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OIG Warns of Risks of Physician Compensation Arrangements

In a Fraud Alert published on Tuesday, June 9, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a strong warning that common physician compensation arrangements may violate the anti-kickback…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Fraud Alerts, OIG, Physician Compensation Arrangements, Physicians

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HIPAA Breaches: What They Are and What You Can Do to Protect Your Clients

45 CFR §§ 164.400-414– otherwise known as the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule– requires all entities and businesses covered by HIPAA to disclose any breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI). In order to protect…more

Breach Notification Rule, Cybersecurity, HIPAA, PHI

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“Doc Fix” Bill Mandates Anti-Fraud Enforcement Tools

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, better known as the “doc fix” bill, as an attempt to fix the flawed Medicare reimbursement system implemented by the…more

ACOs, CHIP, CMS, Enforcement Guidance, Healthcare

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Court Finds Naming Names in Public Filings and Imprudent Emails Support Action For Retaliation

In Celia Greengrass v. International Monetary Systems, Ltd., 2015 WL 137891, (7th Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the Seventh Circuit relied in part on the fact that an employer identified a former employee by name in its discussion of…more

EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Public Disclosure, Publicly-Traded Companies, Regulation S-K

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Court Allows Adverse Inference Instruction for Failure to Preserve Text Messages

On July 22, 2015, the District Court of the Southern District of California granted in part a motion from Defendants to give an adverse inference instruction to a jury regarding text messages from employees that were not…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Corporate Counsel, Evidence, Litigation Hold, Text Messages

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Update on the SEC's MCDC Initiative

Many issuers and other obligors of tax-exempt bonds (Issuers) have asked about the status of the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation initiative (MCDC). Much attention has been directed to the February 2, 2016…more

MCDC, SEC, Self-Reporting, Tax-Exempt Bonds, Underwriting

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DOL Issues Proposed Changes to Overtime Exemption Rules

On Tuesday, June 30, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the long anticipated proposed rule updating its regulations implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act’s Executive, Administrative and Professional exemptions (Proposed…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Over-Time, Wage and Hour

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California’s New Fair Pay Act Seeks to Close Loopholes and End Gender Pay Gap

California’s amended Fair Pay Act went into effect January 1, 2016 and seeks to eliminate loopholes in the existing equal pay law that prohibits paying women less than men, and vice versa, for performing substantially similar…more

Employer Liability Issues, Equal Pay, Fair Pay Act, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Labor Code

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Foreign Qualification: Doing Business in Other States

You’ve formed your company in your home state and now want to do business in a different state. Or maybe, you’ve incorporated in Delaware (because you’ve heard that’s where all the corporate magic happens), even though you live…more

Business Licenses, Certificate of Authority, Ficticious Business Name, Foreign Corporations, Incorporation

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"Likes" on Facebook are Protected Employee Conduct

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently upheld a National Labor Relations Board (Board) decision holding that a sports bar violated the National Labor Relations Act (Act) when it discharged employees…more

Facebook, Hiring & Firing, NLRA, Popular, Protected Concerted Activity

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New Florida Condominium Law Adds Hurdles to Condominium Terminations

On June 16, 2015, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law H.B. 643, which made significant changes to Section 718.117 of the Florida Condominium Act. While these changes were made to protect unit owners, they make the…more

Condominium Act, Condominiums, Termination

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Wolf Budget Proposes Extraction Tax

On March 10, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf-(D) provided the text of his proposed changes to the Tax Reform Code of 1971 that would levy a tax on the extraction of natural gas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania…more

Licenses, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, Proposed Amendments, Severance Tax

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The New Insider Trading Landscape: United States v. Newman and Its Impact on Pending Insider Trading Prosecutions

On December 10, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the convictions of two hedge fund portfolio managers for trading on material non-public or “inside,” information that came to the managers…more

Appeals, Criminal Prosecution, Hedge Funds, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading

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The New Insider Trading Landscape: United States v. Newman and Its Impact on Pending Insider Trading Prosecutions

On December 10, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the convictions of two hedge fund portfolio managers for trading on material non-public or “inside,” information that came to the managers…more

Appeals, Criminal Prosecution, Hedge Funds, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading

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New York Strengthens Equal Pay Protections

In October of 2015, the New York Legislature passed the Achieve Pay Equity Act (the Act) as part of the Women's Equality Agenda. 2015 N.Y. Lab. Law § 194 (McKinney), which can be found at…more

Equal Pay Act, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Liquidated Damages, Pay Gap, Wage and Hour

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U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Decide Whether Wrongful Death Suits are Subject to Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court was recently asked to determine whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a state law rule that prohibits enforcement of pre-dispute arbitration agreements in certain wrongful death…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Conflicts of Laws, Federal Arbitration Act, SCOTUS

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Time to Get Ready for the H-1B Season

The most common H work visa is the H-1B which is for “specialty occupations.” A specialty occupation is one that requires at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a specific field of study as a minimum for entry into a…more

H-1B, Labor Condition Applications, USCIS, Work Visas

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds Lease Exception of Local Tax Enabling Act Does Not Prevent Business Privilege Tax from Applying to Real Estate Leasing Businesses

On December 21, 2015, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that the exception in 53 P.S. §6924.301.1(f)(1) of the Local Tax Enabling Act (LTEA), which prohibits the taxation of leases and lease transactions, does not preclude…more

Business Privilege Tax, Commercial Leases, Leases, Municipalities, PA Supreme Court

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Did You Know? ¿Sabía Usted? Employers Are Required to Post Some Labor Law Posters in Different Languages

Florida law requires employers to post certain state labor law posters in languages other than English. Employers must prominently display a poster notifying employees of the state minimum wage in both English and Spanish…more

Minimum Wage, Native Language, Posting Requirements, Unemployment Benefits

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Effective February 2015: New Higher Thresholds Under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976

Certain threshold limits under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act) will be increased. The changes will become effective on February 20, 2015. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is…more

Filing Fees, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Jurisdiction, The Clayton Act

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TILA-RESPA Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rule

For more than 30 years, lenders have been required under federal law to provide consumers with two different disclosure forms when applying for a mortgage and two more different disclosure forms at the time of closing…more

CFPB, Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Mortgage Lenders, Required Forms

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Third Circuit Finds Settlement Agreement to be Plan Modification

In SCH Corp. et al. v. CFI Class Action Claimants (In re SCH Corp.), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that a settlement agreement that constituted a plan modification request must be examined under 11 U.S.C. §1127 as…more

Bankruptcy Plans, Class Action, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debt Collectors, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure

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Eleventh Circuit Approves Non-Consensual, Non-Debtor Releases in Chapter 11 Plan

In March 2015, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals made clear that bankruptcy courts in that circuit can, under certain circumstances, confirm a Chapter 11 plan that includes non-consensual, non-debtor releases – the position…more

Affiliates, Bankruptcy Plans, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors

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Banks Beware: DIP Loans May Prime Setoff Rights

This question was posed to counsel seeking to have a debtor in possession (DIP) loan prime a setoff right, a situation which – if not monitored and timely objected to – may result in a bank (or other entity with a setoff right)…more

Bankruptcy Code, Banks, Debtors, Debtors-in-Possession, Liens

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USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions of Stay

On May 19, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, starting May 26, 2015, it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. During this…more

H-1B, Human Resources Professionals, Immigration Procedures, Popular, USCIS

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New York City’s New Discrimination Law Banning Credit Checks on Employees to Go into Effect Soon

New York City’s credit discrimination law (New Credit Law) becomes effective September 3, 2015. The New Credit Law, which modifies New York City’s Human Rights Law, prohibits employers with four or more employees in New York…more

Background Checks, Credit Checks, Credit Discrimination, Credit History, Hiring & Firing

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New Jersey Adopts Onerous Test That Presumes Workers Are Employees (and Not Independent Contractors) For State Wage Law Purposes

In Hargrove v. Sleepy’s, LLC, No. 2015 WL 214382 (January 14, 2015), the New Jersey Supreme Court answered a certified question from the Third Circuit by holding that the “ABC” test, derived from the New Jersey Unemployment…more

Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, FLSA, Independent Contractors

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DC Circuit Strikes Down EPA “Aggregation” Policy for Regions Outside the Sixth Circuit

On May 30, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit nullified an EPA Directive that attempted to reassert its “functional interrelationship” standard for aggregating air pollution sources. This EPA…more

Aggregation Rules, Air Pollution, Environmental Policies, EPA, Title V

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Supreme Court Expands the Potential for Challenges of ERISA Fiduciaries and Their Ongoing Duty to Monitor Investment Options

The Supreme Court recently affirmed that retirement plan fiduciaries have an ongoing duty under ERISA to monitor investment options and the fees charged by them. This means that ERISA plan fiduciaries can be held liable if they…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Breach of Duty, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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Florida Mortgage Lender Licensing Bulletin

Earlier this year, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation (the Regulator) concluded an investigation against a Miami-based mortgage lender with the lender agreeing to a fine for executing mortgage loans without a license as…more

Licensing Rules, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgages

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Connecting the Dots: The Seventh Circuit Stretches the Definition of “Referral” to Find Anti-Kickback Liability Where a Physician Did Not Steer Patients to a Particular Provider

The Seventh Circuit recently stretched the definition of “referral” under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) to affirm a lower court’s ruling that a physician can trigger AKS violations even if such physician does not steer…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Home Health Agencies, Medicare, Patient Referrals, Physicians

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#HealthyPA Takes the Next Step

The governor’s recent announcement that 9 commercial insurers successfully applied to participate in Healthy PA is another positive development as negotiations between Department of Public Welfare and the Centers for Medicare…more

CMS, Healthcare, Medicaid, Medicare

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You’ve Been Served Via Registered Agent – And You’re In Default

Did you know that your company may have been sued – and served – and no one in your company knows about it? Did you know that your company may even find itself in default and with a judgment against without anyone at the company…more

Default, Registered Representatives, Service of Process, US Department of State

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SEC Reproposes Rule 13q-1 Requiring Extraction Industries to Publicly Disclose Payments to Governments

On Friday, December 11th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to repropose Rule 13q-1 to require disclosure of certain payments made by resource extraction companies to the U.S. or other governments. The…more

Dodd-Frank, Public Disclosure, Resource Extraction, SEC

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Florida's Credit Card Surcharge Prohibition Found Unconstitutional

Landlords, real estate owners and retail owners have experienced cuts into their bottom line as a result of having to absorb the costs of consumers using credit cards. Such landlords and business owners typically have to pay a…more

Credit Card Surcharges, First Amendment, Landlords, Retailers

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Do You Want to Keep A Secret? – Reliance on Trade Secrets as a Defense to Infringement

Historically, one of the criticisms of the United States patent system has been that even though it was designed to reward early innovators by granting patents to the first party to develop an invention, that reward was limited…more

America Invents Act, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Infringement, Prior User, Trade Secrets

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Federal Circuit: IPR Proceedings are Constitutional

In MCM Portfolio v. HP (Fed. Cir. 2015), a three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit held that the Inter Partes Review (IPR) system implemented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under the America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA)…more

America Invents Act, IPR, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents, Post-Grant Review

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“Death by a Thousand Cuts” – Commercial Landlord Liable for Constructive Eviction Based on Cumulative Interference with Tenant’s Quiet Enjoyment

In its recent decision, Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. 69th Street Retail Mall, L.P., 2015 WL 5778622, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the liability of a commercial landlord on a claim of constructive eviction based on the…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Tenants, Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment, Eviction, Interference Proceeding

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…But Coal Bed Gas Is Not The Same As Natural Gas

In a PA Superior Court opinion handed down after the Sissons v. Stanley case (109 A.3d 265, described in the previous blog posting), the court ruled that a reservation of gas rights in a 1932 deed, reserving to the grantor, “the…more

Coal Industry, Deeds, Energy Sector, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas

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Ebola Outbreak Likely To Revive The Mandatory Influenza Vaccine Debate This Flu Season

With the recent Ebola virus outbreak, we are reminded of how quickly deadly viruses can spread. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared the virus’ outbreak to be a “public health emergency of international…more

Vaccinations, World Health Organization

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Pennsylvania Law Re: Execution Against Entireties Property – Not Entirely Obvious

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of many jurisdictions in the United States that recognizes a concept known as or similar to “tenancy by the entireties.” This refers to a form of property ownership unique to married…more

Guarantors, Judgment Creditors, Property Owners, Spouses, Tenancy by Entirety

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Listing Unaccrued Debts In Legal Pleadings Can Leave Creditor Attorneys Liable for FDCPA Damages

When drafting demand letters and complaints, creditors and their attorneys must be cautious when demanding fees from the debtor which the creditor has not yet incurred. The Third Circuit has announced that including a demand for…more

Attorney's Fees, Creditors, Debt Collectors, Demand Letter, FDCPA

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Three Ways the Clean Power Plan Won’t Be Overturned...And Why They Still Matter

Over the last seven years, the President and Congress have waged a number of battles over key pieces of legislation. In some cases, Congress has attempted to roll back or overturn policies and laws through votes in the House and…more

Clean Power Plan, Energy & Climate Debates, Energy Sector, EPA

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Forbear or Beware: Are Forbearance Agreements the Solution to California Creditors' Nightmares?

In commercial and real estate disputes, the creditor oftentimes agrees to settle his claim for a discounted amount payable in fixed installments over time, but, at the same time, the creditor requires the debtor to secure its…more

Commercial Loans, Creditors, Forbearance Agreements, Judgment Creditors, Promissory Notes

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Recent Eleventh Circuit Decision Subjects Debt Collectors to FDCPA Liability for Filing Proofs of Claim as to Time-Barred Debts

Debt collectors filing bankruptcy proofs of claims in the Eleventh Circuit should take caution, as they will now be subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692-1692p (FDCPA). In Crawford v. LVNV Funding,…more

Adverse Action, Appeals, Chapter 13, Consumer Bankruptcy, Debt Collection

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Pittsburgh City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave

On August, 3, 2015, Pittsburgh City Council, by a 7-1 vote, passed an Ordinance entitled the "Paid Sick Days Act" (the Ordinance), which requires that all employers provide paid sick leave for employees who work within the City…more

FLSA, Local Ordinance, Notice Requirements, Over-Time, Paid Sick Leave Act

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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Emphasizes Priority to Bring Enforcement Actions for Commercial Bribery under U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Black’s Law Dictionary defines commercial bribery as “[a] form of corrupt and unfair trade practice in which an employee accepts a gratuity to act against the best interest of his employer.” Commercial bribery is illegal under…more

Bribery, DOJ, Enforcement Actions, FCPA, Goodyear

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Revised Draft Rule G-42: MSRB Continues to Fine-Tune Rules Applicable to Municipal Advisors

On July 23, 2014, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) issued Regulatory Notice 2014-12 requesting comments on a revised draft of MSRB Rule G-42 on standards of conduct and duties of municipal advisors when engaging…more

Code of Conduct, Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure Requirements, General Solicitation, MSRB

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The Importance of Corporate Recordkeeping for New Ventures

So you’ve taken the plunge and started your own business venture. Now you have a shiny new corporation or limited liability company and are offering the products and services that only you can provide. Maybe you’ve hired some…more

Books & Records, Business Entities, Corporate Minutes, Corporate Records, Recordkeeping Requirements

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Proactive Trademark Selection Can Add Value To A Company’s Assets And Avoid Problems

Incorporation typically includes registration of a corporate name. Some entrepreneurs do not realize, however, that corporate name registration alone is unlikely to provide trademark protection. Even worse, although state…more

Domain Names, Entrepreneurs, Intent-to-Use, Startups, Trademark Infringement

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Time to Get Ready for the H-1B Season

The most common H work visa is the H-1B which is for “specialty occupations.” A specialty occupation is one that requires at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a specific field of study as a minimum for entry into a…more

H-1B, Labor Condition Applications, USCIS, Work Visas

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds Lease Exception of Local Tax Enabling Act Does Not Prevent Business Privilege Tax from Applying to Real Estate Leasing Businesses

On December 21, 2015, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that the exception in 53 P.S. §6924.301.1(f)(1) of the Local Tax Enabling Act (LTEA), which prohibits the taxation of leases and lease transactions, does not preclude…more

Business Privilege Tax, Commercial Leases, Leases, Municipalities, PA Supreme Court

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Update on the SEC's MCDC Initiative

Many issuers and other obligors of tax-exempt bonds (Issuers) have asked about the status of the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation initiative (MCDC). Much attention has been directed to the February 2, 2016…more

MCDC, SEC, Self-Reporting, Tax-Exempt Bonds, Underwriting

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European Court Invalidates Safe Harbor for Transatlantic Personal Data Transfer

An October 6, 2015 decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could significantly alter the framework by which U.S. companies transfer data across the Atlantic, as the ECJ found the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework (the Safe…more

Article 29 Working Group, Binding Corporate Rules, Data Protection Authority, EU, EU Data Protection Laws

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Pennsylvania Statute May Jeopardize Powers of Attorney and Confessions of Judgment in Loan Documents – Deja Vu All Over Again

Pennsylvania’s power of attorney law has recently undergone significant changes by virtue of legislation that went into effect January 1, 2015. Among other instruments and transactions affected, the new law will impact all loan…more

Fiduciary Duty, Loans, New Legislation, Power of Attorney, Security Agreements

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Five Things Marcellus Shale Producers and Midstream Companies Should Consider Following the Robinson Township Act 13 Decision

While Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is being reconsidered on remand and certain aspects of Act 13 remain unclear, oil and gas companies in the process of obtaining state permits may take some steps to try to…more

Fracking, Marcellus Shale, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, Shale Gas

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SEC Reproposes Rule 13q-1 Requiring Extraction Industries to Publicly Disclose Payments to Governments

On Friday, December 11th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to repropose Rule 13q-1 to require disclosure of certain payments made by resource extraction companies to the U.S. or other governments. The…more

Dodd-Frank, Public Disclosure, Resource Extraction, SEC

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Dispute Resolution Boards: Understanding Their Form, Function and Benefits

There is a growing trend in Construction leaning towards “preventative law” in the shape of what is referred to as Dispute Resolution Boards (“DRB”), resulting in saving time, project costs, and legal fees both during and after…more

Construction Contracts, Dispute Resolution Boards

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P3 Infrastructure Forum

My partner Bob Shuster and I recently attended the annual P3 Infrastructure Forum in NYC. Organized by InfraAmericas, it brings public and private players in the P3 space together for a couple of days to discuss the status of…more

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NJ Appeals Court Upends Nursing Home Negligence Suit

In a decision with far-reaching ramifications for long-term care litigation, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held that § 30:13-4.2 of the Nursing Home Responsibilities and Residents’ Rights Act (NHA) does…more

Appeals, Expert Testimony, Long Term Care Facilities, Long-Term Care, Negligence

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I Paid For It, So I Own It, Right? Well…

You’ve formed your company, and you’ve qualified to do business (if you haven’t, see last week’s blog). But more than that, you’ve engaged a third-party web designer (not your employee) to create a web site for you. Furthermore,…more

Consultants, Contract Terms, Popular, Proprietary Information, Startups

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds That Employers Must Provide Additional Consideration to Bind Current Employees to a Non-Compete Agreement

Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a May 2014 ruling by a Pennsylvania Superior Court that employers must provide new and valuable consideration to bind current employees to a non-compete agreement, notwithstanding…more

Consideration, Employment Contract, First Impression, Non-Compete Agreements, PA Supreme Court

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Delaware Court of Chancery Again Rejects Disclosure-Only Settlement

In continuance of its recent trend of skepticism towards “disclosure-only” settlements, the Court of Chancery in In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 10020-CB (Del. Ch. Jan. 22, 2016), rejected a proposed…more

Disclosure-Based Settlements, Shareholder Litigation, Supplemental Disclosures

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FAN ART: Tribute or Tribulation?

“Fan Art”—you’ve probably seen it and didn’t know it. Maybe you’ve even purchased it, not knowing it wasn’t legally created. So what is it, exactly? Fan art is art created by fans of characters that were originally created by…more

Copyright Infringement, Derivative Works, Fair Use, Trademarks

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Proposed Amendment to California's Property Tax Rules – Attempting to Close a Commercial Real Estate Loophole

Proposition 13 generally limits taxes on real property to one percent of the full cash value of that property. “Full cash value” is defined as the assessor's valuation of the property tax bill, which typically is based upon the…more

Cash Value, Commercial Real Estate Market, Property Tax, State Taxes

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Banks Beware: DIP Loans May Prime Setoff Rights

This question was posed to counsel seeking to have a debtor in possession (DIP) loan prime a setoff right, a situation which – if not monitored and timely objected to – may result in a bank (or other entity with a setoff right)…more

Bankruptcy Code, Banks, Debtors, Debtors-in-Possession, Liens

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5 Key Considerations When Negotiating a License Agreement

License agreements can be a great way for a start-up company to generate revenue from sources other than the founders/funders. Start-ups can license their technology separately, or as part of a collaboration with another…more

Contract Negotiations, Entrepreneurs, IP License, Royalties, Startups

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Is this the Beginning of a New Era in State Data Breach Notification Laws?

An Overview of the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (FIPA) - On June 20, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott approved FIPA. This comprehensive new data security law becomes effective July 1, 2014. The nature of…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, FIPA, Notice Requirements

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Unique Ebola-Related Legal Issues Facing Health Care Providers

As compared to non-health care employers, health care providers face several unique considerations when developing and implementing policies and procedures to prepare for an infectious disease outbreak. For good reason, the…more

Ebola, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, Hospitals

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Energy-Related Legislation Moves Forward

A flurry of energy-related legislation moved forward over the past week, including several measures aimed at overturning controversial rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While most will not become law – either…more

Clean Power Plan, Energy Sector, EPA, Pending Legislation, Waters of the United States

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Federal Circuit Issues First Opinion From Appeal of an IPR Final Written Decision

On February 4, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, Case No. 2014-1301 (Feb. 4, 2015), which addresses several novel issues concerning the new AIA procedure for Inter…more

America Invents Act, Appeals, Cuozzo Speed Technologies, Final Judgment, Inter Partes Review Proceedings

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Reminder: Florida Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 2015

Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $7.93 to $8.05 per hour effective January 1, 2015. Also effective January 1, minimum wage for tipped employees will increase from $4.91 to $5.03 per hour, plus tips (keeping the tip…more

Hospitality Industry, Minimum Wage, Restaurant Industry, Tips

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Passport May Be Revoked If Owing More Than $50,000 in Taxes

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) was signed into law. Among other items, the FAST Act gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury power to…more

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), IRS, Passports, Tax Debt

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The Juicy Truth – Supreme Court Rules that POM May Bring False Advertising Claim Based on Coke’s Misleading Juice Label

On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) does not presumptively bar Lanham Act claims that challenge food and beverage labels. This decision comes at a…more

Advertising, Coca Cola, False Advertising, FDA, FDCA

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Commercial Leasing Do’s and Don’ts

Commercial leases set out all of the rules and requirements that will govern a business relationship for a long period of time. Real property location and costs are significant elements of any successful business operation. In…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Tenants, Contract Drafting, Contract Terms, Land Use Restrictions

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Trademark Trial Appeal Board Sustains Fraud Claim

On September 30, 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a precedential opinion in favor of a Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney client, Nationstar Mortgage, LLC. The…more

Fraud, Precedential Opinion, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks, USPTO

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“Death by a Thousand Cuts” – Commercial Landlord Liable for Constructive Eviction Based on Cumulative Interference with Tenant’s Quiet Enjoyment

In its recent decision, Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. 69th Street Retail Mall, L.P., 2015 WL 5778622, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the liability of a commercial landlord on a claim of constructive eviction based on the…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Tenants, Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment, Eviction, Interference Proceeding

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Passport May Be Revoked If Owing More Than $50,000 in Taxes

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) was signed into law. Among other items, the FAST Act gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury power to…more

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), IRS, Passports, Tax Debt

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First Circuit Decision Serves as Good Reminder that the Passing of Title VII Limitations Period Does Not Mean Employers are Off the Hook for Race Discrimination and Retaliation Claims under Section 1981

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently reinstated race discrimination and retaliation claims that had dismissed by a state administrative agency and the United States District Court in Massachusetts,…more

Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Title VII

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Maryland Phases-In Increased Exemptions for Estate Tax

Currently, in addition to any federal estate tax, Maryland imposes an estate tax on property that passes upon the death of an individual on the amount of the decedent’s taxable estate in excess of $1 million. The maximum rate of…more

Beneficiaries, Estate Tax, Exemptions, New Legislation, Property Tax

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Sales & Use Tax to Increase, Base to be Expanded Under 2015-2016 Budget Proposal

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released his proposed 2015-2016 state General Fund budget on March 3, 2015. It sets forth a spending plan of $29.9 billion, increasing state expenditures by $836.5 million or 2.8 percent (after…more

Sales & Use Tax, State Budgets, Tax Exemptions

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The EEOC’s Minimal Conciliation Obligations

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that before bringing a discrimination lawsuit, the EEOC must first attempt to conciliate the matter with the employer; however, to comply with that obligation, the EEOC need only inform the…more

Conciliation, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Judicial Review, Mach Mining v EEOC

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Supreme Court Holds That Disparate-Impact Claims are Available Under the FHA

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits lenders, brokers, landlords or any other person from discriminating against a person seeking to rent, purchase or secure financing on a home. The FHA specifically prohibits discrimination on…more

ADEA, Affordable Housing, Burden of Proof, Disparate Impact, Evidence

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Bankruptcy Law "Trumps" The National Labor Relations Act in Casino Reorganization Case

In a case of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled that federal bankruptcy courts may extinguish a Chapter 11 employer’s obligations under an expired collective bargaining…more

Chapter 11, Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), Commercial Bankruptcy, Corporate Counsel, Donald Trump

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Presidential Executive Order Seeks to Ban Federal Contractors with a History of Employment Law Violations

This week, the President signed an Executive Order designed to debar federal contractors (with contracts valued over $500,000) with a history of employment law violations from doing business with the federal government…more

Barack Obama, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors, Policy Violations

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Application Deadline for the CITF Grant and Loan Program – February 26, 2016

The deadline to submit applications for Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund (CITF) grants and loans is February 26, 2016. There is an estimated $6,600,000 available in grants and loans for approved applicants. The maximum…more

Economic Development, Grants, Infrastructure, Loans, Real Estate Development

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Forbear or Beware: Are Forbearance Agreements the Solution to California Creditors' Nightmares?

In commercial and real estate disputes, the creditor oftentimes agrees to settle his claim for a discounted amount payable in fixed installments over time, but, at the same time, the creditor requires the debtor to secure its…more

Commercial Loans, Creditors, Forbearance Agreements, Judgment Creditors, Promissory Notes

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Partners in Service: Benefits of a Lawyer-Client Pro Bono Team

As attorneys, we are fortunate to be in a profession that provides a unique and meaningful opportunity to serve our community. Pro bono service allows us to put our specialized skills and experience to work to better the lives…more

Business Development, Client Services, Pro Bono, Young Lawyers

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Risks of Over-Medicating Residents and Potential Liability Under the FCA

According to the Complaint, Country Villa Watsonville East Nursing Center (now Watsonville Nursing Center) and Country Villa Watsonville West Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (now Watsonville Post-Acute Center) “persistently…more

CMS, Enforcement Actions, False Claims Act (FCA), Nursing Homes, Prescription Drugs

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Ebola– What Employers Can or Should Do As the Threat Grows

Recent news of three confirmed cases of the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola) in the United States (Dallas, Texas) -- with one fatal case -- has caused citizens to question what will happen if the disease comes to their hometowns…more

ADA, CDC, Ebola, Employer Liability Issues, Title VII

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NLRB Reformulates the Legal Standard For Finding a Joint Employer

In Browning-Ferris Industries of Cal., Inc. and Sanitary Truck Drivers & Helpers Local 350, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), the National Labor Relations Board (Board) rejected 30 years of precedent and held that when deciding whether…more

Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Franchises, Joint Employers, NLRB, Staffing Agencies

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Use of Additional Insured Status to Reduce Attorneys' Fees

Although insurance requirements are typically addressed in most construction contracts, they are often given minimum attention. On the other hand, attorneys’ fees are always a major concern. Notwithstanding, requiring…more

Additional Insured, Attorney's Fees, Commercial General Liability Policies, Contractors, Subcontractors

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Three Ways the Clean Power Plan Won’t Be Overturned...And Why They Still Matter

Over the last seven years, the President and Congress have waged a number of battles over key pieces of legislation. In some cases, Congress has attempted to roll back or overturn policies and laws through votes in the House and…more

Clean Power Plan, Energy & Climate Debates, Energy Sector, EPA

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Time to Get Ready for the H-1B Season

The most common H work visa is the H-1B which is for “specialty occupations.” A specialty occupation is one that requires at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a specific field of study as a minimum for entry into a…more

H-1B, Labor Condition Applications, USCIS, Work Visas

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Let’s Be Clear: Federal Contractors Must Properly Notify their Employees about Pay Transparency

The U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) final rule on regulations implementing President Obama’' Executive Order on pay transparency went into effect on January 11, 2016 (Final…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, DOL, EEO, Federal Contractors, Final Rules

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Legal Ramifications of the Bedbug Renaissance

Recently, several states and municipalities have increased landlords’ responsibility pertaining to prevention, disclosure and treatment of bedbugs in their housing units. As many unfortunately know, controlling a bedbug…more

Bedbugs, Health and Safety, Implied Warranty of Habitability, Landlords, Municipalities

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Trademark Trial Appeal Board Sustains Fraud Claim

On September 30, 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a precedential opinion in favor of a Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney client, Nationstar Mortgage, LLC. The…more

Fraud, Precedential Opinion, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks, USPTO

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Legislature Again Approves Two Year Permit Extensions for Projects

The Florida Legislature has again approved a two-year permit extension for local government-issued development orders, building permits, level of service certificates, and permits issued by the Florida Department of…more

Construction Permits, Real Estate Development, Time Extensions

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Section 162(m) Compliance Reminder

2016 Shareholder Approval Reminder - If a publicly-traded corporation’s equity incentive plan or annual bonus plan was last approved by shareholders in 2011, the plan must be submitted to shareholders for re-approval in 2016 in…more

Incentive Compensation, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Publicly-Traded Companies, Section 162(m), Shareholder Approval

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Hiring Your Team: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls In Identifying And Interviewing Potential Team Members

Effective hiring processes and procedures will help you to avoid many costly headaches later on. Here are some tips on avoiding legal pitfalls in the hiring process. …more

EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Interviews, Screening Procedures

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European Court Invalidates Safe Harbor for Transatlantic Personal Data Transfer

An October 6, 2015 decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could significantly alter the framework by which U.S. companies transfer data across the Atlantic, as the ECJ found the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework (the Safe…more

Article 29 Working Group, Binding Corporate Rules, Data Protection Authority, EU, EU Data Protection Laws

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“Death by a Thousand Cuts” – Commercial Landlord Liable for Constructive Eviction Based on Cumulative Interference with Tenant’s Quiet Enjoyment

In its recent decision, Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. 69th Street Retail Mall, L.P., 2015 WL 5778622, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the liability of a commercial landlord on a claim of constructive eviction based on the…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Tenants, Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment, Eviction, Interference Proceeding

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Maryland Phases-In Increased Exemptions for Estate Tax

Currently, in addition to any federal estate tax, Maryland imposes an estate tax on property that passes upon the death of an individual on the amount of the decedent’s taxable estate in excess of $1 million. The maximum rate of…more

Beneficiaries, Estate Tax, Exemptions, New Legislation, Property Tax

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SEC Reproposes Rule 13q-1 Requiring Extraction Industries to Publicly Disclose Payments to Governments

On Friday, December 11th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to repropose Rule 13q-1 to require disclosure of certain payments made by resource extraction companies to the U.S. or other governments. The…more

Dodd-Frank, Public Disclosure, Resource Extraction, SEC

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SEC Reproposes Rule 13q-1 Requiring Extraction Industries to Publicly Disclose Payments to Governments

On Friday, December 11th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to repropose Rule 13q-1 to require disclosure of certain payments made by resource extraction companies to the U.S. or other governments. The…more

Dodd-Frank, Public Disclosure, Resource Extraction, SEC

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Win for Employer in New Jersey Whistleblower Case

In a 5-1 ruling, the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the Appellate Division’s ruling that a nurse who claimed that he was fired for blowing the whistle on alleged improper patient care could not rely on a nurse’s professional…more

Employer Liability Issues, Whistleblower Protection Policies, Whistleblowers

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PUC Steps In To Protect Supplier From Defending Phantom Allegations and Complaints Outside Its Jurisdiction

Granting a Motion for Summary Judgment and dismissing Complaints filed against a competitive electric generation supplier (EGS), Blue Pilot Energy (Blue Pilot), the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued an Order…more

ALJ, Electric Generation Suppliers, Electricity, Jurisdiction, Public Utilities Commission

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Third Circuit Holds Funds Escrowed By Secured Lender After Section 363 Sale Were Not Property of the Estate

In In re ICL Holding Co., Inc., et al., the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that funds escrowed by the secured lender for the payment of professional fees and other administrative expenses in connection with a Section 363…more

Absolute Priority Rule, Asset Purchaser, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Section 363

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Federal Circuit Issues First Opinion From Appeal of an IPR Final Written Decision

On February 4, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, Case No. 2014-1301 (Feb. 4, 2015), which addresses several novel issues concerning the new AIA procedure for Inter…more

America Invents Act, Appeals, Cuozzo Speed Technologies, Final Judgment, Inter Partes Review Proceedings

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Eleventh Circuit Approves Non-Consensual, Non-Debtor Releases in Chapter 11 Plan

In March 2015, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals made clear that bankruptcy courts in that circuit can, under certain circumstances, confirm a Chapter 11 plan that includes non-consensual, non-debtor releases – the position…more

Affiliates, Bankruptcy Plans, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors

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Coming Soon to a Jurisdiction Near You: Amendments to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act

Fraudulent transfer law governs a debtor's rights to transfer property vis-à-vis its creditors and provides a mechanism under which a transaction may be unwound if the debtor transfers its property or incurs obligations: (i)…more

Choice-of-Law, Fraudulent Transfers, Insolvency, UFTA, Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA)

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BP Oil Spill Update

On April 18, 2012, BP Exploration and Production Inc. and BP America Production Company (collectively “BP”) entered into an economic and property damages class action settlement with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the…more

BP, BP Claims Program, Class Action, Complex Litigation, Economic Damages

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IEEE Approves Updated Patent Policy for Standard Essential Patents After Favorable DOJ Business Review Letter

On February 8, 2015, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) approved an updated Patent Policy for the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Bylaws after receiving a favorable Business Review Letter from the…more

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SEC Reproposes Rule 13q-1 Requiring Extraction Industries to Publicly Disclose Payments to Governments

On Friday, December 11th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to repropose Rule 13q-1 to require disclosure of certain payments made by resource extraction companies to the U.S. or other governments. The…more

Dodd-Frank, Public Disclosure, Resource Extraction, SEC

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Federal Circuit Approves Tactical Delay in Bringing Interference Action

On November 20, 2015, in In re Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation and Bayer CropScience NV (2014-1710), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board…more

America Invents Act, Interference Proceeding, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, USPTO

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SEC Reproposes Rule 13q-1 Requiring Extraction Industries to Publicly Disclose Payments to Governments

On Friday, December 11th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to repropose Rule 13q-1 to require disclosure of certain payments made by resource extraction companies to the U.S. or other governments. The…more

Dodd-Frank, Public Disclosure, Resource Extraction, SEC

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Sales & Use Tax to Increase, Base to be Expanded Under 2015-2016 Budget Proposal

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released his proposed 2015-2016 state General Fund budget on March 3, 2015. It sets forth a spending plan of $29.9 billion, increasing state expenditures by $836.5 million or 2.8 percent (after…more

Sales & Use Tax, State Budgets, Tax Exemptions

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Third Circuit Holds Funds Escrowed By Secured Lender After Section 363 Sale Were Not Property of the Estate

In In re ICL Holding Co., Inc., et al., the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that funds escrowed by the secured lender for the payment of professional fees and other administrative expenses in connection with a Section 363…more

Absolute Priority Rule, Asset Purchaser, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Section 363

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Covenants Not to Sue in Connection with Nuisance and Other Property Claims Can Be Enforceable against Future Owners

At times, where a developer seeks to obtain an easement from a landowner for the construction of infrastructure or improvements on or adjacent to the landowner’s property, the landowner may request additional consideration to…more

Covenant Not to Sue, Easements, Infrastructure, Nuisance

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Pennsylvania Court Decision Bolsters Uniformity Challenges in Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals

Judge Wettick's recent decision in the case of S&D Shah Corporation v. Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals & Review, GD 15-13517 (Al. Cty. Comm. Pl. 2015), provides an additional arrow in the quiver of property…more

Fair Market Value, Property Tax, Tax Assessment

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Pennsylvania Court Ends Ban on Ex-Offenders Working in Nursing Homes

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently declared that a portion of the Pennsylvania Older Adults Protective Services Act, 35 P.S. §§ 10225.101, et seq. (Act), which prohibited individuals with certain criminal convictions…more

Amended Regulation, Criminal Records, Elder Abuse, Hiring & Firing, Nursing Homes

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Watch Your LOIs and MOUs and “Agreements to Agree”

If you are working with a third party on a term sheet, letter of intent or memorandum of understanding (an “LOI”) on what you view as a non-binding basis, make sure to say so explicitly in the LOI. Businesses use LOIs with…more

Contract Negotiations, Letters of Intent, Memorandum of Understanding, Merger Agreements, Term Sheets

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Federal Circuit Issues First Opinion From Appeal of an IPR Final Written Decision

On February 4, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, Case No. 2014-1301 (Feb. 4, 2015), which addresses several novel issues concerning the new AIA procedure for Inter…more

America Invents Act, Appeals, Cuozzo Speed Technologies, Final Judgment, Inter Partes Review Proceedings

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Listing Unaccrued Debts In Legal Pleadings Can Leave Creditor Attorneys Liable for FDCPA Damages

When drafting demand letters and complaints, creditors and their attorneys must be cautious when demanding fees from the debtor which the creditor has not yet incurred. The Third Circuit has announced that including a demand for…more

Attorney's Fees, Creditors, Debt Collectors, Demand Letter, FDCPA

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Proposed Amendment to California's Property Tax Rules – Attempting to Close a Commercial Real Estate Loophole

Proposition 13 generally limits taxes on real property to one percent of the full cash value of that property. “Full cash value” is defined as the assessor's valuation of the property tax bill, which typically is based upon the…more

Cash Value, Commercial Real Estate Market, Property Tax, State Taxes

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Business Succession (a/k/a “Buy-Sell”) Agreements: Plan Ahead for the Unexpected

Unexpected events happen in business, just as in all other aspects of life. The death, disability, retirement or “divorce” of business owners can jeopardize a healthy business or send it into a financial tailspin. That’s why…more

Succession Planning

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Financial Regulators’ Policy Statement on Diversity

On June 9th, the Federal regulators who supervise U.S. financial institutions1 issued their Final Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of the entities they…more

Banking Sector, Diversity, Employer Mandates, Financial Institutions, Joint Policy Statements

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Commonwealth Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Natural Gas Production on State-Owned Lands and Use of Lease Funds in General Budget

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (PEDF) to declare unconstitutional and enjoin natural gas extraction from State park and forest land. PEDF…more

Mineral Extraction, Mineral Leases, Natural Gas, Public Land, Resource Extraction

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PIPELINE SERIES PART III – The Benefits of a Collaborative Approach

Undoubtedly, any efforts to introduce a new transmission pipeline review process will take time and effort, but a potential Federal-State Partnership Process will have benefits for almost all of the parties involved in what has…more

Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, Pipelines

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The New Insider Trading Landscape: United States v. Newman and Its Impact on Pending Insider Trading Prosecutions

On December 10, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the convictions of two hedge fund portfolio managers for trading on material non-public or “inside,” information that came to the managers…more

Appeals, Criminal Prosecution, Hedge Funds, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading

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NLRB Reformulates the Legal Standard For Finding a Joint Employer

In Browning-Ferris Industries of Cal., Inc. and Sanitary Truck Drivers & Helpers Local 350, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), the National Labor Relations Board (Board) rejected 30 years of precedent and held that when deciding whether…more

Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Franchises, Joint Employers, NLRB, Staffing Agencies

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Time to Get Ready for the H-1B Season

The most common H work visa is the H-1B which is for “specialty occupations.” A specialty occupation is one that requires at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a specific field of study as a minimum for entry into a…more

H-1B, Labor Condition Applications, USCIS, Work Visas

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One Small Step for Amarin & One Giant Leap for Pharmaceutical Companies? - Only Time Will Tell

Friday’s ruling in Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. United States Food & Drug Administration is a monumental event. It signals the dawn of a new era for prescription drug promotion…more

Amarin, Commercial Marketing, Commercial Speech, FDA, Free Speech

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Two-Midnight Rule Delayed

Facing severe opposition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the “two-midnight” rule through September 30, 2014. The two-midnight rule is a new regulation included in the 2014 Medicare inpatient…more

CMS, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, MACs, Medicaid

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Let’s Be Clear: Federal Contractors Must Properly Notify their Employees about Pay Transparency

The U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) final rule on regulations implementing President Obama’' Executive Order on pay transparency went into effect on January 11, 2016 (Final…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, DOL, EEO, Federal Contractors, Final Rules

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Coming Soon to a Jurisdiction Near You: Amendments to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act

Fraudulent transfer law governs a debtor's rights to transfer property vis-à-vis its creditors and provides a mechanism under which a transaction may be unwound if the debtor transfers its property or incurs obligations: (i)…more

Choice-of-Law, Fraudulent Transfers, Insolvency, UFTA, Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA)

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Federal Circuit Approves Tactical Delay in Bringing Interference Action

On November 20, 2015, in In re Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation and Bayer CropScience NV (2014-1710), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board…more

America Invents Act, Interference Proceeding, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, USPTO

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Department of Labor Amends the FMLA Definition of “Spouse”

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) adopted new regulations that define the term “spouse” for purposes of the FMLA based on the “place of celebration” rule. Under this rule, the term “spouse” includes all…more

DOL, FMLA, Same-Sex Marriage

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Year End Retirement Plan Compliance

An annual checkup of qualified retirement plan documents is a good preventative measure to ensure compliance with the myriad of rules and regulations governing such plans. As 2014 draws to a close, the next few weeks is the…more

Qualified Retirement Plans, Retirement, Year-End Planning

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Stendardo Revisited: The Importance of Specifying Obligations in a Mortgage that Continue in Force after a Foreclosure Judgment

In a recent 2015 case, EMC Mortgage, LLC v. Biddle, 114 A.3d 1057, the Pennsylvania Superior Court applied the holding, Stendardo v. First National Mortgage Association, 991 F.2d 1089 (3d Cir.1993), to a case where a mortgage…more

Contract Drafting, Default, Default Judgment, Foreclosure, Loan Documentation

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Attorneys Must Become Scientists to Defend Against Bad Science

It’s true that science and law are systems intended to discover truth, the two don’t always work well together. Too often, in fact, subpar science can corrupt the judicial system, where it’s a lot easier to posit shaky…more

Evidence, Expert Testimony, Mass Tort Litigation, Proctor & Gamble, Rite Aid

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Eleventh Circuit Accepts Broad Definition of the Term "Value" in the Context of Constructive Fraudulent Transfers

In PSN Liquidating Trust v. Intelsat Corp. (In re PSN USA Inc.), 615 F. Appx. 925 (11th Cir. 2015), the Eleventh Circuit held that in the context of constructive fraudulent transfers, the term "value" may take the form of an…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Foreign Subsidiaries, Fraudulent Transfers

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Electronic Discovery: Beware of Employees Using Personal Email Accounts for Company Business

On March 3, 2015, the front page of the New York Times detailed allegations about an employee who failed to ever obtain a work-issued email account, instead utilizing a personal account solely to conduct all business activity…more

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Florida's Credit Card Surcharge Prohibition Found Unconstitutional

Landlords, real estate owners and retail owners have experienced cuts into their bottom line as a result of having to absorb the costs of consumers using credit cards. Such landlords and business owners typically have to pay a…more

Credit Card Surcharges, First Amendment, Landlords, Retailers

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PIPELINE SERIES PART III – The Benefits of a Collaborative Approach

Undoubtedly, any efforts to introduce a new transmission pipeline review process will take time and effort, but a potential Federal-State Partnership Process will have benefits for almost all of the parties involved in what has…more

Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, Pipelines

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Legislature Again Approves Two Year Permit Extensions for Projects

The Florida Legislature has again approved a two-year permit extension for local government-issued development orders, building permits, level of service certificates, and permits issued by the Florida Department of…more

Construction Permits, Real Estate Development, Time Extensions

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Listing Unaccrued Debts In Legal Pleadings Can Leave Creditor Attorneys Liable for FDCPA Damages

When drafting demand letters and complaints, creditors and their attorneys must be cautious when demanding fees from the debtor which the creditor has not yet incurred. The Third Circuit has announced that including a demand for…more

Attorney's Fees, Creditors, Debt Collectors, Demand Letter, FDCPA

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NJ Appeals Court Upends Nursing Home Negligence Suit

In a decision with far-reaching ramifications for long-term care litigation, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held that § 30:13-4.2 of the Nursing Home Responsibilities and Residents’ Rights Act (NHA) does…more

Appeals, Expert Testimony, Long Term Care Facilities, Long-Term Care, Negligence

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NLRB Reformulates the Legal Standard For Finding a Joint Employer

In Browning-Ferris Industries of Cal., Inc. and Sanitary Truck Drivers & Helpers Local 350, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), the National Labor Relations Board (Board) rejected 30 years of precedent and held that when deciding whether…more

Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Franchises, Joint Employers, NLRB, Staffing Agencies

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The New Insider Trading Landscape: United States v. Newman and Its Impact on Pending Insider Trading Prosecutions

On December 10, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the convictions of two hedge fund portfolio managers for trading on material non-public or “inside,” information that came to the managers…more

Appeals, Criminal Prosecution, Hedge Funds, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading

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The New Insider Trading Landscape: United States v. Newman and Its Impact on Pending Insider Trading Prosecutions

On December 10, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the convictions of two hedge fund portfolio managers for trading on material non-public or “inside,” information that came to the managers…more

Appeals, Criminal Prosecution, Hedge Funds, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading

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Trademark Trial Appeal Board Sustains Fraud Claim

On September 30, 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a precedential opinion in favor of a Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney client, Nationstar Mortgage, LLC. The…more

Fraud, Precedential Opinion, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks, USPTO

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The Importance of a Business Plan

A business plan is a very important component of a start-up business. It can and should be used as a tool for understanding how your business is put together. It can be used to monitor progress and hold yourself accountable. It…more

Business Development, Business Plans, Entrepreneurs, Startups, Strategic Planning

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Electronic Discovery: Beware of Employees Using Personal Email Accounts for Company Business

On March 3, 2015, the front page of the New York Times detailed allegations about an employee who failed to ever obtain a work-issued email account, instead utilizing a personal account solely to conduct all business activity…more

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Recent W.D. Pa. Opinion Illustrates the Difficulties in Obtaining Spoliation Sanctions

A recent decision from the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania reiterated just how difficult it is for a party to obtain spoliation sanctions. In Flanders v. Dzugan, No 12-1481, 2015 WL 5022734…more

Bad Faith, Building Codes, Building Permits, Corporate Counsel, Discovery

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What Type of Patent Application Should You File First?

without the filing of any related applications, the provisional application will not be published or otherwise disclosed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. One significant disadvantage of a provisional…more

Entrepreneurs, Foreign Patent Applications, Patent Cooperation Treaty, Startups, Utility Patents

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Legal Ramifications of the Bedbug Renaissance

Recently, several states and municipalities have increased landlords’ responsibility pertaining to prevention, disclosure and treatment of bedbugs in their housing units. As many unfortunately know, controlling a bedbug…more

Bedbugs, Health and Safety, Implied Warranty of Habitability, Landlords, Municipalities

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Pennsylvania Significantly Updates Laws Governing M&A/Conversion

On October 22, 2014 House Bill 2234 became effective, establishing Pennsylvania’s “Entity Transactions Law”, a version of the Model Entity Transactions Act (META) which will streamline and make more uniform the way in which…more

Acquisitions, Corporate Conversions, Mergers, New Legislation

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Time to Get Ready for the H-1B Season

The most common H work visa is the H-1B which is for “specialty occupations.” A specialty occupation is one that requires at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a specific field of study as a minimum for entry into a…more

H-1B, Labor Condition Applications, USCIS, Work Visas

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The Ebb and Flow of Comcast v. Behrend

The United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Comcast v. Behrend, 133 U.S. 1426 (2013) has been the subject of much debate and analysis. The defense bar has heralded the opinion as further tightening the reins on class…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Comcast, Comcast v. Behrend, Dukes v Wal-Mart

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Federal Contractors’ Heightened Role In Combatting Human Trafficking

Companies contracting with the federal government now share a greater role in the fight against human trafficking. Effective March 2, 2015, President Obama’s Executive Order 13627 and Title XVII of the National Defense…more

Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Executive Orders, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Federal Contractors

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Terminating an Employee for Not Fully Disclosing His Criminal History in an Application for Employment Did Not Violate the Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Information Act

In McCorkle v. Schenker Logistics, Inc., 2014 WL 5020598 (M.D. Pa. October 8, 2014), the court held that terminating an employee for not fully disclosing his criminal history, as requested in an employment application, did not…more

Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, Disclosure, FCRA

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EEOC Modifies Pregnancy Bias Guidance to Reflect the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

On March 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Peggy Young, a UPS driver who claimed she was discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy when she was denied a workplace accommodation that was made…more

Corporate Counsel, EEOC, Guidance Update, PDA, Pleadings

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Florida Regulator Promises Revision of Investment Adviser Rules – New Industry Group Forms

Officials from the Florida Office of Financial Regulation (“OFR”) met with representatives of the securities industry last month to discuss reform of regulations applicable to state-covered investment advisers…more

Investment Adviser, Regulatory Reform, Securities, State and Local Government

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Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in MAO’s Double Damages Case

On April 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari brought by GlaxoSmithKline (“Glaxo”) seeking review of a Third Circuit decision in favor of Humana Medical Plan (“Humana”), as a Medicare…more

Avandia, Damages, GlaxoSmithKline, Humana, Medicare Advantage

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Passport May Be Revoked If Owing More Than $50,000 in Taxes

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) was signed into law. Among other items, the FAST Act gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury power to…more

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), IRS, Passports, Tax Debt

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Passport May Be Revoked If Owing More Than $50,000 in Taxes

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) was signed into law. Among other items, the FAST Act gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury power to…more

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), IRS, Passports, Tax Debt

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Bipartisan Budget Act Limiting Provider-Based Status with Site-Neutral Payment Reform

On November 2, 2015, the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act). The Act includes several health care provisions affecting various interests, including a provision that would exclude hospital…more

Federal Budget, Healthcare, Hospitals, Medicare, OPPS

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“New Jersey’s Patient Safety Act and Statutory Peer Review Privilege”

The discoverability of documents created by medical institutions during the peer review process has long been the subject of conflict between parties in litigation. Often times the disputed documents contain information that can…more

Discovery, Healthcare, Medical Records, Peer Review, Self-Critical Analysis Privilege

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Court Dismisses Landowners’ Objections to Mariner East 2 Eminent Domain Request

In an Order issued September 29, 2015, Cumberland County Judge Edward Guido dismissed all the preliminary objections filed by a group of landowners challenging the right of Sunoco Pipeline LP to condemn property for the Mariner…more

Condemnation, Dismissals, Energy Sector, FERC, Oil & Gas

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Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs

On December 18, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the “Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012,” S. 3486, which implements the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of…more

Hague Agreement, Patents, USPTO, WIPO

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Bipartisan Budget Act Limiting Provider-Based Status with Site-Neutral Payment Reform

On November 2, 2015, the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act). The Act includes several health care provisions affecting various interests, including a provision that would exclude hospital…more

Federal Budget, Healthcare, Hospitals, Medicare, OPPS

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New Crowdfunding Regulations May Not Be As Helpful As They First Appear

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted its final rules governing the offer and sale of securities under new Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933, also known as equity crowdfunding…more

Crowdfunding, Disclosure Requirements, Investors, JOBS Act, Offerings

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Supreme Court Expands the Potential for Challenges of ERISA Fiduciaries and Their Ongoing Duty to Monitor Investment Options

The Supreme Court recently affirmed that retirement plan fiduciaries have an ongoing duty under ERISA to monitor investment options and the fees charged by them. This means that ERISA plan fiduciaries can be held liable if they…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Breach of Duty, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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Lack of Actual Knowledge of a Need for a Religious Accommodation is Not a Defense to a Religious Bias Suit

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a religious bias suit involving an unsuccessful Muslim job applicant who was rejected because her headscarf did not…more

Abercrombie & Fitch, Actual or Constructive Knowledge, Appearance Policy, Disparate Impact, Disparate Treatment

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Pipeline Series Part II – A New Approach: The Federal-State Partnership Process

Before any new review processes are established, all parties must work to fill gaps in existing facility siting processes. States that currently have no established process for the siting review and approval of intrastate…more

Electricity, FERC, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, Pipelines

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Application Deadline for the CITF Grant and Loan Program – February 26, 2016

The deadline to submit applications for Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund (CITF) grants and loans is February 26, 2016. There is an estimated $6,600,000 available in grants and loans for approved applicants. The maximum…more

Economic Development, Grants, Infrastructure, Loans, Real Estate Development

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Eleventh Circuit Accepts Broad Definition of the Term "Value" in the Context of Constructive Fraudulent Transfers

In PSN Liquidating Trust v. Intelsat Corp. (In re PSN USA Inc.), 615 F. Appx. 925 (11th Cir. 2015), the Eleventh Circuit held that in the context of constructive fraudulent transfers, the term "value" may take the form of an…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Foreign Subsidiaries, Fraudulent Transfers

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Legislature Again Approves Two Year Permit Extensions for Projects

The Florida Legislature has again approved a two-year permit extension for local government-issued development orders, building permits, level of service certificates, and permits issued by the Florida Department of…more

Construction Permits, Real Estate Development, Time Extensions

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SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule Still Unconstitutional, Says D.C. Circuit

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed that both Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing Conflict Minerals Rule issued by the SEC violate the First…more

Appeals, Chief Compliance Officers, Conflict Mineral Rules, Democratic Republic of Congo, Disclosure Requirements

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Recent Eleventh Circuit Decision Subjects Debt Collectors to FDCPA Liability for Filing Proofs of Claim as to Time-Barred Debts

Debt collectors filing bankruptcy proofs of claims in the Eleventh Circuit should take caution, as they will now be subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692-1692p (FDCPA). In Crawford v. LVNV Funding,…more

Adverse Action, Appeals, Chapter 13, Consumer Bankruptcy, Debt Collection

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Contact: Shareen Jordan

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