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Wendy’s Successful in Trimming Data Breach Class Action Suit But No Dismissal

We have previously discussed the class action case filed against Wendy’s as a result of a data breach. The case was initially dismissed based upon lack of standing, but the plaintiffs were given the opportunity to amend the Complaint…more

Process vs. Outcomes Debated at Hearing on Constitutionality of CFPB Structure

As we had indicated, on March 16, the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design.”…more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules That Despite Deference Afforded Arbitrator, the Award Must Be Vacated Where Arbitrator’s Decision Was Contrary to Contract Language

Nappa Constr. Mgmt., LLC v. Flynn, 2017 R.I. LEXIS 13 (R.I. Jan. 23, 2017) - Caroline and Vincent Flynn (the “Flynns”) contracted with Nappa Construction Management, LLC (“Nappa”) to construct an automobile repair facility. The…more

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Policyholder Right to Sue Recalcitrant Excess Insurer

A new opinion published on March 21, 2017 from the Ninth Circuit (Teleflex Medical Inc. v National Union, Case no 14-56366 ) affirmed a $6+ M judgment against AIG subsidiary National Union, who was excess a primary policy issued by…more

Recent comments from ASIC regarding licensing

Members of our team were invited to attend a licensing liaison meeting at ASIC’s offices in Sydney last Thursday…more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Eddie Lampert’s Sears mega-gamble appears to finally be catching up with him. Or the store, at least. Mr. Lampert, it seems, will come out not as worse for the wear as one might have expected…more

Employer Liability for Injuries Sustained by Temporary Agency Workers

The use of temporary employees provided by agencies that supply laborers, secretaries, nurses or other skilled or unskilled workers to the public and private sector is increasing. Employers who use these temporary agency workers’ must…more

Fifth DCA Reaffirms Protections Against Surprise Tactics at Trial

This past January, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal found that a trial court had committed reversible error by allowing a party to argue and present previously undisclosed expert testimony and evidence to the jury at trial…more

CFPB Monthly Report Returns its Focus to Credit Reporting

The CFPB issued its monthly report on consumer complaints this month, providing a high-level snapshot of the recent trends in consumer complaints. The Report provides a summary of the volume of complaints by product category and type…more

New Indiana Insurance Department Bulletin Changes TPA Licensing and TPA Renewals

A recent Indiana Department of Insurance Bulletin announces a change regarding how the Department will issue initial third party administrator licenses and renew existing licenses for nonresident third party administrators in Indiana…more

SEC Modernization in Plain English: Decoding the Regulation

Practical points on managing SEC Modernization. INTRODUCTION - On October 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its final Investment Company Reporting Modernization rules and forms for the reporting…more

G20 Leaders Publish Communique 

The G20 Leaders have published a Communique from the Summit held in Germany. The G20 Leaders reiterated their commitment to finalizing the remaining elements of the financial sector reform agenda and to conducting a post-implementation…more

House Preparing to Vote on Repeal and Replace of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Following the introduction of proposed legislation on March 6, 2017 to repeal and replace certain portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Manager’s Amendments on March 20, 2017, the House Rules Committee…more

Pension May be Collapsed in the Face of an Admitted Fraud

In the recent decision of Alberta Motor Association v. Gladden, 2017 ABQB 174, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench clarified the limits to which employer-sponsored pension benefits will be immunized from enforcement proceedings in fraud…more

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights Releases 2017 Revised Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination Poster

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights ("MDCR") recently released its revised version of the posting Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination required by the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons with Disabilities…more

Supreme Court Decides National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc.

On March 21, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc., No. 15-1251, holding that the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA) prevents any person nominated for a…more

Minnesota Federal Court Says Cross-Plan Offsets Are Unlawful; Certifies Case for Immediate Appeal

The U.S. District of Minnesota has ruled in Peterson v. Unitedhealth Grp. Inc., No. 14-CV-2101 (PJS/BRT), 2017 WL 991043 (D. Minn. Mar. 14, 2017) that ERISA does not permit United Healthcare (“United”) to claw back alleged overpayments…more

Medicinal Products: the EU and the US Mutually Recognize Manufacturing Standards

The European Union (“EU”) and the United States (“US”) have reached a sectoral agreement (the “Agreement”) that will greatly ease the administrative burden when proving compliance with Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices…more

Reading the Financial Tea Leaves: CREFC Market Outlook Survey 2017

CREFC has surveyed some of its attendees—all major participants in the commercial real estate finance industry—at the 2017 CRE Finance Council January Conference in Miami. CREFC’s 2017 market outlook survey confirmed what we observed…more

Issue Three: Keeping Tabs on the PTAB

The availability of post-grant proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has changed the face of patent litigation. This monthly digest is designed to keep you up-to-date by highlighting interesting PTAB, district court…more

The Fate of Patent Laches: SOL

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court abolished a decades-old rule that allowed for application of the equitable defense of laches in patent cases. Until now, patent owners were required to justify filing suit after a period of delay or…more

So I Guess It Is All About The Seniors

Contrary to what the title may suggest, I am not referring to students who are about to graduate from high school or college. Instead, this post is about that group of our society who all too often (based upon my years of defending…more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for Free Appropriate Public Education

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision today on the appropriate standard for determining what constitutes a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in Endrew F. v. Douglas Cty. Sch. Dist. RE-1, 580 U.S…more

District Court Grants Motion To Dismiss Because FCRA Plaintiff Failed To Allege Concrete Injuries

On March 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit predicated on alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA” or the “Act”). If a person plans to run a…more

Enhanced Whistleblower Protections for Nonprofit Employees

In the wake of Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation last year, the Oregon Legislature amended Oregon's "whistleblower" protection statute (ORS 659A.203) by expanding it to include Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that receive…more

Luxembourg Real Estate -Tax and Legal Developments

This brief report provides a summary of the most recent Luxembourg legal developments that currently affect and will be affecting real estate practitioners throughout 2017…more

Veteran Class-Action Suits Following Data Breaches Dismissed for Lack of Standing

In a decision consolidating two cases involving two veterans and two separate incidences of data breaches at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in South Carolina, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit clarified the…more

UK Government Publishes Red Tape Review of UK Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Regime 

The UK Government has published a review of the UK's Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism regime. The document summarizes the views and evidence submitted by businesses to the UK Government's Cutting Red Tape review…more

The Latest On Statistical Sampling In FCA Cases

After waiting over a year to hear what the Fourth Circuit would say about statistical sampling in False Claims Act cases, the court of appeals recently chose to keep us in suspense. Despite initially granting the relators’ petition to…more

We’ve Got the Copyright, How ‘bout You? Supreme Court Protects Cheerleader Designs

We previously wrote about the copyright battle between two of the largest cheerleader uniform manufacturers. Plaintiff Varsity Brand, Inc. claimed that Star Athletica, LLC had infringed its copyrights by manufacturing cheerleader…more

New Mexico Set to Become 48th State To Enact Data Breach and Safeguards Law

Last week, the New Mexico Legislature passed The Data Breach Notification Act (“Act”). Once the Act is signed by Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico will join 47 other U.S. states (along with D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin…more

U.S. Supreme Court Diminishes Laches Defense in Patent Infringement Cases

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that "laches" is not a defense to infringement during a statutory damages period set by Congress in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC. Laches is an…more

UK: Employee Post-Termination Restrictions Under English Law: Five Things You Need To Know

It is often the case that the drafting of post-termination restrictions only comes into focus on enforcement. Ideally, however, the careful drafting of such restrictions should be a priority when drafting employment contracts and the…more

The Endrew Decision: A Better Educational Standard for Special Needs Students.

March 22, 2017 will go down as a good day for parents, like me, who have a child in the public education system who has special needs. In a time when many of the exceptional children's programs in this state and in this country seem…more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Webster Capital Completes Sale of Epic Health Services to Bain Capital

Webster Capital announced it has completed the sale of Epic Health Services to Bain Capital. Plans for the acquisition were announced late last year. Financial terms were not disclosed…more

Alert: Supreme Court Creates New Test That Could Grant Broader Copyright Protection to Clothing Designs

On Wednesday March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the decorative elements of a cheerleading uniform – zig-zags, stripes and chevrons – are protected under copyright law. In this 6-2 written decision, the…more

New Documentary Requirements Issued for Hong Kong Exports and Reexports

Effective April 19, 2017, US exporters intending to export certain controlled items to Hong Kong will need to obtain, prior to shipment, either a copy of a Hong Kong import license or a statement issued by the Hong Kong government that…more

USPTO launches new proof of use audit program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a new program that will require some trademark owners to submit more “specimens” (i.e., proof of use) and information than was required in the past. As a result…more

OSHA’s Volks Rule Overturned by Congressional Review Act

Yesterday, the Senate voted 50-48 to adopt H.J. Res 83, nullifying OSHA’s rule “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” informally referred to as…more

District Court Does Not Have Unlimited Discretion in Assessing Reasonable Attorneys’ Fees

Addressing attorneys’ fees in the context of a breach of contract claim, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit reversed the district court’s limited award of attorneys’ fees, finding the award inconsistent with the express…more

Global Dossier Expanded To More Patent Applications Around the World

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced this week that the Global Dossier program has expanded to include access to more patent applications worldwide. The public including applicants, patent holders, businesses…more

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Truck Drivers In Challenge To Structured Dismissals in Bankruptcy

We previously wrote about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a group of truck drivers’ challenge to the dismissal of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case that was designed to avoid paying the drivers’ claims. Today, the U.S. Supreme…more

Important guidance on a supplier’s “fitness for purpose” obligation

The 2016 TCC decision in Fluor Ltd v. Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Ltd [2016] EWHC 2062 (TCC) provides useful guidance on how a supplier’s “fitness for purpose” obligation will be interpreted…more

Federal Circuit to PTAB – No 102 Gap Filling

In a precedential opinion dated March 14, 2017, the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB, holding that in finding a claim anticipated under 35 USC § 102, the Board cannot “fill in missing limitations” simply because a skilled artisan…more

Updates to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects Research

On Sept. 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to seek input on changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, otherwise known as the “Common…more

Amazon’s Latest Trademark Battle: A Race Against “Chime”

Last month, Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) announced a new application, Amazon Chime, for online meetings, including video and voice conferencing, chat, and screen sharing. Amazon Chime will compete against a crowd of other…more

Supreme Court Decides the Equitable Defense of Laches is No Longer Valid in Patent Cases

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in SCA Hygiene v. First Quality, has eliminated the long-standing principle of laches in patent cases. On March 21, 2017, in an opinion written by Justice Alito, the Court held that laches cannot be…more

Novartis Secures FDA Approval for Breast Cancer Drug Kisqali

On March 13, 2017, the use of Novartis cell cycle inhibitor Kisqali® (ribociclib, LEE011) in combination with an aromatase inhibitor was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a first-line treatment for postmenopausal…more

California Contractors Note CSLB’s “Easy-Fill” Forms And Fee Increases

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) recently announced that it has launched a series of interactive forms to help simplify the contractor license application process as well as the process that licensees are to use to…more

To The Relief of Sergeants Everywhere, Forever 21 Challenges Adidas’ Three Stripe Marks

On March 3, Forever 21, Inc. sued Adidas American, Inc. in the Central District of California (2:17-cv-01752), asking for a declaration that its clothing decorated with stripes does not infringe Adidas’ trademarks, and suggesting that…more

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