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Delaware General Corporation Law Amendments

On June 24, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell approved several important amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”),[1] with such amendments generally becoming effective on August 1, 2015. These…more

Amended Legislation, Attorney's Fees, Board of Directors, Breach of Duty, Bylaws

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March (Appellate) Madness

It has been a few months since we updated on the O’Bannon antitrust case, where federal judge Claudia Wilken ruled last summer that the NCAA’s amateurism rules violated federal antitrust laws. But this week, as the rest of the…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Athletes, College Athletes, NCAA

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A Peek at the Horizon: Six Questions, Six Answers

Recently, I was honored when Kevin McMurdo of McMurdo Consulting approached me to do a video interview to discuss professional sales leadership in the legal services industry. I greatly appreciate Kevin giving me a platform. I…more

Law Practice Management, Marketing, Professional Services Companies, Young Lawyers

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Georgia Supreme Court Brings Clarity to Non-Party Fault Under The Apportionment Statute

The Georgia law regarding apportionment of liability in tort cases became more clear this month with the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision in Zaldivar v. Prickett, et al. Before the Court was the question of whether a non-party…more

Apportionment, Damages, Employer Liability Issues, GA Supreme Court, Liability

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Fourth Circuit Rejects Broad Reading of Arbitration Ban in Dodd-Frank

In a variation on a familiar refrain, the Fourth Circuit recently upheld the enforceability of another arbitration provision under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) in Santoro v. Accenture Federal Services, LLC. This time, the…more

American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Dodd-Frank

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NC Begins Work On Patent Troll Bill

Recently, a joint legislative committee sent a report to the North Carolina General Assembly that recommended passing an anti-troll bill during the legislature’s 2014 Short Session. A copy of the bill may be found here. The…more

Extortion, Patent Infringement, Patent Trolls, Proposed Legislation

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FCC Closes Loopholes and Expands Telephone Consumer Protection Act “TCPA” Consumer Protections in Declaratory Ruling and Order

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) Declaratory Ruling and Order (“TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order” or “Order”) offering…more

Auto-Dialed Calls, Call Blocking, Common Carriers, Declaratory Rulings, Exemptions

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FDA Gives Food Industry Three Years to Phase Out Partially Hydrogenated Oils from Food Products

On June 16, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a declaratory order, requiring a phasing out of the use of partially hydrogenated oils ("PHOs"). In its order, the FDA stated that partially hydrogenated oils are…more

FDA, FFDCA, Food Manufacturers, GRAS, New Guidance

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More Changes to U.S. Patent Laws Coming From Implementation of 2012 Treaties Act

While much attention has been given to the recent, significant changes in U.S. patent law arising from the America Invents Act (“AIA”), lesser attention has been given to patent law changes brought about by further congressional…more

America Invents Act, Patent Applications, Patent Reform, Patents, PLTIA

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Removal to Federal Court Based on Diversity Jurisdiction: How Long Do You Have?

Complaints filed in state court routinely allege only damages “in excess of $10,000.” If you’re a defendant considering removal to federal court based on diversity, such an allegation doesn’t meet the $75,000 amount in…more

Car Accident, Diversity Jurisdiction, Jurisdiction, Removal, Trucking Industry

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A Reduction in the Utility of Civil Investigative Demands and the Interpretive Narrowing of "Person" under the False Claims Act

Executive Summary: False Claims Act actions against government contractors are on the rise. But two recent decisions offer potential limitations to false claims exposure, and may aid defendants in future FCA litigation…more

CID, Eleventh Amendment, Enforcement, False Claims Act, Federal Student Aid

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North Carolina Legislature Uncovers "Hidden Liens"

Executive Summary: North Carolina implements “lien agent” law for construction projects. The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted significant changes to North Carolina's mechanics lien laws. These changes…more

Land Titles, Lien Agents, Liens, Mechanics Lien, Mortgages

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Check Your Technology License: Payments May Be Unenforceable

Expiration of a patent also terminates the rights to collect royalties on that patent – even if a license contract says otherwise. All businesses are reminded to check the termination date of any patent licensed to the business…more

Brulotte, Kimble v Marvel Enterprises, Licensing Rights, Marvel Comics, Patent Expiration

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Searching for the Heart of the Doctrine of Vested Rights?

Two recent decisions discuss the doctrine of vested rights in entirely different contexts. What might we learn from these cases about the doctrine of vested rights?…more

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Healthcare Alert: Better Late than Never - The Sunshine Act Final Regulations are Finally Here!: Applicable Manufacturers

“Applicable Manufacturers” - Common Ownership Considered to be Ownership by the Same Individuals or Entities of 5 Percent or More in Two Entities - In the Final Rule, CMS defines “applicable manufacturer” as an entity…more

Applicable Manufacturers, CMS, Final Rules, Medicare, Reporting Requirements

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Selling Products Outside the US? If Yes, New Patent Laws are Available to Streamline International Design Protection

In recognition of ever growing cross-border sales, the U.S. recently expanded its design protection laws to make it easier to file a single application in multiple jurisdictions. Read on if you deal with products that could…more

Design Patent, Hague Agreement, Industrial Design, International Treaties, New Legislation

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July 17th, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

In Limbo - You may recall that the General Assembly did not enact a new budget in time for the fiscal year that began July 1st. Instead, a continuing resolution was passed that keeps spending static until its expiration of…more

Drunk Driving, Governor McCrory, Historic Preservation, Legislative Agendas, State Budgets

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Be Careful What You Wish For: SEC Permits Company Disclosures Via Social Media If Regulation FD Requirements Are Met

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a report clarifying that companies can use social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, to disseminate material nonpublic company information under Regulation Fair…more

Facebook, Investors, Netflix, Public Disclosure, Reed Hastings

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A Detailed Analysis of Changes to HIPAA and the Implications for Healthcare Providers and Others in the Healthcare Industry: HIPAA Breach Notification Rule

Changes to the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule - Background: The HITECH Act required Covered Entities to notify individuals, HHS, and in some cases, the media, of a Breach of Unsecured PHI. A Business Associate is required…more

Business Associates, Covered Entities, Data Breach, HIPAA, HIPAA Omnibus Rule

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Broadcast Client Advisory: Proposed FY 2015 Regulatory Fees

The FCC has announced its proposed regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2015. Rather remarkably, for the second year in a row radio fees are not to increase, although most television fees are to rise modestly. A list of the planned…more

FCC, Fees, Radio Stations, Television Broadcast Stations

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Practical Claim and Specification Drafting, Following Williamson v. Citrix

Patent claims that use so-called “nonce words” in lieu of means plus function language can be correctly construed as applying the equivalent of means plus function language under 35 USC §112, sixth paragraph, and can be…more

Claim Construction, Drafting Attorney, Means-Plus-Function, Patent Invalidity, Patents

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O’Bannon Decision Could Open the Door to Significant Changes in Collegiate Athletics

Since Judge Claudia Wilken’s recent ruling in O’Bannon et al. v. NCAA et al., Case No. 4:09-cv-03329 (N.D.Ca.), in which the judge called the NCAA a “cartel” that restrains the college athletics market, many commentators have…more

Athletes, Class Action, College Athletes, Injunctions, Licensing Rights

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FTC Seeks to Secure First Disgorgement in Nearly a Decade

The FTC announced yesterday that Cardinal Health, Inc. (“Cardinal”) has agreed to pay $26.8 million to resolve its investigation into the company’s alleged anticompetitive behavior. If approved by a federal court, the…more

Antitrust Investigations, Corporate Counsel, Disgorgement, FTC, Pharmaceutical

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Georgia Becomes the First State to Mount a Direct Challenge Against Unauthorized Publishing of Annotated Code

In what has already become news in the copyright community nationwide, the State of Georgia has launched a legal campaign against Public.Resource.org, Inc., a California non-profit corporation that dedicates itself to compiling,…more

Attorney's Fees, Cease and Desist, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Injunctive Relief

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Court Denies Stay and Revives FCA Claims Based on "Implied Certification" Theory

In a False Claims Act lawsuit against an armored car manufacturer, Judge Kiser recently denied a motion to stay the case, pending resolution of related criminal charges, and granted a motion for reconsideration, thus reviving…more

Auto Manufacturers, Contractors, False Claims Act, Federal Contractors, Fifth Amendment

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Specialty Surfaces Alleges Patent Infringement by Deluxe Athletics

On August 21, 2014, Pennsylvania-based Specialty Surfaces International, Inc. (“SSI”) filed a complaint against Georgia-based Deluxe Athletics, LLC (“Deluxe Athletics”) alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,976,645 (the…more

Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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FCC Closes Loopholes and Expands Telephone Consumer Protection Act “TCPA” Consumer Protections in Declaratory Ruling and Order

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) Declaratory Ruling and Order (“TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order” or “Order”) offering…more

Auto-Dialed Calls, Call Blocking, Common Carriers, Declaratory Rulings, Exemptions

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How Monsanto Applies to Nonagricultural Biotechnology

The facts behind the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Monsanto v. Bowman are simple enough. Farmers are able to buy soybeans containing Monsanto’s patented glyphosate resistance technology under a license that permits them to…more

Biotechnology, Bowman v Monsanto, Genetically Engineered Seed, Monsanto, Patent Exhaustion

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United States Supreme Court Holds that Order Denying Plan Confirmation Is Not Immediately Appealable

On May 4, 2015, the Supreme Court for the United States unanimously held that an order denying confirmation of a plan is not a “final” order subject to immediate appeal as a matter of right. Although the Bullard decision…more

Appeals, Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Court, Bankruptcy Plans, Bullard v Blue Hills Bank

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Circuit Court Upholds Federal Contractor Contribution Ban

Earlier this week, a unanimous 11-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the long-standing ban on federal political contributions by federal government contractors. The Circuit…more

Anti-Corruption, Federal Contractors, Federal Election Commission, PACs, Pay-To-Play

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Once Again, the Supreme Court Upsets Precedent in Fourth and Eleventh Circuit

As we reported in our March 11, 2014 article, the Eleventh and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals definitively rejected the “continuing breach” theory in recent disputes involving statute of limitations deadlines in ERISA cases…more

401k, Appeals, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Breach of Duty, ERISA

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NC Takes a Big Leap: “Opportunity to Misappropriate” Trade Secrets Enough for a PI

In last month’s Horner v. McKoy decision, the North Carolina Court of Appeals appeared to lower the evidentiary threshold needed to obtain a preliminary injunction preventing the inevitable disclosure of trade secrets. The…more

Food Labeling, Food Manufacturers, Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine, Misappropriation, Trade Secrets

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SEC Proposes New Clawback Rules

Last Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new Rule 10D-1 to require public companies to adopt and enforce clawback policies to recoup incentive-based compensation paid to current and former executive…more

Board of Directors, Clawbacks, Comment Period, Compliance, Corporate Officers

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Spoken in Your Office, Read in the Courtroom: What Corporate Officers and Trustees Need to Know About the Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Bankruptcy

The corporate bankruptcy process, where the roles of various stakeholders and parties in interest can change drastically throughout the case, presents unique challenges for the application of the attorney-client privilege. One…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Commercial Bankruptcy

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How Monsanto Applies to Nonagricultural Biotechnology

The facts behind the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Monsanto v. Bowman are simple enough. Farmers are able to buy soybeans containing Monsanto’s patented glyphosate resistance technology under a license that permits them to…more

Biotechnology, Bowman v Monsanto, Genetically Engineered Seed, Monsanto, Patent Exhaustion

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Spoken in Your Office, Read in the Courtroom: What Corporate Officers and Trustees Need to Know About the Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Bankruptcy

The corporate bankruptcy process, where the roles of various stakeholders and parties in interest can change drastically throughout the case, presents unique challenges for the application of the attorney-client privilege. One…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Commercial Bankruptcy

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Field Set for NC Supreme Court Races

In November, North Carolina voters will select the individuals who will hold of the majority of the seats on the Supreme Court of North Carolina until 2022. Four of the seven seats on the Supreme Court are up for grabs and…more

Political Campaigns

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ICANN To Provide Trademark Clearinghouse to Assist Brand Owners With Protecting Their Rights at the New gTLDS

ICANN, the international agency responsible for oversight of the domain name system, is scheduled to make an unknown number of new generic Top-Level Domain Names (“New gTLDs”) available in mid-2013. The process to roll out the…more

Brand, gTLD, ICANN, Trademark Clearinghouse, Trademarks

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FCC Fines AT&T $100,000,000 for Violation of Transparency Rule

In a recent enforcement action, the FCC fined AT&T $100,000,000 for violations of the Open Internet Transparency Rule (“Transparency Rule”). The Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) for Forfeiture and Order stated that AT&T…more

AT&T, Broadband, Corporate Fines, Data Plan, FCC

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As Intern Season Approaches, Remember That Unpaid Internships Can Be Risky

Right now, many organizations are getting ready for a new class of interns to arrive in May when schools and colleges finish for the summer. With fully laudable intentions, many organizations offer summer internships as a…more

FLSA, Hiring & Firing, Internships, Students, Unpaid Interns

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DOJ Criminal Chief Warns Financial Institutions about Bitcoin

On June 26, 2015 at the ABA National Institute on Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell sent a targeted warning to financial institutions that deal with Bitcoin and other virtual…more

Bitcoin, Chief Compliance Officers, Criminal Prosecution, DOJ, Enforcement

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NC Supreme Court Reminds Court of Appeals That Typical Lender-Borrower Relationship is Not a Fiduciary One

The North Carolina Supreme Court recently reaffirmed that a run-of-the-mill lender and borrower are not fiduciaries, reversing the Court of Appeals decision that would have this issue to go to the jury. The case is Dallaire v…more

Bank of America, Borrowers, Fiduciary Duty, Lenders, Refinancing

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New Patent Law to Create “First to File” Rule on March 16th

As we begin a new year, we wanted to bring you up to date on the most recent happenings in the patent world. I'm sure you have seen the publicity in the past year concerning changes in the patent laws, sometimes referred to as…more

America Invents Act, First-to-File, Patents

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Ticking time bomb in your office lease?

Benjamin Osgood, of the Tenant Advocate, brings up a good point that I've noticed becoming MUCH more of an issue lately -- restoration provisions obligating the tenant to return the space to the condition in which they received…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Tenants, Contract Terms, Landlords

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Guests Laura DeVivo and Angel Sams Explain the N.C. General Assembly's Recently-Concluded and Critical "Crossover" Period

The "crossover" period has just ended in the North Carolina General Assembly, which is an inflection point for pending bills in each session. Here with a wonderful explanation of what "crossover" means, both technically and…more

Legislative Process

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Don’t Be Late! Business Court Closes Its Doors at 5:00 P.M. – or is it 4:00 P.M.?

Wednesday’s ruling in Carter v. Clements Walker PLLC is a cautionary tale for lawyers using the Business Court’s unique electronic filing system. Judge Gale dismissed an appeal for missing the 5:00 p.m. filing deadline by…more

Business Court Division, E-Filing, Filing Deadlines

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HB 663 - Legal Zoom tries to get a safe toehold in NC

Amending the Practice of Law - On Thursday the Senate Judiciary I committee approved a bill that amends Chapter 84-2.1 regarding the practive of law. Chairman Goolsby proposed the new language which creates a safe haven…more

Legal Zoom, Pending Legislation, Safe Harbors, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Young Lawyers

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DOJ Criminal Chief Warns Financial Institutions about Bitcoin

On June 26, 2015 at the ABA National Institute on Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell sent a targeted warning to financial institutions that deal with Bitcoin and other virtual…more

Bitcoin, Chief Compliance Officers, Criminal Prosecution, DOJ, Enforcement

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VitaminsOnline.com Files False Advertising Action Over Competitor's Online Dietary Supplement Offerings and Claims

On May 6, 2014 VitaminsOnline, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“VOI”), filed a complaint against Dynamic Industries, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company, and Christopher Wilson, a resident of Georgia (collectively “Dynamic”),…more

Advertising, Dietary Supplements, False Advertising, FDA, Lanham Act

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Careful Measures May Be Needed to Protect Privileged Internal Investigative Materials

In March, the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia ordered defense contractors Kellogg Brown and Root Inc. and Halliburton’s (“KBR”) legal department to produce internal investigative reports that KBR contended were…more

Confidential Information, Contractors, Corporate Counsel, Defense Contracts, False Claims Act

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Circuit Court Upholds Federal Contractor Contribution Ban

Earlier this week, a unanimous 11-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the long-standing ban on federal political contributions by federal government contractors. The Circuit…more

Anti-Corruption, Federal Contractors, Federal Election Commission, PACs, Pay-To-Play

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Georgia Supreme Court Brings Clarity to Non-Party Fault Under The Apportionment Statute

The Georgia law regarding apportionment of liability in tort cases became more clear this month with the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision in Zaldivar v. Prickett, et al. Before the Court was the question of whether a non-party…more

Apportionment, Damages, Employer Liability Issues, GA Supreme Court, Liability

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Doin' the Deed: State Conveys 300 Acres of Urban Property to City of Raleigh

We've blogged in the past about the political saga between the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina over the Dorothea Dix property in downtown Raleigh, a 300-plus acre piece of lovely real estate. And you thought…more

Deeds, Urban Planning & Development

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Want to Register Your Database Copyright? Use Paper-Based Application…For Now

While data and other facts do not qualify for copyright protection, their aggregation into databases can be registered in the United States Copyright Office if the selection, coordination and arrangement of data is original and…more

Copyright, Copyright Office, Filing Requirements

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Sugartown Takes on Old Navy in Copyright Infringement Action over Lilly Pulitzer Fashion Designs

Sugartown Worldwide, LLC (“Sugartown”), a Delaware limited liability company with its principal place of business in Pennsylvania, filed suit for copyright infringement, money damages, injunctive relief, seeking destruction of…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Fashion Design, Fashion Industry, Injunctive Relief

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FDA Gives Food Industry Three Years to Phase Out Partially Hydrogenated Oils from Food Products

On June 16, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a declaratory order, requiring a phasing out of the use of partially hydrogenated oils ("PHOs"). In its order, the FDA stated that partially hydrogenated oils are…more

FDA, FFDCA, Food Manufacturers, GRAS, New Guidance

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Don't Name Your Furniture Store After A Grocery Store

On May 14, 2015, Aldi Inc., the grocery store chain, sued Aldis Furniture Inc. for contempt of a 2002 consent decree. See Aldi Inc. v. Aldsi Furniture Inc., et al., 2:15-cv-2696 (N.D. Ill.). The parties tussled before and the…more

Grocery Stores, Retailers, Trademark Infringement, Trademarks

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SEC Finalizes NYSE and NASDAQ Rules Regarding Compensation Committee and Compensation Adviser Requirements

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) finalized rules approving the New York Stock Exchange LLC (“NYSE”) and The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”) proposals regarding compensation committee…more

Compensation Committee, Compliance, Independence Rules, Nasdaq, NYSE

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Areas of Practice
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