News & Insights

NLRB Expands Joint Employer Rule

On October 26, 2023, the National Labor Relations Borad (“NLRB”) issued a new standard for determining when two employers are considered “joint employers” under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).  While the standard was issued in regard to the NLRA, businesses should expect that plaintiffs will use the new standard with regard to claims outside…
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Epa Announces Plan To Modify Lithium Ion Batteries Treatment As Universal Waste And Extend Definition Of Universal Waste To Include Photovoltaic Solar Panels

The vast expansion of the renewable energy sector has prompted the EPA to modify existing universal waste requirements regarding the disposal of lithium-ion batteries and expand the universal waste rule to cover photovoltaic solar panels. The universal waste program was implemented in May 1995, as a subsection of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), to…
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Finra Gains Support Against Claim It Is Unconstitutional

The North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) and the Public Investors Advocate Bar Association (“PIABA”) have announced their support for FINRA as it challenges Alpine Securities Corporation’s (“Alpine”) arguments that it is unconstitutional. NASAA, the membership organization for state regulators, filed an amicus brief with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals citing its support…
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Alabama Workers’ Compensation Rate Change

Effective July 1, 2023, the maximum workers’ compensation rate payable increased to $1,084.00 per week and the minimum rate increased to $298.00 per week.

John Webb Speaks At Awco 2023 Annual Conference

John Webb, Chair of LGWM’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group, spoke at the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Organization (AWCO) 2023 Annual Conference.  The Conference took place November 2-3 in Birmingham, Alabama.  John teamed up with Dana Mattiace (Senior Claims Adjuster) with CCMSI to provide new adjuster training for approximately 30 workers’ compensation adjusters from across the United…
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Tennessee Supreme Court Rules The Economic Loss Doctrine Does Not Bar Fraud Claim By Subcontract Against A General Contractor

In Commercial Painting Co. Inc. v. Weitz Co. LLC, the Supreme Court of Tennessee ruled the economic loss doctrine does not extend to fraud related to construction contract disputes.  The case arose from a contract dispute between a general contractor, The Weitz Company, LLC (“Weitz”), and its subcontractor, Commercial Painting Company, Inc. (“Commercial”). In 2004,…
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