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"The Truth Will Out." “I will represent pro bono anyone #Trump sues for exercising their free speech rights. Many other lawyers have offered to join me.” - @BoutrousTed Weeks before the 2016 Presidential election, Gibson Dunn’s…more

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Non-Consensual Structured Dismissal Deviating from Bankruptcy Priority Scheme

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 22, 2017, in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., that without the consent of affected creditors, bankruptcy courts may not approve "structured dismissals" providing for distributions that "deviate…more

Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Claims on Project Modifications Made After Final EIR Published

California's Fourth District Court of Appeal has provided useful guidance on processing requirements for environmental review documents prepared under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when project modifications are…more

Shifting sands: the changing landscape of transgender discrimination

Laws related to transgender discrimination are in a state of rapid flux. In the past couple of years, courts’ views on the law, particularly federal ones, have swung back and forth like a pendulum. Indeed, the interpretation of…more

Troll Gets Rolled Because Its Disclaimer Statements Were Undersold

In MPHJ Tech v. Ricoh Corp., the Federal Circuit affirmed a conclusion of anticipation and obviousness from an Inter Partes Review involving US 8,488,173 (‘173). The content of the art was not really in dispute. Rather, the focus of…more

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’: Trade Dress and the Distinctive Look of a Boot Sole

Airwair, the owner of the Dr. Martens brand, recently launched a series of lawsuits in the Northern District of California to enforce the trade dress of its “iconic boots and shoes.” One lawsuit was filed in October against Wanted…more

Geneva Auto Show Showcases Europe’s Supercars, Crossover Vehicles Amid Hope for 2017 Sales

Europe’s Geneva Auto Show ended March 19, demonstrating to the world that Europe continues to dream up some of the best supercars in the world. Supercars making waves at the show included Lamborghini’s impressive, muscular Huracan…more

Mandatory vs. Permissive Arbitration Clauses: A Survey of the Laws of Other Common Law Countries

In an earlier post we provided advice on how to interpret the words “may” and “must” when they appear in arbitration clauses that are to be interpreted under U.S. law. Among other things, we explained that an arbitration clause that…more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2017: Hong Kong’s New Requirements for “Senior Management” of Fund Managers and Other Licensed Corporations

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) recently introduced the “Senior Management Accountability Regime” (regime), in an effort to make senior managers (particularly those who are not already designated as…more

Supreme Court Rejects Laches Defense in Patent Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that laches is not a defense in the majority of patent cases. Justice Alito, writing for the 7-1 majority, found the application of laches to patent disputes incompatible with the six-year statute…more

Proposed Bill Would Require State Public Utility Regulatory Authorities to Consider the Cost of Distributed Generation

On March 13, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Ratepayer Fairness Act (RFA). The RFA would amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to require that state public utility regulatory authorities and…more

Rx IP Update - March 2017

Tribunal dismisses Eli Lilly’s NAFTA challenge on promise utility doctrine - As previously reported, Eli Lilly submitted claims to international arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) seeking damages…more

Employment News - March 2017 #4

Lack of communication – contractual dismissal notice only took effect when received - In Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood the Court of Appeal has decided that contractual notice of dismissal only took effect when…more

Turkish Sovereign Wealth Fund: what you need to know

In August 2016, Turkey joined the rest of the G20 countries and met the concept of sovereign wealth funds when it passed a law establishing the Turkey Wealth Fund Management Joint Stock Corporation (the “Corporation”) and mandating the…more

The Risky Business of Warranties

Owners and contractors beware! The warranty you get may not be what you bargained for. Many construction contracts, including widely used industry form contracts, contain two distinct warranties, a general warranty and a call-back…more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

Eskom's coal-fired power struggle - Eskom’s closure of five old coal-fired power stations over the next 10 years, at a loss of about 30 000 direct and indirect jobs, was foreseen more than a decade ago…more

France: How to Tackle Religion in the Workplace | France : Quelles réponses apporter à la religion en entreprise

Due to the recent terrorist attacks and headlines on religious extremism across Europe, the question of restricting religious expression in the workplace is becoming more prevalent for French employers. Employers would agree that the…more

Is a “Very Strange Year at Uber” a Cue to Improve Culture or Harassment Training …or Both?

Whenever we see headlines about an organization embroiled in some kind of ethical or legal misstep, what usually follows are a series of questions about what exactly went wrong. The answers to these questions usually shine a light on…more

City of Los Angeles Updates Paid Sick Leave Rules and FAQs

On March 14, 2017, with little to no fanfare, the City of Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards (OWS) revised its rules implementing the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO), which includes mandatory paid sick leave requirements. OWS also…more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Seeks Public Comment on Possible Change to Industry Guide 3 – Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies

The SEC published a request for public comment on disclosures called for by Industry Guide 3 - Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies. Stating that the financial services industry has changed drastically since Guide 3 was…more

Health Care Reform Update – American Health Care Act Shelved

The American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the legislation intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), was shelved on Friday, March 24, 2017, ending for now efforts to repeal the ACA. The AHCA, described in our recent…more

Making regulation invisible: Using RegTech to embed rules into workflow

Financial institutions are increasingly no stranger to innovative technology as a way to boost their efficiency while cutting costs. The use of RegTech (defined by the UK Chief Scientific Adviser as technology "applied to regulation…more

The Future of “Single Use Restrictions” in Jeopardy

In 1992, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that manufacturers of patented medical devices can use the patent laws to enforce single-use restrictions on medical devices. Mallinckrodt, Inc. v. Medipart…more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Approves Rules to Ease Investor Access to Exhibits in Company Filings

The SEC adopted rule and form amendments to make it easier for investors and other market participants to find and access exhibits in registration statements and periodic reports that were originally provided in previous filings. The…more

State AGs Ask Supreme Court to Spark Major Expansion to Scope of Federal Debt Collection Law

Should a full-service consumer finance company be subject to federal debt collection law when it attempts to collect upon debt it purchased? Attorneys general from Maryland, the District of Columbia, California, New York, and more than…more

FinTech Trends: Investment Opportunities, Regulatory Challenges and the Outlook for Mexico

1. What is FinTech? FinTech is the subsector of the financial services industry that employs new technologies not only to more efficiently deliver products and services but also to provide access to these services to underserved…more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 17th, 2017

With my bracket totally blown by Villanova’s loss this afternoon, there is no time like the present to prepare this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update. This week’s Update features stories for everyone. ?Discounted OTA…more

ADA and Batman - by Robin

Recently, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the new Batman movie to focus on his recovery following recent treatment for alcoholism. His reason for stepping down was due to his belief that he was unable to give the directing role…more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E expands renewables portfolio - Solar Industry Magazine - Mar 16 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has announced that 69.3% of the electricity delivered to its customers in 2016…more

A Pair of Unbrotherly Business Altercations Go to Trial

Like most civil cases, the vast majority of business divorce disputes get resolved before trial, which is disappointing for us voyeurs since only at trial with live witnesses undergoing cross examination does one get the full flavor of…more

SCOTUS Agrees that Cheerleading Uniform Designs Are Eligible for Copyright Protection

In a 6-2 decision authored by Justice Thomas, the US Supreme Court has now provided guidance as to whether aesthetic designs, such as stripes, chevrons, zigzags and color blocks of a cheerleading uniform are eligible for copyright…more

Supreme Court Decision Arms Clothing Designers with ‘Powerful Tool’

As a result of a recent Supreme Court decision, clothing designers are expected to have an easier time stopping others from copying their original designs. On Wednesday, March 22, the Supreme Court issued guidelines to determine…more

Europe: Combatting illegal pharma trade

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Combatting illegal pharma trade enforcement guide. This publication is a pharmaceutical industry-specific brochure which complements our suite of brand and trademark protection and…more

DJI Releases Report on Lifesaving Drone Operations

DJI, market leader in drones and aerial systems, released a new report, “Lives Saved: A Survey of Drones in Action,” on lifesaving drone operations using data collected from around the world. DJI reports that drones have helped rescue…more

Restaurant Chain Must Allow Employees to Wear Union Buttons

The National Labor Relations Board recently determined that In-N-Out Burger violated the National Labor Relations Act by maintaining and enforcing a work rule prohibiting employees from wearing any type of unauthorized buttons or…more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - March 2017

DOJ's New Guidance for Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs - Why it matters: On February 8, 2017, the DOJ released, to little fanfare, a new guidance document entitled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs." The stated…more

A Time For Unity

Washington, D.C. based alumna Sarah Baker is on a break. For now, at least. Having worked from the Obama White House for the last five-plus years, she’s earned a little time to reflect and assess her options. And, given her only…more

SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle

On March 22, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) to shorten by one business day the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions. Currently, the standard…more

TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC -- 98 Professors Chime In

As we reported last week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC case on Monday March 27. In that previous report, we covered the background of the case, and presented the…more

Cheering on the Fashion Industry: U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Copyright Decision That Will Have Deep Implications for Fashion and Sports Industries

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court decided that federal copyright protection applies to cheerleading-apparel designs. The decision, which has far-reaching implications for the fashion and sports industries, sets a new and uniform…more

Sanofi and Regeneron Take Aim on Amgen IL-4 Receptor Patent

This week Sanofi-Aventis and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals took aim at Amgen’s U.S. Patent No. 8,679,487 on two fronts, filing a declaratory judgment action in district court and a petition for inter partes review in the U.S. Patent &…more

March 2017 UK Immigration Update

Changes to the immigration rules fulfill the Migration Advisory Committee’s previous recommendations. On March 16, the UK government announced changes to the UK’s immigration rules, implementing the final phase of changes…more

Trump’s Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Underscore the Role of Next Generation Enforcement

Proposal for dramatic reductions in EPA staff and budget could lead to uneven environmental enforcement as states, tribes and environmental groups fill the vacuum. Introduction - On March 16, Donald Trump’s administration…more

PEXA and e-conveyancing demystified for mortgagees - There is considerable confusion amongst mortgage lenders about the PEXA world.

There is considerable confusion amongst mortgage lenders about the PEXA world. In this report we try to simply describe the way forward. Yes, e-conveyancing cannot be ignored. From 3 April 2017, standalone mortgages in South Australia…more

What Does the Introduction of Mandatory Data Breach Notification in Australia Mean for You?

Australia's Data Breach Bill amends the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) ("Privacy Act") and requires private and public organisations regulated by the Privacy Act to notify affected individuals and the Australian Information Commissioner of…more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Rule Amendments to Improve Municipal Securities Disclosures

The SEC proposed rule amendments to improve investor protection and enhance transparency in the municipal securities market. These proposed amendments are intended to provide timely access to information regarding certain financial…more

Allowability of Legal Costs

The next in our Infographics series walks through the allowability of costs for certain in-house legal services. It provides a quick guide to when a contractor’s legal costs may, and may not, be charged to the government…more

DTSA’s First Verdict “Fig”-ure: Jam’n to the Tune of $500,000

In little under a year after its enactment, a Federal Court jury in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued the first verdict under the Defend Trade Secrets Act in favor of the Plaintiff Dalmatia Import Group, Inc. The jury awarded…more

Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, Inc. Copyright Case

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, Inc. case, affirming and holding that “a feature incorporated into the design of a useful…more

How Will Cap-Exempt Institutions Respond to USCIS’s Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing?

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unexpectedly announced that it will temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B petitions received on or after April 3, 2017. The premium…more

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