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HTMLSupreme Court Takes on Housing Discrimination
Christopher A. Roach; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 20, 2015, previously published on August 17, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that certain actions that adversely affect minorities in poor neighborhoods violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA), even if there is no proof that discrimination was intentional. In a 5-4 decision, the Court formally recognized the availability of “disparate...

 

HTMLOSHA Targets Workplace Violence
John D. Surma; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 7, 2015, previously published on July 16, 2015
For decades, acts of workplace violence were viewed as being limited to altercations between employees and "active shooter" situations involving a disgruntled employee or former employee. Generally speaking, those incidents occur within the four walls of the workplace or nearby company...

 

HTMLAppointing Legacy Contacts for Facebook
Meredith Edwards Collins; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2015, previously published on July 7, 2015
Earlier this year (Feb. 2015), Facebook announced a new feature that allows Facebook users to designate a legacy contact to manage their Facebook account when they pass away. According to facebook.com, a legacy contact is, "[s]omeone you choose to look after your account if it's...

 

HTMLOSHA Issues New Guidance for Healthcare Entities
John D. Surma; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2015, previously published on July 10, 2015
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”), 2013 statistics demonstrate that healthcare workers have a rate of work-related illness and injury that is nearly twice as high as the overall rate seen in private industry.1 In the last five years, OSHA has issued...

 

Adobe PDFJudges, Guns, And Facebook: Social Media Lessons For Businesses From The Tactical Firearms Case
Tara E. Nauful, Jack Pringle; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015
Over the past few weeks, the internet has been abuzz over the battle raging between Jeremy Alcede, the former majority owner of CTIL, LLC, dba Tactical Firearms (the debtor), and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Mr. Alcede has doggedly clung to his contention that the...

 

HTMLAre You Ready for the New Student ID Requirements?
Patrick L. McCune, Patricia B. McMurray; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 28, 2015
Commencing June 1, 2015, Louisiana schools must adhere to several new restrictions and requirements regarding student identification and students’ personal information. This is the latest step in a process designed by the State in 2014 to protect students from identity theft. The new statutes...

 

HTMLConfusion Surrounds the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
Tara E. Nauful, Jamie W. Olinto; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 20, 2015
The United States Supreme Court recently declined to review Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC, 758 F.3d 1254, 1257 (11th Cir. 2014) cert. denied, No. 14-858, 2015 WL 246891 (U.S. Apr. 20, 2015), an Eleventh Circuit decision that created a split amongst the circuits on the issue of the applicability of...

 

HTMLOSHA Announces New Rules for Confined Spaces (Effective August 3, 2015)
John D. Surma, Collin G. Warren; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015
On May 4, 2015, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a new final rule in the Federal Register intended to increase protection for construction workers in confined spaces (e.g., manholes, crawl spaces, tanks and other confined spaces that are not intended...

 

HTMLOSHA Issues New Definition for Whistleblower Activity
John D. Surma, Collin G. Warren; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015
In the past several months, we circulated several client alerts relative to a change in the definition of “whistleblower” and what constitutes a protected whistleblowing activity under Section 11(C) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. We also described what can be described as...

 

HTMLThe FFIEC Warns Financial Institutions of the Dangers of Cyberattacks Involving Destructive Malware
Paul A. Carrubba, Jack Pringle; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 12, 2015
On March 30th, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued two Joint Statements1 on behalf of its members2 to warn financial institutions about the threats posed to various credentials by cyberattacks involving “destructive malware.”

 


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