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U.S. Navy Announces Breach of 134,386 Sailors’ Information from Laptop of Vendor

The U.S. Navy has revealed that it has been notified by one of its vendors that a laptop of the contractor was the source of a data breach that compromised the names and Social Security numbers of 134,386 current and former U.S. Navy…more

What to Do and What to Know Upon Separation: A Lot More Than You May Have Thought

The Marital Home - Separation usually occurs when one party moves out of the marital home with no intent to return to the marriage. When that occurs, the spouse remaining has certain rights and protections, as does the spouse…more

Court Rejects Challenge To Internal Affairs Doctrine

Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. is a publicly traded company that is incorporated in Bermuda. Marvell’s U.S. operating subsidiary is based in California. A year ago, an institutional stockholder filed a derivative suit against Marvell…more

Chartreuse Color Trademark on the Loose

We’ve written a lot about single color trademarks here over the years. Weems, the owner of the Flexilla brand has unleashed its federally-registered chartreuse-colored non-traditional trademark for “compressed air hoses” against Plews…more

Courts are Trending Toward Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination under Federal Law

Two recent court decisions highlight the ongoing struggle by federal courts to determine whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation…more

Off the Grid: TCPA Class Action Settlement for Energy Utility Company

Utility companies continue to face ongoing litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) that can arise from the use of automated communications with customers for purposes of marketing, customer servicing and…more

New Electronic Reporting Rule for Workplace Injuries in Effect

OSHA’s new rule requiring employers to electronically submit data on workplace injuries and illnesses went into effect yesterday, December 1, 2016. Actual electronic submissions to OSHA, however, do not begin until July 2017…more

2016: A Full Bouquet of Wine Fraud

The rapid growth of the international wine market has given rise to a simultaneous growth in wine fraud. The burgeoning demand, especially in China, has exposed all players—collectors, investors, vineyards, distributors, and auction…more

Recent Developments in Proxy Access

As the 2017 proxy season begins to unfold, proxy access continues to be a focus of shareholder proposals. Last year, companies that had already adopted mainstream proxy access bylaws, or that were planning to put mainstream proxy…more

District of New Hampshire Denies Remand Under CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception

On November 30th, in Brown v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., United States District Judge Joseph Laplante of the District of New Hampshire denied plaintiffs’ motion to remand two related class action lawsuits based on…more

Pennsylvania’s New Oil and Gas Regulations for Unconventional Wells – Part 2: Recent developments; waste management, impoundments, and secondary containment; site restoration

Part 1 of this Client Alert provided background on Pennsylvania’s new regulations for unconventional oil and gas wells – published on October 8, 2016 as Chapter 78a (the “Chapter 78a Regulations”) – and highlighted sections involving…more

Reverse Discrimination Protections Do Not Include Family Relationship with Alleged Racist

Title VII’s discrimination prohibitions include actions taken against white employees based on their race. Last month in an unusual, unpublished decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that reverse discrimination…more

UMass Amherst Settles HIPAA Violations with OCR for $650,000

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle an investigation against it as a result of a malware infection for $650,000, along with implementing a Corrective…more

Run for Cover: Here Comes the Blockchain!

Blockchain, most notably linked to Bitcoin, is very much a technology on the rise. Blockchain has recently made its way to Wall Street, with the largest financial institutions clamoring to partner with buzzing fintech startups to gain…more

DOJ Publishes Final Rule Requiring Movie Theaters Nationwide to Provide Closed Captioning and Audio Description

Seyfarth Synopsis: DOJ published regulations today requiring that movie theaters throughout the United States provide closed captioning and audio description to patrons with disabilities for digital movies distributed with these…more

Toxic Substances and Control Act Overhaul

Under the recently amended Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA), EPA is bound by new requirements and enforceable timetables to complete risk assessments for chemicals manufactured, distributed and imported to the United…more

Ranbaxy and AstraZeneca Prevail in Nexium® Pay-For-Delay Case

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a 2014 jury verdict for AstraZeneca (AZ) and Ranbaxy regarding a 2012 payment of $700 million from AstraZeneca for Ranbaxy to abandon its challenge to patents…more

Clothes Make the Man; They Sometimes Make the Trademark

Costumes and uniforms may be distinctive of a business, and thus may function as a trademark or service mark, identifying the business and distinguishing it from other business…more

CIS Announces New Rule Impacting Employment-based Nonimmigrants and Immigrants

USCIS has published a final rule focused on the retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 immigrant workers and the improvement of existing temporary visa programs for high-skilled nonimmigrant workers. The new rule takes effect on January 17…more

Opt Ins are Out (of Luck) Appealing Decertification

With all the drama of a get-away chase, the Third Circuit recently brought to a screeching halt plaintiffs’ counsel’s elaborate maneuvers to end run repeated decertification of their FLSA actions, and held as a matter of first…more

Litigation Update: Amgen and Sandoz Stipulate to Dismiss ‘784 Patent

The parties in Amgen v. Sandoz (N.D. Cal.) (filgrastim, pegfilgrastim) have submitted a joint stipulation to dismiss, without prejudice, Amgen’s U.S. Patent No. 5,824,784 patent from the litigation. The ‘784 patent is directed to…more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – December, 2016

Dear Legal Mailbag: Last week, I met a lovely couple who stopped by my office to visit. They live just down the street from my school and they are homeschooling their two children who would otherwise be in grades 2 and…more

México: Incremento al salario mínimo por el año 2017

El 1 de diciembre de 2016, la Comisión Nacional de los Salarios Mínimos (CONASAMI) acordó por unanimidad otorgar un aumento constituido por el Monto Independiente de Recuperación (MIR) por la cantidad de $4.00 pesos diarios al salario…more

Update To DMCA’s Safe Harbor Agent Designations

Internet service providers keen on preserving the safe harbor provisions contained in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) should take note: the U.S. Copyright Office has developed an online system for designating agents for…more

HHS Issues Warning About Phishing Campaign Disguised As Official Communication

As part of its efforts to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) engages in audits of covered entities and…more

SEC, United Settle Internal Controls Case

When the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was passed, a key portion of the statute centered on the books and records and internal control provisions written by the Commission. While the bribery provisions only apply to foreign officials…more

Municipalities Must Pay Refunds from Dissolved TIF Districts

The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld a trial court’s ruling that property tax refunds from a dissolved TIF District must be paid by the municipality, not by the other affected taxing agencies. The case, Village of Arlington…more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Tough Questions You Must Discuss Before You Take the Money - VCs and the founders should get on the same page before signing on the dotted line…more

Clickable Content: Don’t Measure Success Solely By SEO

A myopic focus on SEO might eventually get you ranking well in search, but that's not the same thing as inspiring people to actually click on your content…more

College May Have Averted Flag Debacle If They'd Consulted Stan Rosenberg

The brain trust that runs Hampshire College in Amherst thought it would be a good idea to lower the American flag to half-mast on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the day after Trump’s victory, “as an expression of grief over the violent deaths…more

U.S. DOL Appeals Texas Injunction of FLSA Salary Regs

As we previously reported, a federal judge in Texas recently issued a nationwide injunction putting a halt to regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which would have doubled the minimum salary needed to satisfy the…more

Sponsors Shouldn’t Wait to Find Answers To Challenges of Unwinding the ACA

A great deal has already been written about how easy or difficult it would be to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, but what would the elimination of President Barack Obama’s hallmark health legislation mean for employee benefit plan…more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Issues New Digital Form I-9

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has announced a revised Form I-9. The old Form I-9 may only be used until Jan. 21, 2017, but employers are urged to transition to the new digital version of the form as soon as…more

It’s Game Time for Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard

For the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), time may have finally run out on their continued efforts to operate a gaming facility on Martha’s Vineyard. Tomorrow, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, will hear…more

[Video]The Bribery Act: To Disclose or Not To Disclose?

In this video interview, Barry Vitou (www.thebriberyact.com), Partner, Pinsent Masons, and head of their Global Corporate Crime Team, addresses: • His initial interest in global anti-corruption issues. • The role and mandate of…more

Eleventh Circuit Confirms Scope of Original Jurisdiction Under Class Action Fairness Act

In Wright Transportation, Inc. v. Pilot Corporation, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit considered whether a district court retains original jurisdiction over state law claims following the dismissal of class…more

Exemption Rules Appeal Won't Be Resolved Before Obama Leaves Office

It looks like the U.S. Department of Labor’s appeal of the order blocking the new overtime exemption rules won’t be decided before President Obama leaves office. Under the Court of Appeals’ regular rules, the DOL’s opening brief would…more

CFPB Issues Rigorous New Guidance to Financial Services Industry Regarding Sales Incentives

The compliance burdens being placed on institutions to monitor all aspects of product sales will require a substantial expansion of the types and scope of reporting that are done for product sales. On November 28, the Consumer…more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Will Convene Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - The First Regular Session of the 128th Maine…more

Mexico Increases Daily Minimum Wage, Effective January 1, 2017

On December 1, 2016, the National Minimum Wages Commission (CONASAMI) unanimously approved two new increases to the minimum wage. The first increase, consisting of $4.00 Mexican pesos per day, has been designated as an “independent…more

5 Places to Meet a New Client During the Holidays

The holiday season, and its social opportunities, will be over before you know it…more

Comptroller of the Currency Moves Forward to Create a Special Purpose National Bank Charter

On December 02, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry announced that the OCC “will move forward with chartering financial technology companies that offer bank products and services and meet our high standards and chartering…more

Resistance Is Futile: CMS Gets Serious About Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotics and similar drugs, known more broadly as antimicrobial agents, are an instrumental weapon in the healthcare armory, rendering once-lethal infections treatable, and dramatically reducing instances of sepsis and secondary…more

Scotus Grants Cert To Review Lexmark V. Impression

On December 2, 2016, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the en banc decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Lexmark v. Impression. The Federal Circuit held that, unlike the situation in U.S…more

Update on Electricity Rate Relief Program for Ontario Businesses

The expansion of Ontario’s Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) to provide electricity rate relief to more businesses comes into effect on January 1, 2017. Businesses who want to participate in the expanded ICI program must provide…more

Evolution of eDiscovery Automation – Looking Back and Looking Forward: eDiscovery Trends

How has eDiscovery automation technology evolved over the years?  Where is it headed?  What is the current state of acceptance for Technology Assisted Review (TAR) within courts and within the bar?  How do the different TAR approaches…more

Federal Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction on OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Regulation

On Nov. 28, 2016 a federal judge in Texas cleared the way for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new anti-retaliation regulation to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, at least temporarily (Texo ABC/AGC, Inc., et al…more

6 estate planning techniques for blended families

A “blended family” is more than just a staple of TV sitcoms. Today, it’s not unusual for a household to include children and even grandchildren from prior marriages, as well as adopted family members or same-sex couples. These various…more

Abestos Alert: Government Contractor Defense Available to Broker Which Arranged for Asbestos-Containing Insulation to Be Provided to Navy

California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (November 22, 2016) - The Government Contractor defense is available in asbestos lawsuits brought against manufacturers and suppliers of military hardware and equipment. The…more

Proposed Legislation Could Extend Geoblocking Restrictions to Traders’ Unilateral Conduct

On 28 November, the Council of the EU (‘Council’) reached an agreement (‘Common Position’) on the draft Regulation intended to ban “unjustified” geo-blocking and other discriminatory practices that prevent end user customers from…more

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