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|Those NDAs May Not Be Worth the Paper They Are Written On|
John Chierichella; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
April 22, 2015, previously published on March 24, 2015It is a given that companies strive to protect their intellectual property. Over the years, as an instrument of that protection, companies have made increasing use of non-disclosure agreements to advance that objective. A recent decision of the Court of Federal Claims - Liberty Ammunition v....
|Reminder to Perform Annual ISO/ESPP Reporting in January 2015|
Gregory C. Schick; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 2, 2015, previously published on January 5, 2015 As discussed in our December 16, 2010 blog article, the IRS issued final regulations in 2009 under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that require Employers to annually furnish each employee who exercised incentive stock options (“ISOs”) or sold or...
|Wrap Up of the 2015 Virginia General Assembly|
William A. Gray; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
April 2, 2015, previously published on March 09, 2015On Friday, February 27, 2015, the Virginia General Bill GrayAssembly adjourned. For the first time in 15 years, it was an early adjournment. Over 2500 bills and resolutions were filed, and Governor McAuliffe was presented with over 800 bills to review and consider. The annual Veto Session is...
|Full Speed Ahead for Meaningful Use |
Vinay Bhupathy, Eric A. Klein; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 24, 2015On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule which would make significant changes to the federal Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (“EHR”) Incentive Programs (collectively the “Meaningful Use...
|More Risk for All and “Free” Care?|
Vinay Bhupathy, Ken Yood; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 20, 2015While the Supreme Court continues to debate the outcome of King v. Burwell in their chambers, stakeholders must be prepared for the potential fallout the nine justices’ ruling may have. Two weeks ago, we summarized the underpinnings of the case and last week, we reviewed the impact of a...
|Important Alert for Commercial Owners/Landlords and Brokers/Agents: Changes to California Dual Agency Disclosure Laws Effective January 1, 2015|
Lydia Lake, Pamela L. Westhoff; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 30, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015Effective January 1, 2015, California law requires real estate brokers and agents to provide their clients and prospective clients with specific new disclosures, including (1) an initial disclosure form regarding the nature of agency relationships, which is typically provided at the time a listing...
|California Court of Appeal Lowers the Bar on Ascertainability Requirement in Consumer Class Actions|
Robin A. Achen; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 30, 2015, previously published on March 26, 2015In Aguirre v. Amscan Holdings, Inc., Case No. 073059, 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 214 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 11, 2015), a California Court of Appeal reversed the denial of certification of a putative class alleging violation of Civil Code Section 1747.08 of California’s Song Beverly Credit Card Act....
|Not So Small After All: Call Fire Uses Common Carrier Defense to Defeat Rinky Dink TCPA Class Action Case|
David S. Almeida, Mark S. Eisen; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 30, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015Last month, in Rinky Dink, Inc. v. Electronic Merchant Systems, et al., No 13-cv-01347, 2015 WL 778065 (W.D. Wash. Feb. 24, 2015), online voice and text provider CallFire became one of the first (if not the first) TCPA defendants to avoid liability for pre-recorded calls through the common carrier...
|CEQA “Common Sense” Exemption Upheld; Environmental Baseline for Project Following Improvements Pursuant to an Emergency Exemption Clarified|
Shadi Mahmoudi, Maria Pracher; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 27, 2015, previously published on March 10, 2015The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld a CEQA exemption related to the City of San Diego’s approval of a project comprising emergency storm drainage repair and site revegetation. The decision addressed various CEQA issues, including the environmental baseline determination, the...
|Never Let Them See You Coming—Keys to Setting Up Witnesses Interviews In An Internal Investigation|
Juan C. Castañeda; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 27, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2015With those words, the silver-haired senior-level executive of the customs broker I was investigating for bribery let me know that his guard was down. In fact, he seemed relieved and almost eager to help me, a young lawyer that reminded him of his nephew.