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A Recent Reminder of the Sovereign Acts Doctrine

The sovereign acts doctrine provides that the federal government, when sued as a contractor, cannot be held liable for an obstruction to the performance of the particular contract resulting from its public and general acts as...more

SEC Insider Trading Cases as Administrative Proceedings – A New Trend?

Traditionally, the SEC has brought insider trading cases as civil injunctive actions. The recent emphasis on administrative proceedings, however, appears to be changing that. Earlier this week the agency brought an insider...more

CMS Refuses to Count Family Practice Residents Who Train in Family Practice Settings

Last Friday Eastern Maine Medical Center sued Health & Human Services over the way CMS counted the number of residents in its graduate medical education program. According to the complaint, CMS refuses to count some of the...more

Health Law Wire: OMIG Outlines Exclusions/Reinstatement Procedures (9/14)

On September 29th, the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) conducted a webinar entitled, “The OMIG Exclusion and Reinstatement Process.” The webinar provided valuable information on what practices could result in...more

CT Law of the Land

In response to an act of illegal clear-cutting of roughly three acres of a Connecticut state forest, the offending company and the Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) entered into a...more

UK Competition Authority acted irrationally in hotel room on-line pricing case

A decision by the UK’s former competition authority, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT – now replaced by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)) to accept commitments to settle its investigation into on-line prices for...more

What public companies and their Officers, Directors and Significant Shareholders should do about the SEC’s crackdown on the...

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced enforcement charges against 28 officers, directors and significant shareholders, including hedge funds and large financial institutions, for failing to...more

What Has the “Nuclear Option” Wrought?

With the Obama administration unable to get labor and employment law changes through a gridlocked Congress, one of its significant accomplishments and lasting legacies may be its remarkable record of reshaping federal...more

Federal District Court Vacates Decision of Medicare Appeals Council on Inpatient Rehabilitation Coverage

In its recent decision in Teche Specialty Hospital v. Sebelius, the District Court for the Western District of Louisiana vacated two inpatient rehabilitation (IRF) coverage denials by the Medicare Appeals Council (MAC). The...more

Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by recently-departed employees. This article will try to shed some light on them and help answer the common question: “Should we fight an unemployment...more

A Brave New World of Water Regulation

A brave new world of water regulation - Since the state of California was born, the right to extract and use groundwater has been virtually unregulated — the law has provided few tools to limit or manage how...more

California Court: Exceeding Break Times and Falsifying Time Records Is Grounds for Disqualification from Unemployment Benefits

Irving v. California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, No. B243417 (September 12, 2014): The California Court of Appeal recently held that a former employee was not entitled to unemployment insurance benefits after being...more

Lawyers Fighting Over Domain Names Never Looks Good

Law360 reported that two competing DUI defense lawyers are fighting over the domain name www.dontblow.com. Well-known DUI attorney Tyler Flood is the plaintiff. He has been using the domain name www.DoNotBlow.com for almost...more

For Some CalPERS Employers, Withdrawing from CalPERS is Not Feasible, So Why Not Look at Alternatives?

An article published in Thursday’s edition of The Bond Buyer highlights a rising concern of counties, cities and special districts that provide retirement benefits to their employees through the CalPERS pension plan: That,...more

Court Finds FDA Explanation of Knee Implant Reversal Lame

The FDA had approved the mesh—called the Collagen Scaffold—in December 2008. But after the change in administrations the following month, the agency decided that the approval process had been flawed and had been the focus of...more

Federal ALJ Finds Standard Employee Confidentiality Agreement Language to Violate NLRA

Earlier this month, attorneys for the National Labor Relations Board continued their legal assault on common employment policies and procedures. In MUSE School CA, a federal administrative law judge agreed that an employee...more

NLRB Declines to Revisit Employee Use of Company Email Systems . . . For Now

Under current National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) law, employees do not have a statutory right to use their employers’ email systems for union organizing or for other purposes. Email systems remain employer property for...more

Oregon Amends Mortgage Licensing Rules

On September 16, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services Division of Finance and Corporate Securities adopted a rule amending several sections of the Oregon Administrative Rules related to the licensing of...more

SEC Charges Wells Fargo Analyst, Trader With Insider Trading

Analysts reports frequently move the market and are thus considered inside information prior to publication. That is the predicate for an SEC administrative proceeding which charges a Wells Fargo analyst and trader with...more

NLRB Sidesteps Register-Guard; Still Orders New Elections in Purple Communications

Late last week, the NLRB issued its highly anticipated decision in Purple Communications, 21-CA-095151, which many NLRB observers believed would re-visit whether or not employers may prohibit their employees from using...more

IPR Proceedings Filed Eight Months Apart Is Too Long to Permit Joinder

In the Macronix International Co., Ltd. et al. v. Spansion LLC, the PTAB denied Petitioner's motion for joinder under Section 315(c). On November 8, 2013, the Petitioner filed a petition for inter partes review of U.S. Patent...more

PTAB's Guidelines for Foreign Language Depositions

In the Ariosa Diagnostics v. ISIS Innovation Limited inter partes review, the PTAB set for the guidelines for taking depositions in a foreign language as required by 37 C.F.R. § 42.53(c). In addition to the requirement of...more

Make That First Bite A Big One

In Medtronic, Inc. v. Marital Deduction Trust, IPR2014-00695, Paper 18 (September 25, 2014), the Board denied Medtronic’s motion to join the IPR with a prior IPR 2014-00100, also involving U.S. Patent No. 5,593,417. The...more

PTAB to Apple: No Third or Fourth Bite at the Apple

In inter partes proceeding Apple Inc. v. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute et al., IPR2014-00320, Petitioner Apple sought a second request for rehearing, before an expanded panel of the PTAB, on the Board's decision not to...more

Judge Dismisses FDA Spying Case But Not Because It’s Innocent

Earlier this week a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by six former and current FDA scientists who allege that the FDA retaliated and spied on them for blowing the whistle on FDA approval of medical devices that put cancer...more

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