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Massachusetts Determination of Need Proposed Regulations

On August 23, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (“DPH”) proposed a major revision of its Determination of Need (“DoN”) regulations, 105 CMR 100.00, and held the first of two public hearings on the proposed amendments…more

SEC Brings Second Whistleblower Retaliation Case

The SEC has brought its second case for retaliation against a whistleblower against International Game Technology. According to the SEC, the whistleblower, a director of an IGT division, started working at IGT in 2008 and received…more

It's Time For Your Buy-Sell Checkup!

Shareholders, Partners and/or LLC members of any closely-held or family-held company should check the buy-sell formula contained in their Shareholder Agreement (sometimes called a Buy-Sell Agreement), Partnership Agreement or Operating…more

Proskauer Joins Heads of SEC & OSHA Whistleblower Programs in Webinar

On September 27, 2016, Proskauer Partner Steven J. Pearlman, co-head of the Whistleblowing & Retaliation Practice Group, participated in a Bloomberg webinar with Jane Norberg, Acting Chief of the SEC Office of the Whistleblower…more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Are Not Agents of the Government Under the False Claims Act

In United States ex rel. Adams v. Aurora Loan Servs., 813 F.3d 1259 (9th Cir. 2016), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Relators False Claims Act (“FCA”) complaint, holding that the Federal National Mortgage…more

[Video]This Week in FCPA-Epiode 24, the SCCE Edition

Show Notes for Episode 24, week ending September 30, 2016-the SCCE Edition 1. Misonix discloses possible FCPA violations, 2. The Anheuser-Busch InBev SEC FCPA enforcement action, 3. Och-Ziff SEC FCPA enforcement action, click…more

Energy Sector Alert Series: The Future of Energy and Environment Policy Under a Clinton or Trump Presidency

Over the next eight weeks, we will provide a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector in a series of alerts. In this series, lawyers from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from cybersecurity…more

It's beginning to feel a lot like the 2017 revaluation

Businesses up and down the land will be waking up today with the excitement of a six-year-old on Christmas morning. Today, the Valuation Office Agency releases the draft Rateable Value assessments it has made for all of the assessed…more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.30.16

NY hedge fund Och-Ziff has agreed to pay a $413 million fine as part of a deferred-prosecution agreement with US regulators over allegations that it was involved in the payment of more than $100 million in bribes to African officials…more

Loi Travail : sécurisation des forfaits jours

Labour law provides a number of adjustments to secure, now, annual annual working days in relation to the case raised requirements in recent years. 1. On 10 August 2016, new clauses must be provided by enterprise agreements…more

Massachusetts Releases 2017 Acute Hospital Request for Applications and Contract

On August 24, 2016, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (“EOHHS”) released the Rate Year 2017 Acute Hospital Request for Applications and Contract (“RY17 RFA”), which establishes the rates, reimbursement…more

Indiana Court Addresses Enforceability of Retroactive Date

In its recent decision in Debbie Sunshine v. General Star Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131213 (S.D. Ind. Sept. 26, 2016), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana had occasion to consider the…more

House of Representatives Passes Bill to Delay Overtime Rule Effective Date

On September 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6094 Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act by a vote of 246 to 177. This bill would delay the December 1, 2016 effective date of the new…more

Supreme Court to Review Whether “Offensive” Names Can Be Trademarked

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to review the Federal Circuit’s decision to strike down the Lanham Act’s ban on “disparaging” trademarks. The case, Lee v. Tam, No. 15-1293, involved an Asian American dance-rock band’s attempt to…more

This Week In Securities Litigation

As the government fiscal year draws to an end, the Commission filed a series of enforcement actions. Those included two insider trading cases, an action alleging violations of the whistleblower provisions, another against a community…more

Brexit and Data Protection: The Impact on GDPR Compliance

As we wait for the UK to decide what arrangement it will seek with the European Union (the "EU") when it leaves, it may be useful to focus on what Brexit may mean for data protection. Two months after the European Parliament voted…more

Joining Connecticut, Paid Sick Leave Now Mandated for Federal Contractors

As Connecticut employers of a certain size know, Connecticut implemented Paid Sick Leave recently which affords employees up to five days off a year. Now, federal contractors (including those in Connecticut) have another layer to deal…more

U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver Is Accepting Initial H-1B Visa Applications From Third Country Nationals

Recently, the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver, Canada confirmed to the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Department of State Liaison Committee that it will accept nonimmigrant visa applications by third country nationals…more

New Orleans Federal Court Dismisses Relators’ Improper Billing Claims against FEMA Temporary Housing Contractor Due to Insufficient Evidence

On September 14, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted a government contractor’s summary judgment motion and dismissed a lawsuit brought against it by False Claims Act relators…more

BIS Ends Encryption Registration Requirement and Announces Other Amendments to Encryption Rules (IRB No. 550)

On September 21, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced various and wide-ranging amendments to the encryption rules in the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). Some of the changes in the amended rules loosen…more

FDIC Publishes Community Banker Product Guide Resource

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has published multiple resources to help community bankers learn more about single-family housing products offered by federal agencies and government-sponsored enterprises. The…more

CA Governor Signs Bill Allowing Actors to Delete Their Age from Online Profiles

On September 24, 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1687 – a measure aimed at preventing age discrimination against film, television, and other professionals in the entertainment industry whose ages could be viewed by…more

Privacy Tip #54 – Keep Student Data Safe

In the past few years, we have seen the explosion of “big data,” “data analytics,” “data aggregation,” “predictive modeling,” and “data breaches.” None of these terms existed when I graduated from law school. We have seen…more

This Cold Bud Is For You: SEC Sanctions Anheuser-Busch for “Chilling” Employee from Communicating with SEC

On September 28, 2016, the SEC announced that Anheuser-Busch agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dodd-Frank whistleblower violations. The SEC’s order stated that AB InBev violated the FCPA…more

Worker entitled to asbestos records for government building he worked in, but not list of employees in building

A worker was entitled to asbestos records for the government building he worked in. However, he was not entitled to a list of government employees who worked in the building and therefore who may have been exposed to asbestos, a B.C…more

Defense Lawyers Beware: Failure to Supplement Answers to Interrogatories Estopped Insurer from Relying on Coverage Limitation

How often do you hear defense attorneys say, “I’m not interested in anything related to coverage. That’s not my concern.” From a coverage lawyer’s perspective, this is a dangerous position, both ethically and legally. Recently, an…more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Amendments to Department of Defense (“DOD”) Mentor-Protégé Program DOD has issued a proposed rule which will amend the DFARS to implement Section 861 of the NDAA 2016, which provides amendments to the DOD…more

EEOC Announces Approval of Revised EEO-1 Report

On September 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that starting in March 2018, it will collect summary employee pay data from certain employers on revised EEO-1 Reports. The announcement comes upon…more

Court Orders Entry of Final Judgment of Invalidity in Ongoing Janssen v. Celltrion BPCIA Dispute

A number of new developments arose this past week in the ongoing litigation between Celltrion and Janssen. (C.A. No. 1:15-cv-10698, D. Mass.) As discussed, the dispute centers around Inflectra®, which is Celltrion’s FDA approved…more

New Jersey Bill Seeks to Prevent Employers from Obtaining and Using Applicant Salary History

Two New Jersey state senators have introduced a bill that would prohibit employers from asking applicants about their previous salaries and from using that information to make decisions about compensation. See Assembly Bill 4110. The…more

European Commission Challenges Sports Governing Body’s Non-Compete Rules

The European Commission (“Commission”) this week sent a statement of objections to the International Skating Union (“ISU”) alleging that its rules, which impose severe penalties on skaters who participate in events not authorised by…more

Use of Credit Information for Employment Screening

Background checks for employment screening purposes may contain different information. Most common would be the use of criminal history information, but there are times when an employer requests that their background screening vendor…more

USCIS Proposes a New Rule for International Entrepreneurs, October Visa Bulletin, and More...

On August 26, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed new rule for international entrepreneurs. Under the rule, entrepreneurs will be considered for parole (temporary permission to be…more

SBA to Start Accepting Mentor-Protégé Applications

On Oct.1, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. This program has been several years in the making and follows authorizations in the Small…more

California Enacts Laws Aimed at Choice of Law Provisions in Arbitration Agreements and the Conduct of Arbitral Proceedings

Given California’s past resistance to mandatory arbitration agreements with class action waivers, it should come as no surprise that the state has now enacted two laws primarily directed at arbitration. On Sept. 25, Governor Jerry…more

The Federal Securities Pay-to-Play Regulatory Framework is Complete - A Primer for Financial Services Firms

On September 20, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued two orders effectively completing the federal pay-to-play regulatory framework for investment advisers, municipal advisors, underwriters of municipal…more

Patience and Perseverance Paves the Way for Air-izona

John Quincy Adams is credited with saying: “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” This is certainly apropos for Arizona in light of recent federal actions regarding…more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Decides a Novel CERCLA Issue: When Is the Current Owner Not the Current Owner?

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a decision on an aspect of CERCLA for which it found almost no prior court precedent – the temporal aspect of the term “current owner or operator” – holding that…more

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

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