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May 2015




FCC Commissioner Reiterates Need for FCC to Address TCPA Issues

 

 By: Matthew N. Foree

 

 Michael O’Rielly, the Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) addressed the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) three weeks ago.  During his remarks, he discussed litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which he described as “an important issue that is impacting all sectors of the community.”

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SEC Enforcement Action Challenges Employers on Restrictive Confidentiality Agreements

By: Behnam Salehi

On April 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission initiated its first enforcement action, pursuant to Rule 21F-17, against an employer (KBR) for stifling protected whistleblowing through overly restrictive employee confidentiality agreements. Rule 21F-17, a whistleblower provision of the Dodd-Frank Act, prohibits employers from interfering or impeding an employee from communicating with the SEC regarding possible securities law violations.

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Legalization of Medical Marijuana Presents Unique Challenges To Employers

By: Joshua M. Lott

There is no comprehensive federal law that regulates drug testing of employees in the private sector, except particular employees in specific industries such as transportation.  As a result, many states have enacted legislation regulating when, why, and how private employers may conduct drug testing on their employees.

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Supreme Court Considers Whether the ADA Requires Officers to Provide Accommodations to Violent and Mentally Ill Suspects

By: Kevin Stone and Brian Dempsey

Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Sheehan v. City and County of San Francisco and grappled with an important issue facing every law enforcement officer across the nation: Whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires law enforcement officers to provide accommodations to an armed, violent, and mentally ill suspect in the course of bringing the suspect into custody.

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Firm and Attorney News 

Mary Anne Ackourey and Marty Heller won summary judgment in a contentious race, age and gender discrimination case where the Plaintiff alleged that she was not promoted from a vice-principal to a principal position due to discrimination.

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Dana Maine spoke at the Hartford Regional Meeting of the Professional Liability Attorney Network (PLAN) on Recent Developments in Lawyers Liability.

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Ben Mathis, Mike Bruyere and Jennifer Miller recently prevailed in federal court in a multi-day Daubert  evidentiary hearing where the opposing party’s damages expert was excluded, and three experts on behalf of our client were admitted.

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Dennis Strazulo recently participated in a presentation at PLUS Professional Risk on the topic of How the EPL Landscape is Changing.

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Freeman Mathis &  Gary is pleased to announce that Bart Gary’s Georgia Construction Law  Handbook, 2015 edition is now available.

 

 

 

 

 

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