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New Lifeline Rules Take Effect December 2 and Draft Plan Released for National Verifier

The Lifeline program, created more than 30 years ago to make telephone service more affordable for low-income families, has undergone its most radical change to date. Effective last Friday, Lifeline has been expanded to cover…more

Double-Checking the PTAB

By Bryan K. Wheelock, Principal The Federal Circuit’s docket is burgeoning with Patent Office appeals.  Three years ago there were 118 appeals from the USPTO pending before the Federal Circuit. Today there are 578.  The bulk of this…more

Supreme Court Decision in Salman

Yesterday, the Supreme Court confirmed a more expansive application of criminal insider trading violations when it unanimously affirmed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Salman v. United States. In doing so, the Court…more

Is Tax Reform On the Horizon?

2017 will bring Republican control to D.C. It will also potentially bring tax reform. Both President Elect Donald Trump and House Republicans have proposed sweeping changes to the U.S. tax system, which we have briefly summarized…more

Preparing for a new year: Take time now for a quick estate plan review

Year end is the time to make certain estate planning provisions to protect the interests of heirs and minimize potential estate tax liability. It’s also a good time to conduct a quick review of your estate plan. This article explains…more

FINRA Imposing Increasingly Major Fines for AML Failures

Staying true to its Chairman’s message regarding its focus in 2016 on anti-money-laundering (“AML”) compliance, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) just settled claims of inadequate AML controls with the investment arm…more

Supreme Court Gives Government Victory on Significant Insider Trading Case

The Supreme Court in Salman v. United States yesterday issued its most significant ruling in an insider trading case in more than two decades. In a unanimous, brief opinion written by Justice Alito, the Supreme Court affirmed the Ninth…more

Dakota Access Pipeline: Down but Not Out

On Dec. 4, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not decide on Dakota Access LLC’s easement application until the Corps prepares an environmental impact statement. The decision is significant in that it marks at…more

Repealing and Replacing the ACA: Five Developments Likely to Occur in the Years Ahead

On the back of the 2016 United States presidential election results, the health care industry ponders how a Republican president and Congress will transform the business environment. The health care industry has a number of important…more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Here’s an interesting take on the future of the labor market (especially for an emerging generation that is better with a screen than eye contact)—because robots and AI will be able to take over anything that’s routine, people skills…more

Delaware Supreme Court Finds Pre-Suit Demand Was Excused

When a stockholder files a derivative suit she can avoid dismissal under Rule 23.1’s pre-suit demand-on-the-board requirement by showing that a majority of the directors were not independent enough to fairly consider her demand that…more

The Supreme Court - December, 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in seven cases on Friday afternoon: Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., No. 15-1189: 1) Whether a "conditional sale" that transfers title to the…more

House Passes Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act (H.R. 6427) (the “Act”) by a vote of 398 to 2. The Act is actually a compilation of six measures that were previously…more

Supreme Court Update: Bravo-Fernandez V. United States (15-537) And Order List

12.2.2016 Greetings Court Fans! The Court issued its first signed opinion of the term this week, a unanimous decision in Bravo-Fernandez v. United States (15-537) holding that the Double Jeopardy Clause does not bar the Government from…more

European Regulation on the freezing of bank accounts – are you ready?

From 18 January 2017, claimants will be able to apply for a European Account Preservation Order (EAPO), a new, and potentially potent, weapon in their litigation armoury pursuant to the new European EAPO Regulation (Regulation (EU)…more

Cloud-Computing Lessons using Software as a Service (SaaS)

Long before anyone referred to “the cloud” as something related to the Internet, software companies began shifting away from expensive, customized, on-site software implementations to something we used to call Software as a Service…more

Court Of Chancery Examines Whether Derivative Demand Was Wrongfully Refused

Even after a board rejects a plaintiff-stockholder’s demand to bring a derivative litigation, the plaintiff may proceed to bring that derivative action if the plaintiff can show the demand was “wrongful.” Having conceded that the…more

December Antitrust Bulletin

On Nov. 1, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release announcing that the FTC and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Antitrust Division are seeking public comment on proposed Antitrust Guidelines for International…more

EU to Evaluate Chemicals Used In Cosmetics for Potential New Regulations

Several substances used as ingredients for cosmetic and other consumer products will be evaluated for possible regulatory action in the European Union in the next three years. On 27 October 2016, the European Chemicals Agency…more

Arbitration in Louisiana – Another Budding Romance?

Are Louisiana courts as enamored with arbitration as their Texas counterparts? Looks like it. East of the Sabine, submitting your dispute to arbitration means you are pretty much saying adieu, farewell and bye-bye to a judicial…more

Supreme Court Decides State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby

On December 6, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby, No. 15-513, holding that the False Claims Act (FCA) does not mandate dismissal of the case when a relator…more

RCMP Charge Calgary Man with Conspiracy to Bribe Thai Officials

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have recently laid charges against the president of a Canadian commercial aircraft company under the federal Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), for allegedly conspiring to bribe…more

OCC Announces Special Purpose Charters for Fintech Firms

On Friday December 2nd, the Officer of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced that it would consider granting financial technology (fintech) firms special purpose national bank charters. The OCC’s proposal constitutes a major…more

Trial Court Slips And Falls In Granting Motion For New Trial

On October 21, 2016, Florida’s Second DCA issued a decision in a slip-and-fall case against Wal-Mart that found the trial court erred when it set aside the jury verdict and granted Plaintiff’s motion for new trial on the basis that…more

E-Discovery Moneyball: Brad Blickstein and the Ninth Annual Law Department Operations Survey

In Michael Lewis’s book, Moneyball, he discusses Oakland Athletics’ General Manager Billy Beane’s use of rigorous statistical analysis to find baseball players who added the most value to their team’s success for the least amount of…more

Ohio Supreme Court Amends Attorney Rules Of Professional Conduct To Specifically Allow Attorneys To Provide Legal Services To Clients Involved In Medical Marijuana Enterprises

As previously reported in a Reminger Report back in September of this year, in June of 2016 the Ohio legislature passed a law to allow medical marijuana in Ohio. The law, which was passed was significantly more stringent than similar…more

Supreme Court Decides Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.

On December 6, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc., No. 15-777, holding that in the case of a multicomponent product, the “article of manufacture” that is the basis for an award of…more

Supreme Court Changes Standard for Determining Damages for Design Patent Infringement

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Apple Inc. (No. 15-777) - In the closely-watched Samsung v. Apple case, the Supreme Court today issued a landmark ruling that changed the long-standing rule for calculating damages for…more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

The Senate this week is likely to give final congressional approval to legislation that adds billions of dollars for biomedical research and aims to speed the discovery and development of new drugs and medical devices. The “21st…more

CFTC Finalizes Aggregation of Positions Rule

On December 5, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a final rule amending the requirements to aggregate positions subject to a CFTC-set speculative position limit (“Final Aggregation Rule”). At…more

Even in Social Media Age, Web Presence Without Specific Showing of Customer Interaction is Not Enough for Personal Jurisdiction

Ask any 1L – personal jurisdiction has always been a tricky issue. But in the internet era, even courts have grappled with how to determine whether an online presence is sufficient to establish personal jurisdiction over a party…more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 30, 2016, Fitch published its U.S. water and sewer revenue bond rating criteria. Report. On November 29, 2016, Fitch published its rating criteria for RMBS transactions in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Report…more

Disputes Regarding Objections To Admission Of Deposition Designations At Trial Are Overruled

Stark, C. J. Defendants’ objections to deposition testimony to be used at trial are overruled; plaintiffs’ objections to counterdesignations are likewise overruled. The parties have not presented their disputes as required by the…more

CPSC Issues Guidance to Encourage the Disclosure of Relevant Consumer Product Safety Information in Private Litigation

On November 29, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published guidance for private litigants when drafting protective orders, confidentiality agreements, and settlement agreements in litigation related to consumer…more

Health Care Reform – What You Should Know For 2017

This Advisory supplements our previous advisories dated December 2015 (as supplemented in January 2016), October 2014, October 2013, November 2012, November 2011, and October 2010, addressing the requirements of the Affordable Care Act…more

Telemedicine for All, As Lame Duck Session Winds Down

Even with the federal legislators poised to head home at the end of the week, two significant telehealth measures continue to work their way through the House and Senate, further evidence that telehealth services have become an…more

Blog: Adhering to Dirks, SCOTUS decides Salman v. US

by Cydney Posner In a case decided unanimously yesterday, Salman v. United States, SCOTUS upheld the Ninth Circuit affirmation of Bassam Salman’s conviction for insider trading, “adher[ing] to Dirks, which easily resolves the narrow…more

FCA sanctions bank and its MLRO for anti-money laundering systems failings

In this decision report we review the FCA’s action against Sonali Bank (UK) Ltd (Sonali Bank) and its money laundering reporting officer (MLRO), Steven Smith, in connection with failings identified in relation to Sonali Bank’s…more

The New Salary Regulations: The Saga Continues

While employers took solace from the November 22 nationwide preliminary injunction which blocked implementation of a controversial rule increasing the salary threshold for employees to be exempt from overtime, the battle is not over…more

The U.S. Department of Justice is Ramping Up its Enforcement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Think you are in compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act? Now would be a good time to make sure since the federal government is increasing its enforcement efforts as part of its Servicemembers and Veterans…more

[Video]Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 21-the DOJ and Congressional legislation in the Trump Era

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into two areas which will impact compliance practitioners going forward. They are the Justice Department under the Trump Administration and the legislative process going forward. At…more

[Video]Management Contracts and Private Business Use

In this video McNees attorney Timothy Horstmann discusses the recent IRS changes to management contracts entered into by governmental entities and tax-exempt nonprofit associations…more

NY Court of Appeals Finds Personal Jurisdiction Based on Use of NY Correspondent Bank Accounts

A sharply divided New York Court of Appeals recently held that defendants who allegedly made intentional and repeated use of New York correspondent bank accounts for money laundering thereby purposefully transacted business related to…more

ACA Tax Reporting Extensions

The IRS has once again extended the deadline for furnishing to employees the applicable tax forms required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and will continue to provide employers with penalty relief if they make good-faith efforts to…more

Forcible Entry and Detainer Actions: Courts May Not Consider Tenant’s Hardship

If you own property and a tenant wrongfully refuses to vacate the premises (for example when the lease expires or after proper written notice of termination), you may have a quick and easy remedy to have the tenant removed. Arizona’s…more

Historic Risk Management Rules and Practices Go Live on March 1, 2017 in Leading Markets

For the first time in the history of derivatives, regulators in leading markets will require assets to collateralize many derivatives which are not settled in a regulated clearinghouse. It is not possible to overstate the…more

Aetna and Humana Go to Battle With Regulators Over Multi-Billion Dollar Merger

The trial over Aetna and Humana's $37 billion proposed merger kicked off today in a Washington, D.C. federal court. At issue is whether the companies' merger would substantially lessen competition in the market for Medicare…more

The Sixth Circuit Confirms What We Already Should Know — It Can Be Challenging to Enforce an Arbitration Provision in an Expired Contract

A unanimous panel of the Sixth Circuit recently rejected a manufacturer’s attempt to compel arbitration under an expired contract in Linglong Americas, Inc. v. Horizon Tire, Inc. The manufacturer and its distributor entered into a…more

What Employers Can Expect from the New Administration – Part 1: Executive Orders & Administrative Actions

What will a Trump administration do to the labor and employment law landscape? While we can’t predict for certain, we figure we can at least provide better insight than the pollsters who have spent the last year following the…more

Supreme Court to Consider Patent Exhaustion for International Sales

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in the patent exhaustion case, Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., Docket No. 15-1189.  The Supreme Court’s decision in this case could significantly affect…more

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