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Palliative care – navigating the difficult path of informed consent

Medical practitioners are placed in a difficult position when close family members disagree about the treatment that should be provided to a loved one who is no longer capable of making his or her own decisions. ...more

In Business & Corporate Law Avoiding a Messy Business Divorce is Important! #BusinessAttorney

When people come together to begin a business, they may not think the time will come when they will not get along. But if, after many years, you and your business partner no longer see eye-to-eye when it comes to how to...more

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again: Illinois General Assembly Sends Revised Version of Click-Through Nexus Law to the...

In 2011, Illinois became one of the first states to follow New York’s lead by enacting “click-through nexus” legislation. The Illinois law created nexus for any out-of-state retailer that contracted with a person in Illinois...more

New Executive Order Prohibits Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for Federal Employment, Federal...

On July 21, 2014, President Obama entered yet another executive order related to employment. This latest order amends two previous executive orders, Executive Order 11478 and Executive Order 11246. With the entry of this...more

Status Updates - July 2014 #13

Going viral: Silencing its critics, Twitter posted strong second quarter results, adding 16 million new monthly active users and boosting its user base by 24 percent from this time last year....more

Distribution Agreements in Pennsylvania: Til Death Do Us Part

One of the most exciting moments in the existence of a new brewery is the moment you ink your very first distribution agreement. Yes, you never forget your first: you’ve arrived, you’re now part of the Show, and now you’re...more

Statutory Right to Appeal Does Not Bypass Article III Standing Requirements

Consumer Watchdog v. Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dismissed an appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the Board) on the grounds that the appellant, a...more

Design Patent Developments at the Federal Circuit – 2014 Term

In addition to its heavy docket of utility patent cases, the Federal Circuit also rendered several design patent decisions of interest thus far in the 2014 term. Among them is in a recent non-precedential opinion in Anderson...more

CHI Takes the Plunge into the Insurance Business

For several years now hospital systems have been tip-toeing around the business of health insurance. They’ve been signing up for Medicare Advantage plans, taking on more and more risk, managing care and raiding health...more

Caveat Empty Box

In a strong defense victory from earlier this year, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a proposed class of laptop purchasers the opportunity to proceed against Toshiba as a class, instead...more

Pennsylvania Anti-Discrimination Laws: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Currently, federal and state (Pennsylvania) anti-discrimination laws protect against discrimination on the basis of sex (male vs. female), but not sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. However, a number of...more

UPDATE: UConn Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit for $1.3 Million

We recently reported that five former and current students filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Connecticut (“UConn”) alleging discrimination and that the university failed to properly investigate claims of rape...more

OFAC Announces Substantial Settlement With Bank Over Apparent Sanctions Violations

On July 24, the OFAC released a settlement agreement with a large bank to resolve apparent violations of narcotics sanctions regulations. The settlement agreement states that during separate periods from September 2005...more

Consultation on the enforcement of scheduling of television advertising

Ofcom has published a consultation document regarding various approaches to the enforcement of scheduling of television advertising. Both Ofcom’s own Code on the Scheduling of Television Advertising (COSTA) and the...more

New York State Corporate Tax Law Reform: The Impact on Companies Providing Digital Products

On March 31, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation that provides for an extensive reform of the state's corporate tax regime (the "Act"), most notably for out-of-state corporations providing digital products to New...more

New Clarifications Affect Physician and Hospital Medicare Part B Billing for Services Provided by Nursing and Other Staff...

CMS recently released rules changing the requirements for Medicare coverage of services furnished incident to a physician’s, NP’s, or PA’s services. Howard Sollins, Donna Senft and Susan Turner explain the effect of the...more

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN NONIMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION PROCEDURES IN PARIS

Effective today, the U.S. Embassy in Paris will accept nonimmigrant visa application fees paid by debit card (online or by phone) or through Electronic Bank Transfer (online). In addition, applicants will no longer be...more

CONTINUED VISA ISSUANCE DELAYS AT U.S. CONSULATES WORLD-WIDE

As of Thursday July 31st, the Department of State (DOS) continues to experience technical issues with their visa/passport systems and have confirmed that the systems are still not restored to full functionality. ...more

Amendments to Offshore Fund Rules to Reflect Finance Act 2014 AIFM Partnership Tax Changes

Regulations amending the Offshore Funds Regulations 2009 (the 2009 Regulations) to reflect the Finance Act 2014 changes to the taxation of alternative investment fund managers operating as partnerships (AIFM firms) were made...more

Mercantile Courts of Catalonia’s Conclusions Clarify Aspects of Production Unit Sales

Proceedings from the courts’ seminar address some material uncertainties, but ambiguities — especially over Social Security — remain. Catalonian Mercantile Courts recently held a seminar and reached a common...more

Environmental Alert: EPA Will Not Require or Enforce Air Permits Solely For GHGs

On July 24, 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation issued a Memorandum to all EPA Regions regarding the issuance and enforcement of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) related air permits following...more

NLRB Rules Bergdorf Shoe Sellers Are Mismatched for Micro-Bargaining Unit

In a long-awaited decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unanimously held that women’s shoe sales associates from two different departments within Bergdorf Goodman’s New York store could not be combined into a...more

Ukraine Crisis Update: US and EU Expand Sanctions, Restrict Certain Energy-Related Exports to Russia

US extends sanctions to three Russian banks, a shipbuilding company and exports of energy sector items to Russia; EU announces similar measures. Additional OFAC Designations - On July 29, 2014, the U.S....more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: July 2014 #4

For several years, solar arrays utilizing silicon photovoltaics have been central to driving the exponential growth of installed domestic solar capacity. However, an ongoing trade war spanning three continents and impacting...more

Chinese Magnesite Producers Antitrust Class Action Complaint Dismissed

On July 24, 2014, the district court in Animal Sci. Prod., Inc. et al. v. China Nat’l Metals & Minerals Imp. and Exp. Corp. et al., Case No. 2:05-cv-04376 (D.N.J.), dismissed direct purchaser plaintiff’s Amended Complaint...more

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