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Patent Term Adjustment Update - Novartis v. Lee

A recent ruling by the Federal Circuit in Novartis AG v. Lee resolved the issues raised in the Exelixis I, Exelixis II and Novartis decisions regarding the effect of a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) on patent term…more

Novartis, Patent Term Adjustment, Patent Terms, Patents, Request for Continued Examination

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Federal Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that married same-sex couples will be treated the same as married heterosexual couples for all federal tax purposes, including income and gift and estate taxes. Revenue…more

DOMA, Earned Income Tax, Employee Benefits, IRA, IRS

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Missouri Supreme Court Lowers Burden of Proof For Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims

The Missouri Supreme Court has issued a decision that significantly lowers the burden of proof for employee claims of workers’ compensation retaliation under the law. Under the new standard announced in Templemire v. W&M…more

Adverse Employment Action, Burden of Proof, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Retaliation

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New NLRB Ruling Creates New Hazards for Employer Retaliation Policies

In the latest in a series of decisions impacting non-union and unionized employers, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a new decision that jeopardizes enforcement of employers’ anti-harassment and…more

Employee Rights, Harassment, NLRA, NLRB, Popular

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Chinese Labor Law in Reform: New Restrictions on Dispatched Worker Model

Multinational companies’ Chinese subsidiaries, known as foreign invested entities or “FIEs,” have two basic options when hiring employees. They can either hire them directly (“Employment Model”), or they can “lease” them from…more

China, Compliance, Foreign Investment, International Labor Laws, Multinationals

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SEC Clarifies Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission confirmed this week that it expects companies to timely file reports required under the conflict minerals rule and to comply with other provisions unaffected by a recent appellate decision…more

Compliance, Conflict Mineral Rules, Reporting Requirements, SEC

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Department of Education Issues Guidance on Changes to Clery Act Reporting Procedures and Requirements

On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued important guidance to colleges and universities on their responsibilities to comply with changes to the Clery Act made by the amendment to the Violence Against…more

Clery Act, Colleges, Dating Violence, DOE, Domestic Violence

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds in Copyright Infringement Case that Laches Defense Cannot Alter Rolling Statute of Limitations for Copyright Infringement Enacted by Congress

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived several copyright claims by the daughter of Frank Petrella, author of the screen play for the well-known film “Raging Bull.” In Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., the Court ruled…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Laches, Petrella v. MGM, SCOTUS

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Receiverships: Resolving Disputes with Management of a Small Business

As a creditor or co-owner of a failing and mismanaged business, you are probably watching your investment or secured collateral disappear. What can you do to preserve value in your investment? Receiverships are powerful…more

Co-Ownership, Creditors, Receivership, Small Business

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Changes to Missouri Statutes Affect Foreclosure, Uniform Commercial Code, Credit Agreements

Three notable pieces of Missouri legislation will become effective August 28, 2013, nullifying foreclosure mediation initiatives in St. Louis City and County, modifying certain provisions of the Missouri Uniform Commercial Code,…more

Foreclosure, Mediation, Mortgages

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Supreme Court Rules Closely Held Businesses Shielded from Contraception Mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday created a new exemption to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that requires for-profit companies to offer birth control health insurance coverage to their employees. In a 5-4 vote, the…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives, Healthcare

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A Return to the Old Normal – Delaware Confirms That a Reverse Triangular Merger Does Not Result in an Assignment by Operation of Law

The Delaware Court of Chancery shook the M&A world in 2011 when it defied conventional wisdom by holding that a reverse triangular merger may result in an assignment by operation of law if the buyer converts the target into a…more

Assignments, Reverse Triangular Mergers

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Chinese Labor Law in Reform: New Restrictions on Dispatched Worker Model

Multinational companies’ Chinese subsidiaries, known as foreign invested entities or “FIEs,” have two basic options when hiring employees. They can either hire them directly (“Employment Model”), or they can “lease” them from…more

China, Compliance, Foreign Investment, International Labor Laws, Multinationals

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Supreme Court Silent on General Eligibility of Software Patents; Weakens Computer System and Media Claims

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld previous decisions finding that certain business method patents are not capable of patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101 because they are unpatentable “abstract ideas.” ALICE…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Federal Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that married same-sex couples will be treated the same as married heterosexual couples for all federal tax purposes, including income and gift and estate taxes. Revenue…more

DOMA, Earned Income Tax, Employee Benefits, IRA, IRS

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Supreme Court Rules Class Action Plaintiffs Cannot Use Damage-Limiting Stipulations To Avoid Federal Court

In a landmark decision in the area of class action litigation, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held that plaintiffs cannot use damage-limiting stipulations to prevent their cases from being removed from state to federal court. In…more

Amount in Controversy, CAFA, Class Action, Damages, Jurisdiction

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High Court Nixes “Amorphous” Federal Circuit Indefiniteness Standard

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday reversed long-standing Federal Circuit precedent, replacing the test used to determine whether a patent is indefinite with a new reasonable certainty standard (NAUTILUS, INC. v. BIOSIG…more

Amazon, Google, Indefiniteness, License Agreements, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments

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Missouri Law Expands to Include Sponsored Captive Insurance Companies

With Governor Nixon’s signature on May 16, 2013, the state of Missouri has adopted legislation modifying its captive insurance law. The legislation, Senate Bill 287, will allow the formation of sponsored captive insurance…more

Captive Insurance Company, New Legislation

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New Rules on Missouri Lawyers Trust Accounts

Effective July 1, 2013, the Missouri Supreme Court is amending the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct that regulate lawyers’ handling of client and third party property, including trust accounts. The regulations currently…more

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Supreme Court Silent on General Eligibility of Software Patents; Weakens Computer System and Media Claims

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld previous decisions finding that certain business method patents are not capable of patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101 because they are unpatentable “abstract ideas.” ALICE…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Final FMLA Military Leave Regulations Issued

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued final regulations addressing an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that requires employers covered by the FMLA to provide certain types of military-related leave…more

DOL, FMLA, Military Caregiver Leave, Military Leave, Qualifying Exigency Leave

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Two Recent Directives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Could Add to the Pain for Medicare and Medicaid Long-Term Care Providers

First, CMS announced on April 5, 2013, that due to the across-the-board federal budget reductions (aka “sequestration”), effective immediately, State Survey Agencies must obtain approval from the CMS Regional Office before doing…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, CMS, Long-Term Care, Sequestration

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Supreme Court Silent on General Eligibility of Software Patents; Weakens Computer System and Media Claims

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld previous decisions finding that certain business method patents are not capable of patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101 because they are unpatentable “abstract ideas.” ALICE…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Franchisors: Don’t Forget To File Your New York Annual Sales Tax Information Report

All franchisors that have at least one franchisee operating in New York State should be aware that they must file an annual information return next month under a state tax law. This annual report is due on or before March 20th…more

Annual Reports, Financial Statements, Franchise Taxes, Information Reports, Sales & Use Tax

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Department of Education Issues Guidance on Changes to Clery Act Reporting Procedures and Requirements

On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued important guidance to colleges and universities on their responsibilities to comply with changes to the Clery Act made by the amendment to the Violence Against…more

Clery Act, Colleges, Dating Violence, DOE, Domestic Violence

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A Bad Smoke Break

A recent Missouri case demonstrates the importance of documentation when defending against unwarranted unemployment claims. The case also underlines the need for the reforms passed by the Missouri General Assembly and pending…more

Documentation, Hiring & Firing, Termination, Unemployment, Unemployment Benefits

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High Court Nixes “Amorphous” Federal Circuit Indefiniteness Standard

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday reversed long-standing Federal Circuit precedent, replacing the test used to determine whether a patent is indefinite with a new reasonable certainty standard (NAUTILUS, INC. v. BIOSIG…more

Amazon, Google, Indefiniteness, License Agreements, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments

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United States Supreme Court Finds Obama’s NLRB Appointments Invalid

In a ruling that will have far reaching implications for future Presidential appointments, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down three Obama recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB v. NOEL CANNING ET AL.)…more

Barack Obama, Canning v NLRB, NLRB, Recess Appointments, SCOTUS

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Patent Term Adjustment Update - Novartis v. Lee

A recent ruling by the Federal Circuit in Novartis AG v. Lee resolved the issues raised in the Exelixis I, Exelixis II and Novartis decisions regarding the effect of a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) on patent term…more

Novartis, Patent Term Adjustment, Patent Terms, Patents, Request for Continued Examination

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USCIS Publishes Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Although employers should begin using the March 8, 2013 dated Form I-9 immediately, older…more

Eligibility, Hiring & Firing, I-9, USCIS

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PTAB's First Business Method Patent Ruling: Challenges for Software Patent Holders

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has issued its first-ever decision in proceedings for challenging business method patents in post-grant review. The case is SAP America, Inc. v. Versata…more

Claim Construction, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents, Software

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Federal Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that married same-sex couples will be treated the same as married heterosexual couples for all federal tax purposes, including income and gift and estate taxes. Revenue…more

DOMA, Earned Income Tax, Employee Benefits, IRA, IRS

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Federal Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that married same-sex couples will be treated the same as married heterosexual couples for all federal tax purposes, including income and gift and estate taxes. Revenue…more

DOMA, Earned Income Tax, Employee Benefits, IRA, IRS

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SEC Clarifies Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission confirmed this week that it expects companies to timely file reports required under the conflict minerals rule and to comply with other provisions unaffected by a recent appellate decision…more

Compliance, Conflict Mineral Rules, Reporting Requirements, SEC

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Supreme Court Rules Class Action Plaintiffs Cannot Use Damage-Limiting Stipulations To Avoid Federal Court

In a landmark decision in the area of class action litigation, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held that plaintiffs cannot use damage-limiting stipulations to prevent their cases from being removed from state to federal court. In…more

Amount in Controversy, CAFA, Class Action, Damages, Jurisdiction

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Missouri Supreme Court Lowers Burden of Proof For Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims

The Missouri Supreme Court has issued a decision that significantly lowers the burden of proof for employee claims of workers’ compensation retaliation under the law. Under the new standard announced in Templemire v. W&M…more

Adverse Employment Action, Burden of Proof, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Retaliation

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Federal Contractors Face More Regulations on Pay Practices

President Obama signed an executive order on April 8, 2014 barring federal contractors and subcontractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The order is entitled the Non-Retaliation for…more

Barack Obama, Contractors, Disclosure, Hiring & Firing, Retaliation

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Employer Coverage Mandate Delayed Until 2015

While most of us were enjoying the 4th of July holiday, the Obama administration was busy announcing the delay of a key component of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Following complaints about reporting requirements, the Obama…more

Affordable Care Act, Deadlines, Delays, Employer Mandates, Healthcare

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JOBS Act Delivers New Opportunities

The recent finalization by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of certain rules necessitated by the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act related to private securities offerings creates a new environment in which a…more

Advertising, Dodd-Frank, Entrepreneurs, General Solicitation, JOBS Act

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Franchisors: Don’t Forget To File Your New York Annual Sales Tax Information Report

All franchisors that have at least one franchisee operating in New York State should be aware that they must file an annual information return next month under a state tax law. This annual report is due on or before March 20th…more

Annual Reports, Financial Statements, Franchise Taxes, Information Reports, Sales & Use Tax

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Poor Timing Alone Doesn't Equal Retaliation

In a recent lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Missouri employers) upheld the trial court’s decision that a hospital didn’t discriminate…more

Civil Rights Act, Racial Discrimination, Retaliation, Title VII

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Mediation: A Litigation Alternative

“Real peace is not the absence of conflict. Rather it is that state where conflict is managed effectively, efficiently and respectfully.” – Unknown Conflict resolution can be viewed on a continuum, with negotiation on one…more

Conflict Resolution, Litigation Strategies, Mediation

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Supreme Court Silent on General Eligibility of Software Patents; Weakens Computer System and Media Claims

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld previous decisions finding that certain business method patents are not capable of patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101 because they are unpatentable “abstract ideas.” ALICE…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Receiverships: Resolving Disputes with Management of a Small Business

As a creditor or co-owner of a failing and mismanaged business, you are probably watching your investment or secured collateral disappear. What can you do to preserve value in your investment? Receiverships are powerful…more

Co-Ownership, Creditors, Receivership, Small Business

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High Court Nixes “Amorphous” Federal Circuit Indefiniteness Standard

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday reversed long-standing Federal Circuit precedent, replacing the test used to determine whether a patent is indefinite with a new reasonable certainty standard (NAUTILUS, INC. v. BIOSIG…more

Amazon, Google, Indefiniteness, License Agreements, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments

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Patent Term Adjustment Update - Novartis v. Lee

A recent ruling by the Federal Circuit in Novartis AG v. Lee resolved the issues raised in the Exelixis I, Exelixis II and Novartis decisions regarding the effect of a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) on patent term…more

Novartis, Patent Term Adjustment, Patent Terms, Patents, Request for Continued Examination

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Is there a statute of limitation in government Clean Water Act Cases?

A Minnesota federal trial court recently ruled that the government can sue Clean Water Act violators even if the statute of limitations has expired. The decision opens the door for the Eighth Circuit to issue a definitive ruling…more

Clean Water Act, Environmental Crimes, Statute of Limitations

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Missouri Supreme Court Changes Rules For Challenging Timeliness Under The Missouri Human Rights Act

Many employers are now at risk of waiving timeliness defenses due to a recent Missouri Supreme Court decision that completely changes how they raise challenges to the timeliness of a discrimination claim under The Missouri Human…more

Affirmative Defenses, Discrimination, EEOC, Human Rights, Waivers

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Federal Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that married same-sex couples will be treated the same as married heterosexual couples for all federal tax purposes, including income and gift and estate taxes. Revenue…more

DOMA, Earned Income Tax, Employee Benefits, IRA, IRS

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Are You “Betting the Company” Through Your Handling of Customer Funds or By Virtue of Transfer of Title Provisions Related to Acquisition of Goods?

Two common types of arrangements between contracting parties can create excessive financial risk for a party. The first is a company serving as a middleman or payment agent by accepting funds from a customer and then disbursing…more

Customer Funds, Transfer of Title

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SEC Probe of Netflix Highlights Legal Risks of Social Media

The U.S. regulatory probe of a Facebook posting by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is raising questions about whether the 43-word message violates a rule requiring that material information be released to all investors at the same…more

Facebook, Investors, IPO, Material Disclosures, Netflix

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Private Eyes Are Watching You – California Files Its First Internet Consumer Privacy Enforcement Action

Last month, the State of California filed its first enforcement action under its privacy laws against Delta Air Lines, seeking potentially millions of dollars in fines. Under California’s consumer privacy law, all parties that…more

Delta Airlines, Kamala Harris, Mobile Apps, Online Privacy Protection Act, Privacy Policy

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Department of Labor Issues Eligibility Guidance for Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Employers with benefit plans governed by ERISA should be aware that the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued guidance with respect to the eligibility of individuals in same-sex marriages. Spousal eligibility for…more

DOL, DOMA, ERISA, IRS, Same-Sex Marriage

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Missouri Law Expands to Include Sponsored Captive Insurance Companies

With Governor Nixon’s signature on May 16, 2013, the state of Missouri has adopted legislation modifying its captive insurance law. The legislation, Senate Bill 287, will allow the formation of sponsored captive insurance…more

Captive Insurance Company, New Legislation

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds in Copyright Infringement Case that Laches Defense Cannot Alter Rolling Statute of Limitations for Copyright Infringement Enacted by Congress

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived several copyright claims by the daughter of Frank Petrella, author of the screen play for the well-known film “Raging Bull.” In Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., the Court ruled…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Laches, Petrella v. MGM, SCOTUS

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Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit on Inducement of Infringement

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday limited the instances in which a party might be liable for inducing patent infringement. In a decision titled Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., the Court held that a party…more

Akamai Technologies, Direct Infringement, En Banc Review, Induced Infringement, Limelight Networks

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Department of Education Issues Guidance on Changes to Clery Act Reporting Procedures and Requirements

On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued important guidance to colleges and universities on their responsibilities to comply with changes to the Clery Act made by the amendment to the Violence Against…more

Clery Act, Colleges, Dating Violence, DOE, Domestic Violence

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SEC No-Action Letter Provides Relief for M&A Brokers

On January 31, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a ground-breaking no-action letter (“SEC Letter”) stating that a financial intermediary that limits its business activity to advising privately held companies on…more

Brokers, No-Action Letters, SEC

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Is there a statute of limitation in government Clean Water Act Cases?

A Minnesota federal trial court recently ruled that the government can sue Clean Water Act violators even if the statute of limitations has expired. The decision opens the door for the Eighth Circuit to issue a definitive ruling…more

Clean Water Act, Environmental Crimes, Statute of Limitations

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U.S. Supreme Court Eases Rules for Attorneys’ Fees Awards in Patent Cases

In two cases decided yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court made it easier for trial judges to award attorneys’ fees to prevailing parties in federal patent lawsuits and increased the likelihood that those rulings would be given some…more

Attorney's Fees, Highmark v. Allcare, Octane Fitness v. ICON, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Use chemicals in your business? Read your insurance policy: You might not be covered.

A recent federal appeals court ruling underscores the need for businesses using potentially irritating chemicals to check their insurance policies for “absolute pollution exception” clauses. These increasingly common clauses…more

Chemicals, Commercial General Liability Policies, Hazardous Substances, Pollution Exclusion

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Chinese Labor Law in Reform: New Restrictions on Dispatched Worker Model

Multinational companies’ Chinese subsidiaries, known as foreign invested entities or “FIEs,” have two basic options when hiring employees. They can either hire them directly (“Employment Model”), or they can “lease” them from…more

China, Compliance, Foreign Investment, International Labor Laws, Multinationals

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