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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.
|Amendments to TSX Venture Exchange Policies|
David Mendicino; Lang Michener LLP;
December 23, 2008, previously published on November 28, 2008Earlier this month, the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) announced that effective December 15, 2008, it will implement a number of changes to its policies in an effort to streamline them (in some cases making them consistent with the policies of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX)) and to remove certain...
|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...
|Promoting Opportunity and Gender Equality|
Chinachart Vatanasuchart, Sarinya Israbhakdi; Mayer Brown JSM (Thailand) Limited;
December 23, 2008, previously published on November 28, 2008The Promotion of Opportunity and Gender Equality Bill (the "Bill") is currently being considered by the Thai government. Once passed, it will have a significant impact on employment policies and recruitment procedures.
|Wage and Hour Issues Facing Employers during the Holiday Season|
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP;
December 23, 2008, previously published on December 2008Retailers should use caution as they enter the important and busy holiday season.
|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.
|Nonprofit Organizations: Uniquely Positioned To Take Advantage of Immigration Benefits|
Frida Popik Glucoft, Alexsondra S. Fixmer; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 2008Nonprofit organizations are uniquely positioned to take advantage of immigration benefits which are not available to for-profit organizations.
|Dismissal Effective Once Dismissal Letter Read|
Alex Denny, Christabel Oh; Faegre & Benson LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 27, 2008The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held in Gisda CYF v Barratt UKEAT/0173/08/ZT that the effective date of termination of employment took place when the employee read the letter terminating her employment and not when the letter was received in the post.
|Federal Reserve of New York Establishes a Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility to Boost Consumer Credit Markets|
Gabriel Walvatne; Miles & Stockbridge P.C.;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 2008On November 25, 2008, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced the latest U.S. government-sponsored program to stimulate the credit markets: the creation of a Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF).