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Privacy Tuesday: July 2014 #3

We are now officially in the throes of “midsummer” on this Privacy Tuesday. And, on occasion in the data privacy world, we agree with Will Shakespeare’s words….“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”…more

Patent-Eligible Subject Matter in the United States

The United States Patent statute provides that utility patents may be granted for the invention of any new and useful process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter or any new useful improvement thereof…more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the state…more

New Definition of Waters Protected Under the Clean Water Act Proposed

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have proposed a new rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA)…more

FERC Proposes to Approve NERC Physical Security Standard

In proposing to approve NERC’s new Physical Security Reliability Standard, FERC also seeks the ability to identify facilities that must be protected…more

Brand Protection in China

Important new amendments to the Trademark Law and The Implementing Regulations of Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China came into effect on May 1, 2014, as mentioned in our earlier publication China Adopts First Changes in…more

Data for the Taking: Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Combat Web Scraping

“Web scraping” or “web harvesting”—the practice of extracting large amounts of data from publicly available websites using automated “bots” or “spiders”—accounted for 18% of site visitors and 23% of all Internet traffic in 2013…more

General Motors Has Set A New Precedence For Auto Recalls This Year

General Motors (GM) has set a new precedence for auto recalls this year, as the first cavalcade of auto recalls quickly turned the safety notices into background noise ignored by many of the effected car owners. GM started the…more

Oops, Insurer’s Poorly Drafted Language Applied As Written; Double Oops, Insured Can’t Complain When New York Law is Applied After It Chose to Reject Missouri Tax

An insured under an errors and omissions policy gives timely notice of circumstances during the policy period in effect when it first became aware of its potential civil liability. The E&O insurer acknowledges notice…more

Last Week at the FEC: Opinion Requested on Credit Card Rewards Programs for Political Committee Contributions

Last week, the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but released two Advisory Opinion Requests (AORs) and the results of several enforcement actions. Earlier in the month, the Commission’s Office of Inspector General released its…more

NAVEX Global 2014 Training Benchmarking Report Webinar: Top Takeaways & Questions

We recently hosted a webinar, “Priorities, Practices and Trends in Training” to discuss the findings from our NAVEX Global 2014 Ethics and Compliance Training Benchmark Report. Some of the key findings from the report, which we…more

United States Supreme Court Issues Decision In Noel Canning; Ruling Invalidates Over 700 NLRB Decisions

On June 26, 2014, the United States Supreme Court finally issued its long-awaited ruling in Noel Canning. As previously reported in The Fast Laner here and here, several courts had ruled that the decisions of the National Labor…more

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