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Supreme Court Upholds EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR)

In a 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld EPA's justification for the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), breathing life back into the rule that had been vacated by the DC Circuit. The Court made several…more

Air Pollution, Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution, Environmental Policies, EPA

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Obama Directs Initiative to Update FLSA Overtime Regulations Likely to Tighten White-Collar Classifications

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to update the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations governing which "white collar" employees qualify for overtime…more

Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Non-Exempt Employees, Unpaid Overtime, Wage and Hour

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Supreme Court Grants Cert on Trademark "Tacking"

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a writ of certiorari in Hana Financial, Inc. v Hana Bank. The issue presented is whether trademark "tacking" is an issue of fact for a jury or an issue of law for the…more

Certiorari, Hana Bank, Hana Financial, Infringement, SCOTUS

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SDNY Judge Orders Microsoft to Produce Emails Stored Abroad

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV’s opinion and ordered that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could compel Microsoft…more

Discovery, DOJ, ECPA, Electronically Stored Information, Email

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Supreme Court Effectively Shuts Down Aereo's Television Streaming Service

The Supreme Court of the United States announced an important copyright decision last Wednesday in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc. (573 U.S. ____ (2014)). The 6-3 decision by Justice Breyer reversing the United States…more

ABC, ABC v Aereo, Broadcasting, Copyright, Copyright Infringement

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High Octane Fuel for Curbing Abusive Patent Litigation

On April 29, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions that could curtail abusive patent practices implemented by "patent trolls" or non-practicing entities (NPE) by relaxing the legal standards for awarding attorney…more

Attorney's Fees, Brooks Furniture, Highmark v. Allcare, Non-Practicing Entities, Octane Fitness v. ICON

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Texas Court of Appeals Holds There is No Right Under The Administrative Procedure Act to Seek Judicial Review of a State Agency's Denial of a Petition for Rulemaking

On July 23, 2014, the Austin Court of Appeals held that Texas trial courts lack subject matter jurisdiction under the Texas Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to review orders by state agencies denying petitions for rulemaking…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Environmental Claims, Environmental Policies

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SEC Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative Targets Issuers and Underwriters with a “Prisoner’s Dilemma”

On March 10, 2014, the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC) – an offer for municipal issuers and their…more

Disclosure Requirements, EMMA, Municipal Securities Issuers, SEC, Underwriting

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SEC Continues Crackdown on Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is continuing to pursue enforcement actions that focus on the accuracy and comprehensiveness of economic benefit disclosures – both to clients and in public filings…more

Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure, Enforcement Actions, Investment Adviser, SEC

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Delaware Supreme Court Rules That Privileged Documents Must Be Produced To Shareholders Investigating Corporate Misconduct

The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that, in certain circumstances, shareholders may be able to obtain access to privileged, internal documents in order to investigate potential breaches of fiduciary duty. In Wal-Mart…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Board of Directors, Corporate Counsel, Document Productions, FCPA

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Texas Supreme Court Rejects a General Cause of Action for Minority Shareholder Oppression

The Supreme Court of the State of Texas recently issued a significant opinion relating to the remedies available to minority shareholders of Texas corporations. In Ritchie v. Rupe, No. 11-0447 (Tex. June 20, 2014), available…more

Corporate Governance, Minority Shareholders, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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OSHA Broadly Expands Injury Reporting Requirement

Under a new rule issued by OSHA last week, employers will be required to report to the agency any workplace incident resulting in the in-patient hospitalization of even one employee. This report must be made within 24 hours of…more

Employer Liability Issues, OSHA, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Injury

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Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Spoliation Under Texas Law

After years of awaiting clarity from the Supreme Court of Texas regarding spoliation under Texas law, the Supreme Court issued a significant decision that will shift how Texas state courts handle civil jury instructions…more

Destruction of Evidence, Evidence, Spoliation

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Texas Supreme Court Holds Trial Court Must Have Personal Jurisdiction Over Potential Defendants Targeted by Rule 202 Pre-suit Discovery

Rule 202 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure allows a Texas trial court to authorize a pre-suit deposition to investigate a potential claim before an actual lawsuit is filed. In In re John Doe a/k/a "Trooper," No. 13-0073, __…more

Discovery, Personal Jurisdiction, Rule 202

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From Facebook to FD: SEC Releases Guidance on Use of Social Media

On April 2, 2013, the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released guidance on the use of social media to disseminate material, nonpublic information under Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure)…more

Disclosure Requirements, Facebook, Investors, Netflix, Regulation FD

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Second Circuit Clarifies the Limits on The Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Securities Laws

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities class action brought by purchasers of foreign issued-securities on a foreign exchange. City of Pontiac Policemen's…more

City of Pontiac, Extraterritoriality Rules, Foreign Judgments, Foreign Jurisdictions, Morrison v National Australia Bank

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D.C. Circuit Court Clarifies Scope of Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations

On June 27, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion clarifying the application of the attorney-client privilege in internal investigations. …more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Internal Investigations, Work Product Privilege

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Second Circuit Says District Court Erred In Blocking SEC/Citigroup Settlement

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit yesterday vacated a closely-watched 2011 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff rejecting a $285 million fraud settlement between Citigroup Inc. and the U.S…more

Chevron Deference, Citigroup, Collateralized Debt Obligations, Consent Decrees, Enforcement

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Partnership Verdict in Dallas: You May be Married and Not Know it

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, a Dallas jury found that Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise) had entered into a partnership with Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) to jointly develop a crude oil pipeline from Cushing,…more

Oil & Gas, Partnerships, Tortious Interference

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UK Supreme Court Throws out the Nortel and Lehman Pension Baby Claims with the Bathwater

While the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge has dominated the British (and the world) headlines this week, the U.K. Supreme Court delivered its own long awaited bundle of joy earlier today…more

Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Lehman Brothers, Nortel, Pensions

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From Facebook to FD: SEC Releases Guidance on Use of Social Media

On April 2, 2013, the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released guidance on the use of social media to disseminate material, nonpublic information under Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure)…more

Disclosure Requirements, Facebook, Investors, Netflix, Regulation FD

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Clash Of Titans over Biosimilars at FTC Workshop

On Tuesday, February 4, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conducted an all-day public workshop at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. on competition issues involving biologics and biosimilars. During highly informative…more

Biologics, Biosimilars, Biotechnology, Drug Manufacturers, FDA

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UK Supreme Court Throws out the Nortel and Lehman Pension Baby Claims with the Bathwater

While the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge has dominated the British (and the world) headlines this week, the U.K. Supreme Court delivered its own long awaited bundle of joy earlier today…more

Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Lehman Brothers, Nortel, Pensions

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Re-Calculating Patent Term Adjustments Once Again

The Federal Circuit has adjusted the way we calculate Patent Term Adjustments (PTA) once again with its holdings in Novartis and Exelixis. The Federal Circuit held that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has…more

Exelixis, Novartis, Patent Term Adjustment, Patent Terms, Patents

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OSHA Broadly Expands Injury Reporting Requirement

Under a new rule issued by OSHA last week, employers will be required to report to the agency any workplace incident resulting in the in-patient hospitalization of even one employee. This report must be made within 24 hours of…more

Employer Liability Issues, OSHA, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Injury

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SEC Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative Targets Issuers and Underwriters with a “Prisoner’s Dilemma”

On March 10, 2014, the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC) – an offer for municipal issuers and their…more

Disclosure Requirements, EMMA, Municipal Securities Issuers, SEC, Underwriting

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PHMSA Inspections to Focus on Integrity Management Program Evaluations

Effective immediately, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) inspections will emphasize the review of operator methods for integrity management (IM) program evaluations, the agency said in an Advisory…more

NTSB, PHMSA, Pipelines

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Mexican President Signs Historic Energy Reform into Law

On Monday, August 11, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a package of energy secondary laws passed by the Mexican Congress (the “Legislation”) that will overhaul the Mexican oil and natural gas, petrochemical, and…more

Energy, Energy Reform, Energy Sector, Mexico, Natural Gas

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Fifth Circuit Upholds Arbitration Agreement Prohibiting Employee Collective or Class Action Claims

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit joined the Second, Eighth and Ninth Circuits in upholding a class action waiver in an employment arbitration agreement. This is an important victory for employers in…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Collective Actions

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Shelby County v. Holder Decision Has Broad Impact on Voting Rights Act Compliance

On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark Voting Rights Act opinion that will impact all Texas governmental entities…more

Attorney Generals, SCOTUS, Shelby v Holder, Voting Rights Act

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Texas Supreme Court Holds Trial Court Must Have Personal Jurisdiction Over Potential Defendants Targeted by Rule 202 Pre-suit Discovery

Rule 202 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure allows a Texas trial court to authorize a pre-suit deposition to investigate a potential claim before an actual lawsuit is filed. In In re John Doe a/k/a "Trooper," No. 13-0073, __…more

Discovery, Personal Jurisdiction, Rule 202

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USCIS Publishes New Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for Use by Employers Effective March 8, 2013

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Form I-9) to be used by employers effective immediately. Employers are…more

Eligibility, Hiring & Firing, I-9, USCIS

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High Octane Fuel for Curbing Abusive Patent Litigation

On April 29, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions that could curtail abusive patent practices implemented by "patent trolls" or non-practicing entities (NPE) by relaxing the legal standards for awarding attorney…more

Attorney's Fees, Brooks Furniture, Highmark v. Allcare, Non-Practicing Entities, Octane Fitness v. ICON

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DOE Study Showing Net Economic Benefits from LNG Exports Kicks Off Important Period for Industry

On December 5th, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its long-awaited second independent study from NERA Economic Consulting (NERA) on the impact of increased exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to foreign countries…more

DOE, Exports, Natural Gas

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Supreme Court Limits Class Action Plaintiffs' Ability to Manipulate Jurisdiction

On March 19, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles barring class action plaintiffs from using stipulations that limit the amount in controversy to avoid…more

Amount in Controversy, CAFA, Class Action, Damages, Jurisdiction

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Texas Court of Appeals Holds There is No Right Under The Administrative Procedure Act to Seek Judicial Review of a State Agency's Denial of a Petition for Rulemaking

On July 23, 2014, the Austin Court of Appeals held that Texas trial courts lack subject matter jurisdiction under the Texas Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to review orders by state agencies denying petitions for rulemaking…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Environmental Claims, Environmental Policies

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The Supreme Court Extends the Sarbanes Oxley Act Whistle-Blower Protections

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the whistle-blower protections of Section 806 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act apply to employees of privately held companies that are contractors or subcontractors of a public company…more

Fidelity Investments, FMR LLC, Lawson v FMR, Sarbanes-Oxley, SCOTUS

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Salinas v. Texas: Your Silence May Be Used Against You

On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion with important ramifications for anybody who may be interviewed in connection with a criminal investigation…more

Criminal Prosecution, Fifth Amendment, Salinas v Texas, SCOTUS, Self-Incrimination

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Supreme Court Rejects Generic Computer Use to Patent Abstract Ideas

On June 19, 2014, in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the ineligibility of the patent claims at issue—directed to the abstract idea of "intermediated settlement"—and…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Second Circuit Says District Court Erred In Blocking SEC/Citigroup Settlement

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit yesterday vacated a closely-watched 2011 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff rejecting a $285 million fraud settlement between Citigroup Inc. and the U.S…more

Chevron Deference, Citigroup, Collateralized Debt Obligations, Consent Decrees, Enforcement

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Appeals Court Upholds FTC Merger Challenge

On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a decision of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finding that the merger of two hospital systems in Ohio violated the antitrust laws. ProMedica Health…more

FTC, Healthcare, Hospitals, Mergers, ProMedica

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Supreme Court Grants Cert on Trademark "Tacking"

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a writ of certiorari in Hana Financial, Inc. v Hana Bank. The issue presented is whether trademark "tacking" is an issue of fact for a jury or an issue of law for the…more

Certiorari, Hana Bank, Hana Financial, Infringement, SCOTUS

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SEC Continues Crackdown on Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is continuing to pursue enforcement actions that focus on the accuracy and comprehensiveness of economic benefit disclosures – both to clients and in public filings…more

Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure, Enforcement Actions, Investment Adviser, SEC

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Supreme Court Upholds EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR)

In a 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld EPA's justification for the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), breathing life back into the rule that had been vacated by the DC Circuit. The Court made several…more

Air Pollution, Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution, Environmental Policies, EPA

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Supreme Court Upholds EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR)

In a 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld EPA's justification for the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), breathing life back into the rule that had been vacated by the DC Circuit. The Court made several…more

Air Pollution, Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution, Environmental Policies, EPA

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Appeals Court Upholds FTC Merger Challenge

On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a decision of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finding that the merger of two hospital systems in Ohio violated the antitrust laws. ProMedica Health…more

FTC, Healthcare, Hospitals, Mergers, ProMedica

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OFCCP Requiring Contractors to Use Latest Census Data for AAPs

On May 15, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) posted a Notice on its website informing covered federal contractors that they will be required to use the 2006-2010 EEO Tabulation, released by the…more

Affirmative Action, Contractors, OFCCP

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Copyright Co-Authorship: Be Prepared to Weather the Storms

The recent Third Circuit decision in Brownstein v. Lindsay, --- F.3d ----, 2014 WL 306240 (3rd Cir. Jan. 29, 2014) clarified important issues related to the statute of limitations for co-ownership claims, as well as to a federal…more

Co-Ownership, Copyright, Software Developers, Statute of Limitations

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Re-Calculating Patent Term Adjustments Once Again

The Federal Circuit has adjusted the way we calculate Patent Term Adjustments (PTA) once again with its holdings in Novartis and Exelixis. The Federal Circuit held that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has…more

Exelixis, Novartis, Patent Term Adjustment, Patent Terms, Patents

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Now is Not the Time to “Man Up”-- Gender Stereotyping Can Be Same-Sex Harassment

Big Bob supervises an all-male make-ready crew. The team gets along well— they get their work done but have fun doing it. The guys banter throughout their shift, calling each other inappropriate names, telling dirty jokes,…more

Bullying, Gender Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Stereotyping

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Second Circuit Clarifies the Limits on The Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Securities Laws

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities class action brought by purchasers of foreign issued-securities on a foreign exchange. City of Pontiac Policemen's…more

City of Pontiac, Extraterritoriality Rules, Foreign Judgments, Foreign Jurisdictions, Morrison v National Australia Bank

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S.D.N.Y. Issues Spoliation Sanctions Against Foot Locker

The sanctions recently levied against Foot Locker serve as a potent reminder that understanding data and document preservation requirements is imperative. A New York federal judge issued sanctions against Foot Locker last week…more

Corporate Counsel, Data Protection, Discovery, Document Productions, Document Retention Policies

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Texas Supreme Court Confirms General Waiver of Section 51.003 in Guaranty Agreements

On June 13, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court conclusively resolved the issue of whether a guarantor may generally waive his/her/its statutory right of offset under Section 51.003 of the Texas Property Code. In Moayedi v…more

Guarantors, Guaranty Claims, Lenders

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Private Equity Fund Charged by SEC with Violation of the Pay-to-Play Rules for Investment Advisors

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") recently announced that it had charged TL Ventures, a Philadelphia-area private equity firm (the "Firm") with the first ever case involving a violation of the "pay-to-play rules,"…more

Investment Adviser, Pay-To-Play, Pensions, Private Equity, Private Equity Funds

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Barclays Motion to Dismiss Raises Significant Issues About FERC Jurisdiction

After an investigation of actions in the western electricity markets by Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”), Daniel Brin, Scott Connelly, Karen Levine, and Ryan Smith (collectively, the “Traders” and together with Barclays,…more

Barclays, Civil Monetary Penalty, Disgorgement, FERC, Fines

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Partnership Verdict in Dallas: You May be Married and Not Know it

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, a Dallas jury found that Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise) had entered into a partnership with Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) to jointly develop a crude oil pipeline from Cushing,…more

Oil & Gas, Partnerships, Tortious Interference

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Shelby County v. Holder Decision Has Broad Impact on Voting Rights Act Compliance

On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark Voting Rights Act opinion that will impact all Texas governmental entities…more

Attorney Generals, SCOTUS, Shelby v Holder, Voting Rights Act

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Texas Supreme Court Holds Trial Court Must Have Personal Jurisdiction Over Potential Defendants Targeted by Rule 202 Pre-suit Discovery

Rule 202 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure allows a Texas trial court to authorize a pre-suit deposition to investigate a potential claim before an actual lawsuit is filed. In In re John Doe a/k/a "Trooper," No. 13-0073, __…more

Discovery, Personal Jurisdiction, Rule 202

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Supreme Court Issues Opinion Reinstating Important Tool for Employers to Defeat FLSA Collective Actions

In a major victory for employers, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion today confirming employers' ability to make an "offer of judgment" to named plaintiffs who are pursuing collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards…more

Collective Actions, FLSA, Genesis HealthCare, Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, Rule 68

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Supreme Court Upholds EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR)

In a 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld EPA's justification for the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), breathing life back into the rule that had been vacated by the DC Circuit. The Court made several…more

Air Pollution, Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution, Environmental Policies, EPA

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SEC Modifies MCDC Terms: Extends Issuer Deadline to 12/01/2014, Lowers Penalty Cap for Small Underwriters; Recognizes Pre-EMMA Limitations

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced modifications to the terms of its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative. In a press release issued late in the afternoon July 31, 2014, the SEC…more

Deadlines, EMMA, MCDC, SEC, Underwriting

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Texas Supreme Court Holds Trial Court Must Have Personal Jurisdiction Over Potential Defendants Targeted by Rule 202 Pre-suit Discovery

Rule 202 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure allows a Texas trial court to authorize a pre-suit deposition to investigate a potential claim before an actual lawsuit is filed. In In re John Doe a/k/a "Trooper," No. 13-0073, __…more

Discovery, Personal Jurisdiction, Rule 202

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Texas Supreme Court Rejects a General Cause of Action for Minority Shareholder Oppression

The Supreme Court of the State of Texas recently issued a significant opinion relating to the remedies available to minority shareholders of Texas corporations. In Ritchie v. Rupe, No. 11-0447 (Tex. June 20, 2014), available…more

Corporate Governance, Minority Shareholders, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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White House: Natural Gas, Landfills, and Mining Need to Reduce Methane Emissions

Continuing its 2014 “pen and phone” strategy emphasizing Executive Branch action, on March 28, 2014, the White House issued its Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The plan outlines regulatory actions and…more

Energy Policy, Environmental Policies, Landfills, Mining, Natural Gas

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Expedited Procedures in New York Courts Guarantee Trial in Just Nine Months

Earlier this month, New York's Commercial Division, a department within the New York State court system designed to handle complex commercial disputes, established new procedures that provide a voluntary, alternative track to…more

Complex Litigation, Rules of Civil Procedure, Trials

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Texas Supreme Court Confirms General Waiver of Section 51.003 in Guaranty Agreements

On June 13, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court conclusively resolved the issue of whether a guarantor may generally waive his/her/its statutory right of offset under Section 51.003 of the Texas Property Code. In Moayedi v…more

Guarantors, Guaranty Claims, Lenders

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From Facebook to FD: SEC Releases Guidance on Use of Social Media

On April 2, 2013, the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released guidance on the use of social media to disseminate material, nonpublic information under Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure)…more

Disclosure Requirements, Facebook, Investors, Netflix, Regulation FD

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Salinas v. Texas: Your Silence May Be Used Against You

On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion with important ramifications for anybody who may be interviewed in connection with a criminal investigation…more

Criminal Prosecution, Fifth Amendment, Salinas v Texas, SCOTUS, Self-Incrimination

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Supreme Court Grants Cert on Trademark "Tacking"

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a writ of certiorari in Hana Financial, Inc. v Hana Bank. The issue presented is whether trademark "tacking" is an issue of fact for a jury or an issue of law for the…more

Certiorari, Hana Bank, Hana Financial, Infringement, SCOTUS

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OSHA Broadly Expands Injury Reporting Requirement

Under a new rule issued by OSHA last week, employers will be required to report to the agency any workplace incident resulting in the in-patient hospitalization of even one employee. This report must be made within 24 hours of…more

Employer Liability Issues, OSHA, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Injury

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EPA Releases Testing, Reporting and Compliance Deadlines for Oil and Gas Storage Tanks

On September 23rd, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register final amendments to sections of its 2012 New Source Performance Standard OOOO (NSPS OOOO) applicable to storage vessels…more

Compliance, Deadlines, EPA, Oil & Gas, Reporting Requirements

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Too Late, Even If Not Too Little: Joining a National Trend, New Jersey Puts the Brakes on Driver’s Claims as Untimely based on Employment Application

When does two years become six months? When a signed employment application says it does.1 Last month, New Jersey recognized the express lane permitting employers and employees to set their own limitations periods, even…more

Choice-of-Law, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Application, Layoffs

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New USPTO Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Satellite Office Finds Home in Downtown Dallas Location

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that downtown Dallas will serve as the site for its Dallas-Fort Worth regional satellite office. The office is expected to be a place where small businesses and…more

Patents, USPTO

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Texas Environmental Update

Proximity to Natural Gas Wells and Reported Health Status: Results of a Household Survey in Washington County, Pennsylvania Environmental Health Perspectives, September 10, 2014 - "We conducted a hypothesis generating…more

Contamination, Earthquakes, Environmental Policies, Fracking, Natural Gas

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Supreme Court Grants Cert on Trademark "Tacking"

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a writ of certiorari in Hana Financial, Inc. v Hana Bank. The issue presented is whether trademark "tacking" is an issue of fact for a jury or an issue of law for the…more

Certiorari, Hana Bank, Hana Financial, Infringement, SCOTUS

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Barclays Motion to Dismiss Raises Significant Issues About FERC Jurisdiction

After an investigation of actions in the western electricity markets by Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”), Daniel Brin, Scott Connelly, Karen Levine, and Ryan Smith (collectively, the “Traders” and together with Barclays,…more

Barclays, Civil Monetary Penalty, Disgorgement, FERC, Fines

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Supreme Court - Being Unanimous Appears to be Part of the Justices' DNA

On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. that naturally occurring DNA segments are not patent eligible because they are products of nature and…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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First Issuer MCDC SEC Settlement Announced

On July 8, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it has entered into a settlement order with Kings Canyon Joint Unified School District (Kings Canyon)—the first settlement with an issuer under the…more

Disclosure Requirements, Material Violation, MCDC, SEC, Settlement

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Barclays Motion to Dismiss Raises Significant Issues About FERC Jurisdiction

After an investigation of actions in the western electricity markets by Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”), Daniel Brin, Scott Connelly, Karen Levine, and Ryan Smith (collectively, the “Traders” and together with Barclays,…more

Barclays, Civil Monetary Penalty, Disgorgement, FERC, Fines

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Supreme Court - Being Unanimous Appears to be Part of the Justices' DNA

On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. that naturally occurring DNA segments are not patent eligible because they are products of nature and…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Delaware Supreme Court Rules That Privileged Documents Must Be Produced To Shareholders Investigating Corporate Misconduct

The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that, in certain circumstances, shareholders may be able to obtain access to privileged, internal documents in order to investigate potential breaches of fiduciary duty. In Wal-Mart…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Board of Directors, Corporate Counsel, Document Productions, FCPA

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Second Circuit Rules Broad Forum Selection Clause Trumps FINRA Rule Requiring Arbitration

On August 21, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit joined the Ninth Circuit in holding that FINRA rules requiring arbitration of customer disputes may be superseded by an agreement between a member and…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Broker-Dealer, Citigroup, FINRA

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Protecting Yourself Against Data Breach: Don't Be a Target

On May 5, 2014, Target Corporation Chief Executive Officer Gregg Steinhafel resigned after having been with the company for 35 years, another casualty of the massive data breach that continues to damage the nation’s…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Target

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Stripped of Controversial Provisions, Lame-Duck Patent Reform Heads to Obama's Desk

On January 1, 2013 — immediately after passing the fiscal crisis bill — the House of Representatives agreed by voice vote (at 11:13 PM) to approve the Senate's Amendments to H.R. 6621. A controversial provision that would have…more

First-to-File, H.R. 6621, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Lame Duck Session, Patent Terms

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Texas Environmental Update

Proximity to Natural Gas Wells and Reported Health Status: Results of a Household Survey in Washington County, Pennsylvania Environmental Health Perspectives, September 10, 2014 - "We conducted a hypothesis generating…more

Contamination, Earthquakes, Environmental Policies, Fracking, Natural Gas

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PHMSA Inspections to Focus on Integrity Management Program Evaluations

Effective immediately, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) inspections will emphasize the review of operator methods for integrity management (IM) program evaluations, the agency said in an Advisory…more

NTSB, PHMSA, Pipelines

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Supreme Court Limits Class Action Plaintiffs' Ability to Manipulate Jurisdiction

On March 19, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles barring class action plaintiffs from using stipulations that limit the amount in controversy to avoid…more

Amount in Controversy, CAFA, Class Action, Damages, Jurisdiction

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Echoes from the Gunn? Aggravated States and Demand Letters

A gunshot that cracks the silence of an old west desert canyon creates an echo coming from all directions. A Supreme Court decision can make similar reverberations throughout the legal world. Last year, just such a sound was…more

Consumer Fraud, Demand Letter, Gunn v Minton, Jurisdiction, Licenses

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Copyright Co-Authorship: Be Prepared to Weather the Storms

The recent Third Circuit decision in Brownstein v. Lindsay, --- F.3d ----, 2014 WL 306240 (3rd Cir. Jan. 29, 2014) clarified important issues related to the statute of limitations for co-ownership claims, as well as to a federal…more

Co-Ownership, Copyright, Software Developers, Statute of Limitations

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Distress in the Defense Industry: Opportunities and Obstacles

The U.S. defense industry is facing a new battle – financial distress. Withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq combined with reductions in the defense budget and sequestration have taken a toll on many U.S. defense…more

Aerospace, Defense Contracts, DOD, Middle East

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Echoes from the Gunn? Aggravated States and Demand Letters

A gunshot that cracks the silence of an old west desert canyon creates an echo coming from all directions. A Supreme Court decision can make similar reverberations throughout the legal world. Last year, just such a sound was…more

Consumer Fraud, Demand Letter, Gunn v Minton, Jurisdiction, Licenses

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Second Circuit Rules Broad Forum Selection Clause Trumps FINRA Rule Requiring Arbitration

On August 21, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit joined the Ninth Circuit in holding that FINRA rules requiring arbitration of customer disputes may be superseded by an agreement between a member and…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Broker-Dealer, Citigroup, FINRA

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Too Late, Even If Not Too Little: Joining a National Trend, New Jersey Puts the Brakes on Driver’s Claims as Untimely based on Employment Application

When does two years become six months? When a signed employment application says it does.1 Last month, New Jersey recognized the express lane permitting employers and employees to set their own limitations periods, even…more

Choice-of-Law, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Application, Layoffs

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Texas Environmental Update

Proximity to Natural Gas Wells and Reported Health Status: Results of a Household Survey in Washington County, Pennsylvania Environmental Health Perspectives, September 10, 2014 - "We conducted a hypothesis generating…more

Contamination, Earthquakes, Environmental Policies, Fracking, Natural Gas

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The Supreme Court's Limelight Continues to Rein in the Federal Circuit

For the second time in less than two months the Supreme Court unanimously redefines patent law by overturning a Federal Circuit case regarding induced infringement. In Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies,…more

Akamai Technologies, Covered Business Method Patents, Induced Infringement, Limelight Networks, Miniauction

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Protecting Yourself Against Data Breach: Don't Be a Target

On May 5, 2014, Target Corporation Chief Executive Officer Gregg Steinhafel resigned after having been with the company for 35 years, another casualty of the massive data breach that continues to damage the nation’s…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Target

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Delaware Supreme Court Rules That Privileged Documents Must Be Produced To Shareholders Investigating Corporate Misconduct

The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that, in certain circumstances, shareholders may be able to obtain access to privileged, internal documents in order to investigate potential breaches of fiduciary duty. In Wal-Mart…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Board of Directors, Corporate Counsel, Document Productions, FCPA

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Supreme Court Rejects Generic Computer Use to Patent Abstract Ideas

On June 19, 2014, in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the ineligibility of the patent claims at issue—directed to the abstract idea of "intermediated settlement"—and…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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SEC Establishes Cybersecurity Initiative for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

On April 15, 2014, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a National Exam Priority Risk Alert announcing its initiative to evaluate cybersecurity…more

Broker-Dealer, Compliance, Cybersecurity, Investment Adviser, NEP

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Supreme Court Rejects Generic Computer Use to Patent Abstract Ideas

On June 19, 2014, in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the ineligibility of the patent claims at issue—directed to the abstract idea of "intermediated settlement"—and…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Texas Railroad Commission Proposes Regulation to Address Earthquake Risks from Disposal Wells

In the August 29, 2014 issue of the Texas Register (39 Tex. Reg. 6775), the Railroad Commission of Texas proposed several amendments to the regulations governing saltwater and other oil and gas waste disposal (SWD) wells (16…more

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Supreme Court Rejects Generic Computer Use to Patent Abstract Ideas

On June 19, 2014, in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the ineligibility of the patent claims at issue—directed to the abstract idea of "intermediated settlement"—and…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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SEC Modifies MCDC Terms: Extends Issuer Deadline to 12/01/2014, Lowers Penalty Cap for Small Underwriters; Recognizes Pre-EMMA Limitations

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced modifications to the terms of its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative. In a press release issued late in the afternoon July 31, 2014, the SEC…more

Deadlines, EMMA, MCDC, SEC, Underwriting

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Salinas v. Texas: Your Silence May Be Used Against You

On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion with important ramifications for anybody who may be interviewed in connection with a criminal investigation…more

Criminal Prosecution, Fifth Amendment, Salinas v Texas, SCOTUS, Self-Incrimination

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SEC Continues Crackdown on Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is continuing to pursue enforcement actions that focus on the accuracy and comprehensiveness of economic benefit disclosures – both to clients and in public filings…more

Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure, Enforcement Actions, Investment Adviser, SEC

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Texas Environmental Update - November 14, 2012

The environmental practice of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP offers seamless, front-rank representation in local, state, national, and cross-border regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters, as well as experienced counsel on the…more

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Mexican President Signs Historic Energy Reform into Law

On Monday, August 11, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a package of energy secondary laws passed by the Mexican Congress (the “Legislation”) that will overhaul the Mexican oil and natural gas, petrochemical, and…more

Energy, Energy Reform, Energy Sector, Mexico, Natural Gas

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The Supreme Court Extends the Sarbanes Oxley Act Whistle-Blower Protections

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the whistle-blower protections of Section 806 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act apply to employees of privately held companies that are contractors or subcontractors of a public company…more

Fidelity Investments, FMR LLC, Lawson v FMR, Sarbanes-Oxley, SCOTUS

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Texas Court of Appeals Holds There is No Right Under The Administrative Procedure Act to Seek Judicial Review of a State Agency's Denial of a Petition for Rulemaking

On July 23, 2014, the Austin Court of Appeals held that Texas trial courts lack subject matter jurisdiction under the Texas Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to review orders by state agencies denying petitions for rulemaking…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Environmental Claims, Environmental Policies

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Shelby County v. Holder Decision Has Broad Impact on Voting Rights Act Compliance

On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark Voting Rights Act opinion that will impact all Texas governmental entities…more

Attorney Generals, SCOTUS, Shelby v Holder, Voting Rights Act

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Affordable Care Act Mandates Employer Notice of Coverage Options to Employees by October 1, 2013

Pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals and employees of small businesses will be able to access health insurance coverage through a private health insurance market – the Health Insurance Marketplace – beginning…more

Affordable Care Act, Deadlines, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, FLSA

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Supreme Court Rejects Generic Computer Use to Patent Abstract Ideas

On June 19, 2014, in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the ineligibility of the patent claims at issue—directed to the abstract idea of "intermediated settlement"—and…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Supreme Court - Being Unanimous Appears to be Part of the Justices' DNA

On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. that naturally occurring DNA segments are not patent eligible because they are products of nature and…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Texas Environmental Update

Proximity to Natural Gas Wells and Reported Health Status: Results of a Household Survey in Washington County, Pennsylvania Environmental Health Perspectives, September 10, 2014 - "We conducted a hypothesis generating…more

Contamination, Earthquakes, Environmental Policies, Fracking, Natural Gas

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Distress in the Defense Industry: Opportunities and Obstacles

The U.S. defense industry is facing a new battle – financial distress. Withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq combined with reductions in the defense budget and sequestration have taken a toll on many U.S. defense…more

Aerospace, Defense Contracts, DOD, Middle East

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Bad Faith Patent Litigation Is Bad News For Plaintiffs

Affirming a $1.6 million dollar award for attorney fees against a non-practicing entity (NPE) for pursuing and maintaining patent litigation in bad faith, the Federal Circuit has served notice that patent litigants "must…more

Bad Faith, Claim Construction, Infringement, Non-Practicing Entities, Patent Infringement

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White House: Natural Gas, Landfills, and Mining Need to Reduce Methane Emissions

Continuing its 2014 “pen and phone” strategy emphasizing Executive Branch action, on March 28, 2014, the White House issued its Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The plan outlines regulatory actions and…more

Energy Policy, Environmental Policies, Landfills, Mining, Natural Gas

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Partnership Verdict in Dallas: You May be Married and Not Know it

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, a Dallas jury found that Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise) had entered into a partnership with Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) to jointly develop a crude oil pipeline from Cushing,…more

Oil & Gas, Partnerships, Tortious Interference

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