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FAA Releases Long-Awaited Rule for Commercial Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

A key milestone in regulating the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule overhauls the current case-by-case exemption regime, establishes an...more

Hill v. SEC: Eleventh Circuit Buries District Court Challenges to the Constitutionality of SEC Enforcement Actions

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that a district court cannot hear constitutional challenges to an ongoing administration enforcement action of the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Opening the Sky for Drones: FAA Issues Drone Rules for Commercial Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on June 21, 2016 announced its long-awaited rule to allow commercial drone operators to legally fly their drones for pay and/or hire in the United States. The new rule will take...more

Fair Competition Review System

On June 14, 2016, the State Council issued Opinions on Establishing the Fair Competition Review System in the Development of Market System (hereinafter “Opinions”), which finally uncovers the veil of this system....more

Eleventh Circuit Joins Peers in Preserving SEC’s Home Court Advantage

After four failed attempts at persuading federal appellate courts to hear constitutional challenges to SEC administrative courts, it is increasingly clear that defendants in SEC in-house proceedings will not be able to pursue...more

FAA's New Drone Rule Eliminates Pilot's License Requirement

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new rule on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones), announced yesterday, will eliminate the current requirement for commercial drone operators to hold a...more

The Whistle Blows Again: SEC Pays Second Largest Whistleblower Bounty Award

On June 9, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC”) awarded the second largest whistleblower bounty – $17 million – granted under the Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules to date. Previously, the highest whistleblower...more

“Nonbank” Lender Seeks Injunction Restraining CFPB Administrative Action

On May 9, 2016, Integrity Advance, LLC and its CEO James Carnes filed suit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) in United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to enjoin the CFPB from...more

11th Circuit Holds Judicial Review of SEC ALJs Premature

The Eleventh Circuit Friday joined three others in concluding that Congress intended Respondents must wait until appeal from the Commission to have a Court consider their challenges to the Constitutionality of the SEC’s...more

Breaking News: Tennessee Submits Proposed Economic Nexus Regulation for Publication

On June 16, 2016, the Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR) submitted a new sales and use tax regulation for publication titled “Out-of-State Dealers” that would administratively create an economic nexus threshold. While the...more

Washington ALJ Upholds B&O Assessment on German Company’s Royalty Income

On May 31, 2016, the Washington Department of Revenue (DOR) Appeals Division released a Determination (No. 15-0251, 35 WTD 230) denying a German pharmaceutical company’s business and occupation tax (B&O) protest. The...more

Eighth Circuit Weighs in On Legality of Class Action Waivers

On June 2, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver was lawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Cellular...more

Major Federal Food Safety Law Depends on Individual State Enforcement

In 2011, Congress approved the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in response to several deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. These outbreaks convinced legislators and food industry groups that the then-existing food...more

The European Court Of Justice Requires The European Commission To Provide Adequate Reasons For Its Requests For Information

On March 10, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered its judgment in the so-called Cement case, (C-247/14 P HeidelbergCement v Commission, C-248/14 P Schwenk Zement v Commission, C-267/14 P Buzzi...more

Lawsuits Filed Challenging The USDOL’s Final Fiduciary Rules

On April 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule addressing when a person providing services to an employee benefit plan or individual retirement account (IRA) is considered to be providing investment...more

HAVANA CLUB: Where’s the Rum Gone?

You’d probably assume no TTAB proceedings originated in 1995 remain active, but the HAVANA CLUB dispute has some serious staying power. As U.S.-Cuba relations unthaw, one particular trademark battle is also returning to...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - June 2016

TPP Remains a Presidential Priority - As his presidency draws to a close, President Obama continues to pursue passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). As King & Spalding previously reported, the President...more

No federal court challenge to constitutionality of SEC’s use of administrative law judges before final SEC order, Second Circuit...

A recent decision by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit suggests that an attempt by a company or individual that is the target of a CFPB administrative enforcement action to bring a separate action in federal...more

The SEC’s Return to Accounting Fraud Enforcement

Just like the ups and downs of the business cycle, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases follow an up and down trend as well. For example, during the financial crisis, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases took a back...more

DOL Sued over Fiduciary Rule

One of the questions that I am repeatedly asked is whether the Department of Labor overreached their rulemaking capability by applying their new fiduciary rule to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). I always tell people...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 2 (Spring 2016)

Pre-AIA and Post-AIA Issues Presented by the On-Sale Bar - The “on-sale” bar to patentability refers to a sale or offer for sale of an invention that can invalidate the patent for that invention. The...more

New York State Denies Taxpayer's Insurance (Deduction) Claim - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

Captive insurance arrangements, in New York and in certain other states, are often dependent on the federal treatment of the relationship as insurance for federal income tax purposes. A recent New York state...more

NLRB Decision Threatens 75-Year-Old Precedent, Analyzes Employer’s Motive for Hiring Replacement Workers

On May 31, a divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a very significant decision in American Baptist Homes of the West, increasing the impact of an employer’s motive in deciding whether the permanent replacement...more

Pre-AIA and Post-AIA Issues Presented by the On-Sale Bar

The “on-sale” bar to patentability refers to a sale or offer for sale of an invention that can invalidate the patent for that invention. The America-Invents-Act (AIA), which altered the language in the statutes that apply to...more

Second Circuit Halts Constitutional Challenge to SEC Administrative Proceedings

On June 1, the Second Circuit in Tilton et al. v. SEC, No. 15-2103 (2d. Cir. Jun. 1, 2016), echoed recent Seventh and D.C. Circuit decisions (respectively, Bebo v. SEC, No. 15-1511 (7th Cir. Aug. 24, 2015), cert. denied, 136...more

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