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Fifth Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt document thy actions

When Congress was contemplating the passage of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (FASA), and its companion statute, the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1995 (FARA), many pundits predicted that their enactment…more
| Government Contracting

September 22, 2014: Quickly approaching deadline to amend business associate agreements

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule, enacted last year, made a number of changes to the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules. Some of these changes affected business associate provisions of the HIPAA privacy and security…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

New copyright compendium provides some answers for website owners

If you are looking for answers to copyright questions, the Copyright Office’s newly issued 1,222-page “Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices” might seem like a good resource. The book, issued on August 19, 2014, to…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Sixth Circuit rules cows can be leased

Can you really lease a cow? - According to the Sixth Circuit, the answer is “yes.” Dairy cattle leasing is an increasingly popular method for producers to add to their herds while conserving capital for other purposes…more
| Agriculture, Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Give extra thought to reporting ‘stalking’ on this year’s Clery Act Report

As we discussed in a previous post, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) amended the Clery Act to require institutions, among other things, to gather and report statistics for incidents of domestic…more
| Education

IRS Guidance on the Application of the Affordable Care Act’s Market Reform Provisions to HRAs and FSAs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published guidance in Notice 2013-54 (the “Notice”) on the application of certain market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act to Health Reimbursement Accounts (“HRAs”), Health…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

Post-grant review, continued: Inter partes, covered business methods

In my last post, I detailed some of the most common frustrations with patent litigation and how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offers alternative ways to challenge issued patents. I provided descriptions of two of the four…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Fourth Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt stay informed

Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he’s twenty or eighty.” Those words, spoken in the early 20th century, ring true today, and they certainly apply to people involved in Government contracting,…more
| Government Contracting

Copyright and performance rights in an online video world

We can chalk up another Internet-prompted intellectual property frontier: performance rights. People have been performing for one another for centuries. But suddenly courts are grappling with performance copyright claims,…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

PBGC Publishes Final Regulations on the Phase-In Period for Guarantee of Benefits for an Unpredictable Contingent Event

The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (“PBGC”) recently published final regulations related to the phase-in period for its guarantee of benefits that are contingent upon the occurrence of an “unpredictable contingent event”…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Managing the announcement of a Department of Education Program Review

Following the initial release of the well-known and controversial 2010 GAO report concerning alleged abuses in the for-profit sector, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a public letter to Senators Tom Harkin and Mike…more
| Administrative Law, Education

Can colleges reward students and alumni for referring new students?

One of the more common questions we receive in our higher education practice concerns whether an institution may offer a student or alumni referral program without running afoul of federal law. Or, more specifically, whether…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law

Clery Act: 5 points to remember when crunching Clery statistics this year

As we discussed in a previous post, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) amended the Clery Act to require institutions, among other things, to gather and report statistics for incidents of domestic…more
| Education

Tips for gathering Clery statistics for this year’s report

Managing compliance with Title IX and the Jean Clery Act has been on many an administrator’s mind of late, and rightly so. In recent months, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has through…more
| Education

PTO post-grant review: Patent issuance is not end of the line

So, you find yourself a defendant in a patent infringement suit. Some patent holder has filed a lawsuit claiming that your company is infringing on their patented technology. The patent holder threatens to shut your business…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property
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