06.20.2022Genova Burns Secures Victory for Client - District Court in Connecticut Compels Arbitration in Lawsuit Against Solar CompanyIn a recent decision in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, Genova Burns LLC secured a victory for client Venture Home Solar, LLC (Venture Home). Three plaintiffs in the case sued alleging violations of Connecticut’s consumer protection laws in connection with Venture Home’s installation of solar panel systems in residential homes. Two of the plaintiffs contracted with different companies, Sunnova Energy Corporation (Sunnova) and Sun Power Capital LLC (Sun Power) for their solar panels, but their contracts provided that Venture Home would be the “Subcontractor/Installer” or “Dealer/Installer” of their solar panel systems. The Sunnova and Sun Power contracts contained provisions requiring that the plaintiffs arbitrate their disputes on an individual basis. Trying to avoid arbitration, the plaintiffs sued Venture Home in Court.
03.28.2022New DOJ Guidance on ADA Web Accessibility Leaves Unanswered QuestionsOn March 18, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published web accessibility guidance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same ability as everyone else to enjoy opportunities, goods, and services. Although the new Guidance establishes the DOJ’s intentions to ensure websites are accessible to all, it leaves several unanswered questions on exactly how businesses and governments are to stay in compliance with the ADA.
06.29.2021The Supreme Court Says, “The NCAA is not above the law.” Will College Athletes Get Paid To Play?In a long awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously this week in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston et al., that the NCAA violated the antitrust laws in limiting the education-related benefits colleges and universities can offer student athletes. The case involved a broader challenge by current and former NCAA Division I student athletes, to rules on student-athlete pay imposed by the NCAA.
06.14.2021Genova Burns LLC Announces Partner Promotion and ExpansionGenova Burns LLC, one of New Jersey’s premier law firms, announced the promotion of two attorneys to Partner and the addition of four new associates. Jennifer Roselle, Esq. and Lawrence Bluestone, Esq. have been elevated from Counsel to Partner at the well - known Newark - based Firm.
06.07.2021Supreme Court Narrows Liability Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse ActLate last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that narrows the scope of a statute used by the Government and private parties against individuals who access computer systems without authorization. The decision in Van Buren v. United States resolved a split among lower courts limiting both civil and criminal liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a statute that prohibits individuals from “intentionally access[ing] a computer without authorization or exceed[ing] authorized access, and thereby obtain[ing]…information from any protected computer.”
04.23.2020Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Scope of Computer Fraud and Abuse ActAlthough this case involves a criminal prosecution, the decision will implicate the ability of companies to bring civil cases in federal court against employees and former employees that improperly access company data for improper purposes. The CFAA has been an important tool for companies to enforce the confidentiality of data in their computer systems and has become increasingly important as more and more confidential data is electronic.