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Joseph Perera
Joe Perera Clarifies New Independent Contractor Standards

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently released a 15-page memo describing its standards for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. Worker classification affects whether businesses must provide overtime and other labor benefits, pay state and federal payroll taxes on wages paid to their workers, and offer healthcare under the “Affordable Read More…

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The Texas Supreme Court Holds that Statutory Cap on Exemplary Damages Need Not be Pleaded

Is the exemplary damages cap a matter constituting an avoidance or affirmative defense so that it must be pleaded or it is waived? The answer to that question used to depend on where you were. Courts of appeals in Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, and Houston held that the exemplary damages cap was an affirmative defense Read More…

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Did the Seventh Circuit Resurrect Data Breach Class Actions?

Data breaches are on the rise. So are the number of breach-related class actions. At plaintiffs’ class action firms, the basic facts are assumed, the complaints are drafted, and the claims are ready to file before a breach ever happens. When a breach occurs, the lawyers race to file first. But what happens then? Until Read More…

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Dallas Women Lawyers Name Diana Bearden Outstanding Female Partner

Strasburger & Price, LLP (Strasburger) congratulates Dallas partner Diana J. Bearden on her selection as Outstanding Female Partner (Large Firm) by the Dallas Women Lawyers Association (DWLA). According to Nicole Knox, DWLA President, the award selection committee noted that “Diana is a selfless and devoted advocate for the advancement of women. It is clear that Read More…