On October 12, 2017 Nestlé USA announced that by 2024 they would “strive to source all of the broiler chickens we use as ingredients for our U.S. food portfolio from sources meeting a higher standard of animal welfare, building on our global Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare.” More specifically, Nestlé has committed to sourcing from...
Judge Andrews Finds Plaintiff Proved Infringement of Asserted Claims of Patents-in-Suit Following Three-Day Bench Trial in Hatch-Waxman Action   Following a three-day bench trial in the matter on June 5-7, 2017 and after having considered the entire record in the case and the applicable law, the Court, through Trial Opinion, entered by The Honorable Richard G. Andrews in Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. v. Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc., Civil Action No. 15-451-RGA (D.Del. October 13,...
Is Your Business in Compliance with the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act A number of employers in Illinois are involved in pending class action litigation regarding violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The BIPA, which was enacted in 2008, addresses the collection, use and retention of biometric information by private entities. Any information that is captured, stored, or shared based on a person's biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints, iris scans, or blood type, is considered “biometric information.” The Illinois Legislature enacted the BIPA because biometric information is unlike any other unique identifier in that it can never be changed, even once it has been compromised.
HUD Resolves Fair Housing Case Against the State of Maryland for $225,000 Pursuant to an agreement announced last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it resolved a discrimination complaint filed by local housing advocacy groups against Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The complaint challenged the fairness of Maryland’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.  As detailed by HUD,...
California Guarantees Job Protection for More New Parents Starting January 1, 2018, new parents in California can rest a bit easier.  Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 63, officially titled the Parental Leave Act, into law yesterday which will impact employers with between 20 and 49 employees–in other words, employers who are not subject to the federal FMLA.  Mirroring the FMLA employee eligibility requirements, the new...
FTC Invests in Technology to Prepare for Busy Year of Litigation and Investigations The Federal Trade Commission is investing nearly $3 million in technology to support an increasing need for e-discovery driven by massive data breaches such as the one disclosed recently by Equifax. The news comes from the National Law Journal, which reports that the FTC awarded a one-year contract to Innovative Discovery LLC of Arlington, Virginia for a secure litigation...