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New Export Control Requirement for Electronics Manufacturers in Defense and Aerospace Industries

The State and Commerce Departments recently issued significant new regulations under Export Control Reform affecting the export control requirement for military electronics. These will have a major impact on manufacturers of...more

Ninth Circuit Addresses TCPA Text Message Claims

In Gomez v. Campbell-Ewald Co., No. 13-55486, 2014 WL 4654478 (9th Cir. Sept. 19, 2014), a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals addressed several recurring issues in TCPA litigation, including: the efficacy of Rule 68...more

FAA Grants Exemptions and Releases Guidance for Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On September 25, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved six exemption requests for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for television and movie filmmaking under strict conditions....more

Finally Some Good News: VETS Final Rule Reduces Burden on Federal Contractors

If you are a federal contractor, you may be feeling a bit picked on by the Department of Labor of late. It seems as though every regulatory change increases the burden for federal contractors. But not so with the Final Rule...more

Congress Returns From August Recess

Congress returns this week from a five week district work period for approximately ten legislative days before departing Washington again in late September to campaign for the November midterm elections. Although the...more

EU adds 12 individuals (politicians, military and one journalist) to Ukraine sanctions, more sanctions may follow

As a further response to recent developments in Crimea, the EU today added another 12 names to the existing list of individuals in Russia and Crimea subject to a visa ban and asset freeze. These restrictions were published in...more

Employment Law -- Jul 30, 2013

In NYC It Pays To Be Sick - Beginning next year, employees in New York City will be entitled to paid sick leave pursuant to a new, somewhat complex statutory scheme. ...more

FTC Obtains Settlement Regarding Marketing Of Mortgage Refinancing Services To Servicemembers; Announces First Settlements In...

On June 27, the FTC announced that a mortgage broker will pay a $7.5 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP...more

Camouflage Patterns as Trademarks

The U.S. Navy seems to have cleared all necessary hurdles to register the camouflage pattern to the right as a trademark for use in connection with uniforms and fabrics. Among the many hurdles that the Navy cleared, one is a...more

Pattern Designs on US Navy Uniforms and Fabric Are Non-Functional Protected Trademarks

A recent TTAB case addresses the issue of functionality and protection of design. In the case In re Navy Exchange Service Command, (“NEXCOM”), the TTAB issued a non-precedential decision on September 29, 2012 in which it...more

CFPB and State Attorneys General cooperate in military arena

The investigation that led to the settlement announced last week among 20 State Attorneys General and QuinStreet, Inc., the owner of a website that markets educational institutions to military servicemembers and their...more

"Loose Tweets Sink Fleets" - What Government Contractors Should Include In Their Social Media Policy

“Loose tweets sink fleets” is a new twist on a familiar saying. It is also borrowed from the Navy Command Social Media Handbook issued October 15, 2010. The Navy appreciates that social media is widely used, and that a ban on...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation (this document relates to CCR v. Bush)

Order Re: Joint Status Report

This case is brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of lawyers and others working with the Guantanamo Bay prisoners. It is based on the chilling effect on their ability to defend their clients due to the...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation (document relates soley to Al-Haramain v. Obama)

Government Defendants' Notice of Submission To Court of Appeals

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Litigation (Relates solely to Al-Haramain v. Obama)

Plaintiffs' Reply to Government Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment....

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records (relates solely to Al-Haramain)

Defendants' Notice of Motion, Fourth Motion To Dismiss & for Summary Judgment; Memorandum in Support....

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records (relates solely to Al-Haramain)

Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation (Al-Haramain v. Bush)

Briefing Order

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation (Clayton v. AT&T., et al.)

Order Granting US's Motion for Summary Judgment (in US v Clayton, US v Reishus, US v Farber, US v Palermino & US v Volz) and...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation

Order Granting United States' Motion To Dismiss

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation (Al-Haramain v. Obama)

Government Defendants' Response to Court's Order to Show Cause

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation (Al-Haramain v. Obama)

Plaintiffs' Memorandum Addressing Appropriateness and Feasibility of Motion By Plaintiffs for Summary Judgment of Liability Under...

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation (McMurray v. Verizon)

Government Defendants' Reply Brief in Support of Their Motion To Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National...more

In Re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation (McMurray v. Verizon)

Reply Brief in Support of Telecommunications Carrier Defendants' Motion To Dismiss

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National...more

In Re NSA Records Litigation (McMurray v. Verizon)

Joint Stipulation Regarding Motion to Dismiss For Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

Background: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the...more

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