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Labnet, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Labor (D. MN 2016)

Articles Discussing Case:

Employers Received Mixed Message In First Of Three Persuader Rulings

Fisher Phillips • June 23, 2016
A federal court in Minnesota today sent employers a mixed message about the validity of the controversial new “persuader rule” – the impending regulation that would force attorneys and their clients to report in public records intimate details of their confidential attorney-client and financial relationships. As things stand, the rule will still be effective on July 1, but given the judge’s expressed doubts about the rule’s validity, employers can be all the more optimistic that it might soon be overturned.

Minnesota Court Finds Persuader Rule Has Substantial Likelihood of Being Overturned

Ogletree Deakins • June 23, 2016
On June 22, 2016, in Labnet, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota issued the first decision arising out of three separate lawsuits seeking preliminary injunctions blocking the DOL from implementing its revised "persuader activity" rule. The court found that the rule’s challengers had a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their claim but declined to enter a preliminary injunction at such an early stage of litigation.