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Know Them Before They are Famous (or at least final): The Latest USPTO Proposed Rule Changes

On August 19, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released proposed rule changes for trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The proposed rule changes were made in response to input…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

EPA Hits Oil and Gas Industry With a Flurry of Proposed Methane Regulations

EPA took major steps on August 18, 2015 to curtail methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by simultaneously releasing four new proposed rules. These actions are part of the Obama Administration’s larger climate action…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Federal Circuit Strengthens ITC's Authority to Police Importation

On August 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit, acting en banc, ruled that the International Trade Commission (ITC) has the authority to prevent importation of products based on claims for induced infringement where the predicate act…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

New Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force Promises Tough Enforcement

On August 5th, the Manhattan District Attorney (the "DA’s Office") announced the formation of a multi-agency Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force that will be spearheaded by prosecutors from the office. Its mission is simple:…more
| Business Organizations, Construction Law, Criminal Law

FY 2016 Sequestration Reduction Percentage for Direct Pay Tax Credit Bonds Set at 6.8 Percent

According to an update released by The IRS Office of Tax Exempt Bonds (TEB), the sequester reduction percentage applied to the payments made to issuers of direct pay bonds in FY 2016 will be 6.8 percent. This percentage will…more
| Finance & Banking, Taxation

What You Need to Know About the SEC's New Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve final rules to implement pay ratio disclosure pursuant to Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. As required by…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Proposed IRS Regulations Target Management Fee Waiver Arrangements

On July 22, 2015, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) regarding disguised payments for services under Section 707(a)(2)(A) of the Internal…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

FTC Narrows Scope of HSR Reporting Exemption for Certain Acquisitions

On July 20, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released revisions to its interpretation of the rule, 16 C.F.R. §802.5, that exempts certain acquisitions of “investment rental property assets” from reportability under the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate - Commercial

Department of Labor Releases Proposed Rule to Update White Collar Exemptions to the FLSA's Overtime Requirement

On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a Proposed Rule to update the regulations governing overtime requirements for executive, administrative, and professional employees (white collar employees). Under the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

SEC Proposes Rules Relating to Clawbacks of Incentive-Based Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules that would require stock exchanges to adopt listing standards relating to the clawback of incentive-based compensation for certain executive officers where…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

IRS Releases New Proposed Issue Price Regulations

On June 23, 2015, the IRS released new proposed Treasury Regulations (the “2015 Proposed Regulations”) concerning the definition of “issue price” for purposes of arbitrage investment restrictions on tax-exempt bonds. The 2015…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

EPA Updates Its Audit Policy with "eDisclosure"

On June 10, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a webinar describing a plan to modernize the implementation of its April 11, 2000 Audit Policy. The plan – called eDisclosure – attempts to provide a…more
| Environmental Law

SEC Issues New Guidance on Cybersecurity for Investment Companies and Investment Advisors

On April 28, 2015, the SEC's Division of Investment Management released a Guidance Update providing cybersecurity guidance for investment companies and investment advisors (firms). The SEC has prioritized cybersecurity as a…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

SEC Proposes Changes to Various Reporting Requirements for Investment Advisers

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously approved a proposal of additional amendments to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act)1: specifically, three changes to Form ADV 1A, and one…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

A Permit System May Finally Arrive for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act - New Opportunities and Responsibilities

For years, Federal Courts have held that individuals can be held criminally liable under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) for the death of birds regardless of whether they intended to harm them. While several courts have…more
| Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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