Alina Denis Jarjour advises legal, HR, board, executive and department leadership on legal and compliance day-to-day issues, including maters involving resource challenges/improving outcomes related to previously initiated or new collective corporate efforts.
Coming Soon: FDA’s Final Guidance on the Use of Social Media to Advertise Drugs and Biologics
By no later than July 2014, as mandated by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), the FDA must issue final social media advertising guidance to industry. Draft guidance: http://www.fda.gov/drugs/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/default.htm was provided in January 2014 (and comments from the public relating to same closed in April 2014).
Creators of social media advertising for prescription drugs and biologics must have in place robust Internet advertising policies and monitoring processes, particularly since the soon-to-be-issued final guidance will no doubt add other compliance responsibilities not covered by the draft guidance.
The draft guidance makes clear that content relating to social media advertising or
Generic Drug Labeling Change Proposed by FDA is Significant and Will Likely Negate Preemption of State Failure-to-Warn Claims in Generic Drug Cases
Under current law, an individual can bring a product liability action for failure to warn against a brand name drug company, i.e., the NDA (New Drug Application) holder, but generally not against a generic manufacturer, the holder of an ANDA (Abbreviated New Drug Application).
Federal preemption stems from FDA regulations that do not permit the holder of an approved ANDA to change labeling to add new safety information the generic company becomes aware of until and unless the brand name company that holds the NDA for the reference listed drug (RLD) modifies the labeling.
Are Patent Trolls (Companies that buy patents to make money by licensing and suing) Acting as “Racketeers?”
Cisco Systems has filed suit against Innovatio IP Ventures (a “patent troll” or “non-practicing entity”), claiming that Innovatio’s tactics of notifying Cisco customers (of using technology that doesn’t belong to Cisco or that Cisco has a right to use) is “misleading, fraudulent and unlawful.”
Startup Act 2.0 Bill Would Provide New US Visa for Entrepreneurs
A foreign entrepreneur who wishes to stay in the US may be able to if legislation to change immigration laws in the US is passed by Congress.
As currently worded, the Startup Act of 2.0, if passed, would allow for a total of 75,000 entrepreneurs to stay if he/she can raise $100,000 in capital and hire two American workers in the first year of the visa term.
Do Unpaid Interns at Your Company or Organization Meet the Definition of Unpaid Intern?
An unpaid intern must perform activities that are akin to a workplace educational opportunity.
The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has 6 essential factors that must be met for an unpaid intern to be exempt from being paid.
1. The internship is similar to training that would be given in an educational environment.
2. The experience is for the benefit of the intern.
3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
4. The employer derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern, and, on occasion, its operations may actually be impeded by such activities.
5. The intern in not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gains New Enforcement Power Over Debt Collectors
On October 24, 2012, the CFPB released its final rule for overseeing debt collectors, including lawyers involved in these activities (who for the first time will be under federal supervision when debt collecting).
Company Benefits: Company Covers Employee Housecleaning Bills
In an effort to keep employees happy and attract top candidates, Evernote, an information technology company, pays the housecleaning bills (twice a month) for its 250 employees, and provides each employee with $1,000 per year for travel/vacation.
How Directors Get Voted onto Boards
In the past, voting for directors usually gave shareholders the option of withholding their vote from a director they disliked and a director could be elected with just one vote.