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|Ferraris, Rolexes, and Ball Gowns: Essential Holdings and Implications for Public Corruption Prosecutions in the Wake of McDonnell v. United States*|
Laurel Brandstetter; Leech Tishman;
August 17, 2016, previously published on August 9, 2016On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court, by unanimous decision, vacated the convictions of Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell. The decision provides important lessons and guidance for public corruption investigations and prosecutions. This update provides a...
|Down to the Wire for Proposed Non-Compete Reform Legislation in Massachusetts|
Shawn N. Butte, Sarah B. Herlihy, Erik J. Winton; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 17, 2016, previously published on July 27, 2016Massachusetts finally may enact non-compete reform legislation. The current session of the General Court, the state’s legislature, ends on July 31, and the House and Senate have passed versions of non-compete reform legislation limiting non-compete agreements that differ on important points....
|Filing an Internal Affairs Complaint with Police Department Not “Substantially Comply” with Tort Claims Act Notice Requirement|
Betsy G. Ramos; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
August 15, 2016, previously published on July 27, 2016Plaintiff Malik Macklin alleged that three Camden County Police Officers used excessive force when they assaulted and arrested him without probable cause as he was walking down the street and, as a result, he suffered injuries. Less than one month later, he reported the incident to the Camden...
|New Poster for Hospitality Employers in Louisiana|
Andrew P. Burnside; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
August 11, 2016, previously published on August 2, 2016Louisiana hotels are now required to display a new poster publicizing the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. The new poster obligation went into effect on August 1, 2016.
|Louisiana PILOTs: A Flexible Alternative to the State’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP)|
James Lawrence Moffett, Tracy Averett Morganti, David M. Wolf; Adams and Reese LLP;
August 11, 2016, previously published on July 20, 2016As a result of Louisiana’s continuing budget woes, Governor John Bel Edwards’ administration has conducted a review of the economic impact and effectiveness of the state’s generous economic development incentives.
|Florida Legislative Report: Citizens No Longer Treading Water on Assignment of Benefits Misuse|
H. Lee Moffitt, Jennifer Wilson; Adams and Reese LLP;
August 11, 2016, previously published on June 2, 2016More than ten years have passed since Florida’s last hurricane, but inflated water damage claims have been pouring in at such high rates that one Florida insurer has finally said, “Enough is enough.”
|Financial Information Qualifies As Trade Secrets In Florida|
Jason T. Gaskill; Adams and Reese LLP;
August 11, 2016, previously published on July 25, 2016On October 1, 2016, a State-passed bill amending the definition of a “trade secret” to expressly include “financial information” will take effect. This seemingly small change could have substantial impacts on any businesses handling and/or disclosing financial information....
|President Obama Signs GMO Labeling Bill into Law|
Charles F. Bass, Robert Y. Maples, Alan Slomowitz; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
August 10, 2016, previously published on August 2, 2016On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed into law legislation that creates a nationwide mandatory labeling regime for genetically modified organisms (GMO) in foods. The law directs the Agriculture Department (USDA) to establish, within two years, a national process to identify GMO food products or...
|Ontario Court of Appeal Considers Whether a Municipality May Owe Duty of Care in Relation to Its Enforcement of Taxi Licensing Bylaws|
Katherine Ayre, David Elman; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
August 10, 2016, previously published on July 28, 2016In Vlanich v. Typhair, the Ontario Court of Appeal was again asked to examine the circumstances under which a public authority might owe a private law duty of care to individual members of the public. Specifically, the Court considered whether a municipality could be liable to individuals in...
|Florida Strengthens Its Anticorruption Laws To Target Dishonest Contractors|
Ralf R. Rodriguez; Peckar Abramson A Professional Corporation;
August 9, 2016, previously published on May 2016On March 25, 2016, the Governor of Florida signed into law an anti-corruption bill, HB 7071, which allows prosecutors to bring charges more easily when they allege bribery, bid rigging and official misconduct. By amending portions of Chapter 838, Fla. Stats., the new anti-corruption bill expands...