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OPM and Where The Lines Are

The recent hacking of the sensitive personal information of millions of American public servants at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) points out a noteworthy distinction in how the U.S. government views some types of…more
| Privacy, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Proposed DOL Rule Seeks to Require the Provision of Overtime Pay to Millions of Additional Employees

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a proposed rule that would amend the executive, administrative and professional exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The exemptions exclude workers in such positions…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Pushing Deadline for Iran Nuclear Deal, Negotiators Extend Temporary Sanctions Relief for Seven Days

As nuclear negotiations in Vienna reach the targeted June 30, 2015, deadline for an agreement, the P5+1, EU and Iran agreed today to extend the limited and temporary sanctions relief to Iran through July 7, 2015. The…more
| Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

Cyber risks -- Congressional Letter to SEC

On June 18, 2015, Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Jim Himes (D-CT) sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) calling for updated cybersecurity disclosure guidance for publicly traded companies…more
| Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

EU Extends Current Sanctions Against Russia and Crimea

Signaling increased tensions with Russia regarding its alleged intervention in eastern Ukraine, the European Union on June 19 and 22, 2015, took action extending sanctions targeting Russia and Crimea, including measures that…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Military Law

State and Commerce Seek Comments on Proposed Export Control Rules Regarding Electronic Transmissions, Defense Services and Other Key Concepts

On June 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published proposed rules amending the International Traffic in…more
| International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

CBP Offers U.S. Exporters Assistance in Resolving Disputes with Foreign Customs Agencies

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice inviting U.S. exporters to request CBP’s assistance in resolving disputes with foreign customs agencies over the tariff classification or…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Taxation

IP Newsflash - June 2015 #2

DISTRICT COURT CASES - District Court Required Identification of Prior Art in Defendant’s Counterclaim of Invalidity - In the Southern District of New York, the court granted plaintiff’s motion to dismiss…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was introduced…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Regulation A+ Goes Into Effect

On June 19, 2015, final rules (colloquially known as Regulation A+) go into effect. These new rules create an exemption that is substantially similar to the existing framework of Regulation A under the Securities Act but are…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

IRS Issues Solar Tax Equity Memo Stating the Obvious

On Friday, the IRS issued a heavily redacted Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) memorandum, which addresses the intersection of solar investment tax credit partnership flip transactions and the wind production tax credit partnership…more
| Energy & Utilities, Taxation

Judge Gilstrap to Require Letter Briefing for Alice Motions Before Claim Construction

Judge Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas has implemented a new letter brief requirement to rein in the number of so-called “101” or “Alice” motions filed in one of the country’s busiest patent dockets. The Supreme Court’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Proposes Changes to Form ADV 1A Regarding Managed Accounts

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a new round of changes to its check-the-box registration form for investment advisers, Part 1A of Form ADV (“ADV 1A”), and proposed some minor changes to its recordkeeping…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Mexico’s Energy Industry - June 2015 #2

Ronda Uno, First Tender - On June 9, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (“CNH”) published the final form of the Bidding Guidelines (“Guidelines”) and the Model Production Sharing Contract (“PSC”) for the First…more
| Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

U.S. Government and Fokker Appeal District Court’s Rejection of Deferred Prosecution Agreement

On June 8, attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) joined Dutch aerospace company Fokker Services BV (“Fokker”) in appealing the district court’s rejection of Fokker’s deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade
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