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Federal and State Agencies Announce $714 Million FX Settlement

On March 19, four federal and state agencies –DOJ, the Department of Labor (DOL), the SEC, and New York Attorney General – entered into a proposed $714 million settlement agreement against a large bank to resolve allegations...more

San Francisco’s Airbnb Regulation Runs Into Enforcement Issues

A little over a month after San Francisco’s comprehensive home-sharing law went into effect, the City is already encountering a problem that threatens the effectiveness of the measure. The law, which allows residents to rent...more

TTAB Decisions Can Preclude Court Determinations Of Likelihood Of Confusion In Infringement Cases

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., holding that a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) decision on likelihood of confusion for purposes of...more

B&B Hardware: Sometimes, Not Always, Not Never

The Supreme Court issued its second trademark ruling of the term on Tuesday, ruling that federal court decisions on “likelihood of confusion” sometimes can be precluded by earlier rulings about trademark registrability issued...more

Measures to improve energy performance of non-domestic buildings: Scottish implementation timetable announced

Following recent consultation, the Scottish Government has confirmed the timetable for the publication and implementation of regulations to be made under section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009....more

I Can Fly it For Fun–Why Not For Profit? Proposed FAA Rules For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Every week, it seems you hear another business is using unmanned aerial vehicles. So why are you, or your company, still grounded? That could change soon....more

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. – U.S. Supreme Court Holds TTAB Decisions Can Have Preclusive Effect on District...

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Indus., Inc. B&B Hardware owned the federally registered trademark SEALTIGHT for use in connection with...more

UK Regulator Announces Its Approach to Financial Promotions in Social Media

On March 13, the UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published finalized guidance on its supervisory approach to financial promotions in social media (the “Guidance”). The range of social media within the...more

Supreme Court Rules that TTAB Decisions Can Have Preclusive Effect in Federal Court

On March 24, 2015, in a trademark dispute captioned B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Indus., Inc., No. 13-352, the United States Supreme Court determined that “likelihood of confusion for purposes of registration [of a trademark]...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Service Advisors Non-Exempt Under FLSA Dealership "Salesman" Exemption; Section 7(i) Exemption Is Still...

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) has ruled in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC that Service...more

Supreme Court Gives TTAB Decisions Preclusive Effect Over Federal Court Infringement Actions in Limited Circumstances

In a carefully crafted 7-2 decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., the Supreme Court of the United States reversed the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and granted preclusive effect to Trademark...more

HUD Issues Notice to Update Section 3 Regulations

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a notice that updates the interim regulation at 24 CFR Part 135, which provides for compliance with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development...more

TTAB Decisions May Be Determinative Of Trademark Infringement Litigation

In a well-written opinion, the Supreme Court ruled this week that a final TTAB decision on likelihood of confusion regarding a particular mark can be binding in separate trademark infringement litigation. The Court reversed a...more

The Stakes in Your TTAB Opposition Proceeding Just Went Way Up: Trademark Trial and Appeal Board "Likelihood of Confusion"...

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. et al., case number 13-352, 575 U.S. ___ (2015), holding that likelihood of confusion determinations by the...more

OIG adds new audit item to work plan

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has added a new ongoing CFPB project to its work plan updated as of March 13, 2015. The OIG is auditing the CFPB’s compliance with the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, as...more

Increased FTC Enforcement as FDA Deregulates Low-Risk Health IT Devices

The FTC steps up enforcement of misleading software and mobile app promotional claims as FDA deregulates low-risk health IT devices. In recent weeks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken several enforcement...more

Supreme Court Rules That TTAB Decisions Can Have Preclusive Effect in Infringement Actions

The ruling creates new risks to assess in TTAB litigation strategies. On March 24, the US Supreme Court decided in the case of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. that a decision by the Trademark Trial and...more

The FCC and the Uncertain Future of Privacy Oversight for Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) net neutrality proceeding culminated this month with the release of an Order reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a common carrier Telecommunications Service...more

CRTC Issues $48,000 Fine for Technical Violation of CASL

Following up on its recent $1.1MM CASL enforcement action against Quebec executive training firm Compu-Finder, the CRTC announced today that it has entered into an undertaking with online dating service operator Plenty of...more

SEC Issues Final Regulation A+ Rules

The SEC has adopted amendments to Regulation A and other rules and forms to implement Section 401 of the JOBS Act. Section 401 of the JOBS Act added Section 3(b)(2) to the Securities Act of 1933, which directed the SEC to...more

Online Dating Site Hit with Anti-Spam Law Fine

On the heels of issuing its first Notice of Violation under Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation (CASL) earlier this month, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced today that Plentyoffish...more

To File or Not to File (Before the TTAB) – Supreme Court Holds TTAB Decisions Can Have Preclusive Effect in Federal Court

In its second trademark decision this term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain findings by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) relating to whether there is a “likelihood of confusion” between trademarks can...more

Energy Companies’ Interest in Drones Gains Momentum as FAA Reacts to Comments on Proposed Small UAS Rules

On March 24, 2015, NextEra Energy became the latest energy company granted a Section 333 Exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration. NextEra Energy, whose subsidiaries Florida Power & Light and NextEra Energy Resources...more

Environmental Appeals Board Vacates Penalties for TSCA Section 8(e) Violations

The U.S. Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) issued an opinion this month that sheds light on section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); specifically, the applicability of the “continuing violations doctrine” to...more

Supreme Court Trademark Decision - TTAB Findings Can Be Binding in Court Cases

TTAB Registration Decisions May Have Issue Preclusion Effect - On March 24, 2015, in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., the Supreme Court raised the stakes and importance of decisions by the Trademark Office,...more

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