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Visa Mastercard Merchant Fees Antitrust Settlement
Visa, Inc., Mastercard, Inc., and other financial institutions have agreed to pay merchants between $5.56 billion and $6.26 billion to settle a 13-... Read More >
There were no lazy days of summer to be had in 2018—at least not when it came to the introduction of new immigration policies by the Trump... Read More >
Medical Marijuana Banking Finance
As of September 2018, nine states, including the District of Columbia, allow adult-use (recreational) marijuana and thirty-one states have adopted... Read More >
GDPR Data Protection Litigation
The European Union’s widely anticipated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018. Designed to provide EU... Read More >
e-cigarette enforcement by FDA
On September 12, 2018, in a self-described “blitz”, FDA announced a deluge of enforcement actions, including more than 1,300 warning... Read More >
DOE drafts sexual misconduct, title ix policy
The Department of Education (DOE) reportedly has drafted proposed Title IX regulations on sexual misconduct on college and university campuses.... Read More >
FCRA Fair Credit Reporting Act
With the passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act earlier this year, Congress amended the Fair Credit Reporting... Read More >
MedPAC Meeting September 2018
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) met in Washington, D.C., on September 6-7, 2018. The purpose of this and other public... Read More >
OIG pushes OSHA to improve injury and fatality reporting requirements
Three years after introducing new severe injury reporting requirements that require employers to... Read More >
telemedicine, fda, digital health
In September 2018 the OIG published its report on the FDA’s review practices for medical devices... Read More >
Journalists Foreign News Outlets
On September 4, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission issued a new rule requiring foreign... Read More >
Restrictions on Cyber insurance, GDPR Fines
You may be paying for cyber insurance that will not cover the most significant cyber risks faced by... Read More >
HR Human Resources Healthcare
The Association of Healthcare Human Resources Administrators’ 54th Annual Conference &... Read More >

Federal Court News

ATDS definition expansion and violation of tcpa, ninth circuit

The very first clause in the TCPA is the definition of an Automatic Telephone Dialing System, which the statute defines as “equipment which has the capacity—(A) to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random...

Illegal dumping CERCLA violation

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd., affirmed the Eastern District of Washington’s decision to find Teck liable for more than $8.25 million in damages to the Colville...

insurers held liable in computer fraud claims

Policy holders alleging that computer fraud provisions of their insurance policies extended to fraud that stemmed from an intercepted email and a spoofing attack notched wins before two separate appellate courts recently. The...

men and women, pay disparity

Departing from other federal appeals courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has held that Equal Pay Act plaintiffs must establish that the pay differential between similarly situated employees is “...

camera, seventh circuit, video

Those who follow the workings of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit are no doubt accustomed to visiting the court’s website ( to read the...

State Court News

EIT tax rates in Pennsylvania and payroll taxes following tax law amendment.

The payment and withholding of earned income taxes (“EIT taxes”) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at times seems like a complex maze and is challenging for human resource professionals or a company’s payroll tax team. In May of 2018,...

Joint stock definition and how California penalizes businesses in the state

Occasionally, I have devoted space to the topic of unincorporated associations.  See Thinking About...

NYAG issues virtual market report

On September 18, 2018, the NY Attorney General’s office (“OAG”) published its Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative report (the “Report”) (found here).  The Report includes...


sparky globe, japan, european union, data transfers

What’s New?

On 5 September 2018, the EU Commission commenced proceedings to adopt an Adequacy Decision in relation to Japan’s protection of personal data by issuing a draft ‘...

European Bank Money Laundering Scandal

Estonian “Non-Resident Portfolio” Produces Colossal Money Laundering Scandal

This week Danske Bank released...