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U.S. Copyright Office Creates New Registration Process for DMCA Agents

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), website operators and other Internet Service Providers (collectively, ISPs) can obtain protection from liability for copyright infringement claims based on the material generated or…more

Common Causes of Workers’ Compensation Denials

Despite meritorious claims, workers are denied benefits through workers’ compensation every day. Employers and their insurance carriers have a vested interest in denying as many claims as possible to avoid having to pay large payouts…more

When 30 Days Is Not 30 Days

Concerned about a surgeon’s skill, a hospital ordered him to “have five bowel surgery cases proctored,” specifying no time limit. After a month, when the surgeon hadn’t met the five-case requirement, the hospital filed an adverse…more

New HHS Secretary Delays Effective Date of Part 2 Final Rule

We previously reported that the 30 year old regulations (last updated in 1987) relating to the disclosure of substance abuse treatment information has been updated by SAMHSA to bring it into the modern world of electronic health…more

New And Improved “Work Card” Process Should Make Things Easier For Foreign Workers

Effective January 17, new regulations have eased somewhat the issues that many foreign workers have faced with renewing their Employment Authorization Documents, also commonly referred to as “work cards.” Under the old rules, for…more

NYSDOL Regulations Regarding Payment of Wages by Debit Card and Direct Deposit Have Been Revoked

In a decision issued yesterday, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals (IBA) revoked the regulations regarding payment of wages by debit card and direct deposit. While the full decision is available here, the upshot is that…more

42 C.F.R. Part 2 Final Rule Is Officially Delayed … Can Comments to HHS and OMB Fix It?

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule amending the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records rule at 42 C.F.R. Part 2. Yesterday, HHS delayed the effective…more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: Innovation Pressures Fuel M&A

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. This series of Cooley M&A blog posts include some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year and our thoughts for the year to…more

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Confirms Anti-Slapp Provisions Apply To “Protected Petition Activity”

On February 14, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts reviewed the application of the state’s “anti-SLAPP” law to challenges made against a blogged critique of Cardno Chemrisk, LLC (Chemrisk) and British Oetroleum (BP) in the…more

FDA to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss the Use of the Term “Healthy” in Food Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or agency) announced this week that it will be hold a public meeting on March 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to discuss the use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of food products. As…more

Scaling The Wall Of Conflicting "Tip Credit" Provisions

We've all struggled with what to do when we're given conflicting orders. Grandma says "have some pudding," and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters responds, "how can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?!" Employers are increasingly…more

Compliance News Flash

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. Expect activity at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the coming…more

DOL Fiduciary Rule – What’s Next?

On an almost daily basis, there are developments regarding the status of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) fiduciary rule creating a climate of uncertainty. Stakeholders, such as financial institutions that serve retirement clients…more

The TCPA and Risk of “Sabotage Liability”

Takeaway: The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) broadly defines the “sender” of a facsimile advertisement to include any entity “whose goods or services are advertised.” On its face, this language creates risk of liability…more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Tax Policy Takes Center Stage

The seventh week of the legislative session is in the books, and the Minnesota Legislature is one week closer to the first committee deadline on March 10. This week, House Republicans increased their majority by one with the election…more

CDC Issues New Guidance For Use of EPA-Registered Disifectants in Environmental Control of Candida auris for U.S. Healthcare Facilities

On February 17, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance revising its recommendation regarding controlling Candida auris (C. auris)…more

Small Business Valuation—What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

Government contractors who have built successful businesses over a period of time often neglect to answer one simple question until very late in the game. The question, “What is my business worth?” has far-reaching implications and…more

Oregon Supreme Court Confirms Oregon RCRA and Related Rules Impose Strict Liability

On February 9, the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (OEQC) and the Oregon Court of Appeals that Oil Re-Refining Company (ORRCO) was strictly liable for “simple” violations of…more

It’s Time For 401(k) Plan Sponsors To Get A Grip

As an ERISA attorney with a national retirement plan practice, I often feel like a flight attendant giving the safety discussion on a commercial airplane. When I talk about retirement plans and fiduciary liability, I think half the…more

UK Government to Implement Immigration Skills Charge

Seyfarth Synopsis: The UK government will introduce an “Immigration Skills Charge” in April 2017 that will substantially increase the cost for companies to sponsor Tier 2 workers in the UK. The following alert is directed to…more

DC Mayor Declines to Veto DC’s Paid Family Leave Bill

Back in December 2016, we wrote an article discussing the passage of the District of Columbia Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (“the Act”) by a 9 to 4 DC City Council vote on December 20th. We explained that the next step…more

Alex Acosta Nominated for Secretary of Labor Position After Withdrawal of Andrew Puzder From Consideration

Secretary of Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration on February 15, 2017, capping weeks of speculation, as well as significant criticism from several different sectors related to his company’s treatment of its…more

Fraud and Performance Securities

Performance securities are an everyday feature of construction and engineering projects. It is increasingly common to see calls on performance securities challenged on the basis of "fraud". Two recent cases from the English courts…more

Creating a Culture of Ethics and Respect: It’s all about Who You Are and Who You Want to Be

Our annual Benchmark Report always provides great insights into what’s on the minds of ethics and compliance officers, and this past year’s was no different. Probably the most interesting result from our 2016 survey was that out of 644…more

Education is an important part of the fiduciary process

Advisors ask me all the time of the role of education in participant directed 401(k) plans. Participant directed 401(k) plans that are governed under ERISA §404(c) offer the plan sponsors liability protection based on a participant’s…more

Non-Reportable ≠ Non-Reviewable: Antitrust Insights for Smaller US Mergers

Acquisitions of U.S. companies that fall below the $80.8 million Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting threshold may pose unique risks to buyers. Unlike HSR reportable transactions, non-reportable transactions typically do not allow for…more

Federal Circuit Again Reverses PTAB Obviousness Determination

In what is becoming a familiar basis for reversal of PTAB decisions, the Federal Circuit yet again reversed the PTAB for its failure to adequately explain the basis for combining multiple prior art references in support of its…more

Dissenting from Order Denying Rehearing En Banc, Judges Voice Concerns About Overbroad Criminal Statutes Enabling Prosecutorial Abuse

Yesterday the Second Circuit issued an order denying rehearing en banc in United States v. Marinello, No. 15-224, after an active judge of the Court had requested a poll as to whether the case should be reheard by the full Court. Two…more

Court of Appeal Upholds LAPD Recruits’ Failure to Accommodate Claim

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal held that police officer recruits who were not “qualified individuals” under FEHA for purposes of their discrimination claim could nonetheless prevail on their claim for failure to provide a…more

8th Circuit Trademark Year in Review 2016

I recently presented a CLE at the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis that covered many of the most important trademark cases from 2016 that were decided in the 8th Circuit. Here are some of the key teachings from some of…more

David Horrigan of kCura: eDiscovery Trends

This is the second of the 2017 Legaltech New York (LTNY) Thought Leader Interview series. eDiscovery Daily interviewed several thought leaders at LTNY (aka Legalweek) this year to get their observations regarding trends at the show…more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2017

PTAB’s Final Written Decision in IPR Must Explain Its Basis for a Motivation to Combine References - In In Re: Nuvasive, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1670, the Federal Circuit vacated the PTAB’s obviousness finding in an IPR, and…more

Federal Circuit Finds "Consisting Of" Requires Reversing Infringement Of Shire Lialda Patent

The Federal Circuit focused on the “consisting of” language in the claims at issue when it reversed the district court’s finding that Watson’s ANDA product would infringe the only Orange Book-listed Shire Lialda patent. In so doing…more

Muskegon Family Care to Pay $21,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Fired Employee Because of Medical Hold Due to Medication, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A medical services provider serving the Muskegon region will pay $21,500 and furnish other relief to settle a disability…more

Can You Be Reasonably Certain a Water Balloon Is Substantially Filled? Indefiniteness in Tinnus v. Telebrands

In Tinnus Enterprises, LLV v. Telebrands Enterprises (Fed. Cir. 2016-1410), the CAFC considered whether a claim requiring that a container (think water balloon) be “substantially filled” was indefinite under 35 USC §112. Complicating…more

[Video]This Week in FCPA-Episode 40- the Worse than Useless edition

Just out the week's top compliance and ethics stories on This Week in FCPA…more

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Restricting Employers From Making Credit Check Inquiries

On February 15, 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”). As previously reported, the Act, if it becomes law, will amend the D.C. Human Rights Act to prohibit employers from…more

Snowbird? Or the real deal?

So you recently moved from New York to Florida? Abundant sunshine, no income tax, no estate tax — wonderful! One problem: New York State tax authorities may not think you really moved! And they’re assessing heavy income taxes, interest…more

US SEC Publishes Risk Alert on Top Five Investment Adviser Compliance Issues Found During Inspections

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on February 7, 2017 (Risk Alert), highlighting the “five compliance topics most…more

New York State Regulations Governing Payroll Debit Cards (Scheduled to Become Effective March 7) Held Invalid and Revoked

The NYSDOL issued final regulations in September 2016, significantly restricting the use of payroll debit cards and imposing disclosure and consent requirements for direct deposit. The regulations were to become effective on March 7…more

EEOC Issues New Harassment Guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued proposed guidance crystallizing the agency’s expectation that employers be proactive in eliminating workplace harassment. The Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful…more

The IP Legal Minute - Quarter #1 2017: Examiner Legal Training

The USPTO recently released materials for training patent Examiners on how to rebut legal arguments during prosecution. Titled “Responding to Legal Arguments (RLA),” these materials train patent Examiners about (i) the basics of the…more

New Secretary of Labor Designee

The President announced that Alex Acosta, currently Dean of the Florida International School of Law will be the next nominee for Secretary of Labor following the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder. Acosta is a native of Miami, Florida. He…more

Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

On January 11, 2017, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) introduced Senate Bill 105 which proposes a substantial change to the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”). Senator Fischer was joined by…more

2017 Brings Issuance of New Design Patents for the Fashion Industry

It is well known among patent attorneys that design patents are an under-utilized form of protection in the fashion and beauty industry... ..Design patents should always be considered for timeless and iconic pieces or for pieces…more

Four Hot Labor and Employment Issues in Automotive for 2017 - Part 1

It hasn’t taken long, and if there was ever any wonder, it’s been put to rest. In the first weeks of the Trump administration we’ve seen wide-reaching philosophical shifts. But how will those shifts impact labor and employment in the…more

D.C. One Step Closer To Providing Employees Up To 8 Weeks Of Paid Leave

As we previously reported, in December 2016 the D.C. Council passed the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”). If it becomes law, the Act will provide all full and part time private sector workers in D.C. with eight…more

R. Alexander Acosta Picked to Head Department of Labor

President Donald Trump has nominated R. Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor. His nomination comes one day after Andrew Puzder, Trump’s first pick to lead the Department of Labor, withdrew his nomination…more

Delaware Law Updates – Pleading Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in the Publicly Traded Master Limited Partnership Context

In Dieckman v. Regency GP LP, --- A.3d ---, 2017 WL 243361 (Del. Jan. 20, 2017), the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery[1] and held that the common unitholder plaintiff’s complaint properly stated a claim for breach…more

President Trump States He Will Issue New Travel Ban Executive Order

On February 16, 2017, in a court filing and at a press conference, President Trump has stated that he will issue a new Executive Order (“EO”) to supplement or replace his January 27, 2017 Executive Order (“EO”) entitled “Protecting the…more

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