Business Law Update, April 2011

04/10/2011

The April Issue:
What Do Bankruptcy Filings Tell Us About the Economy?
by Jay Reding
The latest numbers on bankruptcy filings in 2010 have been released, and 1.53 million Americans filed for bankruptcy protection last year, an increase of 9% over 2009’s figures. To read more, click here.
 
Supreme Court Rules That Oral Complaints Are Covered By Fair Labor Standards Act's Anti-Retaliation Provision
by Ashlee M. Bekish
In yet another decision extending employee protections, the United States Supreme Court has issued its much-anticipated opinion in Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., No. 09-834 and held that oral complaints are sufficient to support retaliation claims under the FLSA. To read more, click here.
It's Not a Friend Request, But a Discovery Obligation: Obtaining Access to Private Information on Social Networking Sites
by Steven M. Cerny 
The increasing amount of information available on social networking sites presents many interesting and complex challenges for discovery, including what information can be obtained and used as evidence. One recent court decision in New York may shed light on how courts will govern the ability to obtain and use social networking data in litigation. To read more, click here.
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