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Third-Party Protections In Mass Tort Chapter 11 Cases

A defendant facing thousands of mass tort lawsuits in federal and state courts throughout the country often will seek to address the litigation by seeking Chapter 11 relief under the Bankruptcy Code. The Chapter 11 process…more

Automatic Stay, Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Liability Insurance

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FCC Proposes to Establish New Air-to-Ground Mobile Broadband Service for Airline Travelers

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued last week, the FCC proposed to establish a new, terrestrial-based, air-to-ground (“ATG”) mobile broadband service in the 14.0-14.5 GHz Ku-band, providing multi-gigabyte broadband…more

Airlines, Aviation Industry, Broadband, Competitive Bidding, FCC

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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed False Claims Act Cases: October 2014

Trends & Analysis - Between our last Qui Tam Update and the end of June, 65 health care–related qui tam cases were unsealed (28 in April, 18 in May, and 19 in June). Within those 65 cases..…more

False Claims Act, Healthcare, Medicare Part D, Pharmaceutical, Pharmacies

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Did the USPTO Really Improve the ‘After Final Consideration Pilot’?

On October 1, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (“AFCP 2.0”) – a program intended to provide new features that will enhance communication between the…more

AFCP, Patent Reform, Patents, USPTO

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On the Eleventh Day of Privacy, the Drones Brought to Me…..

..new insurance coverage endorsements - A few days ago, media outlets released a video of a kangaroo knocking a drone out of the sky. Apparently, this “privacy loving” kangaroo was less than pleased with the…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Commercial Use, Drones, FAA, Privacy Concerns

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Comments on Proposed Rules Amendments (Rules 26, 34, and 37)

Mintz Levin compliments the Committee and supports the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure because, on balance, the proposals seek to reduce the costs of discovery and litigation of document preservation…more

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Proposed Amendments

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ACA Countdown to Compliance - 52 Week Series For Employers

In this volume, we have collected the 52 weekly blog posts that comprise the series entitled, The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers. The series appeared in the Mintz Levin Employment Matters Blog during…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Cafeteria Plans, EEOC, Employer Group Health Plans

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The En Banc Federal Circuit Hears Argument in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, the en banc Federal Circuit heard oral argument in the matter of Suprema, Inc. v. ITC, reviewing its controversial panel decision holding that in ITC investigations induced infringement cannot be…more

Imports, Induced Infringement, Infringement, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Infringement

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Figuring Out Cheryl’s Birthday: Employment Law Edition

First it was the blue and gold dress. Now, the next viral internet sensation centers on the unlikeliest of events: Cheryl’s birthday. We thought we’d have some fun and pose it as an employment law question. See if you can…more

Filing Deadlines

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The Latest Keyword Advertising Battle: The 10th Circuit Finds No Infringement Based on Use of Another’s Trademark to Generate Sponsored Advertisements

Over the past few years, numerous trademark infringement suits have been filed over keyword advertising. Last month, the 10th Circuit weighed in on this subject, issuing a decision with broad implications. In 1-800 Contacts,…more

Google, Infringement, Keyword Advertising, Keyword Search, SEO

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CAFC Delivers Another Decision on Patentability of Myriad Patents

In Univ. of Utah Res. Foundation et al. v. Ambry Genetics Corp., No. 2014-1361 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 17, 2014), the Federal Circuit once again has weighed in on the patent eligibility of Myriad Genetics, Inc.’s patents related to…more

Ambry, AMP v Myriad, Genetic Materials, Myriad v Ambry, Patent Infringement

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Baker Proposes State Budget Focused on Savings

Wednesday, the Baker-Polito administration revealed the details of their $38.1 billion FY2016 budget. Seeking to overcome a structural deficit, which at $1.8 billion, represents nearly five percent of the total budget, the…more

State Budgets

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Prepare for the Japanese Patent Opposition System Coming Soon

The Japanese Patent Act was revised on May 14, 2014 to provide for post-grant oppositions within one year of the rule change, i.e., by May 14, 2015 (the exact effective date has not yet been set). Under the new opposition…more

Intellectual Property Litigation, Japan, Patent Litigation, Patents, Post-Grant Review

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Supreme Court to Hear Argument on March 31 Whether to Overrule Brulotte v. Thys, Co.

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court held in Brulotte v. Thys Co., 379 U.S. 29 (1964) that a license agreement requiring royalty payments for use of a patented invention after expiration of the patent term is unlawful per se. On…more

Brulotte, IP License, Kimble v Marvel Enterprises, License Agreements, Marvel Comics

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California Update: New Laws Give Residential and Commercial Tenants Rights to Install EV Charging Stations and Streamline Residential Solar Permitting

Last month Governor Brown signed AB 2565, which gives residential and commercial tenants new rights to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and AB 2188, which directs cities and counties to streamline permitting for…more

Auto Manufacturers, Automotive Industry, Commercial Leases, Commercial Tenants, Electric Vehicles

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It’s Not Boilerplate Anymore: SEC Order Serves as Reminder to Carefully Consider Language Used in Employee Confidentiality Agreements and Policies

The Securities and Exchange Commission instituted cease and desist proceedings against KBR, Inc. for the purpose of entering an agreed Cease and Desist Order which is likely to affect the drafting of all confidentiality…more

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Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action Targeting Directors and Officers for Data Breaches

Earlier this week a federal district court in New Jersey dismissed with prejudice a shareholder derivative suit, Palkon v. Holmes, No. 14-CV-01234 (SRC) (D.N.J.), that tried to blame the directors and officers at hospitality…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Officers, Cybersecurity, Data Breach

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CAFC Delivers Another Decision on Patentability of Myriad Patents

In Univ. of Utah Res. Foundation et al. v. Ambry Genetics Corp., No. 2014-1361 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 17, 2014), the Federal Circuit once again has weighed in on the patent eligibility of Myriad Genetics, Inc.’s patents related to…more

Ambry, AMP v Myriad, Genetic Materials, Myriad v Ambry, Patent Infringement

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The Legal and Regulatory Landscape for Wellness Plans: The Affordable Care Act and Beyond

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ‘‘Act’’) generally encourages employers to adopt wellness plans and programs in conjunction with their group health plans. Wellness plan vendors tout these arrangements with…more

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FDA Notifies Congress of Framework for Long-Awaited Guidance on Laboratory Developed Tests and Issues Final Guidance on Companion Diagnostics

Laboratory Developed Tests - After many years of promising that it would be providing guidance on the regulation of laboratory developed tests (LDTs), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided notice to Congress on…more

Clinical Laboratories, Diagnostic Tests, FDA, Laboratory Developed Tests

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New Swap Business Conduct and Record-Keeping Regulations Kick in for Municipal Bond Issuers and Borrowers

Beginning May 1, 2013, many new business conduct regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) will begin to…more

Borrowers, CFTC, Dodd-Frank, End-Users, ISDA

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Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report: Key Trends Emerging from 2013

We saw some key trends emerging and we are proud to be part of the Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report, released last week. The report highlights trends on the rise and provides a comprehensive glance back at 2013. Some…more

Clean Energy, Energy, Solar Energy

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CMS Call Letter: Provisions Related to Dual Eligible and Low Income Subsidy Individuals

For the last of our series on the 2016 Draft Call Letter, we focus on the provisions impacting plans serving Medicare-Medicaid, or dual eligible, enrollees. As we have previously posted, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…more

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[Event] Massachusetts Employment Law Summit - May 13, Boston, MA

Employers and their HR departments are faced with a host of new issues and challenges. When you’re not navigating new state, federal, and local laws and making sure systems are in place to comply with them, you’re busy…more

Affordable Care Act, Bring Your Own Device, Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Employee Privacy Rights

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The New Rule 506: a Useful Crowdsourcing Tool

When the JOBS Act was passed in the spring of 2012, all the “buzz” was about the imminent advent of “Crowdfunding.” But as legal practitioners, business persons, and pundits looked closer at the details under the Crowdfunding…more

Advertising, Crowdsourcing, Dodd-Frank, General Solicitation, JOBS Act

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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Potential Shareholder Liability Arising From Subsidiary WARN Act Violations

When a company begins experiencing financial difficulty, shareholders often ask whether they may be liable under the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (“WARN”) Act for violations by the company. When the…more

Employer Liability Issues, Involuntary Reduction in Force, Joint Employers, Joint Liability, Liability

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Obama Administration Outlines Religious Accommodations for Contraception Coverage Mandate

Last week, federal regulators released a Proposed Rule outlining accommodations for religious employers that object to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate. The Proposed Rule expands the range of employers…more

Affordable Care Act, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Exemptions, Reasonable Accommodation, Religious Institutions

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Could the Anthem Hack Happen Again? New Report Analyzes Insurers’ Cyber Security Programs

The New York State Department of Financial Services (the “Department”) recently released a “Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector” (the “Report”). The Report was released on February 8, 2015, just four days after…more

Anthem Insurance, Corporate Counsel, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection

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Five Key Decisions for ACOs Looking to Participate in the 2015 MSSP

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the upcoming deadlines for the third round of new applications to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, CMS, Healthcare

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New Swap Business Conduct and Record-Keeping Regulations Kick in for Municipal Bond Issuers and Borrowers

Beginning May 1, 2013, many new business conduct regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) will begin to…more

Borrowers, CFTC, Dodd-Frank, End-Users, ISDA

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Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2015

In This Issue: - Leaders in the News - Innovator Profile - Event Highlights - Washington Update - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Leaders in the News: This month we’re…more

Barack Obama, Carbon Emissions, Emerging Growth Companies, Energy Sector, Executive Orders

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Making “Material Adverse Change” Mean What You Choose It to Mean — Neither More nor Less

A recent decision by the Court of Chancery of Delaware provides a reason to pause before agreeing to standard, boilerplate “material adverse change” clauses in purchase agreements. In Osram Sylvania, Inc. v. Townsend Ventures,…more

Attorney's Fees, Breach of Contract, MACs, Material Adverse Effects, Purchase Agreement

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Washington Outlook for 2015

In This Issue: - Introduction - Agriculture, Food Safety, and Nutrition - Appropriations, Budget, and Debt Ceiling - Defense and National Security - Education - Energy and Environment - Financial…more

Agriculture, Appropriations Bill, Defense Sector, Department of Transportation, Energy Policy

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Responding to Insider Data Theft

Our 2015 monthly Privacy Issues Wednesday webinar series continued this month with Jonathan Cain and Paul Pelletier’s Responding to Insider Data Theft & Disclosure presentation. Jonathan and Paul discussed how distinguishing…more

CFAA, Corporate Counsel, Data Theft, Popular

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Don’t Discount Computer-Related Inventions from Patentability

There is a general belief that it is not worth applying for patent protection for computer-implemented inventions and software in Europe because the legislation, at first glance, excludes computer programs and business methods…more

Computer-Related Inventions, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patentability Search, Patents

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FCC Clarifies Rule Governing Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations

On November 14, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted a Declaratory Ruling (“Ruling”) clarifying its policies and procedures for reviewing applications or proposed transactions in the broadcasting industry…more

Consent, FCC, Filing Requirements, Foreign Ownership, Telecommunications

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New Swap Business Conduct and Record-Keeping Regulations Kick in for Municipal Bond Issuers and Borrowers

Beginning May 1, 2013, many new business conduct regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) will begin to…more

Borrowers, CFTC, Dodd-Frank, End-Users, ISDA

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CMS Takes Initial Steps to Address Medicare & Medicaid Coverage for Biosimilars

On March 30, 2015, CMS released guidance addressing Medicare and Medicaid coverage for biosimilar drug products. The Medicare/Medicaid coverage guidance comes on the heels of the FDA’s landmark approval of a biosimilar version…more

Biosimilars, Cancer, CMS, Healthcare, Medicaid

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IEEE Clarifies RAND Commitment for Standard-Essential Patents

On February 8, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (“IEEE”) approved changes to the IEEE Patent Policy that provide additional specificity as to the nature of the obligation…more

DOJ, IEEE, Patents, RAND, Standards-Essential Patents

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Patentability of Software Post-Alice: How Do Courts Determine Whether an Idea is Abstract ?

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l on patentable subject matter, courts have tried to follow the prescribed framework. Under Alice, patent claims are invalid if directed to “abstract ideas” and…more

Bilski, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, New Guidance, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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IRS Releases Final Regulations Clarifying 162(m) Limitation on Compensation

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code precludes the deduction by public companies for compensation paid to certain covered employees in excess of $1,000,000 in any taxable year. This limitation on deduction does not apply…more

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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Effective September 12, 2014: New Fees for Some Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas

The Department of State (DOS) has revised certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visa fees. DOS has adjusted the visa fees in the following categories..…more

Department of State, Fees, Non-Immigrant Visas, Special Immigrant Visas, Visas

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FCC Proposes to Establish New Air-to-Ground Mobile Broadband Service for Airline Travelers

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued last week, the FCC proposed to establish a new, terrestrial-based, air-to-ground (“ATG”) mobile broadband service in the 14.0-14.5 GHz Ku-band, providing multi-gigabyte broadband…more

Airlines, Aviation Industry, Broadband, Competitive Bidding, FCC

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UK High Court confirms jurisdiction to grant cross-border declaration of non-infringement

In Actavis Group HF v. Eli Lilly & Co. the UK High Court has granted a declaration of non-infringement in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. A jurisdictional challenge in relation to the French, Italian and Spanish jurisdictions…more

Actavis Inc., Cross-Border, EU, Foreign Jurisdictions, Jurisdiction

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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Immigration Policy by Lottery?

The diversity visa green card lottery has been an important part of U.S. immigration law for the last 20 years. It allows 55,000 foreign nationals to immigrate each year and was implemented to fulfill the worthy goal of…more

DIversity Lottery, Green Cards, H-1B, Immigration Procedures, USCIS

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No More Playing Cute With Non-Solicitation Obligations: First Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects "Customer Called Me First" Argument

Non-solicitation agreements now may have more teeth in Massachusetts. This week, in Corporate Technologies, Inc. v. Harnett, the First Circuit Court of Appeals allowed to stand an earlier injunction prohibiting Brian Harnett, a…more

Compliance, Enforcement, Non-Solicitation Agreements

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

On March 20, 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS“) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC“) each released their much-anticipated proposed rules for Stage 3 of the…more

CMS, EHR, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, HITECH

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Tenth Circuit Stays April 1 Effective Date of CPSC’s Magnets Safety Rule

Over the past year, we have blogged about the CPSC’s rulemaking process to regulate high-powered magnet sets via a safety standard as well as the administrative complaints brought by the agency to force multiple companies (e.g.,…more

Appeals, CPSC, Magnet Set Rule, Zen Magnets

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Premium Processing Delayed for FY16 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting cap-subject H-1B petitions on April 1, 2015, for start dates of October 1, 2015 or later…more

H-1B, USCIS, Visa Caps, Visas

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2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: Sweet Sixteen Results and Recaps

The Sweet Sixteen has come and gone and it was glorious. Streamed live over our new Apple Watches, 16 employment law issues battled it out for the right to move onto the Elite Eight, which will be held next week at Sixth…more

Discrimination, FMLA, Non-Compete Agreements, Wage and Hour

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Tax Day Update: 2015 Inflation Adjustments and Prices for Energy Credits Released by IRS

Just in time for tax day – but 14 days behind the Congressional deadline – the IRS released the statutorily required calculations to determine the value of the Section 45 Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) credit amount in 2015, and…more

Clean Energy, Energy Sector, IRS, Production Tax Credit, Wind Power

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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Federal Court Rules That Issuers Face Strict Liability for Erroneous Statements About Legal Compliance in Registration Statements, Even if They Did Not Know the Statements Were False

A recent federal appeals court decision addressing pleading standards for shareholder suits under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, highlights the potential dangers of giving broad assurances of legal…more

Biotechnology, Compliance, Derivative Suit, False Statements, Healthcare

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Highlights of the USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee 2014 Annual Report

The Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) recently released its 2014 Annual Report evaluating a variety of programs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and recommending that the USPTO take certain actions with…more

Annual Reports, Patents, USPTO

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FCC’s Retroactive Solicited Fax Opt-Out Waiver Window Closing

Businesses that engage in fax advertising and solicitation should pay careful attention to the recent ruling by the Federal Communications Commission clarifying that even fax advertisements sent with the prior express invitation…more

Advertising, Faxes, FCC, Opt-Outs, Prior Express Consent

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FDA Denies Request to Make “Patent Dance” a Prerequisite for Biosimilar Approval

In a decision released on March 25, 2015, FDA denied a Citizen’s Petition that would have effectively made the information and patent exchange described in § 262 of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) a…more

Amgen, Biosimilars, BPCIA, FDA, Pharmaceutical Patents

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Washington Outlook for 2015

In This Issue: - Introduction - Agriculture, Food Safety, and Nutrition - Appropriations, Budget, and Debt Ceiling - Defense and National Security - Education - Energy and Environment - Financial…more

Agriculture, Appropriations Bill, Defense Sector, Department of Transportation, Energy Policy

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Tax Amnesty Program and New Leadership at the DOR

On March 16, Massachusetts officials announced a tax amnesty program, effective immediately, to recoup delinquent corporate taxes. The program is part of a larger effort by the Baker administration and the Department of Revenue…more

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The Supreme Judicial Court Declares that Inexpensive Market-Rate Housing May Not Be Counted in Determining a Town’s Compliance with Chapter 40B

On Tuesday, in Zoning Board of Appeals of Lunenburg v. Housing Appeals Committee, the Supreme Judicial Court soundly rejected a zoning board of appeals’ argument that inexpensive market-rate homes may be counted toward a town’s…more

Affordable Housing, Land Developers

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Divided Supreme Court Restricts Provider Challenges to State Medicaid Rates

A divided Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 margin on March 31st that providers may not sue in federal court over the adequacy of state Medicaid rates. The decision in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Ctr., Inc. has important…more

Armstrong v Exceptional Child Center, Health Care Providers, Medicaid, Physician Medicare Reimbursements, Reimbursements

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New Global Patent Prosecution Highways to Accelerate Examination of Patents

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) gives applicants the opportunity to accelerate the examination of their patent applications in multiple countries once they have received a favourable report in one country. This is useful…more

Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution, Patent Prosecution Highway, Patents

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FCC Clarifies Rule Governing Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations

On November 14, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted a Declaratory Ruling (“Ruling”) clarifying its policies and procedures for reviewing applications or proposed transactions in the broadcasting industry…more

Consent, FCC, Filing Requirements, Foreign Ownership, Telecommunications

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Court Denies Generic Drug Manufacturer’s Motion to Dismiss Hatch-Waxman Patent Infringement Action on Jurisdiction Grounds

On March 12, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana joined the District of Delaware and Eastern District of Texas as the first courts to consider a generic drug manufacturer’s motion to dismiss a…more

ANDA, DaimlerChrysler v Bauman, Drug Manufacturers, Forum, Generic Drugs

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IRS Ruling Permits Inclusion of “Friendly PCs” in Consolidated Federal Income Tax Returns

On December 19, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a private letter ruling (the “Ruling”) allowing corporations that manage physician practices through a so-called “friendly physician” arrangement to treat the…more

Corporate Practice of Medicine, Corporate Taxes, IRS, Management Companies, Physicians

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CDCA Court Swims Against the Tide of Software Patent Ineligibility in Caltech v Hughes

Patent applicants from the software and business method fields took notice after the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank International, et al. (“Alice,” 134 S. Ct. 2347…more

Bilski, CalTech, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Covered Business Method Patents, Guidance Update

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Top Issues for Employers in 2013: Social Media & Independent Contractors

Employment lawyers anticipate that employers’ social media policies and their use of independent contractors will be hot button issues in the New Year, much like they were in 2012... …more

Independent Contractors, Misclassification, NLRA, NLRB, Social Media

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Forward-Publishing Patents: A Way to Tell Competitors “Stay Out”?

On March 10, 2014, Sonos announced it would forward-publish its patent applications before they would traditionally be available to the public. This has given rise to quite a bit of discussion in patent legal circles. What are…more

Forward Publishing, Patent Applications, Patents

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UPDATE: FTC Plans Review of YouTube Kids App

As we predicted in our post late last month, Google’s YouTube Kids app has attracted more than just the “curious little minds” Google was hoping for. Yesterday, a group of privacy and children’s rights advocates (including the…more

Advertising, Data Collection, FTC, Google, Section 5 of FTC Act

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Registration Requirements Eased for Brokers and Financial Advisors in M&A Transactions

We are often asked whether a financial advisor or business broker may advise on mergers and acquisitions and similar business combinations of a privately held company in a stock transaction without having to register as a…more

Broker-Dealer, No-Action Letters, Registration, Securities Exchange Act

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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U.S. Supreme Court Decides Aereo Internet Broadcast Television Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court released its widely-anticipated decision in American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. et al. v. Aereo, Inc., wherein it reversed and remanded for further consideration a decision by the U.S. Court of…more

Aereo, Broadcasting, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Internet Streaming

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Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report: Key Trends Emerging from 2013

We saw some key trends emerging and we are proud to be part of the Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report, released last week. The report highlights trends on the rise and provides a comprehensive glance back at 2013. Some…more

Clean Energy, Energy, Solar Energy

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FLSA Collective Action: Supreme Court Holds Offer of Judgment Moots Claim

Does a “make whole” offer of judgment to the lead plaintiff in a wage and hour collective action put an end to the case? According to the US Supreme Court, the answer is “yes”- at least on the specific facts of the case before…more

Collective Actions, FLSA, Genesis HealthCare, Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, Mootness

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2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: Elite Eight Results and Recaps

We’re still at it over here. We can’t stop. We have tons of clever basketball-employment law-related puns left in our arsenal and we expect to deploy them. This is what our readers want and this is what we’ll give our readers…more

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Tips for Effectively Organizing PTAB Appeals Brief – Claim Grouping

Filing an appeal brief with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) can be an effective way to advance prosecution and secure allowable claims. Last November, we summarized Tips for Writing Effective PTAB Briefs to help propel…more

Administrative Appeals, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, USPTO

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Lyondell: Is the Safe Harbor Closed to Former Shareholders of LBOs?

In a recent decision by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Weisfelner, v. Fund 1, et al. (In re Lyondell Chem. Co.), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 159 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. January 14, 2014), the Court…more

Fraudulent Transfers, Leveraged Buyout, Safe Harbors, Shareholders, Transfers

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CMS Delays 60-Day Rule, But Overpayment Case Law Emerging

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a one-year delay in finalizing the long-awaited and closely watched rule addressing the 60-day deadline to return Medicare and Medicaid overpayments (the…more

Affordable Care Act, Civil Monetary Penalty, CMS, DHS, DOJ

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Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Decisions in Two Important Patent Cases: What Do This Week’s Limelight and Nautilus Decisions Mean for You?

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court delivered unanimous opinions in two separate cases addressing questions of patent law, Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies (on induced infringement) and Nautilus v. Biosig…more

Akamai Technologies, Claim Construction, En Banc Review, Induced Infringement, Limelight Networks

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The New Rule 506: a Useful Crowdsourcing Tool

When the JOBS Act was passed in the spring of 2012, all the “buzz” was about the imminent advent of “Crowdfunding.” But as legal practitioners, business persons, and pundits looked closer at the details under the Crowdfunding…more

Advertising, Crowdsourcing, Dodd-Frank, General Solicitation, JOBS Act

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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Beyond U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents: Are Other Classes of Individuals Legally Authorized to Work Protected from Employment Discrimination?

In a novel case, a New York federal court judge recently denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a Section 1981 alienage discrimination class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company…more

Class Action, DACA, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Authorization Document

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Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell: $1.5 Billion at Stake at the Federal Circuit

Currently on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is Carnegie Mellon University’s (“CMU”) $1.535 billion judgment for patent infringement against Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Marvell…more

Appeals, Carnegie Mellon, Colleges, Marvell Semiconductor, Non-Practicing Entities

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Rollover Contributions: What Plan Administrators Need to Know

Retirement plan administrators routinely receive requests from employees to accept rollover contributions of amounts held in a prior employer’s qualified plan or, in some cases, an IRA. When processing these requests, plan…more

Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, Form 5500, Guidance Update, IRA Rollovers

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Survival of Reps and Warranties: Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises for Buyers

Survival of representations and warranties (“reps and warranties”) is among the staples of highly negotiated provisions in M&A purchase agreements. The length of the survival period limits the time during which claims may be…more

Breach of Contract, Breach of Warranty, Representations and Warranties, Statute of Limitations, Survival Clauses

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European patents to take effect in Morocco

From 1 March 2015, a new agreement will come into force that allows European patents to be validated in Morocco. This is the first time that a non-member country of the European Patent Organisation will have recognised European…more

EU, European Patent Office, Morocco, Patents

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Supreme Court Rewrites the Rules for Individual Campaign Contributions: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

On April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered the McCutcheon decision, addressing the facial validity of Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (the “BCRA”). This case involved a challenge…more

FEC, McCutcheon v. FEC, Political Contributions, SCOTUS

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Making “Material Adverse Change” Mean What You Choose It to Mean — Neither More nor Less

A recent decision by the Court of Chancery of Delaware provides a reason to pause before agreeing to standard, boilerplate “material adverse change” clauses in purchase agreements. In Osram Sylvania, Inc. v. Townsend Ventures,…more

Attorney's Fees, Breach of Contract, MACs, Material Adverse Effects, Purchase Agreement

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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed Cases: March 2015

Trends & Analysis - ..We have identified 19 health care–related qui tam cases unsealed in November and December 2014. Of those cases, 17 were filed from 2012 to the present. The remaining two cases were filed in April 2008…more

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[Webinar] Compliance with EU Data Protection for US Companies - April 29, 1:00-2:00 EDT

This webinar, the fourth in our Privacy Series, will consider issues faced by US companies who do business in Europe or simply interact with European customers. We will look at how to determine whether EU data protection laws…more

Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, EU

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A Clean Slate? California Bill Is Latest Attempt to Legislate Labeling Requirements for Cleaning Products

Another potentially meaningful development in legislation affecting consumer products companies: on February 25, a California legislator introduced a bill, AB 708, that would require manufacturers, distributors and retailers to…more

Chemicals, Distributors, Labeling, Manufacturers, Product Labels

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Africa Update - March 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the News: Nigeria - On March 6th, Boko…more

Africa, Ebola, International Trade Agreements, Sudan, World Health Organization

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Africa Update - December 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from…more

Africa, Department of State, Ebola, Human Rights, National Security

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DHS Extends Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the agency is extending employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants…more

DHS, H-1B, H-4 Spouses, Non-Immigrant Visas, USCIS

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DOJ and HHS Annual Report Highlights $3.3 Billion in Settlements and Judgments in FY 2014

On March 19, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued their annual Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program report highlighting that the HCFAC Program obtained…more

Annual Reports, DOJ, Enforcement Statistics, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud

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Supreme Court Rewrites the Rules for Individual Campaign Contributions: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

On April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered the McCutcheon decision, addressing the facial validity of Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (the “BCRA”). This case involved a challenge…more

FEC, McCutcheon v. FEC, Political Contributions, SCOTUS

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Registration Requirements Eased for Brokers and Financial Advisors in M&A Transactions

We are often asked whether a financial advisor or business broker may advise on mergers and acquisitions and similar business combinations of a privately held company in a stock transaction without having to register as a…more

Broker-Dealer, No-Action Letters, Registration, Securities Exchange Act

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New FINRA Rule 5123 Regarding Private Placements of Securities Effective December 3, 2012

In an effort to enhance oversight and investor protection over private placement activity of firms on behalf of other issuers, new Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) Rule 5123 became effective on December 3,…more

Commodity Pool, Exemptions, FINRA, Private Investment Funds, Private Placements

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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FINRA Provides Guidance on the Applicability of the Suitability Rule to Broker-Dealers Marketing Private Placements in the EB-5 Context

In an interpretive letter to a broker-dealer dated August 26, 2013, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) interpreted the suitability requirements under Rule 2111 for recommendations to foreign nationals making…more

Broker-Dealer, EB-5, FINRA, Foreign Investment, Suitability Rule

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US Sanctions as Diplomacy Tools and Political Weapons: Complexities and Opportunities for the Business Community

Sanctions: Why So Hot Now? - In response to a number of foreign policy crises encountered over the past few years, the Obama Administration has sought a new and more aggressive approach to using sanctions to advance US…more

Cuba, Department of State, EU, Foreign Policy, Iran

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Preserving Net Operating Losses (NOL) Carryforward: What Are You Doing to Protect Your Company’s Valuable Tax Assets?

A company’s past NOLs can be used to offset taxable income in future years, subject to certain limitations. For companies that have operated at a significant loss and expect to turn a profit in the foreseeable future, the…more

Carry Forward, Corporate Taxes, Life Sciences, Net Operating Losses, Publicly-Traded Companies

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More “Broken Windows”: SEC Charges Schedule 13D Filers with Disclosure Violations for Failing to Update Ownership Reports

When a significant stockholder in a publicly-held company is considering plans to take the company private, how soon must the stockholder disclose those plans in a Schedule 13D filing?…more

Board of Directors, Broken Windows, Corporate Officers, Disclosure Requirements, Enforcement Actions

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Kimble and Post-Expiration Royalties: The Next Big Thing, or Much Ado About Nothing?

Today, as we previewed here, the US Supreme Court analyzed the question of whether patent holders should be allowed to contract for royalty payments that continue to accrue after the expiration of the subject patent. While some…more

Brulotte, License Agreements, Patent Royalties, Patents, Royalties

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A Clean Slate? California Bill Is Latest Attempt to Legislate Labeling Requirements for Cleaning Products

Another potentially meaningful development in legislation affecting consumer products companies: on February 25, a California legislator introduced a bill, AB 708, that would require manufacturers, distributors and retailers to…more

Chemicals, Distributors, Labeling, Manufacturers, Product Labels

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7 Key Roles of a Successful Startup CEO

In your experience, what’s the most important role that a startup CEO should fulfill? That’s the question we put recently to JD Supra contributors, many of whom have spent years working with successful entrepreneurs in various…more

Business Formation, CEOs, Legal Perspectives, Startups

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Key Takeaways from OIG’s 2015 Work Plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Fiscal Year 2015 Work Plan on October 31. The Work Plan provides the OIG’s planned reviews and activities with respect to HHS…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, HHS

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SEC Proposes Disclosure Rules on Hedging Policies

On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules requiring disclosure of companies’ policies with respect to hedging transactions, in order to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street…more

Dodd-Frank, Hedging, Proposed Regulation, Public Disclosure, Publicly-Traded Companies

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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed Cases: March 2015

Trends & Analysis - ..We have identified 19 health care–related qui tam cases unsealed in November and December 2014. Of those cases, 17 were filed from 2012 to the present. The remaining two cases were filed in April 2008…more

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IRS Releases Final Regulations Clarifying 162(m) Limitation on Compensation

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code precludes the deduction by public companies for compensation paid to certain covered employees in excess of $1,000,000 in any taxable year. This limitation on deduction does not apply…more

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FCC Eliminates Foreign Competition Test for Certain International Telecommunications Authorization Applications

In an order released on April 22, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission eliminated its longstanding requirement that certain applications for authorization to provide international telecommunications services or for…more

FCC, Telecommunications, WTO

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More EPO Rule Reversals: Additional Searches Available During European Regional Phase

The EPO has announced rule changes that will provide applicants with the option to have additional searches carried out during the European regional phase of Euro-PCT applications…more

EPO, EU, Patent Applications, Patents, USPTO

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Health Care Update - March 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Permanent Medicare Doc-Fix Entering Critical Week - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health…more

Affordable Care Act, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud, HHS

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Employment-Based Third Preference (EB-3) Cut-Off Dates Advance on the Visa Bulletin for All Countries Except India and the Philippines

The Visa Bulletin for July 2013 shows continual movement forward for immigrant visas in the employment-based third preference (EB-3) category for all countries except India and the Philippines…more

EB-3, India, Visa Bulletins, Visas

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On the Fourth Day of Privacy, My Insurance Carrier Gave to Me…..

gaps in my cyber liability coverage…………….. What can companies and insurers expect in the new year when it comes to cyber liability insurance coverage? While we wait for some court decisions interpreting these new…more

Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Insurers

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On the Seventh Day of Privacy, federal agencies gave to me…..

Questions of Authority – who will be the federal regulatory cop on the privacy beat? FTC? FCC? Privacy, Data Security Jurisdiction Questions to the Forefront in 2015 - As privacy and data security gain more visibility…more

Data Protection, Enforcement, FCC, FTC, Jurisdiction

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It’s Time to Register for the 2015 Diversity Lottery!

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2015), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a…more

Department of State, DIversity Lottery, Green Cards, Immigrants, Visas

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Goodyear’s Settlement with the SEC Emphasizes the Importance of FCPA Due Diligence in M&A Transactions and of Having a Robust Anti-Corruption Policy

On February 24, 2015, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle charges that two of its subsidiaries allegedly paid $3.2 million in bribes that generated $14,122,535 in illicit profits. The SEC…more

Bribery, Compliance, Corruption, Due Diligence, FCPA

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FDA Increasing Scrutiny of Cosmetic Marketing Claims, New Agency Warnings Suggest

In addition to truthful and non-misleading advertising requirements, which are enforced by the FTC and certainly familiar to readers of this blog, personal care and cosmetic products are also subject to the Federal Food, Drug,…more

Advertising, FDA, FDA Warning Letters, FDCA, Warning Letters

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Health Care Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - SGR Bill Facing Final Hurdles This Week - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Health Care Providers, Healthcare

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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California Appellate Court Takes on Proposition 65 Warning Triggers

Auburn Courthouse Prop 65Recent attempts to modify California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, Proposition 65, have been the work of the California Legislature. (See A Sane Tweak To Proposition 65 and…more

Appeals, Beech-Nut, Food Labeling, Food Manufacturers, Proposition 65

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How and Why Your Team Is Everything (And Other Essentials for Startup Success...)

The multi-faceted answer to our question: over the years working with entrepreneurs and inventors, what have you seen as an essential attribute to startup success?…more

Legal Perspectives, Startups

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Proxy Season Litigation Primer: Defending Shareholder Suits to Enjoin Annual Meetings for Allegedly Inadequate Disclosures Concerning Equity Compensation Plans

Over the past few years, as plaintiffs have found it increasingly harder to succeed in “say-on-pay” litigation, another type of litigation over proxy disclosures has been on the rise. These cases are generally brought as class…more

Board of Directors, Class Action, Equity Compensation, Executive Compensation, Fiduciary Duty

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Regulation of Health IT: A Risk-Based Approach

The FDA will hold a public workshop on May 13-15, 2014 to discuss the long-awaited report (the “Report”) issued on April 3, 2014 by the three federal agencies charged with regulating health information technology (“health IT”),…more

FCC, FDA, FDASIA, Healthcare, ONC

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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NLRB Shows Some Restraint in its Protection of Employee Social Media Communications: Employee Termination Arising From “Egregious” and “Insubordinate” Facebook Posts Was Legal Under the NLRA

In the wake of the NLRB’s aggressive crackdown on social media policies, many employers have asked: “Is there any limit to what employees can post on social media about their employers?” It appears that there is. Just last…more

Employer Liability Issues, Facebook, Hiring & Firing, NLRA, NLRB

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Tenth Circuit Stays April 1 Effective Date of CPSC’s Magnets Safety Rule

Over the past year, we have blogged about the CPSC’s rulemaking process to regulate high-powered magnet sets via a safety standard as well as the administrative complaints brought by the agency to force multiple companies (e.g.,…more

Appeals, CPSC, Magnet Set Rule, Zen Magnets

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New York’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act: A Guide to the Law’s Key Provisions

Significant portions of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act (the “Revitalization Act” or the “Act”) went into effect in 2014. The Act represents the first overhaul in more than 40 years of laws applicable to nonprofit…more

Board of Directors, Charitable Organizations, Corporate Governance, Executive Compensation, General Solicitation

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2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: Sweet Sixteen Results and Recaps

The Sweet Sixteen has come and gone and it was glorious. Streamed live over our new Apple Watches, 16 employment law issues battled it out for the right to move onto the Elite Eight, which will be held next week at Sixth…more

Discrimination, FMLA, Non-Compete Agreements, Wage and Hour

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Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal Where Co-Owner of Patent Refuses to Join Suit

The Federal Circuit recently denied en banc review of its prior decision dismissing a patent infringement suit where a co-owner of the patent-in-suit refused to join the case voluntarily and the court held that it could not…more

Co-Ownership, Dismissals, En Banc Review, Joinder, Patent Litigation

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Enlarged Board of Appeal referral – Challenging clarity of post-grant amendments

Lack of clarity is not a ground for opposition before the EPO, but can be raised against amendments filed during the opposition proceedings. In accordance with Article 101(3) EPC, any amendments made to a granted patent during…more

European Patent Convention, Patent Litigation, Patents, Post-Grant Review

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Bayer Given a Headache by Trial Court Decision in FLANAX US Trademark Dispute

On February 6, 2015, a US District Court issued a ruling which underscores the territorial nature of trademark rights and the need to seek formal protection for your marks where possible in all countries of interest. The US…more

Aleve, Bayer, Lanham Act, Mexico, Paris Convention

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Proposed Replacement of Sustainable Growth Rate Addresses Telehealth

On March 19th, Representative Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) unveiled a bipartisan plan to repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate (SGR) physician payment system…more

ACOs, Healthcare, Legislative Agendas, Next Generation ACO (NGACO), Physician SGR Formula

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Fiscal Cliff Legislation Extends Tax Incentive to Invest in Small Businesses

As a result of the recent “fiscal cliff” legislation, otherwise known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (2012 Tax Act), many individual investors are expecting future tax increases, either in the form of higher capital…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, C-Corporation, Capital Gains, Fiscal Cliff, Income Taxes

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Risk Management, Indemnification and D&O Coverage — Texas Wall Street Women Style

My colleagues Heidi Lawson, Dionne Lomax, and I just finished our tour of four Texas cities in as many days, meeting a lot of incredibly talented, smart, and fun Wall Street women (yes, and some men too) in San Antonio, Austin,…more

D&O Insurance, Indemnification, Liability Insurance, Risk Management

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Puerto Rico’s Recovery Act Ruled Preempted: What Now?

At the end of “The Candidate”, Robert Redford’s title character, having won, famously asks, “What do we do now?” A similar question can be asked now that the federal district court in Puerto Rico has struck down the…more

Bankruptcy Code, Preemption, Puerto Rico, Recovery Laws

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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed False Claims Act (FCA) Cases: May 2014

Trends & Analysis: ..We have identified 58 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed since our last Qui Tam Update. Of those, 33 cases were initiated after the start of 2012, with the remaining 25 cases…more

Clinical Laboratories, Diagnostic Imaging Services, FCA, Healthcare, Hospitals

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Health Care Reform Update -- April 2, 2013

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups…more

Abortion, Affordable Care Act, CMS, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Health Insurance Exchanges

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Patentability of Software Post-Alice: How Do Courts Determine Whether an Idea is Abstract ?

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l on patentable subject matter, courts have tried to follow the prescribed framework. Under Alice, patent claims are invalid if directed to “abstract ideas” and…more

Bilski, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, New Guidance, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Beware the Ides of March at the US Patent and Trademark Office

Last March, the USPTO experienced an enormous spike in the typical number of application filings per week, as numerous US provisional and non-provisional patent applications were filed in advance of the March 16, 2013 effective…more

America Invents Act, Patent Reform, USPTO

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2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: The Championship (and the First-Ever Rendition of One Shining Lawsuit)

Sixty-four employment law issues have become just two after an exciting Final Four. Last night, while Wisconsin and Duke played each other in the NCAA championship, the Wage and Hour Collective Actions and the Retaliation…more

Collective Action Waivers, Collective Actions, Employer Liability Issues, Retaliation, Wage and Hour

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Hello Newman! (and Chiasson): Second Circuit Decision Raises the Bar for Government to Prove Liability of “Remote Tippees” in Insider Trading Cases

In a groundbreaking decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed the 2013 insider trading convictions of Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson. The decision in United States v. Newman, No. 13-1837…more

Dell, Hedge Funds, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading, Material Nonpublic Information

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Using Corporate Bylaws and Charters to Set the Rules for Shareholder Litigation

Recent court decisions, including the Delaware Supreme Court’s opinion earlier this month in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, have focused new attention on the use of corporate bylaws and charters to establish the ground…more

American Rule, ATP Tours, Attorney's Fees, Board of Directors, Bylaws

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Kimble and Post-Expiration Royalties: The Next Big Thing, or Much Ado About Nothing?

Today, as we previewed here, the US Supreme Court analyzed the question of whether patent holders should be allowed to contract for royalty payments that continue to accrue after the expiration of the subject patent. While some…more

Brulotte, License Agreements, Patent Royalties, Patents, Royalties

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Washington Outlook for 2015

In This Issue: - Introduction - Agriculture, Food Safety, and Nutrition - Appropriations, Budget, and Debt Ceiling - Defense and National Security - Education - Energy and Environment - Financial…more

Agriculture, Appropriations Bill, Defense Sector, Department of Transportation, Energy Policy

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No Active State Supervision, No Antitrust Immunity for North Carolina State Dental Board

On February 25, 2015, in a 6-3 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) decision finding that the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners (Board), although a state…more

Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Litigation, Dentists, FTC, Governmental Immunity

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GAO Report Highlights Improper Medicare/Medicaid Payments

Despite the efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat fraud and contain costs in federal healthcare programs, Medicare’s fee-for-service program (Parts A and B) and Medicaid were two of the top…more

Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Fee-for-Service, Fraud, GAO, Healthcare

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Rolling Out Electronic Travel Records

In April 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced electronic Forms I-94, enabling nonimmigrants entering the U.S. via air and sea to easily access their Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Records online. As of May 1,…more

Customs and Border Protection, Electronic Records, Form I-94, H1-B, L-1 Visas

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Activism and Engagement: Yadda, Yadda, Yadda or a Useful tool (or a Little of Both)

Activism is on the rise and everyone's activism defense playbook includes engagement, engagement and more engagement as the principal response. The experts in the field are well versed in when to engage, who to engage and…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Regulation FD, Shareholder Activism, Shareholders

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Software Audits: Strategies for Licensees

Audits Have Become More Common - If you have received a software audit request from your software vendor or one of the industry trade groups representing software publishers, such as the Software & Information Industry…more

Audits, Client Access Licenses, License Agreements, Software, Software Developers

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Health Care Reform Update -- April 15, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Federal Budget, Healthcare, HHS

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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USPTO Issues Interim Guidance on Patent Eligibility Under §101: Framework for Considering Whether Patents Are Eligible for US patent Protection Significantly Improved

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued revised guidance to its examiners relating to determination of patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. §101. This “Interim Guidance” provides more specific advice for…more

AMP v Myriad, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Guidance Update, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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D&O Insurance and IPOs: Seven Issues You Need to Consider

As a company prepares for an IPO, the last thing to sometimes be considered is the potential of future litigation. Although going public can of course be a very good thing for a company, its directors, its initial investors and…more

Board of Directors, Compliance, D&O Insurance, IPO, Professional Liability

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PE Funds May Be Liable For Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities

Introduction - A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit increases the risk that a private equity fund could be liable for its portfolio company’s unfunded pension liabilities. Additionally, one…more

Employee Benefits, Employer Liability Issues, ERISA, Investment Portfolios, Pensions

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Privacy Tuesday – April 2015 #2

Spring has finally arrived on the East Coast, and not a moment too soon. Here are 3 privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Hackers, Organized Crime, Passwords

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On the Fourth Day of Privacy, My Insurance Carrier Gave to Me…..

gaps in my cyber liability coverage…………….. What can companies and insurers expect in the new year when it comes to cyber liability insurance coverage? While we wait for some court decisions interpreting these new…more

Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Insurers

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On the Second Day of Privacy, Plaintiffs’ Counsel Gave to Me . . .

. . . still more privacy litigation. In 2015, we are likely to see further development of the law in data breach class actions, continuing growth in statutory privacy claims, and increased risk of privacy-related claims arising…more

Data Breach, Data Protection, Popular, Right to Privacy, TCPA

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China Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Energy & Environment - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “The Asia-Pacific region – and you know the U.S. is a Pacific power – is…more

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ACA Countdown to Compliance - 52 Week Series For Employers

In this volume, we have collected the 52 weekly blog posts that comprise the series entitled, The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers. The series appeared in the Mintz Levin Employment Matters Blog during…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Cafeteria Plans, EEOC, Employer Group Health Plans

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Current and Former SEC Officials Speak About Enforcement Issues Concerning Municipal Securities

Last week, the National Association of Bond Lawyers held its 13th Annual Tax and Securities Law Institute. Some of the panels included current and former employees of the SEC who spoke on several of the more notable recent…more

Control Person, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, Municipal Securities Issuers, SEC

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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed Cases: November 2014

Trends & Analysis - In the period covered by this issue, we have identified 68 whistleblower cases related to health care that were unsealed. In this Qui Tam Update, we analyze the trends and take an in-depth look at…more

False Claims Act, Healthcare, Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Providers, Physicians

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REMINDER: Ultra Light Future Energy Forum Boston on September 25, 2013

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, Ultra Light Startups is hosting its Future Energy Forum at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The event is part of a series of startup pitch events that connects entrepreneurs,…more

Clean Energy, Clean Tech, Startups

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USPTO Guidance for Examiners Takes Expansive View of Myriad and Prometheus Decisions

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps with guidance for determining the patent eligibility of claims relating to products of nature and laws of nature…more

AMP v Myriad, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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Mobile Passport Control Expansion

In its most recent foray into utilizing technology at the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expanded Mobile Passport Control (“MPC”) to Miami International Airport. MPC is an authorized app available via both the…more

Apple, Canada, Customs and Border Protection, Google Play, iTunes

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State Blue Sky Claims Under the Uniform Securities Act Can Be Won by Sellers, But at a Cost

An emerging tool for plaintiff-side securities litigators is the use of state claims under the Uniform Securities Act, such as Massachusetts’ so-called “Blue Sky” statute, Mass. Gen. L. c. 110A, § 410…more

Securities Litigation, Uniform Securities Act

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China Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Energy & Environment - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “The Asia-Pacific region – and you know the U.S. is a Pacific power – is…more

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DOJ’s Endorsement of IEEE Patent Policy Takes Center Stage at IP Antitrust Conference

On April 14 in Washington, DC, Global Competition Review hosted its Second Annual IP & Antitrust USA conference. The conference covered various hot topics being closely followed by IP antitrust practitioners, including (1) the…more

Antitrust Litigation, DOJ, FRAND, IEEE, Patent Reform

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En Banc Sixth Circuit Decision Holds that Telecommuting Was Not a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act for Ford Employee

Last Friday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting en banc held that telecommuting up to four days a week was not a reasonable accommodation under the ADA for a disabled Ford Motor Co. employee. The decision, EEOC v. Ford…more

ADA, Appeals, Attendance, EEOC, En Banc Review

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7 Key Roles of a Successful Startup CEO

In your experience, what’s the most important role that a startup CEO should fulfill? That’s the question we put recently to JD Supra contributors, many of whom have spent years working with successful entrepreneurs in various…more

Business Formation, CEOs, Legal Perspectives, Startups

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Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report: Key Trends Emerging from 2013

We saw some key trends emerging and we are proud to be part of the Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report, released last week. The report highlights trends on the rise and provides a comprehensive glance back at 2013. Some…more

Clean Energy, Energy, Solar Energy

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OIG Finds Exclusive Lab Arrangement May Violate Anti-Kickback Statute

Yesterday the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (the “OIG”) issued Advisory Opinion 15-04 (“Advisory Opinion”) in which it found that an exclusive arrangement between a laboratory and a…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Clinical Laboratories, OIG, Patient Referrals, Physicians

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Data: Big, Borderless and Beyond Control? Five Things You Can Do

There’s been a lot of talk about big data over the last few years and the breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have many companies running in circles trying to figure out how to protect their systems and their data. So what are…more

Big Data, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Neiman Marcus

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DOJ’s Endorsement of IEEE Patent Policy Takes Center Stage at IP Antitrust Conference

On April 14 in Washington, DC, Global Competition Review hosted its Second Annual IP & Antitrust USA conference. The conference covered various hot topics being closely followed by IP antitrust practitioners, including (1) the…more

Antitrust Litigation, DOJ, FRAND, IEEE, Patent Reform

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China Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Energy & Environment - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “The Asia-Pacific region – and you know the U.S. is a Pacific power – is…more

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Health Care Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - SGR Bill Facing Final Hurdles This Week - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Health Care Providers, Healthcare

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[Event] Massachusetts Employment Law Summit - May 13, Boston, MA

Employers and their HR departments are faced with a host of new issues and challenges. When you’re not navigating new state, federal, and local laws and making sure systems are in place to comply with them, you’re busy…more

Affordable Care Act, Bring Your Own Device, Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Employee Privacy Rights

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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UPDATE: Target Confirms It Has Negotiated A $19 Million Data Breach Settlement With MasterCard

Target confirmed a report in the Wednesday edition of The Wall Street Journal of a settlement with MasterCard concerning claims of card-issuers arising from Target’s 2013 data breach. The data breach, which occurred during the…more

Data Breach, MasterCard, Settlement, Target

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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2016

As previously noted, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2015, that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS also…more

H-1B, Lottery, USCIS, Visa Caps, Visas

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Premium Processing Delayed for FY16 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting cap-subject H-1B petitions on April 1, 2015, for start dates of October 1, 2015 or later…more

H-1B, USCIS, Visa Caps, Visas

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Survival of Reps and Warranties: Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises for Buyers

Survival of representations and warranties (“reps and warranties”) is among the staples of highly negotiated provisions in M&A purchase agreements. The length of the survival period limits the time during which claims may be…more

Breach of Contract, Breach of Warranty, Representations and Warranties, Statute of Limitations, Survival Clauses

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Did The Supreme Court Finally Explain Marathon And Stern? - Executive Benefits’ Impact on Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

The Supreme Court has spoken once again on the limited jurisdiction of the bankruptcy courts, adding to the understanding derived from Northern Pipeline Constr. Co. v. Marathon Pipe Line Co., 458 U.S. 50 (1982), Granfinanciera…more

Bankruptcy Code, Commercial Bankruptcy, Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, Jurisdiction, SCOTUS

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Green Chemistry Initiatives: An American Patchwork?

A growing number of states are passing Green Chemistry laws, e.g.; California, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington State. These laws present a challenge to manufacturers who distribute and sell products into the 50…more

Green Chemistry, Manufacturers

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Health Care Enforcement in 2013: A Year in Review

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“HHS-OIG”), and other federal and state agencies continued to aggressively prosecute health care fraud and related offenses…more

Compliance, DOJ, Enforcement, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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CMS Provides Guidance to States on Managed Care Contract Review

As states attempt to control increasing healthcare costs, many Medicaid programs are seeking approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement Medicaid managed care programs. In 2013, nearly 68…more

CMS, Healthcare, Interim Guidance, Managed Care Contracts, Medicaid

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House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Innovation Act, Fee-Shifting

Tuesday, April 14, the House Judiciary Committee convened to discuss H.R. 9, the “Innovation Act,” which was introduced in February 2015 by the Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The hearing came a day after the…more

Attorney's Fees, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Fee-Shifting Statutes, Innovation Act, Octane Fitness v. ICON

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[Event] Massachusetts Employment Law Summit - May 13, Boston, MA

Employers and their HR departments are faced with a host of new issues and challenges. When you’re not navigating new state, federal, and local laws and making sure systems are in place to comply with them, you’re busy…more

Affordable Care Act, Bring Your Own Device, Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Employee Privacy Rights

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Cross-Device Tracking: The New World

Facebook does it. Google does it. It’s everywhere in the mobile ad ecosystem. And your smartphone does it often than you know, according to a study released on Monday by Carnegie Mellon…more

Cross-Device, Data Collection, Facebook, FCC, FTC

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California Supreme Court Upholds Employment Class Action Waivers, but Rejects Waivers of PAGA Claims

The California Supreme Court issued an important decision last week on the enforceability of employment class action waivers included in arbitration agreements. The result: private parties can contract for the waiver of the…more

Arbitration, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, CLS Transportation, Employment Contract

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Deja Vu All Over Again: Federal GMO Labeling Legislation Re-Introduced

Last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore)–joined by chef-lebrity Tom Colicchio–announced the reintroduction of The , a federal bill that would mandate the…more

Food Labeling, GMO, Labeling, Proposed Legislation

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Federal Circuit Affirms ITC Jurisdiction for Non-Practicing Entities

On January 10, 2013, the Federal Circuit reaffirmed broad ITC jurisdiction for non-practicing patent enforcement entities by denying Nokia Corp.’s petition for rehearing of InterDigital Commc’ns, LLC v. Int’l Trade Comm’n (2010-…more

ITC, Jurisdiction, License Agreements, Nokia, Non-Practicing Entities

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Regulators Speak at IAPP Breakfast Meeting in NYC

Data Breach Incidents—Especially “Ransom” Incidents, are on the Rise—One panelist observed that the New York State Attorney General’s Office received reports of approximately 900 data breach incidents during the past year alone…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, DOJ, FOIA

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Class Action Waivers Enforced in Two Recent Second Circuit Decisions

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued two opinions each holding that class action waivers may be enforced by employers in cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These decisions — Sutherland v…more

Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Wage and Hour

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Massachusetts Announces Significant Changes to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program  

At today’s Massachusetts Public Health Council meeting, Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, announced sweeping changes to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program in Massachusetts. The changes follow…more

Dispensaries, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Public Health

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Beginnings and Endings: New Administration Moves In, Massachusetts Legislative Session Concludes

The last several months witnessed a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill: Governor Deval Patrick inked a number of bills as the two-year legislative session drew to an official end, and his successor, Governor Charlie Baker, has…more

Deval Patrick, Healthcare, Hospitals, New Legislation, Pharmacies

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Activism: An Overview from the Company Perspective

Increasingly, companies are being confronted with shareholders seeking to exercise power and influence over business activities. The term “activism” has become a buzzword to refer to shareholders seeking to make operational,…more

Best Management Practices, Board of Directors, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Governance, Proxy Advisors

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CDCA Court Swims Against the Tide of Software Patent Ineligibility in Caltech v Hughes

Patent applicants from the software and business method fields took notice after the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank International, et al. (“Alice,” 134 S. Ct. 2347…more

Bilski, CalTech, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Covered Business Method Patents, Guidance Update

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NLRB Holds Employee’s Obscene Facebook Post Criticizing Supervisor is Protected

We have written previously about the expanding scope of social media activities that the National Labor Relations Act protects and the tight limits the NLRB places on an employer’s ability to discipline employees for…more

Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement Actions, Facebook, NLRA, NLRB

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Isolated Human Genes Are Unpatentable

Summary - On June 13, 2013 in a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, 569 U.S. __ (2013) unanimously held that claims for isolated DNA sequences are…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad

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Goodyear’s Settlement with the SEC Emphasizes the Importance of FCPA Due Diligence in M&A Transactions and of Having a Robust Anti-Corruption Policy

On February 24, 2015, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle charges that two of its subsidiaries allegedly paid $3.2 million in bribes that generated $14,122,535 in illicit profits. The SEC…more

Bribery, Compliance, Corruption, Due Diligence, FCPA

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SEC Announces Action Against Company for Using Confidentiality Agreements That Allegedly Could Deter Whistleblowers

As we discussed in a post last month, the SEC has been closely scrutinizing whether companies may be using non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements that could discourage employees from acting as whistleblowers and…more

Confidentiality Agreements, Internal Investigations, KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root), Non-Disclosure Agreement, SEC

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Director Liability for Cybersecurity Risks

If a corporation is the target of a cyberattack resulting in a data breach, its board may be the target of a shareholder derivative action claiming breach of fiduciary duty. A recent example is Palkon v. Holmes, No. 14-cv-01234…more

Board of Directors, Breach of Duty, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Protection

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States Doubling Down on Delivery and Payment Reform Efforts

Although health care reform implementation via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has focused mostly on federal changes to the health care marketplace, individual States are getting some much needed help to design and implement their…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare

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Gas Lines to Pipelines: The Case for Comprehensive Federal Energy Legislation

We’ve struggled with the consequences of an insufficient federal energy policy for nearly half a century. From the gas lines of the 1970s to the Keystone XL pipeline controversy of the past several years, the federal and state…more

American Bar Association, Energy Policy, Energy Sector, Keystone XL Pipeline, Oil & Gas

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Overview of Certain Middle and Lower Middle Market Credit Trends

With heavier competition for bigger deals, larger private equity sponsors have increasingly turned to the middle market as a source for new acquisitions…more

Acquisitions, Middle Market, Private Equity

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[Event] Massachusetts Employment Law Summit - May 13, Boston, MA

Employers and their HR departments are faced with a host of new issues and challenges. When you’re not navigating new state, federal, and local laws and making sure systems are in place to comply with them, you’re busy…more

Affordable Care Act, Bring Your Own Device, Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Employee Privacy Rights

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Patentability of Software Post-Alice: How Do Courts Determine Whether an Idea is Abstract ?

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l on patentable subject matter, courts have tried to follow the prescribed framework. Under Alice, patent claims are invalid if directed to “abstract ideas” and…more

Bilski, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, New Guidance, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Health Care Update - October 2014 #2

In This Issue: - First Look at Pioneer ACO Data Reveals Murky Path Forward - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional Initiatives -…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, CDC, CMS, Healthcare

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Ebola Exclusions from Commercial Insurance Policies

Last week we wrote about a new business interruption insurance policy that is being rolled out to healthcare providers which will provide specific coverage for various ebola-related losses. This week we note that some business…more

Business Interruption, Commercial Insurance Policies, Ebola

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H-2B Cap Reached for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2015

On February 2, USCIS announced that the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year 2015 has been reached. January 26, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an…more

H-2B, Human Resources Professionals, Immigration Procedures, USCIS, Visa Caps

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Immigration Issues in the Massachusetts Governor Race

On Tuesday evening, the candidates for Massachusetts governor met in their last debate ahead of Tuesday’s general election. Throughout the campaign season, Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley (D) and Charlie…more

Driver's Licenses, Immigrants, Legislative Agendas, Political Candidates, Tuition

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Current and Former SEC Officials Speak About Enforcement Issues Concerning Municipal Securities

Last week, the National Association of Bond Lawyers held its 13th Annual Tax and Securities Law Institute. Some of the panels included current and former employees of the SEC who spoke on several of the more notable recent…more

Control Person, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, Municipal Securities Issuers, SEC

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House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Innovation Act, Fee-Shifting

Tuesday, April 14, the House Judiciary Committee convened to discuss H.R. 9, the “Innovation Act,” which was introduced in February 2015 by the Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The hearing came a day after the…more

Attorney's Fees, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Fee-Shifting Statutes, Innovation Act, Octane Fitness v. ICON

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What to Make of a Diminished Thing: Tobacco Bond Defaults and Restructurings

There is little poetry in tobacco bonds these days. Cigarette consumption has declined beyond projections, and the advent of e-cigarettes may exacerbate the decline. Payments under the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) are down,…more

Bond Financing, Bonds, Default, Manufacturers, Tobacco

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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Cyber Extortion: What to Do When Your Data is Being Held for Ransom

Imagine you are the IT systems administrator of a large corporation. Coffee in hand, you sit down one morning and log in. You receive a message that there has been an intrusion into the corporate database, a large amount of…more

Corporate Counsel, Cyber Crimes, Data Theft, Extortion, Risk Assessment

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It’s Time to Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015

This alert is a reminder of the rapidly approaching April 1, 2014 “deadline” for the filing of H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2015. Petitions for the new fiscal year, which starts on October 1, 2014, will be accepted by the…more

H-1B, Immigrants, USCIS, Visas

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DOJ Emphasizes Role of Criminal Prosecution in Addition to Regulatory Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Justice, through the Assistant Attorney General in charge of its Criminal Division, spoke forcefully on Tuesday regarding “the role of criminal law enforcement in prosecuting conduct that may also be…more

Criminal Prosecution, DOJ, DPA, Enforcement Actions, SEC

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DOJ and HHS Annual Report Highlights $3.3 Billion in Settlements and Judgments in FY 2014

On March 19, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued their annual Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program report highlighting that the HCFAC Program obtained…more

Annual Reports, DOJ, Enforcement Statistics, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud

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Regulation of Health IT: A Risk-Based Approach

The FDA will hold a public workshop on May 13-15, 2014 to discuss the long-awaited report (the “Report”) issued on April 3, 2014 by the three federal agencies charged with regulating health information technology (“health IT”),…more

FCC, FDA, FDASIA, Healthcare, ONC

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California Sets the Curve with New Regulations on Collection and Use of Student Data

When one thinks of the use of technology in school, often the first image that comes to mind is of students sending ill-advised Snapchats and making in-app purchases that line the pockets of the Kardashian family, rather than…more

Data Collection, FERPA, Popular, Student Records, Students

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Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- January 13, 2014

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Executive Branch; International; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Last week closed with the long anticipated ability-to-repay and qualified…more

Ability-to-Repay, CFPB, FHFA, Financial Regulatory Reform, FOMC

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Corporate Practice of Medicine: An Old Doctrine Breathing New Life

New York is one of many states that prohibit the “corporate practice of medicine” (CPOM). The CPOM doctrine generally bars a business corporation from practicing medicine or employing a physician to provide professional medical…more

Corporate Practice of Medicine, Healthcare

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The Top 10 Obstacles to Litigating Securities Fraud Claims: Part I

Introduction: Congress passed the Securities Act of 1933, 15 U.S.C. §§ 77a et seq. (Securities Act), and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. §§ 78a et seq. (Exchange Act, collectively, the Acts) following the…more

Jurisdiction, Litigation Strategies, Material Misstatements, Securities Act of 1933, Securities Exchange Act

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2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: Sweet Sixteen Results and Recaps

The Sweet Sixteen has come and gone and it was glorious. Streamed live over our new Apple Watches, 16 employment law issues battled it out for the right to move onto the Elite Eight, which will be held next week at Sixth…more

Discrimination, FMLA, Non-Compete Agreements, Wage and Hour

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SEC Adopts Rules Permitting General Solicitation in Private Offerings Limited to Purchases by Accredited Investors

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules that repealed a long-standing ban on the use of general solicitation for private securities offerings. These changes will be effective in…more

Accredited Investors, Advertising, General Solicitation, Marketing, Private Placements

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Ninth Circuit Clarifies Extraterritorial Reach of California Antitrust Laws

In AT&T Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp., Ninth Circuit Case No. 11-16188 (Feb. 14, 2013), the Ninth Circuit held that California’s antitrust law, the Cartwright Act, could apply to a price fixing conspiracy of LCD panels even…more

AT&T Mobility, AU Optronics Corp, Cartwright Act, Conspiracies, Due Process

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Bloomberg Product Safety Article Misses the Mark; U.S. Product Safety Economy Safer Than Ever

On April 7, Renee Dudley of Bloomberg News authored an article entitled “The Cheap Toys You Buy Your Kid Are Rarely Inspected.” The article has been republished by major news publications and gained some nationwide attention. …more

Bloomberg Inc., Children's Toys, Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC

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Health Care Reform by Petition

A series of alternative proposed Initiative Petitions were filed Thursday, August 7, with the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts (the “AGO”) seeking primarily to establish specified limits on operating margins…more

CEOs, Executive Compensation, Healthcare Reform, Hospitals, Medicaid

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Washington Outlook for 2015

In This Issue: - Introduction - Agriculture, Food Safety, and Nutrition - Appropriations, Budget, and Debt Ceiling - Defense and National Security - Education - Energy and Environment - Financial…more

Agriculture, Appropriations Bill, Defense Sector, Department of Transportation, Energy Policy

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The Top 10 Obstacles to Litigating Securities Fraud Claims: Part I

Introduction: Congress passed the Securities Act of 1933, 15 U.S.C. §§ 77a et seq. (Securities Act), and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. §§ 78a et seq. (Exchange Act, collectively, the Acts) following the…more

Jurisdiction, Litigation Strategies, Material Misstatements, Securities Act of 1933, Securities Exchange Act

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Minimum Wage Increase and Economic Development Package

In a previous article, “Massachusetts Legislature Considers Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Increase,” we outlined the Massachusetts House and Senate’s separate plans to increase the minimum wage and reform the…more

Economic Development, Legislative Agendas, Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Unemployment Insurance

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AB 1103 Update: Postponement of Certain Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Requirements

Under California Assembly Bill 1103 (“AB 1103”, codified as California Public Resources Code Section 25402.10), owners and operators of nonresidential buildings must disclose certain building energy performance data to a…more

Commercial Property Owners, Disclosure Requirements, Energy Standards, Secured Lenders

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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A “Solution” in Search of a Problem? The Innovation Act of 2015 and Trends in Fee-shifting in Patent Litigation

On February 5, 2015, Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R. 9, entitled the “Innovation Act.” Among other things, the bill would direct courts to award attorneys’ fees and litigation-related expenses to prevailing parties…more

Attorney's Fees, Fee-Shifting, Innovation Act, Intellectual Property Litigation, Litigation Fees & Costs

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Quick Fixes and Proposed Rulemaking for PTAB Trial Rules Announced by Director Lee

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director, Michelle Lee, announced on Friday that a series of actual and proposed rulemakings aimed at improving post-grant proceedings before the PTAB will be…more

America Invents Act, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Post-Grant Review, Rulemaking Process, USTPO

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California Update: New Laws Give Residential and Commercial Tenants Rights to Install EV Charging Stations and Streamline Residential Solar Permitting

Last month Governor Brown signed AB 2565, which gives residential and commercial tenants new rights to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and AB 2188, which directs cities and counties to streamline permitting for…more

Auto Manufacturers, Automotive Industry, Commercial Leases, Commercial Tenants, Electric Vehicles

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SJC Issues Decision Concerning Recovery of Lost Profits Damages in Commercial Litigation

In a noteworthy recent decision addressing the parameters of damages in commercial litigation, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed an order excluding expert testimony concerning future lost profits damages…more

Expert Testimony, Lost Profits

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[Event] Massachusetts Employment Law Summit - May 13, Boston, MA

Employers and their HR departments are faced with a host of new issues and challenges. When you’re not navigating new state, federal, and local laws and making sure systems are in place to comply with them, you’re busy…more

Affordable Care Act, Bring Your Own Device, Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Employee Privacy Rights

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Health Care Enforcement in 2012: A Year in Review

Last year was another busy year in health care fraud enforcement. In 2012, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG) reported total expected recoveries of $6.9 billion from all of…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Compliance, Criminal Prosecution, Durable Medical Equipment, Enforcement

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USITC Declines to Institute Investigation of Induced Patent Infringement as Unfair Method of Competition or Unfair Acts

In a recent decision, the International Trade Commission rejected a petitioner’s attempt to use allegations of unfair competition and unfair acts as a possible way of working around the Federal Circuit’s bar on claims of induced…more

Electronics, Induced Infringement, ITC, Patent Infringement, Patents

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Another Shoe Drops in Washington: Ninth Circuit Expands Personal Jurisdiction over Willful Copyright Infringers

In Washington Shoe Co. v. A-Z Sporting Goods, Inc. (U.S. Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit, No. 11-35166, Dec. 17, 2012), the Ninth Circuit expanded the exercise by Federal District Courts of personal jurisdiction over…more

A-Z Sporting Goods, Copyright, Jurisdiction, Long Arm Statute, Personal Jurisdiction

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The Troubled Track Record of the Proxy Strike Suit

The recent wave of proxy strike litigation, once thought to be on the rise in 2012 and 2013, has now gone two years without a significant court victory. After one notable early success, decision after decision has gone against…more

Class Action, Disclosure, Proxy Contests, Shareholder Activism, Shareholder Litigation

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KB Toys: Don’t Play with Clouded Claims

In a recent decision by the influential Third Circuit Court of Appeals, In re KB Toys Inc., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 23083 at *17 (3d Cir. Nov. 15, 2013), the Court decided that “the cloud on the claim” stemming from a preferential…more

Acquisitions, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors, Debt Collection

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Massachusetts Expands Its Leave Law to Cover Fathers

This past September, we discussed the practical and legal implication of changing attitudes towards parental leave for fathers. Following up on this theme, Massachusetts recently passed a law, the Massachusetts Parental Leave…more

Maternity Leave, Notice Requirements, Paid Leave, Parental Leave, Unpaid Leave

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District Court Rules Against Amgen’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Prevent Marketing of Sandoz’s Biosimilar Zarxio

In an order released on March 19, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California denied Amgen’s motion for judgment on the pleadings as well as its request for a preliminary injunction to…more

Biosimilars, BPCIA, FDA, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Health Care Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - SGR Bill Facing Final Hurdles This Week - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Health Care Providers, Healthcare

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Hospital Wins First Round Against Largest Rival in Antitrust Suit Alleging Illegal Exclusive Dealing Agreements with Insurers

The waves of change affecting health care providers include reimbursement and funding developments, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, technological and medical advances, provider network design transformations imposed by…more

Affordable Care Act, Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Exclusive Dealing Agreements, FTC

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District Court Rules Against Amgen’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Prevent Marketing of Sandoz’s Biosimilar Zarxio

In an order released on March 19, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California denied Amgen’s motion for judgment on the pleadings as well as its request for a preliminary injunction to…more

Biosimilars, BPCIA, FDA, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Tax Amnesty Program and New Leadership at the DOR

On March 16, Massachusetts officials announced a tax amnesty program, effective immediately, to recoup delinquent corporate taxes. The program is part of a larger effort by the Baker administration and the Department of Revenue…more

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UPDATE: FTC Plans Review of YouTube Kids App

As we predicted in our post late last month, Google’s YouTube Kids app has attracted more than just the “curious little minds” Google was hoping for. Yesterday, a group of privacy and children’s rights advocates (including the…more

Advertising, Data Collection, FTC, Google, Section 5 of FTC Act

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Martoma by the Numbers

This week a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rendered a guilty verdict against the former SAC portfolio manager on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit…more

Conspiracies, Martoma, Securities Fraud

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Health Care Reform Update -- April 15, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Federal Budget, Healthcare, HHS

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FTC Looks to Accelerate Oncology Drug Growth by Requiring Novartis to Divest Two Protein Inhibitors in Its Clinical Development Pipeline

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on Monday completed its review of Novartis AG’s (“Novartis”) proposed $16 billion acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (“GSK”) oncology drug portfolio with an announced consent decree that…more

Divestiture, FTC, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Pharmaceutical Patents

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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GAO Report Highlights Improper Medicare/Medicaid Payments

Despite the efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat fraud and contain costs in federal healthcare programs, Medicare’s fee-for-service program (Parts A and B) and Medicaid were two of the top…more

Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Fee-for-Service, Fraud, GAO, Healthcare

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A “Solution” in Search of a Problem? The Innovation Act of 2015 and Trends in Fee-shifting in Patent Litigation

On February 5, 2015, Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R. 9, entitled the “Innovation Act.” Among other things, the bill would direct courts to award attorneys’ fees and litigation-related expenses to prevailing parties…more

Attorney's Fees, Fee-Shifting, Innovation Act, Intellectual Property Litigation, Litigation Fees & Costs

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Hospital Wins First Round Against Largest Rival in Antitrust Suit Alleging Illegal Exclusive Dealing Agreements with Insurers

The waves of change affecting health care providers include reimbursement and funding developments, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, technological and medical advances, provider network design transformations imposed by…more

Affordable Care Act, Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Exclusive Dealing Agreements, FTC

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Municipal Bond Interest Paid By a Bond Insurer After an Issuer’s Bankruptcy Discharge Can Remain Tax-Exempt

In the aftermath of recent municipal bankruptcies in which issuers proposed and/or implemented bankruptcy plans involving partial discharges of the issuer’s payment obligation on insured bonds, there has been increased focus on…more

Commercial Insurance Policies, Financial Guarantee Requirements, Interest Payments, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds

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Africa Update - April 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from…more

Africa, Boko Haram, Economic Development, Foreign Relations, Human Rights

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FTC Check-Up on Health Care Trends Reveals New Competitive Wrinkles - Highlights from the FTC Workshop “Examining Health Care Competition”

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) recently hosted a workshop exploring trends and innovation in the health care industry that may affect competition, marking at least 10 years since the antitrust agencies formally…more

Competition, FTC, Healthcare

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Tips for Effectively Organizing PTAB Appeals Brief – Claim Grouping

Filing an appeal brief with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) can be an effective way to advance prosecution and secure allowable claims. Last November, we summarized Tips for Writing Effective PTAB Briefs to help propel…more

Administrative Appeals, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, USPTO

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CMS Provides Guidance to States on Managed Care Contract Review

As states attempt to control increasing healthcare costs, many Medicaid programs are seeking approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement Medicaid managed care programs. In 2013, nearly 68…more

CMS, Healthcare, Interim Guidance, Managed Care Contracts, Medicaid

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HIPAA Settlement Continues to Emphasize the Importance of Security Policies and Procedures

A recently announced settlement between Anchorage Community Mental Health (“ACMHS”) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) emphasizes, once again, the importance of compliance with the…more

Data Protection, Healthcare Facilities, HIPAA, Mental, OCR

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Energy & Environment Update - August 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State - Environmental Protection…more

Climate Change, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DOE, Energy

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Indefiniteness: Are You Reasonably Certain?

The indefiniteness standard has, until recently, been very high—only an “insolubly ambiguous claim” was considered indefinite (see, e.g., Honeywell Intern., Inc. v. International Trade, 341 F. 3d 1332, 1338–9 (Fed. Cir…more

Honeywell International, Indefiniteness, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2015

In This Issue: - Leaders in the News - Innovator Profile - Event Highlights - Washington Update - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Leaders in the News: This month we’re…more

Barack Obama, Carbon Emissions, Emerging Growth Companies, Energy Sector, Executive Orders

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MA Risk Adjustment in the 2016 Call Letter and … in Health Care Fraud Charges

In past Call Letters, CMS has proposed and finalized significant changes to the Medicare Advantage risk adjustment system including, recalibrations, deletions and additions of diagnoses codes, and questioning of the value of…more

CMS, Coding, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud, Medicare

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Chancellor Strine Issues Important Decision Validating Board Adoption of Forum Selection Clause in Bylaws

On June 25, 2013, Delaware Chancellor Strine issued a fulsome opinion upholding the power of Delaware boards to amend corporate bylaws to include binding forum selection provisions…more

Board of Directors, Bylaws, Corporate Governance, Forum Selection Clause

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FCC Adopts Order Streamlining Its Foreign Ownership Review Policies

Last week, the FCC adopted an Order to streamline its policies with respect to foreign ownership of common carrier radio station licensees (i.e., entities that provide fixed or mobile telecommunications service over networks…more

FCC, Foreign Ownership, Licenses, Radio Stations

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IRS Ruling Permits Inclusion of “Friendly PCs” in Consolidated Federal Income Tax Returns

On December 19, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a private letter ruling (the “Ruling”) allowing corporations that manage physician practices through a so-called “friendly physician” arrangement to treat the…more

Corporate Practice of Medicine, Corporate Taxes, IRS, Management Companies, Physicians

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2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: Second Round Results and Recaps

If you thought the Round of 64 was wild, then wait until you see what happened during the second round. Let’s just say that some shocking upsets left many a bracket busted wide open…more

Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Harassment

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Lessons from the OECD Foreign Bribery Report

In December 2014, the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (“OECD”) published its first-ever foreign bribery report, the most comprehensive study of foreign bribery cases around the globe that has ever been…more

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2014 Resolutions Series: Direct or Consequential? It Matters. Biotronik AG Reminds Us to Take Limitation of Liability Clauses Seriously

Recently a New York Court of Appeals decision shook attorneys out of complacency by relying on a very important “boilerplate” provision to allow a plaintiff to seek $100 million in lost profits in a breach of contract case…more

Boilerplate Language, Contract Drafting, Limitation of Liability Clause, Medical Devices

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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On the Sixth Day of Privacy, the hackers gave to Sony……

many more than six different hacks……and headaches…… - With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are struggling with that age-old question: “what do you get for the person who has everything?” Well, if that person…more

Data Breach, Data Retention, Document Management, Film Industry, Hackers

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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Will It Survive Federal Regulation of Greenhouse Gases?

At the same time that leaders from the nine states comprising the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) are touting the anticipated benefits of their decision to significantly reduce RGGI’s cap on carbon dioxide emissions…more

Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Carbon Emissions, Environmental Policies, EPA

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CDCA Court Swims Against the Tide of Software Patent Ineligibility in Caltech v Hughes

Patent applicants from the software and business method fields took notice after the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank International, et al. (“Alice,” 134 S. Ct. 2347…more

Bilski, CalTech, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Covered Business Method Patents, Guidance Update

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Wyndham Gets Life Preserver in Data Breach Case

New Jersey U.S. District Judge Esther Salas agreed to allow Wyndham Hotels and Resorts LLC to immediately appeal to the Third Circuit a ruling affirming the FTC’s authority to bring data security cases…more

Appeals, Data Protection, Federal Trade Commission Act, FTC, FTC v Wyndham

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A Primer on Policing Your Trademark

Five steps to protect a marks’ value - Trademark owners have a duty to police their mark. This applies to all types of marks – brand names, slogans, color, product shapes, or even a smell. The cost of dropping the ball…more

Trademark Policing, Trademarks

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Making Use of Social Media: FDA Releases Two Draft Guidelines on the Use of Social Media Platforms by Drug and Device Manufacturers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released two long-awaited draft guidance documents for the drug and device industries revolving around the use of social media platforms by drug and device manufacturers —…more

Advertising, Draft Guidance, FDA, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical

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Pennsylvania Amends Act 47 to Give the Commonwealth More Oversight and its Municipalities Less Time to Reorganize

Pennsylvania’s legislature recently approved House Bill No. 1773, an overhaul to its Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, commonly known as “Act 47.” HB 1773 was signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett on October 31, 2014…more

Government-Guaranteed Loans, Grants, Municipalities, New Legislation, Reorganizations

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Potential Shareholder Liability Arising From Subsidiary WARN Act Violations

When a company begins experiencing financial difficulty, shareholders often ask whether they may be liable under the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (“WARN”) Act for violations by the company. When the…more

Employer Liability Issues, Involuntary Reduction in Force, Joint Employers, Joint Liability, Liability

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Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to…more

Biofuel, China, Clean Tech, Fiscal Cliff, Investment Tax Credits

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British Columbia Provides Model for Massachusetts Carbon Pricing

On Monday, April 13, The Alliance for Business Leadership hosted “Embracing the Future: The Economic Success of British Columbia’s Carbon Pricing Policy” at Mintz Levin’s Boston office. The program outlined the economic,…more

Carbon Pricing, Energy Sector, Legislative Agendas

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ACA Countdown to Compliance - 52 Week Series For Employers

In this volume, we have collected the 52 weekly blog posts that comprise the series entitled, The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers. The series appeared in the Mintz Levin Employment Matters Blog during…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Cafeteria Plans, EEOC, Employer Group Health Plans

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IRS Green Lights Section 529A ABLE Disability Programs

Pi Day comes but once a century, on 3/14/15. The Internal Revenue Service receives praise approximately as frequently. But the IRS deserves applause for its Notice 2015-18, released March 10, 2015, giving the green light to…more

ABLE Act, Disabilities, Internal Revenue Code, Investment Funds, IRS

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Washington Outlook for 2015

In This Issue: - Introduction - Agriculture, Food Safety, and Nutrition - Appropriations, Budget, and Debt Ceiling - Defense and National Security - Education - Energy and Environment - Financial…more

Agriculture, Appropriations Bill, Defense Sector, Department of Transportation, Energy Policy

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…..and Don’t Even Think About Advertising a MARCH MADNESS Event Either!

It is that time of year again, coming off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, when everyone gets on the college basketball bandwagon in the season of “MARCH MADNESS.” Brackets are being completed, college jerseys are being pulled…more

Advertising, March Madness, NCAA, Trademark Infringement, Trademarks

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Stay Off My Turf! How to Protect Field of Use in a Biotechnology License Agreement

To protect a licensor’s rights, a key element of a biotech license is the licensor’s right to restrict the scope of the license by limiting the field of use, often to a particular disease area. But the license agreement only…more

Amgen, Biotechnology, Johnson & Johnson, License Agreements, Off-Label Promotion

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New York’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act: A Guide to the Law’s Key Provisions

Significant portions of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act (the “Revitalization Act” or the “Act”) went into effect in 2014. The Act represents the first overhaul in more than 40 years of laws applicable to nonprofit…more

Board of Directors, Charitable Organizations, Corporate Governance, Executive Compensation, General Solicitation

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3 Key Take Aways from AHLA’s Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues

Last week I attended the American Health Lawyers Association Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking a comprehensive approach to reimbursement issues, the program offered a variety of…more

Data Collection, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud, Medicaid, Medicare

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California Employers May Get Ill Over California’s New Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

The collective sobbing you may have recently heard from the west coast of the United States was that of California employers in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s September 10, 2014 signing of AB 1522 – California’s new paid…more

Corporate Counsel, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, New Legislation, Paid Leave

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Implications of the New California LLC Act

On January 1, 2014, a new law governing limited liability companies (“LLCs”) went into effect in California. The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (“RULLCA”)1 superseded in its entirety the prior limited…