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Department of Labor Guidance Seeks Expanded “Employee” Classification of Workers

On July 15, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (No. 2015-1) providing guidance on the classification of employees as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)…more
| Labor & Employment Law

IP Newsflash - July 2015 #3

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Expert Witness’ Flawed Infringement Opinion Supports an Award of Attorneys’ Fees - Defendants Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. sought an award of attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 against…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

FERC Eliminates Annual Retail Purchaser List Filing Requirement

On July 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) eliminated the requirement for certain public utilities, including regional transmission organizations (RTOs), independent system operators (ISOs) and exempt…more
| Energy & Utilities

SEC Solicits Input on Revising Disclosure Rules Regarding Audit Committees

In a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concept release issued earlier this month, the SEC requested the public’s input on more than 70 questions surrounding the sufficiency of current disclosure requirements on audit…more
| Securities Law

FERC Staff Notice of Alleged Violations Accuses Columbia Gas of Failing to Publicly Post Notices of Auctions

On July 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a staff notice of alleged violations (“Notice”) stating that its Office of Enforcement has preliminarily determined, in a nonpublic investigation, that…more
| Energy & Utilities

Small Wind Industry Given Grace Period for Compliance with IRS Engineering Standards

On July 14, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Noticed 2015-51, which postpones the effective date of safety and performance standards mandated by Notice 2015-4. The standards in Notice 2015-4 originally applied to…more
| Energy & Utilities, Taxation

IP Newsflash - July 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - The Federal Circuit Rules that the PTAB’s Decision to Institute a CBM Cannot Be Challenged in Court This week, the Federal Circuit decided Versata II, a companion case to Versata Development…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Lack of Bribery Act Awareness by One-Third of UK Small Businesses Poses Risk for Partners

A U.K.-government-commissioned survey of 500 businesses known as “small and medium sized enterprises” (SMEs) in the United Kingdom released in July 2015 found that more than one-third of the businesses had never heard of the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Mexico’s Energy Industry - July 2015

On July 15, 2015, the First Tender initially published on December 11, 2014 (First Tender), came to a conclusion when the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) conducted the Opening and Presentation of Bid Proposals Ceremony…more
| Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

Sanctions Relief to Expect from the Nuclear Deal with Iran

On July 14, 2015, Iran and the P5+1 countries (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, finalized the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Wind Power Trade Association Seeks Reforms to Generator Interconnection Process

On July 7, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice seeking comments on a petition for rulemaking filed by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The petition asks FERC to implement reforms to…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

OFAC Issues Venezuela Sanctions Regulations

On July 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published, in abbreviated form, Venezuela Sanctions Regulations (VSR) in 31 C.F.R. Part 591. The VSR implement the Venezuela Defense…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

IP Newsflash - July 2015

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Judge Grants New Trial, Vacating $533 Million Verdict against Apple - A Texas federal court vacated a $533 million verdict against Apple in favor of Smartflash because of an improper jury…more
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UK Summer Budget 2015

On Wednesday, 8 July 2015, George Osborne delivered the UK Summer Budget. The first Budget of the new Conservative government (and the second Budget of 2015), the Summer Budget is wide-ranging in scope and potentially…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Insurance, International Law & Trade, Taxation

U.S. Court Upholds Federal Contractor Campaign Finance Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a constitutional challenge to the ban on U.S. government contractors making political contributions to candidates for federal office and federal political party…more
| Elections & Politics, Government Contracting
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