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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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When a Quirk of Copyright Law Creates a Christmas Classic: It’s a Wonderful Life and the Public Domain

George Bailey stands on a bridge begging for another chance at life. Upon being granted a second chance, he joyously runs home to embrace his family. As the community of Bedford Falls rallies around him and raises funds to save…more

Copyright, Derivative Works, Holidays, Movies, Public Domain

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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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District Court Finds General Description of Trade Secret Sufficient to Satisfy Pleading Standard under Defend Trade Secrets Act

An important question for any plaintiff alleging trade secret misappropriation is: “How much detail should I provide about the stolen trade secrets in the complaint?” Answering this question often requires the balancing of two…more

Corporate Counsel, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Misappropriation, Trade Secrets

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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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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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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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Recent Developments around Pharmaceutical Drug Spending in Massachusetts

Throughout the fall, policy makers in Massachusetts have sharpened their focus on the rise of pharmaceutical drug prices and their role in the growth of overall health care spending in the Commonwealth. Both the Center for…more

Drug Pricing, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Industry, Prescription Drugs, Transparency

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Intellectual Ventures Petitions Federal Circuit for Full Court Review

Earlier this week, Intellectual Ventures (IV) petitioned the full Federal Circuit to review the panel opinion in Intellectual Ventures v. Symantec, which invalidated two of its patents under section 101. Both patents—the ’050…more

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

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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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Why Directors and Officers Should Demand a Separate Indemnification Agreement

Corporate directors and officers (“D&O’s”) face significant personal exposure whenever their corporation is involved in a dispute or investigation. For this reason, prudent D&O’s avail themselves of all available legal…more

Board of Directors, Bylaws, Corporate Charters, Corporate Officers, D&O Insurance

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

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

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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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Jury Acquits Former Pharma Exec in One of the First Post-Yates Memo Health Care Fraud Prosecutions

Like many before it, this year has been one to watch in government health care fraud enforcement efforts. In September 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the “Yates Memo,” which reaffirmed the government’s…more

Acquittals, Affirmative Defenses, Anti-Kickback Statute, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Prosecution

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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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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 - November 2016

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

FCC, First Amendment, Presidential Elections, Prior Express Consent, TCPA

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The Future of the Affordable Care Act (Week 1): Assessing the New Normal

The Affordable Care Act was—at least until the election of Donald J. Trump as President—the single most important piece of Federal social legislation in the United States in more than a generation. The law’s fate is now…more

Affordable Care Act, Donald Trump, Healthcare Reform, Presidential Elections, Trump Administration

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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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HHS Publishes Guidance on HIPAA and Cloud Computing

On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance to assist cloud service providers (CSPs) and their customers with HIPAA compliance. As discussed below, the…more

Business Associates, Cloud Computing, Covered Entities, HHS, HIPAA

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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 - November 2016

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

FCC, First Amendment, Presidential Elections, Prior Express Consent, TCPA

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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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Cleantech Open Northeast 2016 Recap

On October 27, 2016, Cleantech Open Northeast, the Northeast division of Cleantech Open, a global cleantech accelerator for early-stage clean technology companies, announced the 2016 regional winners of the competition. Four…more

Clean Energy, Clean Tech, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

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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, Donald Trump, Healthcare Reform

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Apple (Finally) Enjoins the Sale of (Obsolete) Samsung Phones

In the latest development in the patent skirmishes between Apple and Samsung, on Monday, January 18, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California entered a permanent injunction barring Samsung…more

Apple, Apple v Samsung, Patent Infringement, Patents, Permanent Injunctions

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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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District Court Finds General Description of Trade Secret Sufficient to Satisfy Pleading Standard under Defend Trade Secrets Act

An important question for any plaintiff alleging trade secret misappropriation is: “How much detail should I provide about the stolen trade secrets in the complaint?” Answering this question often requires the balancing of two…more

Corporate Counsel, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Misappropriation, Trade Secrets

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OCR Provides Additional Clarification on Phishing Scam

As we reported earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights described a phishing campaign that is attempting to convince recipients of their inclusion in OCR’s Phase 2 audit…more

Cybersecurity, Email, HHS, HIPAA, OCR

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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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Cap-Exempt H-1B Employment Clarified by DHS

In light of the general unavailability of H-1B visas due to the limited and inadequate H-1B visa quota, it is more important than ever that U.S. employers and highly skilled foreign nationals be able to take maximum advantage of…more

ACWIA, DHS, H-1B, USCIS, Visa Caps

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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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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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Recent Developments around Pharmaceutical Drug Spending in Massachusetts

Throughout the fall, policy makers in Massachusetts have sharpened their focus on the rise of pharmaceutical drug prices and their role in the growth of overall health care spending in the Commonwealth. Both the Center for…more

Drug Pricing, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Industry, Prescription Drugs, Transparency

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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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When a Quirk of Copyright Law Creates a Christmas Classic: It’s a Wonderful Life and the Public Domain

George Bailey stands on a bridge begging for another chance at life. Upon being granted a second chance, he joyously runs home to embrace his family. As the community of Bedford Falls rallies around him and raises funds to save…more

Copyright, Derivative Works, Holidays, Movies, Public Domain

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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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Recent Developments around Pharmaceutical Drug Spending in Massachusetts

Throughout the fall, policy makers in Massachusetts have sharpened their focus on the rise of pharmaceutical drug prices and their role in the growth of overall health care spending in the Commonwealth. Both the Center for…more

Drug Pricing, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Industry, Prescription Drugs, Transparency

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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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Pleading Standard Defined– CAFC Holds that Joint Infringement Complaint Requires Identification of All Required Claim Steps

Plaintiffs bringing patent infringement complaints under the Iqbal/Twombly pleading standard should take notice. On September 30, 2016, a panel of the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a deficient…more

CAFC, CBS, Federal Rule 12(b)(6), Joint Infringement, Limelight v Akamai

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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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Federal Circuit Rules That “Same-Day Continuations” Are Proper

The Federal Circuit yesterday issued a decision that will make many patent owners and IP practitioners breathe easier. In Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. the Court reversed a district court holding that a continuation application…more

Filing Requirements, Patent Applications, Patents, Same-Day Continuations, USPTO

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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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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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Revised Rule 504: Another Tool in the Toolkit to Raise Capital

If there is one common theme that entrepreneurs tend to have, it is fire – meaning, many entrepreneurs are passionate about an exciting idea that they seek to turn into a business. However, entrepreneurs often quickly realize…more

Capital Raising, Regulation D, Rule 504, SEC, Securities Act of 1933

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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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Political and Economic Conditions Shaping America’s Energy Future

America’s 10 year energy resurgence exhibits the difficulty of prediction. Unexpected global events, from the persistence of the U.S. fracking revolution to the impact (or lack thereof) of low natural gas prices on the business…more

Energy & Climate Debates, Energy Policy, Energy Sector, Global Economy, Legislative Agendas

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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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Another Employee-Friendly Law: New California Law Aims to Keep Employment-Related Disputes Centered in California

Beginning next year, employers may no longer force their California employees to resolve their employment-related disputes outside of California or use non-California law when doing so. With limited exceptions, the new law,…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employment Contract, Labor Code, Labor Disputes, New Legislation

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CAFC’s Husky Decision Makes Sledding Tougher for Patent Owners in PTAB Appeals

The Federal Circuit recently determined that it lacked jurisdiction to review the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s determination that assignor estoppel has no affect in an inter partes review (“IPR”). The majority’s decision in…more

Assignor Estoppel, CAFC, Corporate Counsel, Cuozzo Speed Technologies, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding

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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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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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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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Recent Developments around Pharmaceutical Drug Spending in Massachusetts

Throughout the fall, policy makers in Massachusetts have sharpened their focus on the rise of pharmaceutical drug prices and their role in the growth of overall health care spending in the Commonwealth. Both the Center for…more

Drug Pricing, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Industry, Prescription Drugs, Transparency

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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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Federal Circuit Backs Finding of Inequitable Conduct in Reexamination of Prosthetics Patent

The Federal Circuit has affirmed a district court’s awarding of attorneys’ fees to Alps South (Alps) based on inequitable conduct by Ohio Willow Wood (OWW) during reexamination of its patent for gel-coated, cushioned socks that…more

Attorney's Fees, Evidence, Inequitable Conduct, Inter Partes Reexamination, Patent Infringement

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

Since our last issue, we have identified 31 recently unsealed health care-related whistleblower cases. In this Qui Tam Update, we analyze the trends and take an in-depth look at a few noteworthy cases…more

Certificates of Compliance, Constructive Trusts, Criminal Prosecution, DEA, False Billing

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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, Donald Trump, EU Data Protection Laws

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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 - November 2016

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

FCC, First Amendment, Presidential Elections, Prior Express Consent, TCPA

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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 Jury Acquits in One of the First Few Prosecutions of Health Care Executives Following DOJ’s Yates Memo

Last month, we reported on a Massachusetts federal court jury’s decision to acquit the former CEO of Warner Chilcott in one of the first prosecutions of a health care executive following the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Yates…more

Acquittals, CEOs, Corporate Executives, DOJ, False Claims Act (FCA)

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

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, The world of raising capital for emerging companies has experienced a revolution. Prior to the enactment of the JOBS Act in 2012, raising capital for private companies was…more

Capital Raising, Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Data Breach, Data Security

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, Donald Trump, Healthcare Reform

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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, Donald Trump, EU Data Protection Laws

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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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Five Important Themes to Watch in the Reform of FDA’s Off-Label Communications Policy

As we’ve previously reported, FDA has recently been forced to reexamine its legal position and enforcement policies related to drug and device manufacturers’ off-label communications. Although the Agency has for years resisted…more

Commercial Speech, FDA, First Amendment, Manufacturers, Medical Devices

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Monthly TCPA Digest - November 2016

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

FCC, First Amendment, Presidential Elections, Prior Express Consent, TCPA

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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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Hospital Adverse Event Reporting System To Be Integrated Into FDA NEST Program

Based on recent FDA statements, it looks as though the FDA would like to integrate hospital medical device reporting obligations into the National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST) framework. The NEST system is a…more

Adverse Events, FDA, Medical Devices, National Evaluation System for Health Technology (NEST), Reporting Requirements

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

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

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

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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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Intellectual Ventures Petitions Federal Circuit for Full Court Review

Earlier this week, Intellectual Ventures (IV) petitioned the full Federal Circuit to review the panel opinion in Intellectual Ventures v. Symantec, which invalidated two of its patents under section 101. Both patents—the ’050…more

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

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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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House Energy & Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Security of the Internet of Things

The growing scale of cybersecurity concerns is prompting action from government leadership on the federal level. Before the Thanksgiving recess, the House’s Committee on Energy and Commerce got in on the act when two of its…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Distributed Denial of Service, Internet of Things

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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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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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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 Jury Acquits in One of the First Few Prosecutions of Health Care Executives Following DOJ’s Yates Memo

Last month, we reported on a Massachusetts federal court jury’s decision to acquit the former CEO of Warner Chilcott in one of the first prosecutions of a health care executive following the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Yates…more

Acquittals, CEOs, Corporate Executives, DOJ, False Claims Act (FCA)

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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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Where Are We With the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements?

With the 9th Circuit’s late summer anti-class action waiver decision, the circuit split widened over the issue of whether employers can require employees, through an arbitration agreement, to waive their rights to bring class or…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Corporate Counsel

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Federal Circuit Clarifies What Constitutes Use “In Commerce” Under the Lanham Act

On November 14, 2016, the Federal Circuit clarified confusion regarding what is necessary to satisfy the registration requirement that a mark be used “in commerce.”…more

Adidas, Commerce Clause, Lanham Act, Registration Requirement, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

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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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OCR Reminds Companies that Authentication is Key

In non-election news, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services recently released its November Cyber Awareness Newsletter. This month’s newsletter focuses on the topic of authentication. …more

Authentication, Business Associates, Covered Entities, Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI), Health Care Providers

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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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California AG Guidance for the Ed Tech Industry: 6 Recommendations to Protect Student Data Privacy

Developers and operators of educational technology services should take note. Just before the election, California Attorney General Kamala Harris provided a document laying out guidance for those providing education technology…more

Data Collection, Data Privacy, Data Security, Data Use Policies, Privacy Policy

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House Energy & Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Security of the Internet of Things

The growing scale of cybersecurity concerns is prompting action from government leadership on the federal level. Before the Thanksgiving recess, the House’s Committee on Energy and Commerce got in on the act when two of its…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Distributed Denial of Service, Internet of Things

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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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ML Strategies’ Election Forecast on Congressional Leadership Changes

With the election just a week away, ML Strategies, Mintz Levin’s consulting affiliate, has conducted in-depth analysis of possible House and Senate committee leadership changes, including committees that effect energy technology…more

Congressional Committees, Energy Sector, Presidential Elections

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Staffing Firms, Educational Organizations, and Breaks-in-Service under the Affordable Care Act Employer Shared Responsibility Rules: Proposed Changes under Notice 2015-87

In Q&A format, recently issued Notice 2015-87 addresses a number of pressing issues that have arisen under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including that law’s employer shared responsibility rules, information reporting…more

Affordable Care Act, Applicable Large Employers (ALE), Comment Period, Educational Institutions, Full-Time Employees

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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, Donald Trump, Members of Congress

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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 - November 2016

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

FCC, First Amendment, Presidential Elections, Prior Express Consent, TCPA

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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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Analyzing Patent Claims Having Conditional Language – the PTAB Provides Clarity

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) recently designated Ex parte Schulhauser, Appeal 2013-007847 (PTAB April 28, 2016), as precedential. In this decision the Board clarified how to interpret method and system claims that…more

Ex Parte, Method Claims, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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FDA Finally Decides that “Evaporated Cane Juice” Is Misleading Consumers

Evaporated cane juice, a term usually used to inform about sweeteners derived from the fluid extract of sugar cane, is present on the ingredient lists of many products we see on grocery store shelves. However, newly finalized…more

Confusingly Similar, Evaporated Cane Juice, FDA, Final Guidance, Food Labeling

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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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IRS Relaxes Restrictions on Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Facilities

The IRS on August 22, 2016 released long-anticipated Revenue Procedure 2016-44 (Rev. Proc. 2016-44), which substantially increases flexibility in, and provides a less formulaic approach to, the ability of a tax-exempt bond…more

501(c)(3), Hospitals, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS, Management Contracts

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Cost Estimates for Expiring Energy Tax Provisions

Passage of a tax package is another possible item on Congress’ list for the lame duck session, which is discussed in a recent ML Strategies alert. Three dozen tax provisions are scheduled to expire December 31, about half of…more

Energy Tax Incentives, Lame Duck Session, Renewal Options, Solar Energy, Wind Power

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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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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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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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A Failed Strategy: Another Derivative Action In A Data Breach Case Goes Down To Defeat

Dismissal Of Home Depot Derivative Action Extends Shareholder Losing Streak An attempt to impose liability on corporate officers and directors for data breach-related losses has once again failed. On November 30, 2016, a…more

Corporate Counsel, Corporate Governance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Derivative Suit

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UPDATE: Court in LendingClub Class Action Appoints Lead Plaintiff’s Counsel as Class Counsel

We posted earlier about the surprising decision of Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California not to appoint lead counsel in the LendingClub class action cases at the same time he appointed a lead plaintiff. …more

Class Action, LendingClub

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Now Required: Canada – Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for US Citizens and Citizens of Visa Waiver Countries

Effective November 9, 2016, all visa-exempt foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) who fly to or transit through Canada will now be required to secure an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before boarding a flight to…more

Canada, Electronic Travel Authorization Program (eTA), Foreign Nationals, Visa Waiver Program, Visas

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“Processing System” Does Not Render Claims Indefinite

The Federal Circuit relied on Nautilus to preserve functional language of a method claim in a decision published last Friday. In Cox Comm, Inc. v. Sprint, No. 2016-1013, the Federal Circuit held that the term “processing…more

Indefiniteness, Internet, Patents, Sprint

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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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Revel: To Stay or Not to Stay? Third Circuit Reveals the Answer

On Sept. 30, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in In re Revel AC Inc. issued a decision of significance to federal jurisprudence and bankruptcy practice. Hon. Thomas L. Ambro delivered the court’s opinion, reversing the…more

363 Sales, Appeals, Casinos, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy

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Green Chemistry Initiatives: An American Patchwork?

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

Green Chemistry, Manufacturers

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Health Care Enforcement in 2013: A Year in Review

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

Compliance, DOJ, Enforcement, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud

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Changes to the “But-For” Standard For Materiality at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office?

On October 28, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing revisions to the materiality standard for the duty to disclose information in…more

America Invents Act, Patent Applications, Patents, USPTO

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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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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, Donald Trump, Healthcare Reform

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Could the Eastern District of Texas’s Reign Come to an End?

It has become a patent litigation trope, discussed at every Silicon Valley water cooler, that patent litigation is broken because all patent cases are tried in the plaintiff-friendly Eastern District of Texas. While this…more

Corporate Counsel, Kraft, Motion to Transfer, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Monthly TCPA Digest - November 2016

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

FCC, First Amendment, Presidential Elections, Prior Express Consent, TCPA