Abercrombie & Fitch has drawn a lot of criticism — and litigation — in its pursuit of a youthful image. Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries offended many members of the American public earlier this year with the resurrection of a 2006 interview in which he stated the company would not sell plus-size clothing. In March, a federal judge in Colorado ruled that the raised storefronts of the company's Hollister stores violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
When it comes to litigation, you can pretty much forget the saying that "people in glass houses should not throw stones." Case in point: POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company.
Managing documents has become a significant part of running an organization. Documents may be formal, such as contracts or business plans, or informal, such as e-mails and instant messages (IMs). A document-retention policy governs the period for which organizations retain their documents and may specify the media on which the organization may store different types of documents.
Gay-rights activists applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s pivotal civil rights decision issued on June 26, 2013 in United States v. Windsor. The 5-to-4 opinion declared the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) restricting rights of married couples to opposite-sex couples to be unconstitutional. Accordingly, in states where same-sex marriages are legal, same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as opposite-sex couples under federal law.
Amendments to Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) include provisions granting officials nationality jurisdiction to take action based on extraterritorial conduct by Canadian nationals. These amendments add to the momentum gained by recent landmark cases and stronger enforcement measures by Canadian officials, making it appear Canada is prepared to take a more aggressive stance on foreign corruption.
While companies in resource-intensive industries have been incorporating sustainable practices into their business models for years, a broader range of businesses are now seeing the benefits — and profitability — of doing the same. In a recent survey of executives and managers, 37% reported an increase in profits due to sustainability-related policies, with 70% indicating that sustainability is now a permanent part of their corporate agenda. In contrast to the argument that cost is a deterrent to sustainable business practices, findings show that they often result in fewer expenditures on resources, an expanded, increasingly loyal customer base and a more motivated and productive workforce.
In his poem "The Waste Land," T.S. Eliot famously decided that April is the "cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land...."
It recently took a jury just five hours to return a $39.3 million verdict against Tuomey Healthcare System for billing Medicare for services provided under non-disclosed illegal referral agreements in violation of the Stark Law and the False Claims Act.
Pharmaceutical companies are preparing for unprecedented scrutiny as they begin collecting data on their payments to physicians and teaching hospitals for public disclosure. Collection began this month and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish data collected through December 2013 on its website in the fall of 2014, under the new Physician Payment Sunshine Act.
Employers have until October 1, 2013 to provide their employees with written notice of the existence of state-based health insurance exchanges and the manner in which the employees may contact an exchange to request information and assistance.