Risks and Rewards for Businesses That Use Non-Disparagement Clauses

In recent years, there has been a growing backlash at both the state and federal level against businesses’ use of non-disparagement clauses. Businesses, in an effort to protect their brand reputation, will sometimes include a non-disparagement clause in commercial contracts, restraining customers from posting online negative reviews of the company and its services. Businesses have…

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Discriminatory Decision-making in Workplace Hiring and Firing

In August 2016, four former employees filed a class action lawsuit against HP, Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprises for age discrimination, claiming that they were laid off as part of a restructuring of the company to “transform itself from an ‘old’ company into a ‘younger’ operation.” Their firing came shortly after CEO Meg Whitman publicly…

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Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: The State Aid Controversy

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is a forum where governments discuss social and economic policy, including guidelines for the coordination of various tax laws across the organization’s member jurisdictions. The United States has the highest corporate tax rate among the 35 members of the OECD. The United States is also the only…

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