1. JD Supra Morning Brief: Overtime Lawsuits, Job Hunting, Google Glass, GMO Food

    The Great Fire of Rome began on July 19, 64 AD. Spoiler alert: Nero didn’t really fiddle while the city burned… 

    Axiom Law isn’t a legal process outsourcing firm. Nor is it a law firm. So what is it? Watch and decide for yourself (Bloomberg Law

    Want to avoid an employee overtime pay lawsuit? This update’s for you… (Carlton Fields

    Oh, Costco – when will you learn? (Winthrop & Weinstine

    Regulators the world over are concerned about the privacy issues raised by Google Glass. But really – what could go wrong? (Jeff Ifrah

    Sometimes we all need a checklist. But recent changes in federal law mean that employers need this particular one… (Gray Plant Mooty

    The FDA hasn’t weighed in on labeling of GMO food, but customers certainly have. And their pressure is changing the way food companies do business… (Morrison & Foerster

    HR in a post-DOMA world: What if an employee, legally married in same-sex ceremony in California, moves to your Texas office? (Nossaman

    Job hunting? There’s a tax deduction for that… (Davis Brown

    California’s state senators want to increase fracking regulations. Governor Brown wants the state to continue as a top-oil producer. Where does this leave the industry? (Sedgwick

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  2. JD Supra Morning Brief: Distracted Driving in Jersey, Union Contracts at Banquets, False Statements in Congress, Message Spam on Phones

    88 years ago today, the “Scopes Monkey Trial” pitting William Jennings Bryan against Clarence Darrow, began in Dayton, Tennessee.  

    "Driver, unhand that phone!" New Jersey contemplates giving police the right to inspect phones of suspected distracted drivers (McNees Wallace & Nurick

    Attention all start-ups: read this before you issue securities (Scott Legal Services

    What are the odds the St. Regis threw a dinner party to celebrate this legal victory? (Holland & Knight

    One answer to the data breach problem? Encryption… (Cohen & Gresser

    Think taxes are unconstitutional? Think again… (Looper Reed

    Talk about a technicality – BP employee charged with lying to a Congressional committee gets off because he testified before … a subcommittee (Jeff Ifrah

    Text message spam is no laughing matter… (Foley & Lardner

    How can schools violate the Truth in Lending Act? Enrollment contracts… (Fisher & Phillips

    Think your job descriptions accurately describe the essential functions of each position? So did the County of Montgomery, PA… (Ogletree Deakins

    More time to meet health care reform deadlines? Well, not for employees… (Is That Legal?

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  3. JD Supra Weekend Reader: Too Big to Fail, Over-Criminalization of Federal Law, Violations of GINA Rules, Costs of Data Breaches

    What? This weekend is only two days long? Better get started right away, then!

    Privacy regulations for mobile apps? In spades… (Fenwick & West

    Has Dodd-Frank solved the “Too Big To Fail” problem? (Corporate Law Report

    Note to self: maybe personal assistant to a rock star isn’t such a great job after all… (Ogletree Deakins

    NASCAR fans: your videos are safe on the Internet… (Looper Reed

    Be careful what you wish for, goes the saying. And the NLRB agrees (Proskauer

    Is federal law becoming “over-criminalized”? A House committee will look into that (Jeff Ifrah

    The “honest belief” defense remains a viable option in discrimination and other adverse employment decisions. Honestly? (Foley & Lardner

    The Supreme Court just agreed to hear its first case in 30 years involving the constitutionality of religious prayers in a legislative meeting (Sands Anderson

    Duped into buying something on sale only to discover the “sale” price was in fact the regular price? If you live in California, you can sue… (Pillsbury

    Tech companies: these 20 pages of trend-spotting, and analysis are for you (MoFo Tech

    One key source of poor negotiating? Overconfidence… (JAMS, The Resolution Experts

    Chicken Little may well have been an optimist… Here are 28 pages of why the Ability to Repay and Qualified Mortgage Rule could spell disaster for lenders and borrowers alike (K&L Gates

    Reducing the tax burden of an inheritance is an important reason for setting up an estate plan. But it’s far from the only one (Ervin Cohen & Jessup

    Oh Gina – the EEOC has begun to go after employers that violate privacy rules of the Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act (Corporate Law Report

    This is what a domain-name scam looks like (Burns & Levinson

    Apparently, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Sage Publications want another chance to teach Georgia State University a lesson in copyright infringement (Foley Hoag

    The good news: air pollution is down. The bad news: 42% of us live where pollution levels are often too dangerous to breathe (Burr & Forman

    The judge who presided over the Jody Arias trial has no business being on the bench, says a former federal prosecutor (Michael Volkov

    Could the Roma, Europe’s single largest minority group, take their fight against workplace discrimination to the courtroom? (Fisher & Phillips

    You can do anything, but don’t rip off my red-soled shoes… (Winthrop & Weinstine

    The average direct cost to a restaurant of a credit card breach is $80,000 (BakerHostetler

    We like it like that… A Texas lawsuit may decide whether a Facebook “like” is protected by the First Amendment (Looper Reed

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  4. JD Supra Weekend Reader: JOBS Act, EU Cybersecurity, “Green” Chemicals, California Rainwater

    Planning a long weekend of celebrations for Abe and George and all those other guys who have run the country? Have fun, but don’t forget that somebody has to pay their salaries. That’s right: taxes are due in just two short months (you can thank me later).

    Oh yeah - enjoy this JD Supra Weekend Reader:

    It’s what love contracts, anti-corruption laws, FMLA military leave, and California taxes have in common… (Corporate Law Report

    Remember the JOBS Act, passed last April, that was to revolutionize capital-raising by allowing crowdfunding? Yeah, regulators are still working out the details. The good news: they are making progress… (Pillsbury

    Five days before President Obama signed his cybersecurity executive order, the EU published its own Cyber Security Strategy (Reed Smith

    Whether or not you watched President Obama’s State of the Union address this week, you’ll want to read this 19-page analysis of the speech and its implications for the country (Patton Boggs

    President Obama signed a cybersecurity executive order on Tuesday. Here’s what it looks like (Corporate Law Report

    Wait - you mean you CAN judge a book by its cover? (Heenan Blaikie

    The long arm of the FCPA regulators is getting longer… (Morgan Lewis

    According to the CFTC, dozens of UBS employees engaged in more than 2,000 instances of illegal contact while manipulating LIBOR. And that’s just one of the banks involved… (Michael Volkov

    SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to use the company to make man an ‘interplanetary species,’ while still realizing value for shareholders (MoFo Tech

    Drink up, California! New law allows CA residents to capture and use rainwater collected on rooftops (Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

    Neutrogena wipes out wrinkle-cream false advertising lawsuit (Morrison & Foerster

    Bank of America’s $8.5 billion settlement related to Countrywide’s mortgage abuses could get bigger… (Bilzin Sumberg

    “Hey, Mr Tambourine Man, extend a copyright for me…” (BakerHostetler

    Hi-tech HIPAA Hackers? Nope. Ordinary thieves steal unencrypted data of 300,000 people – names, SSNs, credit card and checking account numbers, addresses, driver’s license numbers – from the car of an employee of the Cbr blood bank (Ifrah Law

    Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory will in fact be staying in the Metropolitan Museum of Art… (Sheppard Mullin

    Debt collectors continue to learn the hard way that the FTC really is cracking down on the industry (Ballard Spahr

    Note to employers: if recently terminated employees have access to your Twitter account, CHANGE THE PASSWORD (Field Law

    Want to make human rights part of your corporate culture and responsibilities? Your FCPA lawyer might be able to help (Foley Hoag

    The USDA is proposing new rules for keeping unhealthy snacks out of schools. 160 pages of regulations… (Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

    But “green” chemicals are always better, right? (Sedgwick

    You may be happy to know that federal law now allows you to give an extra $100 to your political candidate of choice (Womble Carlyle

    “Grandpa, tell me again what it was like in the olden days when websites all ended in .com…” (McDermott Will & Emery

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  5. JD Supra Morning Brief: Office Love, Cybersecurity, Sunshine Act, Interplanetary Species

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a JD Supra Morning Brief we know you’ll love:

    Yes, there is such a thing as a “love contract,” and yes, your employer can make you sign one. But hey – you would do anything for love, right? (JD Supra Law News

    President Obama signed a cybersecurity executive order on Tuesday. Here’s what it looks like (Corporate Law Report

    Wait - you mean you CAN judge a book by its cover? (Heenan Blaikie

    The long arm of the FCPA regulators is getting longer… (Morgan Lewis

    According to the CFTC, dozens of UBS employees engaged in more than 2,000 instances of illegal contact while manipulating LIBOR. And that’s just one of the banks involved… (Michael Volkov

    It’s gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day. Yes, we’re talking to you, drug, medical device, biological and medical supply manufacturers (Perkins Coie

    The EU Unitary Patent Court will open its doors on February 18, 2013 (Baldwins

    Do your employees face automatic termination after a set period of leave expires? Well, stop doing that. Now. (Partridge Snow & Hahn

    SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to use the company to make man an ‘interplanetary species,’ while still realizing value for shareholders (MoFo Tech

    Business associates: beware. You’re on your own if you violate the HIPAA Security Rule (Akerman

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  6. JD Supra Weekend Reader: JOBS Act, “Harbowl” Trademark, Hopper Fight, Debt Collectors

    You know how you can tell that it’s going to be a good weekend? When it starts off with the JD Supra Weekend Reader:

    It’s what managing cyber risks, BYOD, Iran sanctions, and NLRB recess appointments all have in common… (Corporate Law Report

    The JOBS Act: What We Learned in the First Nine Months (Skadden

    Strong offense is the best defense? The NFL ended this fan’s play for a “Harbowl” trademark (Ifrah Law

    According to a 2012 Associated Press poll, 83% of Americans believe there should be some limits on political spending by corporations and labor unions. So lawmakers are knocking themselves out to get campaign finance reform law passed, right? (King & Spalding

    See what you’ve started, Kamala Harris? Legislation intended to standard mobile app privacy policies is being reviewed in the U.S. House of Representatives (Carlton Fields

    The City of Chicago is now requiring debt collectors to obtain a Regulated Business License (BuckleySandler

    “Mary Jo White will bring a level of judgment and expertise in evaluating enforcement proceedings that few can claim to match” (Morvillo Abramowitz

    Dish Network has got ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC hopping mad… (Foley Hoag

    BYOD? Bring your own hassles is more like it… (MoFo Tech

    Writing a business plan? Read this first (Scott Legal Services

    Want to know how businesses around the world are dealing with the growing use of social media in the workplace? Read this (Proskauer

    Welcome to the jungle. The nanotechnology patent jungle, that is… (Foley & Lardner

    No organization – not even the US government – is immune from data security breaches (Ifrah Law

    School sports must be open to students with disabilities, says the Department of Education (Cullen & Dykman

    Yipee! The Dodd-Frank rulemaking process is nearly 50% complete (Leonard, Street and Deinard

    Regulators have proposed rules to govern financial institution use of social media (BakerHostetler

    Charging a software developer for crimes committed by its users is a slippery slope… (Perkins Coie

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  7. JD Supra Morning Brief: Business Plans, iPhone Technology, Nursing Homes, Global Exporters

    Have you signed up for email delivery of the JD Supra Morning Brief yet? It couldn’t be easier… 

    Apple just lost its first big patent infringement lawsuit, to patent licensing firm MobileMedia, for making iPhones using technology patented by Sony and Nokia in the 1990s (Bloomberg Law

    BYOD? Bring your own hassles is more like it… (MoFo Tech

    Wake up and smell the new trade agency, global exporters (Baker Donelson

    Writing a business plan? Read this first (Scott Legal Services

    Nursing homes must have compliance and ethics programs in place by March 23, 2013 (even if the rules haven’t been established yet) (Duane Morris

    Want to know how businesses around the world are dealing with the growing use of social media in the workplace? Read this (Proskauer

    Should CFPB Director Richard Cordray be concerned about his job? (Ballard Spahr

    Are financial institutions ready for cloud computing? (Morrison & Foerster

    Welcome to the jungle. The nanotechnology patent jungle, that is… (Foley & Lardner

    Workplace investigations unmasked (Ogletree Deakins

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  8. JD Supra Morning Brief: Recess Appointments, Arbitration Agreements, Nuclear Iran, Sex Offenders

    It’s Monday morning, and the coffee’s brewing. Now sit down and read the JD Supra Morning Brief:

    Like playing with Legos? So does this guy… (Bloomberg Law

    Your move, Mr. President (JD Supra Contributors

    Tax law advice from accountants is no longer protected by privilege in the UK, says the country’s Supreme Court (Skadden) (Bennett Jones) (McDermott Will & Emery)

    You may have included an arbitration agreement in your contract without even knowing… (Leonard, Street and Deinard

    Indiana’s law prohibiting sex offenders from using social media is unconstitutional, says the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Ifrah Law

    Preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear capabilities is one of the United States’ preeminent national security objectives (King & Spalding

    Canada’s anti-spam law is one step closer to implementation (Mintz Levin

    Regulators have proposed rules to govern financial institution use of social media (BakerHostetler

    Charging a software developer for crimes committed by its users is a slippery slope… (Perkins Coie

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  9. JD Supra Morning Brief: Year-end Tax Planning, Criminal Antitrust Fines, Social Media in the C-Suite, Good Advice from Bad Santa

    Made your dinner plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Our recommendation: smoked salmon, sparkling wine, and the JD Supra Morning Brief.

    Q: when is 30 hours a week full time? A: when the Affordable Care Act is counting (McNees Wallace & Nurick

    What’s all the uproar about arbitration, anyway? (BakerHostetler

    Corporate executives can get into a lot of hot water on social media. Here’s how to state cool (Social Media Today

    How’s your year-end tax planning coming? ‘Cause you only have, like, two weeks… (JD Supra contributors

    Will big data help us avert the next mortgage loan crisis? (Foley & Lardner

    It’s been a good year at the DOJ’s criminal Antitrust Division (and by good year we mean record fines and prison sentences) (Pepper Hamilton

    Bad Santa gives good advice – if you do the opposite of what he says, that is… (Constangy, Brooks & Smith

    UBS just agreed to a $1.5 billion fine for manipulating the LIBOR rate. But that’s not even the biggest bank fraud settlement of the week (Shipkevich PLLC

    Can Congress ban paid political ads from public television? We’ll know soon enough (Jackson Walker

    “Stevia in the Raw” is composed of approximately 5% stevia and 95% bulking agent (Foley Hoag

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  10. JD Supra Morning Brief: Protecting Whistleblowers, Patenting Cats, Reforming Taxes, the End of the World

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    Tax reform has become a revenue-raising exercise, and that is hurting the country’s credibility (Levick

    Don’t laugh: patenting cats is serious business (even when done by Mr. Ditto) (McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff

    True or False: the Chief of the SEC’s Whistleblower Program thinks corporate lawyers too often try to find ways to prohibit employees from blowing the whistle. Bonus question: Is it legal if they do? (Proskauer

    The end of the world isn’t coming, so you’ll have to go to work on December 22. Your consolation prize? The best damn update on labor and employment law we’ve read all year (Fisher & Phillips)  

    Eat your heart out, BCS: the latest battle between the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Iowa takes place in the courtroom, not on the gridiron (Lewis and Roca

    Big Data could save the healthcare industry $300 billion a year. That buys a lot of tongue depressors (Fenwick & West

    Wondering what the Feds’ record False Claims Act settlements mean for nonprofits? Read this update (Venable

    High school basketball in Indiana is more cutthroat than you might think (Franczek Radelet

    What’s a bigger deterrent to insider trading: longer sentences or more convictions? The answer might surprise you (Morvillo Abramowitz

    UK employee unfairly demoted over Facebook posts, English High Court rules (Orrick

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