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Restrictive Covenants in the Construction Industry: An Often Overlooked and Underutilized Source of Protection

Restrictive covenants come in many forms; they can be stand-alone agreements, such as a confidentiality agreement, or they can be included in various types of contracts, such as noncompete or nonsolicitation provisions in employment…more

Opportunity for Utility and Energy Companies to Comment on Proposed UAV Rules

Reactions to the FAA’s proposed rules for the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems have been mixed since their release on February 15, 2015. Some stakeholders have lauded the FAA’s action as a long-awaited…more

Foreign Manufacturers Fingered by Bill That Aimed To Ensure Safety of Imported Products

Dangerous drugs, defective drywall, toxic toys – the pile of problematic products imported from foreign manufacturers threatens the safety of the youngest to the oldest Americans. The reason consumers end up with tangibles in their…more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Due to last week’s extreme weather, the South Carolina General Assembly met only on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate gave second reading to the criminal domestic violence bill and the House passed legislation regarding electric arc…more

A Gift for New Jersey Gift Card Issuers and Retailers: Consumer Data Collection Requirements Eliminated by S.B. 2235

Retailers and issuers of gift cards in New Jersey recently received welcome news: they no longer have to worry about looming consumer data collection requirements. Under existing law, beginning in July 2016, gift card (also known as…more

Magistrate Recommends Denying Motion To Dismiss Based On Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

Burke, M.J. Magistrate recommends denying defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in a Report and Recommendation…more

CMS Call Letter: Changes to and Implications of Star Ratings

In its February 20, 2015 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2016 for Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2016 Call Letter, CMS addressed a variety of issues relating…more

New Cyber Agency to Combat Cyber Threats

The Obama administration, on February 10, announced its intention to create a new federal agency to combat cyber threats and coordinate digital intelligence among all federal agencies…more

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB’s Lack of Patentability Ruling in First-Ever AIA Review - In re Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC

Addressing for the first time an appeal of an America Invents Act review decision out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit…more

Nuns, Firefighters and Title VII: Are Volunteers Eligible for Protection?

Volunteerism is a staple of American life. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 62.6 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 million hours in 2013, adding up to an estimated value of $173 billion…more

Agencies Issue Guidance for Foreign Banking Entities on the Application of the Marketing Restriction for the Volcker Rule’s SOTUS Covered Fund Exemption

On Friday, February 27, 2015, the Volcker Inter-Agency Group posted a new frequently asked question (FAQ 13), clarifying the scope of the so-called “marketing restriction” under the SOTUS covered fund exemption. The SOTUS covered fund…more

The Federal Wiretap Act and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The law of unintended consequences – a distant cousin of Murphy’s Law – states that the actions of human beings will always have effects that are unanticipated and unintended. The law could prove a perfect fit for recent efforts by…more

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