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Quantum Quarterly - Issue VIII – 1st Quarter 2016

We are pleased to present the latest edition of Quantum Quarterly, a publication of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group. This edition features an interview with Suzana M. Blades and Alberto F. Ravell, Managing Counsel –…more

EEOC Issues Resource Document, Announces Plans to Improve Data Collection and Outreach on Religious Discrimination

New Fact Sheet Addresses Rights, Responsibilities for Youth - WASHINGTON -- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Jenny Yang and Commissioner Charlotte Burrows participated in an interagency briefing at the…more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Update and Simplify Disclosure Requirements as Part of Overall Disclosure Effectiveness Review

On July 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced proposed amendments in order to update and simply its disclosure requirements…more

Estimated State Budget Impact of an Oklahoma SoonerCare Expansion

Estimated State Budget Impact of an Oklahoma SoonerCare Expansion - In 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was optional. That is, each state could…more

FDA Adjustment to Orphan Drug Review May Indicate Increased Scrutiny of Designations

In recent years, applications for orphan drug designations have flooded into FDA at a rapid pace, and this year appears to be no exception. Orphan drug applications received by FDA rose by approximately 30% over the previous year in…more

Guidance On Handbooks, Policies, And Social Media Guidelines – Employers’ Attempts to Protect Themselves Too Much Can Lead to Loss of Protection

Seyfarth Synopsis: The NLRB orders employer to cease and desist from maintaining numerous provisions in its Social Networking Guideline and provisions in the Handbook related to social media, privacy, and confidentiality, and no…more

California’s Precondemnation Right of Entry Statutes Upheld — With a Slight Judicial Tweak

For the last two-plus years, we have been waiting for guidance from the California Supreme Court on whether public agencies could utilize the statutory “right of entry” procedure to gain access to private property to conduct…more

(TAP)ping into the NJ Craft Brewery Market

One of the most challenging circumstances our clients face is having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars finding a suitable building for brewing and fitting out their new space, and the start of operating costs, meanwhile they are…more

Contra Proferentem Doesn’t Always Mean ‘Against the Insurer’

Despite best efforts, ambiguities are inevitable in contracts. The doctrine of contra proferentem shifts the risk of ambiguity to the party that drafted the contract. The doctrine is frequently applied against insurers where the policy…more

Soaking up the Ediscovery Sun: Ing3nious NorCal 2016

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Ing3nious NorCal Retreat on Ediscovery and Information Governance in the beautiful Pacific coast town of Half Moon Bay, California. This event signified the fifth anniversary since…more

Summary of Major Provisions in the Proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2017 (PFS) includes several changes covering a litany of topics spanning from telehealth services to expanding the Diabetes Prevention Program Model. The following is a high-level summary of a…more

Arbitration Article Series I: Rise of Arbitration

The UAE has rapidly emerged as a leading financial centre, attracting large global investors and businesses. As international developers and contractors continue to invest in construction projects, there has been an increasing trend in…more

Don’t Copy “Bounty” Bars: Distributors of Chocolate Bars Prohibited from Imitating “Bounty Bar Shape”

Mars saw a violation of its three-dimensional “Bounty” trademark and filed a lawsuit against the distributor of the “Wish” chocolate bar…more

California Appellate Court Holds Police Video of Arrest Not Protected Under Pitchess

Only a Record Generated as Part of an Internal Investigation is Protected by Pitchess - The California Court of Appeal has ruled in City of Eureka v. Superior Court (Greenson) that a police “dash cam” video of an arrest does not…more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #3

Wikipedia Link Trips up Ninth Circuit False Ad Suit - Ruling that a California federal court incorrectly relied upon a Wikipedia link when considering a summary judgment motion in a false advertising suit, the Ninth Circuit Court…more

Caught in the Cross-Fire: Student Loan Lenders and Servicers’ Risks in the Bankruptcy Fight over College Tuition Clawbacks

Many parents hope to fund, in some part, their children’s college educations, and the federal government has created a system of incentives, including tax advantaged 529 plans, to support that expectation. Recent research shows that…more

Renovating the Past, Constructing the Future: H.R. 5530

This is the fourth installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016. While…more

Privacy Shield is final: What it means for businesses

The US Department of Commerce announces that it will begin accepting applications for Privacy Shield certifications beginning on August 1. For US organizations collecting personal data from the EU, the past year has been an…more

And The Defense Wins

DRI members Jeff Curran of Gable Gotwals in Oklahoma City and Leighton Oshima of Oshima, Itomura and Fujimoto in Honolulu recently obtained a unanimous defense verdict for a national retailer in Hawaii Circuit Court. Gail Ireland, et…more

Implications of Madden v. Midland Funding

In earlier client OnPoints, we have provided a comprehensive review of recent developments in the U.S. affecting the marketplace lending industry, including the potentially far-reaching Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC case from the…more

BaFin establishes new whistleblower reporting

On 2 July 2016, the German Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht - BaFin) introduced a new reporting platform for whistleblowers of financial sector institutions under BaFin's supervision to…more

European Parliament Passes Landmark Data Protection Regulation

On April 14, 2016, the European Parliament passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its companion, Data Protection Directive for Police and Criminal Justice Authorities. The GDPR is a comprehensive regulation that…more

Sit Back and Relax – Is there a Duty to Mitigate after Termination of a Fixed-Term Contract?

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently issued its decision in Howard v. Benson Group Inc. 2016 ONCA 256, relating to the termination of a fixed-term employment contract. The Plaintiff, Mr. Howard, was a Truck Shop Manager who entered…more

[Video]ThisWeek in FCPA-Episode 14, the Wolf of Wall Street Edition

In this episode, Jay Rosen and I talk about the SFO investigation into Unaoil, the forfeiture lawsuit filed in the 1MDB scandal, the possible JP MorganChase sons and daughters FCPA settlement, the new Standard Law School FCPA database…more

On the Move and At Risk: Safeguards for Mitigating Mobile Device Vulnerabilities While Traveling Overseas

Employees use their smartphones as a key tool for accessing information during a work day – especially when outside the office and traveling on business. While smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices may increase productivity…more

New rules for vat taxation of e-commerce services in Russia

On 3 July 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law No. 244-FZ introducing rules for VAT taxation of e-commerce services in Russia (Law)…more

Wearable Medical Devices Market Trending Upwards

New reports, such as the Global Diagnostic Wearable Medical Devices Market 2016-2020 Report, bring good news to the rapidly growing wearable medical device market. According to the Report, the diagnostic wearable medical device market…more

More (MACRA) Data Analysis, Please

On July 1, CMS finalized new MACRA rules that significantly expand how qualified data entities will be allowed to share or sell analyses of Medicare and private claims data to providers, insurers, employers, and others who, in turn…more

China makes major changes to transfer pricing documentation and country-by-country reporting requirements

China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) on 13 July released on its website guidance that makes substantial changes that apply to multinationals’ transfer pricing compliance obligations for the 2016 fiscal year…more

Competition News July-August 2016

The French Competition Authority severely punished the exclusivity practices put in place by company in a dominant position - On June 23, 2016, the French Competition Authority punished the Belgian group Umicore for abuse of its…more

It’s Time to Update Physician Noncompete Agreements in Connecticut

There have been a number of recent legislative developments that will impact physician noncompete agreements entered into in Connecticut. First, any physician noncompete agreement entered into on or after July 1, 2016, must comply with…more

Is Your Social Media Calendar Stochastic?

Stochastic: randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely. When I studied Economics back in my BYU days, one of my favorite new words…more

Three Strikes and Mingo Logan Is Out: The D.C. Circuit Affirms EPA Withdrawal of Approval of Mountaintop Removal Disposal Sites

In 2013, the D.C. Circuit affirmed EPA’s authority to withdrawal approval of mountaintop mining disposal sites, even after the Army Corps has issued a Section 404 permit. In 2014, the District Court rejected Mingo Logan’s challenge to…more

Amgen and Allergan Report Progress in Herceptin® Biosimilar Clinical Trial

In the late 1980's, Dennis Slamon discovered a new oncogene, Her2/neu,that was amplified in 25-33% of human beast cancers. Slamon et al., "Studies of the HER2/neu ProtoOncogene in Human Breast and Ovarian Cancer," Science 244: 707-12…more

CFPB to Release Amendments to the Mortgage Servicing Rules; Bradley Webinar to Follow | Financial Services Perspectives

The CFPB’s amendments to the mortgage servicing rules in Regulations X and Z are officially slated for release this month and we anticipate that they will come out any day now. Mortgage servicers, many of whom may feel like they just…more

BOEM Unveils Tougher Guidelines for Supplemental Bonding on the US OCS

BOEM Unveils Tougher Guidelines for Supplemental Bonding on the US OCS July 21, 2016 The new guidelines restrict the ability of a company to rely on the financial strength of co-lessees to avoid additional supplemental bonding…more

JSH Attorneys Conquer Employment Discrimination Case Against A Local County

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli attorneys Michele Molinario, Justin Ackerman, and Amelia Esber prevailed by summary judgment in an employment discrimination case against a local County, and various County employees. The case involved the…more

Municipal Advisor, School Consultant, and Associated Individuals Enter Settlement Offers with SEC after First-of-Its-Kind Municipal Advisor Antifraud Enforcement Action

On June 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accepted the settlement offers made by two firms and three executives charged with using deceptive business practices in dealing with five school districts. As part of…more

Put a Fork in it: What’s Happening with the DAO?

If you have an interest in bitcoin, you’ve undoubtedly heard people refer to “The Blockchain.” Because the term “blockchain” can refer to any distributed ledger where “blocks” are added to the ledge by solving complex mathematical…more

Supreme Court Reinvigorates Effectiveness of Obtaining an Opinion of Counsel to Defend against Potential Enhanced Damages for Willful Infringement in Halo Electronics

On June 13, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court again reversed a decision of the Federal Circuit—the Circuit specially designated to hear all patent appeals—this time, in articulating the test for determining whether to award enhanced damages…more

The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act vs. The California Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Although some version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”) has widely been adopted by most states, including California, variations among the versions and related judicial interpretation has led to uncertainty—particularly in…more

Nevada Supreme Court Refuses To “Blue Pencil” Unreasonable Non-Compete

Nevada, unlike California, applies a reasonableness test to non-compete agreements. Although the Nevada courts haven’t identified a specific heuristic to be followed, a covenant not to compete will be found to be unreasonable when in…more

Next-Generation Sequencing: FDA Issues New Guidance for Genetic Tests

On July 6, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or “Agency”) released the following two draft guidance documents on the oversight of next-generation sequencing (“NGS”) tests..…more

Revised EEO-1 Requirements Give EEOC New Window into Your Employment Practices

Employers with more than 100 employees and federal contractors are probably more than familiar with the EEO-1 reporting requirements, but those requirements are about to change. On July 13, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity…more

[Video]The New Overtime Rule: Yes, It Really Is Happening - Are You Ready

A webinar presented by Susan Milner Parrott and Kerry A. Shad The Department of Labor has issued its final rule revising the overtime regulations for "white collar workers" and the rule goes into effect December 1, 2016 - just four…more

2nd Circuit Affirms Decertification of Class After Jury Verdict

Key Points - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit recently held that district courts have the power to decertify a class even after a jury verdict in favor of the class..…more

Chicago Minimum Wage Increased Again On July 1, 2016, And Updated Notice Must Be Given To Employees

As previously reported in The Fast Laner, the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance incrementally increases each on July 1 of each year until it reaches $13.00 per hour in 2019. Therefore, as a reminder, effective July 1, 2016, employers with…more

What you need to know about the Approximate Retail Value ‘ARV’ in Sweepstakes and Contests

Virturally all official rules for sweepstakes or contests in the United States include the Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of each prize. In fact, many state laws and other regulations require that the ARV be included in the rules…more

HMDA resources for data collected in 2017 and 2018

As we have reported, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a final rule amending Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), requiring “Covered Institutions” to report certain information…more

Self-Regulatory Actions Signal Warning for Mobile Apps that Allow Third Parties to Collect Information for Interest-Based Advertising

Recent actions against two prominent mobile app developers serve as a warning for companies that authorize third parties to collect and use information over time for advertising in mobile apps (known as interest-based advertising or…more

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