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Major ruling protects sexual orientation, gender identity

Rochester Business Journal | July 10, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent determination—notably during Pride Month—that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under federal law. The column was adapted from an NP alert by Rochester partner Stephanie Caffera, Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott, Boston department attorney Aimee Bierman, and Long Island associate Christopher Moro, all of the Labor and Employment group.

Microbiome therapeutics and patent protection

Nature Biotechnology | July 08, 2020

Boston Intellectual Property partner Mark FitzGerald co-authored this journal article on microbiome therapeutics, and how two U.S. Supreme Court decisions have redefined the scope of which natural phenomena—including microbiome therapeutics—are patent eligible.

COVID-19 Could Change the Future of Transit Funding

Rockefeller Institute of Government | July 07, 2020

In this article on how COVID-19 could impact transit funding, Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo is quoted for his outlook on ridership in the Bay Area.

DOL Must Hand Over Amazon Safety Data to Journalism Outlet

Bloomberg Law | July 07, 2020

In this article on a recent decision requiring the U.S. Labor Department to provide unredacted safety records to an investigative journalism organization, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted on how the decision could make it easier for media outlets and labor unions to request injury and illness data from the government. The decision could also lead to adverse publicity for companies.

“Execution Mode” – Tax equity scopes out carbon capture

Power Finance & Risk | July 02, 2020

New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner and Energy & Infrastructure Projects co-leader Ellen Friedman is quoted in this article for her outlook on how the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service’s recent guidance on 45Q tax credits will launch innovative carbon capture projects. Ellen is also mentioned for advising OGCI Climate Investments LLP to develop a large-scale carbon capture facility.

Investigators target fraud that exploits rural hospitals

Modern Healthcare | July 01, 2020

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian French is quoted in this article for his outlook on why rural hospitals are easy targets for billing fraud, and which communities are at most risk to be targeted.

Speaking of Health Law: COVID-19 GC Roundtable, Part 6 (podcast)

American Health Law Association | June 30, 2020

In this podcast episode, Washington, DC, Health Care counsel Sarah Swank speaks with two general counsel on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic about issues that arise with remote work such as cybersecurity, employee morale, and how things might change in the future.

Employers brace for a ‘PTO bomb’ as vacation-starved employees make time off requests

Chicago Tribune | June 26, 2020

This article, on PTO challenges Chicago businesses face as they begin to reopen, quotes Chicago Labor & Employment partner Brian Alcala on the potential bottleneck of employees wanting to use their time off before year’s end.

Bayer Ducks Suit Over Birth Control Device Defect Claims

Law360 | June 25, 2020

This article, covering a federal judge’s dismissal of claims against NP client Bayer Corp. related to the company’s Essure birth control device, mentions Buffalo Complex Commercial Disputes partner Vivian Quinn and counsel Tracey Scarpello for representing Bayer.

Constellation Sells Brandy, Wine Brands In 2 Deals For $385M

Law360 | June 25, 2020

This article mentions NP for representing Constellation Brands in the pending sale of its Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy brand and related assets to Sazerac Co. for approximately $255 million. The story notes Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green for her role leading the deal team, and also mentions Rochester Corporate partner Eric Tanck and associate Aya Hoffman.

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