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Director liability for competition law breaches - the CMA's first UK director disqualification

Financial penalties being imposed on companies for breaches of competition law are well known, particularly because of the very significant amounts involved. However, fines are only one aspect. In the UK, along with lots of other…more

Five Key Issues Impacting Health Care Employers

Employers in the health care industry are likely to face significant changes under President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration and should expect a healthy dose of uncertainty for the next few months. During his campaign, the…more

Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Releases Report

On December 1, the nonpartisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (Commission) released a report on securing and growing the national economy. This report includes six imperatives for enhancing cybersecurity (and suggested…more

The Clock Is Ticking – ACA Nondiscrimination Rules Will Take Effect January 1

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published a final rule to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most prominently, this rule prohibits…more

EPA Proposes Financial Responsibility Requirements for Hardrock Mining Industry - The Proposed Rule Could Set a Precedent for Other Industries and Directly Impact Financial Institutions

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on Dec. 1, 2016, signed a pre-publication version of a proposed rule that seeks to establish financial responsibility requirements for approximately 221 facilities…more

Changes to Chile’s Competition Law

Chile has amended its Competition Law to “consolidate [its] leadership as a sophisticated agency in Latin America.” The amendments, which were published in a new law on 30 August 2016, include the introduction of mandatory…more

Key Takeaways from FERC Enforcement’s Energy Trading Compliance and Market Manipulation Law White Papers

As noted in our November 21, 2016, Client Alert, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) Enforcement staff published two white papers—one on energy trading compliance, the other on market manipulation law—along…more

New DMCA Designated Agent Requirements Effective December 2016

On November 1, 2016, the United States Copyright Office published an amendment to 37 CFR § 201.38 that changes the registration requirements for Designated Agents under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Effective December 1, 2016…more

Fourth Circuit Clarifies Applicability of FCA Public Disclosure Bar to Amended Complaints

In one of several decisions issued during 2016 addressing the False Claims Act’s Public Disclosure Bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(e)(4), the Fourth Circuit in United States ex rel. Lyle Beauchamp v. Academi Training Center, LLC held that a…more

What Does China’s New Cyberspace Sovereignty Mean, and is Your Company Ready?

On Nov. 7, 2016, the official and finalized version of the Cyberspace Security Law (the “CSL”) was approved by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and signed off by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Under the CSL, the…more

Forty-Five Days and Counting for Current HHS Leadership: Implications for Rulemaking

Before we all turn our full attention to the nominations of Representative Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, and policy consultant Seema Verma to lead CMS, we need to remember that there are still approximately 45…more

HHS-OIG issues final rules on anti-kickback and civil monetary penalty statutes

Earlier today, the US Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued two final rules…more

Department Of Justice Announces The Indictment Of 21 Individuals Affiliated With Forest Park Medical Center

On December 1, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced the indictment of 21 executives, physicians, surgeons, and others affiliated with Forest Park Medical Center (FPMC) in Dallas. The…more

Court Grants Challenge to Agency’s Corrective Action in Response to Protest

A recent court decision may provide other disappointed offerors a pathway for challenging agencies’ corrective action that unreasonably favors the original contract awardee. In Professional Service Industries, Inc. v. U.S., --- Fed…more

Terms Are Construed In Virtual Reality Case

Burke, M. J. Claim construction report and recommendation issued regarding two terms from one patent. A Markman hearing took place on August 31, 2016. The disputed technology relates to virtual reality technology…more

2017 U.S. Congressional Calendar

The K&L Gates Public Policy and Law group is pleased to provide you with our 2017 U.S. Congressional Calendar. The calendar is a compilation of the House and Senate schedules in a color-coded format showing periods when the House…more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies CAFA Jurisdiction Continues After Dismissal of Class Claims

On November 22, the Eleventh Circuit clarified that Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) jurisdiction is not eliminated when the class claims are dismissed before the class is certified. The plaintiff, an Alabama trucking company that…more

2017 Labor & Employment Laws: New Year, New Government, New Challenges

On January 1, 2017, employers across the nation will face a host of new or amended federal, state, and/or local labor and employment requirements. At the same time, there is uncertainty as to how the Trump Administration and Congress…more

New Requirements for Copyright Safe Harbor

The federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides safe harbors from copyright infringement liability for online service providers that are engaged in specified activities and that meet certain eligibility requirements. A…more

Supreme Court Decides Salman v. United States

On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Salman v. United States, No. 14-462, holding that a trader may be held liable for insider trading under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the SEC’s Rule 10b-5 if…more

Federal Electricity Policy Under the Trump Administration

The huge unknown about President-Elect Donald Trump's energy plans is in electric power. Whatever he decides, with a unified Republican Congress behind him, he has the ability to shape federal electric policy in the coming term. It is…more

U.S. Supreme Court Tips the Scales in Favor of Prosecutors in Insider Trading Cases

On December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Salman v. United States. In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court adhered to its 1983 decision in Dirks v. SEC, 463 U.S. 646, and held that a tippee is…more

Twice in Two Years: California Expands the Fair Pay Act for the Second Consecutive Year

Starting January 1, 2017, companies of all sizes doing business in California will need to take extra care to ensure they are not paying employees differently based on their race or ethnicity or basing new employees’ compensation…more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Student-Athletes’ Claim for Compensation

The Seventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of claims brought by two former University of Pennsylvania student-athletes against the NCAA and more than 120 NCAA Division I universities and colleges, alleging that student athletes are…more

Federal Circuit Opinion Asetek Danmark a/s v. CMI USA Inc. Cites Patent Damages Treatise

In a December 2nd opinion by the Federal Circuit, the court cited Patent Damages Law and Practice as a “leading commentary.” The comprehensive treatise was co-authored by Chris Marchese, one of the bloggers on this site, and has been…more

Michael Hensley and John Lierman Obtain Summary Judgment

Jones, Skelton and Hochuli Partner, Michael Hensley, and Associate, John Lierman, recently obtained summary judgment on all claims in Maricopa County Superior Court, for two Phoenix Police officers and a client restaurant, all of which…more

Supreme Court Addresses Availability of Damages in Design Patent Infringement Cases, Reverses $399M Verdict

“Article of Manufacture” can mean the whole product or a component of that product; $399 million verdict reversed and remanded - In a case which will likely have a significant impact on damages in cases alleging infringement of…more

Oppression in the Context of a Closely-Held Corporation: SCC Weighs In

In Mennillo v. Intramodal inc., the first oppression remedy case to reach the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) since BCE Inc. v. 1976 Debentureholders, the SCC provided clarity on how the oppression remedy operates within closely-held…more

The Death of Merger Litigation Part II – The North Carolina Business Court Puts a Nail in the Coffin

In a recent article entitled “The Death of Merger Litigation?”, we wrote about the Delaware Court of Chancery’s increasing refusal to approve disclosure-only settlements in shareholder lawsuits challenging public company merger…more

Finance Bill 2017 – Implications for Foreign Investment and Investors in the UK

Following on from the UK Chancellor’s speech last month, draft legislation was published on 5 December 2016 setting out how the Government intends to stimulate investment in the UK. The Finance Bill (the Bill) is subject for…more

Government Affairs Insights: Ten Things You Should Know About the 2017 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly

Politically, the Connecticut legislature will be moving in unchartered waters. Not since 1893 has there been an even split for parties in the State Senate. With 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans, party leaders will be forced to agree on…more

Homeland Security Issues IoT Guidance for Businesses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published non-binding principles and best practices to help businesses work through key Internet-of-Things (IoT) security issues. Entitled “Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet…more

USPTO's New Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules Take Effect Soon

Next month, the procedural rules governing trademark registration disputes are changing. They present new strategic considerations for brand owners protecting their trademark rights. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”)…more

Court Upholds Golden State Warriors’ Mission Bay Event Center and Mixed-Use Development Project

On November 29, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District rejected a challenge to the sufficiency of the San Francisco’s environmental analysis and upheld the City’s approval of an arena to house the Golden State…more

Finding Categorical Privilege Log to Be Inadequate, Court Orders Plaintiff to Provide a Metadata Log: eDiscovery Case Law

In Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company v. U.S. Bank N.A., No. 15-01300 (D. S.C., Nov. 3, 2016), South Carolina District Judge J. Michelle Childs determined that the plaintiff’s categorical Privilege Log was inadequate and…more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Whether Defamatory Statements Constitute Libel Per Se

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case where defendant carried out a personal vendetta against the plaintiff following plaintiff's report against defendant for violations of securities laws. Following investigation…more

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Damage Award In Samsung v Apple

The Supreme Court on December 6, 2016 ruled that when considering the basis for awarding damages based on the infringer’s profits from infringing a design patent, it is not necessary to base these damages on the profit made on the…more

Be Aware Belgium November 2016

Until when can an employee reaching the legal retirement age and protected under the Act of 19 March 1991 continue to benefit from the protection provided by this act? Employees who ran as candidates during the social elections…more

New York’s Nonexempt Wage and Salary Requirements Still in Play

While the media has been focused on the stay of the new federal overtime exemption classification rules in Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, No. 16-cv-741, and the Department of…more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – La Paloma Generating Company, LLC

La Paloma Generating Company, LLC and two of its affiliates have filed petitions for chapter 11 bankruptcy relief in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Case No. 16-12700). The Debtor is the owner and…more

Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity Report Calls for Greater Investment

On Friday December 2nd the President’s Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity (“Commission”) released their long-awaited Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. The nonpartisan Commission was created in April by President…more

Financial Services Report, Winter 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE - Hope you survived all of those awkward Thanksgiving holiday conversations— amazing how divided people are on whether the court got it right in the PHH case, isn’t it? So on we go into the holiday season, while…more

Recreational Use and Sale of Marijuana in California: What Is and Is Not Permitted

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA”) by approving Proposition 64. AUMA largely legalizes the recreational, non-medical use of marijuana in California, as well as the sale of marijuana…more

Republican Congressmen Continues Information Demand on OSHA Joint-Employer Standard

Congressional leaders again have pressed the Department of Labor for information on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s potential guidance to OSHA investigators on determining if there is a joint-employer relationship…more

Are Networking Events Worth Your Time?

I read a great article in the Harvard Business Review on networking.  In “Don’t Waste Your Time on Networking Events,” author Derek Coburn suggests that networkers are not achieving the results they’re looking for through networking…more

New Compliance Regulations for France and Italy Demonstrate the Growing Convergence of Anti-Corruption and Whistleblowing Standards in Europe

A piece of major compliance legislation has just been passed in Europe: the long-awaited French anti-corruption and whistleblower protection law, Sapin II, which brings French anti-corruption standards in line with those of the UK and…more

Live! From the ACI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference

I’m blogging from the American Conference Institute’s Drug and Medical Device session on International Mass Tort Litigation: Strategies for Handling the Increasing Interplay Between Domestic and Global Products Liability Actions. Great…more

‘Tis the Season of Giving: Supreme Court Expands Insider Trading Liability to Recipients of “Gift” Stock Tips

Just in time for the holiday season, the Supreme Court has ruled that gift-giving is truly its own reward. But far from embodying the spirit of generosity that typically goes with that saying, the Court has ruled that the warm feeling…more

Supreme Court in Salman Says: “This One Is Easy,” Reaffirming Dirks and Rejecting Newman

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided a major insider trading case, Salman v. United States, 15-628. In Salman, the Supreme Court reaffirmed its prior ruling in Dirks v. SEC and held that a jury could infer that a tipper personally…more

Supreme Court Reverses Apple’s $400 Million Damage Award Against Samsung

On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor, that an award of total profits for infringing a design patent need not be calculated based only on the end product sold to an ordinary…more

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