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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
2022 Virginia Super Lawyers
We are proud to announce O’Hagan Meyer Virginia Attorneys, Charles K. Seyfarth (Partner), Alan D. Albert (Partner), Elizabeth Turner (Associate), and Michael D. Pierce (Associate), were acknowledged this month as 2022 Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. Thomas Reuters reserves the honor of recognizing lawyers who exhibit excellence in their practice field. Congratulations to you all!
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 […]
President Biden Signs Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act into Law
Five years after actress Alyssa Milano brought the term #MeToo into the mainstream, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act is officially federal law. Congress passed the law with bipartisan support on February 10, 2022, and President Biden officially signed it on March 3, 2022. The law is effective immediately.
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 […]
Chuck Seyfarth Named ‘Stand-Out Lawyer’ By Thomson Reuters
O’Hagan Meyer Partner Chuck Seyfarth has been recognized as a “Stand-Out Lawyer”
by Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters surveyed more than 2,000 senior in-house counsel
in large organizations seeking nominations for the most outstanding lawyers that client has worked with in the last three years. Those recognized are noted for their high quality of work, business and commercial savvy, and ability to turn legal advice into practical solutions.
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 […]
#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 […]