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Petitioner Must Show Actual Injury to Establish Standing to Appeal PTAB Final Written Decision

In this case, the Federal Circuit determined that in its nearly 35-year history, it had not established the legal standard for demonstrating standing in an appeal from a final agency action. The underlying dispute arose from...more

Data Breach Class Action Reinstated Against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated a district court's dismissal of a data breach class action filed against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc., in the wake of the 2013 theft of two computer laptops...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Police Department's Social Media Policy on First Amendment Grounds

Most of the recent legal controversy over employer enforcement of social media policies has involved employees’ concerted activity rights under the National Labor Relations Act. However, a recent case from the Fourth Circuit...more

Texas Legislative Outlook

It’s that time again – the 85th Texas Legislature is underway in Austin, and a number of bills could affect civil litigation in state courts. Below are a few bills that trial lawyers may want to follow....more

Airspace Rights in Louisiana

The old Latin maxim, cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelom et ad inferos – “whoever’s is the soil, it is theirs all the way to Heaven and all the way to hell” – is today but a romanticized exaggeration. No longer does a...more

Trump Administration issues regulatory freeze; application to CFPB uncertain

On Inauguration Day, Reince Priebus, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, issued a “Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies” with the subject line “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” that...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

Same-Sex Spouses Authorized to Recalculate Transfer Tax Treatment of Prior Gifts and Bequests

The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-15 to provide same-sex spouses relief to recalculate the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax treatment of gifts and bequests made before the Defense of Marriage...more

Has The Link Between Business Goodwill And Profits Been Severed?

When property is taken by eminent domain, the owner of a business operated on the property is entitled to compensation for any “business goodwill” lost due to the taking. Usually, “goodwill” translates into a business’s...more

Supreme Court Update: Lightfoot V. Cendant Mortgage Corp. (14-1055)

Greetings, Court Fans! For those of you who spent the last six months (since cert was granted in Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corp. (No. 14-1055)) just dying to know whether the sue-and-be-sued clause in Fannie Mae's...more

This Year’s Top Ten IP Cases

#10 Design Patent Damages § 289 - Samsung Elecs. Co., v. Apple Inc., 580 U.S. _ (Dec. 6, 2016) - In the case of a multicomponent product, the relevant article of manufacture for arriving at a damages award under...more

Dear Littler: Can A Boss Fire Someone for Off-Duty Political Activities?

Dear Littler: I saw one of my employees on the local news the other night participating in a political rally over the weekend. We try to maintain a tension-free workplace. Can I discipline him for this conduct? Can I at least...more

Breaking News – Supreme Court Takes BMS Personal Jurisdiction Case

The United States Supreme Court today granted certiorari in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court. Here is a link to the order. The California Supreme Court decision in this case was our worst case for all of 2016. ...more

New Legal Challenges to Public Union Agency Fees

Public employees in three different federal circuits filed lawsuits this week challenging the constitutionality of public unions' right to require nonmembers to pay agency fees (also known as "fair share" fees). The...more

Health Care Reform in Transition While Congress Deliberates

Changes are imminent for the Affordable Care Act and a range of other laws and regulations affecting the health care industry. Ballard Spahr attorneys established a Health Care Reform Initiative in 2008 to monitor and analyze...more

Court reported to reject request of plaintiffs in another case challenging CFPB’s constitutionality for consolidation with PHH

According to a Law360 report, the D.C. federal district court has denied the request of the plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al. to consolidate their case with PHH on appeal to the...more

Federal Circuit Requires Standing to Appeal PTAB’s Final Decisions

Although arguably foreshadowed, some may be surprised to learn that a party with the right to challenge the validity of a patent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) may not have the right to appeal an...more

A Condemnation Action is Looming — What are a Landlord’s Disclosure Obligations to Potential Lessees?

Before an eminent domain action is filed, public infrastructure projects involve years of planning, environmental approvals, design, and property negotiations. During this time, property owners and real estate agents/brokers...more

The U.S. Supreme Court And Workplace Class Actions

Seyfarth Synopsis: As profiled in our recent publication of the 13th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings have a profound impact on employers and the tools they may utilize to...more

The NFL and Eminent Domain

For five months out of the year, society’s norms of socially-acceptable behavior are thrown out the window and replaced by a culture which encourages grown men to paint their chests, neighbors to turn adversaries, and...more

Obama FDA’s Parting Shot On Off-Label Promotion And The First Amendment

We haven’t digested it yet, so this isn’t a substantive post, but we wanted to make our readers aware that today the FDA made an announcement, which states in pertinent part...more

Democratic leadership plans to oppose change in CFPB structure

As Inauguration Day approaches, the rhetoric about the CFPB’s future continues to heat up.  American Banker reported that, on a conference call with reporters earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer stated...more

Texas Court Enjoins Enforcement of Regulation that Would Forbid Discrimination in Healthcare on the Basis of Gender Identity and...

As LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in political and social issues, FordHarrison has been following ground-breaking litigation related to LGBTQ rights and providing updates. In the latest decision, a federal judge in...more

The Anthem Breach – A Retrospective

Many people and news outlets have opined, weighed in, and informed the public about the 2015 Anthem breach. It is still a hot topic in January 2017, because it currently lines up with other hot stories about hacking ordered...more

Delayed Enforcement of New York Donor Disclosure Requirements for 501(c)(3) Organizations

A federal court development has delayed enforcement of the recently enacted New York State legislation (described in our prior blog post) requiring 501(c)(3) organizations to publicly disclose the identities of certain donors...more

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