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|Google Settles Book Search Copyright Dispute|
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP;
December 23, 2008, previously published on November 19, 2008Google Inc. has settled a long-standing class-action lawsuit with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild over its plan to post millions of copyrighted books online for users to view and print for a fee.
|The Employee Free Choice Act: No Choice At All|
Sheldon M. Kline, Jonathan Stoler, Deborah L. Martin, Jeffrey A. Dinkin, David B. Chidlaw, John D. Collins, Ryan D. McCortney, Douglas R. Hart; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
December 23, 2008, previously published on November 26, 2008The arrival of President-elect Obama and a democratic congress in 2009 presents a unique moment in history for labor and employment law reform.
|Holiday Parties: Don't Let Yours Become a Source of Liability|
Irving M. Geslewitz; Much Shelist Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, P.C.;
December 23, 2008, previously published on November 2008Each December, companies look to the traditional holiday party as a way to improve morale and make their employees feel appreciated, while sharing with them the joys of the season.
|Derivative Plaintiffs Lose Standing After Merger|
C. John Koch; Jenner & Block LLP;
December 23, 2008, previously published on October 2008In In re Countrywide Financial Corp. Derivative Litig., No. 07-372, 2008 WL 4488907 (D. Del. Oct. 7, 2008), the district court rejected the notion of "post-merger equitable standing" and held that derivative plaintiffs do not have standing to pursue derivative actions once the company...
|Spotlight on Alabama: State and Local Tax Developments in 2008|
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 21, 2008There have been several important Alabama legislative, administrative and legal developments that individuals and businesses should note.
|The Move toward Mandatory Encryption of Sensitive Personal Information|
Craig Komanecki; Faegre & Benson LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 13, 2008One of your employees returns late from her lunch break with bad news. Her work-issued laptop was stolen from her car while she visited a local restaurant.
|Employee Free Choice Act: What It Means and Why Non-Unionized Employers Should Care|
Richard A. Ross, Karen G. Schanfield, Krista Hatcher; Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 2008The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is proposed national legislation that would overturn nearly 60 years of labor law by amending the National Labor Relations Act (Act) in several unprecedented ways.
|Layoffs and Increased Scrutiny on Labor Certification Applications|
Gregory P. Adams, Linda A. Ash, Susan A. Smith, Eliza A. Rechul-Stone, Douglas Halpert, Lindsay L. Chichester; Dinsmore & Shohl LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 26, 2008U.S. employers interested in sponsoring foreign nationals for permanent resident (green card) status in the United States are often required first to obtain a labor certification approval from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
|EFCA: How President-Elect Obama Might Change Labor Management Relations|
John W. Polley; Faegre & Benson LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 11, 2008The just-ended political campaigns have familiarized many voters with the fact that some candidates have promised to support a bill called the "Employee Free Choice Act," and that the bill would take away the right of working people to vote in private about whether they want to be...
|Final Revised FMLA Regulations Issued: Highlights of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly|
Brian D. Barger; McGuireWoods LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 26, 2008Just in time for the holiday gift giving season, on November 17, 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final revised regulations, overhauling the implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).