Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

August 6, 2014

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupSome highlights from the past week’s litigation headlines over at the Westlaw Journals blog include an examination of the economic sanctions against Russia, the United States joins false-claims suit against Symantec Corp., a Calif. appeals court ruling on overtime for commissioned employees, and the NYC Bar Association OKs virtual law offices:

Dechert LLP attorneys examine expansion of economic sanctions against Russia: A global roundtable discussion group of Dechert LLP attorneys convened July 31 to analyze the expected and still-unknown consequences of the latest round of economic sanctions imposed against Russia by the United States and the European Union. Led by Laura Brank, managing partner of the firm’s Moscow office, the speakers examined the significant escalation of the sanctions and their impact on the financial, energy and defense sectors. “The current sanctions are being imposed on some of the largest and most important banks in Russia, and the impact of this round is likely to be much greater,” Brank said.  (Securities Litigation & Regulation)

U.S. joins false-claims suit against software company: The United States has joined a lawsuit alleging Symantec Corp. did not give the General Services Administration the correct pricing information on computer software products. The Justice Department said in a statement that the U.S. government has intervened in a suit filed in 2012 by Lori Morsell, a Symantec employee who alleges the California-based company violated the False Claims Act while supplying software under a federal contract.  (Government Contract)

California high court weighs in on overtime for commissioned employees: California employers cannot count sales commissions across pay periods to get out of paying workers overtime, the state’s high court has ruled. In a July 14 opinion answering certified questions from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a California Supreme Court panel decided that the overtime exemptions of Cal. Code Reg. tit. 8 § 11040 apply only to commission workers who satisfy the provision’s requirements each and every pay period.  (Employment)

NYC Bar Association OKs virtual law offices: New York lawyers may use virtual law offices — private or semi-private physical work spaces that come with mail drop services and other business amenities — as a principal address on advertisements, the city’s bar association ethics committee has decided. Under New York Rule of Professional Conduct 7.1(h), the state requires licensed attorneys to include a physical law office address on all advertisements, including letterhead and business cards. 22 N.Y. Comp. Codes, R. & Regs. § 1200.0 Rule 7.1. In June the New York City Bar’s Committee on Professional Ethics said in Ethics Opinion 2014-2 that “virtual offices” are acceptable as principal places of business.  (Computer & Internet)