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The First Amendment Silences the Iowa “Ag-Gag Law”

In 2012, the crime coined “agricultural production facility fraud” was created by the Iowa Legislature.  Creation was prompted by Iowa’s seat in the national spotlight resulting from undercover investigations of industrial farms which revealed treatment of animals that shocked most viewers.  Then Governor Terry Brandstad signed the bill into law on March 2, 2012.  The

Two Wins for Employers on Bio-metric Data Collection

Employer-mandated biometric screening is an emerging area of the law that is increasingly controversial. Two recent opinions are shaping how employers collect this data and what they do with it. Employers’ use of biometric data has been increasing in recent years as employers seek creative new ways to counteract ballooning health care costs by motivating

Book Burning and Pizza Slinging | Ex-CEO Slugfests Heat-Up at B&N and Papa Johns

The Ex-CEOs of two category-leading, but poorly performing, national brands escalated their battles this week with a host of new allegations that forced onlookers to determine whether personal issues or financial performance were to blame. On Tuesday morning, Demos Parneros, the recently ousted CEO of Barnes & Noble filed suit in the Manhattan Federal Court

IHOP Settles Harassment Case for $875k

The operator of two IHOP restaurants in Illinois has agreed to fire two managers and three cooks who the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says sexually harassed or assaulted at least a dozen employees, and pay $875,000 to the alleged victims. U.S. District Judge David Herndon in East St. Louis, Illinois on Thursday approved a consent

Managing Construction Risk through CGLI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Commercial general liability insurance (CGLI) is often used to manage risk on a construction project. However, CGL policies can contain gaps in coverage or exclusions that may leave a contractor or subcontractor without the anticipated protection. This Hartung Schroeder Practice Note addresses common business risk exclusions in CGL policies and provides guidance on how

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