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Another view on Presidential authority to remove Director Cordray

As rumors swirl that President-elect Trump is planning to remove Director Cordray immediately after January 20th, conflicting views have emerged about his authority to do so before the appeal in PHH is resolved. We...more

D.C. Circuit grants PHH’s motion for leave to file supplemental response

Last Friday, the D.C. Circuit entered an order granting PHH’s motion for leave to file a supplemental response to the CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc.  On December 22, PHH and the United States filed responses to the...more

HHS Ordered To Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog By 2021

On January 4, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a request by the Secretary of HHS asking the court to reconsider its decision that requires HHS to eliminate the backlog of Medicare claims...more

Supreme Court to Review SEC Enforcement Limitations

On Friday, January 13, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to resolve a Circuit split on the extent to which SEC enforcement actions are restricted by the five-year statute of limitations in 28 U.S.C. § 2462. Section...more

Making Tequila and Pisco Shots Safe From Confusion

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) cancelled the registration for the mark PORTÓN last week, finding it to be confusingly similar to the senior mark PATRÓN. Patrón...more

Minnesota Discovers Limits To Its Regulator’s Power Over Insurers

In Minnesota, the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce regulates the insurance industry, and he has a statutory right to conduct investigations “related to the duties and responsibilities entrusted to” him. Last month,...more

A Family Victory! Victory! Just Not for Little Caesars

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) modified its treatment of the “family of trademarks” doctrine in the recent case In re LC Trademarks, Inc., Serial No. 85890412...more

FAA Updates the Public on Drones with “A Story of Revolution and Evolution”

At the CES Unmanned Systems conference in Las Vegas last week, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Michael Huerta, provided the public with an update on the state of our unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)...more

[Webinar] 2017 MSHA Enforcement Initiatives and Rulemaking Outlook - Jan. 26th, 1:00pm EST

As we begin a new calendar year and look ahead to a new administration, industry should continue to stay informed as to MSHA’s regulatory agenda and enforcement initiatives. While MSHA will soon have new decision makers in...more

CBM Review Standard

Whether a patent qualifies for a CBM review has been a moving target. Early decisions held that the claims do not need to be directed to a “financial product or service,” since a reference in the specification to a financial...more

Covered Business Methods Patents — Not So Broad!

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has reminded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in no uncertain terms that covered business method review has limits. In Unwired Planet, LLC v....more

An IPR Does Not Necessarily Have Standing to Appeal if it Loses

In Phigenix, Inc. v. ImmunoGen, Inc., [2016-1544] (January 9, 2017), the Federal Circuit held that Phigenix, the losing petitioner in an IPR, lacked standing to appeal the PTAB’s decision that claims 1–8 of U.S. Patent No....more

Mississippi CON Report

Certificates of Need Approved and Staff Recommendations – December 2016 - 1. CON – Final Orders - a. CON Review Number: HG-A-0715-015 – Singing River Health System d/b/a Singing River Hospital – Amendment and Cost...more

Beacon Navigation GmbH v. Ford Motor Company

Case Name: Beacon Navigation GmbH v. Ford Motor Company - Docket Number: 2:13-cv-11381-PJD-MAR - Date Filed: 3/28/2013 - Judge: Hon. Victoria A. Roberts - Status: Stayed 01/07/2016 - On March 28, 2013, Beacon...more

To Be or Not To Be: The SEC Administrative Court — Are They Constitutional or Not

Seyfarth Synopsis: What, if any, steps the government will take to appeal the Tenth Circuit’s Bandimer’s decision remains to be seen. The government may elect to petition the entire Tenth Circuit to hear the case en banc. Or...more

Federal Circuit Dismisses IPR Appeal for Lack of Standing

In Phigenix v. ImmunoGen, Appeal No. 16-1544 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 9, 2017), a precedential decision, the Federal Circuit found that the petitioner lacked standing to appeal the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) final written...more

Update on the Drone Flights-Over-People Rule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to work on its proposed rule which would allow the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, over people, expected (hopefully) to be released before the end...more

Gaming Commission Requests Public Comment on Table Game Rules

On January 5, at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s first meeting of 2017, the Commission posed a series of questions related to the Commission’s promulgation of regulations governing “table game” rules. As resort casinos...more

Federal Circuit Narrows Patent Eligibility for CBM Review

In the recently decided Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google, Inc. case, the Federal Circuit significantly narrowed the eligibility standards for covered business method (CBM) patent review. Prior to the decision in Unwired Planet,...more

Tenth Circuit Creates Circuit Split on the Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Law Judges

On December 27, 2016, a divided panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals found the SEC’s use of administrative law judges (“ALJs”) unconstitutional, setting aside an ALJ’s administrative order finding David F. Bandimere...more

Gregory M. Gochanour Appointed Regional Attorney Of EEOC’s Chicago District Office

CHICAGO - Gregory M. Gochanour, who has worked in EEOC's Chicago District Office since 1993, first as trial attorney, and since 2001 as a supervisory trial attorney, has been appointed the District Office's regional attorney,...more

Tenth Circuit Decision in Bandimere v. SEC Creates Circuit Split on Question Whether the SEC’s Procedure for Appointing...

On December 27, 2016, in Bandimere v. SEC, the Tenth Circuit held that SEC administrative law judges (ALJs), who preside over the agency’s civil administrative proceedings, are “inferior officers” within the meaning of the...more

FCC Shot Clock Not Tolled by Applicant Delays or Vague Notice of Incompleteness, Court Finds

A city granting an applicant’s request for a continuance of a public hearing over installation of a wireless tower is not a mutual agreement to toll the FCC’s “shot clock,” a federal court has ruled. In addition, a vague...more

WCAG 2.0 AA Is the New Accessibility Standard for Federal Agency Websites

Seyfarth synopsis: The federal government has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Levels A and AA as its accessibility standard for federal agency websites, making it very likely that the Department of...more

New 'Digest of EEO Law' Issued by EEOC

Includes Selected Notable Federal Sector Decisions for Fiscal Year 2016 - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal...more

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