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Section 337 and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As shown by the recent announcement by the Trump Administration of a Section 232(b) national security review of steel imports, (a type of investigation that has not been used since 2001), there are a number of ways in which...more

Updated CHOICE Act Proposes to Impose Heightened Pleading Requirement and Raise Burden of Proof for Plaintiffs in Section 36(b)...

by Dechert LLP on

The Chairman of the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), on April 19, 2017 released an updated discussion draft of the Financial CHOICE1 Act (Bill), and the Committee held...more

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Would Mandate Sanctions for Frivolous Claims

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 ("LARA") by a vote of 230–180. 163 Cong. Rec. H2025-03, H2025. The bill seeks to undo the 1993 amendments to Rule 11 of the...more

President’s Budget Blueprint Increases Funds For Health Care Fraud Enforcement

The President has released a “budget blueprint” for fiscal year 2018. Although there are many aspects of the budget blueprint to digest, several budget items signal that government health care fraud enforcement remains a...more

Insider Trading and Related Risks for Executive Branch Employees: Pay Attention to the STOCK Act

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

As a new administration arrives in the nation’s capital amid heightened scrutiny over conflicts between government service and personal business interests, a little-used law — the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act...more

The Trump Administration’s View on Marijuana: Reading the (Tea) Leaves

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The incoming Trump Administration may usher in a more hostile climate to state efforts to legalize the sale and distribution of marijuana and products that contain the drug. The Obama Administration opposed the federal...more

What Can the Business Community Expect from a Trump Administration

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

As Donald Trump’s administration takes shape, the business community stands watch expecting a business-friendly White House. Trump’s promises of fewer regulations and lower taxes have small and large businesses alike feeling...more

Think You Can Appeal The Business Court's Denial Of Your Opposition To Designation? You Probably Can't

by Brooks Pierce on

The NC Supreme Court's jurisdiction over appeals from the Business Court expanded significantly with the passage of a bill by the NC General Assembly "modernizing" the Business Court in 2014. A party can appeal even...more

Hints of a Narrowing of the FTC’s Section 5 Authority Under a Trump Presidency

The transition of power from President Barack Obama to President-Elect Donald Trump is underway. Although President-Elect Trump did not lay out specific policy prescriptions about data privacy or consumer protection during...more

Illinois Governor Initiates Fight Against Health Care Fraud Amid Growing Deficit

by Polsinelli on

As Illinois' finances continue to deteriorate and the budget crisis remains unsolved, the Rauner administration recently announced an initiative to focus on identifying and recouping health care fraud in Illinois. On April 5,...more

When the Best Defense is a Federal Cause of Action: Trade Secret Owners May Soon Have a Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret...

by Bracewell LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed bill S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). If enacted, the DTSA will create a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing...more

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Creating A Civil Cause Action in Federal Court for Trade Secret Misappropriation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The U.S. Senate passed on a unanimous 87-0 vote the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 late Monday. The bill will create a civil cause of action in federal court for trade secret misappropriation and provide remedies that...more

Legal revolution in France – civil law reforms (or Napoleon’s second coming)

by Reed Smith on

This alert draws attention to the approaching entry into force of the new French civil code. This will be of interest to all parties with French law-governed agreements or that do business in France – especially regarding...more

Patent Troll Watch - States Are Pushing Patent Trolls Away from the Legal Line

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Oregon enacts statute to make improper patent license demands a violation of its unlawful trade practices law - In March 2013, Senate Bill 1540 was signed into law by the governor of Oregon. The law makes patent...more

PTAB Denies Sanctions Against Bass

by Fish & Richardson on

On Friday September 25, the PTAB issued its decision on Celgene’s sanctions motions seeking dismissal of five IPRs filed by Kyle Bass and his hedge fund Coalition for Affordable Drugs VI. In June, Celgene filed sanctions...more

Latest Update on Federal Trade Secrets Legislation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

With increased activity regarding proposed federal trade secrets legislation expected next month and for the remainder of the fall Congressional session, Seyfarth Shaw’s dedicated Trade Secrets/Non-Compete group has created a...more

Blog: What States Should Know About Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

by Cooley LLP on

Who can be sued? In England and other common law countries a civil claim for breach of "fiduciary duty" can usually be made against senior public officials involved in corruption. When does it apply? A claim for...more

House Bill 194: Curbing Baseless Patent Infringement Claims

by Benesch on

House Bill 194 was introduced on May 11, 2015, by primary sponsor Representative Kristina Roegner (R), Ohio House District 37. As introduced, the new bill will prohibit persons from engaging in the widespread sending of bad...more

Legislative Update for Brand Manufacturers Distributing in Alabama

by Baker Donelson on

On April 28, 2015, the Alabama House of Representatives passed SB-80, thereby abolishing the highly criticized theory of innovator liability adopted in Wyeth, Inc. v. Weeks, ___ So.3d___, 2014 WL 4055813 (Ala. Aug. 15, 2014)....more

EU asset freeze developments: Ukraine state fund misappropriation list, Syria, Libya

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has recently removed four persons from its asset freeze list featuring persons deemed responsible for misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds, and added 13 parties to the Syria related asset freeze list. In addition,...more

Mandatory Arbitration Undercutting Consumer Rights?

by Genova Burns LLC on

New Jersey businesses may face increased litigation if proposed legislation to bar mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts is made law. The proposed bill – recommended for passage by the Assembly Consumer Affairs...more

SEC Introduces “Control Person” Liability as Enforcement Action Weapon in Claim Against Municipal Officer for Misleading Bond...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently settled the first securities fraud charges brought against a municipal official alleging “control person” status under the federal securities laws. The SEC’s settlement...more

Participation Not Required: SEC Charges Mayor as Control Person in Municipal Bond Offering

by Bracewell LLP on

In an unprecedented exercise of its authority to charge municipal officials with “control person” liability, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park,...more

SEC Charges City Mayor as a Control Person in Allen Park, Michigan, Enforcement Action

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Thursday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park, Michigan (City), and two of its former officials—the former City Mayor and former City Administrator. It is the...more

Karl Rove's Efforts to "Buy" Courts Harmed America, Says Legendary Attorney [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Oct. 8, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Fred Levin, one of the most successful and controversial plaintiffs lawyers in America, talks with Lee Pacchia about a new book by Josh Young detailing his colorful life and his views on civil...more

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