The US Trade Representative (USTR) has issued a Federal Register notice to initiate the first step of a statutory review process to determine whether China tariffs issued pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 should be continued beyond the 4-year mark since their implementation.
The metaverse is an emerging, digital environment that will allow users to do almost everything they do in real life, e.g., run businesses, buy real estate, enter into contracts, and socialize, albeit in a virtual setting. It is often described as the next, natural iteration of the current internet.
Attorney-Client Privilege Issues: Three Ways Companies Can Shield Privileged Communications From Their Directors
Directors owe fiduciary duties to the company. To make informed decisions and satisfy those fiduciary duties, directors generally have broad access to the company’s books and records, with a few exceptions.
Emotional Distress Damages Not Available in Private Rehabilitation and Affordable Care Act Discrimination Cases
Jane Cummings is blind and deaf, and she chiefly communicates using American Sign Language. When Cummings sought physical therapy from Premier Rehab Keller, P.L.L.C., she asked it to provide an American Sign Language interpreter at her appointments.
Celebrity Collaborations Are All the Buzz: Six Key Considerations for Alcohol Beverage Brands and Celebrities
What do comedian Kevin Hart, model Kendall Jenner, rapper Snoop Dogg, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and CNBC’s “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer have in common? They all have inked deals recently to promote alcohol beverage products. More celebrity collaborations are being announced nearly every week.
On his first day in office, President Biden took the unprecedented step of terminating NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, without cause and before his statutory term expired. Biden named Peter Sung Ohr as Acting General Counsel.
In the six months since Facebook, Inc. rebranded to Meta Platforms, Inc., the idea of the “metaverse” has catapulted from a little-known science fiction fantasy to the forefront of popular culture. This year, digital real estate sales in the metaverse are expected to double and reach $1 Billion.
California Court of Appeal Confirms McDonnell-Douglas Burden Shifting Applies to Section 1278.5 Whistleblower Retaliation Claims
In Scheer v. Regents of the University of California, the Second District Court of Appeal held that the McDonnell-Douglas burden-shifting framework applies to claims asserted pursuant to Health & Safety Code Section 1278.5.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a draft white paper discussing control techniques and other measures that could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from combustion turbines and, by extension, from the power sector.
Biden Administration Implements New Energy Efficiency Standards for Light Bulbs, Phasing Out Sale of Most Incandescent Bulbs by 2023
The Department of Energy (DOE) has adopted two new rules for commonly-used light bulbs which are intended to phase out most incandescent bulbs in favor of LED lightbulbs, which use less energy and last significantly longer.
Constituents, regulators, and observers of corporate governance are increasingly focused on the “effectiveness” of board performance: the extent to which its existing governance practices and orientation are consistent with (or exceed) industry standards and recognized principles.
Mixed Bag Result in Texas Case Could Bolster DOJ’s Continued Prosecution of Wage-Fixing and No-Poach Agreements
On April 14, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas handed the U.S. Department of Justice its first loss in prosecuting an alleged wage-fixing crime and the first verdict ever in a criminal prosecution of wage-fixing under Section 1 of the Sherman Act.
The New York City Council approved a bill requiring employers with four or more employees to include, in internal and external job postings, the minimum and maximum salary offered for any position within New York City. The requirement also applies to promotions and internal transfer positions.
The metaverse is widely regarded as the next frontier in digital commerce, with businesses across industries spending millions of dollars buying digital real estate and investing in platforms to be market leaders. Alcohol beverage brands are also leading the charge in forays into the metaverse.
Those with ownership stakes in privately held businesses, partnerships, or family offices need to closely collaborate with and trust others. When disagreements and disputes over rights and responsibilities arise, individual emotions and personalities can complicate matters.
Amidst the ongoing labor market shortages and disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the well-being of physicians and other front-line healthcare providers has become a topic of much attention.
On April 14, 2022, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), the highest court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, ruled that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) preempts state remedies under the Massachusetts Wage Act where the employees’ overtime claim arose solely under the FLSA.
Some commentators have misinterpreted the Bichai decision to mean that a medical staff and its affiliated hospital are entirely independent of each other. In reality, the two entities are practically and legally interdependent.
Massachusetts High Court Finds COVID-19 Income Loss Excluded From “All-Risk” Business Insurance Policies
On April 21, 2022, the Supreme Judicial Court determined that various losses incurred by businesses from the COVID pandemic were not a “direct that various losses incurred by businesses that stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic were not a “direct physical loss of or damage to” their properties.
The tremendous popularity of social networks and advances in virtual reality (VR) and distributed ledger technology are helping to usher in a new technological frontier: an emerging computer-generated universe often called Metaverse.
The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) “Mask Mandate” was recently vacated by a Florida district court on the grounds that it exceeded CDC’s statutory authority and violated the procedures for executive branch rulemaking set forth under the federal Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
In the six months since Facebook, Inc. rebranded to Meta Platforms, Inc., the idea of the “metaverse” has catapulted from a little-known science fiction fantasy to the forefront of popular culture.
Many brands have taken steps to proactively protect their intellectual property rights for use in connection with metaverse-related goods and services. This may include filing new trademark registrations or purchasing blockchain domains. But enforcing those rights poses a significant challenge.