Monthly Archives: February 2013

California Supreme Court Decides Mixed-Motive Discrimination Case

On February 7, 2013, the California Supreme Court decided Harris v. City of Santa Monica, a mixed-motive discrimination case, bringing California in line with federal law.  The case is important to California employers and practitioners because up to now, California … Continue reading

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BrokerCheck’s Impact on Customer Complaints

In January 2013, the Federal Register reported that FINRA has proposed a new rule that  would require broker / dealer firms to include on their website, a description of and link to BrokerCheck in order for customers and potential customers … Continue reading

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US Patents – From First to Invent to First to File: What is Prior Art?

When a patent application is filed with United States Patent and Trademark Office, (USPTO) it is assigned to an examiner, who determines if the invention it describes is worthy of receiving patent protection.  Primarily, the examiner decides whether or not … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Review Validity of President Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments

On February 6, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an emergency stay application filed by HealthBridge Management, LLC (a nursing home operator).   The application attempted to block a preliminary injunction issued in December 2012 by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  … Continue reading

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The NLRB and Confidentiality Clauses

On January 28, 2013, an NLRB Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) found that even though an employer’s overly broad confidentiality clause violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), the employee’s termination did not because she was not engaged … Continue reading

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Michigan’s New Internet Privacy Protection Act (MIPPA)

Michigan recently passed the Internet Privacy Protection Act (MIPPA), which prohibits employers and educational institutions from requiring employees and students to provide passwords and login infor­mation related to personal Internet accounts. The Purpose of the Act The MIPPA protects the … Continue reading

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Berger Secures More than $980,000.00 for Native American Claimants in Keepsagle v Vilsak

Jana M. Berger, a partner in Foley & Mansfield’s Detroit, Michigan office, recently secured more than $980,000.00 in damages and debt relief for Native American claimants pursuing settlement funds in the Keepseagle v Vilsak class action lawsuit. The Keepsagle v … Continue reading

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