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Advocacy Investing® Portfolio Strategies, Issue 64

OIL PRICES PLUNGE • 3Q14 growth is revised upward • Oil prices are down almost 40% since July • A strong payroll report for November translates into wage gains • The US, UK and Canada become “consumers of last resort” in a weak…more

Developer Catches a Break in California Supreme Court CEQA Ruling

In Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, No. S201116 (Cal. Mar. 2, 2015) (slip op), the California Supreme Court overturned an appeals court ruling that banned developers from using an exemption under the California…more

The Rise of Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding

Investing in commercial real estate is a pipe dream for all but the highest net worth individuals. However, in July of last year, the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs defied conventional real estate logic and sold a fifteen percent…more

Ninth Circuit Rejects San Jose’s Bid to Overturn Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption

Baseball is the only national sport that is exempt from the antitrust laws. The baseball exemption has existed for 92 years and withstood both court and Congressional challenges, despite the United States Supreme Court’s…more

ESMA and JFSA Conclude a Memorandum of Understanding Regarding CCPs

On January 24, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) finalized a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) regarding central counterparties (CCPs). Under Article 25(2)(c) of the…more

False Advertising Suit Concerning Department of Defense Standards Misfires

In a case that teaches important lessons about the burden of proving an advertisement false at trial, Judge Ronald Lew of the Central District of California held that Elkay Plastics Company was not liable for allegedly false statements…more

New Immigration Regulations Authorize Employment for Certain H-4 Spouses

Starting May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants will be permitted to apply for work authorization in the United States. Those permitted to work include individuals in H-4 status whose H-1B spouses have…more

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s . . . Super Priority! A Brief Primer on Purchase Money Security Interests

What is a “Purchase Money Security Interest”? A “purchase-money security interest” (or “PMSI”) is a security interest securing a “purchase-money obligation”, or an obligation incurred by a debtor to buy collateral (known as…more

Mobile Medical’s Validity Experts Get To Stay Behind The Wheel

As the established gatekeepers with respect to expert testimony, district courts have broad discretion on whether to admit or exclude such evidence. The Vermont district court recently opted to deny patentee defendant Advanced Mobile’s…more

Another IPR Petition Comes Up Short for Failing to Adequately Show Rationale to Combine

9710318_sMany Patent Owners are finding success in undermining the challenge grounds of a Petition by arguing that the Petition fails to make an adequate showing that a person of ordinary skill in the art would have combined the…more

FTC May Have Authority to Regulate Companies’ Data Security Practices

Between 2008 and 2010, hackers stole credit card information from the computer network of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts LLC (“Wyndham”), which affected hundreds of thousands of Wyndham’s customers in the process. The Federal Trade…more

Employment Law Reporter – March 2015: A New EEOC Task Force for Strategies to Prevent and Correct Harassment in the Workplace is Being Created: This is an Opportunity for Employers to Implement Proactive Measures Now that Will Save them Money Later.

A New EEOC Task Force for Strategies to Prevent and Correct Harassment in the Workplace is Being Created: This is an Opportunity for Employers to Implement Proactive Measures Now that Will Save them Money Later…more

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