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Sixth Circuit Holds “Cat’s Paw” Theory Applies to FMLA Retaliation Claims
Published: May 19, 2017
On April 20, the 6th Circuit held that the “cat’s paw” theory of liability applies to FMLA retaliation claims. In Marshall v. Rawlings, an employee was fired after using FMLA leave for mental health issues. The employee alleged that two ...

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Ransomware Tips and Resources for Healthcare Organizations
Published: May 19, 2017
A recent global ransomware attack has impacted nearly 150 countries. The healthcare industry was not immune to this attack, as at least 16 hospitals in England were affected. The attack locked doctors out of patient files, potentially endangering lives. In ...

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Q&As About a Ransomware Attack
Published: May 15, 2017
By now, many of you are aware of the malware virus that is spreading rapidly around the world. Taft's Technology group has prepared the following short summary of questions and answers about this ransomware attack, which in effect locks out ...

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Federal Circuit Clarifies Scope of the AIA’s "On-Sale Bar" Rule
Published: May 3, 2017
On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a decision from the District of New Jersey and held that 35 U.S.C. § 102(a) of the America Invents Act ("AIA"), otherwise known as the "on-sale bar," ...

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Recent CBCA Decision Reinforces That Contractors Must Be Vigilant in Fighting Negative CPARS Evaluations
Published: May 2, 2017
On March 1, 2017, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“CBCA”) confirmed that it lacks jurisdiction to grant injunctive relief in the case of a negative Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (“CPARS”) evaluation. Compucraft, Inc. v. Gen. Services Admin., CBCA ...

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Marijuana Legalization: Effects on Employers
Published: May 2, 2017
Federal and state laws conflict concerning marijuana usage. Marijuana is illegal for all purposes under federal law; however, many states have passed laws that would purport to allow recreational and medicinal use. Employers across the United States are asking how ...

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EPA Delays Clean Air Act RMP Rule Amendments
Published: May 2, 2017
The EPA proposed a rule to delay the effective date of amendments to its Risk Management Plan (“RMP”) rule under section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. If finalized, the proposed rule would push the effective date to Feb. 19, ...

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EPA Denies Petition to Revoke Tolerances and Cancel all Registrations of the Most Widely Used Conventional Insecticide in the U.S.
Published: May 1, 2017
The EPA issued an order on April 5, 2017, denying a 2007 petition (the “Cancellation Petition”) by the Pesticide Action Network and the Natural Resources Defense Council that sought to revoke all tolerances under section 408(d) of the Federal Food, ...

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Commercial General Liability Policies in the Construction Industry: Ohio Moves to the Norm
Published: April 26, 2017
Disputes over responsibility for damages arising from defective construction are a persistent problem in commercial construction. The vast majority of such incidents are created by water penetration and ensuing damage to furnishings, fixtures and structures. Effective settlement of resulting claims ...

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Lack of Business Associate Agreement Documentation Could be Costly for Covered Entities
Published: April 26, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), which enforces the HIPAA privacy and security rules, recently reached a $31,000 settlement with a pediatric subspecialty practice (“Practice”) that failed to document that it had a ...

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