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Darren Abernethy

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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Stefanie Giuliano Abhar

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

Trends & Analysis: •We have identified 23 health care–related qui tam cases unsealed since last month’s Qui Tam Update. Only six of those cases were filed in 2013. The majority (13 cases) were filed in 2011 or 2012, with…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, Healthcare, Qui Tam

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Kevin Ainsworth

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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Roy M. Albert

CMS Issues Final Call Letter for 2015

Earlier this week, CMS announced in its Final Call Letter that Medicare Advantage rates would rise an average of 0.4 percent in 2015, instead of falling 1.9 percent as proposed in February. CMS’s shift in course may stem from…more

CMS, Healthcare, Medicare, Medicare Advantage

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Michael S. Arnold

Paid Sick Time Arrives in New York City; Department of Consumer Affairs Releases Proposed Paid Sick Time Rules and Schedules Public Hearing on April 29, 2014; Also Releases Notices in Various Languages

The New York City Earned Sick Time Act went into effect yesterday. In other news, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs has released proposed rules to “establish requirements to implement the [paid sick leave] Act and…more

Employee Rights, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Jamison Arterton

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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George Atanasov

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Increase

Increasing the minimum wage and reforming the unemployment insurance (“UI”) system in Massachusetts are the two major employment issues facing the 2013–2014 Legislature, which comes to a close on July 31, 2014. The Senate and…more

Employee Rights, Insurance Reform, Minimum Wage, Unemployment Insurance, Wages

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Brandon Barker

Green Building Newsletter: Feb 2014 -- AB 1103 Update: Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Requirements Now In Effect

After a series of delays in both implementation and enforcement, as of January 1, 2014, California Assembly Bill 1103 (“AB 1103,” codified as California Public Resources Code Section 25402.10) is now in effect and enforceable by…more

Disclosure Requirements, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Environmental Policies, Green Buildings

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David Barmak

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision another Victory For Employers Seeking to Avoid Class Actions

Just last week Mintz Levin presented a webinar on how employers can use arbitration agreements as a tool to avoid exposure to wage and hour and other class actions. The thesis of the webinar was that recent Supreme Court and…more

American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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David Barres

Compelled Waiver of Foreign Bank Secrecy for Discovery of Records Abroad

There are many branches, agencies, and subsidiaries of foreign banks licensed to conduct banking business here in New York. These foreign-bank offices are often the targets of civil discovery requests seeking production of the…more

Banking Examinations, Banking Secrecy, Books & Records, Disclosure, Discovery

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Katharine O. Beattie

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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Nicholas Bentley

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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Brady Berg

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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Susan Berson

CMS Issues Final Call Letter for 2015

Earlier this week, CMS announced in its Final Call Letter that Medicare Advantage rates would rise an average of 0.4 percent in 2015, instead of falling 1.9 percent as proposed in February. CMS’s shift in course may stem from…more

CMS, Healthcare, Medicare, Medicare Advantage

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Alden J. Bianchi

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 37: Stalking the Elusive “Variable Hour Employee”

For “applicable large employers” (i.e., generally, those employers who employed an average of at least 50 full-time employees on business days during the preceding calendar year), determining which employees are “full-time”…more

Affordable Care Act, Full-Time Employees, IRS, Safe Harbors, Variable Hour Employees

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Evan M. Bienstock

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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Travis L. Blais

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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Eric R. Blythe

Are Credit Bids in a Deep Freeze?

A Delaware bankruptcy court recently limited a secured creditor’s right to credit bid an acquired claim to the purchase price of that claim. In In re Fisker Auto. Holdings, Inc., 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 230 (Bankr. D. Del. January 17,…more

Credit Bids, Fisker, Loans

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Joshua Booth

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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Dianne Bourque

Is Your HIPAA Compliance Program Going Out the Window with XP?

April 8, 2014 marks the end of Microsoft’s support for the Windows XP operating system, which means the end of security updates from Microsoft and the beginning of new vulnerability to hackers and other intruders into systems…more

Compliance, Data Protection, HIPAA, Technology

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Christi Braun

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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Meghan Burke

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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Thomas R. Burton

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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Robert Burwell

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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Jonathan Cain

Federal IT Acquisition Policy Recommendations Focus on Cybersecurity

The Department of Defense and the General Services Administration, which together spend more than $500 billion annually on information technology, have released a joint report to the White House recommending steps to upgrade the…more

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, Department of Defense, Executive Orders, GSA

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Anne Campbell

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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Megan Capasso

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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Charles Carey

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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Theresa C. Carnegie

CMS Abandons Certain Controversial Provisions in its Proposed Medicare Part D Rule

Following an onslaught of criticism, CMS told Congress today that it will not move forward with certain controversial provisions of its proposed rule on the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug program…more

CMS, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D

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Jessica Catlow

A Check on the EEOC Attack on the Credit Check

We have written a few times about the EEOC’s closer inspection of background checks and the use of criminal records in employment decisions because of their potential adverse impact on classes of applicants. The EEOC has also…more

Background Checks, Criminal Background Checks, EEOC, Employee Credit Checks, Employer Liability Issues

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Ralph A. Child

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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Barbara Chin

H-1B Cap Hit for Fiscal Year 2014

On April 5, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received more than enough H-1B petitions to meet the numerical limit for fiscal year 2014 cap-subject H-1B visas, which includes both the…more

H-1B, USCIS, Visa Caps, Visas

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Sallye Clark

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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Tania Rodrigues Cleary

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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William Coffman

Reminder Alert: Revised Form I-9 Must Be Used by U.S. Employers Starting May 7, 2013

As a follow-up to our Alert of March 8, 2013, this is a reminder that the revised Form I-9 must be used by all U.S. employers for new hires starting tomorrow, May 7, 2013…more

Eligibility, Hiring & Firing, I-9, USCIS

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Bret Cohen

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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Matthew Cohen

CPSC Announces Forman Mills Civil Penalty and Compliance Program

For the first time in nearly a year, a unanimous U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that a company will pay a hefty civil penalty and enact a strict compliance program to resolve allegations regarding its…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, Compliance, CPSC, Discount Retailers

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Susan J. Cohen

H-1B Cap Hit for Fiscal Year 2015

On April 7, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received more than enough H-1B petitions to meet the numerical limit for fiscal year 2015 cap-subject H-1B visas, which includes both the…more

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

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Jillian Collins

Amazon Prime Time – Should Employees Be Paid to Wait in Security Lines? Supreme Court to Decide.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral argument on the issue of whether employers must compensate employees for time they spend going through mandatory security checks, which are aimed to curb employee theft…more

Amazon, Employee Rights, Security, Wage and Hour

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Jordan Collins

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Agriculture - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency - International - States -…more

Climate Change, DOE, Energy, Energy & Climate Debates, Energy Policy

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Hannah Coman

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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Michael Connolly

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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Ernest Cooper

Retailers Ask FCC to Clarify that Text Message Responses Are OK

Should retailers be required to obtain written consent before sending a consumer a text message with information or a coupon that was specifically requested? The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) thinks not, and has…more

FCC, Marketing, Telemarketing, Telemarketing Sales Rule, Texting

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William Cowan

House Ways and Means Tax Reform Proposal Dramatically Changes Energy Tax Landscape

On February 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited tax reform discussion draft, the Tax Reform Act of 2014. To achieve his goal of lower individual and corporate tax rates,…more

Energy Tax Incentives, Tax Reform, Ways and Means Committee

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Julie Cox

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Increase

Increasing the minimum wage and reforming the unemployment insurance (“UI”) system in Massachusetts are the two major employment issues facing the 2013–2014 Legislature, which comes to a close on July 31, 2014. The Senate and…more

Employee Rights, Insurance Reform, Minimum Wage, Unemployment Insurance, Wages

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Nicholas Cramb

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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Tom Crane

CMS Releases Physician Medicare Billing Data

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on April 9th a “historic” release of Medicare payment data to provide consumers with “unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and…more

Billing, CMS, Healthcare, HHS, Medical Devices

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Julian Crump

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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Jennifer Cukier

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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Micha "Mitch" Danzig

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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Paul Davis

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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Daniel I. DeWolf

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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Rajdeep S. Dhaliwal

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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Joseph DiCioccio

Court Narrows Claims Surrounding “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU” Copyright Suit

Following up on a previous post regarding the lawsuit winding its way through federal court seeking clarity on whether the music publisher Warner Chappell owns or has the exclusive right to license the copyright in the…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Intellectual Property Litigation

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Paul H. Dickerson

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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Christophe Difo

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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Joe Dunn

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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Brian P. Dunphy

More Open Questions About Open Payments Under the Sunshine Act

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) clouded the process for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”), to register and submit reports under the…more

CMS, GPOs, Healthcare, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical

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Samuel Effron

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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Meryl J. Epstein

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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Ann Fievet

Retirement Plan Amendment Requirements Post-Windsor

The recent release of Notice 2014-19 and IRS FAQs provide some initial pieces of the guidance that the IRS first promised in September 2013 regarding administrator obligations when amending employee benefit plans to account for…more

DOMA, IRS, Retirement, Retirement Plan, Same-Sex Marriage

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Gregory S. Fine

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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Isobel Finnie

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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Elissa Flynn-Poppey

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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Scott Ford

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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Hope Foster

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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Susan Foster

New Draft Processor to Sub-processor Model Clauses (Art. 29 Working Party)

(LONDON) The Art. 29 Working Party, a key advisory body to the EU Commission, recently proposed draft model clauses to cover the transfer of personal data from EEA data processors to non-EEA sub-processors…more

Data Protection, EEA, EU, EU Data Protection Laws

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Russell Fox

FCC Explores Opportunities to Expedite Deployment of Wireless Broadband Facilities

On September 27, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notice”) directed at expediting the deployment of wireless broadband facilities. Currently, parties seeking to deploy…more

Broadband, FCC, Mobile Broadband Services, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum

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Michele Frangella

Cap Gap Expiration Quickly Approaching: Be Mindful That Some Employees’ Work Authorization May End on October 1, 2013

On April 10, 2013, we reported that USCIS had conducted the lottery process for fiscal year 2014 cap-subject H-1B petitions. Those petitions that were selected and approved will be valid starting October 1, 2013. However, as…more

H-1B, Immigrants, USCIS, Visas

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Kelly Frey

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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Louis Froelich

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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Julia Gaffin

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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Paula J. Valencia- Galbraith

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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Adam Gale

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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Steve Ganis

Regulators Approve Final Volcker Rule

After several years and 18,000 comments, yesterday regulators braved a “snow covered” Washington and voted to approve a final rule to prohibit banks from engaging in proprietary trading, known as the Volcker rule. As industry…more

CEOs, CFTC, Dodd-Frank, Exemptions, FDIC

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Megan Gates

Preparation for 2013 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2014 Annual Shareholder Meetings

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange…more

Annual Meeting, Compliance, Filing Deadlines, Filing Requirements, SEC

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Richard Gervase Jr.

Supreme Court Holds That Reverse Payment Patent Settlements Are Subject to Antitrust Scrutiny

For over a decade, the antitrust enforcers at the Federal Trade Commission have challenged the type of patent settlement where a brand-name drug manufacturer pays a prospective generic manufacturer to settle patent challenges,…more

Actavis Inc., FTC, FTC v Actavis, Generic Drugs, Pay-For-Delay

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Michelle Gillette

Down the Rabbit Hole: Primary Jurisdiction Redux

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’” While perhaps not as far down the rabbit hole as Alice was, the Courts within the…more

FDA, GMO, Jurisdiction

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Jeremy D. Glaser

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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Kimberly J. Gold

CMS Releases Physician Medicare Billing Data

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on April 9th a “historic” release of Medicare payment data to provide consumers with “unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and…more

Billing, CMS, Healthcare, HHS, Medical Devices

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Sean Grammel

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

Trends & Analysis: •We have identified 23 health care–related qui tam cases unsealed since last month’s Qui Tam Update. Only six of those cases were filed in 2013. The majority (13 cases) were filed in 2011 or 2012, with…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, Healthcare, Qui Tam

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Pamela Greene

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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Benjamin Griffin

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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Alison Haile

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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Joseph P. Hammang

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Hearings and Markups -…more

Affordable Care Act, Drugs, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare, HHS

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Haesung Han

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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Douglas Hauer

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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Alexander Hecht

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Hearings and Markups -…more

Affordable Care Act, Drugs, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare, HHS

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Irwin M. Heller

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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Daniel Herling

California Reenters the GMO Food Labeling Arena; This Time Through the Legislature

Not to be left behind and not dependent on any other state action (Connecticut and Maine notwithstanding), a bill has been introduced (SB 1381) on February 21, 2014 that requires any food, with certain exceptions (more on that…more

Food Labeling, Food Safety, GMO

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Fred C. Hernandez

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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Caitie Hill

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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Sarah Hogan

Saas, PaaS and the Cloud? Part 1: Hosted Services Basics for the Sourcing Professional

In today’s world, it seems that virtually every business is using or offering some degree of online services. If you’re involved in making technology purchasing decisions for your business, you likely receive numerous requests…more

Cloud Computing, PaaS, SAAS

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Brian P. Hopkins

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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Erin Horton

Supreme Court Rules that Severance Payments Are Taxable Under FICA

I have to admit, when I read the news that the Supreme Court had ruled earlier this week that severance payments are “wages” subject to payroll taxes, I thought I was on crazy pills: Didn’t we already know that? But, apparently,…more

FICA Taxes, Income Taxes, Quality Stores, SCOTUS, Severance Pay

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Matthew Howsare

Kaye & Mohorovic CPSC Confirmation Hearing Set for April 8th

The rumor is now confirmed. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation officially announced it will hold the confirmation hearing for CPSC Chairman nominee, Elliot Kaye, and Commissioner nominee, Joe…more

Confirmation Proceedings, CPSC, Nominations

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Jacqueline Ireland

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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Rachel Irving

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

Trends & Analysis: - We have identified 31 health care–related qui tam cases unsealed since last month’s Qui Tam Update. Of those, only six were filed in 2013. The majority (14 cases) were filed in 2011 or 2012, with the…more

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Ellen Janos

Tri-Agency Health IT Report Issued

Today, the three federal agencies charged with regulating components of health information technology (“Health IT”) issued their long-awaited Health IT Report: Proposed Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk-Based Framework…more

FDA, Healthcare, Medical Devices, Prescription Drugs, TRICARE

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Garrett Johnston

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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Narges M. Kakalia

Integrating Employees’ Smart Devices Into the Workplace

Originally published in The New York Law Journal on December 10, 2012. Companies are increasingly permitting employees to BYOD, or bring (and use) their own smart devices. Being able to use the latest, fastest, sleekest,…more

AllianceBernstein, Bring Your Own Device, Data Protection, Trade Secrets

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William W. Kannel

Legislative Trial Balloon for Puerto Rico Public Corporation Insolvency Process Attracts Bondholder Attention

Last Tuesday, Puerto Rico sold its much ballyhooed $3.5 billion in non-investment grade general obligation bonds. Two days later, two legislators in Puerto Rico’s Senate filed a bill which, if enacted, would permit insolvency…more

Bonds, Chapter 9, Municipal Bankruptcy

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Kevin M. Kappel

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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Jennifer Karnakis

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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David Katz

Over Hill, Over Dale, the NLRB Pens Another Cautionary Tale: Board Strikes Down Work Rules Prohibiting Negativity and Gossip

The NLRB is back at it, finding last week in Hills and Dales General Hospital, that seemingly innocuous policies prohibiting negativity and gossip in the workplace and requiring employees to represent their employer in a…more

Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Hospitals, NLRB

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Robert G. Kidwell

FTC Announces Annual HSR Thresholds Revision

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on January 17, 2014 increased jurisdictional thresholds for premerger notification filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act)…more

Filing Deadlines, Filing Fees, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

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Helen Kim

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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Samantha Kingsbury

Changes Ahead for Laboratories Doing Business in Pennsylvania

New legislation enacted last month will change the way many laboratories do business in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 1042 (SB 1042), which amends Pennsylvania’s Clinical Laboratory Act (the Act), now prohibits several practices…more

Clinical Laboratories, Department of Health

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Maryanne Kline

CBP Begins Rollout of Automated Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record for Travelers Arriving by Air or Sea

This week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched an initiative to automate the issuance of Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Records for travelers arriving by sea or air. Records of admission will now be generated by CBP…more

Customs and Border Protection, Form I-94, Forms, Travel, USCIS

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Julie Korostoff

Notes to the IT Sourcing Professional: How to Survive the 12/31 Contract Crush

Thanksgiving is imminent and you are already contemplating your plans for New Year’s Eve. And yet you know, as in every year before, there will be a crush of contracts for IT purchases that will need to be reviewed by legal and…more

Technology Contracts

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Tom Koutsoumpas

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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Jonathan L. Kravetz

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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Carl A. Kukkonen III

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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Elizabeth G. Kurpis

GPL Insurance for Private Equity Firms – What Questions To Ask

Many private equity firms are concerned about their liabilities, including exposure to lawsuits for breach of fiduciary duty, claims for wrongful acts or omissions, and regulatory or securities investigations. One of the best…more

Fiduciary Duty, Liability Insurance, Private Equity Funds, Securities

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David Lagasse

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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Cynthia Larose

Privacy Tuesday – April 14, 2014: Heartbleed Headaches

Last week was certainly the “week of the Heartbleed.” Unless you have been on vacation on a remote island (and if so, good for you!), you have heard and read much about the latest mass bug to infect the Internet…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Heartbleed, Internet Privacy

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Heidi A. Lawson

Private Equity Investors Demand More: More Insurance, That Is

As in years past, investors continue to pressure fund general partners for greater transparency, enhanced governance and more performance-based compensation structures. However, they are now also making demands in what would…more

Investment Insurance, Private Equity, Risk Management

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David Leiter

Africa Update

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

Africa, Barack Obama, DOD, DOE, Executive Orders

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Breton Leone-Quick

SEC Enforcement Staff’s Investigations of Financially Stressed Municipal Issuers

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the SEC Enforcement Staff is one year into a wide-ranging review of disclosures made by financially stressed municipal bond issuers. This review has focused on whether municipalities made…more

Enforcement Actions, Municipalities, SEC

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Matthew Levitt

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

Trends & Analysis - ..We have identified 18 health care–related qui tam cases unsealed since last month’s Qui Tam Update. Of those, 10 were filed from 2012 to the present. The remaining cases, filed before 2012, date back…more

Healthcare, Qui Tam

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Christopher Lhulier

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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Muriel Liberto

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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Sarah Litke

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Agriculture - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency - International - States -…more

Climate Change, DOE, Energy, Energy & Climate Debates, Energy Policy

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Marty Lorenzo

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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Audrey C. Louison

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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Karen S. Lovitch

Provisions of Interest to Labs in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (HR 4302), signed by President Obama yesterday, contains a number of provisions that are important to clinical laboratories, and they include..…more

Clinical Laboratories, Healthcare, Medicare, Pharmaceutical

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Amy Malone

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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Neal Martin

China Update

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - China News - Energy & Environment and Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: President Obama meetings Chinese President Xi…more

Bilateral Investment Treaties, China, Foreign Policy, Trade Policy

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Abby Matousek

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Hearings and Markups -…more

Affordable Care Act, Drugs, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare, HHS

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Andrew Matzkin

Brave New World or California Dreaming? Governor Patrick Proposes Legislation Banning Non-Compete Agreements

At an economic development summit earlier today in Newton, Massachusetts, Governor Patrick stated that he will propose an economic growth bill that includes a prohibition on non-competition agreements that discourage workers in…more

Economic Development, Employee Rights, Non-Compete Agreements, Restrictive Covenants

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Jeffrey J. McCourt

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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Kevin McGinty

Aggressive Liability Theory Does Not Eliminate Obstacles To Banks’ Claims In Target Data Breach Class Action

The latest salvo in the Target data breach litigation is a class action brought by credit card issuing banks advancing a creative and somewhat misleading construction of the Minnesota’s Plastic Card Security Act. The banks…more

Banks, Class Action, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection

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Howard Miller

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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Tracy Miner

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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Jeffrey A. Moerdler

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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Robert Moore

International Trade Commission Takes Steps to Promote Early Adjudication of Dispositive Issues

On June 24, 2013, the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) announced a pilot program for early adjudication of potentially-dispositive issues in investigations. The pilot program is part of ongoing efforts by the ITC to…more

Adjudicatory Process, Copyright, Investigations, ITC, Judges

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Patricia Moran

Massachusetts Connector Announces Significant Changes to the Commonwealth’s Cafeteria Plan Rules

On October 29, 2013, the Massachusetts Connector released Bulletin 03-13, which sets forth a significant course change in the Commonwealth’s cafeteria plan, HIRD, and free rider surcharge rules…more

Affordable Care Act, Cafeteria Plans, Employee Benefits, IRS

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Evan Nadel

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Bows to U.S. Supreme Court on Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In an abrupt but not unexpected reversal, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has been forced to change its position on class action waivers in arbitration agreements in light of a new decision by the U.S. Supreme…more

American Express, American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, Class Action

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Michael Newman

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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James Nicholas

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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M. Daria Niewenhous

Final Medical Marijuana Regulations Approved in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Public Health Council approved, by unanimous vote, final regulations for the implementation of the medical marijuana ballot initiative law that will allow qualifying patients with…more

Final Rules, Medical Marijuana

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David L. O'Connor

Solar PV Capacity Quickly Expands When States Provide the Right Incentives

The American solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has grown tremendously in recent years. In 2012, more than 3,300 MW of solar power were installed throughout the United States, with a record 1,300 MW installed in the last three…more

Incentives, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

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Matthew Pavao

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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Paul E. Pelletier

Chinese Detain Pharmaceutical Company Managers in Economic Crime Probe

This week, reports have arisen that Chinese authorities in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Changsha detained high-level GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) managers as part of an investigation into potential “economic crimes.” The…more

Bribery, China, Compliance, DOJ, FCPA

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A. W. "Chip" Phinney III

SEC Steps Up Scrutiny of Municipal Bonds: Recently Filed Enforcement Actions

As Bret Leone-Quick discussed in a post last week, the SEC has been stepping up its scrutiny of municipal bond offerings. Indeed, in the last year the SEC has filed a number of enforcement actions against municipal bond issuers…more

Bonds, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, Municipal Bonds, SEC

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Jeffrey R. Porter

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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Gauri Punjabi

Employer Avoids Massachusetts Wage Claim Through the Use of Well-Drafted Employment Agreement

The importance of drafting employment agreements carefully could not be more evident in the superior court case of Boesel v. Swaptree, Inc., where the court rejected a high-level executive’s ability to bring a claim under the…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employment Contract, Wage and Hour, Wages

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Courtney Quish

International Trade Commission Takes Steps to Promote Early Adjudication of Dispositive Issues

On June 24, 2013, the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) announced a pilot program for early adjudication of potentially-dispositive issues in investigations. The pilot program is part of ongoing efforts by the ITC to…more

Adjudicatory Process, Copyright, Investigations, ITC, Judges

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Jeremy Rabinovitz

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Hearings and Markups -…more

Affordable Care Act, Drugs, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare, HHS

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Michael Renaud

International Trade Commission Takes Steps to Promote Early Adjudication of Dispositive Issues

On June 24, 2013, the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) announced a pilot program for early adjudication of potentially-dispositive issues in investigations. The pilot program is part of ongoing efforts by the ITC to…more

Adjudicatory Process, Copyright, Investigations, ITC, Judges

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Mark J. Riedy

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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Miles Roeder

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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Bridget Rohde

The Strike Force Approach To Combatting Health Care Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and other federal and state agencies are aggressively prosecuting health care fraud and related offenses through a strike…more

DOJ, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud, HHS, OIG

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Carrie Roll

OIG Issues Negative Advisory Opinion Regarding Anesthesiology Provider Contract

On November 12, 2013, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released Advisory Opinion 13-15 concluding that a proposed arrangement between an anesthesiology group and a hospital-based psychiatry group could potentially…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Healthcare, Kickbacks, OIG, Safe Harbors

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Jake Romero

Stop Phoning It in on Mobile Security: What Your Business Needs to Know About the FTC’s Settlements with Fandango and Credit Karma

If you’re like most Americans, you probably think that the worst thing that Fandango, the online movie ticket service, has ever done to you is make you watch those commercials with the creepy talking paper bags before your…more

Cybersecurity, Fandango, FTC, Mobile Devices

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Jason M. Rosenstock

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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Andrew Roth

New York’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act Becomes Law

On December 18, 2013, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the Act) into law, triggering the first overhaul of the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (N-PCL) in more than 40…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Corporate Governance, Corporate Management, Executive Compensation

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Joel Rothman

Supreme Court Does Not Seem Inclined to Overrule the Presumption of Reliance; But Changes for How Reliance Is Handled at Class Certification May Be Coming

The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. One issue presented in the case is whether the court should overrule or substantially modify the holding of Basic Inc. v. Levinson, a…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton, Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund

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Jennifer Rubin

Non-Courtside Madness? Resume Fraud Costs Manhattan Coach Steve Masiello From Securing South Florida Coaching Job

Our attention on the NCAA college basketball tournament was temporarily diverted by the non-courtside drama that played out this week when the University of South Florida revoked its head coaching offer to Steve Masiello after…more

Coaches, Fraud, NCAA, Sports

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Melanie Ruthrauff

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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Harvey Saferstein

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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Charles A. Samuels

The Fitbit Recall: Is a “One Size Fits All” Approach the Most Effective Way to Remedy Potential Hazards?

Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a voluntary recall notice for the popular wireless, activity-tracking wristband Fitbit Force. Fitbit’s wristband allows consumers to monitor and measure…more

CPSC, Fitbit, Product Recalls

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Gregory Sandomirsky

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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Rachel Sanford

Bitcoin: Regulators and States Out Ahead—Will Congress Follow?

Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency that facilitates quick exchanges of value, has received steady attention from the media and industry stakeholders. Akin to gold, bitcoins are mined using computers to solve increasingly…more

Bitcoins, Virtual Currency

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Peter Saparoff

The Evisceration of the Federal Securities Law

I. Introduction - a. Legislative history of the Securities Act of 19331 (“Securities Act”) and the Securities Exchange Act of 19342 (“Exchange Act” and collectively, the “Acts”). ..i. Congress passed the Acts…more

Dodd-Frank, Legal History, PSLRA, SEC, Securities Act of 1933

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Dawn Saunders

SB 1186 Update: California Legislature Attempts to Promote Compliance with Accessibility Standards and to Curtail Vexatious Litigation

In September 2012, the California State Legislature enacted SB 1186 in an effort to cut back on opportunistic litigation and encourage compliance with disability access laws. The new law imposes additional notice, procedural and…more

Accessibility Rules, Certified Access Specialists, Compliance, Disclosure Requirements, Enforcement

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Paul J. Scapicchio

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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Gabriel Schnitzler

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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Donald W. Schroeder

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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Jessica Sergi

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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Aarti Shah

How Will ITC Confirmation That It Has Jurisdiction Over Digital Imports Impact Software and Media Industries?

The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its much-awaited decision in Certain Digital Models today, affirming in a decision with important implications for the software and media industries that digital importation is…more

Digital Goods, Imports, ITC, Jurisdiction

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Nada I. Shamonki

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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Ella Shenhav

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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Robert Sheridan

Hope Springs Eternal . . . Except for a Volunteer at Major League Baseball’s FanFest on the Losing End of a Wage and Hour Class Action

In baseball, the beginning of spring means hope for fans of even the most hard luck teams. Unfortunately for one erstwhile fan, the first days of spring ushered in a dismissal of his putative wage and hour class action. The…more

FLSA, Volunteers, Wage and Hour

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Andrew Shin

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Hearings and Markups -…more

Affordable Care Act, Drugs, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare, HHS

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Farrah Short

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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Amarynth Sichel

ML Strategies FY2015 Budget Update: The Governor’s Proposal

As the budget process heats up on Beacon Hill, ML Strategies will issue periodic updates regarding the process and politics that will shape this year’s budget. We begin by providing an overview of the budget timeline and a brief…more

Estate Tax, Legislative Agendas, Sales & Use Tax, State Budgets

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Julia Siripurapu

Demystifying the SOC Reports: What are they, what do they cover, and which one(s) do you need?

If you are an IT sourcing professional or an attorney negotiating IT agreements, you have probably encountered the terms AT 101, SSAE No. 16, SOC, SOC1SM, SOC2SM and SOC3SM. These are terms that are well understood by security…more

AICPA, Cybersecurity, Security, Technology

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Adam Sisitsky

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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Robert C. Skinner

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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Timothy Slattery

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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Jennifer Sacco Smith

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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Peter Snell

Patent Eligibility of Software Innovations After CLS Bank

The en banc Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently could not agree on the proper approach for determining whether software-based inventions constitute patent eligible subject matter under § 101 of the patent statute…more

CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Investors, Patent Applications, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Bruce D. Sokler

FTC Cautions States against Overbroad Regulation of Nurse Practitioners in Continued Effort to Promote Expanded Roles for Non-traditional Providers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a well-established role in promoting competition in the health care industry through enforcement, study and advocacy. To that end, the agency actively urges the opening of health care…more

FTC, Healthcare, Nurses

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Georgette Spanjich

Africa Update

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

Africa, Barack Obama, DOD, DOE, Executive Orders

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Shoshana S. Speiser

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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Ellyn L. Sternfield

CMS Releases Physician Medicare Billing Data

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on April 9th a “historic” release of Medicare payment data to provide consumers with “unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and…more

Billing, CMS, Healthcare, HHS, Medical Devices

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Kate Stewart

Tri-Agency Health IT Report Issued

Today, the three federal agencies charged with regulating components of health information technology (“Health IT”) issued their long-awaited Health IT Report: Proposed Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk-Based Framework…more

FDA, Healthcare, Medical Devices, Prescription Drugs, TRICARE

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Bryan M. Stockton

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Agriculture - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency - International - States -…more

Climate Change, DOE, Energy, Energy & Climate Debates, Energy Policy

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Sahir Surmeli

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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Tara Swenson

Notice to Plans and PBMs: Pay for Contraceptive Services and Maybe We Will Pay You Back

As has been widely covered in the news, regulations and guidance developed under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) require that non-grandfathered health plans make preventive care and screenings available to their members at no…more

Affordable Care Act, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives, Employee Benefits

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John Sylvia

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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Howard Symons

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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Jonathan Talansky

IRS Hits the “Pause” Button on PTP Rulings

Recently it has become standard operating procedure for the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) to declare moratoriums on the issuance of private letter rulings (“PLR”) in certain areas. These temporary (or, in certain cases, more…more

IRS, Private Letter Rulings, REIT, Securities

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Tyrone Thomas

Bracketology 101: Part 2 – Survive and Advance: NLRB Says Northwestern Football Players Can Unionize

Last week, we placed the union recognition effort of Northwestern University’s football players as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region in our blog entry of issues that may change the face of the Final Four. That issue has now…more

College Athletes, NLRB, Unions

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Aaron M. Tidman

Subjective or Objective Truth? Supreme Court to Decide What Is an “Untrue” Statement of Opinion

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (13-435), an appeal in which Omnicare has asked the Court to clarify the meaning of “untrue”…more

Lying, Material Misstatements, Omnicare, SCOTUS, SEC

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Stanley A. Twarog

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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Jonathan Ursprung

A Guide to FDA Postmarketing Submission Requirements and Reporting Interactive Promotional Media

As part of existing FDA postmarketing reporting requirements, manufacturers, packers, and distributors that are FDA applicants or that act on behalf of FDA applicants (for simplicity, “Applicants”) are required to submit all…more

Advertising, FDA, Marketing, Prescription Drugs

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Colin Van Dyke

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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Michael D. Van Loy, Ph.D.

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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Adam Veness

FTC Data Security Authority Confirmed, For Now: Wyndham’s Motion to Dismiss Denied

The FTC’s Claim - A New Jersey federal judge has confirmed the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) authority to regulate data security and bring claims against companies suffering data breaches due to inadequate…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, FTC, Wyndham

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Ben Wagner

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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Christine Wahr

Saas, PaaS and the Cloud? Part 1: Hosted Services Basics for the Sourcing Professional

In today’s world, it seems that virtually every business is using or offering some degree of online services. If you’re involved in making technology purchasing decisions for your business, you likely receive numerous requests…more

Cloud Computing, PaaS, SAAS

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Adrienne Walker

Constitutionality of Detroit's Emergency Manager Challenged

Within days of Kevyn Orr’s appointment as Detroit’s Emergency Manager, a group of elected officials, union representatives, civil rights activist and clergy brought a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder and Treasurer Andy Dillon in…more

Due Process, Emergency Managers, Voting Rights Act

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Kevin J. Walsh

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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Maureen J. Walsh

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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Katy E. Ward

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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Stephen Weiner

Congress Moves Toward Permanent “Doc-Fix”

In a significant development, the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee each advanced its version of Sustainable Growth Rate reform legislation on Thursday, December 12. Thus, early next year, lawmakers in…more

Medicare, Physician Medicare Reimbursements

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Len Weiser-Varon

Legislative Trial Balloon for Puerto Rico Public Corporation Insolvency Process Attracts Bondholder Attention

Last Tuesday, Puerto Rico sold its much ballyhooed $3.5 billion in non-investment grade general obligation bonds. Two days later, two legislators in Puerto Rico’s Senate filed a bill which, if enacted, would permit insolvency…more

Bonds, Chapter 9, Municipal Bankruptcy

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William Weld

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework and Implications for the Financial Services Industry

The NIST Framework - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” on February 12th. This set of voluntary best practices for critical…more

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Susan Neuberger Weller

Houston, We Have a Problem: City Petitions the US Supreme Court to Register Its Official Seal as a Trademark

The City of Houston, Texas has filed a Petition For Writ Of Certiorari with the Supreme Court of the United States asking the Court to interpret Section 2(b) of the Lanham Act to determine whether it prohibits a government…more

Lanham Act, Municipalities, SCOTUS, Trademarks

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Jeffrey Wiesen

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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Bridgette Wiley

Notice to Plans and PBMs: Pay for Contraceptive Services and Maybe We Will Pay You Back

As has been widely covered in the news, regulations and guidance developed under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) require that non-grandfathered health plans make preventive care and screenings available to their members at no…more

Affordable Care Act, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives, Employee Benefits

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Brandon T. Willenberg

San Francisco Employers – Heads Up, New Rules Governing The Use of Criminal Records

It’s already hard enough for California employers to keep track of and comply with the myriad federal and state background check laws. There’s California’s Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA), California Labor…more

Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, Employer Liability Issues, FCRA, ICRAA

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Stephanie Willis

Compliance is No Joke: OCR Releases Security Risk Assessment Tool

On March 28, 2014, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced the release of an online and iPad app-based security risk assessment (SRA) tool. The tool is intended to help health care providers in small to medium sized offices…more

Compliance, HIPAA, OCR, Risk Assessment

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James Wodarski

International Trade Commission Takes Steps to Promote Early Adjudication of Dispositive Issues

On June 24, 2013, the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) announced a pilot program for early adjudication of potentially-dispositive issues in investigations. The pilot program is part of ongoing efforts by the ITC to…more

Adjudicatory Process, Copyright, Investigations, ITC, Judges

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David Wraige

EPO Divisionals Update

In October 2013, we reported that the EPO had removed the time limits for filing divisonal applications. An outstanding detail at that time was the level of the fees that would be levied for filing second or any subsequent…more

Divisional Applications, EPO, EU, Patent Applications, Patents

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Nili Yolin

Unified Residency Accreditation System To Be Launched

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) will be forming a unified, single accreditation…more

Accreditation, Physicians

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Martha J. Zackin

Update: Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Beautiful: Termination Based on "Irresistible Attraction" is Not Unlawful Sex Discrimination

On January 4, we wrote that the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a dentist acted legally when he fired a female employee because he had become irresistibly attracted to her – a situation the employer’s wife, also an employee, found…more

Harassment, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Termination

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