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“Seismic Shifts in Digital Technology:” Supreme Court Creates Exception to Third-Party Doctrine for Cell-Site Location Information
Dykema, June 2018

After not disturbing the Third-Party Doctrine for more than 40 years, the Supreme Court created a significant exception to it inCarpenter v. United States. Slip Op., 16-402 (Jun. 22, 2018). Under the Third-Party Doctrine, individuals who voluntarily provide personal information to third parties are deemed to relinquish their legitimate reasonable expectation of privacy in that information...

2012 Mergers & Acquisitions Survey Results
Dykema, January 2013

In 2007, companies completed more than 12,000 M&A deals globally, with values totaling over $3.5 trillion.1 Butthose volume and dollar records have since been buried under years of bad news. Dykema’s 2012 Mergers &Acquisitions Outlook Survey indicates that the mortgage meltdown, the recession, the European debt crisis, theaftereffects of the presidential election and now the “fiscal cliff” have pushed expectations for 2013 to a near recordlow...

2019 Mergers & Acquisitions Outlook Survey
Dykema, November 2019

The results of Dykema's Annual Mergers & Acquisitions Outlook Survey are in! This annual survey tracks the marketplace to gauge the direction of the M&A market and economy for the coming year. As with previous installments of the survey, our firm canvassed leading company executives and outside advisors in the M&A space to ask them to share their observations and insights into how the U.S. economy and domestic and global matters will impact the M&A market...

A Guide to FEMA Public Assistance Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dykema, March 2020

Much like the Spring tornadoes that tear through the Midwest each year leaving damage in their wake, COVID-19 is silently tearing through the entire United States leaving a wake of destruction that has and will continue to affect state and local governmental entities for months, if not years, to come...

A Multidimensional Solution to the Problems of Runaway Discovery
Dykema, June 2010

In 2010, the legal services industry—and for that matter almost every industry—faces a new landscape that requires not only a different way of thinking but also a different way of doing business to ensure short-term survival and longterm success...

A New Year’s Resolution for Illinois Employers: Update Policies and Procedures to Comply with New Law Requiring Broad Expense Reimbursement Duties
Dykema, December 2018

Beginning on January 1, 2019, Illinois employers will—for the first time—have to reimburse employees for “all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee within the employee’s scope of employment and directly related to services performed for the employer...

A Primer on Public Private Partnerships for Municipalities
Dykema, June 2009

This is the second of a three-part report on “public private partnerships.” Also known as “PPP” or “P3” projects, there is an increasing amount of press regarding these projects, some of which is contradictory and some of which is just plain confusing. The purpose of this three-part report is to provide you with some useful information in identifying and analyzing P3 opportunities. The first part of the primer provided an introduction to the P3 concept...

A Primer on Public Private Partnerships for Municipalities, Part I
Dykema, September 2008

Part I of a III Part Primer: An Introduction This newsletter is the first of a three part report prepared for our public finance clients with respect to “public private partnerships.” Also known as “PPP” or “P3” projects, there is an increasing amount of press regarding these projects, some of which is contradictory and some of which is just plain confusing...

Additional Coronavirus Relief Available to Michigan Businesses as Loans or Grants
Dykema, March 2020

In Michigan, additional coronavirus relief resources are available through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program established by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) and administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as either loans or grants. Separately from relief offered by the U.S...

Additional Duties on Imported Vehicles and Parts May Result From New Investigation: Comment and Hearing Dates Imminent
Dykema, May 2018

Not long after President Trump announced that the U.S. would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, the Department of Commerce launched an investigation that may lead to additional duties on imported vehicles and automotive parts. Effective, the Department will now examine whether imports of vehicles and auto parts threaten U.S. national security...

All Stop: Ruling on the Applicability of Exclusion to BIPA Claims Delayed
Dykema, March 2019

The fallout from the Illinois Supreme Court’s January 25, 2019, opinion in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., 19 IL 12316, continues.Rosenbach settled the dispute of who qualifies as an “aggrieved person” under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), and in doing so opened the floodgates for this litigation to proliferate...

An Open Door to Greater Development Opportunities: Chicago City Council Approves New Transit Served Location Legislation
Dykema, January 2019

The Chicago City Council recently approved a significant amendment to the transit-oriented development provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Prior to the change, the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, through increases and reductions of certain development standards, allowed for larger, more dense buildings on properties in close proximity to CTA or Metra train stations...

Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Survey, October 2006
Dykema, October 2006

Respondents to Dykema's 2006 M&A survey generally maintain a positive outlook on the future of the U.S. mergers and acquisitions market. Responses were received from both company executives and their outside advisors. Survey respondents are looking toward strategic buyers as an increased presence in the coming year, but also forecast significant involvement by financial and foreign buyers...

Anonymous Whistleblowers Make Millions for Reporting Their Own Companies to Federal Regulators
Dykema, June 2018

Ferdose al-Taie, Dallas-based senior counsel in Dykema’s Commercial Litigation group, authored the article “Anonymous Whistleblowers Make Millions for Reporting Their Own Companies to Federal Regulators,” forFOCUS, the quarterly newsletter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) South Central Texas Chapter. In the article, al-Taie shines a light on the ins and outs of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower awards and who is eligible for consideration...

Antitrust and Trade Regulation Developments
Dykema, June 2006

Lessons in Using Employee Non-Compete Agreements An increasing number of companies are requiring their employees (new and existing) to sign so-called “non-compete” agreements. Many of these agreements prohibit employees from working for their employer’s competitors for a period of time after the termination of employment. Some are less restrictive—prohibiting former employees from performing certain duties or dealing with the former employer’s customers...

Are Parts of Paid COVID-19 Leave Regulations in Jeopardy? Federal Court Rejects Parts DOL’s FFCRA Regulations, Employers Brace for Possible Fallout
Dykema, August 2020

On Monday, August 3, 2020, a New York federal judge issued a decision invalidating portions of the DOL’s regulations implementing the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”). The decision’s impact changes the legal landscape employers confront as they strive to comply with the FFCRA—a landscape that is unstable as the DOL and the courts sort out the legality of the disputed regulations...

Are You at Risk of Having Electronic Data Seized When Traveling Abroad?
Dykema, December 2018

Executives and in-house counsel should be aware that traveling with sensitive data can lead to its seizure—with potentially severe consequences worldwide. Recently, Parliament in the United Kingdom seized from a traveling executive a USB drive containing data that had been produced in a United States lawsuit between Six4Three, a software company, and Facebook. Put simply, that data was in the wrong place at the wrong time...

Are Your Corporate Documents COVID-19 Ready?
Dykema, March 2020

With many companies facing increased teleworking, supply chain issues, or health uncertainties because of COVID-19, your corporate documents and policies must be ready to address potential issues that arise...

As Employers Work Towards Compliance, The Department of Labor Provides Third Guidance Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act
Dykema, March 2020

It seems the DOL has stopped sleeping these days, but that means more guidance for employers. In itsQs&As 38-59interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), the DOL shed light on the small business exemption, employees who can be exempted for the FFCRA leave provisions, and the interplay of the FFCRA and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FFCRA takes effect on April 1, 2020, so this guidance is, in a word, timely. Here are some highlights...

Automotive Manufacturing Workers Allowed to Resume Work Next Week in Michigan
Dykema, May 2020

Michigan Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 today, permitting manufacturing workers to resume work as part of the MI Safe Start Plan. Manufacturing workers, including workers in the automotive industry, are allowed to resume work on May 11, 2020, one week ahead of the planned restart date of certain Michigan automakers. See Executive Order No. 2020-77, Section 10(k)...

Avoid Antitrust and Price Gouging Pitfalls In Your Coronavirus Response
Dykema, March 2020

The coronavirus disease continues to cause headaches for businesses all over the globe. Travel restrictions are leading to cancellations of small meetings and large-scale conferences; factory shutdowns are causing massive supply shortages; employees are being told to stay home from work. Whatever challenges you face in these uncertain times, it is important to remember that your business is not immune from government scrutiny...

Avoid the Ticking Time Bomb
Dykema, June 2020

Sellers and Buyers of Partnership Interests Should Address Centralized Partnership Audit Provisions and Push Out Elections in Membership Interest Purchase Agreements Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, P.L...

Back to the Old Regime: The DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Newest Compliance Approach
Dykema, October 2018

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski spoke at the NYU School of Law towards the end of 2018 where he announced new guidelines regarding the procedures governing corporate compliance and monitorships...

Balancing Fourth Amendment Expectations in the Electronic Era
Dykema, July 2018

As rapid technological changes in the 21st century continue to expand the types and volume of private electronic information, the Fourth Amendment’s privacy protections are evolving. Originally, “Fourth Amendment jurisprudence was tied to common-law trespass” and provided protections against searches of property. See, United States v. Jones, 565 U.S. 400, 405 (2012)...

Benefit Plan Implications of the CARES Act
Dykema, April 2020

On March 27, 2019, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “Act”) was signed by President Trump. The Act provides significant relief for employee benefit plan participants and includes both required and discretionary changes. Plan sponsors should immediately review their benefit plans to ensure that amendments are properly and timely implemented to ensure that their plans continue to operate in accordance with applicable law...

 

 

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