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COA Confirms That Any Appeals in Suits Designated Complex Business Cases After October 1, 2014 Must Go to the NC Supreme Court, or Face Dismissal

Today the Court of Appeals issued a decision addressing Session Law 2014-102, the 2014 Business Court Modernization Act, which requires that appeals in matters that are designated as mandatory complex business cases go straight…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure

Non-Compete Agreements Cannot be "Reasonable-ized" by Court--Even with the Parties' Consent

Yesterday, the Supreme Court stiffened its stern treatment of non-compete agreements. At issue in Beverage Systems was a non-compete clause that allowed the trial court to modify its geographic scope if the court determined the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Do You Need Cyber Insurance or Will Your CGL Policy Be Enough?

In Travelers Indemnity Co. of America v. Portal Healthcare Solutions, LLC, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the recent trend of insurance companies avoiding any liability for data breaches under commercial general…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Insurance

According to the Right and Good of Ancient Law

“You don’t know what you don’t know” is a popular catchphrase. So, do you know what a “betterment” is and how the law of betterments operates? Land use law has ancient roots. Sometimes, a case requires an appellate…more
| Civil Procedure, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Formal Logic Reveals Hidden Dangers of Logical Fallacies in Patent Claim Rejections

There is no statutory requirement that formal logic be adhered to during examination of patent claims. Examiners and patent practitioners are free to use a wide variety of discussion and argument styles and topics, and these…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Next Steps: Helping Your Organization Implement the New Medicare Overpayment Rule - Part II

On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a final rule that explains the requirements for providers and suppliers reporting and returning overpayments under Medicare Parts A & B (the…more
| Health

Next Steps: Helping Your Organization Implement the New Medicare Overpayment Rule - Part I

On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a final rule that explains the requirements for providers and suppliers reporting and returning overpayments under Medicare Parts A & B (the…more
| Health

Preparing Your Organization Today to Win Its Future (Possibly Inevitable) Cyber Lawsuit: Making Crown Jewels Out of Paper

One day in the not too distant future, your organization may be fighting to protect its balance sheet against high-stakes claims in a cyber tort trial. Arrayed against you will be the best of the class action plaintiff’s bar,…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Rule Governing Retirement Advice Shakes Up Traditional Broker Compensation

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited and controversial fiduciary rule expanding the definition of who is a fiduciary when providing investment advice on retirement accounts. The rule aims to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Beneficial Ownership Reporting and the Brokaw Act

Recently, Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation that, if enacted into law and implemented accordingly, would dramatically change the course of beneficial ownership reporting for purposes of…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

The Business of Water Service

If you turn a water faucet handle, you expect that clean water to pour forth. If you flush a toilet, you expect waste to disappear. If these are your expectations, you are likely a business customer of a local government. …more
| Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

Cyber Security IMPOSSIBLE: California AG Decides a Ceiling is a Floor

We all know why selecting appropriate data security standards is difficult. No two business are the same. Different businesses have different assets to protect and different bank accounts to tap. Different sized businesses have…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

USPTO to Implement Significant Rule Changes for AIA Trial Proceedings Impacting Both Petitioners and Patent Owners

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released the final set of the latest round of changes to the rules governing inter partes review, post grant review, and other AIA trial proceedings before the Patent…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Top Twelve TCPA DOs and DON’Ts for businesses doing outbound automated or prerecorded calling

We have assembled our “Top 12 TCPA Dos and Don’ts”. We’re certain others exist that could be added to this list, but this is an introductory sanity check for a company’s outbound calling practices under TCPA laws and…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy

Abstract Ideas Cannot be Permitted to Burden the "Basic Tools of Modern-Day Commercial and Social Interaction"

In a case originally filed in 2012, Judge Amy Totenberg granted Judgment on the Pleadings in favor of United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”), and against Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC (“MTel”), relating to U.S. Patent…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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