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Third-Party Protections In Mass Tort Chapter 11 Cases

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

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

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

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

Airlines, Aviation Industry, Broadband, Competitive Bidding, FCC

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

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

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

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

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

AFCP, Patent Reform, Patents, USPTO

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“May I have your ZIP Code?” Retailers may want to read this….

There are only a handful of decisions addressing whether a commercial general liability (CGL) policy provides coverage for lawsuits brought against retailers allegedly collecting their customers’ ZIP code information. Thus,…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Personally Identifiable Information, Retailers

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

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

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Proposed Amendments

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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 22: Charting the Future of the Premium Subsidies (and Employer Penalties): Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell

On July 22, 2014, two federal appellate courts issued conflicting decisions, within hours of each other, regarding the IRS final rule published on May 23, 2012 (the “IRS Rule”), intended to implement the exchange-related tax…more

Affordable Care Act, Chevron Deference, Employer Mandates, Halbig v Burwell, Health Insurance

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New York City Council Continues Push to Ban Credit Checks in Connection with Employment Decisions

The New York City Council’s Committee on Civil Rights recently held a hearing on a bill that would amend the New York City Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from basing an employment decision on the consumer credit history…more

Credit Checks, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Human Rights Code, Job Applicants

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

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

Google, Infringement, Keyword Advertising, Keyword Search, SEO

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

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

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

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2013-2014 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

Last week, the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session came to a close amid a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill. Lawmakers rushed to finalize and pass priority bills, working past their deadline on Thursday, sending a number…more

Economic Development, Energy Policy, Healthcare, Legislative Agendas, Pending Legislation

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What’s Happening with Patents at the USPTO? Chief of Staff Byrnes has Answers!

On September 16, 2014, United States Patent and Trademark Office Chief of Staff Andrew Byrnes presented to the Boston Patent Law Association an update on new quality initiatives and the implementation of White House patent…more

America Invents Act, Patents, USPTO

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Patent Hold-Up or Patent Hold-Out? Judge Essex Adds His Voice to the SEP-FRAND Debate

Administrative Law Judge Essex recently issued the public version of his Initial Determination in ITC investigation No. 337-TA-868, ruling that the respondents are precluded from relying on the defense that the patent holder is…more

FRAND, Licenses, Patent Litigation, Patent-in-Suit, Patents

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

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

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

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D.C. the Latest Jurisdiction to Ban the Box

The District of Columbia is on the verge of joining the 13 other states (and numerous cities and counties throughout the country) that have enacted “Ban the Box” laws prohibiting or limiting an employer from asking job…more

Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Job Applicants

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

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

Data Breach, Data Protection, Derivative Suit, Derivatives, Directors

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

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

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

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

Clinical Laboratories, Diagnostic Tests, FDA, Laboratory Developed Tests

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

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

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

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

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

Clean Energy, Energy, Solar Energy

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CMS 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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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 10: What’s an Employer to Do (with Marketplace Notices)?

Under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules, applicable large employers (those with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees on business days during the preceding calendar year) incur…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandates, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare, Marketplace Notice

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The New Rule 506: a Useful Crowdsourcing Tool

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

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

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

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

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

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Another Court Rules That Availability of Make-Whole Premiums in Bankruptcy Depends on Governing Documents

In a recent bench decision in In re MPM Silicones, LLC et al., Case No. 14-22503-RDD (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. August 26, 2014), the Bankruptcy Court considered bondholders’ right to recover make-whole premiums (premiums paid for early…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Default, Loans, Make-Whole Premium, Payment Bonds

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Obama Administration Outlines Religious Accommodations for Contraception Coverage Mandate

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

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

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Cliff Notes from the Joint OCR/NIST HIPAA Security Conference

As a service to our readers, we have distilled last week’s joint HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) conference, “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through…more

Encryption, HHS, HIPAA, NIST, OCR

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

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

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, CMS, Healthcare

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

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

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

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Admirals Bank Partners with SunPower for an Innovative Solar Power Loan Funding Program

Mintz Levin would like to congratulate our client, Admirals Bank, on partnering with SunPower Corp., the second largest U.S. solar-panel maker, to establish an innovative solar power loan funding program. Together, SunPower and…more

Admirals Bank, Energy Projects, Funding, Loans, Manufacturers

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

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

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

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VETS-100 and 100A Veteran Hiring Reports Retired by the Department of Labor

The Department of Labor published a final regulation on September 25, 2014 that relieves federal contractors from filing VETS-100 and VETS-100A veterans hiring reports after 2014. The rules that required the VETS-100 Report have…more

DOL, Hiring & Firing, Veterans, VETS-100

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Don’t Discount Computer-Related Inventions from Patentability

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

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

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FCC Clarifies Rule Governing Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations

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

Consent, FCC, Filing Requirements, Foreign Ownership, Telecommunications

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

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

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

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OIG Special Advisory Bulletin Provides Guidance on Application of Federal Anti-Kickback Statute to Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Copayment Coupons

In recent years, copayment coupon programs have become standard promotional practices for both large and small pharmaceutical manufacturers. Copayment coupons are typically offered to commercially insured patients in order to…more

Affordable Care Act, Ambulance Providers, Anti-Kickback Statute, CMP Law, Gainsharing

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Who Hurts More? Another Battle in the Non-Compete Wars

A recent decision from a Georgia federal district court concerning post-employment non-compete agreements reached two notable conclusions of which employers should take note..…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Former Employee, Non-Compete Agreements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Airlines, Aviation Industry, Broadband, Competitive Bidding, FCC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Taking 221(g) Adminstrative Processing Too Far?

The Obama administration has touted a number of new initiatives aimed at encouraging immigrant entrepreneurship and retention of high-tech workers in the U.S. These are commendable and this author applauds these efforts…more

Delays, Department of State, F-1, Foreign Nationals, H1-B

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

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

Compliance, Enforcement, Non-Solicitation Agreements

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GAO Releases Report on CPSC Response to New and Emerging Hazards

On October 14, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report entitled “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks.” The report analyzes the timeliness of…more

CPSC, GAO, Safety Precautions

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It’s Time to Register for the 2016 Diversity Lottery!

On October 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2016), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a…more

Department of State, DIversity Lottery, Foreign Nationals, Registration, Visa Caps

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Putative Class Members Not Lovin’ It – Court Denies Conditional Certification of Supersized McDonald’s FLSA Class of More Than 1,000

McDonald’s, the fast food giant known for supersizing its orders, avoided conditional certification of an FLSA collective action this week based on the “very large” size of the putative class. The Eastern District of Michigan…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Collective Actions, Collective Bargaining, Employee Rights

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Energy & Environment Update - October 2014 #3

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

Climate Change, Department of Agriculture, DOE, Energy, Energy & Climate Debates

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

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

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

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

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

Biotechnology, Compliance, Derivative Suit, False Statements, Healthcare

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Ninth Circuit Rules Marketing Consultant Can Be Held Vicariously Liable for Text Messages under TCPA

In a ruling issued late last week, the Ninth Circuit held that a marketing consultant that hired a firm to send text messages for a third party could also be held vicariously liable for violations of the Telephone Consumer…more

Marketing, Prior Express Consent, Robocalling, TCPA, Text Messages

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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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2013-2014 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

Last week, the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session came to a close amid a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill. Lawmakers rushed to finalize and pass priority bills, working past their deadline on Thursday, sending a number…more

Economic Development, Energy Policy, Healthcare, Legislative Agendas, Pending Legislation

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

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

Affordable Housing, Land Developers

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Proposed Rule Issued by OIG Realigns Its Enforcement Views with Health Care Reform Goals

Fridays never seem to be slow in the health care regulatory world. On Friday, October 3rd, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a highly anticipated proposed rule (the Proposed Rule) that provides amendments to…more

Ambulance Providers, Anti-Kickback Statute, Cost-Sharing, Medicare Part D, OIG

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New Global Patent Prosecution Highways to Accelerate Examination of Patents

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

Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution, Patent Prosecution Highway, Patents

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FCC Clarifies Rule Governing Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations

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

Consent, FCC, Filing Requirements, Foreign Ownership, Telecommunications

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

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

Independent Contractors, Misclassification, NLRA, NLRB, Social Media

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

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

Forward Publishing, Patent Applications, Patents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aereo, Broadcasting, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Internet Streaming

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

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

Clean Energy, Energy, Solar Energy

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

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

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

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Inter Partes Review Initial Filings of Paramount Importance: What Is Clear After Two Years of Inter Partes Review Under the AIA

September 16, 2014, marked the two year anniversary since certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act went into effect, including post-grant Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal…more

America Invents Act, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Reform

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

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

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

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Another Court Weighs in on Rule 9(b)’s Requirements Under the False Claims Act

A federal district court recently dismissed a qui tam relator’s complaint in a declined case against the Hospital for Special Surgery (“Hospital”), its former CEO, and an outside billing company alleging that they violated the…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, Hospitals, Qui Tam, Rule 9(b)

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

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

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

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The New Rule 506: a Useful Crowdsourcing Tool

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

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

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

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

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

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Rollover Contributions: What Plan Administrators Need to Know

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

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

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Survival of Reps and Warranties: Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises for Buyers

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

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

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

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

FEC, McCutcheon v. FEC, Political Contributions, SCOTUS

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

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

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

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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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UK Information Commissioner’s Office Launches Consultation on Privacy Seal Program

(LONDON) The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is accepting comments from the public on a proposed UK privacy seal program. The deadline for comments is October 3, 2014…more

ICO, Privacy Policy, Public Comment, UK

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The Incredible Shrinking Red Bull Refund: How Should Courts Verify Class Membership?

A recent class action settlement has brought fresh attention to two age-old questions. The first: does Red Bull actually give you wings? The second: how carefully should courts screen out bogus claimants from proposed classes of…more

Advertising, Class Action, Class Member Compensation, Class Members, False Advertising

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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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Cap Gap Expiration Approaching: Some Employees' Work Authorization May End on October 1, 2014

Fiscal year 2015 cap-subject H-1B petitions selected and approved by USCIS will be valid starting October 1, 2014. However, as October 1, 2014 approaches, many cap-subject H-1B petitions remain pending at both the California and…more

Deadlines, F-1, H-1B, Immigrants, USCIS

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Life Care Centers Seeks Sixth Circuit Review of Decision Allowing Statistical Sampling/Extrapolation in FCA Case

Last week, we posted about U.S. District Court Judge Harry Mattice’s September 29th ruling that government attorneys could extrapolate from a small sample of patient admissions to over 50,000 patient admissions (and over 150,000…more

Due Process, Extrapolation, False Claims Act, Interlocutory Appeals, Nursing Homes

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

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

FEC, McCutcheon v. FEC, Political Contributions, SCOTUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Committee of Fund Manager Personnel May Not Be Able to Provide the Requisite Consent on Behalf of the Fund for a Principal Transaction

Fund managers may wish from time to time to conduct, or for their principals or affiliates to conduct, securities transactions opposite the fund. The Advisers Act prohibits such transactions – called “principal transactions” –…more

Consent, Equity Transactions, Fund Managers, Securities

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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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Computer Implementation Not Enough to Render Abstract Ideas Patent Eligible

The Supreme Court yesterday issued its long-awaited decision in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International addressing the patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions under 35 USC §101. The Court’s unanimous decision…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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The Incredible Shrinking Red Bull Refund: How Should Courts Verify Class Membership?

A recent class action settlement has brought fresh attention to two age-old questions. The first: does Red Bull actually give you wings? The second: how carefully should courts screen out bogus claimants from proposed classes of…more

Advertising, Class Action, Class Member Compensation, Class Members, False Advertising

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7 Key Roles of a Successful Startup CEO

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

Business Formation, CEOs, Legal Perspectives, Startups

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Cliff Notes from the Joint OCR/NIST HIPAA Security Conference

As a service to our readers, we have distilled last week’s joint HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) conference, “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through…more

Encryption, HHS, HIPAA, NIST, OCR

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

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

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

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SEC Uses Data Analytics to Identify and Punish Late Form Filers

Can merely late filing of “routine” forms get you in trouble with the SEC? Yes, at least if it happens too often. On Wednesday the SEC announced charges and financial penalties totaling $2.6 million against 28 officers,…more

Enforcement Actions, Filing Deadlines, Filing Requirements, Publicly-Traded Companies, Reporting Requirements

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FCC Eliminates Foreign Competition Test for Certain International Telecommunications Authorization Applications

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

FCC, Telecommunications, WTO

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

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

EPO, EU, Patent Applications, Patents, USPTO

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Health Care Update - October 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Policymakers Scrambling to Contain Ebola Crises - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional Initiatives - Upcoming…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, CMS, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Ebola

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

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

EB-3, India, Visa Bulletins, Visas

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Cyber Liability Insurance: Where’s the Beef?

“Cyber liability insurance” is often used to describe a range of insurance policies, in the same way that the word cyber is used to describe a broad range of information security related tools, processes and services. Everyone…more

Corporate Counsel, Corporate Liability, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity

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

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

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

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Health Care Update - October 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Policymakers Scrambling to Contain Ebola Crises - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional Initiatives - Upcoming…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, CMS, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Ebola

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

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

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

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Battle of the Experts Still Brewin’ in Starbucks Trial

In April 2010, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) sued Starbucks Corp. and other coffee sellers alleging they violated California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, passed by California voters…more

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

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

Legal Perspectives, Startups

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

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

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

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Regulation of Health IT: A Risk-Based Approach

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

FCC, FDA, FDASIA, Healthcare, ONC

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

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

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

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National Labor Relations Board Majority Holds That Seeking Co-Worker Assistance with an Individual Harassment Complaint is Protected Activity Under the Act; Overrules Holling Press, Inc.

Last week, the NLRB took an exceptionally broad view of what constitutes “concerted activity” and what kind of efforts are aimed at “mutual aid or protection” under the National Labor Relations Act. For employers, this could…more

Employer Liability Issues, Fresh & Easy, Grocery Stores, Harassment, Internal Investigations

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CPSC Clarifies Changes to Monthly Recall Report Form

In May, we advised readers conducting recalls that the CPSC’s new monthly “recall progress report” form may catch you by surprise. Among other changes, the form included new provisions requesting companies to report recall…more

Auction, CPSC, Facebook, NAM, Notice Requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Continuing a Growing Trend, Telemedicine Efforts Move Forward

Last week, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) approved its new telepathology guidelines, which provide updated guidance on specific applications, practices, benefits, limitations, and regulatory issues that may arise in…more

ATA, Healthcare, Telemedicine

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Fiscal Cliff Legislation Extends Tax Incentive to Invest in Small Businesses

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

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

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Microsoft Loses Round in Fight Over Email Held in Irish Data Center

Rarely do Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Apple, Cisco and the ACLU all agree on a particular subject; rarer still that such an unlikely coalition fails…more

Data Centers, Electronically Stored Information, Email, Microsoft, Popular

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PREPA Bondholders Seek Summary Judgment Invalidating Puerto Rico’s Public Corporation Bankruptcy Legislation

On August 11, Franklin Funds and Oppenheimer Rochester Funds filed a second amended complaint, opposition to motion to dismiss and cross-motion for summary judgment in the litigation they previously filed in the United States…more

Bonds, Commercial Bankruptcy, PREPA, Summary Judgment

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

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

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

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Health Care Reform Update -- April 2, 2013

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

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

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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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Like a Bad Penny, Discharged AT&T Employee Turns Up Years Later Despite No-Rehire Agreement; New Jersey Appellate Court Affirms $35K Judgment Against Her

The inclusion of a “no-rehire” provision in separation agreement is fairly commonplace. Likewise, a damages provision (including liquidated damages and attorneys’ fees) in the event of a breach by the former employee are…more

AT&T, Damages, Liquidated Damages, Separation Agreement

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SEC Charges Executive Officers with Fraud and Violations of Sarbanes-Oxley

On July 30, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement actions against Marc Sherman and Edward Cummings, CEO and former CFO, respectively, of QSGI, Inc., a publicly traded computer equipment…more

Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, Fraud, Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC

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

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

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

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Tenth Circuit Affirms Class Certification and Price Fixing Verdict Against Dow Chemical

The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed both class certification and one of the largest verdicts issued in the U.S. this year, denying Dow Chemical Company’s (“Dow”) appeal in a price fixing case related to polyurethane products. In…more

Antitrust Litigation, Class Action, Class Certification, Dow Chemical, Price-Fixing

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Tenth Circuit Affirms Class Certification and Price Fixing Verdict Against Dow Chemical

The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed both class certification and one of the largest verdicts issued in the U.S. this year, denying Dow Chemical Company’s (“Dow”) appeal in a price fixing case related to polyurethane products. In…more

Antitrust Litigation, Class Action, Class Certification, Dow Chemical, Price-Fixing

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Life Care Centers Seeks Sixth Circuit Review of Decision Allowing Statistical Sampling/Extrapolation in FCA Case

Last week, we posted about U.S. District Court Judge Harry Mattice’s September 29th ruling that government attorneys could extrapolate from a small sample of patient admissions to over 50,000 patient admissions (and over 150,000…more

Due Process, Extrapolation, False Claims Act, Interlocutory Appeals, Nursing Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Software Audits: Strategies for Licensees

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

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

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Health Care Reform Update -- April 15, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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Clean Energy Patent Growth Index – 2013 Year in Review

The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) has released its 2013 Year in Review report. The report, tracking green patent trends by sector, provides some interesting insight on the status of Energy Technology investing…more

CEPGI, Green Energy, Investment, Investment Opportunities, Patents

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

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

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

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PE Funds May Be Liable For Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities

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

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

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Privacy Tuesday - October 2014

A new month, a new Privacy Tuesday. JPMorgan Chase: Baiting the Hook for Phishers - Cybercrime researchers say that the 83 million customer records (76 million consumer and 7 million small business) swiped from…more

Banks, Cyber Attacks, JPMorgan Chase, Phishing Scams

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Business Interruption Insurance for Ebola – Managing Risk for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers

William Gallagher Associates, a Boston-based insurance broker, has announced the rollout of a new policy to cover Ebola-related losses at hospitals and other healthcare providers involved in primary care emergency treatment. …more

Business Interruption, Ebola, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, Insurers

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Hulu Scores a Victory (at least temporarily) in Avoiding Class Certification

Another important decision has been rendered in the ongoing In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation saga pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, this time denying – without prejudice – the…more

Ascertainable Class, Class Action, Class Certification, Cookies, Facebook

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Energy & Environment Update - October 2014 #3

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

Climate Change, Department of Agriculture, DOE, Energy, Energy & Climate Debates

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SEC Uses Data Analytics to Identify and Punish Late Form Filers

Can merely late filing of “routine” forms get you in trouble with the SEC? Yes, at least if it happens too often. On Wednesday the SEC announced charges and financial penalties totaling $2.6 million against 28 officers,…more

Enforcement Actions, Filing Deadlines, Filing Requirements, Publicly-Traded Companies, Reporting Requirements

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Massachusetts High Court Permits Compelled Decryption of Seized Digital Evidence

Today, in Commonwealth v. Gelfgatt, No. SJC-11358 (Mass. June 25, 2014), a divided Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that under certain circumstances, a court may compel a criminal defendant to provide the password to…more

Criminal Prosecution, Electronic Records, Encryption, Evidence, Fifth Amendment

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

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

Clean Energy, Clean Tech, Startups

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

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

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

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

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

Securities Litigation, Uniform Securities Act

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Energy & Environment Update - October 2014 #3

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

Climate Change, Department of Agriculture, DOE, Energy, Energy & Climate Debates

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Supreme Court Examines Boundaries of Antitrust Immunity in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC

On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, a U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit decision upholding an FTC finding that the North Carolina…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, FTC, Immunity

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7 Key Roles of a Successful Startup CEO

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

Business Formation, CEOs, Legal Perspectives, Startups

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

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

Clean Energy, Energy, Solar Energy

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Federal Court Rejects Relator’s Swapping Allegations in False Claims Act Case

This week a federal district court in Ohio ruled in favor of Mobilex USA (Mobilex), the country’s largest mobile medical imaging company, on a motion for summary judgment in a False Claims Act (FCA) suit filed by a former…more

False Claims Act, Healthcare, Medicare, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B

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

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

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

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Energy & Environment Update - October 2014 #3

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

Climate Change, Department of Agriculture, DOE, Energy, Energy & Climate Debates

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Health Care Update - October 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Policymakers Scrambling to Contain Ebola Crises - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional Initiatives - Upcoming…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, CMS, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Ebola

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

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

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

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Inter Partes Review Initial Filings of Paramount Importance: What Is Clear After Two Years of Inter Partes Review Under the AIA

September 16, 2014, marked the two year anniversary since certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act went into effect, including post-grant Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal…more

America Invents Act, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Reform

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Survival of Reps and Warranties: Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises for Buyers

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

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

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

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

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

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Green Chemistry Initiatives: An American Patchwork?

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

Green Chemistry, Manufacturers

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Health Care Enforcement in 2013: A Year in Review

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

Compliance, DOJ, Enforcement, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud

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

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

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

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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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The Affordable Care Act: Focus on Adjunct Faculty

The concepts of “hours of service” and “full time” loom large in the Affordable Care Act’s “employer shared responsibility” mandate (also known as the “employer mandate” or “pay or play mandate” and which we discussed in various…more

Affordable Care Act, Colleges, Employer Mandates, Faculty, Full-Time Employees

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

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

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

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Battle of the Experts Still Brewin’ in Starbucks Trial

In April 2010, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) sued Starbucks Corp. and other coffee sellers alleging they violated California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, passed by California voters…more

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Federal Circuit Affirms ITC Jurisdiction for Non-Practicing Entities

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

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

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Regulators Speak at IAPP Breakfast Meeting in NYC

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

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, DOJ, FOIA

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Class Action Waivers Enforced in Two Recent Second Circuit Decisions

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

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

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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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Renewable Thermal Energy Technologies Gain Eligibility for Incentives under New Massachusetts Legislation

With the passage of HB 4385/SB 2214 early last month, Massachusetts has joined New Hampshire and Wisconsin as the only states to provide incentives for the use of clean, renewable fuels to heat and cool buildings. Signed into…more

Energy, Energy Tax Incentives, Geothermal Energy, Renewable Energy, Tax Incentives

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Activism: An Overview from the Company Perspective

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

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

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NLRB Continues Aggressive Crackdown on Social Media Policies

In the past few years the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has taken an increased interest in whether workplace policies prohibiting employees from discussing the terms and conditions of their employment on social media…more

Corporate Counsel, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Facebook

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

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

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

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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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Upcoming Supreme Court Securities Cases

As the Supreme Court begins its 2014-15 term this month, it will be considering a number of securities cases, including the Omnicare case, which is scheduled for oral argument on November 3rd, and three other cases in which…more

Compliance, Omnicare, SCOTUS, Securities Litigation

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Director Liability for Cybersecurity Risks

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

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

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“Access Denied” – Understand How Your Electronic Health Records Are Controlled

Earlier this week, my colleague Dianne Bourque commented on a small medical practice’s inability to access its patients’ medical records one July day after its EHR vendor blocked the practice from pulling the data stored in the…more

Business Associates, Contract Drafting, EHR, Healthcare, HIPAA

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

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

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

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Overview of Certain Middle and Lower Middle Market Credit Trends

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

Acquisitions, Middle Market, Private Equity

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not – Federal Appeals Court Confirms that Favoritism of a Paramour is Not Gender Discrimination

As one employee recently learned, a supervisor’s favoritism toward another employee because of a romantic relationship does not equate to unlawful discrimination. Additionally, a complaint of said favoritism cannot serve as the…more

Employer Liability Issues, Favoritism, Gender Discrimination, Retaliation, Workplace Romances

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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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Health Care Update - October 2014 #2

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

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, CDC, CMS, Healthcare

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Business Interruption Insurance for Ebola – Managing Risk for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers

William Gallagher Associates, a Boston-based insurance broker, has announced the rollout of a new policy to cover Ebola-related losses at hospitals and other healthcare providers involved in primary care emergency treatment. …more

Business Interruption, Ebola, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, Insurers

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Patent Hold-Up or Patent Hold-Out? Judge Essex Adds His Voice to the SEP-FRAND Debate

Administrative Law Judge Essex recently issued the public version of his Initial Determination in ITC investigation No. 337-TA-868, ruling that the respondents are precluded from relying on the defense that the patent holder is…more

FRAND, Licenses, Patent Litigation, Patent-in-Suit, Patents

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

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

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

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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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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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OIG Special Advisory Bulletin Provides Guidance on Application of Federal Anti-Kickback Statute to Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Copayment Coupons

In recent years, copayment coupon programs have become standard promotional practices for both large and small pharmaceutical manufacturers. Copayment coupons are typically offered to commercially insured patients in order to…more

Affordable Care Act, Ambulance Providers, Anti-Kickback Statute, CMP Law, Gainsharing

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Regulation of Health IT: A Risk-Based Approach

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

FCC, FDA, FDASIA, Healthcare, ONC

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

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

Data Collection, FERPA, Popular, Student Records, Students

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

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

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

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Corporate Practice of Medicine: An Old Doctrine Breathing New Life

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

Corporate Practice of Medicine, Healthcare

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Upcoming Supreme Court Securities Cases

As the Supreme Court begins its 2014-15 term this month, it will be considering a number of securities cases, including the Omnicare case, which is scheduled for oral argument on November 3rd, and three other cases in which…more

Compliance, Omnicare, SCOTUS, Securities Litigation

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Keep Your Hands Off the Customers … and the Cows

A federal district court in Washington has confirmed that an employer’s relationship with the cows that its employees serviced is insufficient to establish a legitimate protectable interest to enforce a non-compete…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Former Employee, Non-Compete Agreements, Void and Unenforceable

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

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

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

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Ninth Circuit Clarifies Extraterritorial Reach of California Antitrust Laws

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

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

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GAO Releases Report on CPSC Response to New and Emerging Hazards

On October 14, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report entitled “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks.” The report analyzes the timeliness of…more

CPSC, GAO, Safety Precautions

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Health Care Reform by Petition

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

CEOs, Executive Compensation, Healthcare Reform, Hospitals, Medicaid

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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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Five Questions and Answers About the Second Circuit’s SEC v. Citigroup Decision

Last week we posted a summary of the Second Circuit’s decision in SEC v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. This week, as a follow-up, we pose the following five “yes or no” questions and provide responses as a way to further dive…more

Admissions of Liability, Citigroup, Judge Rakoff, Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements, SEC

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Minimum Wage Increase and Economic Development Package

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expert Testimony, Lost Profits

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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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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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Could Federal Circuit Decision Weaken FRAND Defense?

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, by transferring the Microsoft v. Motorola case to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, issued an order which may significantly impact the ability of…more

Appeals, Equitable Relief, FRAND, Microsoft, Motorola

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

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

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

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The Troubled Track Record of the Proxy Strike Suit

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

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

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KB Toys: Don’t Play with Clouded Claims

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

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

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Use of Big Data in Recruiting and Screening Could Mean Big Problems for Employers

Recently, Allison Grande of Law360 reported on the warnings representatives from the FTC and EEOC provided to employers about using big data in the workplace at a panel hosted by the FTC. This post briefly explores those…more

Big Data, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, FTC, Hiring & Firing

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Health Care Update - October 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Policymakers Scrambling to Contain Ebola Crises - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional Initiatives - Upcoming…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, CMS, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Ebola

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Tenth Circuit Affirms Class Certification and Price Fixing Verdict Against Dow Chemical

The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed both class certification and one of the largest verdicts issued in the U.S. this year, denying Dow Chemical Company’s (“Dow”) appeal in a price fixing case related to polyurethane products. In…more

Antitrust Litigation, Class Action, Class Certification, Dow Chemical, Price-Fixing

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2013-2014 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

Last week, the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session came to a close amid a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill. Lawmakers rushed to finalize and pass priority bills, working past their deadline on Thursday, sending a number…more

Economic Development, Energy Policy, Healthcare, Legislative Agendas, Pending Legislation

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Time to Step Up Your COPPA Compliance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made good on its promise to actively enforce the recently amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Here is what you should know about the latest enforcement actions against…more

COPPA, Data Collection, FTC, Parental Consent, Settlement

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Martoma by the Numbers

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

Conspiracies, Martoma, Securities Fraud

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Health Care Reform Update -- April 15, 2013

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

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

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Milk Processors Soured After Federal District Court Rules They Must Face Monopsonization Claims at Trial

Nearly five years into a wide-ranging monopsonization suit accusing milk processors of conspiring to depress and fix the prices paid to independent and cooperative milk suppliers, Judge Christina Reiss of the District of Vermont…more

Food Manufacturers, Food Safety, Price-Fixing, Sherman Act

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

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

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

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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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Tenth Circuit Affirms Class Certification and Price Fixing Verdict Against Dow Chemical

The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed both class certification and one of the largest verdicts issued in the U.S. this year, denying Dow Chemical Company’s (“Dow”) appeal in a price fixing case related to polyurethane products. In…more

Antitrust Litigation, Class Action, Class Certification, Dow Chemical, Price-Fixing

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Africa Update - October 2014 #3

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

CDC, DOD, Ebola, Foreign Policy, Foreign Relations

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

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

Competition, FTC, Healthcare

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Electronically Signing USPTO Papers: There’s a Rule for That

Ten years ago, on September 21, 2004, the USPTO implemented the portion of the 21st Century Strategic Plan permitting the use of electronic or mechanical signatures, called “S-signatures,” on papers filed at the USPTO. Now a…more

Applications, E-Signatures, Patent Applications, USPTO

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Life Care Centers Seeks Sixth Circuit Review of Decision Allowing Statistical Sampling/Extrapolation in FCA Case

Last week, we posted about U.S. District Court Judge Harry Mattice’s September 29th ruling that government attorneys could extrapolate from a small sample of patient admissions to over 50,000 patient admissions (and over 150,000…more

Due Process, Extrapolation, False Claims Act, Interlocutory Appeals, Nursing Homes

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Cliff Notes from the Joint OCR/NIST HIPAA Security Conference

As a service to our readers, we have distilled last week’s joint HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) conference, “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through…more

Encryption, HHS, HIPAA, NIST, OCR

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Energy & Environment Update - August 2014 #4

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

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

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Top 10 IPO Tips from “On Your Mark, Get Set, IPO!”

On October 1st, Mintz Levin, New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), and Grant Thornton hosted “On Your Mark, Get Set, IPO,” a panel discussion concerning recent trends in the public offering market for cleantech growth…more

Clean Tech, Corporate Counsel, Emerging Technology Companies, Energy Sector, Institutional Investment

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Front End Changes and, Again, More DIR Columns

Since the beginning of the Medicare Part D program, CMS has introduced many reporting mechanisms for trying to understand drug pricing, price concessions, and the cost of providing services to Part D members. The tool CMS has…more

CMS, Health Plan Sponsors, Healthcare, Hospitals, Medicare Part D

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

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

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

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FCC Adopts Order Streamlining Its Foreign Ownership Review Policies

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

FCC, Foreign Ownership, Licenses, Radio Stations

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IRS Affirms Treatment of Short Sales for UBTI Purposes

Since there are many hedge funds that utilize short selling as part of their investment strategy, it is important for hedge fund investors, including tax exempt organizations, to understand the U.S. tax treatment of these…more

Hedge Funds, IRS, Private Letter Rulings, Short Sales, Tax Exempt Entities

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Fail to Pay Wages in D.C. and Get Sued With Some of Your Closest Friends (and Contractors)

If you are a D.C. employer, temporary staffing agency, contractor or subcontractor, you have yet another wage and hour law to contend with: The Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014. Among other things, the law introduces…more

Contractors, Employer Liability Issues, Staffing Agencies, Subcontractors, Third-Party Liability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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State Data Security Breach Notification Laws

The general definition of “personal information” or “PI” used in the majority of statutes is: An individual’s first name or first initial and last name plus one or more of following data elements: (i) Social Security number,…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, Data Protection

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

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

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

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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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Wyndham Gets Life Preserver in Data Breach Case

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

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

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A Primer on Policing Your Trademark

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

Trademark Policing, Trademarks

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

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

Advertising, Draft Guidance, FDA, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical

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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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Another Court Rules That Availability of Make-Whole Premiums in Bankruptcy Depends on Governing Documents

In a recent bench decision in In re MPM Silicones, LLC et al., Case No. 14-22503-RDD (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. August 26, 2014), the Bankruptcy Court considered bondholders’ right to recover make-whole premiums (premiums paid for early…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Default, Loans, Make-Whole Premium, Payment Bonds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CMS Releases MSSP and Pioneer ACO Data on Shared Savings and Losses – Where Do We Go From Here?

On September 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced key shared savings and losses results of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that began participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program…more

ACOs, CMS, Healthcare, Medicaid, Medicare

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Court Rules on Applicability of Make-Whole Premiums Upon Debt Acceleration

In the context of make-whole premiums, court decisions suggest that the applicability of the premium upon a refinancing in bankruptcy will be governed by the wording of the debt documents, and that if an automatic acceleration …more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Debt Restructuring, Insurers, Make-Whole Premium, Prepayment Penalties

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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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Washington Redskins Challenge the Constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act

The Washington Redskins trademark controversy is far from over. Despite the fact that certain news and sports commentators and mainstream newspapers and organizations have announced that they will no longer use the term…more

America Invents Act, Blackhorse v Pro-Football, Disparagement, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment

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

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

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

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OIG Special Advisory Bulletin Provides Guidance on Application of Federal Anti-Kickback Statute to Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Copayment Coupons

In recent years, copayment coupon programs have become standard promotional practices for both large and small pharmaceutical manufacturers. Copayment coupons are typically offered to commercially insured patients in order to…more

Affordable Care Act, Ambulance Providers, Anti-Kickback Statute, CMP Law, Gainsharing

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

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

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

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Implications of the New California LLC Act

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

Consent, Corporate Governance, Fiduciary Duty, Indemnification, Limited Liability Companies

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

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

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

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FDA Announces More Changes to FSMA Implementation Rules

On September 19, 2014, FDA announced potential changes to four rules that the agency proposed in 2013 to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act (“FSMA”). FSMA was signed into law in January 2011 in response to many…more

FDA, Food Manufacturers, Food Safety, FSMA, Public Comment

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Patent Hold-Up or Patent Hold-Out? Judge Essex Adds His Voice to the SEP-FRAND Debate

Administrative Law Judge Essex recently issued the public version of his Initial Determination in ITC investigation No. 337-TA-868, ruling that the respondents are precluded from relying on the defense that the patent holder is…more

FRAND, Licenses, Patent Litigation, Patent-in-Suit, Patents

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Marking of patented products in the UK

The first parts of the new UK Intellectual Property Act 2014 come into force today. The act will introduce a range of new measures, one of which is that it expands the options available to patent proprietors for marking patented…more

Patents, UK, UK Intellectual Property Act

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New York Enacts Out-Of-Network Transparency and Coverage Reform

Last month, a woman sued a health plan, claiming that she was intentionally misled about which physicians were participating providers in the company’s online health insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act. …more

Affordable Care Act, Healthcare, Out of Network Provider, Transparency

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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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  • Connecticut
  • D.C.
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
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  • Israel
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys

100+ Attorneys

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