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Businesses Boost Bill to Kill Obamacare Mandate

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 160 other business organizations are looking to deal another blow to the Affordable Care Act after it faced both a major setback and a key affirmation Tuesday.The organizations, ... [Published Corporate Counsel - 2 hours ago]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 15 hours ago - 1 reports

Executive Order Gives LGBT Workers New Protections

Between a plane downing in Ukraine and a military crisis in Gaza, there’s little doubt President Barack Obama is having a busy week. However, he found the time to deliver some good news to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers and their allies ... [Published Corporate Counsel - 21 hours ago]
First reported 20 hours ago - Updated 20 hours ago - 1 reports

What Is Patentable? 'Natural' Limits in PTO Guidelines

New guidelines issued in March by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) limit patent subject-matter eligibility across industries. The guidelines are the result of two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have had a drastic impact on the biotechnology ... [Published Corporate Counsel - 20 hours ago]
First reported Jul 21 2014 - Updated Jul 21 2014 - 1 reports

Employees Have Rights, Unless They Waive Them

Contracting out an employee’s rights is generally a no-no. But you never know. Eric Meyer on his labor and employment blog gives one example from a New Jersey company: a provision in an employment application in which the job applicant waives his or her ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 21 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 2 reports

He's Outtathere!

Law firm preferred providers. Alternative fees. Diversity. If you want to bone up on most of the innovations in the modern American legal department, just Google the name "Tom Sager" and follow the links. Sager has been the consummate corporate and general ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

Don't Download One From the Net

Employers often adopt certain employment policies to include in their employee handbooks that have been taken verbatim from other sources. In some instances, employers adopt an entire employee handbook based on a sample found on the Internet. Much like ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

Inching Back

The nation's 350 largest law firms showed the biggest head count growth during 2013 since the nosedive of the recession years, with a respectable 3.9 percent increase. The percentage change in Washington wasn't quite that robust—2.4 percent—but a gain ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

Will a New Chief Bring Change?

Before joining the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Randall Rader and Sharon Prost worked as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. On the bench Rader's straight-talking, maverick style called to mind Sen. John McCain. Rader used the ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

Sweetener Could Turn Sour

Provisions that were intended to sweeten the U.S. Environmental Protec­tion Agency's newly proposed carbon emissions rule for industry are also what make it legally vulnerable, lawyers say. And they are likely to form the bedrock of a challenge."There's ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

Patience Rewarded

Aflac, the American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus and New York, found a new general counsel within its family of employees. In May, Audrey Boone Tillman was promoted to the position and replaced GC Joey Loudermilk, who announced his retirement ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

August Deals & Suits

AT&TDirecTVAt least a dozen firms are advising on telecommunications giant AT&T Inc.'s proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV LLC, the nation's largest satellite television operator. Announced May 18, the deal came three months after Comcast Corporation ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

The Revolt Up North

Canada's Trade-marks Act is about to undergo a major transfor mation, and the nation's trademark lawyers are furious. Yes, even Canadians, noted for being unusually nice and polite, can be pushed too far. And this time it's their own government doing ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]

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But for Levine, the memories are all about the students: "They were our brightly shining stars, so ambitious and optimistic about their opportunities and education."

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What Is Patentable? 'Natural' Limits in PTO Gui... [Published Corporate Counsel - 20 hours ago]
Executive Order Gives LGBT Workers New Protections [Published Corporate Counsel - 21 hours ago]
Employees Have Rights, Unless They Waive Them [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 21 2014]
He's Outtathere! [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
Tom and Me [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
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Don't Get Lost in Translation [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
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August Deals & Suits [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
Patience Rewarded [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
Sweetener Could Turn Sour [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
Don't Download One From the Net [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
Will a New Chief Bring Change? [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
Inching Back [Published Corporate Counsel - Jul 18 2014]
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