Third Times the Charm – City of Jacksonville Passes Human Rights Ordinance That Protects Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Third Times the Charm – City of Jacksonville Passes Human Rights Ordinance That Protects Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity After previous efforts that failed in 2012 and 2016, the City of Jacksonville, Florida has now passed an expanded human rights ordinance (“HRO”) that provides employment and housing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This time around the City Council addressed severalissues that created hurdles during the prior efforts to expand the HRO. View Full Post
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More Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules That Will Inevitably Impact Electronic Discovery and Federal Practitioners

By | All About eDiscovery | February 15, 2017
More Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules That Will Inevitably Impact Electronic Discovery and Federal Practitioners The Federal Rules are undergoing more changes!  And, effective December 1, 2017, there will be two new Federal Rules of Evidence (Rules 902[13], [14]) that will directly impact e-discovery in the federal courts.  These Rule changes are critical because, as aptly put by recently retired Magistrate Judge John Facciola, View Full Post
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NTIA Highlights Promise and Policy Challenges of IoT, Seeks Additional Comments

NTIA Highlights Promise and Policy Challenges of IoT, Seeks Additional Comments On January 12, 2017, prior to the new administration taking power, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce (Department) released a Green Paper on “Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things,” View Full Post
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Mandatory Evacuation Ends Below Oroville Dam, but the Flood Control System in the Valley Remains Strained

Mandatory Evacuation Ends Below Oroville Dam, but the Flood Control System in the Valley Remains Strained Here is Wednesday morning’s installment of our update on the Oroville Dam spillway incident and more news about the valley. For background, please see our earlier blog posts which set the stage and provide context.  In sum, the mandatory evacuation is over; the emergency or auxiliary spillway remains stable; View Full Post
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Criminal Sentencing and the Problem of Free Will

Criminal Sentencing and the Problem of Free Will Criminal calendars may be handled slightly differently in every jurisdiction. But they have one thing in common. At some point in every case, the lawyers will argue about why a person did that he did. And a judge or jury will evaluate this question and make a decision about what to do in light of that decision. View Full Post
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FTC Report Reinforces the Rules for Cross-Device Tracking

FTC Report Reinforces the Rules for Cross-Device Tracking Well over a year after holding a workshop addressing privacy issues associated with cross-device tracking, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff have issued a report. The report sets the stage by describing how cross-device tracking works, noting its “benefits and challenges,” View Full Post
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Federal Whistleblowers Law Collide with the Attorney-Client Privilege: The Bio-Rad Case Study

By | Employment Law Lookout | February 14, 2017
Federal Whistleblowers Law Collide with the Attorney-Client Privilege: The Bio-Rad Case Study Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal whistleblower laws collide with the in-house attorney-client privilege. The trial round goes to the whistleblower.  The expected appellate round has still not been fought. In a February 7, 2017 jury verdict, the plaintiff, Sanford S. Wadler, the former General Counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., was awarded $7.29 million for compensatory and punitive damages View Full Post
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Mossack Fonseca Founders Arrested and Detained On Money Laundering Charges

Mossack Fonseca Founders Arrested and Detained On Money Laundering Charges The founders of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were arrested on Saturday, following their indictment on money-laundering charges allegedly tied to the ever-widening Petrobas corruption scandal in Brazil. Kenia Porcell, the country’s Attorney General, tweeted news of the two men’s arrest: “Raid of offices of law firm that created limited liability companies in Brazil linked to #LavaJato #PanamaPapers.” Founded in 1977 by Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, the firm is perched at the top of offshore legal services providers. View Full Post
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