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Security Interests in Intellectual Property

As collateral for a loan, lenders are accustomed to obtaining a security interest in the property of the borrower. Such property usually includes tangible assets of the borrower such as real estate, machinery and other physical…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property

Immigration Update: A Small Step in the Right Direction

Until recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) did not allow the dependent spouses of H-1B (specialty occupation) visa holders to engage in any form of employment while living in the U.S. H-4 visa holders…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Permissible Discrimination in Health Benefits

The intense regulation of health care benefits, especially with respect to the Affordable Care Act, has created much confusion among employers. As a result, many employers do not understand that they may offer different levels…more
| Labor & Employment Law

North Carolina offshore wind environmental assessment

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released an environmental assessment of the impacts of leasing sites off the North Carolina coast for offshore wind projects. This milestone supports…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Government Contracting

White House Announces New Disability Resource Guide

A new resource guide for employers to use in working with individuals with disabilities is now available. The new guide, available here and called Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining and Promoting People with Disabilities, was…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Apple makes California solar deal

Electronics manufacturer Apple has announced an $848 million deal to buy electricity from a solar energy project to be developed in California. Project developer First Solar has described the power purchase agreement as "the…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Seeking Patent Protection on Computer Implemented Inventions? Disclose the Specific Algorithms Employed in the Implementation

I commented in a prior blog on the lack of clarity in the patent law with respect to the patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions. Recent cases reflect an even further tightening of the rules with respect to…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Maine Workers' Compensation Alert: Supreme Court Rules on Application of § 327 Presumption

In Estate of Sullwold v. The Salvation Army, 2015 ME 4 (January 22, 2015), a high-level Salvation Army employee with a history of cardiovascular issues was found dead after a heart attack with his smart phone next to him and a…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation

Federal offshore wind auction held for sites off Massachusetts

Federal ocean energy managers have concluded an auction to lease over 350,000 acres off the Massachusetts coast to prepare for offshore wind development. Of the four parcels up for bid in today's auction, one was provisionally…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting, Real Estate - Commercial

2014: natural gas, wind, solar led new projects

Natural gas, wind, and solar power projects dominated the rankings of new U.S. electric generation placed in service in 2014. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff's December 2014 Energy…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Maine Workers' Compensation Alert: Workers' Compensation Appellate Division Holds that in a Claim to Death Benefits, Dependency Status is Determined as of the Date of Injury

In Foley v. Thermal Engineering International, Inc., Me. WCB App. Div. Decision No. 15-2 (January 13, 2015), the Workers' Compensation Board Appellate Division held that, in a claim to death benefits, dependency status is…more
| Worker’s Compensation

FERC and EPA's Clean Power Plan

Following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2014 proposal to regulate carbon emissions from electric power plants and other major sources, federal energy regulators have scheduled a series of public technical…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill to expedite federal review of some spects of proposed natural gas pipelines. Known as H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act is officially…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

FERC issues EIS for Algonquin Incremental Market gas project

Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have issued a final Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed natural gas transmission project connecting New York and New England. In that report, Commission staff found…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Energy and State of the Union 2015

President Obama delivered his 2015 State of the Union address on January 20, 2015. In his remarks as prepared for delivery, he addressed energy-related themes including the growth of U.S. energy resource production and climate…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law
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