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Federal Court Allows the EEOC to Conduct Investigation on Employer’s Premises Without Employer Consent or a Warrant

Many employers are familiar with the fact that the EEOC regularly conducts on-site workplace investigations after receiving charges of discrimination or harassment. A recent federal court decision, however, may lead to an...more

Is the CFPB Constitutional?

Is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) constitutional? A panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is currently considering the issue after hearing oral argument in PHH Corporation v. CFPB....more

MetLife Opinion Turns the Tables on FSOC: Back to the Drawing Board

U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer recently released her opinion invalidating the decision of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC or the Council) to designate MetLife a systemically important financial...more

D.C. Circuit Appears Poised to Overturn First CFPB Enforcement Action to Reach the Court: Five Key Takeaways From Yesterday’s Oral...

Major financial firms almost never litigate with their regulators. As a result, regulators often take aggressive enforcement positions with little fear of judicial scrutiny. That’s been especially true for the Consumer...more

D.C. Circuit Judge Expresses Concern That CFPB Concentrates “Huge Power” in Single Director

Yesterday’s oral argument in the CFPB v. PHH Corporation appeal included sharp questioning about the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single-director structure, which the parties agreed...more

Two Additional Lawsuits Filed Challenging the DOL’s Final Persuader Rule

In follow-up to our earlier blog post about the first lawsuit to challenge the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Persuader Rule that was promulgated in late March, two additional lawsuits have been filed challenging the Final...more

Be Safe, Get Your Standing Evidence in Early

A Land Use Practitioner representing opposition intervenors in a quasi-judicial land use matter is best served to present any evidence of special damages during the quasi-judicial hearing in order to preserve standing for...more

BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Declines to Address the Constitutionality of Securities and Exchange Administrative Forum

On March 28, 2016, the Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari review brought by Laurie Bebo, the former CEO of Assisted Living Concepts Inc., who challenged the constitutionality of proceedings conducted in an SEC...more

Will Supreme Court Hear A Challenge to SEC Venue Decisions?

The SEC continues to prevail in actions brought challenging its venue selections. On March 28, 2016, the Supreme Court denied a request for a writ of certiorari in Bebo v. SEC, 799 F. 3d 765 (7th Cir. 2015). Ms. Bebo’s case...more

Proposed Enrollment Rule Changes - de Facto Exclusion?

Proposed rules, touted as enhancing the provider enrollment process, would provide CMS with sanction authority that closely parallels the OIG’s exclusion authority. Under the proposed rules, CMS would have expanded bases to...more

Trademark Review | February 2016

The Federal Circuit Considers Constitutionality of Refusal to Register Scandalous and Immoral Marks - The Lanham Act prohibits registration of marks that are defamatory, scandalous or immoral. Last month, in In re Tam,...more

Split Federal Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Single PTAB Panels Rendering Both Institution & Final Written Decisions

On January 13, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the PTAB in Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien LP, IPR2013-00209, that all of the claims of U.S. Patent 8,317,070 are obvious. While the obviousness...more

USPTO Implementation of AIA Does Not Violate Due Process: Federal Circuit Affirms the PTAB Panel Determining Institution of an IPR...

In Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien LP, a 2-1 panel split of the Federal Circuit held that neither the American Invents Act (“AIA”) nor the Constitution precludes the same panel of the Patent Trial & Appeal Board...more

Exclusive Ownership” Is Not Necessary for Standing in an IPR - Legend3D Inc. v. Prime Focus Creative Services Canada Inc.

Addressing the standing requirement for participating in an inter partes review (IPR), the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) held that, unlike district court, there is no “exclusive ownership” requirement for...more

Supreme Court to Decide if Army Corps Initial Jurisdictional Determination to Regulate Wetlands Under CWA is Ripe for Judicial...

By Andrew H. Perellis, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed on Friday to review an important Clean Water Act (CWA) decision issued by the Eighth Circuit in Hawkes Co.,...more

SEC Tees Up Newman & Admin Forum Issues for 2016

The SEC granted two petitions for review last week that tee-up significant issues for full Commission consideration late next Spring. The Commission will consider the application of the Second Circuit’s Newman decision...more

PTAB Update -- The Constitutionality Edition - MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

In a decision that likely came as no surprise to anyone, the Federal Circuit upheld the constitutionality of IPR proceedings as provided for by the America Invents Act. With an analysis of two pre-1900 Supreme Court cases...more

Federal Circuit Finds IPRs Constitutional

Yesterday, in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Company, the Federal Circuit found inter partes reviews constitutional. HP filed for inter partes review (IPR) of several of the claims of MCM’s patent. MCM argued that...more

Federal Circuit Holds Inter Partes Reviews Are Constitutional

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held today in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co. that inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board are constitutional, rejecting MCM...more

Court Crushes Constitutional Challenge To Independent Medical Review

In Frances Stevens v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, Outspoken Enterprises, Case: A143043 1st District, Division 1, the California Court of Appeal upheld the constitutionality of California Labor Code Section 4610.6...more

DOL ALJ Orders Government Contractor To Produce Documents To OFCCP

On October 23, 2015, a Department of Labor (“DOL”) administrative law judge (“ALJ”) ordered a government contractor, Convergys Customer Management Group, Inc. (“Convergys”), to submit its affirmative action program along with...more

Supreme Court Questions FERC Authority to Regulate Electricity Market Demand Response to Bolster Grid Reliability

Ensuring the reliability of the electric power grid in times of extreme weather and other times of peak usage is critical to avoid interruptions in power and black outs. Reflecting on the 2014 Polar Vortex, the paramount...more

Southern District of New York Finds Amarin Pharma, Inc.’s Off-Label Promotion Is Protected Speech; Company Cannot Be Prosecuted...

Pharmaceutical industry and constitutional buffs have been closely watching Amarin Pharma Inc. v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The case presented the (not wholly novel) question whether the First Amendment protects...more

Tweaking the “Home Court” Rules for SEC Administrative Proceedings

SEC proposes modest amendments to AP process to enhance efficiency and address concerns regarding fairness. In an effort to enhance the efficiency of its processes in administrative proceedings (APs) and bolster its...more

SEC Again Rejects Constitutional Challenges to Administrative Enforcement Proceedings

The Securities and Exchange Commission again rejected constitutional challenges to the use of administrative enforcement proceedings presided over by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”). The Commission’s September 17, 2015...more

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