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United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On April 25, 2017, United States District Court Judge William Orrick imposed a temporary injunction on any attempts by the Trump administration to enforce portions of an executive order that called for the withholding of...more

Novartis’ Gilenya Patent Invalidated as Obvious

On April 12, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,324,283 (“the ’283 patent”) were...more

Administrative Law Judge Rules Against SEC In Insider Trading Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 18, 2017, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) James Grimes dismissed an administrative proceeding instituted by the Commission against Georgia real estate...more

Heather MacDougall Re-Nominated as Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a move that may be employer-friendly, President Trump has re-nominated Heather MacDougall to the OSHRC. MacDougall represents a Republican vote on cases appealed before the Commission....more

Federal Circuit to PTAB: No Short Cuts Allowed

Today, the Federal Circuit, vacated-in-part and remanded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s obviousness determination regarding a Securus Technologies patent directed to systems and methods for reviewing conversation data...more

Rules of the Drone. The New FAA Drone Rules For Your Construction Site

About ten years ago, I visited a college friend in Simi Valley, California. He graduated Purdue with an Aeronautical Engineering degree and had left Indiana to work for a company developing unmanned aircraft for the military....more

Second Circuit Holds Termination of Employee Who Attacked Supervisor in Obscene Facebook Post Violates NLRA

The Second Circuit said last week that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired an employee who criticized a supervisor on Facebook during an election. The catch here is that the Second Circuit...more

USPTO Invites Suggestions for PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative

by Jones Day on

The Patent Office has announced an initiative to make procedural reforms in an effort to improve PTAB trial proceedings, particularly inter partes review proceedings...more

Professional Regulatory Alert: Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Regulators Have Broad Authority and Discretion to Fulfill Mandate

by Field Law on

In its recent decision of Green v. Law Society of Manitoba, 2017 SCC 20, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that professional regulatory organizations will be granted deference when they enact general rules or bylaws to...more

Analogous Analysis: A Survey of Recent PTAB Decisions Establishing Subject Matter Patent Eligibility

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court established the current framework for determining patent-eligible subject matter in Alice. The Alice framework is a two-part test, with step one requiring a determination regarding whether a...more

No Nexus For Novartis Gilenya Patent

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Novartis AG v. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd., the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidating all claims of U.S. Patent 8,324,283, which is one of four Orange...more

Failure To Pay Minimum Wage Can Jeopardize Employment-Based Visa Petitions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Rudyard Kipling famously noted, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Many employers may feel that this quote aptly describes the relationship between immigration law and wage & hour law —...more

PTAB Denies Petitioner’s Second IPR Because Petitioner Strategically Delayed Filing to Take Advantage of Feedback from PTAB on...

On April 13, 2017, a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) panel denied institution of inter partes review (IPR) of patent claims that were the subject of a previously filed IPR by the same petitioner. The panel found that the...more

PTAB Grants-in-Part Motions to Amend in Three Related IPRs

The PTAB granted-in-part motions to amend in three related proceedings: Activision Blizzard, Inc. v. Acceleration Bay, LLC, IPR2015-01953, Paper 107 (P.T.A.B. sealed on March 23, 2017, made public on April 19, 2017);...more

PTAB's Decision Not To Institute IPR Is Relevant In A Co-Pending ITC Investigation

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

ITC complainant Aspen Aerogels, Inc. (“Aspen”) filed on March 24, 2017 a motion and supporting memorandum to reopen proceedings for receipt of additional evidence. In the Matter of: Certain Composite Aerogel Insulation...more

Health Update - April 2017

CMS Issues Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Stark Law Violations - On March 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new voluntary self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP) for disclosing...more

How Will the Trump Administration Impact Healthcare Litigation?

Editor's Note: In a dramatic conclusion to the heated debate surrounding the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill was withdrawn after it became clear that House leadership did not have enough votes to pass it. There is...more

FDA Advisory Committee to Hold Public Meeting on Hospira’s Proposed Epogen/Procrit Biosimilar

by Goodwin on

The FDA recently announced that the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on May 25, 2017 to discuss Hospira’s application for a proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Epogen®/Procrit® (epoetin alfa). Pfizer...more

Can Renting Be a Sale After Importation?

by Jones Day on

We previously wrote about the ITC’s determination in Certain Semiconductor Devices, Semiconductor Device Packages, and Products Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1010 that renting accused products after importation does...more

St. Jude Medical On Hot Seat for Cybersecurity Flaws in Home Monitoring System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning letter to St. Jude Medical, alleging that it failed to properly investigate issues with the batteries in its defibrillator implants and for failing to fix the...more

Campus Counsel | Monthly Roundup Of Legal Issues In Higher Education: March 2017 Edition Summaries: Ineffective Remedial Measures...

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Institutions are shielded from liability under Title IX when they take timely and reasonable measures in response to claims of sexual harassment. However, institutions can be held liable for subsequent conduct if they fail to...more

HUD Resolves Allegations of Discrimination Against California Lenders

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?On April 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had entered an agreement with a group of California mortgage lenders to resolve allegations that they discriminated against a mortgage...more

Breaking News: FDA Approves Samsung Bioepis’s Biosimilar of REMICADE®

by Goodwin on

Today, FDA approved Samsung Bioepis’s aBLA for RENFLEXIS® (infliximab-abda), a biosimilar of Janssen’s REMICADE®. According to the approved prescribing information, RENFLEXIS® is indicated for the treatment of Crohn’s...more

IPR Estoppel: Ripe for Gamesmanship?

In Douglas Dynamics LLC, v. Meyer Products LLC, [14-cv-886-jdp] (D. Wisc. Document # 68 April 18. 2017), the district court considered the scope of estoppel after an Inter Partes Review (IPR). The Court identified three...more

Australian Consumer Law Review

by DLA Piper on

On 19 April 2017 the final report of the Australian Consumer Law Review, conducted by Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand, was publically released. The review was initiated in mid-2015, and involved a broad ranging...more

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