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Fight Over Seattle’s Attempt To Unionize On-Demand Economy Reaches Critical Point

If the City of Seattle has its way, your next ride-sharing driver could be part of a first-of-its-kind union. And if on-demand economy companies have their way, the courts will block any such unionization efforts before they drag down…more

Aftermath of Briseno Decision Holding No “Administrative Feasibility” Required for Class Certification

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down its (by now) hotly discussed decision in Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., 844 F.3d 1121 (9th Cir. 2017), on January 3, 2017, holding there is no separate “administrative…more

Employees Paid on a Commission Basis Must Be Paid a Separate Minimum Wage for Rest Periods

Employers who pay employees commissions should evaluate their compensation schemes to ensure compliance with California law in light of the California Court of Appeals’ recent ruling in Vaquero, et al. v. Stoneledge Furniture, LLC...…more

New Mexico comes late to data breach party, requires promptness

Thirteen years after the first state data breach notification law was enacted, New Mexico has finally decided to join the other 47 states with such laws, sending HB15 in mid-March to Gov. Susana Martinez for signature..…more

No Emergency Injunction Appeal in Chamber’s Challenge to DOL Rule

On March 20, 2017, a federal court in the Northern District of Texas denied the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal challenging implementation of the Department’s conflict of interest rule and…more

U.S. Supreme Court Eliminates Laches Defense for Damages in Patent Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, held in a 7-1 decision that the defense of laches is not available under the Patent Act to bar claims for damages. SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC…more

Supreme Court Clarifies Copyright Protection for Artistic Features in Clothing

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court held that a two- or three-dimensional work of art on a useful article, such as clothing, is protectable under copyright law if: (1) the work of art can be perceived as separate from the useful…more

OCC Outlines Process for FinTech Companies to Apply for Special Purpose National Bank Charters and Seeks Public Comment

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) has released for public comment its proposed Licensing Manual Supplement (the “Supplement”) for evaluating charter applications submitted by financial technology (“FinTech”)…more

President’s FY 2018 Budget Plan Requests $15 Million to Support Future Implementation of Mandatory Nationwide Use of E-Verify

On March 17, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the first installment of the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 Budget plan: “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” The Budget provides…more

Delayed ETA for EPMs – CMS Delays New Bundled Payment Models

On March 21, 2017, CMS issued the anticipated delay related to the new Episode Payment Model (EPM) bundled payment program regulations that were finalized in January. The rule, Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models…more

The U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Much Anticipated Patent Exhaustion Case

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the highly anticipated case regarding the patent exhaustion doctrine, Lexmark Int’l, Inc. v. Impression Prods., Inc., No. 15-1189..…more

City of L.A. Accepting Comments on Guidelines for Transit-Oriented Communities Incentive Program

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning is accepting comments on draft guidelines for a new transit-based affordable housing incentive program. The new program is required by Measure JJJ (adopted by voters in November 2016) and…more

Use It or Lose It: USPTO to Conduct Post-Registration Trademark Use Audits

Trademark owners take note: Affidavits to renew your U.S. trademark registrations may be getting a closer look. On March 21, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") implemented a new rule aimed at clearing the…more

The Impending Launch of the Unified Patent Court

In a fundamental change to how European patents are going to be litigated in Europe, the United Patent Court (UPC) will soon have exclusive jurisdiction over European patent disputes and will be able to issue remedies that are binding…more

Notes From Acosta Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Labor Secretary candidate Alexander Acosta's March 22 appearance before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee produced some interesting interchanges having to do with matters relating to the federal Fair Labor…more

Recent Developments in the NLRB’s Joint and Single Employer Doctrines

Highlights of recent developments relevant to all employers. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) is poised to return to a Republican majority, which likely will result in a change in labor law philosophy. This…more

Judge Koh Issues First Blow to “Added Sugars” Plaintiffs

The Big Picture: On Tuesday, Judge Koh granted Kellogg’s Motion to Dismiss in its entirety in Hadley v. Kellogg Sales Company, No. 5:16-cv-04955-LHK (N.D. Cal.). Hadley is one of three cases against well-known cereal makers pending…more

Checking In on Background Checks

Background checks are a valuable (and often essential) part of the hiring process. They help employers find good employees and avoid risky hires. Failure to check applicants’ backgrounds can amount to negligence and may create legal…more

Health Update - March 2017

The Future of Essential Health Benefits - Editor's Note: The Essential Health Benefits (EHB) rule may be among the many parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are on the chopping block as the Trump Administration and Congress…more

The RFP Process has to be real

Years ago, as a naïve associate at a semi-prestigious law firm, I got the short end of the stick to attend a quarterly Taft-Hartley meeting in Staten Island. If you ever have to drive from Long Island to Staten Island, you know what a…more

Judge Peck Provides a Rule 34 'Wake-Up Call' — Objections that Are Not Specific Are Waived

Fischer v. Forrest, No. 14 Civ. 1304, 1307 (PAE) (AJP), 2017 WL 773694 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2017). “It is time, once again, to issue a discovery wake-up call to the [b]ar in this District,” begins Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck…more

Supreme Court Increases School Standards For Students With Disabilities

IEPs Must Meet “Markedly More Demanding” Standard From Now On This week, in a unanimous decision crafted by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court decided that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires…more

Defining the Duty of the Board of Directors over Compliance Functions

I recently posted a blog article about a document released by the Department of Justice entitled “Evaluation of Compliance Programs.” As the title of the document might suggest, the DOJ release covers a variety of issues it looks at…more

Sections 101 and 112: Eligibility, Patentability, or Somewhere in Between?

We wrote earlier about the Supreme Court’s renewed interest in patent eligibility and seemingly unintended confusion between the patent eligibility requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the remaining patentability requirements under…more

FDA Approval for Medtronic’s Reveal LINQ ICM with TruRhythm Detection

On March 13, 2017, Medtronic announced FDA 510(k) clearance for its Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) with TruRhythm Detection. Previously, Medtronic received Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare approval for the device in…more

Keyword ads — Only infringing if they’re confusing

Neighbors can be helpful. Our Canadian neighbors may have just helped U.S. trademark owners who wonder about the legality of use of their trademarks in Google AdWords ads, and other search-engine keyword ads…more

A Common Interest Agreement May Not Be Worth the Paper It’s Written On

It is a very common practice for counsel to co-defendants or co-plaintiffs to enter into agreements that shield their communications. The agreements are expressions of intent that the communications will be protected by the “common…more

Uncertain Times Call for Cool Heads

We live in changing times. In 2016, both the election of President Donald Trump and the Brexit vote caught many off guard. Already there’s nothing concrete about 2017 and looking even further ahead is fraught with difficulty…more

OCC's Proposed Licensing Guidelines Treat Fintech Charters Like Any Other National Bank

A fintech company considering a national bank charter will need to consider whether committing to a multi-year business plan is feasible in an industry that is constantly evolving, and in which the ability to respond quickly to market…more

Needle and the Damage Done: Pharmacist’s Phobia Not Enough for ADA Claim

Can fear of an aspect of your job constitute a disability under the ADA? Depends on how essential the function is. In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals looked at the case of a Rite Aid pharmacist…more

SEC Shortens Settlement Cycle to T +2

On March 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most…more

Hot to trot: China's State Council orders further liberalization to turn the tide on foreign direct investment in China

On 12 January 2017, China's State Council issued the Expansion of Liberalization and the Active Utilization of Foreign Investment Circular Several Measures. The State Council Liberalization Measures set out framework policies to…more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - OCC Provides Additional Details to Evaluate Charter Applications From Fintech Companies - On March 15, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") issued a "Draft Licensing…more

Nebraska Supreme Court Rules that an Insurer Can Depreciate Labor in Determining Actual Cash Value

Property policies typically provide, if there is coverage, that the insured can recover for the costs to repair or replace the property damaged by loss. But when an insured does not repair or replace the damaged property (or until…more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: The maturing nature of the non-core infrastructure space has now opened the door for institutional investors to move into the space

Over the past seven years, institutional investors and funds have been battling each other for the most prized infrastructure assets. This competition has led to a steep increase in both European infrastructure M&A and a corresponding…more

Trump Budget Raises Questions about Approach to Cybersecurity

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, President Trump unveiled his “America First” budget blueprint. One of the most important quandaries for those in the cybersecurity world is how the proposal to reorganize the executive branch to improve…more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Eric Mindich—famous for becoming the youngest-ever Goldman partner at 29—is shuttering his Eton Park Capital Management hedge fund and returning the $7 billion it manages to investors. Viewed along with Pershing Square’s recent $4…more

The Treasury Committee inquiry into EU insurance regulation – what have we learned so far?

To supplement its work on the relationship that the UK might seek to have with the EU following Brexit, the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons established in September 2016 an inquiry into EU insurance regulation. Please…more

The Fine Print - Spring 2017

The spring 2017 issue of The Fine Print features articles on supply chain management, hotel franchise agreements, President Trump's executive orders and more. Please see full newsletter below for more information…more

IRS Revenue Procedure 2017–13 Safe Harbor Requirements for Services Contracts

IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (the "Revenue Procedure") sets forth, and significantly liberalizes, the requirements for determining whether a contract (a "Services Contract") with a service provider or manager (a "Service Provider")…more

Organizational Conflicts of Interest: An Issue That Requires Government Contractors To Be Proactive

In an effort to ensure there is no OCI or that your mitigation plan is effective and timely implemented, government contractors must be proactive when reviewing the agency’s needs in light of its mission, the solicitation, and the…more

BRN Sunset Report Criticizes Enforcement Process, Treatment of Nurse-Midwives

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) received a negative evaluation of its enforcement program in the most recent sunset review. The sunset review included a performance audit by the California State Auditor due to…more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Requirements for Shareholder Inspection Demands

In Chitwood v. Vertex Pharm. Inc., SJC-12101 (March 20, 2017), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided important guidance on the scope of the Massachusetts shareholder inspection statute, Mass. G.L. 156D § 16.02, as…more

4th Circuit Decision Highlights Importance of Comparator Evidence

The Fourth Circuit recently upheld a lower court decision granting summary judgment to the employer in an employment discrimination suit brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and Maryland law, holding…more

Court Orders EPA to Promulgate Air Toxics Standards: A Taste of What’s to Come?

On March 22, 2017, federal Judge Christopher Cooper ordered EPA to promulgate emissions standards for 13 sources of hazardous air pollutants by June 30, 2020. EPA admitted that it missed statutory deadlines to do so; the only argument…more

How a Comma Could Cost You

Few people actually remember all those pesky grammar rules we learned in school. But you can bet that a company in Maine will not be forgetting its comma rules anytime soon…more

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Would Mandate Sanctions for Frivolous Claims

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 ("LARA") by a vote of 230–180. 163 Cong. Rec. H2025-03, H2025. The bill seeks to undo the 1993 amendments to Rule 11 of the Federal…more

Warner Bros., Trademark Lawyers Target “Golden Ticket” Beer Brand

This month, “Willy Wonka” filmmaker Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (“Warner Bros.”) formally opposed Georgia-based South Sky Brewing Company’s (“Southern Sky”) federal trademark application for its “Golden Ticket” branded beer…more

Supreme Court Preview -- TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC

Next week, on Monday March 27, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC case. This case involves the interpretation of the current patent venue statute. And while interpreting…more

Merck Fails to Obtain Summary Judgment on Preemption Defense – Third Circuit Rules “Impossibility Preemption” Presents a Question of Fact

In re: Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation, Nos. 14-1900 et al. (3d Cir. March 22, 2017). In a precedential decision issued on March 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed…more

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