Ninth Circuit Decision Holds That California Law Addressing Mandatory Arbitration Agreements May Go Into Effect

Since the Supreme Court issued its seminal 2018 decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, acknowledging that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) permits the use of arbitration agreements with class action waivers, many employers have implemented arbitration programs for their employees. Those arbitration programs have been aimed, in no small part, at avoiding the class and collective actions that have overwhelmed employers, particularly in California.

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EXP LEGAL with ECS S.r.l. in the deal with the Indonesian Bengkulu Provincial Government

EXP LEGAL with ECS S.r.l. in the deal with the Indonesian Bengkulu Provincial Government
The Indonesian government has chosen an Italian company to mitigate Covid-19 pandemic. An international sales…

Indonesia, through the Bengkulu Provincial Government, chose a Made in Italy technology for the sanitation of all kinds of environments and the mitigation of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The transaction, worth 240 million euros over 5 years, concerns a first supply of about 120,000 latest generation air purifiers equipped with UVGI technology. UVGI (Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation) is the technology inside the device for sanitizing environments and is also considered a valid countermeasure for bacteriological attacks (BWAs).

All devices provided to Indonesian government are able to inactivate Sars-Cov-2, through the damage mechanism of the DNA / RNA helixes of the Virus with UV-C technology. The phenomenon involves damage to the DNA chain and, consequently, the blocking of DNA replication during cell duplication.

This technology was developed and patented by Extra Corporeal Solutions S.r.l., based in Salerno (Italy), a leading company in the R&D of innovative solutions in the healthcare industry.

EXP Legal has provided assistance to ECS both from legal and trade finance aspects, with a team consisting of managing partner Antonello Corrado and senior associate Stefano Rossi, with the support of the of counsel Domenico Del Sorbo.

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Unpacking Averages: FDA Review Time for 510(k)s

In this column, in the coming months we are going to dig into the data regarding FDA regulation of medical products, deeper than the averages that FDA publishes in connection with its user fee obligations.  For many averages, there’s a high degree of variability, and it’s important for industry to have a deeper understanding.  In each case, we will offer a few preliminary observations on the data, but we would encourage a conversation around what others see in the data.

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​​​​​​​Missouri Now Requires Employers to Provide Leave and Accommodations for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

On August 28, 2021, Missouri’s new Victims Economic Safety and Security Act (VESSA) took effect. The statute requires employers with at least 20 employees to provide employees who have experienced domestic or sexual violence with unpaid leave and reasonable safety accommodations. VESSA also requires qualifying employers to comply with employee notice obligations by October 27, 2021. Read more >>

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: The 2 Most Powerful Phrases a Rainmaker Can Learn

Join us for this week’s rainmaking recommendation from trainer and coach, Jaimie Field.

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Two phrases will take a Rainmaker further than any other.

No, it’s not “alternative billing” or “free consultation” (although those aren’t bad phrases).

The two phrases are:  “Thank You” and “I’m Sorry”

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Video: Biden’s Employer Vaccine Mandate, NY HERO Act Safety Plans, Cannabis Cases – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we focus on Biden’s six-pronged action plan towards combating COVID-19, which requires mandatory vaccination programs for a majority of employers.

Biden Announces Employer Vaccine Mandates

On September 9, President Biden announced that all federal agencies and contractors and employers with 100 or more employees in the private sector must mandate COVID-19 vaccination through a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration-enforced emergency temporary standard. The plan is estimated to impact two-thirds of the country’s workforce. Attorneys Kate Rigby and Adam Tomiak discuss how employers should prepare for compliance. To read more about the President’s plan, click here.

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Considering tax reduction planning? Take action now

If you have a net worth in excess of $12 million or have been considering tax reduction planning, please call your estate planning attorney as soon as possible. The opportunity to take advantage of the estate and gift tax exemptions at current levels and the benefits of grantor trust planning may disappear soon. Here is what you need to know. Read more…

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A Big Relief to Telecom Sector

As part of its comprehensive package for the Telecom Sector of the Country, the Government of India has announced 100 % Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) under the automatic route in the said sector. To date, investment was allowed in the Telecom Sector up to 49% via automatic route and any investment beyond 49% had to be routed through the government i.e., the approval of the Government was required to be obtained.

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A DAVID AND GOLIATH STYLE UGG BOOT DISPUTE

Just over five years after the California-based retail giant Deckers Outdoor Corp. (Deckers) filed a lawsuit against Sydney-based footwear company, Australian Leather Pty Ltd (Australian Leather) for trademark infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled in favour of Deckers.

The Court of Appeals affirmed the previous decision of the district court which found that Australian Leather had wilfully infringed Deckers’ “UGG” trademarks by selling less than 15 pairs of UGG branded boots in the U.S., awarding Deckers $USD450,000 in damages and ordering a permanent injunction preventing Australian Leather from (among other things) “using … the UGG mark or designation, or any reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation thereof, in any manner and in any format, case or spelling, on or in connection with the sale, offering for sale, distribution, or advertising of any product in the United States or its territories.”

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Navigating New Jersey’s Telemedicine Business Registry

The New Jersey Department of Health (the “Department”) recently finalized regulations initially proposed in April 2020 that will now require all telehealth organizations providing telemedicine services to patients located in New Jersey to register their business with the Department before October 15, 2021, and annually thereafter.  In addition to annual registrations, telehealth companies will also be required to submit annual reports on activity and encounter data.

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