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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently updated its guidance on “sue-and-settle” situations – a contentious approach to resolving claims alleging that the agency has failed to perform a required duty.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed the Northern District of California’s landmark decision against UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s behavioral health unit, United Behavioral Health (“UBH”), under which UBH had been ordered to reprocess tens of thousands of behavioral health claims.
Implementation of the District of Columbia’s Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 (the “Act”) has now been officially delayed until October 1, 2022. The Act had been scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2022.
An Initial Threshold Test Is Not Required in Order to Apply the “ABC Test” in Dynamex
On March 31, President Biden designated the production and processing of materials used in large-capacity batteries as essential to the national defense.
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Environmentally responsible fashion has become a key marketing signal for many global brands, with advertising claims such as “sustainable,” “responsibly sourced,” “organic,” and “recycled” cropping up throughout the fashion industry. These claims respond to growing demand from consumers.
In this installment of the Five Questions, Five Answers podcast, Birgit Matthiesen talks trade policy with Flavio Volpe, the President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers of Canada.

On March 24, 2022, in the case of Patel v. 7-Eleven, Inc. (No. SJC-13166), the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), the highest court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, ruled that whether a franchisee is an independent contractor or an employee
The Biden Administration has prioritized environmental justice issues as part of its regulatory agenda.
Private activity bonds may finance projects that rely on novel technology subject to intellectual property protections, such as patents, trade secrets, and know-how.
The European Union (EU) and the United States (US) government have now reached an agreement in principle for a “Privacy Shield 2.0” to replace the original Privacy Shield Framework that was invalidated under the Schrems II decision in July 2020.
Co-hosts Hunter Carter and Malcolm McNeil talk about Mexico trade issues dominating the headlines, with Sánchez Devanny Law Firm Partner Eduardo Sotelo Cauduro.
Rules Effective Now for New Program Leasing Agreements, Although Appeal is Pending
A recent court ruling related to Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election serves as an evergreen reminder that the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine do not insulate documents and communications created in furtherance of a crime or fraud from disclosure.
On March 10, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Association agreed to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, ending a 99-day lockout that was the first official MLB work stoppage since 1994. Both sides agreed to allow MLB teams to sell advertising positions on team jerseys.
Whether we like it or not, COVID-19 continues to pose challenges for everyone. One way to help mitigate the risk of contracting the virus is getting fresh air.
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Parents across the country are often on the lookout for the latest “hot” items for their kids and social media can be one way parents find out about what’s popular. One toy that has been popular on social media is the Pop It fidget.
California law generally requires employers to provide employees with a safe place to work. What, if anything, does this obligation entail when an employee works at home or another employee visits that private residence for work-related activities?
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The Metaverse is a new frontier of innovation in social and business interaction, and pioneers of this technology are rushing to develop its building blocks and protect their intellectual property (IP) rights. However, patenting this cutting-edge technology is not without challenges.
As more and more companies are developing and/or utilizing artificial intelligence (AI), it is important to consider risk management and best practices to address issues like bias in AI. The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released a draft of its AI Risk Management Framework.
On February 28, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lifted a nearly two-decade long stay on formaldehyde air emissions limits for two types of stationary combustion turbines.
On March 21, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed far-reaching climate-related disclosure rules for public companies that do business in the United States.