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The cost of non-compliance

Thames Water has received a record £20.3 million fine for water pollution. The fine is ten times higher than the previous largest fine of £2 million (given to Southern Water in December 2016)…more

USCIS Publishes Rule for International Entrepreneurs

On January 17, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the final rule for international entrepreneurs. The rule takes effect on July 16, 2017. Under the rule, entrepreneurs will be considered for…more

Do You Deserve Business Development Training?

The days of paternalistic law firms maintaining client-less lawyers at their longtime compensation levels (or at all) is over…more

National Academies Report Finds Future Biotechnology Products May Overwhelm Agencies

On March 9, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) published a report entitled Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, prepared by the Committee on Future Biotechnology Products…more

Want To File A Derivative Suit? You May Soon Be Required To Read Statutes

I have been writing recently about SB 203, a bill that is now pending in the Nevada legislature. As introduced, the bill would, among other things, require the following..…more

Supreme Court Holds Laches Is Not a Defense to Patent Infringement Damages

On March 21, 2017, in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, the Supreme Court overturned long-standing Federal Circuit law regarding the defense of laches, holding that laches is not a defense to damages for patent…more

Fashion Law Newsletter - March 2017

"Fashions fade, style is eternal." - Yves Saint Laurent - Welcome to our latest edition of Fashion Law where we provide you with the latest updates on legal issues affecting the fashion industry. In this issue we touch on…more

UK Regulator Publishes Draft Guidance on Treatment of Politically Exposed Persons

The Financial Conduct Authority has published draft Guidance on the treatment of politically exposed persons under the UK draft Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017..…more

Electronic signatures: are we getting there?

Despite the availability of a wide variety of technology solutions which allow parties to use electronic signatures with a level of certainty comparable to that of using handwritten signatures, and the existence of a legal framework…more

Spokeo and the TCPA: Mere Receipt of Fax with Non-Compliant Opt-Out Notice is Not “Concrete Injury”

In ARcare v. Qiagen N. Am. Holdings, Inc., No. CV 16-7638 PA (ASX), 2017 WL 449173, at *1 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 19, 2017), the district court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss a TCPA class action, finding that the simple receipt of a…more

V-I-C-T-O-R-Y for the Fashion Industry: SCOTUS Establishes Uniform Test for Protection of Artistic Works Applied to Apparel

The overall design (such as the shape and cut) of a garment, bag or shoe is not protectable under current U.S. Copyright law because such items are considered “useful articles.” However, Section 101 of the Copyright Act provides…more

New regulation tightens Vietnam sovereign guarantees

A new regulation took effect from 1 March 2017 on Vietnam sovereign guarantees for loans, commonly referred to as MOF Guarantees. Decree 04 imposes more stringent conditions on the issuance of MOF Guarantees compared with its…more

Nevermind About Internet Cafes…

Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis got some good news this week: State prosecutors have decided not to retry him on more than one hundred charges for gambling-related offenses. The State brought the charges against Mathis and fifty-six…more

DOJ Releases Guidance on Compliance Programs

In February 2017, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division published guidance on how it assesses corporate compliance programs. This is the first formal guidance issued by the Fraud Section under the Trump…more

Trade Associations Ask OMB to Review EEO-1 Pay Data Report

Over the last couple of weeks, much of the media in Washington, D.C., has turned its attention to the new director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), former South Carolina congressman Mick Mulvaney. This is because Mulvaney…more

GAO Reports On Government Contracting Trends

On March 8, 2017, GAO issued a report on government contracting trends from fiscal year (“FY”) 2011 through FY 2015. FY 2015 was the latest year for which there was complete data available at the time of GAO’s review. Using data from…more

Abbvie Files Amicus Brief in Amgen V. Sandoz Supreme Court Case

On February 17, 2016, we reported that Amgen and Sandoz had both petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for review of the Federal Circuit’s decision in Amgen v. Sandoz, each seeking to advance their respective positions on whether the BPCIA…more

BREAKING: Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Restaurant Cannot Apply Tip Credit to Pizza Delivery Drivers

The Connecticut Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision that will be officially released April 4, 2017, has ruled that employers may not use the “tip credit” for pizza delivery drivers and therefore, the employees must be paid the…more

Advocacy in E-Discovery More Important Than Ever

In this day and age, advocacy starts with competence in ESI issues. An effective advocate must be able to assess e-discovery needs and issues, implement appropriate preservation procedures, advise clients on options for storage and…more

Tenth Circuit Rejects Broad EEOC Subpoena in Single Employee Discrimination Charge

The scenario is familiar to employers responding to a Charge of Discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Even though the Charge only includes claims of discrimination by one person, the EEOC sends…more

Jevic - The Supreme Court Puts the "Dis" in Structured Dismissals

In a much anticipated decision issued on March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court determined in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. (“Jevic”) that a “structured dismissal” of a bankruptcy case cannot include a distribution scheme…more

Three Common Pitfalls in Tax Sale Purchases

By and large, South Carolina provides an excellent opportunity for those looking to buy property at tax sales. As South Carolina is not a tax lien state, buyers purchase an interest in land, rather than a lien. Investors usually…more

[Video]This Week in FCPA-Episode 45-the Compliance is Good for Business Edition

In this episode, Jay and I have a wide-ranging discussion on why good compliance and is good for business. We discuss: 1. LRN Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report. 2. Ethisphere’s 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies…more

New York Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulation Takes Effect

Earlier this month, the new cybersecurity regulation from the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS“) took effect. The new regulation requires banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by…more

Future of H-4 Work Permits Uncertain

In 2015, the Obama Administration DHS issued the H-4 EAD Rule allowing certain spouses of H-1B holders to obtain EADs and work while waiting to become permanent residents. Soon thereafter, a group of high-tech workers, Save Jobs USA…more

A Startup Attorney’s Tips to Advance Private Company Diversity

One of the biggest contributors to a lack of corporate diversity is the size of a company. And the problems are often traceable to the company’s leanest, earliest days. One of my key messages to clients is that it’s never too early to…more

Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part II

In Part I, we listed some of the penalties associated with the failure to report foreign accounts, and what is widely regarded as the best option for coming into compliance – the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). In this…more

New Cert Petition Asks SCOTUS if Legislatively Mandated Permit Conditions are Subject to Heightened Scrutiny

Last September we wrote about 616 Croft Ave., LLC v. City of West Hollywood, an opinion from the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District upholding a nearly $555,000 in-lieu fee on an 11-unit residential infill project because…more

New Rules for Tipped Employees in Brazil and How They Affect the Hospitality Industry

On March 13, 2017, Brazil's President Michel Temer signed into law new regulations concerning the payment, distribution, tax withholdings, and reporting of tips, whether voluntarily given by customers or charged by employers as a…more

Infrastructure Spending, Blueprints Pending: 2017 Federal Budget

On March 22, 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2017 federal budget, titled “Building a Strong Middle Class” (Budget 2017). While Budget 2017 did not introduce significant new infrastructure spending measures, it does…more

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Coverage for Contempt Proceedings under Lloyd's Professional Liability Insurance Policy

In Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. v. Prosight-Syndicate 1110 at Lloyd’s, United States No. 15-12399, 2017 WL 586450 (11th Cir., February 14, 2017) the insured law firm sought to recover legal fees and costs incurred in the…more

CFPB previews 5-year review of mortgage rules

Dovetailing with President Trump’s recent Executive Order requiring a reduction in regulatory burden, on March 21, 2017, a CFPB official remarked at the American Bankers Association Government Relations Summit that the CFPB was…more

Wait! Did the Fourth Circuit Just Define FLSA Joint Employment More Broadly Than Obama’s DOL?

Employers have no doubt been paying close attention to the future of the joint employer doctrine, which was a focus of change and expansion for DOL leadership during the Obama administration. With a new administration in place, many…more

Distillations: A Toast to Champagne

Welcome to the first in a series of Distillations blog posts on Fish Trademark & Copyright Thoughts. Distillations will discuss notable decisions and developments in trademark and advertising law as they relate to the beer, wine, and…more

Pay the Piper: Restitution Payment to Victims Does Not Offset Mandatory Forfeiture to Government

In United States v. Bodouva, 16-3937 (March 22, 2017) (Katzmann, C.J., Pooler and Lynch, J.), the Court held in a per curiam order that a defendant convicted of embezzlement must forfeit the full amount of her illicit gains to the…more

Court Dismisses Complaint That FERC’s Regulatory Structure Is Biased In Favor Of Pipeline Applicants

On March 22, in the case of Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al., v. FERC, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the plaintiffs’ complaint that the statutory requirement that the Federal Regulatory Energy…more

Are Longer-Pending Cases More Likely to Be Affirmances in the Civil Docket? (Part 2: 2008-2016)

Last week, we demonstrated that the time from grant to oral argument and argument to decision was longer between 2000 and 2007 for affirmances than it was for reversals, both in civil and criminal cases. This week, we look at the…more

UK: AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal’s judgment in AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others UKSC 2016/0100, ruling on how claims arising from similar acts or omissions in a series of related matters or…more

Reading the Crystal Ball: Reservation of Rights Letters under South Carolina Law in the Wake of Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., et al.

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently took a firm stance on what constitutes a sufficient reservation of rights letter in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., et al., — S.E.2d — , No. 2013-001281, 2017 WL…more

Leadership Lessons from the Movies

Today, I wanted to consider some of the recent leadership lessons I have explored on my podcast, 12 O’Clock High, a podcast on business leadership. In the series, host Richard Lummis and myself, mined some of our favorite Oscar-winning…more

HUD Inspector General Issues Alert on Appraiser Identity Theft

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued an alert on appraiser identity theft. The alert details cases in three states where identity thieves illegally used the…more

Squatting in mansions: The risk to residential as well as commercial premises

Since the beginning of this year, the so called Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians has occupied a number of multimillion pound residential properties in and around Belgravia. Autonomous Nation’s cause is to highlight the…more

Alert: Supreme Court Eliminates Laches Defense for Many Patent Infringement Cases

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, which addressed the viability of the equitable defense of laches under the patent laws. Key takeaway…more

New Mexico and its New Data Breach Notification Law

We are almost to a point where all 50 states and the District of Columbia will have some form of data breach notification law on their books to protect residents’ personally identifying information (PII) in the event of a data breach…more

EPC Publishes Updated White Paper on Mobile Payments in the SEPA

On March 7, 2017, the European Payments Council (“EPC“) published version 5 of a white paper that evaluates mobile payments across Single Euro Payments Area (“SEPA“). The white paper, the result of a collaborative effort between the…more

The Small Stuff That Plan Sponsors Should Sweat Out

It’s often said that you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. The problem is that many times, a retirement plan sponsor ignores the small stuff, and that small stuff leads to bigger problems. This article is about small details that plan…more

[Video]Day 18 of One Month to a Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Through Management of 3rd Party Relationships

The Department of Justice Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs states, in Prong 10, Third Party Relationships: Management of Relationships – How has the company considered and analyzed the third party’s incentive model…more

Three Stripes and You’re Out: adidas Seeks to Protect its Mark

On March 17, 2017, athletic apparel giant, adidas, filed suit against Juicy Couture, Inc. asserting trademark infringement and unfair competition claims. The case is styled adidas America Inc. et al. v. Juicy Couture Inc., Case Number…more

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Clarifies Copyright Eligibility for Useful Articles

While much of the legal press may be speculating about the future of the Supreme Court’s Chevron test, yesterday the Court considered a very different kind of “chevron”—a design on a cheerleader uniform. In Star Athletica LLC v…more

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