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D.C. Council Approves New Paid Parental, Family, and Medical Leave Act

On December 20, 2016, the D.C. Council approved, by a vote of 9 to 4, a wide-ranging new paid leave system that applies to private employers in the District of Columbia. The Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 is a bill that will allow…more

Michigan Governor Signs Law Excluding Library Taxes from Capture by Tax Increment Financing Entities

On Jan. 9, 2017, Michigan Governor Snyder signed into law a package of bills, all with immediate effect, that would exempt certain taxes levied for library purposes from being captured by tax increment financing authorities, including…more

SEC Chair Urges Continued Efforts on Global Accounting Standards

Outgoing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White has urged her successor and the SEC to continue to pursue high-quality, globally accepted accounting standards “as one of its highest priorities.” In a January 5…more

HHS Publishes Final Rule for 340B Drug Program Ceiling Prices and Civil Monetary Penalties

On January 5, 2017, the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published a final rule updating the price structure that drug manufacturers participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program may charge to covered entities…more

ITAR Guide for the Firearms Industry

The U.S. firearms industry is regulated under the National Firearms Act, Gun Control Act and other federal and state firearms laws. However there is another important area of regulation that applies to the firearms industry as well –…more

TTB Publishes a Federal Register Notice Adjusting the Civil Monetary Penalty under ABLA

On January 10, 2017, TTB published a Federal Register notice adjusting the civil monetary penalty imposed for violations of the Alcohol Beverage Labeling Act of 1988 (the ABLA). The ABLA requires the labels of alcohol beverages sold in…more

Supreme Court to Review BPCIA -- Amgen v. Sandoz Petitions for Writs of Certiorari Granted

On Friday, the Supreme Court granted both petitions for writs of certiorari and consolidated the Sandoz v. Amgen (No. 15-1039) and Amgen v. Sandoz (No. 15-1195) appeals. Sandoz had petitioned the Court on February 16, 2016 for a writ…more

Kokesh v. SEC—US Supreme Court Set to Decide SEC Disgorgement Circuit Split

Supreme Court grants certiorari to clarify whether Section 2462’s five-year limitation period applies to SEC disgorgement claims. The US Supreme Court granted certiorari to settle a circuit split in the US courts of appeals over…more

Uncertain Seas: European Financial and Regulatory Developments into 2017

Charting New and Dangerous Waters - Lloyd George and Epictetus may be long gone but their words have much resonance with the events of 2016. The political fallout from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (“EU”) was…more

Supreme Court to Review Validity of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act. The Supreme Court’s action promises the much-anticipated resolution of the circuit…more

Delay to Finalizing Basel III

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision announced that it had, along with the Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision, made progress towards completing the Basel Committee’s post-crisis regulatory reforms, known as…more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 2

2017 Examination Priorities Announced by the SEC - On January 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2017 examination priorities, which seek to address:…more

Simplified procedure for initiating bankruptcy by the legal successors of banks

In October 2016, the Chamber for Commercial Disputes at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation considered the cassation appeal of Eurasian Trading Company LLC (hereinafter – the Trading Company) in Case ? ?57-16992/2015 against…more

EU Equivalence Decision on Recognized Third Countries for Treatment of Exposures of Banks

A Commission Implementing Decision was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, updating the list of third countries with equivalent regulatory arrangements in relation to prudential requirements for banks and…more

"Do I really need a lawyer? The nice government investigators just want to ask a couple of questions."

So, the quick answer is "yes." But why? If you haven't done anything wrong, then you're fine. If you have, there's nothing a lawyer can do to save you. So why fork over a chunk of your hard-earned savings to hire an attorney?…more

Collaboration, Clients, and Coffee Fuel Kilpatrick’s New Office Design in San Francisco

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton recently transformed its San Francisco office, the firm’s oldest and second largest, from a three-floor traditional law firm setting into a two-floor high-tech, open-space environment to create a more…more

The White House’s Revisions to its Breach Response Policy For Federal Agencies and Departments Also Affect Contractors

On January 3, 2017, the Obama Administration issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies setting for a comprehensive policy for handling breaches of personally identifiable information (the “Memorandum”), replacing…more

Five Things You Should Know About Discovery Under The New Business Court Rules

There are new Rules for the NC Business Court In effect, as of January 1, 2017. If you have a case in the Business Court, or are expecting to designate a case there, you should look them over…more

Employees in France’s “Right to Disconnect”

The “right to disconnect” from digital devices was first introduced in 2014 by the Syntec collective labor applicable to IT companies for employees subject to a working time scheme counting their working time in days rather than in…more

Boardroom Perspectives: Proxy Access – Preparing for the 2017 Proxy Season

As shareholders continue to submit proxy access proposals, public companies may wish to consider proxy access and develop a response plan. Many public companies have received shareholder proxy access proposals in connection with…more

Office for Civil Rights Issues Dear Colleague Letter: Restraint and Seclusion of Students With Disabilities

On December 28, 2016, the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued four guidance documents concerning students with disabilities. Along with two frequently asked questions documents concerning students with…more

Title IX Update: January 2017 - Recent Title IX Developments

Nexsen Pruet’s Title IX team assists educational institutions in Title IX compliance. The team’s primary focus includes assisting with Title IX complaint investigations and serving as adjudicators. The team also provides assistance…more

Hawai’i Receives Approval for the First State Innovation (Section 1332) Waiver

The federal Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Treasury (the Departments) agreed that certain small employer health insurance coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be waived for the state of…more

Some Workers Compensation Principles That Are Often Misunderstood

A recent decision of the Connecticut Supreme Court sheds light on some common misunderstandings of the reach of workers compensation benefits. The basic events in Hart v. Federal Express Corporation, 321 Conn. 1 (decided April 19…more

Massachusetts Superior Court Adopts Stringent Standard for Unpaid Meal Breaks Under State Wage Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Massachusetts Superior Court recently issued an opinion holding that, under Massachusetts wage law, employers in the Commonwealth must pay employees for meal breaks, unless the employees are completely free of…more

Medicare Secondary Payer – A Lot Less Boring Now

We’ve previously written several posts (not recently) on Medicare secondary payer (“MSP”) issues – which we characterized as “boring.” The recent MSP decision, Humana Insurance Co. v. Paris Blank LLP, 2016 WL 2745297, 187 F. Supp.3d…more

Keeping Section 5 Alive: The FTC Brings Suit Against D-Link

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has filed suit against Taiwan-based D-Link Corporation and D-Link Systems, Inc. (collectively, “D-Link”), manufacturers and sellers of home networking devices including routers, cameras, baby…more

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

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