A Year in Review: FTC Data Privacy Actions and Its Impacts On 2017 and Beyond

By | Privacy Law Blog | August 18, 2017
Whether it means taking a prominent role shaping data security for the Internet of Things, or addressing high profile breaches, the FTC has adopted an active position in policing data privacy and security. And, as data becomes increasingly digital in its form and protections, data security is of paramount importance for all types of intelligence—whether financial, medical, or otherwise sensitive.   View Full Post
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Hey, DOJ: Look at Opioids, Not Cannabis

By | Canna Law Blog™ | August 18, 2017
Hey, DOJ: Look at Opioids, Not Cannabis U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is worried about this country’s “historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime.” Because he is so worried, Sessions has spent the past month doing things like: (1) asking his old colleagues for funds to prosecute the War on Drugs, including medical marijuana; (2) writing state Governors with “serious questions” about their local cannabis programs (which letters the states have politely observed are misleading and inaccurate); and (3) disseminating bogus weed statistics far and wide. View Full Post
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New Case Law On Restrictions for Employee Monitoring in the Workplace in Germany

New Case Law On Restrictions for Employee Monitoring in the Workplace in Germany According to the German Federal Labor Court, Germany’s highest court for employment disputes, German employers are not allowed to monitor employees in the workplace without a concrete suspicion of a criminal violation or, in some cases, a serious breach of duty (judgment dated July 27, 2017, case ref. View Full Post
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Got Privilege? When It Comes to Internal Investigations, Think Again …

By | Employment Law Lookout | August 18, 2017
Got Privilege? When It Comes to Internal Investigations, Think Again … Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia serves as a helpful reminder on the difficulties of maintaining privilege during internal company investigations.  But with a clear understanding of the limitations of the attorney-client privilege, thoughtful preparation of the investigation’s goals, and pro-active planning, employers can put themselves in the best possible position to control what information becomes public and maintain work-product and attorney-client privileges. View Full Post
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Joint IP Ownership Rights

By | DuetsBlog | August 18, 2017
Joint IP Ownership Rights New ideas, creations, and business ventures are often the product of collaboration.  If lawyers had their way, a written agreement would precede every creative collaboration.  Of course, this is not the case.  Collaborators often do not seek advice of counsel, or see the need for an agreement, until after the new idea, creation, or venture is well underway.  View Full Post
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Before You Fire That Political Extremist . . .

By | Employment & Labor Insider | August 18, 2017
Before You Fire That Political Extremist . . . If you’re a private sector employer, you can generally fire an at-will employee for his or her political beliefs or expression. The First Amendment, as we discussed last week, does not limit you. Depending on where you are, there may be state or local laws protecting employees from discrimination based on their political beliefs or activities, but those jurisdictions are the exception, not the rule. View Full Post
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Justice Department’s Latest Offshore Bank Resolution Confirms Value of Self-Disclosure and Voluntary Remediation by at-Risk Foreign Institutions

By | Tax Controversy Sentinel | August 17, 2017
Justice Department’s Latest Offshore Bank Resolution Confirms Value of Self-Disclosure and Voluntary Remediation by at-Risk Foreign Institutions The Justice Department revealed its latest offshore bank resolution by announcing that it had entered into a non-prosecution agreement with a Swiss asset management firm called Prime Partners. This means that Prime Partners will not be criminally prosecuted for participating in what the DOJ characterized as a conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and evade federal income taxes in connection with services that it provided to U.S. View Full Post
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All You Need to Know About Flying Your Drone During the Solar Eclipse

All You Need to Know About Flying Your Drone During the Solar Eclipse Next week, on August 21, a solar eclipse (or the alignment of the sun, moon and earth) will take place for the first time in 38 years. The last time this cosmic event occurred, there were no battery-powered supercomputers—smartphones—in your hand to fly a self-stabilizing, GPS-guided aircraft with a camera and a broad spectrum wireless control system. View Full Post
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UK Government Publishes Post-Brexit “Future Customs Arrangements Paper”

UK Government Publishes Post-Brexit “Future Customs Arrangements Paper” On August 15, 2017, the British government unveiled a much anticipated “Future customs arrangements paper” that outlines the government’s views on post-Brexit relationship with the remaining 27 EU member countries (EU27). The debate on how the UK should handle its relationship with the EU27 is just beginning. View Full Post
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