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Texas Adopts EPA's Definition of Solid Waste Rule and E-Manifest Requirements

On June 10, 2016, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) adopted amendments to its statewide hazardous waste rules to incorporate changes made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to the federal…more
| Environmental Law

Willful Infringement: "If I could turn back time..."

Unlike Cher, the U.S. Supreme Court can turn back time. In Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics, the Court unanimously upended the law on enhanced damages for willful patent infringement set forth in by the Federal Circuit in…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

DOJ Announces First Declinations After Implementing FCPA Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its first set of public declinations since its April unveiling of a new self-reporting Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) pilot program. On June 7, 2016, Akamai Technologies, Inc., a…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

New CFPB Rules Threaten More Consumer Class Actions Against Financial Institutions

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is seeking public comment on proposed rules that would significantly change two aspects of consumer finance dispute resolution…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

Manifest Disregard for the Law is Not a Ground for Vacating TAA Arbitration Awards

Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court, in Hoskins v. Hoskins, No. 15-0046, --- S.W.3d --- (Tex. May 20, 2016), ruled that an arbitration award may not be vacated under the Texas Arbitration Act (“TAA”) on grounds other than those…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Challenge to MLP Drop Down Transaction

The Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed a challenge to a transaction in which a master limited partnership (the "MLP") repurchased an interest in a crude oil pipeline in 2015 previously sold to its general partner (the…more
| Business Organizations, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

High Court Underscores Injury Requirement for Statutory Class Actions

In a critical ruling for businesses concerned by the threat of growing class-action litigation, the Supreme Court decided on May 16, 2016 that plaintiffs must allege a concrete injury-in-fact to maintain statutory class action…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

Federal Circuit goes Enfish-ing for Software Patent Eligibility

In Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., decided on May 12, 2016, the Federal Circuit ( “the Enfish court” or “the Court”) has provided much-needed clarification to the Alice test for patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. §…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

It's No Secret: Employment & Federal Considerations in New Trade Secrets Law

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The result of rare bipartisan support, the DTSA was passed unanimously by the Senate and by a 410-2 vote by the House last month. It creates…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

New York Adopts Delaware Standard for Going-Private Transactions

On May 5, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action and formally adopted the standard of review for going-private transactions articulated by the Delaware Supreme Court in Kahn v. M…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

The Trade Secrets Bill Proceeds to the President's Desk

On April 27, the House of Representatives by a 410-2 vote passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which creates a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing trade secrets with a degree of protection…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

District Court Holds Private Equity Funds Jointly Liable for Portfolio Company's ERISA Withdrawal Liability

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled on March 28, 2016 that two private equity funds were jointly and severally liable for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability of their jointly-owned…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

When the Best Defense is a Federal Cause of Action: Trade Secret Owners May Soon Have a Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed bill S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). If enacted, the DTSA will create a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing protection…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

FDIC Action Encourages De Novo Bank Charter Applications

On April 6, 2016, the FDIC rescinded its 2009 Financial Institutions Letter concerning enhanced scrutiny for newly insured FDIC-supervised depository institutions. The 2009 Financial Institution Letter, among other things,…more
| Finance & Banking

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Promote Company Self-Reporting

In a speech delivered last Wednesday by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, the Justice Department’s (“DOJ”) Criminal Division announced the launch of a new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) “pilot program” that…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Securities Law
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