Arent Fox’s upcoming merger with Schiff Hardin, Bond Buyer reported, will serve as a “perfect pairing” for the firm’s Public Finance practice, offering clients national support and industry-focused service.
On September 9, the White House announced Executive Order 14042, which requires covered federal contracts to include a clause mandating compliance with guidance that had yet to be issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force).
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Proposed Federal and State Legislation Will Eliminate Compulsory Arbitration in Sexual Assault and Harassment Cases
Following House approval of H.R. 4445 with overwhelming support (335 Yeas to 97 Nays) on February 7, 2022, the Senate approved the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 by voice vote on February 10, 2022.
The California Supreme Court has held that the standard for assessing whistleblower retaliation claims under California Labor Code section 1102.5 is not the McDonnell Douglas test, but the more plaintiff-friendly standard articulated in Labor Code section 1102.6.
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On January 18, 2022, an amendment to Bill 24-612 (legislation that would extend the eviction moratorium in DC until June 30, 2022) (the "Amendment") was introduced to the DC Council that proposed tolling tenant deadlines under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act ("TOPA") until February 28, 2022.
On February 7th, 2022, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) published the latest edition of its Caseload Statistics, confirming the strong demand for ICSID Arbitration despite challenges posed by a second year of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Foreign insurers can feel more confident in their ability to enforce international arbitration clauses in American courts. Last month, the US Supreme Court declined to reverse a decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that allowed Lloyd's of London to compel arbitration.
In a first-of-its-kind case, the Federal Trade Commission required Fashion Nova to pay $4.2 Million for blocking negative customer reviews in violation of the FTC Act. Shortly after, the agency released new guidance for online retailers and review platforms.
As It Mulls Whether To Grant Cert in ERISA Case on PBM Fiduciary Liability, Supreme Court Seeks Government's Input
In December, the Supreme Court requested that U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar file a brief in John Doe 1 v. Express Scripts Inc., weighing in on whether the Court should hear a case about prescription drug costs.
It’s that time of year again when employers have to decide who they are sponsoring for an H-1B visa.
With nearly 150 similar class action lawsuits pending nationwide, the ruling is a win for the ERISA plaintiff's bar, potentially supporting their expansive view of plan fiduciaries' duty to monitor investments.
NLRB General Counsel Launches 10(j) Injunction Initiative Aimed At Employers That Threaten Or Coerce Employees During Organizing Campaigns
Section 10(j) of the National Labor Relations Act authorizes the NLRB to seek temporary federal court injunctions to stop employers and unions from engaging in unfair labor practices while a case is being litigated before the Agency.
Discounts for Data: California AG Sends Notice Letters to Loyalty Program Operators on Data Privacy Day
The California Attorney General sent a sweep of notices to businesses with loyalty programs alleging noncompliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act.
DOJ Notches Key Win for Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative: Court Holds That Cyber Security Compliance May Be Material Under the False Claims Act
On February 1, 2022, a federal court in California issued the first major ruling in a False Claims Act case testing the Department of Justice’s newly minted Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, notching a win for the government. In United States ex rel. Markus v. Aerojet RocketDyne Holdings, Inc.
Massachusetts Court Holds Limitations of Liability Clauses Will Not Immunize Parties for Willful Violations of Unfair Trade Statute
In a case of first impression, on January 24, 2022, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued an opinion in H1 Lincoln, Inc. v. South Washington Street LLC holding.
In this installment of the Five Questions, Five Answers podcast, Birgit Matthiesen, Antonio J. Rivera, and James Kim invite Steve Christensen, the executive director of the Responsible Battery Coalition, to discuss how the USMCA impacts the North American battery industry.
Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce the firm has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index and the distinction as a 2022 “Best Place to Work for LGTBQ+ Equality.”
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced upward revisions to the jurisdictional thresholds for premerger notification filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act last week. The basic size-of-transaction threshold will now be $101 million.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan Emphasizes the High Priority EPA Places on Environmental Justice Issues
In a January 19, 2022, speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Michael S. Regan confirmed that “[f]or this EPA, environmental justice is not an add-on or an afterthought ― it is a central driving factor in all that we do.”