On February 10, 2022, the Senate passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021,H.R. 4445. It is expected to be signed by President Biden shortly. The Act did the seemingly impossible by passing on lopsided, bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate, befitting its odd-couple Senate sponsors: Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The Act makes all pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action waivers—including those already in existence—unenforceable in cases alleging sexual harassment or sexual assault...
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Supreme Court stays OSHA vaccine mandate but keeps healthcare employee mandate in place
Today, the Supreme Court issued decisions in the COVID mandate cases that have had employers across the country on the edge of their seats. In aper curiam6-3 decision, the Court stayed the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard that required all employers with 100 or more employees to require COVID vaccination or weekly testing. The Court found that OSHA had exceeded its rule-making authority and that Congress -- not an administrative agency -- would have to pass legislation specifically authorizing the vaccine or test requirement: “The Act empowers the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures...
Chambers Recognizes 42 Waller Attorneys Spotlights Healthcare and Alcoholic Beverage Practices
Forty-two Waller attorneys across 14 practice areas are being recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA, an annual publication that ranks law firms and lawyers through independent interviews with clients and members of the legal community at outside law firms. Chambers released the preliminary list this month while the final list including band designations will be published in mid-April. Over the past five years, the number of Waller attorneys recognized in Chambers has grown by more than 50 percent. In 2020, Waller’s alcoholic beverage practice joins healthcare as the second practice area to be recognized by Chambers on a national list...
Waller Adds Patent Attorney Hilary Dorr Lang PhD
Hilary Dorr Lang, Ph.D., has joined the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. A registered patent attorney with a doctorate in organic chemistry, Lang focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of chemical, biologic and pharmaceutical patents and the management of large patent portfolios in those areas. “With her extensive experience across a broad spectrum of chemical products and processes, Hilary will play a key role in expanding the suite of services provided by our patent team,” said Bob Felber, Waller’s Intellectual Property practice leader...