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Environmental Groups and States Are Challenging EPA’s Stay of Oil and Gas Well Methane Rule

Several environmental organizations have petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and moved to block EPA from implementing a 90-day administrative stay of the New Source Performance Standards covering methane emissions from oil and… more

First Catalogue Published for Network Products Subject to Certification

On June 9, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), jointly with Ministry of Industries and Information, Ministry of Public Security, and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China, published the… more

Florida Second District Court of Appeal Ruling Highlights the Possible Pitfalls of Relying on Prior Servicer Records

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal (“Second District Court”) recently held that a mortgagee failed to demonstrate it satisfied the condition precedent in a residential mortgage foreclosure. Allen v. Wilmington Trust, N.A.… more

The Supreme Court Delivers a Win for Biosimilar Manufacturers in Sandoz v. Amgen

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Sandoz v. Amgen, interpreting key provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) in favor of biosimilar manufacturers (applicants).[1] In… more

Professional third-party litigation funder ordered to pay security for costs

The High Court ordered security for costs against a commercial litigation funder but declined to do so in respect of a third-party funder who was not involved in litigation funding as a business. The case is interesting for its… more

[Video]Day 21 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Factors Leading to Hotline Distrust

The guidance and mandates for companies on reporting mechanism reporting are numerous, overlapping and sometimes very broad. There are the US Sentencing Guidelines; regulations under Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Dodd-Frank Act and the… more

Afghanistan-Based Contractors See FLSA Collective Action Dismissed On Jurisdictional Grounds

I blogged about this off-the-beaten-path case a short time ago. Wow, whoever thought the courts would work this fast? A federal judge dismissed a proposed FLSA collective action against Fluor Corp. filed by contractors who alleged that… more

[Video]Everything Compliance-Episode 13

The top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a wealth of new topics. Stayed tuned to the end where there are some heartfelt and somber rants in this edition. 1. Matt Kelly opens with a discussion on Uber from the policies and… more

Good Faith Affirmative Defenses Waiving Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Protection Under the “At Issue” Doctrine

On May 8, 2017, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida entered an order compelling production of attorney-client communications between Regions Bank and its counsel, finding that Regions had put those… more

Complaint Filed Against EPA for FOIA Communication Records Related to Chlorpyrifos Order

On June 22, 2017, a complaint was filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by American Oversight, a nonprofit organization (Plaintiff), in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The… more

OIG Report Estimates CMS Paid Millions in Erroneous Meaningful Use Incentives

On June 12, 2017 the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report entitled Medicare Paid Hundreds of Millions in Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments That Did Not Comply With… more

The Second Thing You Should Do…

Register the IP you’ll use in the US, most likely your trademarks. Many Irish and Northern Irish companies mistakenly believe that their home jurisdiction trademark registrations will be effective in the US. Nope. Also, some will think… more

Third party access to without prejudice communications

Without prejudice communications should be disclosed to a third party because two exceptions to the without prejudice rule applied (the “concluded settlement agreement” and “reasonableness of mitigation” exceptions). Previous case law… more

July 1st Minimum Wage Increase Cheat Sheet

With the minimum wage increasing in cities across the state, I have been getting numerous calls and e-mails about those increases. I blogged about the announcement of the LA Hotel Ordinance increase already, but there’s more… more

Best practices for employers under the EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its “Strategic Enforcement Plan” for years 2017 to 2021. The 2017 plan replaces the earlier version, issued in 2012, but is not a radical departure from the previous agenda… more

For Waterproofing Patent, Arguments Against Obviousness Didn’t Hold Water

The Federal Circuit’s decision in Outdry Technologies Corporation, v. Geox S.P.A. discusses some criteria for determining whether or not the explanations provided by the PTAB in an IPR decision are sufficient to support a finding of… more

DOL to Restart Conversation on New Overtime Rule

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor sent a Request for Information related to the now-enjoined overtime rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review.  After OMB completes its review, the RFI will be published in… more

Medicaid Fraud Control Units Report Focus on Personal Care Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a report summarizing activities of State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs or Units) for fiscal year 2016. The OIG is the designated… more

Hey, Alexa: What’s New in Children’s Privacy?... FTC Updates COPPA Guidance

Trying to keep pace with developments in internet-connected toys and other devices for children, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced June 21, 2017 that it has updated its guidance, a “Six-Step Compliance Plan for Your… more

FAA and Congress Move Forward with Drone Oversight

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report discusses the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision against the FAA’s registration requirements for recreational drones, the latest findings and recommendations of the FAA’s Drone Advisory… more

Nantkwest, Inc. v. Matal (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Patent applicants dissatisfied with final outcome of patent prosecution proceedings have long had two options for court review of a Patent and Trademark Appeal Board decision: an appeal to the Federal Circuit under 35 U.S.C. § 141 or… more

Supreme Court Confirms Retirement Plans of Church-Affiliated Organizations Can be Exempt from ERISA

In a much-anticipated ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 5 that retirement plans maintained by church-affiliated organizations can be exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), regardless of which… more

Can Marketing and Compliance Share a Playbook?

This post originally appeared on the Richard Bistrong, Front-Line Anti-Bribery Blog, www.richardbistrong.com, and is reposted with the permission of Richard Bistrong. can both compliance and market leaders share resources and data when… more

Oregon Ramps up State Consumer Protections in an Era of Deregulation

Oregon’s legislature recently expanded the scope of statutory consumer protections by passing a bill to amend the state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (the “Act”). Recently, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 2090 into law after… more

MoFocus: Our Insights into the Risk + Crisis Landscape - Vol.1 Issue. 1

What Companies Should Be Doing to Prepare for the Next Ransomware Attack - The “WannaCry” cyberattack that struck in May paralyzed businesses, government entities, and Britain’s National Health Service, encrypting computer files on… more

The GDPR and the Bottom Line: How the EU Data Privacy Regulation Will Affect U.S. Companies’ Data Collection and Processing Practices—and Their Revenue

For U.S. companies which do business in Europe or who process the personal data of European Union residents, the world of data privacy and security is about to get much more complicated. While U.S. privacy law is unsettled, with… more

Reimbursement Manager Pleads Guilty for Prior Authorization Process Issues

On Monday, June 19, 2017, Elizabeth Gurrieri became the second former employee of Insys Therapeutics (Insys) to plead guilty to federal anti-kickback charges related to the drug Subsys, an expensive fentanyl-based painkiller. According… more

Why Updating The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Poses Difficulties

The privacy of electronic communications is provided for under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. There are limited circumstances in which ISPs may disclose the contents of electronic and stored digital communications. But the… more

Trump Administration Rescinds WOTUS Rule

Earlier this week, the Trump administration added another Obama-era regulation to its list of policy rollbacks. On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced a proposal to… more

Equipment Manufacturers: Beware of the Rental Yard Customer When Safety Features Are Optional

Fasolas v. Bobcat of New York Appellate Division (April 1, 2017) - A typical argument made by the plaintiffs and their experts in a design defect/ product liability case is that “Safety should never be an option.” Over the years… more

Fourth Circuit Holds Complaining Employee is not Protected From Termination if the Employer Terminates Her Because It Believed Her Complaint was Fabricated

A recent Fourth Circuit ruling in a case handled by Mintz Levin provides some comfort to employers concerned about terminating an employee who they believe has made a false complaint of discrimination. In Villa v. CaveMezze Grill, the… more

Who Do You Want To Be Your Voice for Medical Matters?

In the recently completed legislative session, a bill was passed to revoke the ability of certain individuals to serve as an Agent under a Medical Directive. A Healthcare Directive informs your health care provider about your wishes… more

Updates in Federal Employment Law

No-Recording Policies at Work Must Be Limited - On June 1, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board that the federal National Labor… more

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Statute Outlawing Disparaging Trademarks

On June 19, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Matal v. Tam that a statute banning registration of disparaging trademarks violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court’s invalidating the statute should allow… more

Ascensus is becoming a big time player

The first job I had was working as an ERISA attorney for a small law firm that was affiliated with a third party administrator (TPA) called CBIZ Retirement Services, Inc. Let’s just say that CBIZ wasn’t much of a moneymaker, so that… more

Protecting Intellectual Property Rights

Upon hearing the term intellectual property rights, the first image that most people conjure are the tens or hundreds of patents that cover the various features of a smartphone – from the display, to the software, to the electronic… more

Melinta Therapeutics Receives FDA Approval for Baxdela in Skin Infections

On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Baxdela® (delafloxacin), for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). Approval of… more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: Out-Bound Investment from the United States (Part 6)

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), conducts seven (7) mandatory surveys to collect information on direct investment. These seven surveys consist of an initial survey for any new direct investment and… more

“Catch-All” Phrases Insufficient To Give Proper Notice of Grounds for Petition

In Emerachem Holdings, LLC v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., the Federal Circuit made clear that “catch-all” phrases in a Petition for IPR and/or a Board’s Institution Decision are insufficient to put a patent owner on notice of… more

The Brewers Association Releases the Independent Craft Brewer Seal

As the beer landscape in the United States continues to change, the Brewers Association has announced a way for consumers to ensure the beer they are buying is produced by an official “craft brewer.” Breweries in the United States… more

Supreme Court to Clarify Definition of “Whistleblower” Under The Dodd-Frank Act

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday granted certiorari in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc., a case the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided this past March. This is significant because the Supreme Court may clarify how broad the term… more

IRS gets upper hand in S corporation compensation audits

Any compensation the owner receives is subject to FICA tax, which imposes an equivalent burden. And the IRS frequently attacks owners who receive cash distributions from an S corporation, arguing that the distributions were essentially… more

A Cautionary Ruling for Website Accessibility

Websites may constitute “public accommodations” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to one court. On June 12, 2017, in a case of first impression, a federal district court in Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. held… more

Massachusetts DOR Sending Letters to Sellers Regarding July 1 Effective Date of Economic Nexus Directive

Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (Department) sent letters to several companies regarding Directive 17-1. The Directive announces a “rule” requiring remote internet sellers to register for and begin collecting… more

Employment Matters Newsletter, Summer 2017

by JAMS

Mediation in Employment Discrimination Disputes Can Serve the Interests of All Parties - Federal and state laws protect the right of individuals to obtain and hold employment without discrimination. Courts and administrative… more

Continuous Representation Rule Does Not Apply Merely Because Attorney Remains Counsel of Record

Moonlight Enterprise, LLC v. Mroz, 2017 WL 1237947 (Va. March 30, 2017) - Brief Summary - The Virginia Supreme Court held that the continuous representation rule does not apply to an attorney who ceases to perform legal services… more

The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

On June 22, Senate leadership released their proposed substitute for the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), as a discussion draft. The BCRA was updated on June 26, and the… more

Supreme Court Partially Revives President’s Travel Ban, But Imposes Limitations

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that portions of the controversial Executive Order No. 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (known informally as the “travel ban”), should no… more

Supreme Court: Public Benefit Programs Cannot Exclude Churches Solely Because They Are Religious

In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, No. 15-577 (June 26, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that excluding a church from a public benefit program for which it is otherwise qualified violates the Free Exercise… more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Travel Ban

On June 26, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a mixed decision in the “Travel Ban” litigation, relating to Presidential Executive Order 13780 (“EO”). As explained in more detail below, the SCOTUS decision gave a partial… more

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