Publication - 08/13/2012

New FTC Standards for Data Security?

Data Security Client Alert

When the Federal Trade Commission, in conjunction with the White House, promulgated its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights in February 2012, one of the more intriguing considerations was that the FTC appeared to be setting up a matrix by which a company’s voluntary decision to adopt that matrix could become the basis for an FTC enforcement action. Now, after several months, it should be back at the forefront of data security considerations for U.S. businesses.

Earlier this summer, the FTC used that matrix in authorizing a federal action against Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and three of its subsidiaries – a development that highlights a possible change in stance from FTC Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch and illustrates for businesses the importance of developing detailed data/privacy policies.

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Departments of Education and Justice Release Guidance on Maintaining Nondiscriminatory Educational Communities for Transgender Students

Client Alert
John R. Przypyszny, Jonathan D. Tarnow

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) generally prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities conducted by institutions that receive federal funds.Recently, the specific nature of that prohibition as it applies to transgender students has come under scrutiny.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Finally Passes

Client Alert
James Sawyer, Mollie D. Sitkowski

In a rare demonstration of bipartisan politics, on May 20, 2016, President Obama signed into law the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the “Act”) which includes long-awaited amendments to the process for requesting duty reductions under a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB).

Wellness Program Compliance – It’s Time to Review Your Program Under New ADA and GINA Final Rules (and HIPAA and…)

Client Alert
Summer Conley, Karen E. Gelula, Monica A. Novak, Dawn E. Sellstrom

On May 17, 2016, the EEOC issued new rules regarding the nondiscrimination requirements applicable to certain wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA Final Rule”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA Final Rule” and, collectively, the “Final Rules”).

DOL Exemption Rules to Take Effect December 1, 2016

Client Alert

By Stephanie Dodge Gournis, Dennis M. Mulgrew, Jr. and Shavaun Adams Taylor


Stephanie Dodge Gournis, Dennis M. Mulgrew, Jr.

Making good on a 2014 directive from President Obama “to modernize and streamline” existing overtime regulations, the Department of Labor (DOL) today published its highly anticipated Final Rule Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees.

Supreme Court Holds That Plaintiffs Need Concrete Harm In Order To Seek Statutory Damages

Client Alert

The Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, in which it was asked whether plaintiffs have Article III standing if they allege a bare violation of a statute (i.e., an injury in law) but no concrete harm (i.e., an injury in fact).