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2024

The FTC’s Ban on Non-Competes: What Businesses Need to Know

On April 23, 2024, the FTC announced its final Rule banning non-compete clauses for most workers as unfair competition under federal law. This final Rule has already been challenged in two district courts in Texas. But even if it does not go into force across the entire country, individual states may decide to follow suit, becoming less hospitable to non-compete clauses currently held to be enforceable under state law. Senior counsel Brandon Winchester and associate Fraser Holmes outline key considerations—and potential solutions—for businesses seeking to minimize damage to their operations.

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Meet Summer Associate Ella Endorf

Ella is a rising 3L at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she has served as the assistant managing editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law and the vice president of Virginia Law Women. She also participated in the Virginia Innocence Project and various other pro bono endeavors. Previously, Ella was a judicial intern for the Hon. Susan Rodriguez in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Before law school, she interned for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute and the U.S. House of Representatives. Ella holds a dual B.A. in Public Policy Leadership and a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Mississippi.

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Meet Summer Associate Oliwia Lukacz

Oliwia is a rising 3L at Georgetown University Law Center. This fall, she will join Georgetown’s Civil Rights Clinic as a student attorney. She is also a member of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, OutLaw, and the Georgetown Defenders. Previously, Oliwia was a legal extern for the Arlington Public Defender’s Office in Virginia. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.

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With the SEC’s New Climate Disclosure Rules on Pause, What Should Registrants Expect?

On March 6, 2024, the SEC voted 3-2 to adopt final rules requiring registrants to disclose climate-related information. However, a multitude of legal challenges to these rules have been consolidated before the Eighth Circuit, which is now tasked with determining their legality. As the litigation proceeds, the case will have important consequences for the regulatory power of federal agencies and the ultimate disclosure requirements for registrants. Partner Persis Dean and associate Gabe Slater outline key changes in the new rules and offer guidance for registrants seeking to prepare for compliance.

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Four Years of McGirt: Reviewing Changes in Tax, Energy, and Criminal Law

Four years on from the Supreme Court’s monumental decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, the results have been a mixed bag for all parties involved. In their previous McGirt update, managing partner Andy Hicks and associate Dave Finkel analyzed potential tax and regulatory implications in the first few months following the decision. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, they update those initial predictions and reflect on McGirt’s effects in the Sooner State.

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SHJ Names 2024 Diversity Fellows

We are excited to announce that Copenhagen Elliott (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law) and Aman Sankineni (Columbia Law School) have been selected…

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Supreme Court Takes on the Chevron Doctrine

On January 17, 2024, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in tandem cases Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo and Relentless, Inc., et al. v. Dept. of Commerce, et al., which ask whether the court should overrule one of its most frequently cited precedents: the Chevron doctrine. SHJ staff attorney Jennifer Cordell explains the doctrine’s history and application, then outlines one of the court’s available paths in addressing the issue of statutory silence.

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Supreme Court Considers Title VII Case That Could Impact Company Diversity Initiatives

Federal courts have long held that Title VII discrimination must consist of material harm or disadvantage. However, on December 6, 2023, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a Title VII case out of the Eighth Circuit, Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, that could radically lower this threshold – and reshape the landscape of workplace discrimination law entirely. SHJ associate Dave Finkel analyzes the decision’s potential implications, including challenges to employer DEI programs.

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Meet Partner Logan Johnson

For more than 20 years, Logan Johnson has represented plaintiffs and defendants in their most important matters. Here, he discusses his approach to trial work, the exhilaration of prevailing in court, and one of the best years of his career.

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SHJ Welcomes Dave Finkel

We are thrilled to announce that Dave Finkel has joined Schiffer Hicks Johnson as an associate. Dave’s practice centers on complex commercial litigation. As a former federal clerk in both district and circuit courts, he has experience overseeing the entire lifecycle of a case, from pre-trial through appeal.

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SHJ Welcomes Gabe Slater

We are delighted to announce that Gabe Slater has joined Schiffer Hicks Johnson as an associate. Gabe’s practice centers on complex commercial litigation. He has managed the day-to-day duties of a broad spectrum of cases, including consumer class actions, mass torts, merger litigation, and shareholder disputes. Gabe’s experience includes appearing at hearings in both state and federal court, leading oral argument on a motion to compel, and first-chairing numerous depositions.

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