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CMS says to physicians: Pick your pace for MACRA implementation. Physicians say to CMS: Thank you for hearing us.

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed regulations (Proposed Regs.) as a first step in the implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) provisions of the Medicare Access and…more
| Health

Virtual Porn – Real Patent Lawsuit

The porn industry is often one of the early adopters for new technologies. VR is no exception. Virtual Immersion Technologies LLC is enforcing its patent against live VR porn operators. The patent 6,409,599 (“the ’599…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

New York State Department of Financial Services Proposes Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Services Companies

If the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) has its way, come January 1, 2017, financial services companies that require a form of authorization to operate under the banking, insurance, or financial services…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Agencies Publish Strict New Labor Reporting Guidelines for Government Contractors

On August 25, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Councils published “Guidance for Executive Order 13673, ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’” (“final rule”). See 81 Fed…more
| Civil Rights, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die – New DFARS Clauses Target Counterfeit Electronic Parts

On August 2, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) rolled out new requirements for defense contractors that provide electronic parts and assemblies containing electronic parts. The new rules impose significant risks on DOD…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

Eleventh Circuit Holds That a Corporation Is Not Distinct From Its Agents For Purposes of a RICO Enterprise, Following Sister Circuits

In Ray v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., No. 15-13792, 2016 WL 4578347 (11th Cir. Sept. 2, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that a defendant corporation is not distinct from its own officers and…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Transportation

Federal Circuit is In Sync with Patent’s Validity Under Section 101

The Federal Circuit overturned a District Court ruling that a patent directed to automated lip synchronization and manipulation of animated characters’ facial expressions was invalid under Section 101 as being an abstract idea…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United States. …more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Ninth Circuit Permits SEC to Assert Standalone Claim for False Sarbanes-Oxley Certification and Confirms Disgorgement Remedy Against CEO and CFO Despite Lack of Personal Involvement In Underlying Misconduct

In Securities & Exchange Commission v. Jensen, No. 14-55221, 2016 WL 4537377 (9th Cir. Aug. 31, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit broke new ground by providing the Securities & Exchange Commission…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Ninth Circuit Removes FTC From The Beat: Agency Lacks Authority To Police Common Carriers Engaged In Non-Common Carrier Activities

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) asserted broad regulatory authority over the Internet and broadband Internet service providers when it reclassified Internet access service as a “common carrier” service under Title…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Supreme Court Approves Attorney Fee Awards Calculated Based Upon Percentage of Class Action Common Fund

In Laffitte v. Robert Half International Inc., No. S222996 (Aug. 11, 2016), the California Supreme Court held, in an employment class action lawsuit, that when attorney fees are awarded to class counsel from a common fund, that…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

CMS Releases 2017 Medicare Hospital Payment Rates, Penalties for Poor Performers

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (Final Rule) modifying the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective…more
| Health

AB 1793 Amends Requirements for Contractors to Establish Substantial Compliance With State Contractor Licensing Requirements

On August 30, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1793, which amends the requirements under Business & Professions Code § 7031 for a contractor to establish “substantial compliance” with state contractor licensing…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Elections & Politics

Illinois Limits Non-Compete Agreements Yet Again

On August 19, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner officially signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”), with an effective date of January 1, 2017. The Act, while short and to the point, will have a significant impact…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Agencies Publish Strict New Reporting Guidelines for Government Contractors

On August 25, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council published “Guidance for Executive Order 13673, ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’” (“final rule”). Also referred…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Rights, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law, Military Law
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