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DRM Legislative Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - It’s All About the Money - Panel Approves Payroll and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes to Fund Health Care Initiatives - Vermont Health Connect Costs Continue to Rise - Education Reform…more
| Education, Elections & Politics, Health, Taxation, Transportation

DRM Legislative Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - Determination First, Details to Follow - Committee Approves State False Claims Act - Rent-to-Own Legislation Substantially Modified - Senate Judiciary Considers Limit on Building…more
| Construction Law, Education, Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Government Contracting

Public Hearing on Renewable Energy Siting

The Senate and House Natural Resources and Energy Committees will be holding a joint hearing on renewable energy siting, with a focus on solar energy, on Tuesday, March 24th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Room 11 at the Vermont State…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities

Coming to a State Attorney General’s Office near you

The Vermont State False Claims Act Could Be a Game-changer for Vermont Taxpayers and Businesses. The Vermont False Claims Act, percolating through Montpelier hearing rooms and corridors, has not yet received much…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation, Government Contracting

DRM client wins important case precluding termination of insurer insolvency before contingent or unliquidated claims can be presented

The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled in In Re Ambassador Ins. Co., 2015 VT 4 (Vt. Jan. 23, 2015) that the liquidator of Ambassador Insurance acted unreasonably in setting a December 31, 2013 bar date for policyholder claims…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Insurance, Toxic Torts

Second Strike Out for Alleged Patent Troll

In May 2013 the State of Vermont sued MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC for alleged consumer fraud arising from its letters sent to Vermont businesses claiming patent infringement. Since then, the parties have been disputing …more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The verdict is clear: diffusion tensor imaging demonstrates damage to the brain associated with mild traumatic brain injury

The weight of scientific evidence demonstrates that “diffusion tensor imaging” is an effective tool for demonstrating damage to the white matter of the brain associated with mild traumatic brain injury. The damage…more
| Personal Injury, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Congress Finds Unique Bipartisan Support for Traumatic Brain Injury Programs

On the evening of November 13, 2014 the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 2539, the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2014, (TBIRA) sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and co-sponsored by Senator Bob Casey…more
| Elections & Politics, Health

Oracle v Google: Are APIs Copyrightable?

Last month, Google asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of an appeals court ruling that certain application program interfaces (APIs) are copyrightable. Oracle’s response is due in December, and the US Government may…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

NCAA Settles Concussion Class Action Lawsuit

On July 29, 2014, the NCAA and representatives of college athletes announced an agreement to settle a concussion class action lawsuit that came on the heels of a similar lawsuit against the NFL. The settlement will need to be…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Education, Personal Injury

United States Court of Appeals Dismisses MPHJ Technology Investments Appeal

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Washington, D.C., has ?dismissed the appeal of MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC from an order of the United States District Court in Vermont that favored the State…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

NLRB Strikes Down Hospital's Rule Prohibiting Negativity and Gossip Among Employees

In its continuing trend to foray into non-union workplaces, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) struck down another neutral and common employment policy. On April 1, 2014, in Hills and Dales Gen. Hosp.,…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law

Vermont supreme court makes radical change to premises liability law

In a significant decision issued on Friday, July 18, 2014, involving a retail store, the Vermont Supreme Court has abolished the old premises liability distinction between “business invitees” (i.e., customers) and licensees…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

Software Patentability – The Supreme Court Speaks. Turn Down the Volume

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the US Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice v CLS Bank, a court case dealing with the patentability of software. What is Patentable? In the US, we have a law (35 USC §101) that…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

EU Court of Justice Rules Web Browsing is not Copyright Infringement

Whenever we view content on the Internet, our web browsers (Internet Explorer or Firefox, for most folks) make temporary copies of that content on our computers. Amongst the rights reserved by copyright holders is the right to…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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