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January 2015

New Rules for Broker-Dealer Confidentiality Provisions

By: John H. Goselin, II

 FINRA's Notice to Members 14-40 revises the regulator’s position on the permissible scope and nature of confidentiality provisions that broker-dealers can agree to relating to the discovery process in legal proceedings or as a term in a settlement agreements ostensibly designed to resolve disputes and obtain peace.

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Outsourced Labor? Temps? - New Statutory Liability in California for Companies Using Contract Workers

By: Sandra K. McIntyre

 On January 1, 2015, California Labor Code section 2810.3 became operative. It imposes civil liability on companies utilizing non-exempt workers provided by contractors to perform the regular and customary work of the company if the contractor fails to pay the worker’s wages or provide workers’ compensation coverage. 

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Paradise Lost? Cruise Lines Can Be Sued for Medical Malpractice

By: Laura Broome

 The Eleventh Circuit recently ruled that cruise ships may be sued for medical malpractice, negating any reliance by cruise ship companies upon the defense of immunity in cases of medical malpractice. 

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Bart Gary's Updated 2015 Georgia Construction Law Handbook Available

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