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D.C. Circuit Court Re-Affirms Decision that Portions of SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rules are Unconstitutional

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in likely the first majority opinion citing Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities) and George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty-Four), re-affirmed its previous ruling…more

Ask But Don’t Tell: Kentucky Allows Defendant to Seek Ex Parte Interviews of Plaintiff’s Treating Physicians

We walked into the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber’s room last night to find her packing for her return to college while the ignored TV blared in the background. Onscreen was a popular cable reality franchise involving wealthy…more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2015 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Obama adds $1 billion in loan guarantees for clean energy: Bloomberg - Aug 24: President Barack Obama will announce on Monday a $1 billion increase in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects as part…more

Where There Is A Well There Is A Way - Out Tract Title Issues Regarding Horizontal Wells

Oh for the days of simplicity when a wellbore tract meant just that—a piece of property upon which a well has been located, drilled, and touched down all within the same tract. Vertical wells were so simple for title examiners;…more

Party’s Products Must Be Found in the Forum State to Confer Jurisdiction - Celgard, LLC v. SK Innovation Co., Ltd.

In the most recent decision addressing the “purposeful-direction” and “stream-of-commerce” theories used to establish personal jurisdiction over a foreign defendant, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld dismissal of…more

Dodd-Frank and Executive Compensation — Where Are We Now?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) became federal law on July 21, 2010 to provide safeguards for consumers and increase transparency in the U.S. capital markets in response to public outcry…more

National Labor Relations Board Issues Controversial Decision Regarding Who is A Joint Employer

One of the most fundamental concepts under federal labor law is identifying who is the employer. Under the National Labor Relations Act, “the employer” has a duty to bargain with the union representing its employees, is bound by the…more

CLIENT ALERT: Court Finds Dole Food Company Directors Liable; Awards $148M in Damages

In re Dole Food Company, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Consolidated C.A. No. 8703-VCL - In re Appraisal of Dole Food Company, Inc., Consolidated C.A. No. 9079-VCL - In a much anticipated post-trial decision, the Delaware Court of…more

Pennsylvania and Maryland Active with P3 Transportation Projects

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) expects to award bids to develop compressed natural gas (“CNG”) refueling stations throughout the state by the end of 2015 as the agency and its counterpart in Maryland…more

FinCEN Proposes Anti-Money Laundering Rules for Registered Advisers

The Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on August 25, 2015 proposed rules to require SEC- registered investment advisers to adopt and maintain anti-money laundering (AML) programs and to file…more

Court of Appeal Grants Anti-Suit Injunction

In the case of Petter v EMC Corporation [2015] EWCA Civ 828, the Court of Appeal has granted an injunction restraining non-compete proceedings in the U.S. In doing so, it overturned the High Court’s decision that we reported on last…more

The Tide Continues to Turn: Texas Appellate Court Confirms High Burden for SSPA “Best Interest” Standard

Since the enactment of Section 5891 of the Internal Revenue Code and the various structured settlement protection acts (“SSPAs”), the volume of structured settlement factoring transactions has soared. Indeed, over the course of the…more

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Melissa Dewey Brumback is a partner at Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, where she practices in the litigation department, concentrating on complex commercial, business and construction litigation. The bulk of…

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