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Florida Department of Environmental Protection Adopts Emergency Rule Imposing New Notice Requirements

In response to the storm-related sewage and sinkhole-related discharges at the Mosaic facility in Mulberry, Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published two rulemaking notices on September 27, both regarding new…more

FTC Finds Success in High-Profile Hospital Merger Appeal

Many of our readers will recall the decision from Judge John Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania earlier this year, denying the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) motion to enjoin 551-bed Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical…more

Breaking News: EEOC Revised EEO-1 Report Finalized - Employers With More Than 100 Employees Will Be Required to Submit Pay Data to EEOC

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 29, 2016, the OMB approved the EEOC’s revisions to the EEO-1 report. Beginning in 2018, employers with 100+ employees will be required to annually report pay and hours data to the EEOC for its…more

Arizona Court Consolidates ADA Lawsuits

The number of claims under the design and construction requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) continues to increase, but a recent development in Arizona may slow this trend. The Arizona Attorney General has…more

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Lessons in Joint Venture FCPA Compliance

Just in time for National Beveridge Day comes the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), where the company paid $6 million to settle charges that it violated the FCPA and impeded a…more

Negligent valuation of seaside amusement arcades – Las Vegas comes to the Rolls Building

In a judgment handed down this morning in the Chancery Division, Barclays Bank PLC v. Christie Owen & Davies Limited (trading as Christie Owen & Davies Limited [2016] EWHC 2351 (Ch)), Dentons acted for the bank in its successful claim…more

Gerundtology

§112(f) allows a patent applicant to claim an element by the function it performs. Functionally claimed elements using §112(f), however, are limited to what is disclosed in the specification and equivalents. The classic form of a…more

Trending Now: Political Activities and Social Media

The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign has reached a fevered pitch, with a little over a month remaining before Election Day. After Monday’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the stakes are high and the American public is…more

Proportionality Factors Persuade Court to Grant Motion to Compel (Pennsylvania)

First Niagara Risk Mgmt. v. Folino, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106094 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 11, 2016) - In this dispute over the violation of a non-compete agreement, the plaintiff moved the court to compel a discovery request. Specifically…more

A Reality Check for Travel to Cuba in 2016

With news of the resumption of commercial aviation flights to Cuba, and other changes in the Cuba embargo accomplished through Presidential executive order, it would appear at first blush that the time is ripe to travel to Cuba to…more

Lehman Estate Settles Claims By RMBS Insurer and Trustee

On September 20, 2016, Judge Shelley Chapman of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved the $37 million settlement of $1.3 billion in claims asserted against the estates of two defunct Lehman Brothers’…more

Court Affirms Trial Court’s Denial of Writ of Administrative Mandamus Challenging City’s Revocation of Nude Entertainment Permit

On September 28, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District affirmed a trial court decision denying a petition for writ of administrative mandamus filed by the owner of a nude entertainment business to challenge the…more

Etsy Gets Crafty with 3 New Ways to Protect Gig Economy Workers

Etsy, the online marketplace, has been a large player in the gig economy for the past 11 years. It currently hosts over 1.4 million sellers offering products like art, photography, clothing, jewelry, food, beauty products, quilts…more

CFPB approves FHLMC/FNMA revised uniform residential loan application; collection of HMDA ethnicity and race information in 2017

In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the CFPB announced that it has given its “official approval” to a revised and redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (2016 URLA) and to the collection of expanded Home…more

FDA to Redefine “Healthy”

The term “healthy” as commonly used is quite subjective—meaning different things to different types of consumers. Culturally, there are sometimes fast-changing trends about what is healthy—foods rejected by consumers a few years ago…more

Public-Private Partnerships Can Power the Green Economy

At the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton expressed a desire for the United States to become the “clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Donald Trump responded that he, too, believes in all forms of energy, but that the…more

Congress Overturns Presidential Veto on FSIA, Authorizing Suits Against Saudi Arabia for September 11

The U.S. Congress overturned a veto by President Obama allowing families of the victims of September 11 to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts. While the U.S. domestic politics will be debated elsewhere (like everything else this election…more

New FAA Statutes and Rules for Commercial Drone Operations Will Benefit Utilities

The new Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rules (or Part 107) governing the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (also known as drones or sUAS) took effect on August 29, 2016. The utility and energy industries, which…more

Dig a Little Deeper: The Importance of Beneficial Ownership

Companies interact with a large number of entities in the outside world – customers, third party intermediaries and vendors and suppliers to name the most significant ones. These relationships are the lifeblood of a company…more

The Changing Meaning of Healthy: FDA Seeks Public Input About Healthy Foods

In the 1990s, food had to be low in fat in order to be considered healthy. Those were the days of Snack-Wells cookies and fat-free salad dressings. How times have changed. Now health professionals consider many higher-fat foods such as…more

Is Chinese Investment in the U.S. Film and Entertainment Industry the Next Area of CFIUS Scrutiny?

U.S. lawmakers recently submitted a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raising concerns about increased Chinese investments in the U.S. film and entertainment industry and questioning whether the Committee on Foreign…more

EPA Advances Climate Goals by Expanding Refrigerant Regulations

On September 26, 2016, EPA released a Final Rule updating the Agency’s Refrigerant Management Program... ..The Final Rule is scheduled to become effective January 1, 2017 and, for the first time, expands the requirements of Clean…more

Diallo’s Of Houston Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Nightclub and Party Venue Illegally Fired Disabled Employee After Making an Unlawful Medical Inquiry Based on HIV Hearsay - HOUSTON - Diallo's, a Houston-area nightclub and party venue, violated federal anti-discrimination laws…more

US Citizenship Renunciation Procedures in Canada

The US constitution protects a US citizen from automatic loss of citizenship. Expatriation can only occur through the voluntary, intentional commission of an expatriating act that is stipulated by statute. A person who committed such…more

FERC’s Maxim Settlement Shows Continued Focus on ISO and RTO Bidding Conduct

On September 26, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order1 approving a Stipulation and Consent Agreement between its Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) and Maxim Power Corp. (and…more

NLRB Releases Advice Memorandum Affirming Misclassification Constitutes Unfair Labor Practice

At the end August, the National Labor Relations Board released an advice memorandum, originally drafted in December 2015, concluding that a group of drivers who worked for a drayage company called Pacific 9 Transportation were…more

What Covered Health Care Entities Need to Do to Prepare for Looming ACA Section 1557 Deadlines

As our colleagues reported earlier this month, on May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a final rule titled “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” (“Final Rule”) implementing the…more

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Releases Guidance for Licensees Looking to Sell Wine-to-Go

Recently, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board released the “Licensee Guide for Wine-to-Go Sales” that can be found here. The guide provides information on licensing and permits, product selection, assortment/demand planning, pricing…more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth Case

On September 28, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated decision in the Robinson Township v. Commonwealth case, in which petitioners challenged numerous provisions of Act 13 of 2012, 58 Pa. Con. Stat. §§ 3201…more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Second Circuit Confirms Limited Nature of General Personal Jurisdiction

Following the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, several opinions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit confirm the limited circumstances in which courts may exercise general personal…more

California Clamps Down On Surprise Out-Of-Network Bills

On September 23, 2016, Governor Brown signed AB 72, California’s surprise out-of-network law. The bill protects patients who seek care at an in-network facility from balance billing by individual health care providers who are out of…more

New Developments, New Fees

Orlando Residential Developments Face Park Impact Fees Effective March 1, 2017, Park Impact Fees will be assessed on new residential developments throughout the City of Orlando. The fees are as follows..…more

Will Corp Fin “Evolve” On Exclusion Of Proxy Access Proposals Under Rule 14a-8(I)(10)?

Until yesterday, there were five no-action requests regarding proxy access proposals from the McRitchie/Chevedden group awaiting responses from Corp Fin as to whether the proposals could be excluded on the basis that they had been…more

FLSA Overtime Rule: With All These Efforts To Block It, Can Employers Relax?

Last week, two lawsuits were filed in federal court in Texas seeking to block the Final Rule on white-collar exemptions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which was issued in May. Meanwhile, legislation that…more

Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces: What Are Contractors Required to Disclose?

Continuing our series of Alerts on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule, this Alert address what form of violations must be disclosed. The Final Rule provides three broad categories of decisions for violations of 14…more

Uber Announces Use of Facial Recognition Technology for Passenger Safety

In an attempt to reduce fraud and boost passenger safety, Uber is implementing facial recognition technology beginning on September 30. Before starting a driving session, Uber drivers will now be asked to take a photo of themselves…more

Minnesota Adds Several Nanomaterials to List of Chemicals of High Concern

On September 13, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced the availability of an updated list of chemicals of high concern. Chemicals added to the list of chemicals of high concern include silicon carbide whiskers…more

Luxo Shuts the Lights Out on Disney’s and Pixar’s Merchandising of Luxo Jr.

It is no secret; the Disney Corporation is a marketing and merchandising powerhouse. It has achieved that reputation by capitalizing on almost every marketing and merchandising opportunity that comes its way. If you have kids, the odds…more

Blog: GAO Criticizes HHS In Health Information Cybersecurity Report

On Monday, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report (the “Report”) criticizing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) security and privacy guidance and oversight in protecting electronic…more

BREAKING: DOL Releases Final Rule On Paid Sick Leave For Employees Of Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on September 29, 2016 its Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. We are reviewing the Final Rule and will publish an Affirmative…more

EEOC Issues Final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues

On August 25, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its final “Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues.” Along with the final guidance, the EEOC issued a Q&A publication and a Small Business Fact…more

Comparison of Clinton and Trump Tax Proposals

As the 2016 Presidential Election approaches the Democratic and Republican candidates and their staff are busy refining and promoting their respective economic and tax reform proposals. While neither candidate is proposing a real…more

Bridging the Week - September 2016 #3

Advantage Futures LLC, Joseph Guinan, its majority owner and chief executive officer, and William Steele, who until May 2016 was Advantage’s chief risk officer, settled charges brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission…more

EEOC to Collect Summary Pay Data

First Collection Will Be in March 2018 - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that starting March 2018, it will collect summary employee pay data from certain employers. The new data…more

NLRB Reaffirms Alan Ritchey Doctrine with New Make-Whole Twist

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Board reaffirmed, prospectively, the Alan Ritchey doctrine requiring employers to bargain over discretionary discipline issued to newly organized employees pre-first contract and mandated prospective make-whole…more

ADOR Proposes Substantial Rule Change For Partnerships

The ADOR has proposed a number of amendments to its rule governing the filing of partnership tax returns, Form 65. The new rule, as proposed, inserts language conforming with Alabama’s recently enacted “factor presence nexus” statute…more

Function Claim Language Shows That Claims are Directed to Abstract Idea, Not a Concrete Technical Innovation

In Affinity Labs of Texas v. Amazon.com, Inc., [2015-2080] (September 23, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed judgment on the pleadings that U.S. Patent No. 8,688,085 on a System and Method to Communicate Targeted Information was…more

Bankruptcy Procedure in the Context of Turnover and Preference Law

In the course of collections activities, a creditor can become singularly focused on aggressively pursuing enforcement of a debt by levying against the debtor’s property or by demanding and receiving payment from the debtor. However…more

California Targets Surprise Medical Bills, Follows on the Heels of New York and Florida

Governor Brown approved a new law last Friday that limits patient exposure to so-called surprise medical bills. AB 72 caps the cost-sharing obligations of patients who unexpectedly receive care from non-contracted providers during or…more

U.S. Senators Want Answers: Yahoo’s Unacceptable Delay In Data Breach Announcement

The aftermath of Yahoo’s data breach has raised a number of questions from customers, law enforcement, and most recently six U.S. Senators. Yesterday, Senators Patrick Leahy, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Ron…more

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