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Getting to know British Columbia’s new franchise legislation

After years in development, the British Columbia Franchises Act and its regulations came into force on February 1, 2017. British Columbia is now one of six Canadian provinces to enact franchise legislation, following Alberta…more

Federal Court of Appeal rules on non-infringing alternatives and apportionment as defences to an accounting of profits from patent infringement

On February 2, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal released a significant decision on accounting for profits, a remedy for patent infringement in Canada: Apotex Inc v ADIR, 2017 FCA 23. The appeal concerned two defences raised by Apotex…more

California Energy Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been and will continue to monitor bills throughout the two-year…more

PTAB Changes Final Written Decision Upon Rehearing and Finds Additional Claim Unpatentable

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or “Board”) granted a petitioner’s request for rehearing and modified its Final Written Decision finding an additional claim unpatentable. Previously, the PTAB issued a Final Written Decision…more

Curing What Ails You – Relief for Small Employer HRAs

The impact of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) on health reimbursement arrangements (“HRAs”) has not been favorable. Many employers got rid of their HRAs or integrated them with a major medical plan in order to avoid significant…more

PTAB Terminates Interference Involving Revolutionary Gene Modification Technology

On February 15, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) terminated a patent interference between the Broad Institute and the University of California, finding the parties’ respective claims to CRISPR-Cas9 systems and methods…more

D.C. Circuit Grants En Banc Review on the Constitutionality of the CFPB Leadership Structure

CFPB Director Richard Cordray has a little more job security this week than last week. On February 16, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted the CFPB’s request for an en banc review of its October 2016…more

The Big Ten and the NCAA Tip Off for MARCH Marks

You don’t have to be a sports fan to be aware of MARCH MADNESS, the name associated with the annual tournament to determine the college basketball national champion. The tournament is organized by the National Collegiate Athletics…more

Infant Left Alone in the Car | Child Abuse Defense Attorney

Don’t Ever Leave Any Infant Alone in the Car. I have been a child abuse defense attorney in Maricopa County for more than twenty five years. Every fall and winter, when the temperature drops below 80 degrees, I get a fresh wave of…more

Privileged information is generally safe from Subject Access Requests

Subject Access Requests ("SARs") are an increasingly popular weapon in litigation, because they can be used to provide a cheap and quick form of pre-action disclosure. However, courts have confirmed that information subject to legal…more

Alternative Facts? A World Without Dodd-Frank and Basel III

What if Dodd-Frank and Basel III were to largely go away? Eliminating Dodd-Frank has been a hobbyhorse of Representative Hensarling, the chair of the House Services Committee, for several years and has figured prominently in President…more

Russia Supreme Court Rules On Phone Recordings

In a December 6, 2016 ruling [No. 35-KG16-18], the Supreme Court of Russia confirmed that secret recordings of telephone conversations can be admissible evidence in certain circumstances, changing a long-standing position…more

Spoiler Alert: Florida Appellate Court Upholds PMA Preemption and Rejects Parallel Claim

Over the years, comedian Adam Carolla has played the “Germany or Florida” game on his various radio and tv programs and podcasts. The game is based on the observation that many of the most bizarre stories of human ineptitude come from…more

Changing Your “Home” For State Tax Purposes – Not So Easy

It’s February, the middle of winter, and many of us are longing for warmer weather. Some with second homes in Florida or Arizona and the like start thinking about changing their primary residence for state income and estate tax…more

Ukraine: Changes and amendments in the town-planning law

On 17 January 2017 Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted Law 1817-VIII "On Introduction of Changes and Amendments to Certain Legislation Acts of Ukraine regarding Improvement of Town-Planning Activity" (Law). The Law is signed by the…more

A Reprieve from the Deluge of Hail Litigation in Texas

In recent years, the number of Texas lawsuits arising from hail-damage claims to residential and commercial properties has reached staggering levels, leaving the courts in several Texas counties struggling to keep up with unprecedented…more

Medicaid Reform: It’s All About Paying Providers

Health care services cost money. Often times, a lot of money. This fundamental truism captures the challenge facing Congressional Republicans as they consider coverage of low income populations as part of their so-called Repeal and…more

Your Patient Intake Forms May Need a Checkup

On January 27, 2017, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that a physician and his practice could not enforce an arbitration agreement against a patient where the physician and his practice did not make full disclosure to the patient…more

The Top Ten Laws That Did Not Pass in 2016 (…But May Pass in 2017)

Each year hundreds of laws are introduced in California’s House of Representatives or Senate, only a fraction of which are ever signed into law. Many laws that are passed, such as last year’s Senate Bill 3 which will increase…more

Friend or Foe? State Attorneys General Start to Change Their Tune on Industry & Cybersecurity

Should businesses be thought of as victims or bad actors when it comes to data breaches? State attorneys general are embracing the idea that businesses are not necessarily adversaries in the struggle to protect sensitive consumer…more

IRS Releases March 2017 Federal Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for March 2017 has decreased to 2.4%. The March 2017 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found here. Please see full Schedule below for more information…more

Are College Athletes Employees? Board Counsel Tackles Controversial Issue

A January memorandum issued by Richard Griffen, the current General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, has kicked off a debate over whether and when university students should be deemed “employees” who can assert collective…more

Health Update - February 2017

Securing the Safety Net for America's Vulnerable Populations - Editor's Note: America's population is aging rapidly. By 2029, 75 million baby boomers will have reached age 65 and older, and older adults will represent more than…more

Fourth Circuit Permits DOJ to Reject an FCA Settlement, But Punts Decision on Statistical Sampling

In a closely watched False Claims Act (“FCA”) case, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has an unreviewable right to object to a proposed settlement agreement between a relator and a…more

Third Circuit Affirms Denial of Class Certification Because Expert’s Exclusion of Relevant Data From Analysis of Classwide Antitrust Impact Precluded a Finding of Predominance

The Third Circuit affirmed an order denying class certification because the plaintiffs failed to provide sufficient evidence of classwide antitrust impact, and thus, could not satisfy Rule 23(b)(3)’s predominance requirement. The…more

Lessons from November and December of 2016 That Will Help You Get Off to a Great Start in 2017

From the time that I was in elementary school through my years in law school, my grandfather always stressed the importance of getting off to a good start each new academic year. The importance of a good start is just as critical in…more

Insider Trading Around Private Placements: Was Tom Price’s Investment Down Under Above Board?

On February 10, the Senate confirmed Representative Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services, where he will oversee the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His nomination has not been without controversy…more

Incoming! Incoming! OFCCP Issues Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters

On February 17, 2017, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) mailed Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSAL) to federal contractors and subcontractors. The purpose of these letters is to give service and…more

The Eastern District of Michigan affirms the CFPB’s broad authority to issue civil investigative demands

A recent decision from the Eastern District of Michigan in CFPB v. Harbour Portfolio Advisors, LLC; National Asset Advisors, LLC; and National Asset Mortgage, LLC serves as a reminder that the CFPB’s authority to issue a Civil…more

Update on the OCC Fintech Charter: The Current Lay of the Land

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is considering allowing financial technology (fintech) companies to be chartered as special-purpose national banks. Although the planning is still at a preliminary stage, the OCC’s…more

Third Circuit Upholds Subgroup Disparate Impact Claims Under the ADEA

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently created a circuit split when it disagreed with prior decisions from the Second, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits regarding the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). In Karlo v…more

US Chamber of Commerce on Capital Formation and Disclosure Requirements

In a recent letter, the Chamber commented to the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies about the Committee’s consideration of the factors affecting the trend of companies remaining private and deferring their IPOs…more

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 – Securing PPP Value for Money and the Criticality of Monitoring and Root Cause Analyses

Introduction - Much of the PPP debate in Saudi Arabia has focussed on the importance of shifting the public sector expenditure burden to the private sector. Wherever this has been the sole focus of a PPP programme, the responsible…more

[Video]FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 308-Ben Locwin on Forecasting

In this first part of a three part series on the risk management process, noted risk management guru Ben Locwin and I visit about forecasting in the risk management process…more

Newsletter Corporate - February 2017

M&A - Balance Sheet Guarantees: German case law has recently developed new requirements for drafting Balance Sheet Guarantees in Share Purchase Agreements. If not properly drafted, such Balance Sheet Guarantees may be regarded as…more

SEC Secures Split Decision in Insider Trading Trial

The SEC received a split decision from a jury in an insider trading case that spawned three separate enforcement actions and ten different traders. The jury found in favor of the Commission and against one first tier tippee – one who…more

Google Ruling May Give Government an Opening to Broaden its Power Under Outdated Stored Communications Act

As technology progresses and the world becomes even more interconnected, the scope of the Stored Communications Act (“SCA” or “Act”) has become a topic of much interest in the federal courts. One question courts have grappled with…more

California Employers Are Subject to New Requirements When Using Criminal History Information

In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-awaited “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of…more

Mortgage Servicer Enters in to $225 Million Consent Order with California DBO

On February 17, 2017, the California Department of Business Oversight (California DBO) announced that it had entered in to a $225 million consent order with a national mortgage servicer following an investigation by a third-party…more

[Video]Day 16 of One Month to a Better Board-the Board and Succession Planning

Yesterday, I considered the Board of Director’s role in hiring of senior executives and in other key positions and corporate positions and corporate relationships. Today I want to consider the Board’s role in succession planning. In an…more

Alaska Creates Exception to General Rule that Injured Party Cannot Sue Insured’s Carrier

The Supreme Court of Alaska in Burnett v. Government Employees Insurance Company, 2017 WL 382648 (Alaska 2017) recently decided in a 3-2 decision that an insurer who voluntarily assumed the responsibility for cleaning up an oil spill…more

Desperately Seeking HPLs: Lateral Recruiting as Law Firm Growth Strategy

The market is ripe for lateral acquisitions—law firms just need to be listening for where the opportunities may lie…more

OCC Establishes New Third-Party Risk Management Expectations, Including for Bank Relationships With Marketplace Lenders

The bulletin requires relationships between banks and marketplace lenders to be treated with the same rigor of due diligence and ongoing oversight as other relationships with third parties. On January 24, the Office of the…more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken a sizeable stake in Bristol-Myers Squibb, a move that reportedly caught execs at the drugmaker unawares and sets the stage for a potential sale…more

New lending opportunities for EU Alternative Investment Funds in Italy

On 23 December 2016, the Bank of Italy supplemented the regulation on the collective investment management (the "Regulation") which, inter alia, implements article 46-ter of Legislative Decree. n. 58/1998 ("Consolidated Financial…more

Supporting Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession: Carly Alameda’s WISE Perspective

"I want to see this group of women on the cutting edge of the evolving legal marketplace, coming up with new ideas and models for how law firms deliver better value to in-house counsel."…more

Pennsylvania Accepts Applications for Medical Marijuana Growers, Processors and Dispensaries

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will accept permit applications for medical marijuana grower/processors and dispensaries from February 20, 2017 until March 20, 2017, pursuant to its authority under the Medical Marijuana Act. The…more

Partner and Firm Profitability in 3 Steps: Plan, Monitor, Bill (Part 1)

Let’s Acknowledge It’s Permanent - The legal industry is confronted with tremendous challenges for 2017. It’s been 10 years since the great recession, and one thing we can say with certainty is that the change in our industry…more

Econ 101: If You Increase Expenses More Than You Increase Revenue, Profits Will Be Lower

You just can’t make this stuff up. A recent ABA Journal article, Some law firm leaders question associate pay hikes amid tepid year, caught my eye. The Peer Monitor report stated: Firms were squeezed by a perfect storm of…more

Chinese Government Releases Draft Rules to Implement Cyber Security Law

China's 2015 State Security Law, which substantively amended and supplemented its first version issued in 1993, lays down the foundations for cyber security review. The law provides that the state needs to build a network and…more

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