Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Split Decision on Ormat’s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees’ Claims of Cash Grant Fraud

The opinion of March 24 from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat’s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims Act. The ex-employees are alleging fraud…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts, Taxation, Government Contracting

IP Newsflash - March 2015 #4

U.S. SUPREME COURT CASES - B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., Potential Issue Preclusion on Likelihood of Confusion Rulings - On March 24, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that that a…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

High Court Announces New Standard for Opinion Statements

The U.S. Supreme Court found middle ground in Omnicare this week, holding that issuers’ statements of opinion issued in registration statements can be the basis for liability under Section 11 if either the speaker does not…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

MATS in the Supreme Court–Toxic to EPA?

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday on whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unreasonably decided not to consider the cost of regulation when the EPA determined it was “appropriate and necessary” to…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Target Settles Consumer Data Breach Class Action for $10 Million

On Thursday, just three months after a district court judge in Minnesota denied Target’s motion to dismiss the consumer class action following the retailer’s massive 2013 data breach, the court granted preliminary approval of a…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Swiss Disclosure Annex for Non-Swiss Funds

The Swiss Funds and Asset Management Association (SFAMA) has published a model annex setting out prescribed form disclosure statements to be included in the offering documents and other marketing materials of non-Swiss funds…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Change of control: developments in the United Kingdom

Why is change of control an issue? In addition to contractual provisions amongst joint venture parties, change-of-control restrictions are often also included in a country’s petroleum laws…more
| Business Organizations, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

California State Court Holds that Date Insurer Refers Insurance Claim to Government Triggers IFPA’s Statute of Limitations

Last week, a Los Angeles Superior Court held that the relevant date for determining when the statute of limitations begins to run under the Insurance Frauds Prevention Act (IFPA) is the date an insurer forms a reasonable belief…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

SEC Charges Corporate Insiders in Going-Privates for Failing to Update Schedule 13Ds

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on March 13, 2015, that it had charged eight officers, directors and major shareholders for failing to file amendments to their Schedule 13Ds to disclose steps to take their…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

IP Newsflash - March 2015 #3

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Reverses $61 Million Judgment Based on Erroneous Claim Construction - Despite the Supreme Court’s recent Teva v. Sandoz decision that factual findings by a district court…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

BLM Issues Final Rule Governing Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

On March 20, Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the release of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule, titled, “Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” which BLM announced will take…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Indigenous Peoples

California Eyes Groundbreaking Privacy and Cybersecurity Legislation

In California, home to Silicon Valley, Biotech Beach, drones and some of the nation’s strongest laws protecting personal and consumer privacy, legislators are grappling with how to balance popular innovations in technology…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Upcoming New Jersey Pay-to-Play Filing: Due March 30, 2015

Any business entity holding contracts in 2014 that, in the aggregate, totaled more than $50,000 with state agencies, the legislature, counties, municipalities, school boards and fire districts in New Jersey must electronically…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Government Contracting

Entergy Sues New York’s Public Service Commissioners, Alleging Constitutional Violations in Awarding an Out-of-Market Contract to the Dunkirk Generating Facility

New York is under fire, like Maryland and New Jersey before it, for allegedly advantaging an incumbent generator competing in Regional Transmission Organization markets with an out-of-market contract. Entergy has sued the New…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

UK Budget 2015: Key Implications for Alternative Asset Managers

In a speech crammed full of digs aimed at opposition parties (and the French), the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his final pre-election Budget this afternoon…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation
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