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WTO Members Agree to Cut Tariffs on IT Products

On Friday, July 24, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that more than 50 of its member countries had agreed to cut tariffs on hundreds of information technology (IT) products, including semiconductors, MRI…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

The Viability of the Equitable Mootness Doctrine in the Third Circuit: A Moot Point?

In the bankruptcy context, effectively appealing an order confirming a debtor’s plan of reorganization is not always a sure bet, as a court may refuse to entertain the appeal in the name of equitable mootness. Equitable…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking

What Does the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Mean for Employee Benefit Plans?

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states must license and recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex. Despite being a landmark decision affecting same sex couples whose…more
| Civil Rights, Family Law, Finance & Banking, Health, Labor & Employment Law

2 Courts Address Level of Specificity Required to Allege ATDS Claim

Although, as we have previously covered, decisions from various courts have already established that a plaintiff must do more than simply allege that a TCPA defendant used an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”) to make…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Senate Passes Another Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act July 2015

Last Wednesday, the Senate passed with unanimous consent the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015 (“CAARA”) after minor tweaks to two definitions. CAARA provides anti-retaliation protection to whistleblowers who give…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

District Courts Only Require Facts Sufficient to Form an Inference of the Use of an ATDS

Although, as we have previously covered, decisions from various courts have already established that a plaintiff must do more than simply allege that a TCPA defendant used an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”) to make…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

New Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Petitions On Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products From Eight Countries

For your information, on July 28, 2015, new antidumping (AD) and/or countervailing duty (CVD) petitions were filed on certain cold-rolled steel flat products from Brazil (AD & CVD), China (AD & CVD), India (AD & CVD), Japan (AD…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Right to Marry But Not to Work? Pennsylvania Catholic School Terminates Gay Married Teacher

Last month, Waldron Mercy Academy, a K-8 Catholic school located in Merion, Pennsylvania, fired Margie Winters from her position as Director of Religious Education, a job she had held for 8 years. According to Ms. Winters, her…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Appeals From Declaratory Ruling Consolidated And Assigned To D.C. Circuit

As we previously noted, three petitions for review were filed in the immediate aftermath of the FCC’s Declaratory Ruling. On Friday, July 24, 2015, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued a Consolidation Order that…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

BIS Removes Cuba as State Sponsor of Terrorism in Regulations

On July 22, 2015, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), an agency of U.S. Department of Commerce, amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect Cuba’s removal from designation as a State Sponsor of…more
| Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Maryland District Court Grants Insurer’s Motion to Dismiss Payee’s Counterclaims and Awards Attorney Fees in Interpleader

On July 1, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued an opinion granting Connecticut General Life Insurance Company’s (“CGLIC”) motion to dismiss a payee’s claims for breach of contract and…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

CMS Publishes New Proposed Stark Law Rule: Top Ten Stark Law Takeaways from the Calendar Year 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the Calendar Year 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (“Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule includes several clarifications and proposed…more
| Health

New Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Petitions On Heavy-Walled Rectangular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes And Tubes From Korea, Mexico, And Turkey

Tuesday, new antidumping (AD) petitions were filed regarding heavy-walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Korea, Mexico, and Turkey, and a countervailing duty (CVD) petition was filed with respect to the…more
| International Law & Trade

Amendments to California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

As California employers, and those non-California employers with employees in California, know by now, as of July 1, 2015, such employers were required to provide paid sick leave to any employee who works 30 days or more within…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Analysis: Impact of the DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal on Participant Investment Advice

This paper explains the basis for our conclusions about the impact on the investment recommendations to participants of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to amend the fiduciary investment advice regulation and to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law
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