Author: Elizabeth Barnes

Recent SEC Enforcement of Regulation Best Interest (Reg. BI)

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has moved into a new area of broker-dealer enforcement relating to suitability of securities transactions. Historically, SEC enforcement of broker-dealer misconduct involving suitability of trades centered on violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“the Exchange Act”). Indeed, for decades, the SEC did not bring […]

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SCOTUS Finds Individual PAGA Claims Subject to Arbitration

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated opinion in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana on June 15, 2022, finding that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts portions of California’s PAGA statute.  In an 8 to 1 ruling, the Court reasoned that claims brought under the California Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) can be split […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Case Holding that Floor Plans are Entitled to Copyright Protection

As anyone who has shopped for or sold a home is aware, inclusion of floor plans in real estate marketing materials is a common and long-standing practice.  This practice, however, may run afoul of copyright law under a 2021 appellate decision which the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review on June 27, 2022. In August […]

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O’Hagan Meyer’s Sports & Entertainment Practice Sponsors Songs 4 Hope & Healing Concert July 19th

O’Hagan Meyer is a proud supporter of Music Heals International (MHI), a Platinum-rated GuideStar Charitable Organization.  We are honored to announce the Firm’s Sports & Entertainment practice group as a sponsor of  MHI’s exclusive summer fundraising concert benefiting its important programs: “Songs 4 Hope & Healing.” On July 19, 2022, “Songs 4 Hope & Healing” will […]

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O’Hagan Meyer Named a Richmond Top Workplace

O’Hagan Meyer is honored to be named a 2022 Top Workplace! Only 87 Richmond businesses made the Richmond Times-Dispatch annual list which features iconic employers like CarMax and Capital One and includes only four other Richmond law firms. For the full list of Top Workplaces, click here. The awards are based on anonymous employee survey […]

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The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Has Issued a Critical Ruling for Franchisors Everywhere

On March 24, 2022, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued its highly anticipated ruling on a certified question in Patel v. 7-Eleven, Inc. (Docket No. 20-1999). On December 13, 2021, we wrote about looming implications for franchisors as the federal trial court’s concern focused on a perceived conflict in two laws:  first, the Massachusetts Independent […]

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Superior Court Decision Provides Roadmap for Protecting Trade Secret Information Provided to State Agencies

Companies in regulated industries are often required to submit information to state agencies, and sometimes those submissions will include commercially sensitive information considered to be proprietary and trade secret.  Legitimate concerns exist about maintaining the trade secret status of information after it is in the hands of a state agency, particularly considering public records laws […]

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#MeToo Legislation in Massachusetts Has Stalled, But Massachusetts Employers Must Still Be Cautious When Settling Sexual Harassment and Other Discrimination Claims

In Massachusetts, legislation pending in the wake of the #MeToo movement has consistently stalled, and it is unclear why.  However, if legislation similar to past efforts is pressed in the coming year, employers must take caution. February 19, 2022 marked the 1-year anniversary of the introduction of Senate Bills S-1020 and S-1021, legislation pending in […]

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