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New York Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations Go Into Effect on March 1st

We have previously reported about the upcoming New York Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations. On February 16, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that “the first-in the-nation cybersecurity regulation to protect New York’s…more

Short List of Possible Trump NLRB Candidates Reported

President Donald J. Trump has narrowed his list of candidates to fill the two open seats on the five-member National Labor Relations Board to Marvin Kaplan, William Emanuel, and Douglas Seaton, according to Bloomberg BNA…more

Update: DOL Regulation for Employers Who Use Direct Deposit and Payroll Debit Cards Invalidated

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals invalidated and revoked the NYS Department of Labor regulations governing payment of wages by direct deposit or payroll debit card. The regulations were scheduled to…more

Covenant Transport To Pay $30,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Trucking Company Refused To Hire Applicant Because of Inability to Provide a Urine Sample Due to Medical Condition, Federal Agency Charged - CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Covenant Transport, Inc., a trucking company based in Chattanooga…more

DC Circuit Enforces Escobar’s Materiality Requirement

This week, the D.C. Circuit added to the post-Escobar, materiality jurisprudence with its opinion in United States ex rel. McBride v. Halliburton Co., No. 15-7144 (Feb. 17, 2017). In its decision, the court affirmed the trial court’s…more

Alleging a Negative: The Challenges of Bringing a Refusal-to-Deal Claim

What does to take to state a claim under Section 2 of the Sherman Act for refusal to deal? Last week’s decision in Viamedia, Inc. v. Comcast Corp. and Comcast Spotlight, LP, a case out of the Northern District of Illinois, highlights…more

A Changing World Creates Challenges and Opportunities for Sovereign Wealth Funds

Can you describe your practice? Nikravesh: I devote a significant portion of my practice to working with sovereign wealth funds, public sector pension funds, social security funds, and other government investors, helping them…more

Multiple Actors May Perform Steps in Method Claims for Purposes of Inducement

Addressing the issue of divided infringement, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding of induced infringement even though no single actor performed all steps of the asserted claims in a…more

Trump Orders Agencies to Form Regulatory Reform Task Forces

President Trump has issued an Executive Order which requires the head of each agency to designate an agency official as its Regulatory Reform Officer, or RRO. Each RRO will oversee the implementation of regulatory reform initiatives…more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - California Senate leader puts 100% renewable energy on the table in new legislation - Los Angeles Times - Feb 21 - Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is proposing legislation, SB…more

Increased Immigration Enforcement Highlights Need for Employer Compliance

Heightened enforcement of immigration laws is a trend widely expected to continue under the Trump administration, including the recent increase in government audits of employers’ Forms I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). The…more

Cybersecurity Executive Order? – A Few Thoughts on Leaked “Drafts.”

More than two weeks ago, the President postponed issuing an executive order on cybersecurity. Since then, we’ve had no word from the White House on when he intends to sign it. However, two purported drafts of the order have wound up on…more

Trade Secret Misappropriation in the World of Driverless Cars: Google versus Uber

On Thursday, Waymo LLC sued Uber Technologies and Ottomotto LLC in federal court in the Northern District of California for: (1) violation of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act; (2) violation of California’s Uniform Trade Secrets…more

Watch the Napkin: First Circuit Affirms Insider-Trading Conviction

In what appears to be the first appellate decision since the Supreme Court’s December 2016 ruling in Salman v. United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed an insider-trading conviction based on a tip of…more

Top Five Issues for the LNG Industry in 2017

As low oil prices dragged on for another year, LNG sellers and developers continued to face hurdles in 2016. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, we witnessed more projects cancelled or put on hold, including LNG Canada and Oregon LNG…more

Cyber Security and Social Engineering: A Big Low Tech Problem

Headline-grabbing cyber hacks of email accounts belonging to celebrities, corporations, government officials and political campaigns are becoming the norm. Cybersecurity intended to guard against these acts brings to mind high tech…more

The New Partnership Audit Rules Are Coming, Have You Checked Your Operating Agreement?

At the end of 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, as amended (the “BBA”), was enacted into law, and will be effective for tax years beginning after 2017. Under the BBA, the rules relating to the audit of partnership tax returns…more

Report Summarizes Healthcare Data Breaches in January 2017

Health care data breaches are not slowing. According to a report issued by Protenus, in conjunction with www.databreaches.net, the summary of healthcare data breaches in 2017 continues where 2016 left off. In January 2017, there…more

The Song says 2 out of 3 Ain’t Bad; The Supreme Court says 1 is not “Substantial”

In Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. [14-1538] (February 22, 2017), the Supreme Court reversed a Federal Circuit decision that supplying a single component of a multi-component invention from the United States is an infringing…more

FTC Settles Deceptive Advertising Lawsuit against Operators of Online “High School”

Two weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced multi-million dollar settlements with the operators of two online “high schools.” According to a complaint filed by the FTC last year, Capitol Network Distance Learning…more

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

The State Water Resources Control Board recently adopted an amendment to all Domestic Water Supply Permits it issues to public water systems that supply drinking water. The amendment requires domestic water suppliers for schools to…more

Wild Introgressions: The Tomato Genome’s Impact on Plant Patenting and Trademark Branding Prospects

Diana Kennedy, an intrepid chronicler of Mexican cuisine, describes cuatomates as “very small cherry tomatoes with an intense flavor and enormous amount of tiny seeds.” A potently flavored, tiny green tomatillo variety “grows wild in…more

Employment Law - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Sends Employment Dispute to Arbitration - Why it matters - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sent an employment dispute to arbitration, reversing a denial of the employer's motion to compel…more

Trump Administration Indicates Plans to Increase Enforcement of Recreational Marijuana Laws

To follow up on our prediction last month that the Trump Administration may take a more aggressive stance toward the legalization of marijuana, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated during the February 23 daily briefing that…more

News from Abroad -- Swiss-style Patent Claims Can Be Very Valuable in Australia

The scope for enforcement of Swiss-style claims may be broader in Australia than for method of medical treatment claims. Second medical use inventions can be claimed in an ever increasing number of claim formats depending on the…more

Does the Show Stop For Appeal After a Court Compels Arbitration? The Federal Circuit Courts Are Split

Under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq., if a District Court compels arbitration of all of the claims that are before it, and thereupon dismisses the suit, its order compelling arbitration is final and…more

UK: Court of Appeal Reconsiders Test to Determine "Worker" Status

The gig economy is expanding fast. Although it brings great benefits, such as flexibility for companies and individuals, it also has generated concerns regarding workplace protections and social inequalities. In the UK, the legal…more

Outlook for Disgorgement Remedies in the Trump Administration

With the departure of now former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez earlier this month, among the most discussed vacancies in the new administration these days is the post of her permanent replacement. According to…more

Texas Law Lets Attorney-Client Privilege Transfer to the Buyer of a Business

When negotiating the sale of a business, legal counsel should be aware that the attorney-client privilege protecting communications between the seller and its legal counsel – including negotiations regarding the acquisition – will…more

Multijurisdictional Securitization in the Age of Risk Retention

The challenges of complying with both the US rules and the EU rules. Both United States and European Union laws now require 5 percent credit risk retention for securitization transactions. While the jurisdictional scope of the US…more

How to Recruit and Hire While Avoiding Data Contamination

When we think about trade secrets, we usually focus on keeping our own data safe. But an even bigger risk comes from hiring employees who can infect our systems with confidential information from a competitor. Companies often learn…more

Supreme Court Restricts the Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Patent Law for Exported Goods

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court in a landmark decision held that the supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to liability under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(1). See Life Techs…more

Bon Jovi, Social Media and Listening in Your Compliance Program

For every CCO or compliance practitioner, you have multiple audiences. First and foremost is your employee base but there can be third parties, shareholder or other stakeholders. One of the key insights of a number of business leaders…more

Fair Play in Granting Area Variances on the Tennis Court and in the Judicial Court

The orientation of a tennis court in a north/south direction is a benefit to competitive players interested in fair tennis play. Even the Appellate Division, Second Department, agrees. To avoid the impact of sun glare, a Town of…more

The Property Tax Appeal Process: It’s That Time Again...

Here we go again! It's that time that all Guilford County real property owners invariably look forward to [Insert Sarcasm]. Yes, it’s a Revaluation Year in Guilford County. Property owners should be on the lookout: assessment notices…more

San Jose Passes “Opportunity to Work” Ordinance

San Jose is the third northern California city to enact a scheduling ordinance that further regulates employers’ scheduling and hiring practices.  Following on San Francisco and Emeryville’s lead, San Jose recently passed “The…more

Health Alert (Australia) February 27, 2017

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Fair Work Commission 20 February 2017 - Renton v Bendigo Health Care Group [2017] FWC 921 - Application for…more

Governor Malloy Issues Executive Order On Transgender Students’ Use of Bathrooms in Public Schools

On February 22, 2017, President Trump’s administration decided to rescind, pending further review, the Obama administration’s federal guidance that requires transgender students receive access to the restrooms and locker rooms of their…more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Clean Election Funding for Gubernatorial Candidates Being Challenged - Maine’s Clean Election Act…more

Decreto por el que se declaran reformadas y adicionadas diversas disposiciones de los artículos 107 y 123 de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicano

Con fecha 24 de febrero del año en curso, ha sido publicada en el Diario Oficial de la Federación el Decreto por el cual se reforman los artículos 107 y 123 de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos en materia de…more

Future of California’s Marijuana Laws Appears Hazy

What do you get when you cross blue state liberal marijuana laws with red state conservatism? A purple haze. California voters approved recreational use of marijuana for adults in the November 2016 election. But federal law still…more

Update: Prudential Regulators Delay Compliance Deadline for New Swap Margin Rules

If you have been following our alerts on the pending deadlines (and the delays of these deadlines by certain regulators) of the new swap variation margin rules (New Swap Margin Rules) that were due to go into effect on March 1, the…more

EPA Proposes Rules to Implement TSCA Reform

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law on June 22, 2016. We previously summarized that bill's key changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA"). This Commentary highlights several…more

Mass Withdrawal from the International Criminal Court What does this mean for African disputes

On 30 January 2017 the African Union ("AU") voted in favour of the collective withdrawal by its member states from the International Criminal Court ("ICC"). This was a bold move considering a withdrawal of such magnitude could cripple…more

New regulation for public private partnerships

On December 22, the Regulation for Public Private Partnerships (39965-H-MP) came into effect. This regulation means that soon the Government and the Private Sector can work hand-in-hand to develop both infrastructure and other…more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2017 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Procedural Rules and Regulations - The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) amended its procedural rules and regulations to (1) reflect modern technology, such as E-Filing, and eliminate references…more

USPTO Standards of Review for Inter Partes Review Proceedings

The Administrative Procedures Act (APA) applies to Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) is using the APA to check the PTAB’s tendency to invalidate claims…more

Product Liability Update: February 2017

California Courts Reject Speculative Evidence of Exposure to Asbestos from Contaminated Talc. In a new wave of asbestos-related personal injury litigation, plaintiffs allege that they were exposed to talc-containing products that were…more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 8

EU and Prudential Regulators Issue Statements on March 1 Compliance With Swap Margin Rules - Lacking the ability to issue formal no-action relief from strict compliance with the variation margin rules for uncleared swaps coming…more

When A “Tax Free” Exchange May Not Be Free of Tax

“Tax free” – two words that often bring great delight when they are spoken by a tax adviser to the owner of a business, whether he is considering the disposition of a single asset, or of substantially all of the assets, of his…more

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