The Equality Act and the Curious Conflict Between Equitable Treatment and Religious Freedom

Twenty-two states and the District of Colombia currently have codified protections that prohibit discrimination against people based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, public accommodations and other contexts. Nineteen of those include protections for transgendered people. Now, some lawmakers seek to bring such protections to the national level with the Equality Act. Sponsored by Senators […]

Accountants’ Liability Program: Answers to Key Questions in Light of Omnicare, Recent SEC and PCAOB initiatives, etc.

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, in which it reversed the Sixth Circuit and held that, for purposes of Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933, statements of opinion are not to be considered “untrue statements of fact” simply […]

Infighting Over MDL Legal Fees in Plaintiffs’ Bar

There are $72 million in plaintiffs attorney fees at stake following the 2011 $750 million settlement of litigation over US rice crop that was contaminated by genetically modified rice. Eastern District of Missouri Judge Catherine Perry, who presided over the multidistrict litigation (MDL) that resulted in the settlement, established a fund to reimburse the plaintiffs’ […]

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