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Who Decides Whether Bankruptcy Jurisdiction Exists after Removal from State Court?

Imagine that while a bankruptcy case is pending, the debtor-in-possession or bankruptcy trustee files a state law claim against one of the estate’s creditors. Presumably, if the debtor wins its state law claim, that recovery augments…more

Department of Mineral Resources faces heavy criticism by South African courts again

On 4 November 2016, the Labour Court handed down its judgment (unreported case number J2459/16) in the matter between AngloGold Ashanti Limited, the Acting Chief Inspector, the relevant Principal Inspector, and the Inspector that…more

SkyPan and FAA Settle UAS Enforcement Cases

SkyPan International, Inc. (SkyPan), based in Chicago, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed upon a comprehensive settlement to resolve the enforcement cases where the FAA alleged that the SkyPan operated unmanned…more

Annual HSR Merger Notification Threshold Adjustments Announced

On January 19, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the thresholds of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (the HSR Act). These thresholds are adjusted annually based on changes in the U.S…more

Dear Littler: Can A Boss Fire Someone for Off-Duty Political Activities?

Dear Littler: I saw one of my employees on the local news the other night participating in a political rally over the weekend. We try to maintain a tension-free workplace. Can I discipline him for this conduct? Can I at least institute…more

Trump Administration Could Ratify Montreal Protocol 2014 Addressing Unruly Airline Passengers

Unruly passenger incidents on commercial aircraft are an endemic problem for the airline industry. Such incidents threaten the safety and security of all on board, disrupt operations and result in significant economic losses to the…more

Are Hybrid Facilities the Wave of the Future?

Seniors Housing Business (www.seniorshousingbusiness.com) recently published a fascinating article on attempts by some senior housing operators to create facilities with a mix of independent living and assisted living residents…more

Race to Courthouse in Shareholder Derivative Actions Could Raise Due-Process Issues

The Delaware Supreme Court requested further consideration of the federal due-process issues that might arise where a court is asked to hold that a shareholder derivative action is precluded because a prior derivative action was…more

Cold but exhilarating in Davos

We're just back from our second visit to the Davos 'fringe' with Innovate Finance and several FinTech momentum players. Numerous events and discussions on a wide range of topics take place alongside the main World Economic Forum event…more

Key Trade Appointees and President Trump’s Approach to International Trade Policy

President Trump has now appointed the senior members of his administration (some of whom remain subject to U.S. Senate confirmation) who will help him develop, coordinate and enforce U.S. trade policy. Examining the backgrounds of…more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2017

The Supreme Court of the United States is, of course, known for landmark decisions affecting the lives of Americans. When we hear “SCOTUS” we think of famous civil rights cases such as Marbury v. Madison, (1803) which established the…more

Critical Filing Dates for FY 2018 H-1B Cap

Employers that wish to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2018 can begin filing petitions on April 1, 2017, for a start date of October 1, 2017.  The H-1B visa is used by businesses that wish to employ foreign nationals to work in a…more

Takata – Criminal Airbag Scheme and Innocent Consumer Harm (Part II of III)

In my continuing review of corporate misconduct in the automobile industry, today we examine the Takata Corporation scandal for its airbag scheme. Takata is a manufacturer and supplier of automotive safety equipment. It agreed to…more

Second Time Lucky: In Phantom Vehicle Cases, Ohio Insureds Can Now Corroborate Their Own Testimony

Hit-and-run drivers don’t always hit; some motorists recklessly cause accidents without making contact, then vanish from the scene. Victims in such cases can often obtain coverage under the uninsured motorist (UM) provisions of their…more

Remember to Switch to New Version of I-9

Just over thirty years ago, Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (“the Act”). It requires that employers verify the identity and work authorization of the people they hire. It also mandates that such verification be…more

Revised 2017 Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing; Qualcomm Ensnared in New Antitrust Suits for Licensing Activities

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission issued updated “Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property” for the first time since 1995. The updated Guidelines are intended to…more

Significant Changes to US Sanctions Against Sudan Opens the Door for New Opportunities (IRB No. 561)

Catching many by surprise, President Obama issued an Executive Order on Friday, January 13, 2017, which provides for the lifting of sanctions against Sudan in six months. In addition, OFAC published on Tuesday (January 17, 2017) a…more

Seattle Jury Convicts Man of Reckless Endangerment for Drone Operation

A Seattle Municipal Court jury convicted a man of reckless endangerment for losing control of his drone at the Gay Pride Parade in Seattle in 2015. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours and reached a unanimous verdict…more

Obamacare in the Cross Hairs — but Procedural Hurdles Loom

President-elect Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but there is deep division regarding which provisions will be rescinded and around the details of the replacement…more

New non-financial reporting requirements for certain large listed companies

Changes to the UK's narrative reporting framework have come into effect for financial periods starting on or after 1 January 2017. The UK introduced a new narrative reporting framework in October 2013 in the form of the strategic…more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2017

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis), two of the leading providers of corporate governance research and proxy voting services, have published their updated proxy voting guidelines for 2017. Both…more

NYC Administrative Law Judge Determines Long Distance Telecommunications Service Fees Exempt from Utility Tax

On December 29, 2016, a New York City administrative law judge (ALJ) determined that Sprint’s long distance telecommunications service fees were exempt from the City’s Utility Tax. The ALJ concluded that the Utility Tax enabling…more

Privacy Perils: Beware the Email Top-Level Domain

By now we all know to double check email addresses for errors before hitting send. People typically check to make sure the name is correct and that the email is going to the right individual – john.doe@client.com instead of…more

Meeting Society’s Expectations for Corporate Social Responsibility

Younger employees along with the public and media continue to apply pressure on organizations to address Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues including human rights and environmental sustainability. For many consumers, a robust…more

United Kingdom Will Gain With Trade Deal Under Trump Administration

It is not only in the United States that people are taking an interest in a Trump presidency. The rest of the world also eagerly awaits how the new Trump Administration will affect them. This is particularly the case in the United…more

“It’s a Free Country, Right?” Court Declines to Enjoin Ex-Free Country Ltd. Employees From Contacting Customers on Purloined Contact List

Within days of each other, your clothing company?Free Country Ltd.?loses two employees who decamp to a rival to set up a competing apparel line. You discover that just before leaving, they transferred some 50,000 documents to a…more

Puff … Puff … Sue? Distinguishing an Aggressive Sales Pitch from an Actionable Misrepresentation

Everyone’s heard it before: “This is the best phone on the market!” “There’s no faster internet anywhere!” “Best looking car you’ll see on the road!” “X Co. has the greatest brains behind it!”…more

Lessons to be Learned From the Power of Attorney

Powers of attorney and trust instruments have each been the subject of many an estate plan. They each have also been the subject of multiple estate litigations. In combination, the two have served as fodder for controversies…more

"House Bill to Shake Up CFTC Rulemakings"

Less than two weeks into the new congressional session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a vote of 239 to 182 the Commodity End-User Relief Act1 (the Bill or House Bill), marking the first step by the new post-election…more

Website Operators Must Comply with New DMCA Agent Registration Procedures or Risk Liability for Copyright Infringement

Initiation of copyright infringement claims on the internet is becoming more prevalent with the increasing sophistication of software that lets copyright owners scour the internet for infringements of images. If your website lets users…more

UK MHRA to develop quality standards for biological medicines

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) has published a draft strategy for developing pharmacopoeial public quality standards for biological medicines…more

U.S. Supreme Court Seeks Solicitor General’s Input on Co-fiduciary Indemnification

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the government’s views on a petition for certiorari asking the Court to decide whether ERISA permits a cause of action for indemnity or…more

Border-Adjustable Taxes under the WTO Agreements

This client alert summarizes the World Trade Organization (WTO) disciplines on border adjustable internal taxes and provides a general framework for assessing any future United States corporate tax plan that incorporates a border…more

CFIUS: President-elect Trump’s Potential Big Stick for China and Foreign Trade

On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump adopted a contentious approach towards foreign trade, focusing on Chinese “theft of American trade secrets” and suggesting, at times, potential isolationism for U.S. businesses. His…more

Felicia Reid Explores 2016 California Wage-and-Hour Law Affecting Agricultural Workers in Daily Journal

HK's Felicia Reid authored the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal “New Laws” supplement article titled, “AB 1066: Overtime for farmworkers.” The piece unpacks the Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016, a…more

Inclement Weather FAQs: Who Gets Pay for a Snow Day?

As winter progresses, employers may find themselves monitoring the weather and wondering how to handle numerous operational headaches. Should a worksite close? If so: when, and for how long? Who can work from home, and who must be paid…more

Privacy Alert: NIST Updates Cybersecurity Framework to Address Supply Chain Security

Last week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a measurement standards laboratory in the United States Department of Commerce, released draft version 1.1 of its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure…more

Will “Making America Great Again” Mean Increased Enforcement of the Buy American Act? What Government Contractors Can Do Right Now.

Over the course of the presidential campaign, President Trump indicated a willingness to punish companies that source labor or manufacture products abroad, particularly from China and Mexico. With promises of a $1-trillion dollar…more

MedPAC Votes on Medicare Payment Rate Sufficiency

On January 12, 2017, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) members unanimously voted to maintain Medicare’s existing updates (i.e., maintain the increases Congress and the HHS Secretary have already established) to hospital and…more

Collecting Information From Children In The EU: A Comparison of US Law, EU Law, and Soon-To-Be EU Law

In the United States there are relatively few restrictions on collecting information from children off-line. Efforts to collect information from children over the internet, however, are regulated by the Children’s Online Privacy…more

Blue Shield Avoids TCPA-Related Liability

A federal court in California recently granted a summary judgment motion filed by Blue Shield of California (“Blue Shield”), allowing it to avoid liability for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”)…more

Advertising Law - January 2017

SPECIAL FOCUS: Memories Light the Corners of Regulators' Minds - The Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General for the State of New York (NY AG) recently filed a joint lawsuit against Wisconsin based Quincy Bioscience…more

Life sciences patents: method claims – united they stand, divided do they fall?

Patent protection for methods claims can be tricky. Particularly for medical devices, diagnostics and even drugs, methods claims can present dilemmas for enforcement. It can boil down to the key question of "who" – who performs each of…more

Developers take note: What you need to know about proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

After his predecessor failed to push through a whole new Planning Act in 2013, the current Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, appears to have accepted that he is stuck with the ageing Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and he…more

Language Matters: Third Circuit Finds Make-Whole Provision Enforceable After Bankruptcy Filing

On November 17, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Delaware Trust Co. v. Energy Future Intermediate Holding Co. LLC, No. 16-1351 (3d Cir. Nov. 17, 2016) clarified the often-muddy interplay between indenture…more

Fractions And Squeeze Outs

The last two posts have discussed what a corporation may do with fractions of shares. I entitled the first of these posts “Breaking Up Is Not Hard To Do – Fractions, Scrip And Scrippage” in partial reference to the song by Neil Sedaka…more

Changes to Polish Antimonopoly Law in a Nutshell

The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Urzad Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, “UOKiK”) has recently published its 2015 annual report presenting its first experiences with the recent amendments to Polish merger…more

USPTO Publishes Business Method Subject Matter Eligibility Examples: Part I

About a week before the holidays, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office quietly published a trio of new subject matter eligibility examples directed to the abstract idea exception to patentability. These are the latest in a series of…more

#MLWashingtonCyberWatch: Nominees Discuss Future of Cybersecurity

With Inauguration Day upon us, it’s time for a #MLWashingtonCyberWatch update. President-elect Donald Trump has vocalized his support for the future of “cyber” throughout his campaign – but how will members of his cabinet act, or…more

State Water Board Considering Extension to Drought Emergency Regulations

Despite plentiful rain and snow across much of California, the State Water Resources Control Board is considering extending its emergency drought regulations in early February. During a public workshop in Sacramento on Wednesday…more

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