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Recent IoT Class Actions Highlight Need for Manufacturers & Vendors of Connected Products to Be Aware of Liability Risks

The Internet of Things (IoT) products have become a way of life. There are huge benefits of “smart” products, which interact through the internet to gather and exchange data to provide additional functions, security, and easy use for consumers. These “smart” products are present in our everyday lives, including such standard products as refrigerators, watches, fire alarms, door locks, security systems, and fitness trackers. These are only a few examples of the many IoT products on the market today. However, in spite of the significant benefits provided by connected products, the new technology raises thorny legal issues and is leading to litigation. More >

Federal Courts Turn Away Challenges to FDA’s e-Cig Regulations

On Monday, December 16, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by trade organization United States Vaping Association and Big Time Vapes, Inc., a vape store in Mississippi, challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to regulate e-cigarettes. More >

ABA Opines on Lawyer Non-competes, But Does It Apply to In-House Counsel?

The American Bar Association just issued an opinion about what lawyers and law firms can and should do when lawyers move from one firm to another. A key point of the opinion is that, according to the ABA, “ethics rules do not allow non-competition clauses in partnership, member, shareholder, or employment agreements” among attorneys. Remember, though, that these rules may not be the ultimate authority in the in-house counsel context. More >

Nilan Johnson Lewis Hires New Associate, Mai Lee Yang

Minneapolis law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis announces it has added Mai Lee Yang as an associate, effective immediately. Yang brings more than five years of legal services experience to the firm. Her practice has focused on assisting health care companies, providers, insurers and plans, as well as medical device manufacturers, clinical laboratories and other clients with compliance and transaction needs involving federal and state laws, regulations and sub-regulatory guidance.  More >

Free Speech or Belligerence? NLRB Reassessing the Threshold for When Otherwise Protected Activity Crosses the Line

For employees boisterously raising employment-related concerns on behalf of a larger group, when might their words or actions be so hostile or offensive that they lose the protections of federal labor law? The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hopes to shed new light on this issue soon, as its open-comment period on the subject closes in November. More >