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|Call Answered: Supreme Court to Decide if Offer of Judgment Moots TCPA Class Action and Scope of Gov’t Contractor Liability|
Keith J. Barnett, Thomas M. Byrne, Juan C. Garcia, Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, Phillip E. Stano; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
May 22, 2015, previously published on May 21, 2015On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez,1 a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action. The case raises two related questions that are the source of frequent litigation and circuit conflict in class actions: (1) whether a Federal Rule of Civil...
|Lessons from the SEC’s First “Pretaliation” Whistleblower Enforcement Action|
Timothy J. Fitzmaurice, Joshua P. "Josh" Gunnemann; Rogers & Hardin;
May 22, 2015, previously published on Aprill 2015On April 1, 2015, the SEC brought the first “pretaliation” whistleblower enforcement action, finding that a confidentiality agreement used by KBR, Inc., a Houston-based technology and engineering firm, violated whistleblower anti-retaliation rules the Commission enacted pursuant to the...
|House Democrats Signal Willingness to Compromise on MSHA Subpoena Authority|
Henry Chajet, Bradford T. Hammock, Mark Savit; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives want to hand subpoena authority to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and appear willing to try to pass mine safety amendments to reach a bargain.
|Florida Legislative Leaders Issue Official Call for June 1-20 Special Session|
Colodny Fass P.A.;
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 16, 2015Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) reached an agreement today, May 15, 2015, on a joint proclamation or "call" for a June 1-20 Special Session to complete the State Legislature's work on a balanced budget.
|Right and Left Come Together in Opposition to Patriot Act|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 15, 2015Usually, when we see bipartisanship in Congress it’s between centrist GOPers and centrists Democrats. However, every once and a while, we see an issue that brings together hardcore conservatives and hardcore progressives, and we are seeing that today in the coalition of groups and members...
|Birdseye and Privilege|
Katie Jackson; Withers Bergman LLP;
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 12, 2015Obtaining information, and then being able to use it, brings obvious benefits to those seeking to put right errors in the will drafting process or the administration of an estate (or trust). Often that information is held by solicitors who can claim privilege. Overcoming that obstacle may be...
|Maryland Legislative Update|
Matthew C. Nelson; Pessin Katz Law, P.A.;
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015On April 13, 2015 after the release of the traditional sine die balloons and streamers, the first General Assembly of the newly elected Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. concluded with much success.
|What the Alberta Election Means for the U.S.|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015If you think that an upset election victory by a center-left party in Alberta would have no impact on the U.S., you would be wrong. Rachel Notley, the New Democratic Party leader, and likely the new Premier of Alberta —the heart of Canada's oil country—has eliminated one of the most...
|Maryland’s New False Claims Act: Is It Enough?|
Steven A. Allen, Elliott D. Petty, Gregory S. Weiner; Pessin Katz Law, P.A.;
May 14, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015Maryland Senate bill 374 (cross filed with House bill 405) has made its way to Governor Larry Hogan’s desk for signature. Championed by Attorney General Brian Frosh, the bill expands Maryland’s False Claims Act from its current posture of only applying to false claims made against a...
|FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget|
George K. Atanasov, Julie Cox, Max Fathy, Amarynth Sichel; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
May 14, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015On April 29 the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $38.1 billion spending plan for FY2016 by a unanimous vote of 158-0. Over roughly 28 hours of sessions, the House dispensed with over 1,000 amendments to pass a final budget that spends $10 million less than Governor Baker’s...