North America

Tamsin Kaplan Named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Women of Law” List

Davis Malm is pleased to announce that shareholder Tamsin Kaplan has been selected to the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2019 “Top Women of Law” list. This highly coveted honor is presented to exceptional lawyers who are recognizable pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in their respective legal fields. Ms. Kaplan and the other award recipients will be honored at a reception on November 7, 2019 in Boston.

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Howard & Howard Continues 150th Anniversary Celebration with Donations to Merit School of Music and the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation

Royal Oak, Michigan-based Howard & Howard has donated to both the Merit School of Music and the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) as part of a year-long charitable campaign involving all the Firm’s offices and their respective communities. The gift was announced at a reception held at Howard & Howard’s Chicago location on August 28. Each organization received $12,500.

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Connolly Gallagher Adds New Associate

Connolly Gallagher LLP added attorney Stephanie Smiertka Riley to its commercial and intellectual property litigation practice as an associate. Her complex commercial litigation experience extends to both plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes, consumer protection claims, and pharmaceutical and medical device multi-district litigations.

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Are Federal Judges Growing Tired Of Attorneys’ Fees-Driven Wage-Hour Class Actions?

A number of years ago – 20 perhaps – someone shared with me a study that was conducted by a major university where participants were asked which professions they most distrust.

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The Faithless Servant Doctrine: Can an Employer Claw Back Compensation from an Employee Who Binge-Watches “Friends” During Work Hours?

New York is known for having many protections for its employees in the workplace, but a long-standing legal doctrine can furnish a remedy to employers with regard to employees who engage in repeated acts of disloyalty during their employment. The “faithless servant doctrine” permits an employer to “claw back” an employee’s compensation when an employee is found to be disloyal to the employer. While the doctrine may seem antiquated, it continues to have vitality.  For example, in March 2018, a New York appellate court confirmed an arbitration award that directed, based on the faithless servant doctrine, a former employee to pay Major, Lindsey & Africa, LLC nearly $2 million as disgorgement of her past salary and commissions on claims that she had stolen and divulged confidential information to competitors.

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Back to Business: Five Developments Impacting Health Care Employers

As summer winds down, the challenges impacting health care employers in 2019 continue to heat up. These challenges include ongoing developments regarding marijuana legalization, employee resistance to vaccination mandates, workplace violence prevention, state health insurance mandates, and more. In this issue of Take 5, we address these key developments and provide recommendations for action.

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58 Lewis Rice Attorneys Named Best Lawyers for 2020

Lewis Rice is pleased to announce that 58 attorneys have been named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America® annual list. We would also like to recognize John M. Hessel, Matthew J. Madsen, Barry A. Short, and Richard B. Walsh, Jr. for being honored as Best Lawyers’“Lawyer of the Year” for 2020.

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Howard & Howard Expands Business Litigation Practice

Howard & Howard is pleased to welcome Kory Steen to the firm. He will practice out of the Royal Oak office.

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RSS welcomes Béatrice D’Anjou in its Insurance Law Practice Group

RSS is pleased to announce that Béatrice D’Anjou, who just finished her articling period, is joining our Insurance Law Practice Group as a lawyer.

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