Regions

Do You Need To Threaten Litigation To Trigger Declaratory Judgment Subject Matter Jurisdiction?

Erbaviva, LLC, a California LLC, sent a demand letter to Era Organics, a Florida company.  The letter identified a number of Erbaviva federal trademark registrations, and “request[ed]” Era Organics:

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ASIC releases consultation paper on fees and costs disclosure regime

On 8 January 2019, ASIC released a consultation paper on reforms to the fees and costs disclosure requirements for managed investment schemes and superannuation funds. The paper is in response to the independent reviewer’s report into the fees and costs disclosure regime under the Corporations Act 2001 as amended by ASIC Class Order [CO 14/1252] and as augmented by its regulatory guidance. In this article, we outline some key points of the consultation paper.

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Howard & Howard Congratulates New Partners

Rounding out another successful year, Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have become shareholders in the firm – the largest single-year class in firm history.

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California Court of Appeal Holds That An Employee’s “Imprecise Evidence” Can Provide a Basis for Damages When an Employer Does Not Keep Accurate Records of Hours Worked – But That an Employer is Not Liable for Missed Meal Periods of Which It Was Unaware

On December 12, 2018, in Furry v. East Bay Publishing, LLC, the California Court of Appeal held that if an employer fails to keep accurate records of an employee’s work hours, even “imprecise evidence” by the employee “can provide a sufficient basis for damages.”

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Disruptive change is here in the auto industry

While the 2008-2010 decline in the automotive industry occurred rapidly and was perceived by many participants as a surprise fall from a cliff, the cracks in the pavement were apparent well in advance of the collapse.  In fact, months before the cascade started, certain observers pointed to the general economic conditions, rising oil prices and the extreme over capacity in the supply base while predicting the industry was about to hit a wall.  Some suppliers realized the temperature of the water was rising. They consolidated, conserved cash, found better sources of supply and employed other strategies.  These companies survived the downturn and reaped profits as the industry rebounded to record levels.

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Michael Beals has been named chair of Howard & Howard’s Trust & Estate Planning Practice Group

“Mike Beals and his team of corporate, tax, and estate planning lawyers and para-professionals have refined and expanded the capabilities and services of our Trust & Estate Planning practice,” said Davis. “Mike has extensive background in corporate and business law, as well as in trust planning and asset preservation. He will leverage that multi-faceted experience in leading this important practice.”

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Melissa G. Powers Appointed Young Privacy Professional Leader for the St. Louis Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals

Lewis Rice is pleased to announce that associate Melissa G. Powers has been appointed Young Privacy Professional (YPP) Leader for the St. Louis Chapter of International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). IAPP helps professionals manage the risks associated with the information economy and protect their organization’s data. In her role as YPP Leader, Melissa will plan networking activities for other young professionals pursuing and engaged in privacy careers. Only one YPP Leader is accepted per chapter and serves a one-year term.

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Suffolk County Enacts Law Banning Wage History Inquiries

On November 20, 2018, Suffolk County, New York’s Legislature passed the Restricting Information on Salaries and Earnings Act (“RISE Act” or “Act”). With limited exceptions, the Act will prohibit employers in Suffolk County with four or more employees from inquiring about or relying on a job applicant’s compensation history at any stage during the hiring process. Sponsored by County Executive Steve Bellone, the RISE Act amends the Suffolk County Human Rights Law. The Act will become effective on June 30, 2019.

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Shutts Team Involved in Top Bankruptcy Cases of 2018

Orlando partner James Timko and Tampa attorney Lauren Strickerrepresented parties in two cases listed as the top 10 bankruptcy cases in the Tampa Bay area in 2018. The report, provided by American City Business Leads, combined information collected from November 1, 2017, to November 30, 2018, for the Tampa area.

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Fladgate’s Corporate team is further strengthened with the appointment of outsourcing and technology partner Tim Wright

Fladgate is delighted to announce the appointment of Corporate partner Tim Wright.

Tim joins having previously led the global sourcing practice group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in London. He specialises in complex, often cross-border, commercial, technology and outsourcing transactions, with a particular focus on the financial services, healthcare and technology sectors. He is recognised by leading directories including Chambers and Legal 500.

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