What Were They Smoking? Massachusetts Supreme Court Becomes First State Court to Find Employers Must Accommodate Use of Medical Marijuana


As the number of states legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes has steadily grown, employers have been anxiously asking whether they are required to accommodate the use of medical marijuana if the use is related to an employee’s disability.
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Court of Special Appeals Affirms Admission of Plaintiff’s Medical Records into Evidence to Support Opinions of Defense Expert


A recent holding of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland is of significance to companies defending personal injury lawsuits—particularly those where the nature or extent of a plaintiff’s alleged injuries is in dispute.
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Lessons for Employers in FLSA Collective Action Strategy from the Service Industry


One of the most common types of litigation facing employers is the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action.
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Are Your Employees’ Personal Phone Numbers “Available” to You?


In April of 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued its new Election Rule (“Rule”) governing representation case procedures.
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India – Antitrust Law Update


In 2009, the Indian government implemented provisions under the Competition Act of 2002 for prohibition of anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant positions in India.
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The DOL Will, Once Again, Tell You What it Thinks


For years, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (WHD) provided official guidance, in the form of opinion letters, to employers and employees.
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The Supreme Court Clarifies Patent Rights After a Patented Item is Sold


On May 30, 2017, in Impression Products, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a patent owner’s sale of an item, either within or outside the United States, exhausts all of the patent owner’s patent rights in that item, regardless of any restrictions the patentee purports to impose upon the sale.
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Significant Changes to Consumer Product Safety Commission Expected Under New Administration


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) is an independent federal agency that administers the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 2051-2089, and has authority to seek civil penalties for alleged violations of the CPSA.
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Maryland Court of Special Appeals Says No Breach of Contract Claim Unless Doctor Makes Special Promise Regarding Medical Treatment


In a decision handed down on April 27, 2017 in the case of Heneberry v. Pharoan, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals rejected a breach of contract claim against a doctor who failed to completely perform a surgical procedure.
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Employers, Be Aware of—but Don’t Worry about—the Fiduciary Rule’s June 9 Deadline


If you’ve had better things to do, you might only be vaguely aware that the new fiduciary rule becomes effective on June 9, 2017. We’ve written about this before (here and here), but a quick refresher might be helpful as the deadline looms.
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