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Recent Trends in Succession & Estate Planning

The traditional model for business owners to pass their assets on after death to spouses, children and grandchildren is for their professional advisors to suggest a tax-efficient structure which becomes embodied in wills,...more

Recent Trends in Succession & Estate Planning [Video]

The traditional model for business owners to pass their assets on after death to spouses, children and grandchildren is for their professional advisors to suggest a tax-efficient structure which becomes embodied in wills,...more

America Unites for Kids & PEER vs. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

Complaint for Violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

In other PCB related litigation in New York, Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. opined the following: This case is about polychlorinated biphenyl (“PCB”). PCBs are a broad class of man made chemicals used in various industrial...more

Great Court Reporters – Use Your Trade Associations for Success

Once a court reporter is licensed, a decision needs to be made: “Do I go work in court? Do I want to work in a freelance setting and report depositions? Is it possible to do both?” There are many factors that would go into...more

USPTO Announces Immediate Changes to AIA PTAB Page Limits

Responding to feedback from petitioners and patent owners, the USPTO disclosed a plan to revise the procedural rules governing post grant proceedings under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”). USPTO Director Michelle...more

Supreme Court to Determine Whether ECOA Allows Spousal Guarantors to Challenge Liability

On March 2, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in Hawkins v. Cmty. Bank of Raymore, 761 F.3d 937 (8th Cir. 2014), cert. granted, No. 14-520, 2015 U.S. LEXIS 1635 (U.S. Mar. 2, 2015)—on appeal from...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

NYDFS to Collect Data on Cyber Security, but Could Hackers Use This Database as a Road Map to Launch Targeted Attacks?

On March 26, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced that it is broadening the scope of questions and topics in its current information technology (IT) examination framework. In addition,...more

SDNY Judge Refuses to Approve Overbroad Use of Social Media to Notify Members of Opt-in Class of Action

As we reported in December, Judge Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that putative class representatives in an FLSA collective action could notify former Gawker interns of their...more

Developments in the insolvency world – The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (the Act) recently received Royal Assent. The Act introduces a number of new provisions across a wide range of issues, including regulatory reform, public sector procurement...more

Italy Releases Draft Declaration of Internet Rights

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies has proposed a ‘Draft Declaration of Internet Rights’ (Declaration), acknowledging both the way in which the internet has changed interactions and the way it has erased borders, but also noting...more

Quick Fixes and Proposed Rulemaking for PTAB Trial Rules Announced by Director Lee

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director, Michelle Lee, announced on Friday that a series of actual and proposed rulemakings aimed at improving post-grant proceedings before the PTAB will be...more

USPTO Director Announces "Quick-Fix" and Anticipated Changes to PTAB Practice

On Friday, March 27, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee issued a statement on the PTO Blog indicating several "quick-fix" and proposed rule changes. The "quick-fix" rules package will apply to all newly...more

Delay in Filing IDS Reduces Patent Term Adjustment - Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee

Addressing the issue of whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) properly calculated the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) based on an applicant’s filing of a supplemental information disclosure statement (IDS), the U.S....more

Operation Chokepoint Yields Deals With Two California Banks

Why it matters - A pair of settlements between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and two California banks recently demonstrated that Operation Chokepoint is alive and well. CommerceWest Bank agreed to pay $4.9 million to...more

Permanent Doc Fix Bill Approved by House; Senate to Vote in Coming Weeks

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted 392-37 to approve the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2), a bill that would, among other things, permanently replace the sustainable...more

Legislative Update

The following legislation has been introduced in the Maryland legislature. The chart is current through the morning of March 9. Status of several pieces of legislation receiving committee reports are indicated in caps. The...more

Court of Appeal Strikes Down 2011 S.F. Charter Requirement that SFERS Be "Fully Funded" Before Vested Supplemental COLAs May be...

In a March 27, 2015 opinion, the First District Court of Appeal unanimously declared a voter-approved amendment to the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco (City) to be unconstitutional as applied to current City...more

In Long-Awaited SEC Action – Access to Capital for Entrepreneurial Startups Facilitated by New Rules - Venture Capital and...

On March 25, 2015, in a long-awaited action by the SEC, the regulatory agency finally made a bold move intended to facilitate access to capital for entrepreneurial, high tech startups and other smaller companies. Pursuant to...more

California and Delaware Courts Agree: Amendments to Corporate Bylaws Do Not Apply Retroactively to Impair Pursuit Previously...

Two recent decisions, one from the Delaware Court of Chancery and one from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, refused to apply bylaws that impaired a shareholder/member plaintiff’s ability to pursue...more

6 Essential Secrets to Engaging More Clients in Your Law Practice

I’ve sat through many practice-building seminars in the last five years, each one promising that if you follow their tips and tricks, you will grow you practice N-fold. By and large, these seminars describe in detail how to...more

Recent Crude Oil Train Derailments Intensify the Spotlight on Rail Safety and the Value of Oil Pipelines

Few of us can erase from our memories the imagery of fires blazing at the scenes of crude oil train derailments in West Virginia in early February and in Illinois earlier this month. The fact that these trains carrying Bakken...more

CFPB to Publicly Disclose Complaint Narratives Starting June 22, 2015

On March 24 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published a final policy statement to provide guidance on how the CFPB plans to disclose publicly unstructured consumer complaint narrative data via its...more

American Quarter Horse Association Rule Against Registration of Cloned Horses Found Not To Violate Sherman Act

A Matsushita “Quick Look” Analysis Demonstrates that While Plausible, No Evidence Supports An Actionable Conspiracy or Monopoly. Abraham & Veneklasen Joint Venture et al. v. Am. Quarter Horse Ass’n, 776 F.3d 321 (5th Cir....more

A Court Abandons Horton

In February 2013, we reported on a federal court in Idaho that followed the NLRB’s D.R. Horton decision and ruled that agreements to arbitrate all claims solely on an individual basis were unenforceable. Here’s the rest of...more

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