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Federal Trade Secrets Protection Act Approved by House Judiciary Committee

On September 17, 2014, the House Judiciary Committee approved the bi-partisan federal Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, H.R. 5233, which we previously wrote about when introduced in July, 2014 by North Carolina...more

New North Carolina Law Provides Tool to Battle Patent Trolls

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed a bill aimed at the abusive assertion of patents. It was part of the Commerce Protection Act of 2014 (S 648, S.L. 2014-110, section 2.1) and was signed into law by Governor...more

Permanent Injunction of Pennsylvania’s Prohibition against Establishment of Political Committees to Receive Contributions of...

On August 13, 2014, an order was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in the matter of General Majority PAC v. Carol Aichele permanently enjoining implementation and enforcement of...more

Private Equity Fund Charged by SEC with Violation of the Pay-to-Play Rules for Investment Advisors

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") recently announced that it had charged TL Ventures, a Philadelphia-area private equity firm (the "Firm") with the first ever case involving a violation of the "pay-to-play...more

Adoption of Fee-Shifting Bylaws by Pennsylvania Corporations

Recently, there has been some unusual excitement in the corporate bar in Delaware after the Supreme Court of Delaware held that a nonstock corporation could adopt a bylaw requiring a losing plaintiff in a lawsuit involving...more

Update!—New TN Law Concerning Patent Infringement Allegations

In recent years, state legislatures have attempted to pass legislation regarding patent law – an area that the U.S. Constitution states is exclusively governed by federal law. The stated goal behind many of these laws is to...more

Making a Federal Case Out of Trade Secret Misappropriation

NEWSFLASH-Congress may actually do something. There is talk of a bipartisan (you read that right, BIPARTISAN) bill to provide redress for trade secret theft in federal courts. Today trade secrets are the poor relations...more

Delaware Legislation Banning Fee-Shifting in Bylaws and Charters

In a swift response to the Delaware Supreme Court’s May 8 opinion holding that fee-shifting bylaws are facially valid (ATP Tour v. Deutscher Tennis Bund), members of the Delaware bar, representing both plaintiffs and...more

Delaware May Level Playing Field With Regard to Fee-Shifting Bylaws

As discussed (see link below), a recent decision of the Delaware Supreme Court could be a game changer in the world of stockholder litigation. In ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund (Del. May 8, 2014), the Delaware...more

“Patent Trolls” in the Crosshairs – But How Will Patent Reform Legislation Impact the Rest of Us

Both Congress and the White House have been actively pursuing patent litigation reform in an attempt to combat the perceived “patent troll” problem. Of course, any legislation will impact all patent holders, even though most...more

What’s the best way to improve the odds in patent troll litigation?

One can hardly talk about the patent law or patent litigation anymore without addressing the issue of patent assertion entities (PAEs). PAEs develop nothing, make nothing, distribute nothing, and sell nothing. They exist to...more

Arizona Supreme Court Reinstates Increased Campaign Contribution Limits

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Arizona issued an order in Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission v. Superior Court, No.CV-13-0341-PR (December 17, 2013), vacating the opinion of the Court of Appeals and lifting that...more

Reforming Proposition 65: Governor’s “Update” Is a Promising Start

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown’s office announced his intention to propose “updates” to Proposition 65 (Health & Safety Code section 25249.5 et seq.) supposedly designed to make the law less susceptible to the widespread...more

Legal Alert: Congress Approves Legislation Expanding Federal Whistleblower Protection Act

Executive Summary: On November 14, 2012, the Senate passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) of 2012. The House previously approved the Act, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law. The Act...more

Cherryland and Peaches: State Politicians' Efforts to Protect Bad Boys Garner Mixed Results

A few weeks ago Crunched Credit previewed a (now enacted) bit of Michigan legislation entitled the “Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act”, which, in fewer than 800 words, seeks to ringfence recourse guarantors’ assets from attack in...more

Stormchaser Legislation and Mechanic’s Liens

April 17 marks the end of legislators’ per diem, but session will continue beyond that date as budget and property tax negotiations continue. Progress has been made however, with most budget bills being assigned to conference...more

Florida Foreclosure Process Moving Out of the Courts If Governor Scott's Plan Okayed by Florida Legislature: Misses the Bigger...

Right now, the State of Florida is one of many states requiring lenders seeking to foreclose on a property for nonpayment of a mortgage note to do so via a formal legal process. A lawsuit must be filed. An official order...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - September 2011

In This Issue: - 01 “False Statement” Dispute In U.S.-China Trade Remedy Cases - 01 Despite Senate Procedural Agreement, Uncertainty Continues on TAA/FTAs - 02 Brazilian President Announces Plan To Revive...more

Fashion Forward: IDPPA Gains Unanimous Approval Of Senate Judiciary Committee

On November 30, 2010, the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate unanimously passed the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Act (“IDPPA”) (S. 3728), which was introduced by Senator Charles Schumer (NY) on August...more

Morrison & Foerster Secures Court Victory for Ralphs and Food-4-Less Grocery Stores, Limiting Disruptive Political Protests on...

Morrison & Foerster LLP won injunctive relief for Ralphs and Food-4-Less, which are owned by retail supermarket giant The Kroger Company, in a case against activist group LaRouche Political Action Committee. The injunction...more

Obama Signs Legislation Extending Limitations On Civil Liability For Amnesty Applicants

On June 19, President Barack Obama signed legislation extending provisions of the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act of 2004 ("ACPERA") that allow successful amnesty applicants under the Department of...more

RMF Litigator - January 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Striking Key To Keyboard: Email and the Statute of Frauds *The Court Of Appeals’ Search For A New Chief Judge *Removal Refresher Please see full newsletter below for more information....more

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