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Trump’s Promised First 100 Days: What Asian Businesses Need to Know

Companies operating in Asia should take heed of five areas the US president-elect has said he will act on in his first 100 days, which could provide potential opportunities and challenges for Asian businesses—including the future of…more

Fifth Circuit Fast-Tracks Appeal of Overtime Rule Injunction

On December 8, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the U.S. Department of Labor’s motion seeking an expedited briefing schedule on its appeal of the district court injunction of the overtime rule that was scheduled to take…more

Supreme Court Gives Samsung an Early Christmas Present – For Now: eDiscovery Case Law

We almost made it the entire year without an update on the ubiquitous Apple v. Samsung case. Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, this long lasting case isn’t done yet…more

2017 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

In 2016, California passed a slew of labor and employment laws affecting businesses across the state and their personnel policies and practices. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1…more

Negotiation By Tweet: The Uncertain Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations

After the announcement of Fidel Castro’s death on November 26, 2016, President Barack Obama sent a message to the Cuban people highlighting his administration’s efforts to improve relations between the United States and Cuba. “History…more

Fifth Circuit Clarifies Claims Handling Quandary: When Does a Cause of Action Accrue?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a per curiam opinion in De Jongh v. State Farm Lloyds, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21432 (5th Cir. 2016) that clarified a typical but potentially tricky question involving property…more

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act

On November 30, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill intended to modernize health care delivery and speed up and improve medical research and innovations by removing bureaucratic obstacles. If…more

Can an Employer Back out of a Promise to Provide Advancement by Claiming That the Employee Committed Fraud?

Numerous decisions from the Delaware courts establish that a company cannot abandon its promise to advance legal fees and expenses when the covered director, officer, or employee properly invokes it…more

Supreme Court Vacates $399M Design Patent Damage Award, Finding an Article of Manufacture for Damage Purposes is Not Necessarily the Entire Product Sold

In Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Apple Inc., 580 U.S. ____ (2016), the Supreme Court reversed the award of $399,000,000 for infringement of Apple’s design patents covering the iPhone (U.S. Patent Nos. D618677, D593087, and D604305)…more

Bursting at the Seams: Expanded “Purple Pipe” Requirements

Existing on-site water recycling requirements for toilets, urinals and landscaping have applied to buildings of 250,000 gross square feet or larger in the Reclaimed Water Use Map (the “Map”) area since November 2015. The Map generally…more

FCC’s New Broadband Privacy Rules Stirs Up Opponents and Advocates

Under controversial new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission, consumers may choose how internet service providers use and share their personal data. The FCC adopted the rules, which apply regardless of whether…more

Advertising Law - December 2016

$30M Judgment for Green Coffee Weight Loss Defendant - An executive behind a green coffee weight loss product scam was hit with a $30 million judgment in a recent Federal Trade Commission action in Florida federal court. In…more

Congress Continues to Focus on Integrating Telehealth Solutions into Healthcare Delivery

On December 6, 2016, the House passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act (S. 2873) (the ECHO Act), which was unanimously passed by the Senate on November 29, 2016. The ECHO Act seeks to expand the use of health care…more

PTAB Life Sciences Report -- Part I December 2016

About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents…more

6th Circuit Orders Pay-to-Play Challenge to Merits Panel

The Sixth Circuit this week declined the SEC’s request to dismiss a Constitutional challenge to the new MSRB pay-to-play rules. Instead, the Court ordered the case to a merits panel for consideration. The Republican parties of…more

California Supreme Court Establishes Duty in Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Cases

On December 1, 2016, the Supreme Court of California held that the duty of employers and premises owners to exercise ordinary care in their use of asbestos in their businesses includes a duty to take reasonable care to prevent…more

The Clock Has Started: What ISPs Need to Do and When to Comply with the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules

On December 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) published its Report and Order entitled “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” (the “Order”) as a final rule in the…more

On the Grid: Blockchain May Create New Possibilities for Grid Enhancements and Energy IoT Applications

Just as blockchain technology has allowed for the tracking and authentication of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions, it could similarly mediate transactions in energy units. Blockchain technology — once known only as…more

Year End Tax Planning 2016

Proper year-end planning can help alleviate any unnecessary tax burden. While little happened in the way of tax legislation in 2016, there are certain tax breaks from which you may benefit and certain strategies that can be employed to…more

The Supreme Court Reaffirms Dirks in Salman

On December 6th, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its first major decision on insider trading in over 20 years, and affirmed the conviction of Bassam Salman for violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and…more

Employers Should Keep An Eye On the Non-Compete Reform Movement

Employers who require all employees to sign a form non-competition agreement regardless of the state in which the employee is located or the type of work performed by the employee should think twice before doing so. Recent legislation…more

California Law Restricts Employers From Asking About Juvenile Criminal History

California recently amended its existing law governing inquiries into and the use of juvenile criminal information. Effective January 1, 2017 employers will be restricted from asking about, seeking, or using a California…more

Governor Baker Announces Mid-Year Budget Cuts, Draws Rebuke from Legislature

On Tuesday, December 6, Governor Charlie Baker, under his Section 9C authority, ordered $98 million in mid-year cuts from the $39.25 billion FY17 state budget. The administration has warned of budget imbalances for months and this…more

District Court Orders Production of Past Testing from Prior Litigations Despite Confidentiality of Third Parties

Dexcel filed a motion to compel contending that Takeda has refused to provide any fact discovery concerning Takeda's methods for particle size analysis used in prior litigations or underlying the data in the patents-in-suit. Dexcel…more

New California Employment Laws 2016

California’s 2016 legislative session ended, once again, with a flurry of activity in the legislature and by Governor Jerry Brown, resulting in numerous new laws requiring employer action. The end-of-session bills were not the only…more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

With Fitch and DBRS [by most measures, the #3 and #4 rating agencies in a 3-player game] doling out AAA ratings for bonds backed by non-qualified mortgages that Moody’s has dubbed “risky.” Well worth keeping an eye on this trend…more

Supreme Court Clarifies Insider Trading

The U.S. Supreme Court has clarified what constitutes illegal insider trading by making it easier for the government to bring such cases. In a Dec. 6, 2016, unanimous decision in Salman v. United States, the court held that when an…more

China Adopts Tough and Sweeping Cybersecurity Law

On November 7, 2016, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress promulgated the Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China, a law James Zimmerman, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China calls…more

More Ways to be Tagged with Withdrawal Liability

I have written a number of posts, on employers and business owners who have been held responsible for the multiemployer plan withdrawal liability of a different employer. In some cases, the liability comes from common ownership. In…more

Global Financial Markets Insight - Issue 11, 2016

As we come to the end of 2016 we re ect on a year characterised by events that have sent political shockwaves through the world’s major markets and consider what this may mean for the coming year. The surprise may be just how…more

SEC Chief Accountant’s Remarks on High Quality Financial Reporting, Non-GAAP Financial Measures and the Role of Audit Committees

On December 5, 2016, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker, speaking at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Conference in Washington, D.C., emphasized the importance of high quality financial reporting to the U.S…more

SC Supreme Court extends Statute of Limitations in Lawyer Malpractice - Precedent reversed & hybrid rule adopted

The South Carolina Supreme Court, in the case of Stokes-Craven Holding Corp. v. Robinson, Op. No. 27572 (S.C.Sup.Ct. filed May 25, 2016)(Shearouse Adv.Sh. No. 21 at 17), reversed precedent and adopted a hybrid rule for the statute of…more

MIT: Energy Ventures 10 Year Anniversary Top 10 Moments – Moment #7

As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their practice…more

Eighth Circuit Considers Materiality Under the FCA Following the Supreme Court’s Escobar Decision

On October 19, 2016, the Eighth Circuit issued one of the first post-Escobar opinions addressing materiality under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). In United States ex rel. Miller v. Weston Educational, Inc, No. 14-1760, 2016 WL 6091099…more

The New “Swissness” Legislation

Swiss goods and services are valued by consumers who are ready to pay a premium for goods that are Swiss made. The current rules regulating the Swiss brand are often ignored by the market and enforcement is difficult and rare. The new…more

When A Majority Won’t Suffice

For California corporations, the general rule is that an act or decision done or made by a majority of the directors present at a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present is the act of the board. Cal. Corp. Code § 307(a)(8)…more

Eighth Circuit Holds that a Reasonable Interpretation of an Ambiguous Law Does Not Give Rise to FCA Liability

On August 8, 2016, the Eighth Circuit, in Olson v. Fairview Health Services of Minnesota, affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) suit alleging that the University of Minnesota Medical Center (“UMMC”) fraudulently induced…more

Spokeo Should Not Fall on Deaf Ears in Privacy Class Actions

On the May morning that the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, I was among those who read the case as a bellwether. The Spokeo appeal addressed a long-festering issue about whether Congress may confer…more

United States Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Insider Trading

Today, the United States Supreme Court held that an individual may be convicted of insider trading after receiving an investment tip from an insider who obtained no direct financial benefit from the disclosure. In a unanimous opinion…more

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Challenges U.S Fish and Wildlife’s Release of Mexican Wolves

Pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“Service”) appeal from a district court decision enjoining the Service from releasing Mexican wolves into New Mexico without the…more

Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up - November 2016 (UK)

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up publication in which we report on recent determinations made by the Pensions Ombudsman (“PO”) and Deputy Pensions Ombudsman (“DPO”). In this edition we look at determinations…more

Under Construction - December 2016

Welcome to the winter 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your year has been good to your family, your company and you as we wrap up these remaining few weeks of 2016. A recent hot topic with businesses that…more

Be Aware of Strict Post-Trial Motion Deadlines

You’ve lost your trial, and want to tee up your case for an appeal. Some issues might need to be preserved through a post-trial motion. That is a subject for a different tip. But if you need or want to file a post-trial motion…more

Second Circuit Finds No Standing, Affirms Summary Judgment on TILA Claims

On November 23, 2016, the Second Circuit issued its opinion in Strubel v. Comenity Bank, a putative Truth in Lending Act (TILA) class action with both standing and substantive TILA implications. In Strubel, the plaintiff challenged…more

Key Lessons From the Recent Precedential Order by Federal Circuit – Jurisdiction, Mandamus, and Privilege

On November 17, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit published a precedential order denying a petition for a writ of mandamus to overturn a district court’s determination. In In re: Rearden LLC, Rearden MOVA…more

"Matters to Consider for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2017 annual meeting and reporting season. Once again, we have prepared a checklist of essential areas on which we believe companies should focus as they plan for the upcoming…more

Steep Fines for Company With Compliance Problems, but Recognition of Remediation Efforts May Provide Model Going Forward

After a series of compliance failures leading to the resignation of company’s CEO, the privately-held health care brokerage company Zenefits was just hit with a $7 million dollar settlement by the California Department of Insurance…more

E-Discovery — Setting standards, not cover

The Sedona Conference has a slogan: “Moving the law forward in a reasoned and just way”. That slogan is exactly the way I have described this impressive organization and what do…more

Forecast for Energy and Environment Regulations

President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back jobs in the coal industry and reduce regulations that could inhibit economic growth. His transition team has already begun arriving at federal agencies to review the plethora of…more

SEC Adopts New Rules to Modernize and Enhance Information Reported by Registered Investment Companies

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules and forms and amended current rules and forms under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) to significantly expand the information required…more

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