Legislation seeking to reduce private litigation under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, regarding accessibility barriers for disabled citizens in public accommodations, recently passed the House Judiciary Committee. Lodging and retail groups applaud the proposed legislation as a defense against serial nuisance suits by unscrupulous lawyers and plaintiffs, while advocates of the disabled claim it is an unfair new hurdle to private action under the ADA.
Continue Reading Bill to Reduce ADA Litigation Against Owners Passes House Committee

President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law in June 2016, amending the core provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time in nearly 40 years.
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The recently enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 provides a new form of expedited relief in federal court for owners of misappropriated trade secrets through an ex parte seizure of property. In extraordinary circumstances, DTSA permits a court to issue an order to authorize law enforcement officials to seize property – without advanced notice to the accused – in order to prevent the propagation or dissemination of the trade secret.
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San Francisco’s Fair Scheduling and Treatment of Formula Retail Employees Ordinance was passed in 2014, and the trend to pass this type of legislation has expanded into several states. Will Seattle, Washington be the next municipality to propose a predictable scheduling ordinance for retailers?
Continue Reading Monitoring Predictable Scheduling Legislation: Is Seattle Next?