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"DC Circuit Dismisses Challenge to SEC Rule 206(4)-5"

On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the D.C. District Court’s dismissal of a challenge to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pay-to-play Rule 206(4)-5 (the Rule) and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2015 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal judge in South Dakota issues eleventh-hour order blocking implementation of EPA/COE’s new definition of 'waters of the United States': The Hill - Aug 27: A federal judge in North...more

DC Circuit Court Rejects Challenge to SEC Pay-to-Play Rule

The DC Circuit Court has rejected an effort by the New York and Tennessee Republican Parties to set aside Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 206(4)-5. The 2010 SEC rule prohibits investment advisers from providing...more

Civil Code Reform: New Provisions on Contracts and Obligations

On 8 March 2015, the President signed Federal Law No. 42-FZ "On Amending Part 1 of the Russian Civil Code." The amendments aim at increasing the stability and predictability of contractual relations under Russian law at...more

Statute of Limitation: Congress Overrules Home Concrete and Retroactively Removes Some Taxpayer Defenses

On July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 3236; Pub. Law No. 114-41) (the 2015 Act) into law. In addition to extending various...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - 15 states sue to block enforcement of Obama administration climate change rules: Bloomberg - Aug 13: Fifteen states led by coal-rich West Virginia – but not including California - asked...more

New York advocacy groups and tax-exempts face additional disclosure obligations

Recent judicial and administrative decisions in New York State should put not-for-profit organizations, advocacy groups and similar entities on notice about their disclosure and transparency obligations in New York....more

Rep. Goodlatte Releases Report on H.R. 9

Last week, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released a 200-page Report on H.R. 9, "The innovation Act," introduced by Chairman Goodlatte with several co-sponsors earlier this year. The bill sets...more

Illinois Legislature Deals Deathblow to Dina

Recently, in a rare display of bipartisanship, the Illinois House and Senate passed—almost unanimously—an amendment to the Illinois Residential Mortgage License Act, 205 ILCS 635/1-1 et al. (IRMLA). On July 23, 2015, Governor...more

U.S. Congress To Again Consider Private Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

On July 29, 2015, with bipartisan support, congressional leaders in both the House and Senate, including Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), introduced a bill to create a federal private right...more

Should California Eliminate USPAP as its Sole Standard of Valuation Practice for Real Estate Appraisers?

Six weeks ago, I wrote about California Assembly Bill 624 and the Appraisal Institute’s effort to change California law that presently requires all licensed appraisers to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional...more

NLRB v. The Constitution: Constitution Wins

In early 1999, the Venetian Casino Resort in Las Vegas asked police officers to remove union protesters from a temporary walkway in front of the Venetian — a walkway the Venetian built on its property in exchange for the...more

Fraudulent Transfers Get an Update in California

Why it matters - With the enactment of the Uniform Voidable Transaction Act (UVTA) to supersede the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA), California has put a fresh spin on the law of fraudulent transfers in the state....more

Public Officials Face Greater Scrutiny in Wake of McDonnell Decision

Governor McDonnell’s attorneys put it this way: The Governor’s acts weren’t “official” because “none were any more remarkable than acts that governors unthinkingly take hundreds of times weekly for countless constituents,...more

Delaware Corporation Law Now Prohibits “Fee-Shifting,” Allows Limited “Forum Selection”

On June 24, 2015, the Delaware State Legislature enacted various amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”), which resolved two increasingly controversial issues of corporate governance....more

Patent Pending: The Outlook for Patent Legislation in the 114th Congress

The field of patent law is in a state of flux. Just four years after the America Invents Act (“AIA”) went into effect, Congress is taking up the issue once again, this time seeking to pass legislation to curb abusive patent...more

House Committee Advances Patent Reforms Aimed to Curb Patent Litigation Abuses

On June 11, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve the Innovation Act of 2015, a bill aimed to curb abusive litigation by so-called patent trolls. "Today in this committee, we are taking a pivotal step...more

Delaware Legislature Rejects Fee-Shifting Bylaws for Stock Corporations

On June 24, Delaware’s Governor signed Senate Bill No. 75 into law and closed the door on the tantalizing prospect of fee shifting (“loser pays”) bylaws for Delaware stock corporations. The full text of the bill can be read...more

Irrigation District Sues, Says State Board Lacks Jurisdiction to Curtail Senior Water Rights

On June 26, the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) filed a petition for writ of mandate in Contra Costa County Superior Court requesting that the Court set aside the State Water Resources Control Board’s June 12, 2015...more

Blog: What States Should Know About Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

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

Delaware House of Representatives Bars Fee-Shifting Provisions but Approves Forum-Selection

There has been considerable interest over the last year about whether a fee-shifting provision in the charter or bylaws of a Delaware corporation is enforceable. On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the Delaware House of...more

Catching-Up On House Judiciary Committee’s Revised Innovation Act

Recently the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve a revised version of the Innovation Act. As we previously discussed, the Innovation Act was re-introduced in the House earlier this year in the same form approved...more

CFAA and SCA Do Not Prohibit Creation Of A Fake Facebook Page

The defendants in a case pending in Chicago federal court were accused of contravening Facebook’s terms of use by accessing its computers in order to create a phony page and then using it to ridicule someone. In Bittman v....more

Utah Legislative Update: 2015 Water Law Legislation

This year the Utah Legislature took action on two water law issues that it has struggled with for several years—the authority of the State Engineer to consider forfeiture during review of change applications and the rights of...more

Congress Continues to Promote Patent Reform Efforts

In recent years, Congress has devoted a great deal of attention to patent reform. Those efforts led in 2011 to passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was the most extensive revision of the patent laws in...more

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