesticides, weed killer, Roundup
As reported by numerous media outlets, a San Francisco jury (in state court) on August 10, 2018 delivered a verdict against Monsanto of $289 million... Read More >
TCPA, litigation
Hope everyone had a great weekend. An eagle-eyed reader pieced this together and alerted us to the story on Friday. I thought it was interesting... Read More >
gavel, litigation
In recent years, particularly with technology making it easier for employees to work remotely, courts have struggled to determine whether onsite... Read More >
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fintech, global regulators, cfpb, agency
Last week the CFPB announced an initiative to create a Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN)... Read More >
cloud, law firm, legal, myths, companies
83 percent of workloads will run on the cloud by 2020, according to a survey conducted by... Read More >
board diversity, members, outside counsel,
New Decision Affects D&O Liability A recent federal bankruptcy court decision addresses... Read More >
compensation, healthcare, too much, standard, review
Just what is reasonable compensation in the Medicare world is not a clearly defined, black and... Read More >
solar panel, compliance, niosh
As demand for solar energy has grown, employment in the U.S. solar industry has boomed to more than... Read More >

Federal Court News

appeal, en banc, dist ct, all american

All American Check Cashing has filed an Unopposed Petition for Initial Hearing En Banc in which it asks the Fifth Circuit to hear its...

putative class, standing, tcpa, violation, article iii

We have previously written—both in this blog and in articles—about...

alice mayo, rule, interpretation, limits, patent

The final rejection of the claims of Nagy’s application Serial No. 14/223,113 was affirmed by the PTAB on July 30, 2018 (Appeal 2017-008793). One of the “...

fca, violation, "realtors", 7th circuit

Each year, billions of dollars in damages are paid to the government as a result of False Claims Act (FCA) settlements and judgments. A significant percentage of those damages are paid out to whistleblowers – known as “relators...

class action, sears, settlement, millions

Along with many other retailers, Sears Holding Corporation (“Sears”) has fallen on some hard times recently.  In an apparent effort to boost its bottom line, Sears recently submitted a revised claim in an effort to collect up...

State Court News

bankruptcy, provision, preference claim, filling, records

In the last few days, hundreds of bankruptcy complaints against trade creditors were filed by bankrupt Chapter 11 debtor VRG Liquidating, LLC (formerly EMS) (docket 16-10971). The crux of the complaints that many businesses will be shortly served...

drug test, waiver, new jersey, employer

A federal court in New Jersey has held that neither the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (“NJCUMMA”) nor the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) compels an employer to waive its requirements for...

california, defernce,supreme court, dbo, interset

For U.S. Supreme Court followers, a hot topic is whether the Court will continue to apply "Chevron deference".  Under Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, 467 U.S. 837 (1984), a court ...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

import, export, china, duty, tariffs

Introduction

The latest announcement of new Section 301 tariffs on imports from China contained an unwelcome surprise for the U.S. automotive sector.  In addition to the announcement of a potential...

austarlia, data, law enforcement, information

Yesterday, the Australian Government unveiled the draft Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 which aims to compel telecommunication and multi-national tech companies (...

financial action task force, professional money launderer, crime, fight

The Financial Task Force (FATF) has recently published a report that looks at the techniques and tools used by professional money launders (PMLs). This is the first time the FATF has undertaken a project which concentrates on...