A law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally. Evolving from a partnership of prominent lawyers in Philadelphia a century ago, the modern organization stretches from the U.S. to Europe and across Asia. Throughout this global expansion, Duane Morris has remained committed to preserving its collegial and collaborative culture. The leadership is truly unique among large law firms for helping clients prosper throughout changing economic and industry conditions.
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered severe economic shock, particularly in countries like Myanmar that rely heavily on labour-intensive industries. The recent change in the government has added further concerns to the political state of Myanmar.
In a rare act of bipartisanship and by unanimous voice vote on February 10, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to eliminate the use of binding arbitration provisions for disputes involving sexual assault and sexual harassment. President Joe Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (HR 4445) into law on March 3, 2022.
Since Russia’s recent recognition of the self-proclaimed independence of two separatist regions of Ukraine and subsequent invasion of the country, the United States and a number of its key allies have sequentially imposed significant sanctions against Russia.
On February 17, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) and a request for public comment regarding a proposed rule to address what the agency calls “deceptive or unfair marketing” that relies upon false claims about potential earnings. The FTC launched the proceeding to challenge “bogus” money-making claims that lure consumers, workers and prospective entrepreneurs into “risky business ventures that often turn into dead-end debt traps.”
On February 1, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) officially launched its new contractor certification portal. Covered federal government contractors and subcontractors are required to use the contractor portal to register and certify that they are meeting the requirement to develop and maintain annual affirmative action plans (AAPs) pursuant to Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). Under those laws, supply and service contractors and subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a qualifying government contract or subcontract (valued at $50,000 or more under EO 11246 and Section 503; $150,000 or more under VEVRAA) must develop and maintain AAPs within 120 days of the commencement of a contract, and must update their AAPs annually. Contractors with functional AAPs also are required to certify compliance.
The California Court of Appeals has allowed an employee’s wrongful death case for her husband’s death from COVID-19 to proceed against her employer, concluding the claim was not barred by the California’s Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA).
New obligations under amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act, passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker last year, take effect on March 24, 2022. As covered in our previous Alert, private businesses with more than 100 employees must obtain equal pay registration certificates from the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) between March 24, 2022, and March 23, 2024, and every two years thereafter.
On January 24, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced increases to the jurisdictional thresholds for premerger notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act). The FTC adjusts the thresholds annually, consistent with changes to gross national product. The announced changes will apply to transactions closing on or after February 23, 2022, which is 30 days after the revised thresholds were published in the Federal Register.
A new Colorado law, effective March 1, 2022, will make violations of the state’s noncompetition statute a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by 120 days in jail, a fine up to $750, or both.
A little over a year after bringing its first “no-poach” prosecution, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) defeated a motion to dismiss an indictment in a closely watched decision that may make it more difficult for defendants to challenge such indictments in the future.
The regulations implementing the CCPA require that a business verify the identity of a consumer that submits a specific-information access request to a “reasonably high degree of certainty.”
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in November 2022 released a targeted exam letter pertaining to communications for crypto products and services.
It has been a long and heated debate as to whether NFTs and certain cryptocurrencies can be deemed as securities under applicable laws and precedents.
In a prior post, we wrote about the importance of reviewing the terms governing the sale of an NFT to determine what rights, if any, are included in the sale in order to commercially exploit the asset associated with the NFT, and the confusion that emerges in interpreting such terms through the lens of copyright law.
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