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Supreme Court Issues Final Word on Whether Unaccepted Rule 68 Offers of Judgment Moot Putative Class Actions… Or Does It?
Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a decision in which it held that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment made to the named plaintiff in a putative class action does not moot the case. In doing so, the Court seemingly put an end to what was a contentious class action issue—an issue that this blog has followed closely. Interestingly, however, the Court chose not to decide whether a Rule 68 offer could moot a case if accompanied by a payment in the amount of that offer. Read More ›
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio recently ruled
against a monthly purchaser of vodka who brought suit on behalf of herself and
class members on several claims, including class claims under the Ohio Consumer
Sales Practices Act and the Ohio Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Read More ›
Court Certifies Class Action of ATM Users After Sixth Circuit Faults Use Of Business Records Hearsay Exception For Summary Judgment
The consolidated lawsuit In re Wal-Mart ATM Fee Notice Litigation, No. 2:11-md-02234 (W.D. Tenn.), was filed in 2011 based upon allegations that certain Wal-Mart stores failed to post adequate external fee notices on ATMs located on those store premises. Plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification in February 2013, and the Court granted summary judgment against the six named Plaintiffs on their individual claims in April 2014. On appeal, the Sixth Circuit reversed and remanded because the defendants had failed to authenticate the business records that they relied upon to support summary judgment. Read More ›
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Tennessee has recently enacted some potentially far reaching changes to its data breach notification statutes. These changes could pose substantial burdens on businesses and professional organizations that do business in Tennessee and maintain personal information of Tennessee residents. Effective July 1, 2016, the Tennessee definition of what constitutes a “breach of the security of the system” that triggers notice includes not only the loss of unencrypted data but encrypted data as well (if that data includes personally identifiable information of Tennesseans). Tennessee is the first state in the country to eliminate a safe harbor from data breach notice obligations where the breach involves encrypted data. Read More ›
Despite the presence of an arbitration provision in a loan agreement or other document, a lender may be required to file suit to bring certain claims against individuals or property. For instance, a lender may be forced to file suit either to foreclose on a mortgage, or to obtain a court order to recover, liquidate, and clear title to collateral. If the borrower asserts counterclaims against the lender in response to the suit, the lender may want to compel arbitration with respect to those counterclaims. However, because filing a complaint can constitute a waiver of a party’s right to compel arbitration, lenders must be extremely careful both in filing suit and in responding to counterclaims to prevent a waiver of their arbitration rights. A recent case from the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kathleen Imhoff v. Lexington Public Library Board of Trustees, 2016 WL 192017, shows just how careful a litigant in Kentucky must be to avoid waiving his or her right to arbitration. Read More ›
On January 1, 2016, the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) was enacted in Kentucky and can be found at KRS 378A.005 e seq. The UVTA replaces KRS 378, which contained KRS 378.010, the Kentucky fraudulent conveyance statute, and KRS 378.060, the Kentucky preference statute. Nationally, the UVTA will replace the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (“UFTA”). According to the Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, California, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, and North Dakota have joined Kentucky in enacting the UVTA. Adoption of the UVTA is anticipated by the remaining states in the coming years. Read More ›
The International Services Group Blog is a resource for business leaders within the international commerce industry. Frost Brown Todd's international lawyers discuss the latest challenges for international trade and regulation, as well as solutions for those challenges.
I was honored to participate in CS Nordics' podcast debut for their "Smart Investing in the USA" podcast series.
The podcast provides advice to foreign business owners considering operations and investments in the USA. It focuses on hiring practices, safety laws, taxes, and how to engage, retain and utilize personnel. This resulted from the first Nordic Road Show by Select USA, the federal government’s effort to attract foreign direct investment into the USA. I was fortunate enough to be the US business attorney representative who accompanied Select USA at six stops in five Nordic countries in late 2015. Read More ›
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: An Overview for Japanese and U.S. Companies involved in Cross-Border Trade
Since the spring of 2013, representatives of the Japanese government have been negotiating with the United States and nine other governments for passage of a trade agreement between pacific nations, named the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPP is a large scale, multilateral trade agreement that, if passed, would govern a staggering 40 percent of the global economy, totaling $28 trillion in U.S. dollars, and would regulate roughly one third of all world trade. Indeed, if the TPP is passed, it will cover trade between 700 million people and be the biggest trade agreement since NAFTA. Current negotiations involve the governments of Japan, the United States, Australia, Brunei, Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. While all countries listed are participating in TPP talks, the clear motivator behind passage of the TPP is establishing a trade agreement between Japan and the United States; these two countries represent 80 percent of the GDP in the TPP region combined. Read More ›
Under H-1B regulations, an employer has to notify the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of "material changes,” through the filing of an amended or new H-1B petition. However, the regulations do not explicitly explain what constitutes a material change. Employers have generally relied on prior guidance from USCIS, which indicated that moving an H-1B employee to a new worksite did not constitute a material change if a new Labor Condition Application (LCA) was in place for the new worksite before the move. In April 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued a precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC (Simeio),on this issue. Now, as a result of this decision, USCIS has reversed itself and has issued a new policy memorandum on the actions needed before an employee is relocated. Read More ›
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