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SEC Proposes Clawback Rules

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed long-awaited rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) requiring the national securities exchanges to adopt…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

D.C. District Court Judge Chastises the Department of the Interior, Ordering It to Deliver a Plan on a BLM Drilling Permit, After a 29-Year Suspension

On July 27, 2015, D.C. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon entered a strongly worded order in Solenex LLC v. Jewell, chastising the defendants, including the Department of the Interior and numerous other federal agencies, for…more
| Energy & Utilities, Indigenous Peoples, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

“Unclean Hands” Prevent UBS and Birkenfeld from Recovering Damages from Olenicoff for Malicious Prosecution

On July 23, 2015, the Superior Court in Orange County, California, dismissed a lawsuit brought by UBS and joined by whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld against former UBS customer Igor Olenicoff. The suit alleged malicious…more
| Taxation

A Kinder, Gentler Spanish Data Protection Authority?

As of July 24, Spain has a new director for its Data Protection Authority (Agencia Española de Protección de Datos — AEPD). The AEPD is the agency responsible for conducting investigations and bringing disciplinary actions…more
| Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Battleground Emerges in New York Fracing Debate

When New York officially banned hydraulic fracturing in late June 2015, many assumed the long-heated political debate was over and there would be no fracing in New York unless the courts overturned the ban. In less than a month,…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

State Law Roundup: Legislatures Across the U.S. Revamp Data Breach Notification Laws

As the number of highly publicized data breaches continues to skyrocket and proposals for a federal data breach notification law stagnate, state legislatures around the country have been busy amending their own breach…more
| Privacy, Health, Indigenous Peoples, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Investigates Children’s Cough and Cold Medication With Codeine Amid Safety Concerns

In the wake of the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) recently announced warning against giving codeine to children under 12 years old, the FDA announced its own safety investigation of the drug for use in children. The FDA’s…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Proposed Rule Aims to Refine Stark Regulations and Clarify “Incident To”

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the calendar year (CY) 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. In addition to updating several traditional Part B payment policies, the proposed…more
| Health

Federal Circuit Confirms Both New Biosimilar Bring-to-Market Procedural Option and Additional Six-Month Exclusivity Period for Brand-Name Biologics

On July 21, 2015, brand-name biologics companies and companies developing biosimilars received a split in a significant decision with industry-wide ramifications in the high-stakes battle about how and when biosimilar products…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - July 2015

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Please see full…more
| Government Contracting, Health

How an Insufficiently Detailed Provisional Patent Application Can Hurt You

A well-intentioned decision to reduce expenses can result in a poorly written provisional patent application that actually destroys an institution’s future patent rights in an important technology. In today’s world,…more
| Health, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Lloyd’s Report Highlights Risk of Cyberattacks on National Power Grid

A sophisticated cyberattack on the U.S. power grid could cause nearly $250 billion in economic losses and, under the most severe circumstances, cost more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, according to a recent report…more
| Energy & Utilities, Science, Computers, & Technology

Toilet to Frac: Legal and Practical Aspects of Using Municipal Effluent for Fracing in Texas

Thus far, the idea of using purified municipal sewage effluent—“reclaimed water” in industry parlance—for city water supplies has proven a tough sell. Human psychology poses significant barriers to overcoming the “toilet to tap”…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

CFPB Launches Monthly Complaint Report to Spotlight Consumer Complaint Trends

Last week, the CFPB launched a new series of monthly reports to “highlight key trends from consumer complaints submitted to the Bureau.” The CFPB intends for each monthly report to provide top-level highlights of consumer…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

FCC’s New TCPA Order May Require Companies to Obtain Updated Consents for Marketing Calls and Texts

Last week we published an overview of key issues raised by the Federal Communications Commission’s July 10, 2015, Declaratory Ruling and Order regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “July 2015 Order”). The July…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy
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