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The D.C. Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act Went Into Effect Yesterday – What D.C. Employers Need To Know

Yesterday, the highly anticipated – and already twice-amended – D.C. Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act (the “Act”) goes into effect for Washington, D.C. employers. In November 2014, then-D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, signed the...more

FCC Adopts Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Rules

The order classifies broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) today voted, by a 3-2 margin, to adopt rules designed to promote an open Internet...more

GB: Gambling Commission consults on “assurance statements” for large operators

The Gambling Commission has published a consulation document aimed at gathering views on the recently announced proposal to require large operators to provide an annual “assurance statement” to the Commission. Such operators,...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Hedging Disclosure - SEC Reports the Result of its Cybersecurity Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers - House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and Other...more

PTAB Update -- Biopharmaceutical Edition

Earlier this week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB" or "Board") handed down what is thought to be the first set of inter partes review ("IPR") Final Written Decisions ("FWDs") in the biopharmaceutical industry. And...more

A Slip of the Pen May Cost You Your IPR

The Patent Office is getting inter partes review (IPR) petitions by the boat load. Some patent challengers are adding to the volume by filing numerous IPRs against a single patent. They use each IPR for a distinct set of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Four SEC Commissioners addressed the annual SEC Speaks Conference, reviewing recent agency initiatives and tracing potential paths for the future. The SEC also brought another FCPA action, a misappropriation case and an...more

Disability Services Company Sued by EEOC for Discriminating Against Disabled Employees

ValleyLife Failed to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Disabled Employees, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - ValleyLife, a disability support services company, unlawfully discriminated against disabled employees by...more

SEC Speaks 2015: Enforcement Highlights

On February 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its annual SEC Speaks conference, which updated the public regarding the staff’s work over the last year and its plans for 2015. ...more

Google to be inspected by Italian privacy regulator

At the end of last week, the Italian privacy regulator reported the news on the approval of an arrangement with Google enabling the Italian DPA – for the first time in Europe – to regularly monitor the implementation by...more

EFSA Scientific Network of Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed Publishes 2014 Annual Report

On February 16, 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published the 2014 annual report of the EFSA Scientific Network of Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed, which is intended to inform the public...more

Fourth Circuit Slaps EEOC for Use of Misleading, Incomplete and Error-Riddled Expert Testimony

Several years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission set discriminatory use of criminal and financial background checks as a top enforcement priority. These cases are brought under the disparate impact theory,...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law – February 26, 2015

This term resulted in two cases which, in our opinion, affect Virginia local government law.  One, decided by order, deals with the effect of a failure to name a necessary party (a governing body) in appealing a BZA decision....more

Drone on Drones: Berkeley Issues Moratorium on Law Enforcement Use of Drones

The Berkeley City Council approved a proposal by the City’s Peace and Justice Commission this week to impose a moratorium on drones within city limits. The one-year moratorium, which applies only to the Berkeley Police...more

Is Anything Fishy With The SEC’s Whistleblower Inquiries?

Yesterday, Rachel Louise Ensign of The Wall Street Journal wrote that the SEC recently sent letters “to a number of companies asking for years of nondisclosure agreements, employment contracts and other documents”.  According...more

Court Upholds CARB Regulations Implementing Cap and Trade Program to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On February 23, 2015, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court decision upholding regulations adopted by the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (“the...more

District Court Denies Motion to Lift Stay Pending Inter Partes Review Even Where Plaintiff Agreed to Not Pursue Claims That Were...

Barco filed a patent infringement action in September 2011 against Defendants Eizo Nanao Corporation and Eizo Nanao Technologies, Inc. ("Eizo"), alleging that Eizo infringed various claims in U.S. Patent No. 7,639,849 (the...more

Medicare RAC Program Improvements Delayed Until 2016 - Shorts on Long Term Care February 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had planned to award new contracts to companies that act as Medicare’s recovery audit contractors (now referred to as recovery auditors) (RAs) for operation of the Medicare...more

OECD Slams France for Lacklustre Bribery & Corruption Enforcement

International pressure is mounting for France to boost their anti-bribery and corruption efforts, but French organisations face the most serious risks—and have the greatest need for strong compliance programmes—today....more

UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Receives Power to Audit National Health Service

The ICO has welcomed a change in legislation which came into effect on 1 February 2015 enabling it to audit National Health Service (NHS) bodies to check for compliance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998. ...more

EEOC Sues S&B Industry for Disability Discrimination

Fort Worth Cellphone Repair Facility Refused to Hire Two Hearing-Impaired Applicants Because of Their Disability, Federal Agency Charges - DALLAS - S&B Industry, Inc., a Fort Worth cellphone repair facility, violated...more

FTC Fails to Prove Green Guides' Meaning of "Biodegradable"

In an Initial Decision announced February 6, 2015, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) held that ECM BioFilms, Inc. d/b/a Enviroplastics International (“ECM”) made false...more

District Court Rejects Challenge to Wind Farm Permitting, Finds No Violation of ESA or Eagle Protection Act

This month a federal court in Maine rejected a challenge to a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) for the Oakfield wind power project. The court determined that the Army Corps did not violate the...more

FAA to Begin Integrating Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace

The FAA’s draft rule opens up the possibility of using so-called small “commercial drones” in the National Airspace, thus encouraging the emerging UAS industry. Introduction - Since 2007, Congress has been calling...more

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Antitrust Protection for State Professional Boards

In a 6-3 decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, the United States Supreme Court ruled today that state professional boards comprised of active professionals in the occupation...more

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