Mintz Levin

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
| Intellectual Property

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
| Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Securities Law

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
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics

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
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

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
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

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 Law, Elections & Politics

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
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Securities Law

Court in the BP p.l.c. Securities Litigation Upholds Opt-Out Procedures But Then Allows Individual Action Plaintiffs to Opt Back Into $175 Million Settlement

On November 4, 2016, Judge Keith Ellison of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas granted preliminary approval of a $175 million settlement in the federal securities class action In re: BP p.l.c…more
| Civil Procedure, Securities Law

The Use of Experts in International Arbitration: Selection of an Expert Witness

In international arbitrations, litigators from the U.S. often find a bit of the familiar mixed in with equal or greater bits of the unfamiliar. (Whether they acknowledge or treat the latter as such, alas, varies by…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), International Law & Trade

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
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

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
| Elections & Politics, Health

OCR Warns of Phishing Campaign Disguised as Official OCR Communication

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published an alert on Monday describing a phishing campaign disguised as an email from OCR. The email is being circulated on mock HHS…more
| Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Make-Whole Momentum Halted: Third Circuit Rejects Momentive Rationale and Requires Debtor to Pay Make-Whole Premium

In a recent decision (“Energy Future Holdings”) poised to have wide-reaching implications, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decisions of the Bankruptcy and the District Courts to hold that a debtor cannot use a…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

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
| Elections & Politics, Health, Labor & Employment Law
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