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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Appointment of Former NLRB Acting General Counsel

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the D.C. Circuit’s holding that Lafe Solomon, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama to serve as acting general counsel to the NLRB in June 2010 when the prior...more

Supreme Court Holds that Lafe Solomon Improperly Served as NLRB General Counsel

The Supreme Court has dealt another blow to the stability of the National Labor Relations Board. In a 6-2 decision, in, National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. DBA Southwest Ambulance, USSC Case No. 15-1251 (March...more

Supreme Court Uses Labor Case To Again Stifle Presidential Power

In a decision released today, a 6 to 2 majority of the Supreme Court restricted the president’s power to fill high-level administrative positions without the Senate’s advice and consent, handing a victory to an employer in a...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 15-927: Petitioner SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag (“SCA”) brought a...more

Hold the Phone: SEC Takes One Last Stand Before the Tenth Circuit regarding the Constitutionality of the SEC’s Administrative Law...

Last week, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a petition for rehearing en banc with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, imploring the court to reconsider a divided panel’s ruling on the...more

Trump May Not be the Only Catalyst for Administrative Reform

In the past few months, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the future of many administrative agencies under Trump’s administration. However, two current cases pending in the D.C. Circuit have the potential to have...more

Three Things You Missed Since CFPB Received En Banc Hearing in PHH Case

All eyes are on the future of the CFPB as it fights for its existence in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals through the matter, PHH Corp. et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On February 16, the D.C. Circuit agreed...more

Patents in the Trump Administration: the 2-for-1 order

Everyone in the IP community wonders if President Donald Trump will create a new order in the IP field much the same way he has approached other areas of the government. We had our first glimpse recently when President Trump...more

Under Trump Administration, Dodd-Frank and the CFPB Continue to Face Challenges

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, or Dodd-Frank, was enacted in 2010 in response to the financial crisis. Through Dodd-Frank, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB) was created. The...more

Federal Circuit Review | February 2017

“Common Sense” Alone Is Not a Sufficient Motivation to Combine References - In In Re: Van Os, Appeal No. 2015-1975, the Federal Circuit held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s reliance on intuition or common sense...more

DC Court of Appeals Orders Rehearing of PHH v. CFPB

On February 16, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit granted Respondent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) petition for rehearing en banc of PHH Corp. v. CFPB, No. 15-1177 (D.C. Cir.). In...more

Plaintiffs in Another Case Challenging CFPB's Constitutionality Move to Intervene in PHH Case

The plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew have filed a "Motion To Intervene In Any En Banc Proceeding That May Be Granted" in the PHH case. The motion follows the D.C. federal district court's...more

DC Circuit Grants CFPB’s Petition for Rehearing En Banc in PHH Case

On February 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit entered an order granting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) petition for rehearing en banc in the PHH Corporation, et al., v. Consumer Financial...more

D.C. Circuit Grants Rehearing in PHH Case

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the D.C. Circuit granted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) petition for rehearing en banc in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Order marks the latest...more

Recent Sixth Circuit Ruling Impacts Prayer at Public Meetings

If you are a Jackson County resident, your next local Board of Commissioners' meetings might look a little different than what you are used to. On February 15, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that county...more

Court Grants CFPB's Petition for Rehearing in PHH

The D.C. Circuit has vacated its prior order in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and ordered the matter be reheard en banc. The parties have been specifically asked to address the following issues in...more

Case Summary - PPG Industries, Inc. v. Valspar Sourcing, Inc.

In a non-precedential decision, the Federal Circuit found that appellant PPG had Article III standing to file an appeal from two inter partes reexaminations. However, the Court found that appellee Valspar’s subsequent...more

State Universities Rejoice: PTAB Recognizes Sovereign Immunity Defense

In Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Inc., the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) upheld a defense of sovereign immunity asserted by the University of Florida Research Foundation (the...more

"The Uncertain Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau"

Since its inception in July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has sought to prove itself as a powerful regulator through significant enforcement actions and settlements. In 2016, the CFPB continued to...more

Nashville Islamic Center’s Religious Discrimination Claims Dismissed

A federal district court in Tennessee recently dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction a claim by the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) lawsuit challenging a Tennessee property tax exemption law on religious freedom...more

"FDA Publications Double Down on Agency’s Ability to Prohibit Off-Label Communications, but Narrow Scope of Debate"

On the eve of a change in administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released a flurry of documents regarding off-label communications and FDA’s ability to regulate such communications within...more

PTAB Denies IPR Petition Against the State of Florida Due to 11th Amendment Sovereign Immunity

In Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Incorporated, IPR2016-01274, -01275, -01276 (January 2017), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board held that Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity applies to inter partes...more

Beyond the Label: FDA Addresses Permissible Scope of Communications With Payors and Physicians

The draft guidances create a grey area between “on-label” and “off-label” communications that will require careful navigation as manufacturers develop HCEI analyses and promotional communications....more

Not Every Party Will Have Article III Standing In An Appeal From A PTAB Final Written Decision

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) found the asserted claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,337,856 (“the ‘856 patent”) are nonobvious in a final written decision. Phigenix, Inc. v. Immunogen, Inc., IPR 2014-00676 (PTAB Oct....more

Federal Circuit Rules That Not All Petitioners Have Standing to Appeal Adverse IPR ResultsFederal Circuit Rules That Not All...

The Federal Circuit recently dismissed an appeal from an inter partes review proceeding where the appellant/petitioner failed to establish that it had constitutional standing to maintain an appeal. Phigenix, Inc. v....more

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