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OSHA Issues New Directive Regarding Investigations of Alleged Workplace Violence

By:  Sheila T. Kerwin and Lisa M. Schmid On September 8, 2011, OSHA issued a compliance directive addressing investigations of alleged incidents of workplace violence. (OSHA Directive Number CPL 02-01-052.)  The directive establishes OSHA’s general enforcement policies and procedures for field officers to utilize when conducting inspections and issuing citations related to workplace violence.  The […] More >

Target Corporation Honors Nilan Johnson Lewis with Outstanding Law Firm Award

At an October 25 reception, Target Corporation recognized Nilan Johnson Lewis (NJL) and its labor and employment practice group with the Outstanding Law Firm Award, a first-ever accolade given by the Fortune 500 retailer.  Chosen from a host of distinguished outside legal counsel teams who work with Target’s Labor and Employee Relations Team, NJL received […] More >

National Law Journal Conducts Q&A with Sandra Jezierski About Risks Associated with Employee Use of Social Media

Using social media as a forum for posting gossip is not new.  However, a new web service, OfficeLeaks, is now providing a virtual forum for posting workplace gossip.  OfficeLeaks promises its users anonymity, but in a recent Q&A with The National Law Journal, Nilan Johnson Lewis shareholder, Sandra Jezierski, disputes the promise of anonymity and […] More >

PLIVA V. MENSING–Supreme Court Determines Failure to Warn Claims Against Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturers are Preempted Under Ferderal Law

On June 23, 2011, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Pliva, Inc. v. Mensing, No. 09-993, 564 U.S. ___ (2011), which effectively eliminates claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers for failing to provide adequate warnings required by state law.  In Mensing, the plaintiffs alleged that the manufacturers of generic metoclopramide, a drug used […] More >

Defense Verdict for Johnson & Johnson in Antibiotic Case

The Nilan Johnson Lewis team, led by shareholder Tracy J. Van Steenburgh, helped secure a defense verdict in Minnesota federal court on June 17, 2011, for Defendants Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson in a case involving the companies’ antibiotic Levaquin®.  Plaintiff Calvin Christensen said he ruptured his right Achilles tendon after taking Levaquin […] More >

Investors Now Can Choose An All-Public Arbitration Panel

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved a proposed rule of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) that provides investors the option of choosing all public arbitrators in cases with three arbitrators.  The new rule became effective February 1, 2011. FINRA rules require a three-arbitrator panel in customer disputes with claims over $100,000.  In […] More >

Nilan Johnson Lewis Office Earns LEED Certification

Just over a year after relocating to its new office in One Financial Plaza, Nilan Johnson Lewis has become LEED certified, earning third-party recognition for its attainment of the “highest green building and neighborhood performance measures,” by the Green Building Certification Institute.  Kim Ess, Chief Operating Officer for Nilan Johnson Lewis, said “The space is such a […] More >