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Supreme Court of California Set to Decide Documentary Transfer Tax Case

The Supreme Court of California is slated to review a 2014 decision by the California Court of Appeal for the Second District, which held in 926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles that a change in ownership of an entity…more

Federal Circuit Knocks Out Patents After CBM Challenge

Apple successfully invalidated three patents for failure to recite patent eligible subject matter. Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc., 2015-1792, 2015-1793 (Fed. Cir. 2016). The patents relate to synchronous communication systems for…more

Trump Administration Rolls Back Transgender Student Protections

Schools No Longer Face Federal Requirement To Permit Transgender Students To Access Restrooms Corresponding With Their Gender Identities - Late yesterday, the Trump administration revoked Obama-era federal guidelines that had…more

The Housing White Paper: implications beyond the residential market

The recently published Housing White Paper "Fixing our broken housing market" outlines the government's proposals to boost housing supply in England. While the focus is, unsurprisingly, on residential land use and many of the proposals…more

Litigation Alert: The Fourth Circuit Limits Standing to Bring Data Breach Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has made it more difficult to establish Article III standing in data breach cases both at the pleading stage and at summary judgment by requiring plaintiffs to allege and show that data…more

The Increase in Form I-9 Penalties and What It Means for Employers

With no fanfare and minimal notice, the government has significantly increased the penalties that can be assessed for a variety of offenses related to the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9...…more

Investment Funds Updatea: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and primary European fund domiciles - January 2017 - Issue 1: Germany

BaFin Publishes KAMaRisk - BaFin published the “Minimum Requirements on Risk Management for Investment Management Companies (Mindestanforderungen an das Risikomanagement für Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaften - „KAMaRisk“) on 10…more

Change on the Horizon for Decades-Old Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final regulations (CMS-3819-F) that will make substantial changes to the Medicare home health agency Conditions of Participation (CoPs). These sweeping changes take effect…more

Google Required to Hand Over Foreign Stored Emails to Justice Department: eDiscovery Case Law

In the ruling In re Search Warrant No. 16-960-M-01 to Google, Pennsylvania Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Rueter ordered Google to comply with a search warrant to produce foreign-stored emails, disagreeing with the U.S. Court of Appeals…more

FTC Settles Deception Charges Relating to Privacy Program Claims

On February 22, 2017, the FTC settled charges with three companies that, according to the FTC, deceptively claimed that they participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules (APEC CBPR). The proposed…more

Biosimilars Council Files Amicus Brief in Sandoz v. Amgen

As we covered in a previous post, in April the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the BPCIA’s notice of commercial marketing requirement and patent dance provisions. Last week, the Biosimilars Council filed an amicus brief in…more

Maine's Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation

Possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for recreational purposes has now been legal in the State of Maine for three weeks. The world as we know it seems unchanged…more

The Filing of Canadian Securities Class Actions Increased in 2016

The filing of securities class actions increased significantly last year in the U.S. In Canada the number of such actions filed also increased last year. Over the last two years in Canada however, the number of securities class actions…more

And Now – From the Same Court That Gave Us Engle….

That’s Engle v. Liggett Group, Inc., 945 So. 2d 1246 (Fla. 2006), the most bizarre use of res judicata that we’ve ever seen – giving preclusive effect to a class action verdict despite also finding that the class was not certifiable…more

Trump Admininstration’s New DHS Immigration Enforcement Criteria And The Future of Travel/Visa Ban

After a short lull in immigration policy action, things are changing again. Last week the Trump Administration informed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that it would issue a new Executive Order (EO) on the travel/visa ban this week…more

Will Congress Overhaul Class Action Practice? A Quick Look at the Proposed Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

In 2016, House Republicans sponsored legislation aimed at curbing “no injury” class actions, which was supported by testimony from DRI, among others. The legislation passed the House but died in the Senate. Earlier this month an even…more

DHS Releases Memos on Immigration

On February 20, 2017, Secretary John Kelly of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued two immigration memos entitled, “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies” and…more

DOJ Releases New Guidance on Compliance Programs

On February 8, 2017, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) quietly published pointed and specific guidance on how it assesses – and intends to assess – compliance programs in a report titled “Evaluation of Corporate…more

Should You Invest In Long-Term Care Insurance?

It is very difficult to predict whether you or a loved one will one day need long-term care insurance. A diagnosis like Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can drastically change your life and your financial plans. With an…more

Supreme Court Holds IDEA Exhaustion Required When Crux of Complaint Is a Denial of FAPE

The Supreme Court issued its opinion in Fry v. Napoleon yesterday. The case asked the court to interpret the IDEA provision stating that the Act does not limit the rights or remedies available under the Americans with Disabilities Act…more

Increase in limits

This week new limits applying to certain awards of employment tribunals, and other amounts payable under employment legislation, have been increased. The increases apply where the event giving rise to the entitlement to…more

Chris Lazarini Examines Employee v. Independent Contractor Issue

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the plaintiff claimed to be an employee of Northwestern Mutual and therefore protected under New York's minimum wage and overtime laws; Northwestern argued the…more

African Resilience! Private Equity in Africa proves its mettle

Despite numerous economic, political and regulatory challenges faced by investors, Private equity in South Africa appears to continue to deliver long term sustainable returns for its stakeholders and has outperformed major listed…more

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Financial Regulatory Reform

President Trump signed an executive order setting forth “core principles” in the regulation of the US financial system and directing the Treasury Secretary to review and report back to the President within 120 days on the extent to…more

SEC Whistleblower Protection: Recent Cautionary Tales and New Best Practices

Although 2017 has barely begun, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has continued to aggressively pursue enforcement actions against companies for whistleblower-related violations. As part of its initiative, the SEC has taken…more

SCOTUS Service Dog Decision Could Spell Bad News For Schools

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a disabled child’s parents were not legally required to jump through certain additional hoops and exhaust administrative remedies in a service animal dispute before suing…more

REVOKED: New York Appeals Board Invalidates Payroll Debit Card and Direct Deposit Regulations

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals (“Board”) revoked the payroll debit card and direct deposit regulations (“Regulations”) that were adopted by the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”). Thus…more

Adidas v. Puma: Another three-stripe lawsuit

We’ve written on several occasions about the aggressive policing by Adidas of its well-known “three-stripe” mark for shoes, including attempts to enforce its mark against other two-stripe or four-stripe designs (with some success)…more

Why an Employer Should Sponsor A 401(k) Plan

As an employer, a big reason for setting up a retirement plan is because it’s an employee benefit and it can be used to recruit and retain top-level employees. Unlike health insurance, the costs of running a retirement plan don’t…more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later…more

Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance While Considering Legal Issues

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) jointly issued a statement rescinding the guidance on transgender students’ rights under Title IX issued to school districts nationwide in May. The prior…more

gTLDs: The luck of the .IRISH

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the application process for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) in January 2012.  The new gTLD program resulted in an unprecedented expansion of the Domain Name…more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies that make…more

Worker status – Pimlico Plumbers case

Pimlico Plumbers engaged Mr Smith as a plumber for around five and a half years. Four months after he suffered a heart attack, Pimlico brought the engagement to an end. Mr Smith issued proceedings in the employment tribunal for unfair…more

When Will Shareholders Force Boards to Do Compliance?

Today we honor one of the most iconic moments of World War II (WWII) and one of the most famous photographs of all time, that of the Marines raising the US flag on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. Marine photographer Louis…more

Van Patten V. Vertical Fitness Is No TCPA Killer

The rise of Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation in the past decade has been staggering. From just 14 cases in 2007, the number of TCPA-related filings has exploded to 4,860 in 2016 — a total that is expected to exceed 5,000 in…more

Appeal Court Revives Class Action against the WSIB

The Ontario Court of Appeal has revived a proposed class action brought by the appellant, Pietro Castrillo, on behalf of a class of injured workers whom he alleges have been wrongfully denied the full extent of benefits to which they…more

Court Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege In Reinsurance Dispute, Rejecting Assertion Of The Crime-Fraud Exception And Questions Surrounding The Source Of The Privileged Material

The case involves a dispute over Utica Mutual Insurance Company’s claims for reinsurance proceeds from Munich Re. One of Munich Re’s defenses in the litigation asserts that Utica “strategically orchestrated a settlement structure” with…more

Opinions are Critical to Mitigating Patent Damages Post-Halo

Although the Supreme Court’s increased engagement with patent law over the last decade has generally been viewed as positive for parties accused of patent infringement, its recent decision in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse…more

Supreme Court Limits Overseas Contributory Liability

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued its decision in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. In a substantially unanimous (7-0) ruling, the Court held that supplying a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture or…more

Supreme Court Decides Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp.

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538, holding that the supplying of a single component of a multicomponent invention does not qualify as an…more

Bridging the Gap: AMLC Launches Government Relations Initiative to Further Practice Area Understanding between Private and Government Counsel

The scenario is a familiar one to lawyers practicing in maritime and admiralty law – a frantic middle-of-the-night call, a shipboard emergency, and your client looking to you for answers in a high-stakes scenario which could amount to…more

Lessons Gleaned From Recent HIPAA Settlements: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: How Recent OCR Enforcement Impacts Your Transaction Diligence

HIPAA enforcement has been on the rise during the last several years, and the dollar impact of those settlements has continued to grow significantly. The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a…more

Cyberattacker Offers Access to Private Data From 60 Universities and Agencies

In February 2017, a private threat intelligence firm alerted more than 60 organizations – institutions of higher education and governmental entities – that their internal databases had been breached by a Russian-speaking cybercriminal…more

Open Source Software….A Quick FAQ

Some complicated topics are easy and some easy topics are complicated. This one is actually both. So let’s just start with some of the fundamentals: What is the difference between “closed” source and “open” source? When…more

Ninth Circuit to Decide Key TCPA Insurance Issue

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral argument in Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, a case raising the issue of whether an exclusion for invasion of privacy claims in a directors and officers…more

When it Rains it Floods: California Rainstorms and Flood Insurance

Until very recently, the scarcity of water and the decline in oil prices in California prompted the joke that oil was being used as fracking fluid to get water out of the ground. In the last week, however, so much rain has fallen there…more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: FLEMISH REGION: Drastic reform of the Flemish permit landscape

INTRODUCTION - For many years, various Flemish real estate projects (including retail, industrial, etc.) were subject to one or more permits: a building permit for the urban planning aspects, an environmental permit for the…more

ITC Macomb-Orchard Trail Subject of Media Attention

ITC’s filing of numerous condemnation lawsuits was the subject of press coverage by the Macomb Daily and WXYZ Television. I have discussed my representation of a large ownership group being impacted by ITC’s takings that will…more

Time Waits for No-One When a Garnishee Order can be Obtained to Enforce an Adjudicator's Determination

The Supreme Court is often called upon by an aggrieved party to restrain enforcement of an adjudicator's determination whilst that party seeks to have the determination set aside. In an ex tempore decision in Atlas Construction…more

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