Short-term disability (STD) and long-term disability (LTD) insurance plans are a crucial part of employee benefits. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of these disability claims has relatively spiked along with pandemic- and mental health-related disabilities. However, employers and plan sponsors grappled with assessing the eligibility of such claims. It has also heightened the risk for potential litigation.
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) significantly reshaped privacy laws, creating a profound impact on California-based companies and consumers. Since its enactment, businesses have been faced with increased challenges and compliance hurdles and its effect will be further felt as revisions to the existing regulations are still possible.
In December 2019, the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act) was signed into law. Aimed at curtailing unlawful robocalls, the new law gives the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a greater mandate to pursue scammers through increased monetary forfeitures and extended statute of limitations for intentional violations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
How to Effectively Use Expert Testimony to Prove Damages in Commercial Litigation: Winning Strategies for 2020Iwork OJT2021-07-12T05:37:33-04:00
Expert witnesses play a significant role in proving damages in commercial litigation cases. With strategies continuously emerging in an ever-dynamic legal landscape, plaintiffs involved in such cases are ensured with higher chances of winning. However, because of its frequent use, experts must always put forward credible damages studies that can withstand blows and questions from the opposition. This calls for plaintiffs and litigators to have a deep understanding of the strategies to maximize the effectiveness of these testimonies.
Along with the increasing volume of commercial disputes is the emergence of various issues that continue to reshape the commercial law landscape. In this LIVE Webcast, seasoned litigators Reginald L. Snyder (Taylor English Duma LLP) and Steven Barber (Steptoe & Johnson LLP) will bring the audience to a road beyond the basics of commercial litigation.
The regulatory landscape for the cannabis industry continues to evolve as it reaches new heights both in the U.S. and Canada.
The commercial real estate (CRE) industry continues to develop this 2020. Of notable significance are the general commercial real estate trends and their impact on leasing, bringing the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIORs) to pay more attention to the unique developments in their markets as well as the needs of consumers and owners of the property they serve.
Intellectual Property (IP) rights are crucial to every business, particularly in the food and beverage industry. Patents, trademarks, design rights, and trade secrets are extremely being valued amidst the rapid proliferation of IP infringement cases in this sector.
In recent years, product liability issues have continuously expanded in terms of complexity, range, and number. Companies must ensure that the crucial areas of litigation and liability risks are covered efficiently. They should consider negotiating with other regulatory agencies apart from their primary regulator. The current trends in treble damages claims and the increasing preference of multidistrict litigation (MDL) courts for early settlements should also be given significant attention.
As the volume of merger activities increases, regulators are also intensifying their crackdown on potential antitrust violations. Recognizing the insufficiency of traditional market share measures in revealing the potential competitive impact of a planned merger, governments and parties are now shifting to the assessment of purchasing decision processes instead. Customer surveys, carefully done, can provide a better way to understand consumer behavior and predict market outcomes post-merger.
Product liability and mass tort litigants historically have provided streamlined ways to organize and litigate matters involving hundreds of parties – a skill which has inured to parties’ benefit in proceeding with litigation events during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Designed to provide support for businesses having difficulties obtaining sufficient debt financing during today's market situations, the US Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program in March 2020. The program promised several opportunities especially for businesses that are too large for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program. However, a myriad of legal issues must still be considered thoroughly by companies who plan to register. Having a thorough understanding of its legal requirements and provisions is essential to ensure sound compliance and avoid pitfalls.
As with many other industries, the cannabis sector has been disrupted significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies in the cannabis space must sharpen their knowledge of M&A deals, tax events, recapitalizations, and other financial transactions that might be on the table a result of the crisis.
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which took effect on January 1, 2020, is the newest statute intended to improve the data use transparency and privacy rights within the state. One of its significant prohibitions is the selling and disclosure of California residents’ personal information, particularly of children under 16 years old. Businesses and individuals who fail to comply with and violate these prohibitions are further confronted with increased liability under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law that restricts the collection and use of personal information of children under the age of 13.
The cannabis industry has been continuously evolving over the years. Legalizations have become more rampant not just inside the U.S. but also around the globe. However, along with this expanding acceptance are the intensified probes and regulations from federal and state legislators which have created further confusion and conflicts and compromised consumer protection.