Seyfarth Shaw LLP

We are excited to announce that Erin Hawthorne has been promoted to partner. Although we have grown through lateral partner appointments over the past few years, Erin is the first promotion to partner from within the team since the Australian offices of Seyfarth Shaw opened in Australia. “Erin has been a leader in our team since Seyfarth opened doors in Australia, and her promotion to partner recognises this”, said Australia Managing Partner, Darren Perry.…
As a special feature of our blog—guest postings by experts, clients, and other professionals—please enjoy this blog entry from Donal O’Connell, Managing Director of Chawton Innovation Services Ltd. Cost Management Cost management is the process of planning and controlling the budget of a business, a function, or a project. Cost management is a form of management accounting that allows a business, a corporate function, or a project to predict impending expenditures to help reduce the chance of going over budget.…
By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. Seyfarth Synopsis: As measured by the top ten largest case resolutions in various workplace class action categories, overall settlement numbers decreased significantly in 2018 as compared to 2017. After settlement numbers were at an all-time high in 2017, those numbers fell dramatically over the past year. In sum, the ability of the plaintiffs’ bar to monetize their class action filings hit a significant wall. This trend harkened back to the…
By Kristina M. Launey & Minh N. Vu Seyfarth Synopsis: Ninth Circuit overturns district court’s dismissal of website accessibility lawsuit on due process and primary jurisdiction grounds, remands case to proceed with discovery. On January 15, 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the fifth federal appeals court ruling on the issue of website accessibility, and there is no doubt that it is a victory for plaintiffs and their lawyers.  However, there are some pro-defense…
By James L. Curtis, Benjamin D. Briggs, and Craig B. Simonsen Seyfarth Synopsis: The DOL has published its 2019 OSHA civil penalties. We had blogged previously about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2018 adjustments to the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for OSHA violations. The DOL has now finalized the 2019 inflation adjustments which again nudges the penalties even higher.  84 Fed. Reg. 213 (Jan. 23, 2019). Under the 2019 rule, the…
The number of ADA Title III lawsuits filed in federal court in 2018 hit a record high of 10,163 – up 34% from 2017 when the number was a mere 7,663.  This is by far the highest number of annual filings since we started tracking these numbers in 2013, when the number of federal filings was only 2,722.  In other words, the number of cases has more than tripled.  The chart below shows the explosion…
By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week, our blog posting analyzed another busy year on the governmental enforcement front, with a key focus on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).  Though many expected the EEOC’s litigation activity to decline in its first full year under the Trump Administration, the Commission’s filing numbers actually went up in 2018, whereas the top 10 settlements dropped in comparison to 2017.  Today, the Workplace Class Action
By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. Seyfarth Synopsis: On the governmental enforcement front, the change-over from the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration had little to no impact on reducing the pace of litigation filings and settlements in 2018 at least insofar as EEOC litigation was concerned. At the same time, while the number of lawsuits filed went up, the aggregate recoveries – measured by the top 10 settlements in government enforcement litigation – went down.…
By Nila Merola and Cameron A. Smith Seyfarth Synopsis: Both houses of the New York State Legislature passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression and adds offenses motivated by gender identity or expression to the hate crimes statute. On January 15, 2019, both the New York State Senate and Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (“GENDA” or the “Act”). Governor Cuomo is expected to…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Although most people following AG Nominee William Barr’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee may have been listening for his views on the Mueller investigation, those of us with an interest in marijuana were wondering how he feels about legalized cannabis.  In an apparent break from his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, Barr said he would not go