As reports come out that the tragic derailment Sunday of a commuter train in New York may have been caused by an engineer “dozing off,” my guest on LXBN TV today shares his thoughts on the landscape of rail safety—one where industry employees often end up working when they shouldn’t be due to harsh repercussions. And these are just the internal factors contributing to subpar standards, but the lack of appropriate funding is a source of potential tragedy as well.
Whether it’s social network use or employees smartphones or even just plain-old email, employers have enough to worry about when it comes to technology and concerns with regards to workplace privacy and data security. Well, Google Glass could take it to a whole new level—and that doesn’t begin to consider things the general workplace distractions.
FDA Will Likely Move to Ban Trans Fats, but the Industry is Ready for It – Claire Mitchell of Stoel Rives
THere’s been quite a bit of buzz around news that the Food and Drug Administration will likely ban trans fats from all foods. And that’s warranted, considering how many foods contain trans fats—but as my guest on LXBN TV today notes, the industry is ready for this. They’ve already made progress in providing healthier substitutes and certain products are already being advertised as free of trans fats. That guest is Seattle attorney Claire Mitchell of Stoel Rives and the Food Liability Law Blog.
Whether it be from OSHA or the SEC, one things for certain—if a company retaliates against a whistleblower and the government finds out, it’s going to ding you them pretty hard. The latest big whistleblower award comes from OSHA as the agency handed out more than $1 million to four truck drivers who faced adverse action after participating in a Department of Transportation Audit.
Obama Tries to Reconcile False “Keep Your Plan” Promise As States Weigh Their Options – Aaron Dettling
President Barack Obama’s promise that Americans could keep their existing insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act was a key point in selling his signature piece of legislation to his constituents. As insurers across the country are canceling certain policies for reasons tied to the ACA, that point has proved untrue. Obama recently made efforts to reconcile this misstep, but states and insurance agencies have shown varying reactions.
Even though it was ruled by to be a form of copyright infringement, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ultimately decided Google Books practice of scanning books and making them searchable online constituted fair use. Copyright law certainly has its flaws, especially in dealing with digital products, but the ruling is a signal that the laws are there to incentivize innovation and courts will go that route when it’s appropriate.
Third Circuit Joins Supreme Court in Banning Warrantless GPS Tracking – Calli Varner of Cozen O’Connor
When the Supreme Court hands down what many assume will be landmark rulings, it always appears they leave the door open just a crack. That’s exactly what they did on the subject of GPS tracking without a warrant, and the Third Circuit has gone ahead and slammed the door completely. Joining LXBN TV to explain the case the Third Circuit decided and its interplay with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the issue, we have Cozen O’Connor attorney Calli Varner, who recently wrote on the case for From the Sidebar.
Class Actions and the Supreme Court: Exploring This Term’s Biggest Cases with Mayer Brown’s Archis Parasharami
On the LexBlog Network, the class action cases appearing before the Supreme Court are always the ones garnering the most attention—the reason being that many of the lawyers writing on these cases are the ones working them. One such example is today’s guest on LXBN TV: Archis Parasharami of Mayer Brown and the firm’s blog, Class Defense.
Though Election Day has come and gone, politic discussions are still taking place in workplaces across the country—they’re always taking place in workplaces across the country. Now, when you think of how employers should treat political discussions in the workplace, the first thought may be “avoid them at all costs,” but the truth of the matter is that’s impossible, and trying to stamp them out completely may be illegal.
Who better to help look back on all that was the 2013 Legal Marketing Technology Conference West than someone who played a huge role in putting it all together. Clare Ota, the conference’s Chair—and Marketing Coordinator at Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney—joins us to share her thoughts on how the event went and what stood out to her.