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Update on Initiation of FCC Rulemaking to Implement the New TCPA Exemption for the Collection of Government Debt

Some of you may remember that back in early November 2015, I wrote about a then little-noticed provision slipped into the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. That provision, designed to find more revenues to offset government spending (and…more

The Waltons vs. the Kardashians: Who Will Keep Their Money?

While attempting to keep up with the Kardashians, I have recently stumbled upon the latest flaw in their sought-after spending habits. It all began with some gold marble slabs that Kanye wanted for his new bathroom, and ultimately…more

Top Considerations When Building BYOD Policies

In a recent article, my Kroll Ontrack colleague Vikas Pall wrote about the growing concerns over bring your own device (BYOD) policies. Today’s employees integrate their personal and professional lives, and the use of personal devices…more

News from Second and State

Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his second annual budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly this morning, and it was full of bad news on top of more bad news. Instead of laying forth his ideas for moving Pennsylvania…more

TSX, TSXV Provide Guidance on New Rights Offering Regime

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) issued guidance to issuers following the recent amendments relating to rights offerings adopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) on December 8, 2015…more

Indiana Tax Court Affirms Reclassification of Wooded Land from Excess Residential to Agricultural

On January 29, 2016, the Indiana Tax Court in DeKalb County Assessor v. Chavez upheld the decision by the Indiana Board of Tax Review to reclassify 2.72 acres of land from excess residential to agricultural for the March 1, 2013…more

Annual Estate Planning Newsletter: Part Three

Action Item: This is the third installment of our Annual Estate Planning Letter, and covers some topics of interest not discussed in our previous installments. We urge you to review this installment to ensure that your 2016 estate and…more

Worth Another Look: Government that Works

As he did last year, Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing legislative and administrative initiatives for “government that works” which are centered on innovation and efficiency in government and health and safety for citizens. Innovation &…more

Annual CPNI Certifications Due March 1, 2016

It’s time again for carriers to submit the annual Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) certification to the FCC. Telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers are required to certify annually their…more

Creativity and Controlled Risk: A Recipe for a Successful M&A Transaction

One prevailing theme in merger and/or acquisition (M&A) transactions is risk allocation. How much risk is either the buyer or seller willing to assume? And, separately, what level of risk must either party assume in order to get the…more

The California Air Resources Board Expands the Burden on Motor Carriers to Verify if Hired Fleets Comply with Air Quality Regulation

A broker, motor carrier, contractor, public agency, dispatcher, or developer (collectively “Operator”) that operates, or directs the operation, of any vehicle subject to the California Air Resources Board’s (“ARB”) California…more

5 SEO Hacks for Every Piece of Attorney Content

Any time attorneys put content on their website there is an opportunity to make it drive traffic. Here are 5 things lawyers can apply to every piece of content to make sure they are getting the most out it. Link Out to…more

Indiana Supreme Court Greenlights Commercial Courts Pilot Project

In January 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court unanimously approved the creation of a three-year commercial court pilot project in the state of Indiana, with a goal of providing faster case resolutions, more predictable outcomes and…more

Eligibility of Isolated Nucleic Acid: Australian and U.S. Standards

This is the second of a two-part series comparing Australian and U.S. law and will focus on patent eligibility of an isolated nucleic acid sequence. Are the patent eligibility standards for isolated nucleic acid molecules becoming…more

The PTAB Giveth, and the PTAB Taketh Away

The PTAB cancelled claims of a financing patent as lacking patentable subject matter in Westlake Services LLC v. Credit Acceptance Corp., CBM2014-00176 (PTAB January 25, 2016, Order) (McKone, APJ). Westlake is interesting because the…more

FDIC Highlights Marketplace Lending Risks for Bank Partners

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) publication of an article highlighting the risks for banks that partner with marketplace lenders further underscores the focus of federal regulators on marketplace lending. Featured in…more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial of TCPA Class Due To “Significant Uncommon Questions” And Ascertainability Issues

Gannon v. Network Telephone Services, Inc., No. 13-56813 (9th Cir. Jan. 12, 2016) In a 3 paragraph unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s denial of plaintiff’s motion to…more

The US Biosimilars Pathway: Key Questions

In 2015, FDA issued a number of final guidance documents for biosimilars. But many fundamental questions remain unsettled and the industry awaits FDA’s guidance on labeling of biosimilars, the requirements for interchangeability, and…more

New Gun Trusts Laws Take Effect July 13, 2016

Firearms such as short-barreled rifle or shotguns, silencers or suppressors, and machine guns (i.e., Title II firearms) are regulated by the federal government as to their purchase, transfer and manufacture…more

Second CMP Assessed for HIPAA Violations: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

For only the second time in its history, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has imposed a civil money penalty (CMP) on a covered entity for allegedly violating the HIPAA Privacy Rule…more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Not Violated Unless Plaintiff Shows Defendant Had Intent To Defraud

In a recent Computer Fraud and Abuse Act case, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s conclusion that the plaintiff had produced no evidence refuting the defendant’s contention that it honestly believed it…more

“We just raise them every year.”

Great article by Sara Randazzo in today’s Wall Street Journal, Legal Fees Cross New Mark: $1,500 an Hour. Set aside the wisdom of such rates when firms provide discounts on demand and realization rates average near 80%. What stands out…more

Bitcoin and the Changing Legal Landscape

If your business is contemplating doing something with digital currencies (meaning virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, etc.), you need a plan. First, consider how and where your business will use digital currencies…more

Drone U: Drone Use on Campus and Developing an Effective Drone Policy

Drones on campus is a key issue facing universities and educational institutions today. As small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) increasingly make their appearance on campuses across the U.S., colleges and universities are struggling…more

SEC Approves FINRA Portal Rules, Forms for Crowdfunding Under Title III

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.'s (FINRA) crowdfunding Portal Rules for companies that want to operate an intermediary “funding portal” pursuant to the…more

Obama Announces Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Yesterday, President Obama issued an Executive Order creating a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity within the Department of Commerce. The commission “will make detailed recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity in both…more

Will Mirrorless Cars Help Prevent Car Accidents?

Recently, Las Vegas, Nevada was host to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which is one of the most anticipated technology events annually. This year, a concept car designed by BMW is the star of the show. This innovative concept…more

Middle District of Florida Holds Arbitrability of TCPA Claims Question for Arbitrator

Harrington v. Regions Bank, No. 2:15-cv-522-Ftm-29MRM (M.D. Fla. Jan. 29, 2016) - Before the Court was Defendant’s Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay Proceedings. Plaintiffs opposed the Motion, contending that their TCPA claims…more

Alert: Gas Station Owners: State to Pursue Claims of MTBE Contamination

Over a decade ago, Connecticut, like much of the country, had concerns over groundwater contamination from gasoline containing the additive MTBE. Although much of the country had let the issue of MTBE contamination fall by the…more

One Last Time: President Seeks Huge Increase to WHD Budget, Investigators

The President’s FY2017 budget request seeks a nearly $50 million increase in the Wage & Hour Division’s budget. This more than 20% increase would fund, among other things, 300 additional investigative staff — putting the number of WHD…more

[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues - Feb. 25th, Costa Mesa, CA

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues! California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and corporate…more

[Webinar] Gainful Employment – Completer List Challenges, Debt Challenges, and Alternative Earnings Appeals - Feb. 25th, 12pm Central Time

The third webinar in our series will examine the three ways schools can challenge the debt and earnings data the Department will use to calculate each GE program’s D/E rates. We will discuss the first round of completer challenges…more

FINRA and SEC Identify Areas of Focus and Examination Priorities for 2016

Each year, FINRA and the SEC publish their priority letters explaining areas of focus for the upcoming year. The priorities reflect practices and/or products that are perceived to present either heightened risk to investors, a risk to…more

EU-US Privacy Shield: Still Awaiting Certainty

Privacy activists across Europe raised their data protection banner following the announcement by EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourová on Tuesday 2 February 2016 that a political agreement had been…more

TrialPad

In my last blog, we discussed a few tips for creating opening and closing PowerPoint presentations. This post will focus on TrialPad and presenting your exhibits from your iPad…more

Rhode Island Town Sued for Religious Discrimination

The King’s Tabernacle, a Rhode Island Church with a predominantly African American congregation of 20 members, has sued the Town of Johnston, Rhode Island over the Town’s denial of its special use permit for religious assembly use…more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Attempt to Challenge FCC Order on TCPA

In an unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment for the defendant in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case, refusing to entertain the plaintiff’s challenge to a…more

When to Hire an Attorney for a Car Accident

Accidents happen unexpectedly. When they happen, there are many things to consider. Health and safety are the most immediate concerns, followed by recovering compensation for personal injuries and property damage. As soon as possible…more

Property Insurance Claims? Insurance Attorney Offers Simple Yet Vital Guidelines

Suffering a loss to personal or business property can be a stressful situation. To make things worse, the process of reporting, submitting, and presenting your insurance claim can be complex. This article shares a few simple – yet…more

"Key Takeaways - Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insight From the Enforcers"

On January 26, 2016, Skadden’s Antitrust and Competition Group and Charles River Associates hosted the sixth annual seminar “Antitrust in the Technology Sector,” with an emphasis on policy perspectives and insights from government…more

Continued Employment is Enough for a Severance Agreement

Here’s one where the tables were turned. Former employees often argue that a non-compete agreement is unenforceable because there was inadequate “consideration.” Consideration is the exchange parties to a contract make, what one side…more

[Event] International Arbitration Boot Camp: Do You Want Someone Else to Pay Your Legal Fees? It's Possible–Third-Party Funding of International Arbitration and Litigation - Feb. 25th, Houston, TX

Third-Party Funding of International Arbitration and Litigation will explore what to expect when involving third parties (e.g., investment firms) to fund your litigation or arbitration…more

EEOC’s New Reporting Requirements May Add to Employers’ Burden, Liability

On February 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced plans to expand EEO-1 reporting requirements, beginning in 2017, to include compensation information for employers of 100 or more employees. The proposal…more

Tribute to Sam Spence and Management?Leadership

Sam Spence died last week. His was not a name that many folks were aware of generally and even in the sports world where he made his greatest mark. Yet he was a prime mover in the explosion of growth by the National Football League…more

What You Need to Know About US Law: Massachusetts and New York Trade Secrets Not Governed by Uniform Trade Secret Act

The article below is the second in a series regarding "What You Need to Know About U.S. Law." Attorneys from a variety of practice groups at Pierce Atwood will author similar articles in the coming months to educate our overseas…more

OFAC Issues Finding of Violation for Alleged Violations of Sudanese Sanctions Regulations

On February 4, OFAC announced that a subsidiary of a New Jersey-based manufacturer violated the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, for a period of 7 months in 2010, by facilitating the exportation of goods to Sudan by coordinating and…more

Hold the Phone! Obtaining Prior Consent under the TCPA Before Calling/Texting/Faxing Consumers

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) impacts any business that contacts consumers by phone, text or fax. Among other things, it limits the ability to place calls and send texts to consumers using an automatic telephone dialing…more

Five Easy Tips for Improving Your Company’s Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements and Related Practices Now

As January quickly passed by and new projects increase by the day, there is still a golden opportunity to capitalize on some low-hanging fruit to immediately improve your company’s practices and add immediate value to your company…more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.10.16

We’ve all heard about the billions in tax savings associated with corporate tax inversions, but Deal Professor says the real tax-avoidance game is in a strategy called “earnings stripping”—a technique in which a multinational…more

Blog: The UK’s National Private Placement Regime For Non-EU PE / VC Fund Managers – “Financial Promotions”

If you’re planning to raise a non-EU PE / VC fund, and some of your investors will be in the UK when you talk or write to them, the UK’s financial promotions rules will apply. Get this wrong, and you’ll commit an offence. Get…more

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