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IP & Technology Newsletter: Winter 2016

In today’s business world, protecting trade secrets is of vital importance. A trade secret is anything which gives a company a competitive advantage and is kept confidential, including a design, formula, manufacturing...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passed By Senate Judiciary

On January 27, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (“EEA”) to create a federal private right of action for trade...more

Republican Congressmen Introduce Legislation to Opt Out of Ninth Circuit

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R) recently introduced a bill that would remove several western states from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and move them to a proposed, to-be-created...more

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015: Implications for Threat Sharing

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (The “Act”), legislation designed to combat online threats to the federal government, state and local governments, and private entities. Within the...more

New York Expands Liability for Employee Claims for Unpaid Services Performed in New York to the Top 10 Shareholders of Privately...

Under a New York law in effect for decades, the top 10 shareholders of a privately held New York corporation can be held liable in certain circumstances for amounts owed to the corporation's employees. On January 19, 2016,...more

Class action suit dismissed against Georgia Secretary of State for data breach

We previously reported that the Georgia Secretary of State’s office experienced a massive data breach in October, and didn’t find out about it until November. The breach affected approximately 6 million Georgian voters, and...more

District Court Declines To Redress The SEC’s Failure To Respond To Petition Seeking Political Spending Disclosure Rule

Although placed right up front in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances is often overshadowed by the other First Amendment rights. There can be no doubt,...more

No Party for IRS: Court Certifies Class of Conservative Nonprofits

If you thought that the political controversy over alleged IRS targeting of Tea Party organizations was confined to the media, think again – the issue has reached the courts. The Southern District of Ohio recently granted...more

New Year, New Progress: The Defend Trade Secrets Act Reports Out From the Senate Judiciary Committee

As previously reported on TSW, the road to federal right of action for trade secrets misappropriation has been a long one. In the absence of a federal trade secrets law, the Economic Espionage Act (“EEA”) and various state...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: A Legislative Outlook

Over the next eight weeks, we will provide a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector in a series of alerts. In this series, attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from...more

What Can Brown Do For PAGA? Budget Proposal Seeks Greater Oversight of PAGA Claims

California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration recently submitted a budget proposal to the California Legislature that would increase State oversight of Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims and amend the PAGA statute...more

New California Laws: AB 1390 and SB 226: More Groundwater

Last October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills designed to make groundwater disputes easier and faster to resolve in court. Companion bills Assembly Bill 1390 and Senate Bill 226 are intended to streamline...more

Bill to Nullify Clean Water Rule Vetoed

On January 19, 2016, President Obama vetoed legislation that, if approved, would have nullified the Clean Water Rule. The controversial rule, which redefines which water bodies qualify as “waters of the United States” under...more

Waters of the U.S. Rule Drowning to Start 2016

Although likely to survive a presidential veto of a joint resolution seeking to nullify the June 29, 2015 rule submitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers amending the definition...more

Current Developments Affecting Hydraulic Fracturing Operations (January 2016)

With most state legislative sessions in recess and federal legislative action unlikely until after the November 2016 election, it was no surprise that there were only a handful of new developments in the fracking world during...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Definition of “Official Act” in McDonnell Appeal

Late last week the United States Supreme Court agreed to take up former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal from his 2014 conviction in a widely followed public corruption prosecution. The outcome of this appeal could...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Major Immigration Case Just as the Presidential Election Heats Up

Immigration is already a major issue in this year’s presidential race, as candidates from both parties try to score political points out of the presence of roughly eleven million undocumented immigrants in the country and the...more

Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016, Passes House and Heads to Senate

On January 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a 211-188 vote along party lines, H.R. 1927, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016. The bill would amend U.S....more

What Does 2016 Portend for Labor and Employment Law?

What is on the horizon for labor and employment policy in 2016, the last year of the Obama administration when the president will seek to cement his legacy, and a national election year when the White House and control of...more

New Year, New Fraudulent Transfer Law

It’s a new year, and we have a new law affecting debtors and creditors in California. Effective January 1, 2016, California’s Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) has replaced California’s Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act...more

False Claims Act: 2015 Year-in-Review

In 2015, the Justice Department (DOJ) continued to give high priority to False Claims Act (FCA) investigations, bringing in nearly $3.6 billion in settlements and judgments. More than 630 qui tam suits were filed. DOJ's...more

Changes in California’s Fraudulent Transfer Law

QUESTION: I heard California’s fraudulent transfer law is being changed. How will the changes affect my ability to pursue fraudulent transfers as a receiver? ANSWER: Earlier this year the California legislature, based on...more

New NC "Ag-Gag" Law Might Conflict with NLRB View of Concerted Activity Rights

North Carolina’s controversial new “Ag-Gag” Law took effect January 1. The bill was passed at the behest of state pork and poultry interests concerned over animal rights activists using employment as a cover to film...more

Court Dismisses Case Requesting SEC be Required to Adopt Rules Regarding Disclosure of Political Contributions

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed a two-count complaint asking the Court to mandate the SEC be required to adopt rules regarding disclosure of political contributions. The plaintiff...more

Pa. Judge Strikes Down Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (the Court) recently struck down the hotly contested Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave Ordinance — bestowing a generous holiday gift on the thousands of Pittsburgh (City) employers that...more

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