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Compliance Bulletin and Policy Guidance 2016-02 – Service Providers: Questions and Answers

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, the CFPB issued updated guidance on service providers, based on its previously issuance titled CFPB Bulletin 2012-03, Subject: Service Providers (“Bulletin”), that had been issued on April 13, 2012. The…more

Opportunity to Seek Duty Savings on non-U.S. Made Imports through New Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process

A 60-day time frame for requests to suspend tariffs on qualifying imports opened on Friday, October 14 and run through Monday, December 12, 2016. During this period, requestors may submit petitions to the International Trade…more

CFPB and banking agencies begin review of bank sales practices

According to Politico, the CFPB, OCC, Fed and FDIC have launched a review of bank sales practices, with the reviews to be conducted as special reviews rather than as part of the regular examination process…more

FinCEN Issues Advisory and FAQs Regarding Reporting Cyber-Events

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has issued an advisory (“Advisory”) and Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) to assist financial institutions in reporting cyber-events, cyber-enabled crime, and cyber-related…more

Can You Appeal the PTAB’s Decision to Institute Review of Patent Claims on Grounds Not Raised in an IPR, PGR, or CBM Petition?

The America Invents Act provided several procedures for challenging the validity of patent claims, including inter partes review (“IPR”), post-grant review (“PGR”) and covered business method patent challenges (“CBM”). An IPR, PGR, or…more

Health Care E-Note - October 2016

Last year President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”). MACRA implemented significant changes in how Medicare reimburses doctors. In this article for the Birmingham Medical News…more

Recent CyberSecurity Incidents Emphasize Importance of Cyberinsurance

As the threat of cyberattacks continues to pose daily threats to businesses large and small, more companies have turned to cyber insurance products to shore up protection against these disruptive threats. A spate of recent incidents…more

2017 Cost of Living Adjustments

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2017 cost of living adjustments to various limits. The adjusted amounts generally apply for plan years beginning in 2017. Some of the adjusted amounts, however, apply to calendar year…more

Department of Defense (DoD) Issues Final Rule on Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Related Information Security Compliance Requirements

On October 21, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) issued a final rule (the “final rule”) codifying the specific actions DoD contractors and subcontractors must take to adequately safeguard “covered defense information” (“CDI”) and…more

FCC Votes to Impose Aggressive New Privacy Rules on Broadband Providers

At the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Open Meeting on October 27, the Commission voted along party lines (3-2) to impose more stringent rules on broadband Internet service providers (“ISPs”). Chairman Tom Wheeler, along…more

No Need To Leave The Light On: Motel 6 Not Required To Identify Monetary Value of Employee’s Accrued Vacation on Wage Statement

In Lidia Soto v. Motel 6 Operating, L.P., (Superior Court No. 37-2015-00017074-CI-OE-CTL), published October 20, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District unanimously rejected an employee’s argument that her employer…more

Pondering Public Disclosure & FSMA Records

Remember last month when we said to DOCUMENT EVERYTHING under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)? Well, here’s some more context for that recommendation. For one, FSMA adds a substantial amount of documentation and…more

Higher Education Tax and Benefits Memo: Recent IRS Audit is a Reminder to Check Whether Your Employment Agreements and Appointment Letters Comply With the Applicable Tax and Benefit Requirements (10/16)

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") recently notified a major university that it is being audited, and as part of that audit requested copies of the employment agreements of the president of the university, the provost of the…more

FTC Issues Data Breach Response Guidance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week issued the publication, Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business, that outlines steps it recommends that businesses take when it believes it may have suffered a data breach…more

UPDATE: The FCC Approves Privacy Regulations for Internet Service Providers

Yesterday morning the FCC voted along party lines to adopt rules subjecting broadband internet service providers (ISPs) to new consumer privacy regulations. According to the FCC’s press release, the rules give “customers the tools they…more

White House Issues State Call to Action on Non-Compete Reform

This week, the Obama Administration continued its ongoing efforts to curb what it considers to be the “gross overuse” of non-compete agreements. In a “State Call to Action,” the White House encourages legislatures to adopt certain…more

Healthcare Subsidies for Grad Students: Problem Solved?

This summer we wrote about an impending issue under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) for colleges and universities wishing to provide graduate student employees with a stipend or reimbursement to defray the cost of medical coverage…more

Texas Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction to Government Contractors Challenging “Blacklisting” Executive Orders

Seyfarth Synopsis: The first of several anticipated challenges to Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces,” has resulted in a preliminary injunction staying the implementation of some - but not all - aspects of the…more

Chair Yang Provides Remarks at White House Event to Celebrate Hiring of 100,000 Federal Employees with Disabilities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair Jenny R.Yang will speak at a White House celebration to mark the fulfillment of President Barack Obama's goal -- established in a 2010 Executive Order -- to hire…more

Judge Nathan Grants Stay Pending Appeal of PTAB’s Inter Partes Review Decisions

On October 18, District Judge Alison J. Nathan (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendants Verizon Communications Inc.’s, Verizon Services Corp.’s, Verizon Business Network Services Inc.’s, and Cellco Partnership’s (collectively, “Verizon”) motion…more

FTC Releases a Data Breach Response Guide For Business

Data breaches are fast becoming a fact of life. Experiencing a data breach is never a pleasant experience, regardless of how it happens – by accident, by criminal intent, or by system failure. Someone steals a company laptop that…more

White House Pushes for Ban on Non-Competes

The enforceability of employee restrictions on competition has traditionally been up the states, with some, like California, largely banning such agreements, while others, like Texas, allowing them with reasonable limitations. On…more

SEC Issues Guidance on Business Continuity Planning for Registered Investment Companies

The Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) staff published Guidance Update 2016-04, concerning business continuity plans regarding companies within a “fund complex.” By “fund complex” the staff means an affiliated group of registered…more

Federal employee has effective veto over appointment of “impartial” workplace violence investigator, as long as veto not exercised in “abusive” manner: Tribunal

A federal employee’s objection to the appointment of a workplace violence investigator was valid, the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada has decided, because the investigator was not “seen by” the employee as impartial…more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - New LEED version to spur green building - Commercial Property Executive - Oct 20 - Green energy continues to advance, with a major milestone set for November 1. That’s when the U.S…more

Judge Temporarily Blocks “Blacklisting” Rules

Large government contractors on Monday received a reprieve, at least preliminarily, from the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s so-called “blacklisting” rules, under which covered contractors (including subcontractors)…more

Antitrust Authorities to Prosecute Criminally Anticompetitive Hiring and Compensation Agreements

The United States federal antitrust authorities announced last week that companies who have in place formal or informal hiring or compensation agreements with competitors may now face criminal prosecution. This is a notable departure…more

Portion of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Blocked

On Tuesday of this week, a federal judge in Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the portions of President Obama's "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" Executive Order. That order, signed in 2014 and scheduled to…more

Texas Medical Board Drops its Fifth Circuit Appeal To Bar Antitrust Challenge

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted the Texas Medical Board’s (“Board”) motion to voluntarily dismiss its appeal of the District Court’s decision on sovereign immunity in its latest court battle…more

California Court Finds That Violations of Privacy Law Constitute “Concrete Injury”

On October 24, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California refused to dismiss claims brought by two former inmates and their counsel regarding violations of a California privacy law. The plaintiffs…more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #4

New in False Advertising Suits: "Natural" Claims, Healthy Beverages - Demonstrating that the focus on health-related claims has not abated, two new class actions were filed challenging the "natural" labels for deli meat and claims…more

District Courts on Willful Infringement Post-Halo

In two recent decisions addressing the issue of willful infringement, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recalled its mandate, vacated portions of earlier decisions and remanded to the district court the substantive…more

PTAB Update -- Patent Office Proposes Rule Amendment to Recognize Patent Agent-Client Privilege

When Congress created the post-issuance proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as part of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act ("AIA"), it did so with the recognition that they would be adjudicatory in nature. It was with…more

EEOC Urges Federal Appellate Court to Uphold NLRB’s Expansive Definition of “Joint Employer”

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently entered the Browning-Ferris saga, filing an amicus brief in support of the new joint employer test articulated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in August…more

US CBP Clarifies Policies for Certain Nonimmigrant Admissions

The agency confirms the admissibility of certain nonimmigrants who hold visas from different employers. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently clarified its policy on admissions to the United States after an applicant for…more

“Slack Fill” Class Action Is Empty Space

We never heard the term “slack fill” before we started writing for this blog, but it seems to be getting a lot of attention lately. We enjoyed a podcast from NPR’s Planet Money the other day discussing slack fill in black pepper…more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #3

Editor's Note - Another Cybersecurity Proposal. On the heels of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issuing its proposed regulation that would require banks and insurance companies to institute…more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap - October 2016

National News - Medicaid Expansion Is Associated With Improved Hospital Finances, Study Finds - Hospitals in Medicaid expansion states saw “significantly increased” Medicaid revenue, decreased uncompensated care costs, and…more

Federal Circuit Sort of Clarifies the Waters of Patent Eligibility

In recent cases addressing patent eligibility of software patent claims, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reached different conclusions in different cases, based on the Alice two-step inquiry. Most notable was the…more

Ballot Selfie: Forbidden Photo or Constitutional Right?

As Election Day approaches, we are reminded of an adage as timeless as the republic itself: "Pics or it didn't happen." In our social media-obsessed world, many people document their everyday lives on Facebook or Instagram. For some…more

6 ways to build a foundation for a development project

The best laid development plans often go astray. When a new commercial or housing development, warehouse or other major project is on the drawing board for a Pennsylvania community, project leaders must look at far more than…more

Update - Last Minute Injunction of New Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Requirements

This is an update to the Alert that we issued on September 15, 2016, regarding the issuance of the final rules that would generally require federal contractors to disclose certain labor law violations and worker wage…more

Development of court practice regarding property tax on energy-efficient buildings

On 16 September 2016 the Commercial Court of Kemerovo Region delivered a decision in case No. A27-13534/2016. In the context of the case, the court considered a dispute between OOO Novostroy and the Federal Tax Service…more

Companies Tap Into Battery Power to Cut Energy Bills

All kinds of companies are using batteries to cut expenses and reduce demand for new power plants. Over the past few years, there has been a major upward tick in the number of U.S. companies that have started installing batteries to…more

US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Declares Structure of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Unconstitutional

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit declared the structure of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional, stating that the “massive, unchecked power” exercised by its director, Richard Cordray, lacks necessary…more

CMS Issues Sweeping Final Rule, Significantly Changing the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs

On September 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule comprehensively updating and extensively revising the requirements for participation (ROPs) for long-term care (LTC) facilities participating…more

Federal Court Temporarily Enjoins Parts of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Key points - - A federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the labor law disclosure requirements and restrictions on certain predispute arbitration agreements under the Fair Pay…more

Sutherland SALT Scoreboard - Q3 2016

This is the third edition of the Sutherland SALT Scoreboard. Each quarter, we tally the results of what we deem to be significant taxpayer wins and losses and analyze those results. This issue of the Sutherland SALT Scoreboard includes…more

U.S. District Court Judge Puts "Blacklisting" Rules on Hold

On October 24, 2016, one day before the "blacklisting" rules for federal On October 24, 2016, one day before the "blacklisting" rules for federal contractors that stem from the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order were…more

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