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DEA Releases Final Rule on Disposal of Controlled Substances

On September 9, 2014, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released notice of a final rule governing the disposal of controlled substances (the "Final Rule"). The Final Rule implements the Secure and Responsible Drug…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Finding the Right Mix of Mentors in Your First Year

"Ask about their mentoring programs," urged a recent law school graduate and friend of mine when I began interviewing with firms during the summer before my 2L year. Dutifully, I followed her instructions, and in each interview…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

'Loan-to-Own' Strategy May Lead to Limitation on Credit-Bidding

On April 14, in In re Free Lance-Star Publishing, 512 B.R. 798 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2014), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia considered the objection of Chapter 11 debtors to a secured creditor's right…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Pay Transparency Rule for Employees of Federal Contractors

On September 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register to implement Executive Order 13665, which was signed by…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

California Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1522, known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. With a few exceptions, the new law requires all employers to provide…more
| Labor & Employment Law

CBP Issues Guidance on Acceptable Methods of Submitting Post-Importation Claims

As a follow-up to a memorandum issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to its field offices on August 11, 2014, CBP has published a guidance to the trade community concerning "acceptable methods" for submission of…more
| Administrative Law, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, International Law & Trade

Philadelphia Ordinance Provides New Protections for Breastfeeding Mothers

On September 3, 2014, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law the Breastfeeding Accommodation Bill, No. 130922, as a part of the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance. The new law is effective immediately, and it…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

California Appellate Court Tells Employers to Pay Part of Employees' Cell Phone Bills or Face Class Action Liability

On August 12, 2014, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, ruled in Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service, Inc. that employers are required to reimburse employees for all business-related calls made or received on…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Third Circuit Sets Standard for Return to Work Under the Family and Medical Leave Act

On August 27, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion in Budhun v. Reading Hospital and Medical Center reversing the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which granted…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Corporations Don't Independently Owe Fiduciary Duties to Stockholders

On Aug. 7, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III issued a letter opinion in the matter Buttonwood Tree Value Partners LP v. R.L. Polk & Co., C.A. No. 9250-VCL, that is not attention-grabbing because it wrestles with some nuanced…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Securities Law

NAIC Moving Forward on Regulation of XXX/AXXX Financing Transactions

For more than two years, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the "NAIC") has been addressing the use by life insurers of captive reinsurers to finance reserves for certain term life insurance or universal life…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Insurance

Second Circuit's Significant Decision Could Impact Liquidating Trustees

In the case of United States of America v. Edward P. Bond, No. 12-4803 (2d. Cir. August 13, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the "Second Circuit") issued a decision that could have far-reaching…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Taxation

D.C. Circuit Ruling Upholds New Ground Rules in Development of Electric Transmission Infrastructure

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC or "Commission") landmark regional electric transmission planning rulemaking, a multi-year effort by the Commission that has been met with vigorous opposition from some…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities

Federal Circuit Finds Computer Bingo Patents Invalid as Abstract Ideas

On August 26, 2014, the Federal Circuit ruled that patent claims regarding computer-aided management of bingo games are invalid because they are directed to a patent-ineligible abstract idea…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

FDA Requests Comments and Issues Notice of Public Hearing Related to Implementation of GDUFA

On August 19, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued in the Federal Register a request for comment and notice of public hearing on a variety of topics relating to its implementation of the Generic Drug User Fee…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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