“Almost’ Only Really Counts in Horseshoes and Hand-Grenades…” And Maryland Asbestos Cases


On July 3, 2019, the Court of Appeals of Maryland affirmed the decision of the Court of Special Appeals in Wallace & Gale Asbestos Settlement Tr. v. Busch, 238 Md. App. 695 (2018), aff’d, No. 58, 2019 WL 2865070 (Md. July 3, 2019).
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DOJ Indicts Executives for Violating CPSA Through Late Reporting and Misrepresentations — Plus, How Companies Can Avoid Both Criminal and Civil Penalties


On March 28, 2019, a federal grand jury indicted two executives for failing to timely report that the dehumidifiers their companies imported and distributed were known to catch fire.
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Should the Jury Be Allowed to Infer Product Identification in Maryland Asbestos Cases?


On March 4, 2019, the Court of Appeals of Maryland heard oral argument on an appeal from a $7.28 million jury verdict in favor of Plaintiffs William Busch and his wife Kathleen against the asbestos settlement trust established by Wallace & Gale (W&G). Wallace & Gale Asbestos Settlement Tr. v. Busch, 238 Md. App. 695, cert. granted, 462 Md. 84 (2018).
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Employers Facing Surge in Immigration Enforcement


Criminal investigations/arrests and I-9 audits surged in fiscal year 2018 following the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s announcement of its intent to increase its worksite enforcement efforts.
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Status of Employment-Related Federal Agencies During The Federal Shutdown


With the partial shutdown of the federal government entering its nineteenth day (as of today), and with reports indicating there are no signs of an imminent resolution, employers should be aware of the status of federal entities whose activities may impact their workforces and employment law-related issues.
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Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals Rejects Company’s Appeal of Ruling Requiring Discovery of Joint Defense Agreements, Communications With Consulting Witness, and Sealed Insurance Docs


On December 6, 2018, in an unreported decision, Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals permitted plaintiffs in product liability litigation in Baltimore City Circuit Court to obtain broad discovery into joint defense agreements, communications between a defendant and its consulting expert, and documents in a sealed insurance litigation.
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It’s the Holiday Season…for Employers to Limit Risk


Tipsy employees create a slew of risks for employers, and the annual holiday party may be one of the only times in the year when employees have the chance to imbibe together.
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Supreme Court: A Year In Review


This year, 2017-2018, the Supreme Court issued numerous cases impacting employers.
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Take It or Leave It: The Rise of Outsourcing Leave Administration and What Employers Should Know About It


As attracting and retaining employees grows increasingly critical to a business’s success, the pressure is mounting for employers to ensure accurate and consistent execution of leave policies, sometimes across multiple corporate locations nationwide.
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Employers Should Watch for Wage and Hour Changes in 2019


The DOL recently released its Fall Regulatory Agenda, signaling its intent to act on some important issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
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