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Trump libel win based on Trump libel loss

President-elect Donald Trump just won a libel case against a critic — for the very same reason that real estate developer Donald Trump lost a libel case against a critic, more than 30 years ago. And yes, the precedent of Trump v…more

Checklist: Preparing for potential US trade policy changes in 2017 and beyond

This checklist is designed to help you focus on steps you can take now to get ready for possible US trade policy shifts under a new presidential administration. As a 2016 US presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump made many…more

Antisense Oligonucleotide SPINRAZA Wins FDA Approval

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen), an antisense oligonucleotide directed to survival motor neuron-2 (SMN2) transcripts for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in…more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #3

Last week, there were developments in two cases in different Pennsylvania courts involving employer liability—or lack thereof—for data breaches involving employee personally identifiable information (PII). A Pennsylvania state…more

Colourful designs and a streamlined practice get the green light in Canada

Yesterday, the Canadian Industrial Design Office announced changes that significantly modernize and streamline six of its office practices, substantially benefitting applicants seeking protection for their designs in Canada…more

United States Supreme Court Agrees to Review Class Action Waiver Cases

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No. 16-300…more

Charles Dickens And Copyright Law: Five Things You Should Know

One hundred and seventy five years ago, on January 22, 1842, Charles Dickens first set foot in America, specifically in Boston, after a twenty day steamship voyage from Liverpool. Dickens, only a few days shy of his thirtieth birthday…more

Choreography for the Courtroom - Part Two: The Performance

The rehearsals are over and the morning of the big performance has arrived. Emotions are high and the anxiety in the air is thick. It is time to execute what you have been practicing and hope you receive a standing ovation from the…more

Executive Order Issued by Governor Cuomo Prohibits State Agencies From Asking Applicants About Prior Salary History to Help Ensure Pay Equity

On January 9, 2017, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order aimed at ensuring pay equity. The executive order prohibits the State from asking job applicants about their current or previous compensation history…more

Why is it Time for an Annual Checkup for Both You and Your Company 2016 Version

Over the past few years many of you probably read my blog regarding having a checkup for you and your business. This does not involve the doctor, but it does involve all the other professionals in your personal and business life. Since…more

Can a PA Employer be Liable to its Employees for a Data Breach?

It’s a nightmare scenario for any employer: you’ve been hacked. Thousands of your employees’ names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, and bank account information have been stolen. This information is used to file fraudulent tax…more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - January 2017

Customs and Border Protection Issues Update On Enforcement Of Trade Orders - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its AD/CVD Update for June/July 2016. As explained in the January 2015 and the August 2016 editions of…more

Birmingham Medical News: End in Sight for Medicare ALJ Backlog?

As providers who are currently undergoing a Medicare claims appeal know, there is a lengthy delay to having an appeal actually heard by an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). Some estimates indicate that it will currently take over ten…more

Supreme Court Justices (presumably 9 of them) Will Again Address Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses

Last Friday, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear cases from the 9th, 7th, and 5th Circuits in which the courts are split on the issue whether class action waivers in employee arbitration agreements violate Section 7 of the National…more

Unfair Commercial Practices – The Italian Competition Authority and The Italian Communication Authority Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On 13 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) and the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) signed a memorandum of understanding concerning several aspects of their cooperation in the application of consumers’…more

It’s Now Easier To Be a Common Carrier Pipeline in Texas

We now know what it takes to establish common carrier pipeline status in Texas. According to the Texas Supreme Court in Denbury Green Pipeline Texas LLC v. Texas Rice Land Partners Ltd., all that is required is a reasonable…more

The fourth railway package: the next stop on the journey to liberalization

The fourth railway package has been adopted in two stages: a technical pillar, recasting the interoperability and safety directives and amending the regulation establishing a European Railway Agency, adopted on May 11, 2016, and a…more

FDA’s Enforcement Priorities Likely to Change in 2017 and Other “Unknowable Knowns”

As we enter a new era in which executive agencies are headed by President Trump, we are also faced with many other transformative changes that will affect FDA-regulated entities in a significant and lasting way. This post will outline…more

Village of Asharoken Opts Out of Federal Beach Project

Asharoken, N.Y. January 10, 2017–Swayed by public opinion and perceived elitism, the Incorporated Village of Asharoken (“Asharoken”) opted out of a federal beach nourishment plan implemented by the Army Corp of Engineers (“ACOE”) in…more

DOL’s Final Rule Modifies ERISA Disability Claim Regulations

Effective January 18, 2017, the Department of Labor issued a "final rule" modifying 29 CFR § 2560.503-1, governing claims procedures for disability benefits under ERISA plans. The new regulations apply to disability claims filed on or…more

FBI Is Focused On Professional Service Providers

James C. Barnacle, Chief of the Money Laundering Unit in the Financial Crimes Section, Criminal Investigation Division, of the FBI recently stated that there is a RENEWED emphasis on investigations targeting “ money laundering”…more

CBSA Announces 2017 Trade Verification Priorities

As has become its customary practice at this time of the year, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has published its trade verification (audit) priorities for the coming year. The audits will cover three programs that impact…more

Supreme Court of Illinois Says Courts Can Decide ARES Rate Disputes

Courts – not the ICC – have jurisdiction over rate cases involving an ARES, said the Supreme Court of Illinois.[1] In a unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice Karmeier, the Court in December answered the Seventh Circuit’s certified…more

Calling All Stock Certificates

Last week, Broc Romanek’s Mentor Blog addressed the question of what to do about outstanding stock certificates following a reverse stock split. Today, I’ll weigh in with a California perspective…more

European Commission Publishes Proposed Directive on Countering Money Laundering by Criminal Law 

The European Commission published a legislative proposal for a Directive on countering money laundering by criminal law. The proposed Directive is intended to harmonize and establish minimum rules concerning the definition of criminal…more

Law Firm Data Breaches Demonstrate the Expanding Scope of Cyber Attacks

In a case of “cyber meets securities fraud,” the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) recently indicted three foreign nationals on charges of insider trading, wire fraud, and computer hacking…more

Record fine under sentencing guidelines

Southern Water is the latest company to receive a heavy fine for environmental offences, following a pollution incident in Kent in June 2012 where large amounts of sewage were expelled onto the Thanet coastline after pumping station…more

Theresa May’s 12 Brexit Principles – and What They Mean for Financial Services

Theresa May’s speech on Brexit covered many of the topics that were central to the Brexit referendum debate. Immigration, the European Court of Justice, and Parliamentary sovereignty all had starring roles. But, for once, serious…more

Changes to Section 3301(D) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code

For many, many years, the plaintiff to a unilateral, no-fault divorce proceeding, as set forth under Section 3301(d) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, had to wait no less than two years before he or she could request the entry of a…more

Of Klingons and Copyrights: Trekkie Fan Film Hits Fair Use Flameout

A Star-Trek fan-film is boldly headed to a jury trial to determine whether Axanar Productions—the company behind the fan-film—is liable for copyright infringement. Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios sued Axanar Productions in December…more

Phishing Scam Targets HR Professionals By Seeking W-2s

With the new year upon us, cyberthieves are once again attempting to prey on unwitting HR professionals, as my colleague William Roberts explained in an article last week for SHRM on phishing. The scam goes like this. As an HR…more

Election Result Risk Factors

January is a good time for calendar-year-end companies to re-evaluate, and update as necessary, their Form 10-K risk factors. This year in particular, the November election results introduce a wide range of new considerations for many…more

Lawyers Won’t Sell Until They’re Sold: How Marketers Can Address Business Development Reluctance

Most lawyers do not express interest in business development or anything else that might distract them from billable work unless their self-preservation depends on it. Here's how law firm marketers can still work with that and coach…more

NY DFS Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations Revised and Implementation Delayed

We previously reported on the New York Department of Financial Services’ proposed cybersecurity regulations. During the public comment period, the DFS received over 150 comments. In response, the DFS announced on December 28, 2016…more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Five municipalities in Eskom cut-off reprieve - The municipalities have set up payment plans after the national power utility caused an uproar by threatening action against…more

Another view on Presidential authority to remove Director Cordray

As rumors swirl that President-elect Trump is planning to remove Director Cordray immediately after January 20th, conflicting views have emerged about his authority to do so before the appeal in PHH is resolved. We previously blogged…more

Court Finds That Enron’s Fraud Does Not Void Contract Entered Into With Enron Subsidiary

A federal appellate court has upheld a district court order enforcing an arbitration award by the ICC against the Republic of Nigeria in favor of Enron Nigeria Power Holdings, Ltd. (“ENPH”), a former subsidiary of Enron International…more

D.C. Circuit grants PHH’s motion for leave to file supplemental response

Last Friday, the D.C. Circuit entered an order granting PHH’s motion for leave to file a supplemental response to the CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc.  On December 22, PHH and the United States filed responses to the CFPB’s…more

Top Ten Expected Planning Changes

With the new year now here, we look at ten key planning changes which are due in 2017: 1. Housing White Paper- This was expected today, but we understand that its publication will be pushed back and there have been rumours that it…more

Supreme Court Will Hear Class Action Waiver Cases

Last week, the Supreme Court consolidated and agreed to hear three appeals of Circuit Court decisions concerning whether class action waivers contained in employment arbitration agreements infringe on employees’ rights under Section 7…more

Recidivism Under the FCPA: Zimmer Biomet

Last week Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. paid a high price for its and its predecessors failure to comply with the terms and conditions of 2012 Deferred Prosecution Agreement (the “2012 DPA”). Biomet, having originally paid $23 million…more

California Court Issues Surprising Decision in Discount Advertising Case

On December 15, 2016, the California Court of Appeals in Los Angeles came to a surprising summary judgment decision in Sajid Veera et al. v. Banana Republic, LLC. The court held that plaintiffs who claimed they were misled by 40% off…more

Bullet Points on a Primer: The Quick Version of the Sedona Conference’s Data Privacy Primer

The Sedona Conference has just published the public comment version of its Data Privact Primer, a publication of its very active Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Libaility. The primer is excellent…more

CMS Appeals the Injunction Halting the Nursing Home Arbitration Ban—Where Will it Go From Here?

Few things have had the post-acute care industry on the edge of their seats like the ban on arbitration agreements and the subsequent injunction preventing its application. On January 5, 2017, CMS filed a Notice of Appeal with the…more

NYDFS Issues Circular Letter Pertaining to Deferred-to-Immediate Annuity Contract Replacements

On December 8, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (the “Department”) issued a Circular Letter to provide guidance in response to the alleged failure of certain life insurance producers and life insurers to comply…more

Does Length of Time in the US Count for or Against Unauthorized Immigrants?

An unauthorized immigrant going through removal procedures can apply for a cancellation of removal waiver. The waiver can allow an unauthorized immigrant to remain in the United States permanently if they have lived in the country for…more

EMIR: Intra-group Exemptions from Uncleared Margin Requirements – FCA Opens Application Process

On 4 January 2017, the FCA opened its application process for the intra-group transaction ("IGT") exemption to the EU’s new requirements to exchange margin for uncleared OTC derivative contracts (as set out in Commission Delegated…more

Alexa: Play Confession

It sits in your house, passively recording everything you say. It knows what you like. It knows what you listen to. It knows what you buy. It knows who’s in the room with you. And now, it might tell the police all about it…more

$1,000 Lawyers and Howard Schultz’s $12 Cup of Coffee

Howard Schultz recently announced he is stepping down from his role as CEO and Chair of Starbucks to focus on the company’s plans to build high-end coffee shops that charge as much as $12 per cup of coffee. That makes me think of the…more

Physician Liability for Death of Nonviable Fetus

If an obstetrician’s negligence causes the miscarriage of a nonviable fetus—i.e., one that couldn’t live outside the womb–does the patient have a cause of action for wrongful death? In Alabama the answer is yes, according to a…more

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