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- Review Commission Gains Quorum After Senate Confirmations
Since April of 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (“Commission”) has been a panel of one. After Chairwoman Heather MacDougall resigned from the Commission on March 31, 2019 and Commission Cynthia Attwood’s term ended in April of 2019, the Commission was left with one member, Commissioner James Sullivan, Jr. In July 2019, Mr....
- Electric Scooters: Are You Covered Under Your Homeowner or Automobile Insurance Policy And Are E-Scooters Regulated By the State of Texas?
Electric Scooters (“E-Scooters”) are electric motor powered “stand-up” scooters often reaching speeds exceeding 15 or 20 mph and usually do not require a driver’s license to operate.1 They are classified as a form of micro-mobility2 and are designed with two wheels and a base deck in the center on which the rider stands. Since approximately...
- The Prosecutors and Politics Project releases “National Study of Prosecutor Elections”
The Prosecutors and Politics Project at the University of North Carolina School of Law this past week released this massive new report titled simply “National Study of Prosecutor Elections.” Here is the start of the 350+-page report’s “Executive Summary”: American prosecutors wield significant power in the criminal justice system. They must decide when to file...
- TYLA Director Spotlight: Jay Forester
Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in...
- Petition for an Interpretive Rule Declaring ‘Outbreak’ Serotypes of Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica to be Adulterants Within the Meanings of 21 U.S.C. § 601(m)(1) and 21 U.S.C. § 453(g)(1)
Petitioners, Rick Schiller, Steven Romes, The Porter Family, Food & Water Watch, Consumer Federation of America and Consumer Reports. Each year, Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica causes 1.35 million illnesses, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the United States. However, for every diagnosed and reported case of Salmonella, scientists estimate that 38 similar cases go unreported....
- Washington Post – He helped make burgers safer. Now he’s fighting food poisoning again
“When I tell people that chicken manufacturers can knowingly and legally sell something that can kill you, they don’t believe me,” Marler said in an interview. People are equally surprised, he said, to learn that the federal government “stamps meat ‘USDA certified,’ all along knowing that it could be contaminated with cow or chicken” feces....
- Former US Rep Chris Collins sentenced to 26 months for insider trading
As reported in this Politico piece, on Friday “former Rep. Chris Collins was sentenced to 26 months in prison for an insider trading scheme that led to his arrest and resignation from Congress.” Here is more about a notable federal sentencing: The Western New York Republican pleaded guilty in October, accused of passing illicit stock...
- Blockchain and Digital Assets News and Trends
To remain competitive, companies find themselves increasing their efforts to digitally transform their businesses by developing new offerings based on emerging technologies and integrating these technologies into existing product and service offerings. This is our first monthly bulletin for 2020, aiming to help companies identify important and significant legal developments governing the use and acceptance...
- A roadmap to build a tech team to support legal operations (135)
Seven steps to create a first-tier tech team Three years ago this month, the law firm I work for was founded. See 35 Lawyers and Staff Spin Off to Launch Litigation Boutique Tanenbaum Keale LLP, BusinessWire, January 25, 2017. To get Tanenbaum Keale (TK) off the ground, there were a ton of moving parts to...
- Shameless Plug Redux – CLE Webinar on Best/Worst Cases of 2019
Yesterday, Bexis was staring at a weather forecast featuring rain, snow, and freezing temperatures: In other words, a perfect day for sitting inside and finalizing PowerPoint slides further analyzing the worst cases and the best cases of 2019. As a friendly reminder to our loyal readers, this Friday, January 24 at 12 p.m. EST, four...
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- Twelve Steps That Will Save Your Company
by Greg S. Labate California employers, beware. It’s a jungle out there: disgruntled employees, wage claims, government audits, class action lawsuits, countless new employment laws, and more. However, there are several simple proactive steps that employers can take to save themselves from serious...
- No Invasion Of Privacy Of Employee Who Was Terminated For Romantic Relationship
Ortiz v. Los Angeles Police Relief Ass’n, 98 Cal. App. 4th 1288 (2002) Cipriana Ortiz was employed as an administrator for LAPRA (a private, nonprofit association that processes employee benefits claims of current and former LAPD officers). Ortiz had access to officers’ names, residential addresses,...
- Company May Not Terminate Employee For Discussing Fairness Of Bonus System
Grant-Burton v. Covenant Care, Inc., 99 Cal. App. 4th 1361 (2002) Sharron Grant-Burton alleged that her employment was terminated in retaliation for having participated in a group discussion with other marketing directors about the company’s bonus structure. The company’s director of human...
- Election Law
Like lots of lawyers, Edward Still of Birmingham, Ala., put up a Web site to promote his law practice. But this one appears to be unique — it may be the only one devoted to the topic of voting law. Called Votelaw.com, the site covers elections, voting rights, campaign finance and other topics....
- Statutory Construction
Launched in October, Statutory Construction Zone is an innovative blog from Washington, D.C., lawyer Gary O’Connor where he analyzes current federal cases that involve matters of statutory construction. For each case, he sets out the statute construed, the court’s conclusion, and the statutory...
- Handicapping the Supreme Court
Think you can predict how the Supreme Court will decide the cases that come before it this term? If so, go for the $2,500 grand prize at FantasyCourt.Com. Compete against lawyers from across the U.S. to predict the outcome of the court’s cases this term. The lawyer with the most points when the...
- ‘Site Manager’ simplifies Web site upkeep
A product introduced to the legal market at the recent LegalTech in New York takes an almost blog-like approach to Web site management, making it easy for lawyers with no knowledge of HTML to create and modify pages on their Web sites, much as blogging tools make it easy to update pages without...
- California Court May Not Enjoin Employer From Seeking To Enforce Non-Competition Covenant In Minnesota
Advanced Bionics Corp. v. Medtronic, Inc., 29 Cal. 4th 697 (2002) Mark Stultz was employed in Minnesota as a senior product specialist for Medtronic, a manufacturer of implantable neurostimulation devices, before resigning his employment and going to work for Advanced Bionics Corporation, one of...