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HTMLCalifornia Appellate Court Upholds On-Duty Rest Periods
Ruth Zadikany, Lori A. Zahalka; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015
Decision: In Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., a California Court of Appeal reversed a $94 million judgment in a wage-and-hour class action, rejecting the plaintiffs’ theory that the company violated wage-and-hour laws by requiring some employees to remain “on call” and...

 

HTMLTip of the Month: Making a Molehill Out of a Mountain: Tips for Handling Terabytes of Data
Michael D. Frisch, Kim A. Leffert; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015
A medium-sized company is a defendant in a putative class action lawsuit. Outside counsel negotiated the scope of the plaintiffs’ document requests as much as possible, agreed on a list of custodians, and sent an e-discovery vendor to the client’s headquarters to collect email and copy...

 

HTMLNinth Circuit Upholds Substantial Punitive Damages Award in Sexual Harassment Case Despite Award of Nominal Compensatory Damages
Ruth Zadikany, Lori A. Zahalka; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015
Decision: In State of Arizona v. Asarco, an en banc Ninth Circuit panel held that a $300,000 punitive damages verdict in a sexual harassment case in which only nominal damages were awarded comported with due process. The plaintiffs in the underlying case successfully established liability for...

 

HTMLBrazil Issues Regulations Implementing the Clean Companies Act
Salim Jorge Saud Neto; Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 27, 2015, previously published on March 20, 2015
More than a year after Brazil enacted the Clean Companies Act (Law 12,846 of August 1, 2013) ("CCA"), President Dilma Rousseff signed Decree 8,420 (the “Decree”) to regulate the Act. The regulations came on the heels of massive protests against corruption.

 

HTMLBrasil: CADE Aprova Nova Regulamentação Sobre o Procedimento de Consulta
Eduardo Molan Gaban, Natali de Vicente Santos; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 27, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015
On March 11th 2015, the Brazilian Antitrust Authority, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense - CADE, passed a new resolution on the enquiry procedure stipulated under Law no 12.529/2011. The new regulation came into force on March, 17th, 2015, when it was published in the Brazilian...

 

HTMLHas the New Patent Act Created a Mechanism for Investment Firms to Dramatically Alter the Value of Their Investments?
Michael Martinez, Brian W. Nolan; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015
The America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) created procedural vehicles for new market participants, such as investment firms, to challenge patents. These procedural vehicles include inter partes review (“IPR”) and post-grant review (“PGR”). Recent use of these procedures by...

 

HTMLUncertainty in the Trademark World in the Wake of B&B Hardware
Michael D. Adams, Richard M. Assmus; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court’s March 24, 2015, ruling in B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. will almost certainly change the use and importance of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings, but there are many open questions about how significant the impact of the Supreme...

 

Adobe PDFU.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues No-Action Letter Relating to Insurance-Linked Securities
Richard K. Pan, Stephen G. Rooney, Richard B. Spitzer; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on December 31, 2014
On December 18, 2014, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a no-action letter (CFTC Letter 14-152) providing relief from commodity pool operator (CPO) registration for operators of certain insurancelinked securities (ILS) issuers.

 

HTMLGermany Introduces Rules on Female Quota for Supervisory Boards and Leadership Positions
Dr. Ulrike Binder, Dr. Guido Zeppenfeld; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on March 13, 2015
Germany introduces a statutory minimum quota for female representatives on supervisory boards of co-determined (50/50), listed companies. In addition, the new law obligates numerous companies to observe rules regarding the composition of their supervisory boards and leadership positions.

 

HTMLIRS Updates “Begun Construction” Guidance to Reflect One-Year Extension of the Production Tax Credit
Jeffrey G. Davis, Isaac L. Maron; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015
The US Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) has released Notice 2015-25 (the Notice), which updates previously issued guidance to reflect the recent one-year extension of the renewable electricity production tax credit (the PTC) under Section 45 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code).

 


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