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CMS Releases Final Payment Rules (IPPS, IRF, LTCHs, Hospice, and Psych): At the end of last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a set of final 2016 payment rules affecting acute care hospitals and other…more
We have frequently commented on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) expansion and creation of sweeping protections to employees engaging in union organizing and other activities protected under the National Labor Relations Act…more
On August 3, 2015, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) published a new poster. According to OFCCP, the Outreach and Education poster is the result of “feedback received during stakeholder listening sessions.”…more
Fetal DNA Test Cannot Give Birth to a Patent - Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., et al. v. Sequenom Inc., et al.
Addressing the issue of patent eligibility of a pre-natal testing invention, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed the district court’s judgement of invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 101 with respect to a…more
ESRB Reports on EMIR - The European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) has published two reports relating to EMIR (the Regulation on OTC derivative transactions, central counterparties and trade repositories) to assist the European…more
The Illinois Attorney General Offers To Settle False Claims Act Cases Against Wineries - Just as Reed Smith Obtains Private Letter Rulings Calling Legal Theory Underlying Cases Into Question
On July 23, 2015, the Illinois attorney general issued a group settlement proposal to the defendants in its Illinois False Claims Act (“IFCA”) prosecutions of numerous out-of-state wineries. For at least the last decade, the Attorney…more
1. WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? In the past, foreign investment in China was highly regulated. However, following China’s entry into WTO in 2001, governmental…more
On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published proposed regulations governing policies and payments made under the 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (the Proposed Rule). Notably, the Proposed Rule includes…more
Undeterred by the recent drops in commodity prices, Senegal is on the verge of introducing its new mining code, which has been a work in progress since 2012 when proposals were first made to revise the current mining code which was…more
Last Monday night the Senate passed HB 774, Restoring Proper Justice Act, 33-16. According to HB 744’s supporters, the bill will allow executions to resume in the state. The last execution occurred in 2006…more
Many of the highest-profile and headline-catching data breaches involve external breaches of a company’s electronic systems. But the reality that these headlines obscure is the fact that internal data breaches are generally more…more
In EEOC v. Northern Star Hospitality, Inc., No. 12-CV-214 (W.D. Wis.), a case we have blogged about previously here, Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin imposed contempt sanctions on…more