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NYDFS: A Lawyer’s Responsibility

New York Financial Regulator to Enforce First-of-Its-Kind Cybersecurity Regulations in Coming Weeks - On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued revised cybersecurity regulations…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Financial Conduct Authority Publishes New Consultation Paper on MiFID II

On 16 December 2016, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its final Consultation Paper on the implementation of the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) (CP16/43). This follows three previous…more
| Finance & Banking

PTAB Finds Copyright Notice and Catalog Listing Insufficient as Proof of Public Availability

A Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) panel has denied institution of an inter partes review proceeding because the petitioner did not establish that key references were properly qualified as printed publications under 35…more
| Intellectual Property

Obama Administration To Terminate Sudan Sanctions Program

Key Points - - Effective today, a new general license reverses two decades of U.S. policy by authorizing all transactions otherwise prohibited by the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR), including all transactions with…more
| Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Patent Owner Submits His Own Expert Declaration and Then Refuses to Appear for a Deposition; Board Authorizes Petitioner to Move to Strike

On January 10, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) ruled that Petitioner’s inability to depose, and therefore cross-examine, Patent Owner’s expert could warrant striking the expert’s declaration…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

FERC Increases Maximum Civil Monetary Penalties

On January 9, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Final Rule—following an Interim Final Rule issued June 29, 2016, amending its regulations governing the maximum civil monetary penalties assessable for…more
| Energy & Utilities

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB for Improper Claim Construction

Demonstrating again that the “broadest reasonable interpretation” standard has limits, the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that claims of two patents were unpatentable due to anticipation…more
| Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Judge Alsup Declines to Impose Sanctions for Alleged Discovery Misconduct

On December 29, Judge William Alsup declined to impose sanctions in a case he characterized as “an everyday exchange between attorneys over extending a civil action deadline that escalated to a finger-pointing sanctions…more
| Civil Procedure, Science, Computers, & Technology

PTAB Invalidates Claims for Section 112 Failures

In a final written decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found claims 12-16 of U.S. Patent No. 8,876,991 (the “’991 patent”) unpatentable under §§ 112 and 102. US Endodontics, LLC (“Petitioner”) filed a post-grant…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The 9th Circuit Declines to Adopt Administrative Feasibility Requirement for Class Certification

Key Points - - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit joined the 6th, 7th, and 8th Circuits in declining to adopt an “administrative feasibility” requirement for plaintiffs seeking to certify a class under…more
| Civil Procedure

FERC Seeking Comment on Recovery of Income Tax Costs by Jurisdictional Natural Gas and Oil Pipelines and Electric Utilities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) announced in December that it is opening a new inquiry and seeking comments regarding its current policies with respect to the recovery of income tax costs in…more
| Business Organizations, Energy & Utilities, Taxation, Transportation

UVA Administrator Opposes Rolling Stone’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law

On December 27, 2016, University of Virginia Associate Dean of Students Nicole P. Eramo opposed Rolling Stone’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law. On November 7, 2016, following a two-week trial, a jury sitting in U.S…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Education

D.C. Court of Appeals Allows Prominent Climate Scientist’s Defamation Suit to Proceed

Dr. Michael Mann is a prominent climate scientist who is well-known for his “hockey stick” graph depicting a dramatic increase in global temperatures during the 20th century. On July 13, 2012, Rand Simberg published a blog entry…more
| Civil Procedure, Science, Computers, & Technology

2017 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, please note the following recent changes made to state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws..…more
| Elections & Politics

United States Imposes Cybersecurity Sanctions on Russia

Key Points - - This action marks the first time sanctions have been imposed under the Cybersecurity Sanctions Program established on April 1, 2015, with the designation of nine entities and individuals. -…more
| Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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