Retailers Grow Successfully by Introducing New Brands

Retailers Grow Successfully by Introducing New Brands As fashion retailers across the country jostle for market share in an ever-changing and ever-competitive marketplace, some retailers are trying to improve their bottom lines not by adjusting or expanding their offerings in each store but by opening differently branded stores separate from their flagship brands. View Full Post
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Legislature Revises Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirements

Legislature Revises Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirements Earlier this month, the General Assembly passed House Bill 7276, now Public Act 17-220, which contains a number of provisions aimed at providing “mandate relief” to boards of education.  Section 5 of Public Act 17-220, effective July 1, 2017, makes significant changes to the physical restraint and seclusion training requirements that were enacted as part of Public Act 15-141 (now codified at Conn. View Full Post
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French Employment Law Reforms Awaited Under Macron’s Presidency

French Employment Law Reforms Awaited Under Macron’s Presidency Seyfarth Synopsis: French Employers should brace themselves for changes in the employment and labour law arena. However at this stage nothing is set in stone, and any reforms may be slow in coming.  As France does not have the equivalent of a US “Presidential Decree,” Macron’s government will need to get the Parliament’s buy in.  View Full Post
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PTAB’s Conclusion of Obviousness Overturned As Lacking Sufficient Justification

By | PTABWatch | June 28, 2017
PTAB’s Conclusion of Obviousness Overturned As Lacking Sufficient Justification In In re Schweickert, No. 2016-1266 (Fed. Cir. 2017), the Federal Circuit in a non-precedential opinion vacated the PTAB’s decision canceling patent claims in an ex parte reexamination as being obvious over prior art. The Federal Circuit determined that the PTAB’s conclusion of obviousness was based on no more than a broadly-stated assertion that the proposed modification was within the knowledge of a person having ordinary skill in the art. View Full Post
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How to Stop Your China Manufacturer from Selling Your Product to Others: Don’t Let This Happen to You

By | China Law Blog | June 28, 2017
How to Stop Your China Manufacturer from Selling Your Product to Others: Don’t Let This Happen to You Last year, in Your China Factory as your Toughest Competitor, I wrote about how our China lawyers have “gotten more calls in the last year from companies whose China factories are now directly competing with them than in probably the three years before that combined.” I went on to explain how “Chinese factories are more confident now than they have ever been about going out into the world with their own products, and more willing to toss their foreign customers to the curb early. View Full Post
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How Will Federal Legal and Regulatory Changes Impact Connecticut Employers?

How Will Federal Legal and Regulatory Changes Impact Connecticut Employers? For the last six years, you haven’t seen much on this blog about changes to federal employment laws because, well, there just weren’t any.  What we DID see, however, were changes to regulations and enforcement orders. Nearly six months into the new Trump administration, we’re now starting to see significant shifts in the federal regulatory scheme too. View Full Post
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Court Dismisses Class Action Claims Based On Afghanistan Labor Code

Court Dismisses Class Action Claims Based On Afghanistan Labor Code United States lawsuits involving the law of Afghanistan are uncommon, but it is common for employees to bring suit based on work done abroad generally, and not just in that one country. A recent case, however, illustrates that while the United States may be a more convenient forum, even a class action may founder if the law of the host country provides for no relief. View Full Post
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Supreme Court to Review Whether Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provisions Protect Internal Whistleblowers

By | The D&O Diary | June 28, 2017
Supreme Court to Review Whether Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provisions Protect Internal Whistleblowers In the flurry of opinions and orders on Monday on the final day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term, and amid the hubbub over the Court’s action on the Trump administration travel ban order, you might well have overlooked the fact that on Monday the Court also agreed to take up the question of whether or not the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provisions apply to and protect individuals who did not make a whistleblower report to the SEC. View Full Post
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Section 232 and Oil Country Tubular Goods

By | Energy & the Law | June 28, 2017
Section 232 and Oil Country Tubular Goods By now, you’ve heard the Trump Administration is conducting a “Section 232 Investigation” into the effect of imported steel and aluminum products on national security. Here’s a primer on the topic. What is this Section 232 thing anyway? Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to conduct investigations to determine the effect on national security of imports of any product. View Full Post
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