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Industrial Espionage and the Defend Trade Secrets Act

American corporations are facing an ever increasing threat of misappropriation of their valuable trade secrets through industrial espionage, defined as the theft of a company’s trade secrets by an actor intending to convert the trade…more

ICO Reminds Organisations of EU-U.S. Personal Data Transfer Obligations

The Interim Deputy Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), Steve Wood, has published a blog reminding organisations of their obligations when transferring personal data to the United States, pursuant to the case…more

North Carolina Public Records Law 101 - A primer for economic development professionals

At the North Carolina Economic Development Association 2016 Annual Conference, I participated on a panel discussion and presentation regarding public records law requirements in North Carolina and how they affect economic development…more

Controversial California Court Decision Significantly Narrows a Crucial Liability Safe Harbor for Website Operators

A recent California court decision involving Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is creating considerable concern among social media companies and other website operators…more

Massachusetts Legislation Spurs Offshore Wind Power Development

On August 8, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a major energy bill aimed at putting Massachusetts at the forefront of states developing offshore wind power. The law, An Act Relative to Energy Diversity (H…more

Health Update - August 2016

Section 1332 Waivers: Will We See More State Innovation? - Editor's Note: In a new essay for the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM), summarized below, Manatt Health examines Section 1332 waivers and the…more

HHS Wins Summary Judgment Against Hospitals Disputing CMS’s Treatment of Part C Days as Days “Entitled to Part A” for Purposes of Medicare DSH Payments

On August 17, 2016 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in favor of HHS in a dispute over whether Part C days can be treated as “days entitled to benefits under Part A” for purposes of…more

IRS Publishes New Management Contract Safe Harbors for Property Financed with Tax-Exempt Bonds

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Rev. Proc. 2016-44, which provides new guidance on the treatment of “management contracts” for purposes of the restrictions on use of property financed with tax-exempt…more

MCLE Self Study Article: Property Rights to the Periphery of the Universe or Only to the Rooftop?: The Effects of Drones on Airspace Rights in California and Where to Go From Here

Imagine a peaceful summer afternoon at home with your family. You’re inside preparing food for a barbeque while the rest of your family sunbathes and plays by the backyard pool. Suddenly, your teenage daughter runs into the house…more

45 Months of Inter Partes Review – By the Numbers (Volume 14)

Welcome to Harness Dickey’s Report on Litigation Practice before the United States Patent Office. Created by the America Invents Act, Inter Partes Review proceedings have already changed the face of patent litigation. Lower cost, lower…more

Labor & Employment E-Note - August 2016

In an article published on August 12, 2016 by Advance Healthcare Network, Bryance Metheny provides guidance to employers who need to prepare for the recent changes issued by the Department of Labor ("DOL") to the federal overtime…more

Trion Farmout

On July 28, 2016, the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission ("CNH") published a call for tenders and the corresponding bid guidelines (the "Bid Guidelines") for the International Public Tender CNH-A1-Trion/2016 process, to select a…more

Court Finds Spanish-Language Movies May Be A Proper Antitrust Product Submarket

Can Spanish-language media content constitute a proper antitrust product submarket for purposes of a Sherman Act claim? A federal district court in Houston appears to be the first to address the issue and has signaled that, at least at…more

My Class Action Checklist

For a number of years now, I have enjoyed successfully resolving complex class action matters. The cases are challenging, the counsel astute and the results rewarding…more

Do Not Overlook FLSA Duties in Light of New Salary Requirements

The upcoming change to salary requirements to the so-called “white collar” overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has garnered a lot of attention. However, even with a strong emphasis on the changes to the salary…more

Court Strikes FDA Preapproval for Tobacco Product Labeling Changes

Court holds that FDA guidance cannot require preapproval for label modifications to existing tobacco products, but can require preapproval for quantity modifications…more

Tackling the gender pay gap

A report published this week indicates that the gender pay gap increases dramatically on a woman’s return to work following maternity leave. Whilst this may not be entirely surprising, the statistics are depressing. The report suggests…more

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. v. Intellectual Ventures I LLC (PTAB 2016)

Sally Beauty (Petitioner) filed a Petition requesting a review under the transitional program for covered business method (CBM) patents of U.S. Patent No. 5,969,324, owned by Intellectual Ventures I LLC (IV)…more

New Rules Impact PEG Access Stations’ Responsibilities Regarding Closed Captioning

Additional Reporting and Compliance Requirements - The Federal Communications Commission published a Final Rule in the Federal Register on Tuesday, imposing new reporting requirements on public, educational and governmental access…more

Augmented Reality

If you haven’t heard about newest gaming craze yet, it’s based on what is called “augmented reality” (AR) and it could potentially impinge on your home life and workplace as such games allow users to “photograph” imaginary items…more

Supreme Court of Nevada Holds That Legal Malpractice Claim Was Impermissibly Assigned

Tower Homes, LLC v. Heaton, ___ P.3d ___, 2016 WL 4273578 (Nev. 2016) - Brief Summary - The Supreme Court of Nevada held that a bankruptcy trustee's stipulation and court's order permitting creditors to pursue the debtor's…more

West Coast—Time to Check Your Employment Agreements: Ninth Circuit Negates No-Class Action Clause in Arbitration Agreements

This week, the Ninth Circuit held that Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) arbitration agreement that prohibited its employees from filing class actions violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). E&Y required as a condition of employment that…more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2016 #4

Editor's Note - Friend the Fed! As is the case every August, our federal government and regulators are hard at work, laser focused on the important issues of the day. In this regard, on August 18, the Federal Reserve Board…more

Section 501(c)(4) Organizations Subject to IRS Notice Requirement

Nonprofit entities that intend to operate as tax-exempt organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) are subject to new reporting requirements with the IRS. Specifically, newly-enacted section 506 of…more

Hallmark 5-Communications and Training

I. Training - The communication of your anti-corruption compliance program is something that must be done on a regular basis to ensure its effectiveness. The FCPA Guidance explains, “Compliance policies cannot work unless…more

Post-dismissal doctor’s report was relevant: disabled employee reinstated for further consideration of possible accommodation, after evidence that medical condition improved

An employee whose medical condition had improved both before and after termination has been reinstated for further consideration of possible accommodations, after an arbitrator relied on a doctor’s assessment done after dismissal…more

NLRB Decides Private University Teaching and Research Assistants Can Unionize

Continuing a recent trend of upending long-standing decisions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled yesterday that student teaching and research assistants at private colleges and universities are statutory employees who can…more

Attorney Sanctioned for Failing to Address Proportionality in Brief (Washington)

Fulton v. Livingston Fin. LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96825 (W.D. Wash. July 25, 2016) - In a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case, sanctions were brought against the defendant’s attorney for “his bad faith in briefing…more

Is it worth to pursue my case?

When you are engaged in a dispute you need to lodge a case in order to preserve your rights. However, is it worth even pursuing your case? In other words, do you have a good enough case that justifies paying court and lawyers’ fees…more

Federal Circuit Affirms Tygacil Formulation Patent

In Apotex, Inc. v. Wyeth LLC, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) finding that Apotex had failed to show that claims directed to a specific formulation of tigecycline were invalid…more

North Carolina Alters Sales Factor for Certain Royalty Recipients

Effective May 11, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly amended the royalty reporting option contained in Section 105-130.7A(a). As a result of the amendment, even if royalty payments are added back to the royalty payor’s…more

Massachusetts Determination of Need Regulation Overhaul

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Determination of Need (DoN) Program has unveiled proposed regulations that constitute an ambitious and, perhaps, long overdue overhaul of the DoN Program regulations. Attendees at the…more

Key Metrics for Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings

This report has been developed as a resource for our clients and friends interested in understanding recent IPO activity of technology and life sciences companies. This information comprises a number of graphs and charts reflecting…more

China Tax Newsletter - May / June 2016

In this issue, we have covered a number of developments and cases in the PRC and Hong Kong which could impose legal and tax implications to your business. On the PRC side, following the national rollout of the Value-Added Tax…more

Pokémon Go in the Workplace: Catch all the Issues before They Catch You

The new smartphone app, Pokémon Go, has taken the world by storm. This increasingly popular free game uses the GPS feature and camera of the player’s smartphone to capture creatures called “Pokémon” who appear on the user’s screen as…more

IRS Relaxes Restrictions on Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Facilities

The IRS on August 22, 2016 released long-anticipated Revenue Procedure 2016-44 (Rev. Proc. 2016-44), which substantially increases flexibility in, and provides a less formulaic approach to, the ability of a tax-exempt bond issuer or…more

Illinois Freedom to Work Act: One State’s Reaction to Overreaching Non-Compete Agreements

In an effort to address possible overuse of non-compete agreements by certain employers, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act. The Act prohibits private sector employers from entering into…more

IRS Proposes Rules That Would Dramatically Reduce Valuation Discounts in Family Business Succession Planning

Business Owners May Have Little Time to Act Before Rules Are Finalized - The valuation of a family member's interest in a family business has a major impact on the success or failure of a transfer of such interest to other family…more

Alberta Government Favours Local Breweries in New Mark Up Regime

Earlier this month, the Alberta government implemented a new subsidy for Alberta-based craft breweries and increased the provincial mark-up on all beer imported into the province. The introduction of the subsidy is part of an…more

Twitter Sued For Right of Publicity Violations Over Profile-Trading Game

A class action lawsuit was filed in California yesterday against Hey, Inc. and Twitter regarding Hey’s online trading game in which players collect profiles of (and use virtual currency to invest in) real-life people as if they were…more

Divide Deepens Over Enforceability of Class Arbitration Waivers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (covering California and eight other western states) on Monday joined the Seventh Circuit, and disagreed with the Fifth Circuit, in rejecting a mandatory employment arbitration agreement…more

ACCC investigations: A short guide on what to do and how to prepare

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has powers to investigate potential breaches of competition and consumer law in Australia – including cartel conduct, anti-competitive arrangements, misuse of market power…more

Missouri Governor Signs New Telemedicine Law

Missouri’s governor signed into law SB 579 (the “Act”), on June 8, 2016, establishing new telemedicine practice standards, including explicitly allowing a valid physician-patient relationship to be established via telemedicine. Here is…more

Changes To The Taxation Of Termination Payments

Summary - The government has published its response to feedback received on its proposals to simplify the taxation of termination payments, expected to come into force in April 2018. The following table sets out the main…more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies Evidentiary Standard for Employment Discrimination Claims

In Ortiz v. Werner Enterprises, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit clarified its standard for evaluating evidence in employment discrimination cases and rejected prior decisions to the extent they required a…more

SNF and IRF Proposed Changes for FY 2017

On August 5th, CMS published final rules updating the Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2017. The rules, both of which go into effect on October 1, 2016…more

Overdraft Service Program Costs Bank $10M in CFPB Fine

Overdraft services practices were the basis for a $10 million fine from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) in a recent action against a national bank operating primarily in the northeast…more

Is a CFO a Key To your M&A Success?

A successful merger or acquisition can hinge on your CFO/firm accountant. You work hard to build your business. When you’re ready to sell it, a good CFO can impact your bottom line. Why? A CFO keeps your financials organized. When…more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - August 2016

FDIC Office Of Inspector General Reports On FDIC’s Cybersecurity Practices – On August 11, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (“FDIC’s”) Office of Inspector General issued a report based on an audit of the FDIC’s…more

Ariosa Loses Verinata Patent Challenge

Fetal diagnostic pioneer Ariosa Diagnostics lost its latest attempt to invalidate competitor Verinata Health’s U.S. Patent No. 8,318,430, “Methods of Fetal Abnormality Detection.” The USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)…more

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