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A Very Scary Time of the Year: MTC Joint Audit Selection

With both Halloween and the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) Income Tax Audit selection nearing, taxpayers should prepare themselves for the possibility of being spooked in the near future. On Thursday, October 30, from 2-4 pm…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

The Narrow Scope of Supplemental Discovery in an Inter Partes Review

Square, Inc., v. REM Holdings 3, LLC - Addressing issues of limited discovery and the requirements of a motion for supplemental discovery, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied supplemental discovery, finding…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

New Information Rights for French Employees of SMEs that May Be Sold

A new French law relating to sales of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and business cooperation between employees and employers was passed on July 31, 2014, and published on August 1, 2014. As of November 1, 2014, owners…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Bankruptcy Courts Fail to Enlighten on Electricity as Goods or Services

Is electricity goods or services? That seemingly simple yet confounding question is illustrated by three recent bankruptcy cases (all of which consider whether an electricity provider is entitled to an administrative expense…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking

Know the Patent Specification Before Filing a Motion to Amend

Veeam Software Corp. v. Symantec Corp. - Addressing issues of claim construction and the requirements for a motion to amend, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) ruled that the…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Mushroom Growers Denied Capper-Volstead Antitrust Immunity

On October 14, 2014, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a motion for reconsideration brought by members and affiliates of the former Eastern Mushroom Marketing Cooperative (EMMC). In re Mushroom Direct Purchaser…more
| Agriculture, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

PTAB Denies Motion to Amend a Motion to Amend; Reason: Delay

Tandus Flooring, Inc. v. Interface, Inc. - In response to patent owner’s request to file a motion to amend a motion to amend made approximately one month before oral hearing, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Focus on Private Equity - October 2014

Proposed EU Merger Review of Non-Controlling Minority Shareholding Acquisitions: Challenges and Opportunities for Private Equity - At present, the EU Merger Regulation [Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004] (the Merger…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Ebola and Infectious Disease Risk Management for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

The onset of active Ebola infections in the U.S. places hospitals and health care facilities in somewhat “uncharted waters” regarding their respective legal risks related to clinical care and the clinicians providing that care…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health

IRS Permits Puerto Rico-Qualified Plans in U.S. Group Trusts, Extends Deadline for Certain Puerto Rico Spin-Offs

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Revenue Ruling 2014-24, which expressly permits retirement plans that are tax qualified only in Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico-only plans) to continue to pool assets with…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Movants Face a High Bar to Succeed on Motions to Amend

Intelligent Bio-Systems, Inc. v. Illumina Cambridge Ltd. - In response to a patent owner’s motion to amend its claims in an inter partes review (IPR) petition, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Trial…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Japanese Shipping Company Rolls Over, Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

On September 26, 2014 Japanese transportation company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) agreed to plead guilty to price fixing, bid rigging and allocating customers for international ocean shipping services for “roll-on,…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Transportation

Tennessee SaaS Ruling Highlights Telecommunications Concerns for SaaS Providers

The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently released Letter Ruling No. 14-05, in which it considered whether certain cloud collaboration services are subject to the state’s sales tax. At a high level, the provider’s services…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

PTAB Designates Two Recent Decisions as Informative

Garmin Int’l, Inc., et al. v. Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC; Idle Free Systems, Inc. v. Bergstrom, Inc. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) recently designated as “informative” two decisions earlier released from…more
| Civil Procedure, Electronic Discovery, Intellectual Property

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Cotton Traders’ § 1 Claims Under Copperweld

On September 30, 2014, the Southern District of New York reconsidered the Commodities Exchange Act (CEA) and Sherman Act claims brought against Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V. and its affiliates in In re Term Commodities Cotton…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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