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|Governor Patrick Proposes State Budget Cuts; Speaker DeLeo Opposes|
George K. Atanasov, Julie Cox, Amarynth Sichel; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
January 6, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2014This morning Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo indicated that he will not support the Governor’s plan to trim the state budget to close a projected $329 million mid-year budget gap.
|Friending and Following Jurors: The Ethical Boundaries of Researching Jurors on Social Media|
John H. Dollarhide; Butler Snow LLP;
January 2, 2015, previously published on December 5, 2014What are the ethical boundaries of an attorney’s internet research of jurors? Before the ubiquity of the internet, an attorney obviously couldn’t walk up to a potential juror in a restaurant and strike up a conversation. But the extra-physical nature of the internet presents a different...
|Florida's Citizens Board of Governors Reviews 2014 Accomplishments; Approves 2015 Budget, Risk Transfer and Pre-Event Liquidity Program|
Colodny Fass P.A.;
January 2, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2014Florida's Citizens Property Insurance Corporation ("Citizens") Board of Governors ("Board") met in Winter Park, Florida today, December 10, 2014.
|Draft Actuarial Flood Standards Posted in Advance of December 16 Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology Meeting|
Colodny Fass P.A.;
December 30, 2014, previously published on December 9, 2014In advance of a day-long December 16, 2014 meeting, the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology ("FCHLPM") published a working first draft of Actuarial Flood Standards.
|Supreme Court Holds Post-Shift Security Screening Is Not Compensable Under FLSA|
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
December 29, 2014, previously published on December 9, 2014In Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v Busk, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the time that employees spent waiting to undergo antitheft security screening before leaving work was not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
|Supreme Court's Ruling On Security Screening Time May Not Apply Under State Law|
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
December 29, 2014, previously published on December 10, 2014Following up our E-Lert of December 9, 2014, summarizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, we wanted to alert you that the Supreme Court’s ruling applies only to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and that there may be state laws and...
|Republicans Eye Further Patent Reform for 2015|
Scott A. McKeown; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
December 29, 2014, previously published on December 03, 2014With the incoming Republican majority itching to make their mark, patent reform appears at the top of the legislative agenda for 2015. As discussed previously, the interest in further reform is based more on political expediency than true need. That is, selling the American public that legislation...
|Don’t Lose Your Privileges: What You Should Know To Protect Your, Or Your Clients’, Privileged Information From Unintended Disclosure To The Government|
Matthew R. Ottemann; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
December 23, 2014, previously published on Fourth Quarter 2014It is a fundamental principle of American court proceedings that parties should generally be able to discover and utilize evidence which supports their case. However, courts have also recognized that certain relationships are of such societal importance that sacrificing evidence which may be...
|New Groundwater Legislation Update: Comments Recommended Regarding Groundwater Basin Prioritization|
Steven M. Anderson, Lucas I. Quass; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014Under the new groundwater legislation, the California Department of Water Resources must establish the initial priority for each groundwater basin in the state no later than Jan. 31. Those basins that are ultimately designated as high or medium priority will be subject to groundwater sustainability...
|New Law Changes Special District Noticing Requirements for Terminating Service on Delinquent Accounts|
Steven G. Martin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 24, 2014The noticing requirements special districts must follow to terminate delinquent residential light, heat, water or power service accounts were substantially modified by the passage of omnibus bill AB 2747 by the state Legislature. The changes will take effect on Jan. 1 and impact the notification of...