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Richard Alonso

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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Jayde Ashford

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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Jennifer Ashton

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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David Ball

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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John Barr, Jr.

Court Rules That Patent Infringement Can Violate Antitrust Laws

Patent infringement can be considered anticompetitive conduct under federal antitrust law, according to a recent ruling issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas…more

Anticompetitive Agreements, Antitrust Litigation, Patent Infringement, Patents, Sherman Act

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Leslie Selig Byrd

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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Bruce Cheatham

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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Stan Chelney

Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Award in Favor of British Natural Gas Investor in Argentina

On March 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court upheld a $185 million arbitration award obtained by the United Kingdom's BG Group PLC against the Republic of Argentina, pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty. The Court…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, Foreign Investment, Natural Gas, SCOTUS

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Stephen Crain

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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Renee Dailey

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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Elizabeth Day

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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Rodney De Souza

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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Mark Dendinger

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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Keith Derrington

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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Amber K. Dodds

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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Kevin A. Ewing

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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Andrew Farris

Mexican Federal Congress Approves Important Constitutional Energy Reform Bill

As we previously reported, on August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto submitted a highly anticipated constitutional reform proposal to the Mexican Congress for purposes of restructuring the Mexican energy sector,…more

Electricity, Energy, Foreign Investment, Investor-Owned Utilities, Mexico

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John Ferguson, Jr.

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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Jonathan Frels

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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Victoria Garcia

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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Kirstin E. Gibbs

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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Rachel Goldman

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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Amy Karff Halevy

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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Jonathan Halpern

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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Jonathon K. Hance

What do "Abacus Guy," Mom, and Computers That Say "Stop!" Have in Common? They May be Unpatentable Abstract Ideas.

Nine Justices of the Supreme Court and three oral advocates held over 100 spectators at bay for just over an hour as they debated—of all things—patents. Yesterday’s case, Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank, was not a first. Four times…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent Applications, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Michael Hefter

Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Award in Favor of British Natural Gas Investor in Argentina

On March 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court upheld a $185 million arbitration award obtained by the United Kingdom's BG Group PLC against the Republic of Argentina, pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty. The Court…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, Foreign Investment, Natural Gas, SCOTUS

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Daniel E. Hemli

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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Erin Hennessy

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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Cheri Hoff

SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in a 4-1 vote, adopted a rule lifting the ban on "general solicitation" and advertising in Rule 506 offerings. The ban has historically barred issuers from…more

Advertising, Dodd-Frank, Fundraisers, General Solicitation, JOBS Act

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Jacqueline R. Java

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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Judy K. Jetelina

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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W. Drew Kastner

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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Heather Khassian

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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James H. Kizziar Jr.

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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David Kolker

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms The Path to Business Judgment Review In Controlling Stockholder Transactions

On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued its eagerly-awaited decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., No. 334, 2013 (Del. March 14, 2014). The Court affirmed the Chancery Court's holding (Strine, C.) that the…more

Controlling Stockholders, MFW, Minority Shareholders, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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Laurence Levy

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contribution are Unconstitutional

On April 2, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that aggregate contribution limits, those limits placed on an individual’s overall direct contributions during a two-year election cycle, were…more

FEC, First Amendment, McCutcheon v. FEC, Political Contributions, SCOTUS

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Jennifer Lias

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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Bryan Loocke

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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Clark Stockton Lord

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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Christopher L. Maberry

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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Paul Maco

SEC Fraud Charges Against School District Demonstrate Increased Focus on Disclosure Compliance by Municipal Issuers

On July 29, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had charged an Indiana school district and its underwriter with securities fraud for falsely stating in a 2007 offering document that the issuer was in…more

Disclosure Requirements, Fraud, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities, Public Schools

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Dee Martin

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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Rebecca Morley

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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Marc Mukasey

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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Mark Mutterperl

Copyright Owners: Keep Your Eye on the Road

Copyright owners need to stay alert! If you have an infringement, ownership interest, or other claim to assert in a copyrighted work and fail to do so within the three year statute of limitations you risk being barred from…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Enforcement

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Robert Nichols

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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J. Charles Nixon

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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Nancy Morrison O'Connor

NLRB Plans to Ignore D.C. Circuit Ruling Invalidating Obama Recess Appointments; Validity of Appointment of Richard Cordray as CFPB Director Also Suspect

In what appears to be the continuation of a showdown among the three branches of federal government, the D. C. Circuit ruled today that President Obama's January 2012 "recess" appointments of three members to the National Labor…more

Barack Obama, Canning v NLRB, CFPB, NLRB, Pro Forma Sessions

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R. Casey O'Neill

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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Heather Corken Palmer

Texas Environmental Update

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated community…more

Clean Water Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Fracking, Oil & Gas

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Jessica Parise

Copyright Owners: Keep Your Eye on the Road

Copyright owners need to stay alert! If you have an infringement, ownership interest, or other claim to assert in a copyrighted work and fail to do so within the three year statute of limitations you risk being barred from…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Enforcement

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Robert "Bob" Pease

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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Michael D. Pegues

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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David Perlman

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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Karthika Perumal, Ph.D.

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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Ryan Philp

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms The Path to Business Judgment Review In Controlling Stockholder Transactions

On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued its eagerly-awaited decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., No. 334, 2013 (Del. March 14, 2014). The Court affirmed the Chancery Court's holding (Strine, C.) that the…more

Controlling Stockholders, MFW, Minority Shareholders, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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Constance Gall Rhebergen

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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John A. Riley

Texas Environmental Update

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated community…more

Clean Water Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Fracking, Oil & Gas

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Lowell M. Rothschild

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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Benjamin Ruzow

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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Michael R. Samardzija, Ph.D.

What do "Abacus Guy," Mom, and Computers That Say "Stop!" Have in Common? They May be Unpatentable Abstract Ideas.

Nine Justices of the Supreme Court and three oral advocates held over 100 spectators at bay for just over an hour as they debated—of all things—patents. Yesterday’s case, Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank, was not a first. Four times…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent Applications, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Matt Schneller

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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Mike Sellers

Shot Down by the Gunn: The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Leaving Malpractice Cases Involving Underlying Patent Issues with State Courts

On February 20, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Gunn v. Minton. The heart of this matter is whether the state-based malpractice action based upon an underlying patent infringement lawsuit may be heard…more

Attorney Malpractice, Grable Factors, Gunn v Minton, Patents, SCOTUS

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Robert E. Sheeder

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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Scott A. Sherman

Texas Environmental Update

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated community…more

Clean Water Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Fracking, Oil & Gas

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Christopher Shield

Court Rules That Patent Infringement Can Violate Antitrust Laws

Patent infringement can be considered anticompetitive conduct under federal antitrust law, according to a recent ruling issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas…more

Anticompetitive Agreements, Antitrust Litigation, Patent Infringement, Patents, Sherman Act

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Laurence Silverman

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms The Path to Business Judgment Review In Controlling Stockholder Transactions

On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued its eagerly-awaited decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., No. 334, 2013 (Del. March 14, 2014). The Court affirmed the Chancery Court's holding (Strine, C.) that the…more

Controlling Stockholders, MFW, Minority Shareholders, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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LaTasha Mabry Snipes

What do "Abacus Guy," Mom, and Computers That Say "Stop!" Have in Common? They May be Unpatentable Abstract Ideas.

Nine Justices of the Supreme Court and three oral advocates held over 100 spectators at bay for just over an hour as they debated—of all things—patents. Yesterday’s case, Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank, was not a first. Four times…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent Applications, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Sandra Snyder

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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Jonathan Spivey

What do "Abacus Guy," Mom, and Computers That Say "Stop!" Have in Common? They May be Unpatentable Abstract Ideas.

Nine Justices of the Supreme Court and three oral advocates held over 100 spectators at bay for just over an hour as they debated—of all things—patents. Yesterday’s case, Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank, was not a first. Four times…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent Applications, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Britt Cass Steckman

SEC Fraud Charges Against School District Demonstrate Increased Focus on Disclosure Compliance by Municipal Issuers

On July 29, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had charged an Indiana school district and its underwriter with securities fraud for falsely stating in a 2007 offering document that the issuer was in…more

Disclosure Requirements, Fraud, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities, Public Schools

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Kate Sullivan

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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Floren Taylor

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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Christopher C. Thiele

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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Manuel Vera

Mexican Federal Congress Approves Important Constitutional Energy Reform Bill

As we previously reported, on August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto submitted a highly anticipated constitutional reform proposal to the Mexican Congress for purposes of restructuring the Mexican energy sector,…more

Electricity, Energy, Foreign Investment, Investor-Owned Utilities, Mexico

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Brian Wadsworth

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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Dale Wainwright

Shot Down by the Gunn: The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Leaving Malpractice Cases Involving Underlying Patent Issues with State Courts

On February 20, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Gunn v. Minton. The heart of this matter is whether the state-based malpractice action based upon an underlying patent infringement lawsuit may be heard…more

Attorney Malpractice, Grable Factors, Gunn v Minton, Patents, SCOTUS

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Barron Wallace

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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Lauren West

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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Jeffrey S. Whittle

What do "Abacus Guy," Mom, and Computers That Say "Stop!" Have in Common? They May be Unpatentable Abstract Ideas.

Nine Justices of the Supreme Court and three oral advocates held over 100 spectators at bay for just over an hour as they debated—of all things—patents. Yesterday’s case, Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank, was not a first. Four times…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent Applications, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Jason A. Wietjes

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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Tim Wilkins

Texas Environmental Update

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated community…more

Clean Water Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Fracking, Oil & Gas

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Jay Yates

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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Salo Zelermyer

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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Stuart Zisman

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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