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Supreme Court Holds Laches Is Not a Defense to Patent Infringement Damages

On March 21, 2017, in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, the Supreme Court overturned long-standing Federal Circuit law regarding the defense of laches, holding that laches is not a defense to damages for…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Transition to Value-Based Health Care: A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days

“A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days,” the inaugural segment of our value-based health care teleconference series, was hosted by Thomas Bulleit, who heads the Ropes & Gray health care practice in the…more
| Elections & Politics, Government Contracting, Health, Insurance

Podcast - Supreme Court Preview: TC Heartland v. Kraft

What impact could the pending Supreme Court argument and decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft have on patent infringement litigation in the United States? With the oral argument scheduled for March 27, Doug Hallward-Driemeier, who…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Key components of the proposed American Health Care Act [Video]

Michael Lampert, Ropes & Gray health care partner, analyzes key changes proposed by the American Health Care Act. __ In the 2012 election, we heard that the Affordable Care Act would be repealed. In the 2016 election, we heard…more
| Health

Drug and Device Makers Suggest Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor Clarifications to Encourage Value-Based Health Care Arrangements

In response to the annual solicitation by the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) for developing new, and modifying existing, safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute,…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Department of Labor Adopts Temporary Non-Enforcement Policy for Fiduciary Rule

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2017-01, announcing a temporary non-enforcement policy for non-compliance with its fiduciary rule. The non-enforcement policy would…more
| Labor & Employment Law

The SEC Speaks 2017: Division of Enforcement Highlights

At the SEC Speaks 2017 conference, held in Washington, D.C. from February 24-25, 2017, senior Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) officials shared their observations about the SEC’s Division of Enforcement’s (“Division”)…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

The House’s American Health Care Act: Rearranging the ACA Furniture or Rebuilding the Room?

On Monday, March 6, 2017, the two House committees with primary jurisdiction over matters at the core of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) each released a committee print that the committees say will, combined, become the House…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

Another Court Rejects Excessive Fee Claims Following Trial on Mutual Fund “Manager of Managers” Theory

On February 28, 2017, Judge Renée Bumb of the New Jersey federal district court entered judgment in favor of Hartford Funds Management Group, Inc. (“Hartford”) following last November’s four-day bench trial relating to…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

FCA issues press releases on best execution and dealing commission

The FCA issued two important press releases on 3 March 2017, outlining its findings from its recent supervisory work on firms’ use of dealing commission and firms ensuring effective oversight of best execution…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Cookies Crumble? The Draft EU Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications

The European Commission recently published a proposed Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (the “Regulation”). The Regulation aims to update and broaden the scope of current rules under the ePrivacy Directive…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade

President Trump Announces Health Care Priorities: Repeal/Replace of Obamacare; Tort Reform on Agenda

On February 27, 2017, President Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress, outlining key points of his administration’s agenda. In his speech, the President reiterated his desire to repeal and replace the…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Insurance

CFTC Proposes Updated Recordkeeping Rules

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) recently proposed certain amendments to Regulation 1.31 (“§1.31”), which sets forth requirements for records required to be kept under the Commodity Exchange Act (the “CEA”)…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Department of Labor Proposes 60-day Delay of Fiduciary Rule

On March 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published a proposed rule that would delay the applicability date of its fiduciary rule from April 10, 2017 to June 9, 2017 (a 60-day delay). (For details on the…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

DOJ Publishes New Guidance for Compliance Programs

On February 8, 2017, the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) published a guide for companies called “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (the “Guidance”). The Guidance is composed of common…more
| Business Organizations
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