Here are some steaming hot employment law news items for this sweltering mid-July:
If you are a regular reader, you know I like to have lawyers I know and with whom I have worked write guest posts on their client development ideas. Scott Badami is a Fox Rothschild partner. He writes the Fair Housing Defense Blog. I never handled a fair housing case, but I enjoy reading Scott’s blog. In our last one-on-one coaching session I asked Scott what he got out of our coaching.
On June 28, 2012, Judge Thomas D. Schroeder of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina gave employers an additional tool for combating an increasingly common EEOC practice of dragging out investigations and the initiation of lawsuits. Judge Schroeder’s decision in EEOC v. PBM Graphics Inc., Case No. 1:11-CV-805 (M.D.N.C. June 28, 2012), addressed, among other issues, prejudice employers may face when the EEOC unreasonably delays pursing a Title VII claim.
Yesterday I posted a blog article about how the DMCA takedown notices are being so heavily abused these days that it amounts to extortion. The good folks over at FightCopyrightTrolls tweeted about my post, it came to the attention of someone at Takedown Piracy, and their owner called me a hack. Well, here’s my take. As I said yesterday, DMCA takedown notices have exploded in the last year about twelve fold.
Blog posts from LexBlog Network members are becoming increasingly more popular on Flipboard. This morning I was flipping through the LexBlog Network on Flipboard and was not only drawn to the diversity of the legal content being presented and the beauty in which Flipboard presents our network, but our network’s posts being labeled as “Popular on Flipboard.”
Earlier this year, Fred Weiss, a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team fan, responded to an offer to receive text messages alerting him to team news and special offers. Although the terms pertaining to the call-to-action apparently promised Weiss that he would receive no more than three messages per week, he alleges that he received five messages the first week and four the following week.
Video Presentations from University of Maine Center for Law and Innovation Program On “Privacy in Practice”
On June 22, 2012, Harriet Pearson, who becomes a Hogan Lovells privacy partner on August 1 and Chris Wolf, co-director of the firm’s Privacy and Information Management Practice, presented at the University of Maine Center for Law and Innovation Program on “Privacy in Practice.” Here are videos of their presentations, Harriet’s on Global Data Management Concerns for All Enterprises, Everywhere and Chris’ on the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation.
It’s a rare day when I can say, with unadulterated smugness, “I was right.” So today is doubly rare, as I can say it twice.
I grew up in a very small town (graduated with less than 40 kids). Our class’s makeup consisted of maybe 15 girls and all the rest boys. We had a love-hate relationship (mostly hate). When the girls decided we wanted something, the boys would always out-vote us just to get a reaction. This happened with class trips, prom, class president…you name it, they’d oppose our votes just to get a rise out of us.
Most everyone knows insider trading is illegal. We want our markets to be equal opportunity – where big banks base their trading decisions on the same information as the little guy. We’ve seen movies about how far people will go to get insider information, such as Bud Fox and Gordon Gekko in Wall Street’s expose on greed. We’ve also seen people get in big trouble for insider trading lately. For example, look at Raj Rajaratnam’s recent 11-year sentence for insider-trading related violations.