- What does the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) require of employers in 2014?
Beginning January 1, 2014, every “large employer” will be subject to Affordable Care Act penalties if at least 95 percent of…more
A copyright affords the copyright owner with “exclusive rights”. One such right is “to distribute… copies of [a] copyrighted work”under 17 U.S.C. § 106(3). Under the first sale doctrine, “The owner of a particular copy…more
Mortgage lenders are all too familiar with borrowers’ assertions that they did not receive two properly dated copies of the Truth-In-Lending Act (“TILA”) mandated Notice of Right to Cancel form (“NORTC”) at closing. Under…more
gTLDs-domain names ending in a “generic” term such as .fashion or .style instead of the current .com, .net, .org, etc.—have been in the news for quite a while. Now, it appears that the very first batch of gTLDs will start to…more
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently launched the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). ICANN has billed the TMCH as the “most important rights protection mechanism built into ICANN’s new gTLD…more
As an increasing number of health care providers move to electronic health record systems, patient privacy is becoming a serious concern. On January 25, 2013, new regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and…more
The America Invents Act (AIA), which was commonly referred to as the “patent reform bill,” was signed into law in 2011, rolled out in 2012 and 2013, and business owners are still wondering what, if anything, it means to them…more
All California employers with five or more full- or part-time employees must comply with the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission’s (“FEHC”) amended pregnancy regulations that went into effect December 30, 2012…more
Employment and Housing Commission (“FEHC”). These regulations clarify an employer’s obligation to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled employees and applicants, and emphasize that employers must engage in a prompt,…more
There is a lot of confusion among providers caused by therecent publication of new rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). On January 25, 2013, the HIPAA final omnibus rule (“Final…more
On January 14, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Riverisland Cold Storage v. Fresno-Madera Production Credit Assn., which takes away a lender defense to borrower fraud claims and will therefore have a…more
Newly issued guidance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) suggests that prudent long-term tenants of commercial and industrial properties should conduct environmental due diligence before entering into a lease,…more
In This Issue:
- The Innovative Design Protection Act: Bound for Success or Doomed to Fail?
- Strategic Licensing Considerations
- New Faces
- Points from the President
- Think Again Before Walking Away from…more
With the stroke of several employee-friendly pens, Governor Brown enacted a number of new laws in California that take effect on January 1, 2013. These laws further expand the rights of employees in California, and further…more
At the end of 2010, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, significant changes in the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax regime. The 2010 tax legislation extended the so-called “Bush Tax…more
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