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Security, Second Circuit Court Holds Crime Policy Covers Business Compromise Email Loss
The “business compromise email” is what the FBI calls the “$5 billion scam,” but apparently an insurance... Read More >
IRS, IRS Announces August 2017 Applicable Federal Rates and 7520 Rates
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) publishes a monthly update to the applicable federal rates (“AFRs”) and 7520 rates.... Read More >
Hershey's, Hershey Company Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination
SEATTLE - Global candy manufacturer The Hershey Company violated federal law when it refused to accommodate an employee with a disability and chose... Read More >
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The Court’s decision leaves in place the relevant parts of a July 13 decision by a federal district judge in Hawaii finding the administration... Read More >
medical marijuana, massachusetts, wrongful termination
An employee fired after she tested positive for marijuana on a test administered in the hiring process should be able to proceed with her “... Read More >
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In a two-paragraph statement released on Friday, July 14, the Trump administration agreed to proceed with finalizing the Bilateral Covered Agreement... Read More >
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An additional 15,000 H-2B visas will be released in response to industry demand. The USCIS will begin accepting petitions on July 19, 2017, for the... Read More >
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On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published another revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility... Read More >
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As reported by the New York Times in an article dated July 13, 2017, in an effort to crack down on... Read More >
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In June 2017, the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force issued its Report on Improving... Read More >
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Effective immediately, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume... Read More >
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Data breach “horror” stories have become a new staple in today’s business environment. The... Read More >
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Not only should companies worry about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) auditing their returns,... Read More >

Federal Court News

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On July 14, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued an opinion dismissing challenges to the state of Illinois’ zero-emissions credit (“ZEC”) program. Illinois’ ZECs are tradable credits...

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The myriad of leave laws and requirements often make employee leave requests an area of confusion, concern and risk for employers. If an employee has a medical condition and must take leave from their job, there may be several...

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently clarified that the “motivating factor” standard of causation applies to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation claims, instead of the “but for” causation...

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In an issue of first impression in the state of New York, last week the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (the state’s intermediate appellate court) weighed in on the enforceability of arbitration provisions that...

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Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of petitions for inter partes review (IPR), covered business methods review (CBM), and post grant review (PGR).  Also listed are any newly-posted requests for ex parte...

credit cards, swipe fees, supreme court

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to put an end to long-running antitrust litigation concerning Visa and MasterCard swipe fees. Instead, it left in place a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that...

State Court News

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On July 21, 2017, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) published its latest proposal for new permitting procedures that would apply to waters of the State, including wetlands. The proposal – which...

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In Organovo Holdings, Inc., v. Georgi Dimitrov, C.A. No. 10536-VCL (Del. Ch. June 5, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery granted the defendant’s motion to vacate the entry of a default judgment entered against him,...

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In the wake of the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, a number of governors and mayors have pledged to come forward with ambitious climate policies and programs.  California Governor Jerry...


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The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (679/2016/EU), the GDPR, comes into force across the EU on 25 May 2018. As it is being made by regulation the GDPR, unlike the existing Data Protection Directive (implemented...

UK Mug, Good Work? Must Try Harder on Tax: UK Labor

The report resulting from the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices (the Taylor Review), ‘Good Work‘, was...

Indonesia, Indonesian BKPM Is Licensing Authority In Oil And Gas Matters: Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal

The Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (MoEMR) has delegated additional authorities to the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal - BKPM) in issuing certain licenses for oil...