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Up in Smoke: The Countdown on Vape Enforcement Discretion Begins

On July 11, 2019, a Federal judge for the U.S. District Court for Maryland ruled that manufacturers and importers of products such as e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (“ENDS”) have ten months to submit applications for marketing to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). The ten-month deadline is applicable to new tobacco products on the market as of the August 8, 2016 deeming rule that extended FDA’s regulatory jurisdiction to include all tobacco products. Accordingly, manufacturers of e-cigarettes now have until May 2020 to submit applications for market approval in order to continue selling their products.

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Howard & Howard Donates $12.5K to Heart of Illinois United Way for Education, Financial Stability, and Health of Women and Children

Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard has donated $12,500 to the Heart of Illinois United Way as part of its 150th anniversary “12 Months of Giving” philanthropic initiative. The gift was announced at the Heart of Illinois United Way’s annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event on May 9, 2019.

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DOL Releases New Opinion Letters on FLSA Section 7(k) and Public Agency Volunteers Continue Reading…

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) shows no signs of fatigue as it releases two new opinion letters on the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) within the first week of August.  These opinion letters address the FLSA’s partial overtime exemption on a “work period basis” and the status of public agency volunteers.  As we have previously advised, employers should read the WHD’s opinion letters carefully and consult with experienced counsel with any questions about their practices vis-à-vis WHD interpretive guidance.

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Legislative Efforts to Curb Sexual Harassment in the Hospitality Industry Finally Reach Fruition in Illinois

Earlier this year, we reported legislative efforts in Illinois to curb sexual harassment in the hospitality industry via Illinois House Bill 3551, which would require restaurants to adopt a sexual harassment policy and provide training to all employees.  While that bill appears to have stalled in the House, similar requirements appear in Illinois Senate Bill 75 (titled the “Workplace Transparency Act”), which, after sitting on the Governor Pritzker’s desk for several months, was finally signed by Governor Pritzker on August 9, 2019.

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Howard & Howard Celebrates Sesquicentennial Anniversary; Receives Milestone Award from Historical Society of Michigan

Howard & Howard celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary in a celebration that took place on July 25 at the Firm’s home office in Royal Oak, Michigan. Attendees enjoyed food, drinks, and prizes during the afternoon celebration. Paul Keep from the Historical Society of Michigan was on hand to present Howard & Howard with a plaque recognizing its 150 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to the growth and vitality of the state.

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Adjudication Explained

Ensuring prompt payment practices within the construction industry is important. Michael Murphy takes an expeditious look at the industry’s dispute resolution process adjudication.

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How will you respond to a ransomeware attack?

It’s Saturday morning and one of your employees has gone to the office to get a jump on the week’s work. Instead of being able to get to that work, the employee is faced with locked and inaccessible files, and an onscreen message that the files have been encrypted. The employee alerts IT and the front office. IT confirms what everyone suspects – it is ransomware.

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Howard & Howard Welcomes Adrianna Agosta Nichol

Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Adrianna Agosta Nichol has joined the Firm. She will practice out of the Royal Oak office. She joins Howard & Howard’s growing Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group.

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Periodical look at our Business Law Group’s activity

M&As, Financing and Business Transactions

Advised the founders of La Canadienne, a leader in the manufacturing, distribu- on and retailing of women’s winter footwear, in its acquision by an investor group led by Montreal-based private equity firm Champlain Financial Corporaon, and including the founders as well as Invesssement Québec and Fondacon, le Fonds de développement de la Confédéraon des syndicats na- onaux pour la coopéraon et l’emploi. Barry H. Shapiro, Sharon G. Druker, Rhona Luger, Elyssa Leiberman.

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End of the Road for Ecuadorian Villagers in Their Fight Against Chevron?

This is the case that keeps on giving – both blog posts and reader interes – although the legal saga that has generated all of those words may have come to an end.

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