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New Pilot Program for Climate-Related Projects: Insurance for Energy Savings - The Mission of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance Is to Facilitate Investment into Climate-Related Projects in Developing Countries

"Insurance for Energy Savings" is one of four ideas selected on Oct. 20, 2014, for refinement, stress-testing and preparation of a pilot program by the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. The Lab was launched in June 2014…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Insurance, International Law & Trade

How Have Courts Interpreted the Recent Guidance of the Supreme Court on When to Afford Attorneys’ Fees Under the Patent Act?

During the last term, the Supreme Court issued a number of opinions related to patents. One of these opinions was Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1749, 188 L. Ed. 2d 816 (2014), a case dealing with…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

U.S. Department of Education Publishes Final Campus Security Rules

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) published final regulations implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), including the Campus Sexual Violence Act (Campus SaVE). The regulations were released…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Education

Cambios en la normatividad laboral para empresas petroleras - Decreto 2089 de 2014

El 17 de octubre de 2014, el Ministerio del Trabajo expidió el Decreto 2089 mediante el cual se adoptan medidas especiales para garantizar la vinculación de mano de obra local a proyectos de explotación y producción de…more
| Energy & Utilities, Labor & Employment Law

DC Circuit Reverses Decision that Fogo de Chao Chef Lacks “Specialized Knowledge”

On October 21, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that it was reversible error for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ("USCIS"), an agency of the Department of Homeland…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Second Circuit Considers "No Oral Modification" Clause in Helicopter Contract - The Court Examined Exceptions to "No Oral Modification" Clauses Under New York Law

The Second Circuit recently issued a summary decision concerning the scope of a "no oral modification" clause in contracts governing the sale of helicopters. The underlying dispute involved three separate helicopter purchase…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Beyond Borders: The Reach of Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp. et al.

On November 13, 2014, the Seventh Circuit will hear oral arguments on a motion for rehearing in Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp. et al., to consider the reach of the Sherman Act outside of the United States borders…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

D.C. Department of Environment Proposes Higher Stormwater Management Fees - Proposed Increases Are Based on Outdated Data and May Be Too High

The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) recently announced proposed increases to its fees established under the new Stormwater Management, Soil Erosion, and Sediment Control Regulations (Stormwater Rules). The…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

OPIC Issues Its First Green Guaranties – An Innovative Financing Program - The Guaranties Are Intended to Bridge the Gap Between Private Capital and Investment in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has issued its first "Green Guaranties" to provide financing for a project considered to be in alignment with Green Bond Principles. The U.S. government's development…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, International Law & Trade

Florida Appellate Court: Open Meeting Law Applies to Collective Bargaining - The Florida Court Holds That a Mediation Settlement Agreement Is Void Because It Occurred During Federal Court Mediation

In a crucial victory for transparency, a Florida state appeals court ruled on Oct. 21, 2014, that the law will not "condone hiding behind federal mediation" when municipal governments try "to thwart the requirements of the…more
| Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

MARAD Issues Proposed Policy on Oil and Gas Exports from Offshore Facilities

On Oct. 16, 2014, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments on proposed policies regarding the review and processing of applications for the export of oil and natural gas…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade, Maritime Law

Boston Ordinances Proposed to Address Student-Athlete Safety and Scholarships - Ordinances May Lead Other Cities and States to Consider Similar Measures

The Boston City Council has entered the ongoing national debates and reform efforts concerning collegiate student-athlete issues, including safety and scholarships. Colleges and universities across the United States, athletic…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Health

“Look and Feel” of a Website can Constitute Protectable Trade Dress

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California, in Ingrid & Isabel, LLC v. Baby Be Mine, LLC, --- F. Supp. 3d ----, 2014 WL 4954656 (N.D. Cal. 2014), in reviewing the arguments before it, attempted to…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Dr. Seuss Explains "Zoning Reform"

It's not every day that an adult discussion about zoning reform begins with a reference to children's poetry, but so be it. Most [Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts] REBA members have at least a passing…more
| Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

Recent 11th Circuit Cases Provide Important HIPAA Guidance - Healthcare Providers Should Be Proactive by Reviewing Their HIPAA Compliance Programs

On Oct. 10, 2014, the 11th Circuit opinion in Murphy v. Dulay provides significant guidance regarding HIPAA authorization forms. One of the most important provisions of the opinion focuses on the fact that HIPAA authorizations…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Health, Professional Malpractice
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