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In Heien the US Supreme Court Upholds Seizure and Search of Motorist even though the Basis for the Stop was Incorrect

On the morning of April 29, 2009, Sergeant Matt Darisse of the Surry County Sheriff ’s Department sat in his patrol car near Dobson, North Carolina, observing northbound traffic on Interstate 77. Shortly before 8 a.m., a Ford Escort…more

FSOC Seeks Comment About Risks Posed by Hedge Funds and Other Asset Managers

The Financial Stability Oversight Council, or FSOC, voted on December 18, 2014 to release a notice seeking public comment regarding potential risks to U.S. financial stability from asset management products and activities, including…more

Disaster and Pandemic Planning for Employers – A Primer

The only thing certain about disasters and pandemics is that they are uncertain. You never know who, what, where, why and when they will strike. But whatever the cause, a disaster or pandemic can have a serious impact on a company, its…more

FINRA Sanctions Member Firm for Failure to Deliver ETF Prospectuses

FINRA recently sanctioned a broker-dealer (the “Firm”) for failure to deliver prospectuses in connection with its sale of ETFs. FINRA also found that the Firm failed to implement a supervisory system reasonably designed to achieve…more

TRIA Extension Fails: An Initial Guide to Next Steps

To the surprise of many, Congress failed to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 ("TRIA"), which is set to expire at the end of this year. Many hope that TRIA in some form will be re-authorized early in 2015 and, while there…more

FCC Releases NPRM to Ensure Reliable Backup Power

The FCC seeks comment on multiple issues, including ensuring reliable backup power for consumers of IP-based voice and data services…more

CMS Issues Rewards and Incentive Guidance to MA Plans

On December 4, 2014, CMS issued additional guidance regarding rewards and incentives programs (“RI Programs”). This guidance elaborates on whether an RI Program can target members with specific diseases, whether rewards can be tied to…more

PTAB Will Not Review Contract Issues Even if They Relate to Standing

Whether a Petitioner breached a contract, that limited its ability to challenge a patent, is an issue outside the purview of the PTAB, per a recent decision in Ford Motor Company v. Paice LLC & The Abell Foundation, Inc.…more

To Sue or Not to Sue: That Is the Trade Secret Question

You have just learned that a senior member of the company research and development team has resigned. The employee had access to important confidential information about your company’s product development, manufacturing process…more

Blog: How Many Hours Does It Take To Create Pay-Ratio Rules?

The WSJ is reporting that the SEC staff has spent an aggregate of 7,196 hours since 2011 working on the development of the still-in-the-proposal-stage pay-ratio disclosure rules required under Dodd-Frank…more

FCC Captioning Quality Rules Likely to Be Effective Mid-March

The FCC is expected to announce soon that the bulk of its new closed captioning quality rules will take effect on March 16, 2015, rather than January 15, as originally projected. The specific rules at issue, which were originally…more

Department of Justice Releases Report on Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Women

Late last week, a Special Report on Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females (“Report”), for the period 1995-2013, was issued. The results are based on information taken from the U.S. Department of Justice…more

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