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St. Paul Passes Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

September 8, 2016

On September 7, 2016, the St. Paul City Council passed the St. Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. Here is what employers need to know now if they have employees who work in St. Paul.

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Risk of ADA Claims Rises as DOJ Contemplates New Website Compliance Standards

September 1, 2016

Is your bank’s website accessible to the visually impaired? If it is not, now is the time to address this issue as businesses across the country are receiving demand letters and being made parties to legal claims for alleged violations of the ADA.

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Buying and Selling a Bank: How to Get the Best Price

September 1, 2016

Whether you are looking to buy a bank or thinking about selling, there are some considerations to keep in mind in order to accomplish your goal—get the best price. This brief guidance is for buyers hoping not to overpay for a bank, as well as for sellers trying to sell their bank for the highest price.

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Employment and Benefits Update

September 1, 2016

Banks and other employers may need to update their policies, practices and agreements due to recently enacted employment and benefits requirements, including the following:

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Your First Shot to Invalidate a Patent May be Your Last—District of Minnesota Holds Issue Preclusion Bars Party from Presenting ANY Invalidity Arguments

August 30, 2016

The District of Minnesota recently held that the doctrine of issue preclusion bars a party from making any invalidity arguments or re-construing claims of a patent it has previously litigated.

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IRS Proposes New Regulations That Could Dramatically Increase Estate Tax Exposure for Family Business Owners

August 17, 2016

Clients may wish to consider some actions following the IRS proposed regulations that would eliminate many estate and gift tax valuation discounts currently applicable to family-owned business entities. 

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What Companies Should Know About the New ISO Anti-Bribery Standard

August 9, 2016

Global companies in the United States have an uneasy relationship with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Most recognize that corruption can be damaging to business, but decry the statute as unfair. Now a movement is afoot to create a uniform anti-corruption compliance standard for companies around the world. 

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A Map to the Road Ahead: The Significance of Recent Verdicts in Off-Label Cases

July 28, 2016

On July 20, a jury in Massachusetts convicted former Acclarent executives William Facteau and Patrick Fabian of ten misdemeanor counts of misbranding and adulteration based on alleged off-label promotion of the Stratus sinus spacing device. 

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The Supreme Court Turns Back the Clock on Willful Infringement with Halo Electronics

July 7, 2016

By Grant D. Fairbairn

What is old is new again when it comes to willful infringement.

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Supreme Court Tie Vote Scuttles President’s Executive Action on Immigration

July 7, 2016

The Supreme Court essentially upended the President’s Executive Order that provided limited benefits to parents of U.S. citizens or permanent resident children and an expanded class of “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. in unauthorized status as children. 

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