• 03.24.17

    SEC—Data Analytics Key to Unlocking Fraud Schemes

    SEC—Data Analytics Key to Unlocking Fraud SchemesWhy it matters: Data analytics, used by the SEC to find suspicious trading patterns, has in recent years become a formidable weapon in the SEC's arsenal to combat insider trading and other fraudulent trading schemes. Two recent SEC ...

  • 03.24.17

    Spotlight on the False Claims Act March 2017

    Why it matters: This month, we cover a few of the recent False Claims Act (FCA) resolutions and actions involving the healthcare industry that caught our eye, including the DOJ's decision to intervene in part in a qui tam lawsuit brought against numerous Medicare Advantage healthcare ...

  • 03.23.17

    Stop Pulling My Leg: Pully Block Systems Not “Made in USA”

    A distributor of pulley block systems agreed to stop making what the Federal Trade Commission said were false, misleading and unsupported claims that its products are “Made in USA.”Texas-based Block Division sells metal pulleys for industrial use (to lift boats, for example, or operate ...

  • 03.21.17

    Facebook Scores Second Dismissal in TCPA Suit

    For the second time, a California federal court dismissed a Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit against Facebook, ruling that the plaintiff failed to adequately allege that text messages from the social networking site were sent using an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS).Noah Duguid ...

  • 03.16.17

    Transfer Tax on Ground Lease Assignments

    Documentary transfer taxes collected on the transfer of real property interests are a major source of revenue for counties and municipalities in California. As local governments endeavor to refill their coffers, depleted in the wake of the recession, many have taken a closer look at the tax ...

  • 03.16.17

    New in False Ad Suits: Paint, Beer, Dog Food and Shampoo

    From paint to beer to dog food to shampoo, consumer class action false advertising suits continue to proliferate.Citing a decision from the National Advertising Division, two plaintiffs filed suit against Rust-Oleum Corporation in Illinois federal court, accusing the company of scamming consumers ...

  • 03.10.17

    New California Single-User Restroom Law in Effect

    Why it mattersCalifornia employers, take note: the state's single-user restroom law took effect on March 1, 2017. The new law requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation or government agency to be identified as available to all ...

  • 03.09.17

    Draft Budget Would Slash Legal Aid Funds

    President Donald J. Trump's first draft budget includes the elimination of funding for the Legal Services Corporation. This has renewed the ongoing national debate over LSC and whether government should fund legal assistance to the poor. The conservative Heritage Foundation, which now holds ...

  • 03.06.17

    For Tenants, Ground Leases Are Akin to Purchases

    When representing a tenant, entering into a long-term ground lease should be viewed as a purchase of the property. In order to understand why, it is important to clarify the motivation of the parties in entering into a long-term ground lease in the first place. From the landlord’s ...

  • 03.05.17

    How to Keep Toxic Substance Inventories EPA Compliant

    Included in the 2016 amendments to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is a one-time reporting requirement for industry, designed to bring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of chemicals in commerce—referred to as the “TSCA Inventory”—up ...