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Any mobile payment this summer? As you probably know, this is an ever growing market. According to a study of the Politecnico of Milan, the new “Mobile and App Economy” was worth 25.4 billion euro in 2013 and can reach 40 billion…more

Massive Online Security Breach – Are You Reactive or Proactive?

A few weeks ago, a Russian cyber gang amassed around 1.2 billion user name and password credentials belonging to more than 500 million email addresses. This may be to date the largest cache of stolen data. The cyber gang accessed over…more

FDA’s Substantial Equivalence Guidance Describes FDA’s Process for Evaluating Substantial Equivalence and Updates to the 510(k) Decision Flowchart

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final guidance document titled The 510(k) Program: Evaluating Substantial Equivalence in Premarket Notifications [510(k)] (July 28, 2014) (“SE Guidance”). The SE Guidance…more

How far can companies leverage the name and image of celebrities when promoting their brand?

It is common to see celebrities, which have captivated the public for decades, photographed using a company product or wearing a branded garment. Using such photos for promoting a company’s brand can be problematic especially because…more

Arizona Supreme Court to Contractor: Sorry But Equitable Subrogation of a Bank’s Later Deed of Trust Trumps Earlier Mechanics’ Lien Rights

The smoke has finally cleared in a hard and long-fought battle between a bank and contractor both claiming priority to foreclose millions of dollars on a Phoenix condominium project. The project, well-known as Summit at Copper Square…more

BREAKING NEWS: California Legislature Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, in the early morning hours and amid controversy among labor supporters, the California legislature passed a bill that provides workers with three paid sick days per year. Governor Brown enthusiastically…more

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Extender Statutes Trump Securities Act Statute Of Limitations

On August 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reissued its original opinion affirming a district court’s holding that FIRREA’s NCUA extender statute circumvents the three-year repose period found in Section 13 of the…more

Three Year Interval Between Harassment Complaint and Failure to Promote Did Not Defeat Retaliation Claim

The more time that passes between an employee’s protected actions and alleged retaliation, the weaker the inference that the two incidents are linked. However, as demonstrated by a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals case issued earlier…more

Ninth Circuit: Banks Can Freeze Chapter 7 Debtors’ Accounts

Banks have long taken comfort in knowing that if one of their customers files for bankruptcy, the bank can freeze the debtor’s account to preserve the bank’s ability to assert a setoff against the account where the bank has a claim…more

How EB-5 Regional Centers and Sponsors Can Evaluate Broker-Dealer, Investment Company and Investment Adviser Registration Requirements under U.S. Securities Laws – Part 2: Securities broker-dealer registration requirements and hiring U.S. and Non-U.S. brokers

This article is the second in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws…more

Accept No Substitutes – Lead Counsel Must Attend Final Hearing

In Toyota Motor Corporation v. Hagenbuch, IPR2013-00483, Paper 35 (August 25, 2014), the Board rejected the patent owner’s request that lead counsel did not have to attend the hearing…more

NLRB Turns Its Attention to Corporate Codes of Conduct

Over the past few years, EmployNews has chronicled the National Labor Relations Board’s efforts to declare routine employee handbook policies in violation of the NLRA’s prohibition against restrictions on employees’ ability to engage…more

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