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- “Jones Walker – Always Ready to “Dive” Into Your Tax Issues!”
Jones Walker SALT partner, John Fletcher, recently took the idea of social distancing to a new level! We are glad he is back and safe on the ground!
- Federal Court Denies TRO to Village in Challenge Against Governor’s COVID Orders
As we have reported in the past, there have been a number of lawsuits filed against the Illinois Governor challenging his authority to impose restrictions on various activities and businesses to address the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these lawsuits was one brought by the Village of Orland Park, an Orland Park business, and individuals in...
- Universities Prevail On Technicality In First Ruling Testing Viability Of COVID-19 Room And Board Refund Class Actions
Seyfarth Synopsis: In the first ruling in response to the slew of room and board refund class actions filed in the wake of COVID-19, on July 29, 2020, in Rosenkrantz v. Arizona Board of Regents, No. 2:20-CV-01203 (D. Ariz.), Judge John Tuchi of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona granted the Universities’...
- ESOPs from the seller’s perspective
An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) can be a great option for small business owners looking for a tax-advantaged way to sell their business. My colleague, Greg Daugherty, recently appeared on an episode of the podcast, “The ESOP Guy: The Journey to an ESOP.” Greg spoke with host Phil Hayes about the seller’s perspective and key...
- COVID-19: US State Policy Report – August 5, 2020
This report captures the shifting state, territorial and local government policies and guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening of the economy in the US by tracking public information from official sources, such as gubernatorial comments, executive actions and guidance. The following states have new or updated information: Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi,...
- Find Legal Authority For Any Text On The Web With Chrome Extension from ROSS
The legal research company ROSS Intelligence today introduced an extension for the Chrome web browser that lets you highlight text anywhere online and search for related legal authority. From any web page, email or embedded PDF, highlight the text you want to research, right click, and select the option “find similar language.” That runs a...
- Recent Securities Class Actions Targeting ICOs Raise Variety of Complex Legal Issues
On April 3, 2020, exactly one year after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its “Framework for ‘Investment Contracts’ Analysis of Digital Assets” (Framework), 11 class action lawsuits were filed in the Southern District of New York by two law firms representing various combinations of four proposed lead plaintiffs. The lawsuits all name as...
- USTR Announces New Section 301 Product Exclusions for List 4A
The United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued new product exclusions pertaining to the Section 301 List 4A tariffs. The current tariff is 7.5%. The new exclusions include one ten-digit HTS subheadings and 9 specific product descriptions that together cover 25 separate exclusion requests. The full list of excluded products is available here. According to the...
- Sixth Circuit Scrubs Attempted Snub of Arbitration of Grubhub Paystub Hubbub
There have been many examples of the tension between the “gig economy” and traditional labor laws. Most of the companies like Uber or Grubhub choose to classify their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, which eliminates obligations like overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Sixth Circuit this week dealt with such a...
- The National Marine Fisheries Service is Angling to Regulate Aquaculture; the Fifth Circuit Won’t Bite
On Aug. 3, 2020, a split Fifth Circuit plunged federal aquaculture regulation into murky waters. The United States is a minor aquaculture producer, ranked 17th in 2017 on a global scale – but it is the leading importer of fish and fishery products. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), by weight, approximately...
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Health Law & Policy 2007 (HPM 218)
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Health Law & Policy (HPM 218, 2007) at the Harvard School of Public Health – course website. Course materials follow. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Health Law & Policy (2007) (HPM 218) * Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Health Law &...
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- Layoffs, Downsizing & Reductions in Force: How to Do Them Right
by Greg S. Labate Employers are at great risk of potential liability when making decisions concerning layoffs, downsizing, and reductions in force. This article provides employers with practical information and useful tools to protect themselves from liability when making these crucial choices....
- Terminating Sanctions And $1.6 Million Award Upheld Against Employer Following Discovery Abuses
Walker v. San Francisco Housing Authority, 100 Cal. App. 4th 685 (2002) Thelma Walker was employed as a “journeyman painter” for the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA). In her lawsuit against the SFHA and her foreman, Walker alleged that she had been subjected to severe and pervasive sexual...
- Bank Employer Not Liable For Employee’s Illegal Money Laundering
Oki Semiconductor Co. v. Wells Fargo Bank, 298 F.3d 768 (9th Cir. 2002) A gang of thieves stole $9 million worth of semiconductors from Oki Semiconductor Company and laundered the proceeds through a network of dummy corporations and sham bank accounts set up by Anne Tran, a Wells Fargo Bank branch...
- Secret Court
The nation’s only court that operates in secrecy, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, may not have a Web site of its own, like other federal appeals courts, but its decision this week affirming the government’s broad power to investigate suspected spies and terrorists made...
- Google’s New Viewer
Search engine Google’s latest innovation is The Google Viewer, which displays the pages found as a result of your search as a continuous scrolling slide show. This lets you view search results without using a keyboard or mouse. A control bar lets you adjust the speed or stop the display altogether. ...
- Make money at home suing spammers!
Peter wants you to sue spammers, so much so that he has set up a Web site to help, called, of course, Sue Spammers. He won a judgment for $580 against Printpal.com, the “80% off Inkjet Cartridges” spammer. (Although Printpal’s lawyers say they will attack the judgment.) Peter tells you step-by-step ...
- State Housing Objectives Move Forward in Year 2002 Revisions to the State Zoning Law
by William W. Abbott and William V.W. Moore In 2002 the Legislature amended the state zoning law in furtherance of its stated interest in creating housing opportunities. The first (AB 2292, Dutra) adds Government Code section 65863 and deals with “no-net-loss” of residential densities while the...
- Military Leave Benefits Are Not Owed To Employee Who Serves In Another State’s Militia
Opinion of Att’y Gen. Bill Lockyer, No. 02-213, 2003 WL 174019 (Jan. 24, 2003) In this opinion, the California Attorney General determined that employees who are residents of and employed in California are not entitled to the employment-related benefits established under California Military &...