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At-Will Employment Clauses and the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has made headlines in the last few years with its close scrutiny of workplace social media policies. However, making something of a quieter splash, the NLRB has also been scrutinizing…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Hydrokinetic energy projects in 2014

Hydrokinetic energy projects generate electricity from moving water, capturing the power embodied in tides, waves, and currents without the use of dams. Hydrokinetic energy resources are estimated to have a tremendous power…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

EPA issues draft permits for carbon sequestration

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the first draft permits for injecting and storing carbon dioxide in underground rock formations, which could advance carbon capture and sequestration efforts. …more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

International Patent Filings Break Record

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) provides a mechanism for filing one patent application, referred to as a PCT or international patent application, that can later branch out into one or more national or regional patent…more

| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Northwestern Scholarship Athletes Make It Into the Red Zone

This past Wednesday, Peter S. Ohr, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director in Chicago, ruled that all scholarship football players at Northwestern University who have not exhausted their college eligibility…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Can FSAs Survive Healthcare Reform?

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health FSAs have for years enabled employers to offer employees the opportunity to spend non-taxable compensation on eligible medical expenses. FSAs could not only be used to pay for routine…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

Smart meters are safe, says Maine agency staff

The staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a report concluding that the use of "smart meters" -- advanced utility metering infrastructure capable of communicating wirelessly with the utility -- is a "safe,…more

| Energy & Utilities, Consumer Protection

Biofuels lead growth in U.S. biomass energy

The use of energy from biomass resources in the United States grew more than 60% over the decade between 2002 and 2013 -- primarily in the form of increased use of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel that are produced from…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Snohomish tidal project wins FERC pilot license

Federal regulators have issued a pilot license for a proposed tidal energy project in Washington. Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a 10-year pilot license to Public Utility District No. 1 of…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Indigenous Peoples

NJ regulators reject offshore wind project

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has voted against extending ratepayer subsidies to an offshore wind project proposed by developer Fishermen's Energy, challenging the project's financial viability. Back in 2011,…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

NJ board to decide on offshore wind project

Will New Jersey regulators approve key support for an offshore wind project proposed off the Jersey shore? Many coastal states and nations are placing new focus on energy projects designed to generate electricity from…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Employer Ownership of Social Media Accounts

If you have a business with a social media footprint (and what business doesn’t, these days), ask yourself this question: "How confident are you that you own the social networking accounts through which you are building your…more

| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science,...

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