New Study of EEOC Enforcement: Demystifying EEOC Determination, Conciliation & Litigation Timeline

New Study of EEOC Enforcement:  Demystifying EEOC Determination, Conciliation & Litigation Timeline Seyfarth Synopsis: An in-depth analysis by Seyfarth Shaw sheds new light on how quickly the EEOC moves matters from letter of determination, through conciliation, to litigation.  For charges that result in litigation, the EEOC spends, on average, just over two months in conciliation.  View Full Post
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Department of Education Announces Overhaul of Federal Student Loan System

Department of Education Announces Overhaul of Federal Student Loan System On Friday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a plan by the Department of Education to award its entire student loan servicing portfolio to a single company – down from its current roster of nine. The Department of Education estimates that this reduction will save approximately $130 million over the next five years. View Full Post
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New Wave of Lehman Litigation Appears to Be Imminent

New Wave of Lehman Litigation Appears to Be Imminent Thousands of mortgage lenders across the country either recently received, or will soon be receiving, this document from Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. (LBHI). It is a notice of a motion to approve a proposed settlement of Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) claims asserted by trustees and investors against LBHI over the last few years. View Full Post
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6 of One, Half a Dozen of the Other: 10th Circuit Rules Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment Harassment Theories Aren’t So Different After All

6 of One, Half a Dozen of the Other: 10th Circuit Rules Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment Harassment Theories Aren’t So Different After All Quid pro quo and hostile environment sex harassment claims—two totally different claims—right? Or are they? While employers draw strict distinctions between these types of sex harassment, courts may not go along, as demonstrated in a recent 10th Circuit case, Jones v. View Full Post
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New Federal Infrastructure Plan Coming Soon

New Federal Infrastructure Plan Coming Soon Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently informed the U.S. Senate that the President’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan will be announced by the end of the month. The new plan is anticipated to rely upon public-private partnerships (P3s) to bridge the gap between the cost of needed infrastructure and available government dollars.  View Full Post
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Excessive Pricing in Pharmaceutical Products Attracts the European Commission’s Attention

Excessive Pricing in Pharmaceutical Products Attracts the European Commission’s Attention In recent years competition authorities in a number of EU Member States have stepped up in their pursuit against companies active in the Life Sciences sector for excessive pricing. Last week, the European Commission issued a press release signalling that it will not be left behind on the action when it launched a probe into a pharmaceutical supplier of cancer drugs. View Full Post
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Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update Congress’s official budget scorekeepers this week will release analysis of the House-approved bill repealing most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and that data will inform Senate Republicans on a path for passing their version of the legislation. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Tax Committee on Wednesday are scheduled to release analysis – known on Capitol Hill as a “score” – of the House bill, including how much the bill reduces government spending and revised projections of how many Americans could lose insurance coverage. View Full Post
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