It was a busy week for the United States Supreme Court! Jonathan Wargo wrote about its opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc, wherein the court ruled that states can require retailers to collect sales taxes on their online transactions regardless of whether the retailer has a physical presence in that state; Suyash S. Raiborde posted about the Supreme Court’s reversion of the Ninth Circuit’s grant of a preliminary injunction on President Donald Trump’s “travel ban;” and Lance Boldrey and Dykema Summer Associate Shaun Sullivan-Towler examined the STATES Act, which could have a major impact on the marijuana banking sector. We’ll see you next week, for a four-day-week version of our Top 10, and in the meantime, enjoy your weekend and Happy Fourth of July!

An Introduction To Pay Equity In The US – By Emily Harbison, Robert P. Lewis and Caroline B. Burnett: Pay equity is a hot button issue for employers in the United States for a number of reasons—reputational concerns are triggered with increasing shareholder demands for transparency; activist investor groups are pushing companies, particularly in the financial services and technology industries, to disclose gender pay data; and, in the wake of pay equity in the news, employees are asking more questions about the issue. View Full Post

The STATES Act, Rooted in Federalism, Would Address Systemic Risk in Cannabis-Related Banking – By Lance Boldrey and Dykema Summer Associate Shaun Sullivan-Towler: For financial institutions interested in banking state-legal marijuana businesses, 2018 has been a rollercoaster. In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama-era policy of lenient federal enforcement, creating new confusion for banks and credit unions about the future of marijuana-related banking. View Full Post

Online Triage in Minnesota: Building a Coalition of Services and Referrals – By Leslie Briggs: Nearly 80% of all legal need goes unmet. Many Americans do not have access to legal services, do not understand their problem as legal in nature, or are ill-equipped to represent themselves in court. That means their legal issue remains unresolved or they are more likely to lose in court because they are unrepresented. View Full Post

Intensive Access to Justice Efforts – By Michael Hunter Schwartz: This week’s post focuses on two different law school’s efforts to address the access to justice issues in their communities.  As an article in the ABA Journal written in September 2017, explained, “In the U.S, the majority of our citizens cannot get legal help, whether that is for criminal charges, civil matters, or their small-business issues.” Increasingly, law schools are stepping up, and I could justify featuring probably two dozen law schools this week. View Full Post

Yesterday’s SCOTUS Ruling on the Travel Ban – By Suyash S. Raiborde: In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit’s grant of a preliminary injunction on President Donald Trump’s September 2017 proclamation – Proclamation No. 9645, more commonly known as the “travel ban.” Proclamation 9645 restricted entry into the United States by citizens of Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Chad (subsequently removed from the list), Libya, Yemen and Venezuela…. View Full Post

What the Lance Armstrong Settlement Agreement Tells Us about the Government’s Case – By David P. Hendel: While the settlement of the False Claims Act case against Lance Armstrong has generated a press release, a quick online search didn’t produce a copy of the actual agreement. So I filed a Freedom of Information Act request and the next day the Department of Justice provided me a copy of the Lance Armstrong settlement agreement.   View Full Post

Supreme Court Rules That Internet Retailers Can Be Required to Collect Sales Taxes in States Where They Have No Physical Presence – By Jonathan Wargo: Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., ruling that states can require retailers to collect sales taxes on their online transactions regardless of whether the retailer has a physical presence in that state. View Full Post

Differentiation Builds Unique Relationships with Your Clients – By Lindsay Griffiths: A few years ago while traveling, I had the opportunity to read an article about how private labels in grocery stores were gaining traction against national brands. While the article isn’t available online anymore, the story offers some interesting food for thought (no pun intended) for the legal industry and the way that law firms are tackling the challenges presented by the current marketplace. View Full Post

The Huon Case Explained – By John Freund: The following is a contributed piece from a Commercial Litigation Funder in response to recent publicity over the Huon Case.  It is peculiar that reference continues to be made to the Huon Corporation case in the context of “high-profile class actions” and the distribution of class action settlements, as this case was not progressed as a class action or a representative proceeding. View Full Post

Letters from Camp – By Jay O’Keeffe: So we decided to send Jack to sleepover camp this year. You remember Jack, right? Well, he’ a little older now. This is the first year that he’s eligible for camp, and he’s really been looking forward to it. We’ve been sending him letters every day, and we include the sports section from the local paper so he can keep up with the World Cup. View Full Post

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