On July 21, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) accepted a consent agreement, subject to final approval, to settle charges with two Internet resellers of Universal Product Code (UPC) barcodes accused of violating Section 5 of the…By: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
In July 2013, the Advisory Council for the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a committee that includes Federal Circuit litigators, law professors, court clerks, and government attorneys, issued a “Model Order Limiting Excess Patent Claims…By: Baker Botts
When a merchant is suspected of being the victim of an account data compromise event, they are often required by the card brands to hire a Payment Card Industry Forensic Investigator (PFI). The PFI provides a report on the investigation to the card…By: BakerHostetler
A colleague and I took a seminar on time management for working mothers some 20 years ago. We met each other at the hotel conference room, rushing in at the last minute just as did every other woman in attendance – approximately 300 women with pen in…By: Baker Donelson
Legal Tech Professionals On The MoveLaw Technology NewsThe incoming executive directors include: Lana Schell (WiE co-founder), director of partner programs at Content Analyst Co.; Margaret Havinga (WiE co-founder), director of litigation support at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.; Amy Bowser …
Avoiding the Regulatory Land Mines of Commercial ACOs – While providers are showing great interest in creating ACOs to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), they are showing even greater enthusiasm for organizing ACOs to…By: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
In recent months, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has issued draft and final guidance documents at a relatively fast pace. To assist interested parties, we have analyzed some of the more…By: Morgan Lewis
Jenner & Block took ?a law designed to combat the mob and turned it against New York landlord Pinnacle Group. As a result, as many as 22,000 tenants now have access to a streamlined claims process that lets them seek reimbursement from Pinnacle for alleged rent overcharges, harassment and interference in tenancy rights.
CHICAGO – A long-term disability (LTD) insurer wrongfully denied a claimant’s request for benefits because the insurer refused to consider the claimant’s medical evidence in support of the claim, an Illinois federal judge said July 18 in remanding the claim to the insurer for a proper determination of disability (Joseph Mirocha v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 13-5724, N.D. Ill.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98025).
SAN FRANCISCO – Seven minor league baseball players filed a class complaint on July 21 in California federal court accusing 30 major league baseball clubs and the commissioner of Major League Baseball (collectively, MLB) of colluding to violate federal and state wage-and-hour laws and state unfair competition laws (Yadel Marti, et al. v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, et al., No. 14-3289, N.D. Calif.).
ST. LOUIS – A Missouri federal judge on July 21 granted conditional certification to a class of directly employed individuals and contract workers seeking wages for time spent donning, doffing and showering (Shane Bowman, et al. v. The Doe Run Resources Corp., et al., No. 13-2519, E.D. Mo.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98333).
NEW YORK – A federal judge in New York on July 18 refused to dismiss suits by merchants that opted out of the $7.25 billion class action settlement between approximately 12 million merchants and Visa, MasterCard and a large number of banks, which allegedly fixed the price of interchange fees paid by merchants when customers use Visa and MasterCard credit cards (In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation $(All Opt-Out Cases$), No. 14-md-1720, E.D. N.Y.).
OKLAHOMA CITY – Parties in a religious employers’ challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate briefed the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 22 on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby (Southerrn Nazarene University, et al. v. Sylvia Mathews Burewell, et al., No. 14-6026, 10th Cir.).
NEW YORK – The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 22 reinstated a federal bankruptcy court ruling requiring two insurance companies to pay $510 million to asbestos personal injury plaintiffs under decades-old settlements, finding that conditions precedent to payment under the settlement agreements were satisfied (In re: Johns-Manville Corp., $(Common Law Settlement Counsel, Statutory and Hawaii Direct Action Settlement Counsel and Asbestos Personal Injury Plaintiffs v. The Travelers Indemnity Company and Travelers Casualty and Surety Company, FKA Aetna Casualty and Surety Company$), Nos. 12-1094, 12-1150 and 12-1205, 2nd Cir.).
Federal agencies and 15 states have announced a wave of litigation against law firms, attorneys, affiliated companies and others that claimed to perform work on behalf of homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages. California attorney Stephen Siringoringo, the Florida-based Hoffman Law Group and Lanier Law, the Chicago-based Mortgage Law Group…
My morning routine includes driving to work and listening to The Bert Show, which, if you’re not familiar. is a morning talk show that covers celebrity gossip, local news, and even real life problems such as cheating allegations. The hosts, Bert,…By: The Network, Inc.
The stomach bug hit me like a freight train. My lawyer-husband left that morning for a three-day trip and my 11- and 13-year-old children were home with me. As I crawled into my bed, I dimly thought, “I should make them dinner and tell them to brush…By: Baker Donelson
Six years after the former U.S. senator from North Carolina destroyed his once-promising political career, Edwards is back in the courtroom as a trial lawyer, having reactivated his law license. He discusses his return to legal practice with Staff Writer Susan Beck.
Two lead lawyers in long-running litigation over Pfizer's Inc.'s Prempro menopause drug have more than doubled their own payout by challenging a plan to allocate them less than $10 million of a $62 million common-benefit fund for attorney fees. Federal court filings in Little Rock, Arkansas, say fellow plaintiffs lawyers…
Shortly after its highly publicized loss before the US Supreme Court, which appeared to doom its over-the-air television Internet streaming business, New York-based Aereo has asserted in federal district court that it is entitled to a compulsory…By: DLA Piper
Late last month, while many of us were getting ready to attend the BIO International Convention in San Diego, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) issued four related inter partes review opinions, marking what many have called the first set of…By: McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
IRS has 'no excuses' for latest twist in email saga, says IT expertFox NewsThe IRS has “no excuses” for the latest twist in the saga of its missing emails, says an expert in electronic discovery. “Whether it's incompetence or deliberate obstruction, the IRS has no excuses for having handled this so poorly,” said Bruce Webster …IRS experts say Lois Lerner's hard drive was just scratched
On July 17, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released the draft “BitLicense,” a proposed regulatory framework to license Virtual Currency Business Activity. The proposed regulations follow DFS hearings held in January 2014…By: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP