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Appellate Division Panel Issues Ruling Broadly Interpreting New York State Human Rights Law

On January 14, 2015, in a case of first impression, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department held that an employee can sufficiently demonstrate his membership in a protected class by virtue of his…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Second Circuit Notes Split with Ninth Circuit Over Whether Failure to Make Adequate Disclosures Under Item 303 of Regulation S-K May Serve as Basis for a Section 10(b) Claim

In Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley, No. 13-0627-cv, 2015 WL 136213 (2d Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of securities fraud claims against Morgan Stanley…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law

Teva v. Sandoz (USSC) – Standard for Appellate Review of Claim Construction Rulings

On Jan. 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision setting forth a new standard for appellate review of a district court’s claim construction ruling.  Teva Pharmas. USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 13-854, slip op., 574…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Never Let Them See You Coming—Keys to Setting Up Witnesses Interviews In An Internal Investigation

“So you are the great lawyer I’ve been told about!  But, you are so young!  I was expecting an old lawyer.” With those words, the silver-haired senior-level executive of the customs broker I was investigating for bribery let me…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Government Contracting

Department of Defense Updates Its Instruction for Acquisitions of Software and Weapons Systems

On January 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD” or “the Department”) released an update for DoD Instruction 5000.02, on the “Operation of the Defense Acquisition Service.” The new Instruction is designed to assist…more
| Privacy, Military Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Government Contracting

FDA Issues Guidance for Low-Risk General Wellness Products

On January 20, 2015, the FDA issued draft guidelines designed to give developers whose products and applications promote healthy lifestyles (so-called “general wellness products”) direction on when such products qualify as…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

OFAC Issues Cuban Asset Control Regulations Focused on the U.S. Financial Sector

On January 15, 2015, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced by President Obama on December 17,…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

Implied Waiver of Privilege in Internal Investigations: Barko Court Compels Production of Internal Investigation Documents, Again

On November 20, 2014, the District Court for the District of Columbia once again ordered Kellogg, Brown and Root (“KBR”) to produce all documents prepared as part of an internal investigation.  The District Court’s decision…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services, Government Contracting

First Circuit Reaffirms FCA’s “First-to-File” Bar as a Broad Jurisdictional Limit

In early December 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reaffirmed that circuit’s broad interpretation of the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(5), in United States ex rel…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Government Contracting

The Changing Landscape for Services Contractors

Two recent developments have the potential to change the landscape for contractors providing services to the Government. Government contractors and subcontractors are required to comply with a host of regulations governing…more
| Civil Rights, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Corps Issues New Compensatory Mitigation Guidelines for California

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division, has issued its “Final 2015 Regional Compensatory Mitigation and Monitoring Guidelines.” The Guidelines will apply in the Corps’ San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Military Law

Havana Hold Your Hand: Reaching Out to Cuban Entrepreneurs

New regulations on Cuba enter into force today, only 29 days after President Obama promised them. The liberalized provisions focus on support for private sector actors in Cuba. As we described here, the President announced on…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

OFAC Issues Cuban Asset Control Regulations focused on the U.S. Financial Sector

Today, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

New Year, New Orleans, Old Tricks

The Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Initiative is kicking off 2015 strong.  On January 13, 2015, the DOJ filed a civil complaint seeking the forfeiture of nine properties in New Orleans, worth close to $1.53 million.  The…more
| International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Residential

Change Your Entire Energy Export Policy Using This One Weird Trick! BIS “Clarifies” Short Supply Controls to Make Oil Exporting Easier

On December 30 the Commerce Department shifted the oil export landscape as it had existed for 40 years, with only a little administrative sleight-of-hand…more
| Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade
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