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USPTO Issues Memorandum Regarding Enfish and TLI

On the heels of the Federal Circuit handing down two subject matter eligibility decisions regarding software, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a memo to its examining corps regarding these cases. On May 12, in…more

FDA Publishes Final Rule for Protection Against Intentional Adulteration as Part of Food Safety Modernization Act

FDA has published as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) a final rule concerning mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration. The rule will require domestic and foreign food facilities that are…more

Non-GAAP measures - expecting an SEC crackdown

During the past few months, members of the SEC staff have been foreshadowing a renewed focus on enforcement of reporting of financial metrics and the use of “non-GAAP” financial measures by companies in the capital raising process, in…more

Second Circuit Highlights Splits on Nominative Trademark Fair Use

The Second Circuit disagrees with sister circuits and rejects arguments that nominative fair use is an affirmative defense that is available even when confusion is likely and that the traditional nominative fair use analysis supplants…more

New Guidance From FFIEC on Mobile Financial Services

Examiners will be paying more attention to mobile financial services (MFS) using new guidance recently issued by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)…more

EEOC Unveils Final Rules for Employer Wellness Programs

On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two rules specifying how employer-sponsored wellness plans can comply with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Americans with…more

Potential Impact of ‘Brexit’ on Arbitration

As we stand only weeks away from the United Kingdom’s referendum on a potential cleaving from the European Union, economists and politicians are busy analyzing the potential effects of either decision; there are also potential…more

Brumley v. Albert E. Brumley & Sons Inc. - USCA, Sixth Circuit, May 16, 2016

Sixth Circuit concludes that author’s 1975 assignment of gospel song “I’ll Fly Away” was subject to 2008 termination notice, notwithstanding subsequent 1979 assignment of rights by late composer’s wife…more

Supporting the power of your brand

Your brand is valuable, and it needs to be strong. DLA Piper’s lawyers provide guidance to help you protect your brand, your marks and your company throughout the business life cycle. See some of our most popular pieces..…more

A review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework: have your say

On 25 May, the Insolvency Service published a consultation paper on options for reform of the UK's corporate insolvency regime. Their impetus is for the UK to remain at the forefront of insolvency best practice to ensure businesses…more

Court Report - May 2016 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc. 3:16-cv-02703; filed May 18, 2016 in the Northern District of…more

FTC Wins Stay of Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Pending Appeal in Third Circuit

The Third Circuit granted on Tuesday the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) request for an injunction pending appeal of the proposed merger between Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health System. The injunction comes…more

FERC Upholds and Clarifies Reforms to Market-Based Rate Program

The clarifications address concerns from market participants but leave some questions unanswered. On May 19, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued Order No. 816-A, which upholds and clarifies the…more

Need some "specificity" in your proxy card? New SEC interpretation

The SEC's Division of Corporation Finance has issued a new interpretation related to the form of proxy requirements. The interpretation relates to the specificity with which an issuer must describe a Rule 14a-8 shareholder proposal on…more

Class Dismissed . . . But not Quite: Supreme Court to Review Appealability of Class Certification Denials When Plaintiffs Voluntarily Dismiss Case

Does a federal court have jurisdiction to review an order denying class certification after the named plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss their claims with prejudice? That is the question the Supreme Court will consider in Microsoft Corp…more

Russian Resident Individuals to Report on Foreign Accounts by 1 June 2016

Readers will recall, in 2014 Russian lawmakers amended RF Law No. 173-FZ On Currency Regulations and Currency Control dated 10 December 2003 (the CCL) to require Russian resident individuals (RRIs) to report on the movements of funds…more

“It’s a Match!”

Can techniques for finding a good date be used to find a good job or a good candidate? Some creators of recruiting technology think so. The recruiting app Switch uses a Tinder-like tool to match hiring managers and potential job…more

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The Democratic Race Winds Down

Mark, Howard and Blake discuss the state of the Democratic race. Also, Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, co-chairs of Cozen O'Connor's State AG practice, discuss the State AG races…more

The Silicon Valley Initiative – unicorns in SEC’s line of sight: action items

SEC Chair Mary Jo White and a delegation of officials from the SEC traveled to Silicon Valley early this spring to deliver a shot across the bow to technology and healthcare businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and their advisers…more

Southern District Still Screams For Ice Cream – And Attorneys’ Fees – In Master Softee Trademark Dispute

Memorial Day weekend is coming, marking the unofficial start of summer. The Southern District of New York has marked the occasion by entering a judgment for attorneys’ fees and costs against Mister Softee copycat, Master Softee. As…more

Texas appeals court: LLCs and partnerships are not "corporations" against which attorneys' fees can be awarded

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Alta Mesa Holdings, L.P. v. Ives, No. 14–14–00739–CV, 2016 WL 1534007 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Apr. 14, 2016) has reversed an award of attorneys’ fees granted by a trial court pursuant to…more

Alberta's Bill 20: Climate Leadership Implementation Act

The Alberta Government introduced Bill 20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, on May 24, 2016. The Bill proposes a carbon levy on fuel consumption and marks the Government’s first step towards executing Alberta’s Climate…more

PowerPoint Slides: Labor and Employment Issues for Investment Management Companies and Hedge Funds

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak hosted a webinar for West LegalEdcenter to discuss labor and employment issues for investment management companies and hedge funds. Mr. Nowak was joined by Pepper partner Richard J. Reibstein as…more

2016 Tennessee Legislative Update

In its latest session, the Tennessee Legislature passed four bills that affect Tennessee public and private employers’ workplace policies and procedures…more

The Evolution of Marketplace Lending

Marketplace lending in the U.S. continues to evolve at a rapid pace as a result of legal and regulatory developments and market forces. In particular: - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently ramped up its focus on…more

Podcast on Labor and Employment Issues for Investment Management Companies and Hedge Funds

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak hosted a webinar for West LegalEdcenter to discuss labor and employment issues for investment management companies and hedge funds. Mr. Nowak was joined by Pepper partner Richard J. Reibstein as…more

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Types of Fraud Which May Bar a Bankruptcy Discharge

The Supreme Court has rewarded creditors and their attorneys with a decision expanding the kinds of “actual fraud” which will prevent the discharge of a bankruptcy debtor. Some lower courts had held that to prevent a discharge for the…more

Marijuana in the Workplace

The recent passage of marijuana-use legislation in states around the country raises new issues for employees and employers alike. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia permit some form of "legalized" marijuana. Eight of…more

Don’t Get Tripped Up By Hobby Loss Rules

The “hobby loss” rules of Internal Revenue Code Section 183 are commonly overlooked limitations that restrict the amount of loss a taxpayer may claim from an “activity not engaged in for profit” – i.e., a hobby. The definition of these…more

Legal Update: Anti-Hazing Act

On May 24, 2016, Governor Wolf signed legislation expanding existing anti-hazing laws applicable to post-secondary institutions to now include public and private school students in grades 7 through 12. House Bill 1574 includes a number…more

IP Alert: "Filing a Patent Complaint May Have Become More Difficult"

Effective December 1, 2015, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 84 and its Appendix of Forms were repealed, including Form 18, which provided a generic complaint for patent infringement. Previously, a direct infringement claim could…more

A Proposition 65 Violation May Be Lurking in Your Cash Register Receipt

Many consumer-facing businesses have learned to identify high-risk Prop 65 targets: soft, flexible plastics; faux and colored leathers; and any kind of brass or metal that may contain lead or other heavy metals. But businesses need…more

When Anything Less than 95% is a Failing Grade: An Update on the Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

As a reminder, effective January 1, 2016, employers must offer minimum essential coverage to 95% or more (up from 70% or more for 2015) of their full-time employees and their dependents each month or pay a very steep penalty. Missing…more

Smith & Nephew Sells Its Gynecology Business for $350 Million

Smith & Nephew recently announced that it will sell its gynecology business to Medtronic for $350 million. As part of the sale, Medtronic will obtain Smith & Nephew’s key gynecological surgical solution, called the TRUCLEAR System…more

The new and improved adjudication pilot scheme for professional negligence claims

Last night (25 May 2016), Dentons hosted an event at One Fleet Place to launch the revised Adjudication Pilot Scheme for Professional Negligence Claims. Lord Justice Briggs delivered the keynote address. Background to the relaunch…more

FRANCHISOR 101: State Bills re Franchisor Joint Employer Liability

With franchisors deeply concerned about joint liability for franchisee employees, more states are passing laws trying to prevent that from happening. Here are some states and measures that have passed: Texas enacted Senate Bill…more

Beyond Breach: Challenges in Cybersecurity & Coverage

Some of the biggest threats to cybersecurity involve controlling, damaging and interrupting systems, denying access to critical data and destroying data; “breach” not so much. Organizations need to make sure that their security…more

Accountable Care, Non-Profit Status and the Dangerous Ripple Effect it May Cause

On April 8, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Private Letter Ruling (PLR) 201615022, which denied tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status to a commercial accountable care organization (ACO). This ruling marks the first time the IRS…more

ICSC RECon 2016 – Holding Court

ICSC RECon 2016 tipped off with a keynote address by Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises and former NBA superstar. Attendance was up by about 2.7 percent from last year, with around 36,000 attendees…more

DOL and Treasury Update 2015-2016 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda. This…more

6 Video SEO Tips that Can Help a Lawyer’s Presence in Search

Video is an excellent way to get more exposure in search and it can often be repurposed for different SEO strategies. Whether your firm already produces a lot of video or you’re looking for new ways to get more traffic from Google…more

Interagency Guidance Issued Regarding Deposit Reconciliation Practices

Federal banking agencies have advised financial institutions to adopt deposit reconciliation policies and practices for customer accounts, and to effectively manage the institution’s deposit reconciliation practices to comply with…more

Alta Ski Area conduit micro-hydro project

Alta Ski Area has proposed developing a micro-hydropower project along an existing pipeline, and hopes to benefit from a streamlined regulatory process. Federal regulators have made a preliminary determination that the proposed Alta…more

Noodles & Company alerts customers of credit card compromise

According to Noodles & Company (“Noodles”), it received information from Visa that Visa cards used by customers at its fast-food chains since January have “possibly” been compromised. It is presently investigating unusual activity…more

International Crackdown: Tax Authorities Look to Employment Structures in Initiating Audits

In structuring their workforces abroad, taxes are a major driving force for employers—and if recent government initiatives are any indicator, employers should take care when considering the tax implications of their staffing decisions…more

Securities Industry Employment Arbitration

In the securities industry, the majority of all employment disputes are resolved through binding arbitration. This mandatory arbitration system is managed through a unique industry forum under the self-regulatory entity Financial…more

TPA Agreement Filing and Compliance Requirements

The NAIC Model Third Party Administrator Act and almost every state that has enacted laws regulating TPAs require such agreements to comply with the following..…more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.27.16

New evidence uncovered by the digital security firm Symantec suggests that the recent series of Swift-based bank hacks may be linked to North Korea in what “appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks for…more

9th Circuit Narrows Grounds For Vacating Labor Arbitration Awards

Finding that some of its previous pronouncements were leading district court judges astray, the Ninth Circuit clarified its precedent regarding the scope of review of labor arbitration awards. “We conclude that it is time for us to…more

The How Question in Due Diligence

What is satisfactory due diligence under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)? That question seems to be more important after the Huffington Post’s story on Unaoil and the subsequent release of the Panama Papers. However, both of…more

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