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Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Rules Regarding Claw-Back of Executive Compensation

Some five years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“the Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to work through the rule-making process required by the Act…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Hey There Fellow Securities Defense Lawyers: Omnicare is GOOD for Us!

If correctly understood and applied, the Supreme Court’s decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Const. Industry Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (2015), will allow corporate officers to speak more freely, without fear…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

IKEA Wins in pimpmyikea.com and Thirty Other Domain Name Challenges

Ikea Systems BV of the Netherlands filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the transfer of multiple domain names registered by Michael Herman, an individual located in North Carolina. These domains…more
| Administrative Law, Business Torts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Should You File Trademark Applications on Your Own?

A recent article published by World Trademark Review talked about the pros and cons of individuals filing their own trademark applications without the benefit of experienced trademark counsel. First and foremost, individuals may…more
| Intellectual Property

ERISA 11th Circuit: Claimant Has “Duty to Investigate” When Asserting Equitable Tolling of a Contractual Limitations Provision

You already know that contractual limitations provisions in ERISA plans are generally enforceable and can bar untimely claims. But when does the court apply “equitable tolling” to extend the time by which a claimant may…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

Energy Efficient Buildings: It’s the Law (and a Good Idea Too)

Energy efficiency and sustainable building development and management are no longer viewed as a novel but impractical concept, or something only environmentalists long for. Improving existing buildings and constructing new…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial

ERISA (9th Cir.) A Day Late, But Not A Dollar Short — Counting The 180 Day Appeal Period Gets Easier For Claimants

You know that under ERISA regulations a claimant has at least 180 days to appeal a benefit denial. ERISA plans set out contractual timelines for appeals. But what happens when that 180 day period runs out on a weekend? Is…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

Corralling and Curtailing Merger Litigation: Lessons Learned from Past Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Reform

In the world of securities and corporate governance litigation, we are always in the middle of a reform discussion of some variety. For the past several years, there has been great focus on amendment of corporate bylaws to…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

ERISA (3rd Circuit): Even a Voluntary Settlement Can Mean “Some Success on the Merits” When Awarding Attorney Fees?

You know that a court has discretion to award attorney fees under ERISA if a party shows “some degree of success on the merits.” But how do you define “success”? A new third circuit case reminds one of that old Milton Berle…more
| Civil Remedies, Health, Insurance

US Patent and Trademark Office Implements Significant Changes to Design Patent Application Filings

Significant changes in design patent law became effective May 13. The biggest change is that the U.S. and Japan are now members of the Hague Union. The Hague Union is part of an international treaty that establishes a simple…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

New Washington State Data Breach Amendments Mandate Notice to Consumers Within 45 Days of Breach

On April 23, Gov. Jay Inslee signed amendments to Washington state’s data breach notification law. The amendments strengthen protections to consumers and mandate a new time frame and reporting requirements for alerting consumers…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Tinker, Tailor, Who’s the Spy? How to Safeguard Your Company From the Insider Hack

The headlines are full of data breach attacks — millions of credit card numbers stolen, healthcare information hacked — all of it feeding the thriving cyber-crime economy. More often than not, the bad actors lurk outside the…more
| Business Torts, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Back to the ‘Useful Arts’ — Supreme Court Reins in the Expansive Interpretation of Patent Eligibility

Section 8 of the United States Constitution authorizes Congress to “promote the progress of science and the useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

ERISA: Public School Teacher’s Employee Benefits Governed by ERISA? Yes!

When you see a claim for disability or life insurance benefits by a public school teacher, you might assume the claim is not governed by ERISA because of the governmental plan exception…more
| Civil Procedure, Education, Labor & Employment Law, Insurance

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Delano Farms Plant Patent Case

Mysterious to even many patent practitioners, plant patent issues create their own peculiar body of controlling case law. A recent Federal Circuit decision, Delano Farms v. The California Table Grape Commission, illustrates…more
| Agriculture, Intellectual Property
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