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Justice Department Sues Google for Alleged Monopoly

On a Tuesday in October, the Department of Justice, along with 11 state Attorneys General, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against Google, Inc. The lawsuit cited Google's unlawful monopoly on the search and search advertising markets. The states represented: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas. So, what does this mean for searchers?

Department of Labor Proposes New Rule Limiting ESG Investments

The Employee Benefits Security Administration has sent a proposed rule to the White House that intends to amend existing guidance governing financial fiduciary investment duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The proposed, Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments rule will prevent fiduciaries from using an environmental, social and governance (ESG) or sustainable investment plan as the default choice in any public or private retirement plan. On top of this, the DOL's proposal will make it difficult for retirement plan managers - this includes pensions and 401(k) plans - to consider ESG factors when evaluating potential investment plans.

New California Law Requiring Racial Diversity on Corporate Boards of Directors

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a one-of-a-kind legislation into law recently. Publicly traded companies headquartered in the State of California, will be required to appoint directors from underrepresented communities to their boards. The first law in the country to dictate the racial representation of corporate boards.

Enforcing Covenant Not To Compete Agreements During COVID19

For the past six months, hundreds of thousands of employees across the nation have experienced furloughs or lay-offs; and many are bound to Covenant not to Compete Agreements with their former employers. Non-Compete Agreements have a history of shifts in their use; first they were restricted, then allowed, and shifted to a broad use - which is what we currently see. But with both parties - employers and employees - experiencing loss of revenue and salary reductions during COVID19, the big question is: How are courts enforcing Covenant Not to Compete Agreements?

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