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Amidst Uncertainty Surrounding the Scope of BIPA Liability, Hyatt Settles Employee Biometric Data Class Claims for $1.5 Million
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, July 2021

Use of employee biometric data – including fingerprints, eye scans, voiceprints, and facial scans – continues to be a popular, yet legally risky, proposition for employers. Several states and municipalities have laws that specifically govern the use of biometric data, the highest profile of which is the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)...

The U.S. Breaks with Canada in Response to COVID-19 and Cross-Border Travel Restrictions
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

Since March 2020, the United States and Canada have agreed upon mutually reciprocal COVID-19 related travel restrictions. U.S. and Canadian officials mutually determined that “non-essential” travel between the U.S. and Canada “poses additional risk of transmission and spread of the virus associated with COVID-19 and places the populace of both nations at increased risk of contracting the virus associated with COVID-19...

Risk Assessment — Construction Claims: How to Calculate the Recoverable Costs and Damages
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2021

When negotiating a complex change order or preparing to litigate a claim, calculating actual recoverable costs incurred can be a difficult exercise. You will want to first review your contract to determine what kinds of costs are compensable. For example, the change order provision of your contract may provide a specific markup that can be included in a change request or limit the recovery of indirect costs and overhead associated with a change...

OP-ED: Contractors Ought to Address Material Price Increases Head-On
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

As most people are undoubtedly aware, the construction industry has seen material prices escalate astronomically over the past few months. Some specialty lumber prices have soared upwards of 6,000 percent. The cost of a sheet of plywood is double what it was even six months ago. Generally, contractors assume the risk of material prices when they sign a lump sum or GMP contract unless there is a material escalation clause included in the contract terms...

NMLS Transition Update for Existing California Financing Law Licensees: CA DFPI Has Opened the NMLS Portal to Receive Transition Applications
Buchalter, July 2021

  Following July 8, 2021’s Client Alert, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) posted its CFL Transition Checklist for existing California Financing Law licensees to begin the license administration transition over to the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) portal. The deadline for submitting CFL transition applications through the NMLS portal is December 31, 2021...

A Draft Technical Advisory Offers Guidance on Streamlining CEQA Review for Sustainable Transportation
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

The Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a draft technical advisory earlier this month that outlines new and existing provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that can streamline the environmental review of sustainable transportation projects. The new streamlining options arose from S.B...

House Bill 75 Brings Pro-Business Changes to Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 75 on June 29, 2021, appropriating budget funding for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for the 2022-2023 biennium and enacting some pro-employer changes to workers’ compensation law...

IRS Expands Self-Correction under EPCRS and Adds New Overpayment Correction Methods
Buchalter, July 2021

By: Jenni Krengel and Tonie Bitseff On Friday, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2021-30 expanding the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System ("EPCRS")—a voluntary program for correcting errors in tax-qualified and section 403(b) plans—by adding two new methods for recouping benefit overpayments, among other changes...

CA Supreme Court Ruling on Meal and Rest Premium Pay Will Force Employers to Take Action
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

Key Point Employers must immediately change the manner in which they calculate and pay employee meal period and rest break premiums if they pay those premiums using an employee’s regular hourly rate in any workweek that an employee receives additional non-discretionary earnings. Introduction On July 15, 2021, in Ferra v...

Health Care Noncompetes Are Under Attack
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order entitled “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” One key element of the executive order is to address noncompete covenants that the White House characterized as stifling competition between companies. Section 5(g) encouraged the FTC to draft rules which seek to “curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility...

Bill 78 and the Notion of Ultimate Beneficiary
Lavery Lawyers, July 2021

Bill 78 was introduced in December 2020 by Minister Jean Boulet and given assent on June 8, 2021. It amends the Act respecting the legal publicity of enterprises (the “Act”) and its regulation, the Regulation respecting the application of the Act respecting the legal publicity of enterprises (the “Regulation”)...

Latest Federal Court Cases, 7/19/21
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

BOT M8 LLC v. Sony Corporation, Appeal No. 2020-2218 (Fed. Cir. July 13, 2021) In this week’s Case of the Week, the Federal Circuit addressed the stringency of pleading requirements alleging patent infringement.  At issue in the case was Bot M8 LLC’s lawsuit against Sony Corporation of America, alleging infringement of six patents relating to gaming machines...

Interstate License Compacts Arrive to Ohio for Physicians, Nurses, and Audiology/Speech-Language Pathologists
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Health care practitioners are seemingly subject to a constantly growing laundry list of regulatory requirements. However, the Ohio General Assembly has reduced the administrative burden on certain professionals seeking licensure in multiple states through the enactment of interstate license compact legislation...

What Cartel Enforcement Under Biden’s DOJ Might Look Like, Law360
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, July 2021

OP-ED: Residential Utility Bills: A Well-Intentioned Law Creates a Serious Trap for the Unwary
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

Utility bills can bring unwelcome surprises: a water bill that reminds you of the extra irrigation costs incurred during a heat wave, an electric bill that makes you realize how much extra power is used when working from home or gaming nonstop, an embarrassing cable bill documenting how many shows you binge-watched last month...

Further Streamlining of Canadian Patent Examination on the Horizon
Lavery Lawyers, July 2021

Canadian Patent Practice has undergone several changes in recent years, in many cases to fulfill the requirements of various international treaties / agreements, including those of the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)...

Allocating Risk in Solar Power EPC Contracts: Texas Style!
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2021

Co-hosted by the Texas Solar Power Association  Developing EPC Contracts involves many different stakeholders from investors, developers, contractors, and equipment suppliers. Allocating risk to the party that is in the best position to manage and control the risk is important to keep costs contained. Factors such as technology, cost constraints, schedule, stakeholders, safety, and performance are just some of the major issues that affect risk allocation...

Ohio Introduces Data Privacy Legislation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On July 13, 2021, Ohio Lieutenant Governor John Husted announced the introduction of the Ohio Personal Privacy Act (OPPA), a comprehensive privacy framework following in the footsteps of recent legislative enactments in California (the CCPA as modified by the CPRA), Virginia (the CDPA), and Colorado (the Colorado Privacy Act)...

Analysis of CFPB’s New Ability-to-Repay Rule for Qualified Mortgages
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On Dec. 29, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a final rule amending Regulation Z’s Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage (QM) requirements (the New Rule). Regulation Z requires creditors to make a reasonable, good-faith determination of a consumer’s ability to repay their residential mortgage loan. Loans that comply with Regulation Z’s requirements qualify for certain protections from liability...

All Employers May Be Impacted by President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy
Dykema, July 2021

On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy (the "Order"). This sweeping Order affirms that it is the policy of the President’s Administration to enforce the antitrust laws to combat concentration and abuses of economic power in a number of markets, including: labor, agriculture, healthcare (including i.e...

First Draw Loans at or Over $2 Million—SBA Discontinues Use of Necessity Questionnaires and What Is Next
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

As per our earlier articles, in late 2020, the SBA began requiring borrowers with First Draw PPP loans $2 million or greater to complete a PPP Loan Necessity Questionnaire (Form 3509 (For Profit Borrowers) or Form 3510 (Non-Profit Borrowers)) as part of the forgiveness process. These forms were the subject of a lawsuit in December 2020 advanced by the Associated General Contractors of America (“AGC”)...

Insurer’s Duty to Defend: The Court Rules in a Case of Contractual Breach
Lavery Lawyers, July 2021

The question of insurers’ duty to defend is back in the spotlight. On March 18, 2021, the Superior Court once again considered the issue in its application of the law to facts relevant to the dispute.1 Facts In April 2016, Cégerco Inc. (“Cégerco”), a general contractor, retained the services of Construction Placo Inc...

How to Minimize Individual Liability for Employment-Related Claims
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Dinsmore partner James Reid was recently published in Bank Director with his article "How to Minimize Individual Liability for Employment-Related Claims," an excerpt of which is below...

Texas’s Major Lien Law Makeover: What You Need to Know
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2021

Chapter 53 of the Texas Property Code just received major updates for the first time in years. On June 15, 2021, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law HB 2237. This bill makes many notable changes to Texas’s lien laws. The construction industry and construction lawyers should take note of these changes to the complex and often confusing world of mechanic’s, contractor’s, and materialman’s liens in Texas...

Biden Executive Order Calls for Ban on Noncompete Agreements
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On Friday, July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing various federal agencies to implement 72 specific actions intended broadly to increase competition in the American economy. The executive order is intended to impact a wide range of economic activity, including mergers and acquisitions, occupational licensing, anticompetitive behavior, and prices of medical devices and prescription drugs...



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