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D.C. Circuit Vacates 100-Hour Exemption for Emergency Generators

On May 1, 2015, the D.C. Circuit in Delaware v. EPA vacated a portion of EPA’s National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Reciprocating Internal...more

Recent Court and Agency Actions Suggest Increased Antitrust Risk Over Disgorgement, Particularly in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Recent court and agency rulings highlight important takeaways involving disgorgement in antitrust proceedings. Companies, especially those in the pharmaceutical industry, increasingly should ensure they properly calibrate...more

Weigand v. N.L.R.B: A Double Standard for Social Media?

On April 17, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) decision finding a local branch of the Amalgamated Transit Union (“Union”) could...more

EPA Is Not an Expert in Determining Electric System Reliability

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed and remanded EPA’s rule allowing backup generators to operate for up to 100 hours per year as necessary for demand response. It’s an important decision that could have lessons...more

Automobile Service Advisers Are Not Exempt Under the FLSA—At Least Not According to the Ninth Circuit

Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC, No. 13-55323 (March 24, 2015): The plaintiffs in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC were “service advisors” at a Mercedes Benz dealership. The main duties of service advisors are to evaluate...more

Supreme Court Finds No Pre-emption in Natural Gas Act Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in ONEOK Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., that the Natural Gas Act (NGA) does not pre-empt state-law antitrust suits over manipulation of natural gas indices. The court’s decision has important...more

Supreme Court Requires Narrow Proof of EEOC Conciliation Efforts

On Wednesday, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court agreed that federal courts have authority to review the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s attempts to conciliate discrimination charges when the agency concludes that the...more

Supreme Court Victory For Employers In Mach Mining v. EEOC

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Mach as1859[1]Mining, LLC v. EEOC, No. 13-1019 (U.S. 2015), and concluded, in a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Kagan, that federal courts...more

Challenge to DSH Adjustment Estimates Barred by Statute

In a decision issued on March 31, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a challenge by Florida Health Sciences Center, Inc., also known as Tampa General Hospital, to the calculation of its...more

When Does a Judge Refuse an Unopposed Motion to Enter a Consent Decree?

Last week, Judge John Copenhaver refused to allow a motion by the United States to enter a consent decree that would have resolved government claims against DuPont concerning alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, CERCLA,...more

Tomorrow is Another One-A-Day: FDA Guidelines Preempt Vitamin Claims, but Consumer Class Still Has Opportunity to Supplement

Although consumer class actions in California are dime-a-dozen, a recent Northern District of California case involving One A Day vitamins stands out because it demonstrates how federal regulations can preempt certain state...more

Supreme Court Authorizes “Barebones” Court Review of the EEOC’s Conciliation Efforts

On April 29, 2015, the U.S Supreme Court held in Mach Mining, LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that courts are empowered to review whether the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) satisfied its...more

SCOTUS Opts Not To Remand Case Raising Preclusion Question Answered in B&B Hardware

On April 27, the Supreme Court surprisingly denied certiorari in Escamilla v. M2 Tech., Inc., U.S., No. 14-1012 rather than remanding the case for further consideration in light of the High Court's recent decision in B&B...more

Supreme Court Permits Employers to Seek Review of EEOC's Conciliation Efforts

On April 29, in a relatively employer-friendly decision, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the EEOC's conciliation efforts are subject to judicial review....more

ARB Issues Impactful Decision On Whistleblower Retaliation Causation Standard

The ARB recently addressed the standard for proving that protected activity was a “contributing factor” in adverse employment actions. It concluded that evidence showing that an employer would have made the same adverse...more

Supreme Court Concludes That EEOC Conciliation Efforts Are Reviewable by Courts

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously concluded that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) efforts to conciliate a matter before filing suit—a statutory requirement of Title VII—can be reviewed...more

U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules that Courts Have a Narrow Scope to Review Whether the EEOC Complied with Its Statutory Duty...

The United States Supreme Court has announced its decision in the closely watched Mach Mining LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case – and it was unanimous. In an opinion authored by Justice Elena Kagen that...more

SEC Applies Whistleblower Interference Rule to Corporate Confidentiality Requirement

On April 1, the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued—in a settled administrative proceeding—a cease-and-desist order in In the Matter of KBR, Inc., directing that the respondent cease violating Commission Rule...more

“Indirect” Common Inventorship Not Sufficient To Support Priority Claim Under 35 U.S.C. §120

The PTAB recently took up the issue of whether, in a family of patents and applications, a later patent in the family is entitled to the benefit of the filing date of an earlier-filed application in the family where the later...more

Trademark Review | April 2015

The Supreme Court Rules TTAB Findings May Have Preclusive Effect in Later Federal Court Proceedings - B&B and Hargis have long contested each other’s rights in the mark "SEALTIGHT" for fasteners. B&B was the first to...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - April 2015

Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus, Inc. (No. 2012-1289, 4/27/15) (Newman, Schall, Wallach) - April 27, 2015 11:12 AM. Wallach, J. On remand from the Supreme Court, reversing district court summary judgment...more

U.S. Files Complaint Against Leading Non-Bank Mortgage Lender For Alleged Improper Underwriting Practices on FHA-Insured Loans...

On April 17, Quicken Loans filed a preemptive lawsuit against the DOJ and HUD in the Eastern District of Michigan against HUD, the HUD-IG, and DOJ, asserting that it “appears to be one of the targets (due to its large size)...more

Privilege Rules: Solicitor-Client Privilege Held Sacrosanct by Alberta Court of Appeal

In the Alberta Court of Appeal’s ruling this month in University of Calgary v. JR, the court held that the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) does not have the statutory authority under the Freedom of...more

Don’t Sit on Your Hands: Intervene at OHA If the NAICS Code Matters to You

A recent decision from the Federal Circuit clarified whether the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) has jurisdiction to review the selection of North American Industry Classification System (“NAICS”) codes and reminded small...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Treasurer Needs Appeal Bond Too

Earlier this month, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court held in Illinois State Treasurer v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission that the State Treasurer, when appealing a workers’ compensation award in a case where he...more

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