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Bankruptcy Court Finds Debtor Entitled to a "Free House" Because Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint Barred by New Jersey Statute of Limitations

Mortgage lenders should be aware of the New Jersey statute of limitations on mortgage foreclosure complaints. In In re Washington, 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 4649 (Bankr. D.N.J. Nov. 5, 2014), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Time Spent in the Security Screening Process Is Not Compensable Under the FLSA

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous opinion on December 9, 2014, in Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk et al., ruling that employees' time spent waiting to undergo and undergoing post-shift security screenings…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

India Amplifies Compliance Norms for Wealth Tax Purposes

In a recent development, the compliance norms for wealth tax purposes in India have been amplified. Accordingly, overseas assets of persons subject to Indian wealth tax, including..…more
| International Law & Trade, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

UK Finance Bill 2015 -- Draft Clauses Published

Draft clauses of the UK Finance Bill 2015 were published on 10 December 2014. They will now be the subject of consultation until 4 February 2015. This Alert provides more details on the most significant measures contained in the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

OFAC Publishes Guidance Relating to Provision of Temporary Sanctions Relief (Iran)

On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), published in the Federal Register (Vol. 79, No. 236, pp. 73141–73143) previously issued guidance relating to the provision of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Advice on Medical Marijuana for Lawyers in Pennsylvania

The Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 811 et. seq. (CSA), enacted in 1970, provides that marijuana is a "Schedule I" drug because, in the words of the CSA, it has a "high potential for abuse," "no currently accepted…more
| Agriculture, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Health

FDA Issues Guidance on Registration, Fees and Reporting Requirements for Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities

On November 21, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of three new guidance documents related to drug compounding outsourcing facilities. These documents include..…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Latest Developments in Regulation of XXX/AXXX Captives

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the "NAIC") is forging ahead with its work on captive insurance companies used by life insurance companies to finance reserves required under current regulations; these…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Tax-Related Identity Theft and Scams Skyrocketing . . . Stay Protected

For many of us, identity theft, unfortunately, is an all-too-familiar topic. Victims of identity theft and, in particular, tax-related identity theft and tax scams continue to increase at alarming rates. The Internal…more
| Criminal Law, Taxation

New California Anti-Bullying Law Likely to Have Wide-Reaching Impact

Since 2006, California law has required all employers of 50 or more who conduct business in the state to provide at least two hours of interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment to all supervisory employees…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

The Year in Tech Law 2014

In This Issue: - Veterans Day: One WWII Vet Lives Long and Goes Tech - The Skies Are Still Friendly, Despite Virgin Galactic Crash - Cyberwarfare Is Here; Is the U.S. Prepared? - High-Tech…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Issues Annual Autumn Statement

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered his annual Autumn Statement on 3 December 2014. This Alert highlights the key contents of the statement, but the detail of the proposals will become apparent only on the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

California Federal Judge Invalidates Spinal Surgery Patents Due to Lack of Objective Boundaries

On November 19, 2014, a federal district court in California invalidated claims in two spinal surgery patents, finding the claims indefinite under the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Nautilus standard. In Abdou v. Alphatec Spine,…more
| Civil Procedure, Health, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Report on Standardizing and Evaluating Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a report titled "Standardizing and Evaluating Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)," which summarizes stakeholder engagements completed in fiscal year…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Upholds Trademark Licensees' Rights to Use Trademark Despite Licensor's Bankruptcy

In In re Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc., No. 14-24287 (Bankr. D.N.J., Oct. 31, 2014), Judge Michael B. Kaplan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey held that trademark licenses may be entitled, under a bankruptcy…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property
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