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Blog: UK Government Considers Powers To Seize, Hold & Sell Virtual, Digital And Crypto-Currencies

The terms of reference for the UK Home Affairs Select Committee’s Proceeds of Crime Inquiry include, “Whether additional measures are required to achieve the objectives of ensuring criminals do not benefit from their crimes“....more

Expert’s Specific Causation Methodology Unreliable in Leukemia Row

In a case underscoring the importance of reliable methodologies in expert testimony, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a trial court decision excluding specific causation testimony linking benzene...more

Manifest Disregard for the Law is Not a Ground for Vacating TAA Arbitration Awards

Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court, in Hoskins v. Hoskins, No. 15-0046, --- S.W.3d --- (Tex. May 20, 2016), ruled that an arbitration award may not be vacated under the Texas Arbitration Act (“TAA”) on grounds other than...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a policy memorandum in the decision of Matter of Z-A, Inc.

On April 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a policy memorandum designating the decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of Z-A-, Inc. as an adopted decision...more

CMS Announces Plans to Streamline the Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

On May 6, 2016, CMS published a notice (Notice), required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), seeking public comment on its plans to revise the information collected under the Medicare Self-referral Disclosure Protocol...more

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and Its Potential Impact on Underwriting Policies and Procedures

In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015), one of the most watched cases of 2015, the Supreme Court held that plaintiffs may rely on a disparate impact...more

Germany Issues Privacy Guidelines for Employer Access to Employee Email and Internet Use

Can employers look at the company email accounts of employees, such as when they do not show up to work? Can employers monitor employee Internet use during working hours? Can employers read employee emails if they use the...more

Oklahoma Supreme Court broadens scope of state's informed consent law

In the late 1970s, a patient named Norma Jo Scott underwent a hysterectomy performed by Dr. Vance Bradford that resulted in problems with incontinence. She sued Dr. Bradford for failing to disclose the risks and available...more

Accountable Care, Non-Profit Status and the Dangerous Ripple Effect it May Cause

On April 8, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Private Letter Ruling (PLR) 201615022, which denied tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status to a commercial accountable care organization (ACO). This ruling marks the first...more

The implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’, and overview of the content and current status of draft EU...

In this client alert we discuss the implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’ for producers of, and traders in, raw and/or recycled materials of all kinds, manufacturers of products and actors in all stages of...more

FinCEN Issues New Beneficial Ownership Regulations

Under the dark cover of the Panama Papers scandal, FinCEN moved quickly to issue its beneficial; ownership regulations. For all of the US regulatory and financial industry bluster, it is about time. The United States stands...more

[Webinar] Overtime Law 2016 – Expanded New Rule: What It Means for You - June 1st, 12:00pm CST

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule updating the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new rule increases the salary threshold for workers to qualify as exempt from...more

Case Update: Midland Funding v. Madden: The Solicitor General Brief Could Be a Game Changer

In response to a request of the U.S. Supreme Court (discussed here), the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office on Tuesday filed a brief with the Court expressing the U.S. Government’s views on the merits of the claims brought in...more

Did My Employee Just Say That?!? Manage Risk with a Company Crisis Plan

Johnny Hotshot, the 11 year-old shortstop on the Dallas Rangers Little League team, suffered a horrific brain injury after a pitching machine at the Hitz-R-Us batting cage malfunctioned. Melanie Scoop, a reporter from one of...more

The Solicitor General Weighs in on Madden v. Midland

The Solicitor General’s brief argues the Second Circuit’s holding was incorrect, but does not recommend a grant of certiorari. On May 24, the U.S. Solicitor General and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)...more

Wolf-Rider Introduced in House Funding Bill

As recently reported by the Center for Biological Diversity, a rider has been proposed for an appropriations bill that would provide $1.5 billion to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2017.  The controversial rider would...more

Pro-Golfer Phil Mickelson Pays $1M to SEC to Settle Civil Insider Trading Claims, But Escapes Criminal Charges in Light of Newman

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the arrest of renowned sports bettor William “Billy” T. Walters on an alleged years-long insider trading scheme conducted...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.26.16

The SEC has opened an inquiry into Alibaba’s accounting related to affiliated companies and related-party transactions, a big deal for a company “long seen as a symbol of China’s growing technological might”...more

The Evolution of Compliance: Structural Changes Which Led to Compliance 2.0

If there was one theme from Compliance Week 2016 it was the continued evolution of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) role and the compliance profession. Long gone are the days when someone is sent over from a legal...more

A Handy Tip for Avoiding Coverage Denial Based on Policy Exclusion In Renewal Policy: Confirm That Insurer Complied With...

The recent decision in Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Chapman, 2016 IL App (1st) 150919, illustrates how non-compliance with an insurance renewal statute potentially could bar an insurer from denying coverage. At issue in...more

First Circuit Decision Creates Ambiguity in Consumer VPPA Class Actions

The vast majority of courts confronted with “free app” cases under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) have dismissed those claims.  A recent First Circuit decision, however, signals a change in that trend.  ...more

Jurisdiction Cannot Be Cured Retroactively If Plaintiff Lacked Substantial Rights to Patent When Suit Was Filed

In Diamond Coating Tech. v. Hyundai Motor, [2015-1844, 2015-1861] (May 17, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a patent infringement action for lack of standing. The Federal Circuit agreed that Diamond...more

Proposed Riverfront Interim Planning Overlay District to Provide Additional Zoning Regulations in Pittsburgh

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Pittsburgh City Council passed an ordinance creating a new Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD) along all of Pittsburgh’s nearly 35 miles of riverfront. The IPOD legislation was initiated by the...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: Discharger of Petroleum Not Able to Maintain Suit Against Another Discharger (5/16)

Under Navigation Law § 181, a party injured by the intentional or inadvertent discharge of petroleum products may bring a claim for damages against the party responsible for the discharge. But what if the injured party also...more

Competition Bureau Launches FinTech Market Study

On May 19, 2016, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that it has launched a market study into technology led innovation in the Canadian financial services industry (FinTech); FinTech was identified as a subject matter...more

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