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Ringing Off The Hook: TCPA Issues Still At Forefront As Calendar Turns To 2016

We may only be three weeks into 2016, but the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) has already received a considerable amount of attention this year…more

Auto-Dialed Calls, Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Declaratory Rulings, FCC

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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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How to Search Like an Examiner With the Scientific and Technical Information Center

The latest trend in patent examiner prior art searches is pushing examiners to use the Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC) Program to use more foreign patents and foreign non-patent literature during patent…more

Foreign Patent Applications, Patent Litigation, Patent Ownership, Patents, Prior Art

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Federal Court Dismisses (Without Prejudice) CNA’s Cyber Insurance Lawsuit

We previously reported that CNA filed a lawsuit against its insured Cottage Health System seeking reimbursement of amounts that it previously paid under Cottage’s cyber liability insurance policy. On Friday, a federal district…more

CNA, Cyber Insurance, Mediation

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Back to School – Avoiding Theft of Data and Money via the “Business Email Compromise” Scam

The FBI warned this summer that the “Business Email Compromise” (“BEC”) scam continues to grow, evolve, and target businesses of all sizes. As reported by the FBI in June, the scam had hit more than 22,000 victims for a combined…more

Business E-Mail Compromise (BEC), Cyber Crimes, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection

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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: December 2015

Trends & Analysis - We have identified 24 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed since our last Qui Tam Update. Of the 24 cases, five were filed within the past year, seven were filed in 2014, three were…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act (FCA), False Statements, Medicaid, Medicare

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ACA Countdown to Compliance - 52 Week Series For Employers

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

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

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Why No One is Talking About Derivation Proceedings

Someone stole your invention and filed for a patent on it? Derivation proceedings in the Patent Office may be an answer. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) amended 35 U.S.C. § 135 to replace interference proceedings with…more

America Invents Act, Derivation Proceeding, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents, USPTO

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The DTSA and Civil Seizure Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) civil seizure mechanism provides victims of trade secret theft with a tool to immediately freeze dissemination of stolen proprietary information. Using civil seizure, a court may direct…more

Asset Seizure, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Trade Secrets

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Update: DOL Regulation For Employers Who Use Direct Deposit and Payroll Debit Cards Invalidated

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals invalidated and revoked the NYS Department of Labor regulations we wrote about previously (and updated here) governing payment of wages by direct deposit or…more

Amended Regulation, Debit Cards, Direct Deposit, DOL, Employer Liability Issues

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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 Invalidates Diagnostic Method Claims for Prenatal Test Under 35 U.S.C. 101

On June 12, 2015, the Federal Circuit affirmed the finding of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (“District Court”) that the method claims in U.S. Patent 6,258,540 (‘540 patent) for detecting…more

AMP v Myriad, Diagnostic Tests, DNA, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Mintz TechConnect - December 2015

Letter from the Editors - Welcome to the second issue of Mintz Levin’s TechConnect — our bi-monthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal and business world, from our perspective, of course. This issue contains…more

B Corporation, Broadcasting, Corporate Social Responsibility, Crowdfunding, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA)

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Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Sends a Reminder on Avoiding the Substantive Consolidation Trap

There are numerous reasons why a company might use more than one entity for its operations or organization: to silo liabilities, for tax advantages, to accommodate a lender, or for general organizational purposes. Simply forming…more

Bankruptcy Court, Chapter 7, Debtors, Holding Companies, Limited Liability Company (LLC)

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What are the USPTO’s Patent Plans for Fiscal Year 2017?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) explains several patent prosecution trends, goals, and programs to justify proposed spending of its collected fees in its recently-issued Fiscal Year 2017 Congressional Justification…more

America Invents Act, Corporate Counsel, Examiners, Information Technology, Patent Applications

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2017 Health Care Policy Debates Ramp Up in Massachusetts

With the unveiling of Governor Charlie Baker’s FY2018 budget, the commencement of the 2017-2018 legislative session on Beacon Hill, and a new presidential administration underway in Washington D.C., the Massachusetts health care…more

Affordable Care Act, Charlie Baker, Governor Baker, Health Insurance, Healthcare Reform

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Software Is Still Patent Eligible

In recent years, software patents have come under fire from legislation (the American Invents Act) that has generally made patents easier to invalidate, and from court decisions (the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank…more

America Invents Act, Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Enfish v Microsoft, McRo v Bandai Namco

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

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

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

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With DOL’s OT Rule Blocked, Employers Are Left Asking “What’s Next?”

Employers across the country woke up this morning to news that a Texas District Court judge has blocked the DOL’s overtime rule from taking effect on December 1, 2016. This represents a stunning turn of events for employers…more

DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Over-Time, Preliminary Injunctions

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“Pedal to the Metal” International Arbitration: ICC Issues Expedited Procedure Rules

In an effort to streamline arbitration proceedings where possible, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) announced on November 4, 2016 that it would issue new Expedited Procedure…more

Administrative Expenses, Arbitral Authority, Arbitration Agreements, Arbitration Awards, Arbitration Procedural Rules

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CAFC Delivers Another Decision on Patentability of Myriad Patents

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

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

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Five things academic scientists should know when pursuing their first patent – Five-Part Series

Patent law has many surprises in store for academic scientists pursuing a patent for the first time. Many patent attorneys were once researchers just like you—we understand it can be intimidating. This blog series provides…more

FOIA, Patents

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Employers Hold Their Collective Breath re the Enforceability of “Class Action” Waivers in Arbitration Agreements — Supreme Court to Part the Clouds this Term

The Supreme Court is currently set to answer the question of whether employees must be permitted, if they choose, to pursue relief collectively in an arbitration proceeding. Is that “concerted activity” that is protected by the…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Employment Contract

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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: April 2016

Trends & Analysis - ..We have identified 42 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed in whole or in part since the cases covered in our last Qui Tam Update. Included in that count is one proceeding (the…more

Class Action, Corporate Integrity Agreement, Fraud, HIPAA, Qui Tam

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Health Care Enforcement Review and 2017 Outlook: Yates Memo in Action

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2017, our Health Care Enforcement Defense team brings you its annual review of key government policies, regulations, and enforcement actions in 2016, and the impact these trends are expected to…more

DOJ, Enforcement, False Claims Act (FCA), Fraud and Abuse, Health Care Providers

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FDA Issues Warning Letter to Corporate Sponsor of Clinical Trial

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not frequently issue Warning Letters to corporate sponsors of FDA-regulated clinical trials, so the June 16, 2015, Warning Letter sent to AB Science, a pharmaceutical company with…more

Audits, Clinical Trials, FDA, Inspections, Pharmaceutical Industry

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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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2017 Health Care Policy Debates Ramp Up in Massachusetts

With the unveiling of Governor Charlie Baker’s FY2018 budget, the commencement of the 2017-2018 legislative session on Beacon Hill, and a new presidential administration underway in Washington D.C., the Massachusetts health care…more

Affordable Care Act, Charlie Baker, Governor Baker, Health Insurance, Healthcare Reform

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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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Senate Bill Targets Part D DIR Fees

Just last month the “Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act” was introduced in the Senate to amend the Social Security Act. The bill seeks to prohibit Part D plans (and their contracted pharmacy…more

CMS, Medicare Part D, Pharmacies, Point of Sale Terminals, Remuneration

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Monthly TCPA Digest - January 2017

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory…more

Class Action, Common Law Claims, Communications Act of 1934, Congressional Committees, FCC

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The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 6: Focus on the Individual Health Insurance Market

A recent report from the nation’s top actuaries takes a sobering look at the challenges policy makers face in creating a viable individual (i.e., non-group) health insurance market—a critical component of any plan to replace the…more

Actuaries, Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance, Healthcare Reform, Medicaid

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TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - February 2016

As the Northeast begins (hopefully) to thaw out and we head into an early spring (so said the Groundhog), we are excited to deliver our new issue of TechConnect — our bimonthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal…more

Corporate Taxes, Drones, Private Equity, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Small Business

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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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Insider Loans Equitably Subordinated

In SGK Ventures, LLC, the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered that the secured claims of two entities controlled by insiders of the debtor be equitably subordinated to the claims of unsecured…more

Bankruptcy Court, Closely Held Businesses, Creditors, Debtors, Equitable Subordination

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Statutory Liens vs. Consensual Liens: Why it Matters and When it may Not

While secured creditors are entitled to special rights in bankruptcy, those rights may differ depending on whether creditors have a statutory or consensual lien on their collateral. This is primarily because section 552(a) of…more

Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 9, Debtors, Liens, Municipal Bankruptcy

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Five things academic scientists should know when pursuing their first patent – Five-Part Series

Patent law has many surprises in store for academic scientists pursuing a patent for the first time. Many patent attorneys were once researchers just like you—we understand it can be intimidating. This blog series provides…more

FOIA, Patents

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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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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: January 2017

We have identified 30 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed in whole or in part. Trends & Analysis - A substantial majority of the unsealed cases had been under seal for periods well in excess of…more

False Claims Act (FCA), Healthcare, Qui Tam, Whistleblowers

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The Newly Updated Common Rule is Here – And On a Collision Course With the 21st Century Cures Act

On January 18th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 15 other federal agencies issued a final rule updating regulations for the protection of human research subjects, the so-called “Common Rule.” The…more

21st Century Cures Act, FDA, HHS, Life Sciences, NPRM

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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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Monthly TCPA Digest - January 2017

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory…more

Class Action, Common Law Claims, Communications Act of 1934, Congressional Committees, FCC

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“GMO” Labeling Food Fight: How Vermont’s Act 120 Is Pressuring An Entire Industry

On July 1, 2016, Vermont’s Act 120 will require food manufacturers to indicate in the labeling of all products regulated by FDA when the food has been produced with the use of genetic engineering (GE). Unless Congress acts with…more

FDA, Food Labeling, Food Manufacturers, Genetically Engineered Seed, GMO

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What Questions Executives Should Be Asking About Their D&O Insurance Following The New DOJ Policies Issued Last Week

As was recently reported in the New York Times and elsewhere, the Justice Department issued new policies last week that place individual executives as the focus of their prosecution efforts, and encourage companies to cooperate…more

Board of Directors, C-Suite Executives, D&O Insurance, DOJ, Indemnification

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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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GOP Senior Statesmen Call for Carbon Tax

A group of Republican senior statesmen is calling for a carbon tax to fight climate change. Led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Treasury Henry…more

Carbon Emissions, Carbon Taxes, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change

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

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

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

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Washington Outlook for 2015

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

Appropriations Bill, Defense Sector, Department of Transportation (DOT), Energy Policy, Environmental Policies

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Developers Who Elect Not to Pay Comprehensive Permit Fees in Full Proceed at Their Peril

The Massachusetts Appeals Court issued an opinion on August 29, 2016, that has significant ramifications for developers seeking Comprehensive Permits for affordable housing projects under chapter 40B of the Massachusetts General…more

Affordable Housing, Appeals, Filing Fees, Housing Developers, Safe Harbors

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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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The Future of the Medicare Part B Payment Demo under a Republican-held Congress

There has been much controversy over the Medicare Part B payment demonstration proposed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in March 2016. As we await the release of the final rule, the fate of this…more

CMMI, CMS, Congressional Review Act, Healthcare Reform, Medicare Part B

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ClassCo, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.: A Reminder Of Obviousness Analysis Under KSR

In ClassCo, Inc. v. Apple, Inc. the Federal Circuit upheld a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“the Board”), which invalidated several claims of ClassCo’s US Patent No. 6,970,695 (“the ’695 patent”) that discussed…more

Apple, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Obviousness, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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Africa Update - March 2016 #4

Leading the News - Libya - On March 28th, Libya’s United Nations (U.N.)-backed unity government accused authorities in Tripoli of closing down the capital’s airspace to prevent it from travelling to Libya from Tunisia…more

Africa, Burundi, Ebola, Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance

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

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

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

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These Taxi Drivers Are Not Employees Says Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

We have been following the high-publicity battle between Uber and Lyft, on the one hand, and the drivers on the other, over whether the drivers are properly classified as independent contractors. Uber and Lyft argue they are…more

Drivers, Employee Definition, Independent Contractors, Leases, Lyft

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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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2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Begins Today

On October 1, 2015, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a…more

Adjustment of Status, Consulate, Diversity Lottery, Eligibility, Green Cards

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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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Design Patents – Unlocking the Value of The User Experience

The oft-overlooked design patent has seen somewhat of a revival recently (at least in the media) ever since a jury in California awarded Apple $399 million in damages — i.e., all Samsung profits from the sale of several of its…more

Apple, Damages, Design Patent, Lost Profits, Patent Infringement

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UK Immigration: SMS Request Premium Service Announced for Future Implementation

The UK Home Office has announced plans to offer an optional premium service for requests made through the Sponsor Management System (SMS). This service will allow Sponsors to pay a fee of £200 for expedited processing of certain…more

Immigrants, Licenses, UK, Visas

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The DTSA and Civil Seizure Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) civil seizure mechanism provides victims of trade secret theft with a tool to immediately freeze dissemination of stolen proprietary information. Using civil seizure, a court may direct…more

Asset Seizure, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Trade Secrets

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St. Jude Cybersecurity Vulnerability Extended to Provider-Owned Devices

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated a prior advisory revealing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in St. Jude Medical’s Merlin@home transmitter…more

Cybersecurity, Data Security, DHS, Hackers, Medical Devices

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Breaking: Court Rules Positively For CPSC In Federal Civil Penalty Case Against Spectrum Brands

We do not get many court decisions in the CPSC world, but yesterday we received one. Last evening, a Wisconsin federal district court essentially held in the Government’s case against Spectrum Brands, Inc. (Spectrum) that (1)…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Due Process, Fair Notice, Gabelli v SEC

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Obama’s parting gift to foreign entrepreneurs: A new way to stay in the U.S.

Back in 2014, when it was clear that Congress was not going to pass bipartisan immigration reform, President Obama vowed to take whatever steps he could, short of legislation, to advance his immigration agenda, including making…more

Barack Obama, Entrepreneurs, Immigration Reform, USCIS

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Handling Nondiscretionary Incentive Payments Under the New FLSA Overtime Rule

One of the few “wins” for employers under the DOL’s new overtime rule was that employers are now allowed to apply “nondiscretionary incentive payments” to meet up to 10 percent of the new salary threshold. This change could…more

Bonuses, Corporate Counsel, DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA

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Energy & Environment Update - May 2015

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection Agency - Energy Regulatory Commission - Nuclear…more

Clean Energy, Energy Tax Incentives, EPA, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Tax Reform

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MIT: Energy Ventures 10 Year Anniversary Top 10 Moments – Moment #5

As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their…more

Energy Sector

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2017 Health Care Policy Debates Ramp Up in Massachusetts

With the unveiling of Governor Charlie Baker’s FY2018 budget, the commencement of the 2017-2018 legislative session on Beacon Hill, and a new presidential administration underway in Washington D.C., the Massachusetts health care…more

Affordable Care Act, Charlie Baker, Governor Baker, Health Insurance, Healthcare Reform

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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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How to Search Like an Examiner With the Scientific and Technical Information Center

The latest trend in patent examiner prior art searches is pushing examiners to use the Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC) Program to use more foreign patents and foreign non-patent literature during patent…more

Foreign Patent Applications, Patent Litigation, Patent Ownership, Patents, Prior Art

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

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

Amgen, Biosimilars, BPCIA, FDA, Pharmaceutical Patents

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Washington Outlook for 2016

Welcome to 2016 and our annual look at what’s in store for the United States Congress in the coming year. Here you will find a preview of the US legislative agenda as well as a look at the Obama Administration’s regulatory…more

Energy Policy, Federal Budget, Foreign Policy, International Tax Issues, Legislative Agendas

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2017 Health Care Policy Debates Ramp Up in Massachusetts

With the unveiling of Governor Charlie Baker’s FY2018 budget, the commencement of the 2017-2018 legislative session on Beacon Hill, and a new presidential administration underway in Washington D.C., the Massachusetts health care…more

Affordable Care Act, Charlie Baker, Governor Baker, Health Insurance, Healthcare Reform

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First Circuit Affirms US Park Service Designation of Long Wharf Pavilion Area for Public Recreational Use

On September 23, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit concluded that, “for now, at least, the long war over Long Wharf is at an end.” The Court’s ruling in Boston Redevelopment Auth. v. Nat’l Park…more

Administrative Procedure Act, National Park Service, Urban Planning & Development

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Promise to Repeal the ACA Poses Threat to MACRA Implementation

Most of the post-election discussion of the ACA has focused on how promises to repeal the law could impact the newly insured. But one priority area of the ACA that has received very little discussion is the federal government’s…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Alternative Payment Models (APM), CMMI, CMS

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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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Losing IPR Petitioners May Lack Standing To Appeal

When the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issues a final written decision finding against an IPR Petitioner, can that Petitioner necessarily appeal that adverse decision? In a case of first impression, the Federal Circuit recently…more

Article III, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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Massachusetts Dialysis Unit Licensing Proposed Regulations – Key Take-Aways

As we’ve previously reported, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has recently proposed a number of amended regulations in connection with the regulatory review and overhaul mandated by Governor Baker’s Executive…more

Amended Regulation, Dialysis, Dialysis Providers, Executive Orders, Governor Baker

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Losing IPR Petitioners May Lack Standing To Appeal

When the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issues a final written decision finding against an IPR Petitioner, can that Petitioner necessarily appeal that adverse decision? In a case of first impression, the Federal Circuit recently…more

Article III, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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Israel Connect - Legal Insight for Success in the US Market

We are excited to present you with the second issue of Israel Connect — our quarterly newsletter focused on forging new connections and strengthening existing bonds between Israeli businesses and the US market. In our second…more

Anti-Competitive, Biosimilars, D&O Insurance, DOJ, FDA

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Supreme Court Delays Oral Arguments Regarding Employment ‘Class Arbitration’ Waivers

UPDATE: On February 8, 2017, the Supreme Court announced that it would delay until its October 2017 term oral arguments in the consolidated cases concerning the enforceability of class arbitration waivers in employment…more

Arbitration, Case Consolidation, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Federal Arbitration Act, Oral Argument

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Deciphering the Final AMP Rule – Key Provisions Impacting Pharmacies, PBMs, and Manufacturers

In late January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the much anticipated Covered Outpatient Drugs Final Rule with Comment (the “AMP Final Rule”). The rule creates the regulatory definition for Average…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Drug Pricing, Fair Market Value, Final Rules

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Data Dump! AshleyMadison.com Fallout Deepens

The Impact Team, the vigilante group behind the hacking of the infamous website AshleyMadison.com has followed through on its threat to leak the full database of the site’s users online. On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, an…more

Ashley Madison, Credit Cards, Data Breach, Data Protection, Hackers

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FTC and DOJ Issue Proposed Updates to Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing IP

For the first time in 26 years, the FTC and DOJ (the “Agencies”) have issued proposed updates to the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property, last revised in 1995. The intervening quarter century brought…more

Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), DOJ, FRAND, FTC, Intellectual Property Protection

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TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, Our client, Benji Cohen, was running an Energy Markets Division at Macquarie when he had a lightbulb moment. Everywhere he looked valuation models were being put together in the…more

Capital Raising, Crowdfunding, Entrepreneurs, Funding Portal, Investors

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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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MIT: Energy Ventures 10 Year Anniversary Top 10 Moments – Moment #10

As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their…more

Energy Sector

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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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NCAA’s System of Amateurism

Former UCLA basketball star and NCAA champion Ed O’Bannon was the lead plaintiff in a 2009 class action lawsuit that was the first serious challenge to the lifeblood of the NCAA’s very existence: all of its players are unpaid…more

Amateurism Rules, Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Conspiracies, Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Violations

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PTAB Provides A Possible Roadmap For Patent Owners To Successfully Argue Secondary Considerations Of Nonobvious

For just the third time ever, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (“PTAB” or the “Board”) recently sided with a Patent Owner in an inter partes review (“IPR”) to find that evidence of secondary considerations of non-obviousness…more

Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Obviousness, Patent Ownership, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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New Rules in the Northern District of California Aim to Encourage Patent Case Settlements

New rules for patent cases in the Northern District of California will significantly affect litigation and settlement of cases in Silicon Valley’s backyard. Lawyers litigating cases in the district after the January 17, 2017…more

Case Management, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Good Faith, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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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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Penalties For Health Care Law Violations Surge

The civil monetary penalties for violations of myriad health care laws continue to rise. In June, we discussed the enormous increase in penalties under the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). Through an interim final rule, the…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, Deficit Reduction, DOJ, False Claims Act (FCA), Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015

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With the passage of Proposition 67, the question is “Would you like paper or…paper?”

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 67, the statewide ban on carry-out plastic bags, by 52 percent. At the same time, California voters rejected Proposition 65 by 55 percent–a measure that would have sent…more

Environmental Policies, EPA, Plastic Bag Bans

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Limiting Securities Litigation Risks in EB-5 Offerings: What Regional Centers and Issuers Need to Know

The flurry of federal suits filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the past few months against several companies and individuals for alleged fraud and false statements in soliciting foreign investors under…more

Corporate Counsel, EB-5, Immigrant Investor Program, Material Misstatements, SEC

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Regulation Crowdfunding: A Six-Month Update

It has been almost seven months since issuers across the country began raising money through Regulation Crowdfunding (“Reg CF”), which went into effect on May 16, 2016. In the six months since Reg CF went into effect, 160…more

Capital Raising, Crowdfunding, Funding Portal, Investors, SEC

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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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2017 Health Care Policy Debates Ramp Up in Massachusetts

With the unveiling of Governor Charlie Baker’s FY2018 budget, the commencement of the 2017-2018 legislative session on Beacon Hill, and a new presidential administration underway in Washington D.C., the Massachusetts health care…more

Affordable Care Act, Charlie Baker, Governor Baker, Health Insurance, Healthcare Reform

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Back to Work from Travel Abroad? Check Your Form I-94!

As foreign national employees come back from summer vacations and travel abroad, one of the most overlooked immigration documents and pitfalls is Form I-94. If Form I-94 is issued for a shorter validity period than the maximum…more

Customs and Border Protection, Foreign Nationals, Form I-94, Forms, H-1B

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Federal Circuit Corrects the Board’s “Too Exacting” Diligence Standard

On November 15, 2016, a split panel of the Federal Circuit, consisting of Judges Moore and O’Malley, ruled that the antedating standard demanded by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, requiring a “continuous exercise of…more

Appeals, Corporate Counsel, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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Duty to Monitor Investments Extends Statute of Limitations for Fiduciary Breach Claim Says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has decided an important statute of limitations issue in an ongoing fiduciary breach case, Tibble v. Edison International. Tibble has attracted attention up to this point for its substantive claim: that plan…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, SCOTUS

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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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Massachusetts Legislature Overhauls Public Records Law

Last week the Massachusetts Legislature adopted significant changes to the Massachusetts Public Records Law. These changes apply to all state agencies and municipalities and in theory are designed to improve the disclosure of…more

Attorney's Fees, Burden of Proof, Discovery, Municipalities, New Legislation

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Paths to Dispute Resolution

In order to understand the best approach to solving a business dispute, counsel must understand the client's business objectives. A need to win at all costs will drive one particular strategy, while a need to resolve the dispute…more

Arbitration, Business Disputes, Business Litigation, Mediation

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USPTO Proposes Fee Increases for FY 2017

The USPTO has published its notice of proposed rulemaking for the FY 2017 patent fee schedule in the Federal Register. The USPTO proposes fee increases to recover its estimated costs for patent operations and achieve its…more

America Invents Act, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Federal Register, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Fees

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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: January 2017

We have identified 30 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed in whole or in part. Trends & Analysis - A substantial majority of the unsealed cases had been under seal for periods well in excess of…more

False Claims Act (FCA), Healthcare, Qui Tam, Whistleblowers

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The Cyber President? What To Expect From the Trump Administration On Cybersecurity And Privacy

Even president-elect Donald Trump has been the victim of a data breach. Several times actually. The payment card system for his Trump Hotel Collection was infected by malware in May 2014 and 70,000 credit card numbers were…more

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), Data Security, EU Data Protection Laws, EU-US Privacy Shield

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FDA Places Ban on Import of GE Salmon

Reversing course from the end of 2015, FDA recently announced an import ban on genetically engineered (GE) salmon until such a time as comprehensive labeling guidelines are introduced. Despite FDA’s approval of GE salmon in…more

FDA, Food Labeling, GMO Bans, Imports, Interstate Commerce

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Monthly TCPA Digest - January 2017

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory…more

Class Action, Common Law Claims, Communications Act of 1934, Congressional Committees, FCC

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A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: H-4 EAD Reforms (Part 4/6)

From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases,…more

DHS, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), H-1B, H-4 Spouses, Motion for Summary Judgment

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Another Court Agrees That A Difference Of Opinion On Medical Necessity Is Insufficient to Show Falsity Under the False Claims Act

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah joined the AseraCare court and others in finding that a relator cannot successfully allege violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) based on a purported lack of…more

False Claims Act (FCA), Fraud, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, Medicare

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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

Federal Election Commission (FEC), McCutcheon v. FEC, Political Contributions, SCOTUS

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First Circuit Overturns SEC Commissioners’ Sanctions Order

As we have discussed before, the SEC’s increased use of in-house administrative proceedings in enforcement actions involving allegations of fraud has been a subject of considerable debate. Commentators have questioned the…more

Administrative Proceedings, Enforcement Actions, Materiality, Scienter, SEC

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Fund Manager Annual Update

The SEC brought a record number of enforcement actions against investment advisers in 2015, resulting in approximately $4.2 billion in sanctions.1 This alert highlights current issues for private equity, venture capital and…more

AIFMD, Blue Sky Laws, Cybersecurity, Enforcement Actions, Filing Deadlines

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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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Patent-Agent Privilege and the USPTO’s Proposed New Rule

Several recent court decisions have shed light on the patent agent privilege, and now the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking to weigh-in on the issue…more

Breach of Contract, Discovery, Patent Agent Privilege, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the…more

Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Broker-Dealer, Conflicts of Interest, DOL, Employee Benefits

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Good News on “Bad Boy” Guarantees – IRS Reverts to Prior Position in Recent Legal Advice Memorandum

On April 15, 2016, the IRS released a generic legal advice memorandum (GLAM 2016-001) (the “April GLAM”) addressing the impact of so-called “bad boy” guarantees (also known as nonrecourse carve-out guarantees) on the…more

Bad Boy Liability, Carve Out Provisions, IRS, Non-Recourse Loans, Real Estate Market

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

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

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

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Preparation for 2016 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2017 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

Director Compensation, Dodd-Frank, Filing Deadlines, Fiscal Year, Form 8-K

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Israel Connect - Legal Insight for Success in the US Market

We are excited to present you with the second issue of Israel Connect — our quarterly newsletter focused on forging new connections and strengthening existing bonds between Israeli businesses and the US market. In our second…more

Anti-Competitive, Biosimilars, D&O Insurance, DOJ, FDA

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Important Changes Resulting from New ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards

As a follow up to my colleague Allan Caggiano’s post on the new 2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards, the Planning & Zoning Resource Company (PZR) has recently circulated an important advisory on the practical effects of…more

Land Titles, Urban Planning & Development, Zoning Laws

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MIT: Energy Ventures 10 Year Anniversary Top 10 Moments – Moment #9

As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their…more

Electric Vehicles, Tesla

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Israel Connect - Legal Insight for Success in the US Market

We are excited to present you with the second issue of Israel Connect — our quarterly newsletter focused on forging new connections and strengthening existing bonds between Israeli businesses and the US market. In our second…more

Anti-Competitive, Biosimilars, D&O Insurance, DOJ, FDA

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Supreme Court Makes It Harder for Willful Infringers to Escape Punishment

The Supreme Court has made it easier for patent owners to prove willful infringement and entitlement to enhanced damages. In a unanimous opinion issued yesterday in a pair of cases decided together, Halo Electronics, Inc. v…more

35 U.S.C. § 284, Abuse of Discretion, Enhanced Damages, Halo v Pulse, Judicial Discretion

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TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - February 2016

As the Northeast begins (hopefully) to thaw out and we head into an early spring (so said the Groundhog), we are excited to deliver our new issue of TechConnect — our bimonthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal…more

Corporate Taxes, Drones, Private Equity, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Small Business

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Monthly TCPA Digest - August 2016

In light of the continued compliance and litigation challenges presented by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Mintz Levin’s TCPA and Consumer Calling Practice team have launched an inaugural newsletter to keep you…more

Article III, Bipartisan Budget Act, Debt Collection, Declaratory Rulings, Exceptions

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Renewable Energy Tax Credits: Recent IRS Notice Favorable to the Renewable Energy Industry

On May 5, 2016, the IRS released new guidance regarding the renewable energy production tax credit (“PTC”) and energy investment tax credit (“ITC”) which most in the renewable energy industry will find favorable…more

Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit, Renewable Energy, Tax Credits

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What You Need to Know Before Considering Selling Your Craft Brewery to a Macrobrewer or a Private Equity Firm

Recently, there have been a number of sales of well-known and well-respected craft breweries to the major beer producers. In addition, there have been a smaller number of sales of craft breweries to private equity investors. Is…more

Breweries, Private Equity, Private Equity Firms

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Fed Circuit Reverses PTAB Decision in IPR Proceeding

On June 16, the Federal Circuit issued its first-ever reversal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision in an America Invents Act post-grant proceeding. The opinion, drafted by Chief Judge Prost and joined by CAFC Judge…more

America Invents Act, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Microsoft, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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Key Takeaways from OIG’s 2015 Work Plan

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

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

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SEC Proposes Disclosure Rules on Hedging Policies

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

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

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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update: Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: October 2015

Trends & Analysis: ..We have identified 15 health care–related qui tam cases that were unsealed since our last Qui Tam Update. Of those, 12 were filed from 2012 to the present. All but two cases had been pending more than a…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Corporate Integrity Agreement, Declination, DOJ, Employees

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Securities and Exchange Commission Considers Changes to CEO Pay Ratio Rule

SEC Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar issued a public statement on February 6, 2017 requesting input on any unexpected challenges that companies have experienced as they prepare for compliance with the CEO pay ratio rule, which…more

CEOs, Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank, Pay Ratio, Public Statements

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FDA Finalizes Tobacco Product Intended Use Rules, Under a Risk of Rescission by Congress

As we’ve previously written about, 2016 represented a regulatory sea change for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), who became subject to FDA…more

Congressional Review Act, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Tobacco

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FCC Eliminates Foreign Competition Test for Certain International Telecommunications Authorization Applications

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

FCC, Telecommunications, WTO

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

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

EPO, EU, Patent Applications, Patents, USPTO

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Health Care Update - March 2015 #4

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

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

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

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

EB-3, India, Visa Bulletins, Visas

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Estee Lauder Decision Highlights Waiver Argument’s Challenges

Policyholders often seek to challenge an insurer’s denial of coverage on the grounds that the insurer waived a defense relied upon to deny coverage. On September 15, 2016, the Court of Appeals in Estee Lauder Inc. v. OneBeacon…more

Denial of Insurance Coverage, Insurance Industry, Insurance Litigation, Late Notices

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The Cyber President? What To Expect From the Trump Administration On Cybersecurity And Privacy

Even president-elect Donald Trump has been the victim of a data breach. Several times actually. The payment card system for his Trump Hotel Collection was infected by malware in May 2014 and 70,000 credit card numbers were…more

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), Data Security, EU Data Protection Laws, EU-US Privacy Shield

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Proposed USCIS Rule for Entrepreneurs Would Benefit Very Few if Finalized

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new proposed rule for entrepreneurs. If the rule becomes law, qualified entrepreneurs would be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in…more

DHS, E-2, Entrepreneurs, H-1B, Parole

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What App Users Care About When Sharing Personal Data: Permissions

The latest Pew Research Center Report relayed useful information regarding application users’ concerns with sharing personal data. Ninety percent of app users indicated that how their personal data will be used is “very” or…more

Android, App Developers, Google, Google Play Store, Mobile Apps

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Cosmetics Reform Activity Begins in the 115th Congress

As we have discussed in previous posts, Congress may be moving towards finally enacting some long-awaited cosmetics reform legislation this year. On January 13, Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) reintroduced his cosmetics…more

Cosmetics, FDA, Manufacturers, Personal Care Products, Proposed Legislation

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Monthly TCPA Digest - January 2017

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory…more

Class Action, Common Law Claims, Communications Act of 1934, Congressional Committees, FCC

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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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Stuck in the Middle with the FTC

Legal actions regarding “Made in the USA” claims, whether prosecuted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or through various state unfair trade practices acts, often settle early in the proceedings. For example, in 2014, the…more

Closing Protection Letters, Deceptively Misdescriptive, False Advertising, FTC, Made in the USA

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Key Lessons from Patent Litigation for Drafting and Prosecuting Utility Patent Applications

In almost every U.S. patent suit, the patentee’s counsel considers how the case could have been facilitated had the patent at issue been drafted and prosecuted differently. These considerations demonstrate that patents should…more

Claim Construction, Corporate Counsel, Covered Business Method Patents, Patent Applications, Patent Litigation

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Practice Fusion and FTC Settle Complaint Over Deceptive Statements About the Privacy of Consumer-Generated Online Content

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced (press release) that Practice Fusion, the largest cloud-based electronic health company in the United States, has agreed to settle FTC charges over deceptive practices…more

Cloud Computing, Disclosure Requirements, EHR, FTC, Patient Confidentiality Breaches

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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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FDA’s Enforcement Priorities Likely to Change in 2017 and Other “Unknowable Knowns”

As we enter a new era in which executive agencies are headed by President Trump, we are also faced with many other transformative changes that will affect FDA-regulated entities in a significant and lasting way. This post will…more

21st Century Cures Act, Congressional Review Act, Enforcement Actions, FDA, Healthcare Reform

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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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Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond

After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of the…more

Clean Energy, Energy Sector, Gaming, Health Care Providers, Hospitals

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CPSC Begins Transition: Ann Marie Buerkle is Now the Acting Chairman of the Agency

February 9th, 2017, it was announced internally at the CPSC that Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle has become the Acting Chairman of the agency. The CPSC has not yet released a statement concerning the transition of the…more

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Commissioner, Trump Administration

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PTAB’s Definition of CBM Patent is Wrong and Too Broad, Federal Circuit Says

The America Invents Act (“AIA”) mandates that a Covered Business Method Review is available only for challenging the validity of covered business method patents. On November 21, 2016, the Federal Circuit ruled in Unwired Planet…more

America Invents Act, Appeals, Covered Business Method Patents, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Patent Litigation

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

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

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

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Third Circuit Issues Bright-line Interpretation of FMLA’s “Overnight Stay” Rule

Early last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a former employee’s hospital stay did not count as an “overnight stay” under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and thus did not trigger the FMLA’s…more

FMLA, Hiring & Firing, Retaliation, Termination, Wrongful Termination

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Supreme Court to Hear Patent Venue Case

The plot just thickened in the long-running debate over where patent cases should be litigated. Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the Federal Circuit’s decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods, in which…more

Kraft, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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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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Renewable Energy Tax Credits: Recent IRS Notice Favorable to the Renewable Energy Industry

On May 5, 2016, the IRS released new guidance regarding the renewable energy production tax credit (“PTC”) and energy investment tax credit (“ITC”) which most in the renewable energy industry will find favorable…more

Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit, Renewable Energy, Tax Credits

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

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

Bayer, Lanham Act, Mexico, Paris Convention, Popular

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Massachusetts Licensure of Hospice Programs Proposed Regulations – Key Take-Aways

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued another round of proposed amendments to its regulations, continuing the Baker Administration’s regulatory reform efforts. Today, we take a closer look at the…more

Hospice, Proposed Regulation, Public Health

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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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When An Arbitration Clause Sounds Permissive But Is Not — Does “May” Really Mean “Must”?

Is an arbitration clause mandatory or permissive when it provides that either party to the contract may elect to submit a dispute to binding arbitration? What if the contract also provides that the right to arbitrate is not…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Binding Arbitration, Federal Arbitration Act, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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Three Strikes and Recovery Act is Out

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust puts an end to one of Puerto Rico’s multi-pronged efforts to deleverage itself. Given the comprehensiveness of the First…more

Bankruptcy Code, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v Franklin California Tax-Free Trust, Contracts Clause, Debt Enforcement & Recovery Act (DERA), Preemption

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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, Financial Conduct Authority (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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Software Is Still Patent Eligible

In recent years, software patents have come under fire from legislation (the American Invents Act) that has generally made patents easier to invalidate, and from court decisions (the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank…more

America Invents Act, Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Enfish v Microsoft, McRo v Bandai Namco

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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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Let’s talk about Networks of Things, baby. Let’s talk about you and me.

It is easy to see networks all around us. The printers at the office, your child’s videogame, the food ordering app on your phone, the fitness band or smart watch on your wrist, the electricity grid for your city, the…more

Chamber of Commerce, Internet of Things, Networks, NIST

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The February 2017 Update – The Mintz Matrix

During 2016, amendments to breach notification laws in five states went into effect (California, Nebraska, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee). And by the end of last year, well over twenty states had introduced or were…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, Data Security, Encryption, Notification Requirements

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DC Circuit Court Reaffirms Earlier Decision Partially Invalidating Conflict Minerals Rule On First Amendment Grounds

Pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which added new Section 13(p)(1) to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the SEC promulgated Rule 13p-1 (the “Conflict Minerals Rule”), which required that issuers that…more

Conflict Mineral Rules, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dodd-Frank, First Amendment, Petition For Rehearing

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Making the Sausage: Medicaid Block Grants in the 115th Congress

Republicans have been talking about remodeling the Medicaid program through block grants or per capita caps for years. Both block grants and per capita caps are designed to limit federal spending by providing a state with a set…more

Community Development Block Grants, Healthcare Reform, HHS, Medicaid

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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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Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB Claim Interpretation in Dispute over Credit Card Security Patent

The Federal Circuit reversed the invalidation of two patents directed to providing security for credit card purchases in an opinion released earlier today. The patents at issue, U.S. Patent Nos. 7,840,486 and 8,036,988,…more

CAFC, Credit Cards, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Invalidity, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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Members of Ophthalmologist Group Charged with Illegal Boycott of Health Plan

An ophthalmologist cooperative in Puerto Rico settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) last week that it orchestrated an illegal boycott of a health plan. The FTC alleged that the cooperative urged its members…more

Anticompetitive Behavior, Boycotts, Consent Order, Cooperative Agreements, Employer Group Health Plans

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Washington Outlook for 2015

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

Appropriations Bill, Defense Sector, Department of Transportation (DOT), Energy Policy, Environmental Policies

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What Have Merchants Gained from Payment Card Antitrust Litigation?

In recent years, federal antitrust enforcers and businesses that accept payment cards have been waging a slow war against payment card fees and the card network rules that protect them. The payment card industry’s antitrust…more

American Express, Anti-Steering Rules, Antitrust Violations, Appeals, ATMs

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Another Court Agrees That A Difference Of Opinion On Medical Necessity Is Insufficient to Show Falsity Under the False Claims Act

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah joined the AseraCare court and others in finding that a relator cannot successfully allege violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) based on a purported lack of…more

False Claims Act (FCA), Fraud, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, Medicare

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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, H-1B, L-1 Visas

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Update: DOL Regulation For Employers Who Use Direct Deposit and Payroll Debit Cards Invalidated

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals invalidated and revoked the NYS Department of Labor regulations we wrote about previously (and updated here) governing payment of wages by direct deposit or…more

Amended Regulation, Debit Cards, Direct Deposit, DOL, Employer Liability Issues

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NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights’ Trademark Application Refused Due To Likelihood of Confusion with the College of Saint Rose Golden Knights

In June 2016, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced that Las Vegas would be awarded an NHL franchise team, the first major professional sports team in the city and the first new expansion team for the NHL in over fifteen…more

Hockey, Likelihood of Confusion, Sports, Trademark Application, Trademarks

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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, 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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Over a Decade in the Making: CMS Releases Long-Awaited Medicaid Managed Care Rule

On May 27, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a 653-page proposed rule affecting the thirty-nine states (plus the District of Columbia) that use managed care organizations (“MCOs”) to…more

CMS, Health Care Providers, Managed Care Contracts, Medicaid

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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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(Trade)Marking Your Territory in the US: A Guide for Non-US Companies

Trademark rights exist on a country-by-country basis, and the laws in the United States differ in a number of significant ways from other markets. As a result, it is critical that before any non-U.S. company seeks trademark…more

Community Trademark, Foreign Corporations, Intellectual Property Protection, Intent-to-Use, Madrid Protocol

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Recent HIPAA Enforcement Actions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced the first ever settlement related to a Covered Entity’s untimely breach notification in violation of HIPAA. Presence Health, a…more

Breach Notification Rule, Covered Entities, Data Breach, Data Security, Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI)

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The Impact of Recently Proposed Regulations on Ineligible Nonqualified Plans Under Internal Revenue Code § 457(f)

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service recently issued comprehensive proposed regulations governing nonqualified plans subject to tax under Internal Revenue Code § 457. Code § 457 prescribes the tax rules that…more

Deferred Compensation, Forfeiture, Income Taxes, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS

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Federal Circuit: Go whole-hog on validity below if you want to contest an independent determination of invalidity on appeal

Think you’ve won on validity at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and your claims are safe on appeal? “Not so fast,” says the Federal Circuit in Software Rights Archive, LLC v. Facebook…more

Facebook, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Obviousness, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patent Validity

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SEC May Leverage Investigation of Yahoo! Data Breaches to Clarify Prior Guidance

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating whether Yahoo! should have reported the two massive data breaches it experienced earlier to investors, according to individuals with knowledge. The SEC will probably…more

Breach Notification Rule, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, SEC, Verizon

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The February 2017 Update – The Mintz Matrix

During 2016, amendments to breach notification laws in five states went into effect (California, Nebraska, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee). And by the end of last year, well over twenty states had introduced or were…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, Data Security, Encryption, Notification Requirements

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The USPTO’s Latest Memo on Subject Matter Eligibility Provides Hope For Modern Innovators

On November 2, 2016 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a memo to Examiners on its stance on subject matter eligibility in response to the McRO and BASCOM Federal Circuit decisions, previously discussed…more

Abstract Ideas, Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility, Patent Litigation, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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Estee Lauder Decision Highlights Waiver Argument’s Challenges

Policyholders often seek to challenge an insurer’s denial of coverage on the grounds that the insurer waived a defense relied upon to deny coverage. On September 15, 2016, the Court of Appeals in Estee Lauder Inc. v. OneBeacon…more

Denial of Insurance Coverage, Insurance Industry, Insurance Litigation, Late Notices

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

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

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

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Federal Cybersecurity Landscape for 2017

Regardless of who won the presidential election, it was always expected that cybersecurity would continue to be a leading concern for business and government alike. As new cyber threats and the evolution of technology and the…more

Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Trump Administration

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The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 6: Focus on the Individual Health Insurance Market

A recent report from the nation’s top actuaries takes a sobering look at the challenges policy makers face in creating a viable individual (i.e., non-group) health insurance market—a critical component of any plan to replace the…more

Actuaries, Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance, Healthcare Reform, Medicaid

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Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 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, Conflict Mineral Rules, Cybersecurity, Disclosure-Based Settlements, Executive Compensation

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First Circuit Strengthens “Traceability” Pleading Requirement for Section 11 Claims

A recent First Circuit decision raises the pleading bar for plaintiffs asserting violations of Section 11 of the Securities Act. Only would-be plaintiffs who acquired a security that is the direct subject of a prospectus and…more

Section 11, Securities Act, Securities Litigation

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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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J-1 Site Visits

The Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration has announced that it will perform site visits to many J-1 Intern and Trainee host organizations beginning this month. Most individual participants and…more

Internships, J-1 Visas, Site Visit Program, US Department of State

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Massachusetts Legislature Overhauls Public Records Law

Last week the Massachusetts Legislature adopted significant changes to the Massachusetts Public Records Law. These changes apply to all state agencies and municipalities and in theory are designed to improve the disclosure of…more

Attorney's Fees, Burden of Proof, Discovery, Municipalities, New Legislation

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FDA Announces Dates for Long-Awaited Public Hearing on Its Regulation of Off-Label Communications

Times, They Are A-Changin’ - On Wednesday, FDA announced that it will hold a two-day public hearing on November 9th and 10th to obtain input from a broad cross-section of the health care industry, including pharmaceutical…more

Amarin, Animal Drugs, Biologics, FDA, FDCA

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Potential Paths to Deregulation in 2017

Following the beginning of the 115th Congress (January 3) and President-elect Trump’s inauguration (January 20), the legislative and executive branches will have at their disposal a number of legal methods for following through…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Congressional Review Act, Deregulation, Members of Congress, Presidential Elections

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Teladoc Receives Support from the Feds

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed an amicus brief with the Fifth Circuit stating that the Texas Medical Board’s (the “Board”) appeal was inappropriate and…more

Amicus Briefs, Appeals, DOJ, FTC, Jurisdiction

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National Labor Relations Board Grants Student Assistants the Right to Unionize at Private Colleges and Universities

In a setback to private colleges and universities, the National Labor Relations Board ruled on August 23, 2016 that student assistants have unionization and collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act. In…more

Brown University, Collective Bargaining, Colleges, Columbia University, Educational Institutions

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Monthly TCPA Digest - January 2017

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory…more

Class Action, Common Law Claims, Communications Act of 1934, Congressional Committees, FCC

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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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Lessons Learned from FCA Settlement Involving Waiver of Medicare Coinsurance Amounts

The waiver of copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles owed by patients treated by out-of-network laboratories and other providers is a hot topic in the health care industry. Despite the near absence of clear legal prohibitions…more

Aetna, CIGNA, Co-Insurance Payments, Deductibles, False Claims Act (FCA)

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The Saga Continues on the Fate of the DOL’s Overtime Rule

Just before Thanksgiving, a Texas federal court judge issued an injunction blocking the closely-watched new federal overtime rule from taking effect as scheduled on December 1, 2016. As expected, the DOL is not going quietly…more

DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Over-Time, Preliminary Injunctions

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MIT: Energy Ventures 10 Year Anniversary Top 10 Moments – Moment #8

As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their…more

Clean Energy, Energy Sector, Offshore Wind, Wind Power

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European Unified Patent Court Roll-Out Planned For 2017

On January 16, 2017, the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) announced that a Preparatory Committee is currently working under an assumption that the Provisional Application Phase (PAP) of the UPC will presumably begin in May…more

EU, Patents, Provisional Applications, Unified Patent Court

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Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: January 2017

We have identified 30 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed in whole or in part. Trends & Analysis - A substantial majority of the unsealed cases had been under seal for periods well in excess of…more

False Claims Act (FCA), Healthcare, Qui Tam, Whistleblowers

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Preparing for an Exit: Selling Your Robotics Company

Robots are everywhere. Healthcare, logistics, manufacturing and other critical areas of the economy are being redefined by the robotics and artificial intelligence advances of today’s technology entrepreneurs. With this…more

Artificial Intelligence, Confidential Information, Drones, Emerging Technology Companies, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

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The SLANTS Trademark Will Play One More Gig: U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Ban on Disparaging Trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will review whether the U.S. Trademark Office can deny registration of offensive trademarks or whether such prohibition violates the First Amendment. The dispute affects the…more

Disparagement, First Amendment, Football, Free Speech, Lanham Act

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Supreme Judicial Court Affirms Award 0f $2,250,000 plus Interest Against Insurer for Breach of Duty to Defend and Settle — on $50,000 Policy

In Boyle v. Zurich American Insurance Company, SJC-11791 (Sept. 14, 2015), the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed an award of $2,250,000 plus interest against an insurer for failing to defend its insured on a $50,000 policy…more

Breach of Duty, Commercial General Liability Policies, Damages, Denial of Insurance Coverage, Duty to Defend

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Tax Guidance to Slow Under Trump. Even More Emphasis on Letter Rulings in Bond Transactions?

As the Trump administration attempts to substantially reduce the amount of federal regulations, both the Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel of the Treasury Department and an Associate Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service…more

IRS, Private Letter Rulings, Tax Reform, Trump Administration, U.S. Treasury

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Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill Reintroduced in Senate

As the 115th Congress gets underway, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, better known as Portman-Shaheen. The bill is cosponsored by…more

DOE, Energy Efficiency, Energy Sector, Green Buildings

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Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Takes Effect July 1st

The Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law, which requires nearly all Massachusetts employers to provide earned sick time to employees, goes into effect on July 1, 2015. Unless they qualify for the limited safe harbor provision…more

Earned Sick Time, Paid Leave, Safe Harbors, Sick Leave

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New Rules in the Northern District of California Aim to Encourage Patent Case Settlements

New rules for patent cases in the Northern District of California will significantly affect litigation and settlement of cases in Silicon Valley’s backyard. Lawyers litigating cases in the district after the January 17, 2017…more

Case Management, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Good Faith, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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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 Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

On June 23, 2016, in its second time hearing Fisher v. University of Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the affirmative action admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin. The Court held that the program is lawful…more

Affirmative Action, College Admissions, Compelling Governmental Interest, Diversity, Equal Protection

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Ruling Vacating Target Consumer Class Settlement Highlights The Problem Of Standing In Data Breach Cases

When hackers steal consumer data, injury to consumers is not a foregone conclusion. This is particularly so where credit and debit card numbers are stolen. Banks, not consumers, bear the cost of fraudulent charges. Consumers’…more

Article III, Class Action, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection

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