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Food & Beverage Class Actions: Early and comprehensive legal frameworks and defense strategies

The food and beverage industry has experienced an uptick in consumer class action lawsuits. Previously, a food and beverage company’s risk of consumer litigation arose principally from personal injury claims if a consumer were to become ill from consuming a product. Now class actions are...

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Civil Rules Roundtable: Gear Up for Acceleration and Collaboration

The amendments to FRCP 4, 16, 26 and 34 accelerate case deadlines and are intended to require a party to address discovery at a very early juncture in the action, encourage collaboration between the parties and result in more interaction with the court. A party that fails to attempt to act...

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Nuances in Nonprofit Compliance: Six common concerns for nonprofit organizations

Whether your organization is a nonprofit or you’re on the board of a nonprofit, the following are six common compliance concerns we see among clients – large and small – and a summary of the key issues involved.[1] 1. Political Campaign Activity/Donations by Section 501(c)(3)...

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Taking Stock of Option Tax Traps: Tax implications of stock options and why granting them at fair market value really matters

Stock options continue to be one of the primary methods utilized by companies to provide long-term incentive compensation to employees and other service providers. Here we consider the differing tax implications of incentive stock options (ISOs) and nonqualified stock options along with one of the...

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Pro Bono

The Experience of a Lifetime: With a passion for pro bono, lawyers help themselves and others

MCC: This summer, the same week as the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, you were recognized by the ABA with its highest pro bono honor, the Pro Bono Publico Award, for your extensive disability-related work. At the time, you said, “Pro bono has provided me with more...

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Labor & Employment

Chicken Soup Is Not Enough: Keep your workplace safe – from disease and liability – when employees get sick

In the last two years, we’ve seen outbreaks of no fewer than four major diseases. While some of the illnesses do not result from person-to-person contact (such as Legionnaires’ disease), many of them (like measles, Ebola and enterovirus) do. These diseases can cause a good deal of...

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Bankruptcy & Restructuring

Preserving Value for Government Contractors in Bankruptcy: Anti-Assignment Act dictates careful planning before Chapter 11

The ability of a debtor in bankruptcy to retain valuable contracts while shedding burdensome ones is one of the greatest tools provided by the Bankruptcy Code. This power is critical to a debtor's chances of reorganizing successfully and extracting value from its assets, and is generally very...

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