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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

17 Aug 2018

Silence of the amici: Gay rights supporters are sitting out Title VII briefing at SCOTUS

Last fall, when the U.S. Supreme Court was considering a petition presenting the question of whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination against gay and lesbian employees, gay rights supporters exhorted the justices to take the case. The Supreme Court received amicus briefs from a coalition of gay and lesbian advocacy groups, a band of legal scholars, 76 pro-equality businesses and 18 states, all of them calling on the Supreme Court to resolve a split between the 7th and 11th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and grant review of Jameka Evans’ claim that she was forced out of her job as a security guard at Georgia Regional Hospital because she is a lesbian.

17 Aug 2018

Tesla-Chef kann auf Milde der Börsenaufsicht hoffen

New York Tesla-Chef Elon Musk und seinem Unternehmen drohen nach Einschätzung von Rechtsexperten keine drakonischen Strafen für die womöglich voreilige Ankündigung eines Börsenabschieds per Twitter.

16 Aug 2018

SCOTUS sleeper case: The never-ending battle over who gets to decide arbitrability

Nearly a quarter-century ago, the U.S. Supreme Court boldly asserted in First Options of Chicago v. Kaplan (115 S.Ct. 1920) that the question of whether a federal court or an arbitrator has the primary power to decide if a dispute is arbitrable was “fairly simple.” Arbitration is a matter of contract, the court said. If the two sides agreed to submit the threshold question of the enforceability of their arbitration contract to an arbitrator, that’s who should decide it. If the contract doesn’t direct arbitrability to be decided by an arbitrator, then the court should decide the question independently. Easy peasy.

16 Aug 2018

RPT-COLUMN-Tesla, Musk face SEC wrist slap at worst, experts say: Frankel

NEW YORK, Aug 15 Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company itself may have little to fear from U.S. regulators according to legal analysts, despite Musk's failure so far to back up his early August tweet saying he had "funding secured" for his plan to take the electric car maker private.

16 Aug 2018

Tesla, Musk face SEC wrist slap at worst, experts say: Frankel

NEW YORK Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company itself may have little to fear from U.S. regulators according to legal analysts, despite Musk's failure so far to back up his early August tweet saying he had "funding secured" for his plan to take the electric car maker private.

15 Aug 2018

COLUMN-Tesla, Musk face SEC wrist slap at worst, experts say: Frankel

NEW YORK, Aug 15 Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company itself may have little to fear from U.S. regulators according to legal analysts, despite Musk's failure so far to back up his early August tweet saying he had "funding secured" for his plan to take the electric car maker private.

14 Aug 2018

Employer’s attempt to derail lawyers overseeing mass of individual arbitration fails … this time

For employees and their lawyers, the battle over mandatory arbitration clauses is pretty much lost. Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s pro-arbitration rulings, including last June’s Epic Systems v. Lewis (138 S.Ct. 1612), employers have nearly unfettered power to force workers into individual arbitration of their employment disputes.

13 Aug 2018

Elon Musk just made it easier for shareholders to sue Tesla for fraud

On Monday morning, six days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he was thinking about taking the company private at $420 a share, with “funding secured” for the transaction, Tesla published a blog post in which Musk clarified his tweet.

09 Aug 2018

From the 11th Circuit, a cautionary tale for employers imposing arbitration on workers

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last term in Epic Systems v. Lewis (138 S.Ct. 1612) was a great victory for employers. In Epic, you’ll recall, the justices held, in a 5-4 opinion written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, that companies can require employees to waive the right to arbitrate as a group. In combination with Supreme Court precedent backing employers’ power to impose mandatory arbitration provisions to resolve disputes with their workers, the Epic opinion effectively means that companies can force workers to prosecute their claims alone, in a forum selected by the company.

08 Aug 2018

3rd Circuit rules banks can’t push clients out of FINRA arbitration, breaks with 2nd, 9th

In 2016, after two federal appellate courts upheld forum selection clauses requiring issuers of auction-rate securities to go to court with claims against underwriter Goldman Sachs, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority felt compelled to issue a stern reminder to the banks and brokerages in its membership: When they run into disputes with customers, FINRA said, they’re supposed to use FINRA arbitration to resolve the issues. The industry self-regulator warned its members that their customers can’t sign away their FINRA arbitration rights in forum selection clauses – and insisted that banks and brokerages shouldn’t ask them to.

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