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Aviation Newsletter January 2015

European Aviation Newsletter - January 2015 : two interesting decisions have recently been rendered at European level. The first one deals with consumers’ protection and the type of information that have to be displayed by a…more

Partner Development, Compensation and Soylent Green

Partner Development, Compensation and Soylent Green At the beginning of one’s career as a lawyer, you set upon a course of being a “good soldier”, doing what the system asks of you in the profession’s self described “tournament” style…more

“Plain” Advice to Retirement Plan Sponsors

I don’t know about you, most of the advice I got growing up was usually wrong. Maybe some very unsuccessful people surrounded me when I was younger, but advice can be biased and self-serving at times. The best advice I would ever get…more

What Is Constructive Trust In Real Estate Litigation?

Constructive trust could be an effective tool when a real estate plaintiff wants to obtain title to a real property. Through constructive trust the court will compel the defendant to convey title to the plaintiff, the rightful owner…more

A New Kind of Architecture: The President’s New Agenda on Cybersecurity

If you watched President Obama’s State of the Union Address on January 20, you know that passing comprehensive cybersecurity legislation will be a central focus during his final two years in office. The President actually previewed his…more

Standard & Poor’s Resolves Three SEC Actions, Makes Admissions

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services was named as a Respondent in three settled administrative proceedings by the SEC. Each is tied to the Rating Services’ role in the conduit/fusion Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities market after the…more

Supreme Court Rules Trademark Tacking Is a Question for Juries

The tacking doctrine allows trademark owners to make slight modifications to their marks over time without an attendant loss of rights. Specifically, owners can claim priority in a mark based on the first use date of a previously used…more

Electronic Signature (eSignature) Court Decision — a rare one

In an odd electronic signature (eSignature) context, on December 30, 2014 a California appellate court reversed a trial court’s upholding of a settlement agreement based on a typewritten name in an email string. See J.B.B…more

Can an Unsigned Minute Entry Create a Judgment Lien?

It appears that 2014 was a banner year for Arizona law on judgment liens. Indeed, we recently posted about the Lewis v. DeBord decision, which invalidates judgment liens vis-à-vis third-party purchasers if the judgment creditor fails…more

Supreme Court Calls for Greater Deference to District Court Claim Construction

This week, in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., the Supreme Court held that the Federal Circuit must apply a deferential “clear error” standard of review to any finding of fact underlying a district court’s claim…more

OIG Questions Incentives for Hospice Care in Assisted Living Facilities

Today the OIG issued a report examining the growing use of Medicare hospice care in the assisted living facility (ALF) setting. According to the OIG, Medicare payments for hospice care in ALFs grew by more than 119% from 2007 to 2012…more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency - Federal Energy…more

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Thomas Fox has practiced law in Houston for 25 years. He is now assisting companies with FCPA compliance, Risk Management and international transactions. He was most recently the General Counsel at…

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