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Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-in-Fiction Claim

In a victory for all authors of fiction, a screenwriter of the film “What Maisie Knew” has successfully defended a lawsuit that sought to hold him liable for defamation based on the portrayal of a character drawn from an 1897…more

Anti-SLAPP, Books, Defamation, Film Industry, First Amendment

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Supreme Court Grants Cert in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez

In a move that may greatly impact litigation under the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act (TCPA) and potentially other acts that provide statutory damages for violations, the high court will hear arguments in a case questioning…more

Article III, Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Certiorari, Class Action, SCOTUS

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New California Laws Affecting Outpatient Surgery Settings Go Into Effect January 1, 2016

New Development - California Senate Bill 396 (SB 396), which strengthened requirements for outpatient clinics such as ambulatory surgery centers, was recently signed into law and becomes effective January 1, 2016…more

Credentialing, Healthcare, Inspection Rights, New Legislation, Outpatient Services

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New Lifeline Rules to Become Effective Beginning February 4

Last summer, the FCC adopted new rules for the Lifeline program in its Second Order and NPRM (see our prior analysis of the order), including: the retention of eligibility documentation (such as scans of food stamp cards); an…more

ETCs, FCC, Lifeline Program, NPRM, OMB

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California Beefs Up Encryption & Notice in Data Breach Law

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 964 and S.B. 570 into law, a pair of bills that amended the Golden State’s data breach notification statute (Ca. Civ. Code § 1798.82). The amendments specifically…more

Automatic License Plate Readers, Breach Notification Rule, Compliance, Cyber Attacks, Cyber Crimes

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Time for a HIPAA Security Check-Up!

The 2015 HIPAA Security conference held by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) kicked off last week with OCR’s…more

Breach Notification Rule, Compliance, Data Protection, Health Information Technologies, Healthcare

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New Regulations Clarify Time Off Under California Family Rights Act

In recently published amendments to its regulations, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) has clarified formerly confusing rules and brought the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) into closer parallel to the…more

Adoption, Amended Regulation, California Family Rights Act (CFRA), Compliance, FEHC

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Parent, Child and Participation vs. Ownership: A Family Business Dilemma

Here’s a common scenario: Parents successfully develop a business. Then their children get involved in the business – but maybe not all of the children. Then comes the challenge: One of the offspring works at the business and is…more

Advisory Board, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Evaluations, Family Businesses, Family Members

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European Union’s Highest Court Rules Google Must Remove Links Containing Personal Data

In a significant and concerning decision, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has endorsed the so-called “right to be forgotten” and ruled that, in some circumstances, search engines can be compelled to remove search result…more

Data Protection, EU, EU Data Protection Laws, European Court of Justice (ECJ), Google

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[Webinar] Legal Issues and Risks in Wearable Health Technologies - Sept. 24th, 10:00am PDT

The market for wearable health technologies, encompassing innovations such as fitness bands, glucose monitors, and implanted devices, is booming – estimated to surpass $70 billion by 2024. The session will focus on key legal…more

Emerging Growth Companies, Emerging Technology Companies, Fitbit, Mobile Devices, Technology

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U.S. FCPA Guidance Released by DOJ and SEC

On Nov. 14, 2012, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission released a joint 130-page Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). This long-anticipated guidance lays out the…more

Compliance, DOJ, FCPA, FCPA Resource Guide, SEC

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Sixth Circuit Rules That TripAdvisor’s Ranking of “Dirtiest Hotels” is Protected Opinion

In a helpful decision for online publishers of rankings and ratings, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a travel website’s annual top-ten list of the dirtiest hotels in the United States, based on data compiled from…more

First Amendment, Free Speech, Hotels, TripAdvisor

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Premium Reimbursement Arrangements Get Relief - More ACA Transition Relief—This Time for Small Employers and S-Corps

The IRS issued guidance on Feb. 18, 2015, providing temporary relief until June 30, 2015, from steep penalties for small employers and S-corps that have continued to use premium reimbursement arrangements to provide health…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Group Health Plans, Health Insurance, IRS, Medical Reimbursement Plans

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DWT Energy Update

On January 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision authored by Justice Kagan and supported by the Chief Justice, reversed the D.C. Circuit’s holding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intruded on…more

Demand Response, Electricity Costs, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC

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Portland Requires Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave Starting in 2014 to Employees Who Work in City

The Portland City Council has passed a paid sick leave mandate that requires employers to provide paid leave for employees to use for personal and family member illness as well as certain safety concerns. The new ordinance takes…more

Local Ordinance, Medical Leave, Municipalities, Paid Leave

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Supreme Court Clarifies Test for Accommodating Pregnancy Limitations

The United States Supreme Court recently established a new test to evaluate whether an employer discriminates against a pregnant employee under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) when it denies an accommodation or adjustment…more

Disparate Treatment, EEOC, Enforcement Guidance, PDA, Pregnancy Discrimination

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Going Green: What Procedures Should You Consider for 2016 Electronic ERISA Disclosures?

In the ever-increasing push to “go green,” many employers are opting to distribute required notices and disclosures to employees via e-mail or through website postings. Plan sponsors are asking: Can an employer rely on an…more

Disclosure Requirements, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Posting Requirements, Retirement Plan

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Montanile Applies Principles of Equity to Reach an Absurdly Inequitable Result Regarding ERISA Plan Reimbursement Claim

“A” gets hit by a drunk driver and incurs $121,044 in medical expenses. The ERISA Plan agrees to pay the expenses if “A” contractually agrees to reimburse the Plan for any recovery obtained as the result of any legal action or…more

Employee Benefits, Equitable Relief, ERISA, Medical Expenses, Medical Liens

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Good News: California Extends Its Medical Data Breach Notification Requirement From 5 to 15 Days

On Sept. 18, 2014, California’s governor approved Assembly Bill 1755, extending California’s stringent breach notification deadline for medical information breaches from five business days to 15 business days for clinics, health…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, EHR, Healthcare, Personally Identifiable Information

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Delaware Formally Adopts Proposed Statutory Amendments Governing Mergers Following the Completion of a Tender Offer

The governor of Delaware recently signed into law previously proposed amendments to Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”), which make Section 251(h) more accessible to deal parties by..…more

Delaware General Corporation Law, Merger Agreements, New Amendments, Shareholders, Stocks

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California Poised to Expand State Equal Pay Law

On Sept. 1, California’s legislature sent Senate Bill No. 358 (the “Fair Pay Act”) to Governor Jerry Brown for signature. The Fair Pay Act amends California’s existing Equal Pay Act (Labor Code section 1197.5) in several…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Equal Pay Act, Fair Pay Act, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Pending Legislation

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Insurers Take Notice: Don’t Become a Casualty of Trade Sanctions Violations!

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that Navigators Insurance Company, which is headquartered in New York and specializes in marine insurance and related lines of business,…more

Compliance, Cuba, Insurance Industry, Iran, Iran Sanctions

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EPA Issues Assessment of Bristol Bay and Large-Scale Mining

On January 15, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued its final Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska, concluding that large-scale mining in the region poses risks to…more

Clean Water Act, Critical Habitat, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Policies, EPA

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FDA Extends Menu Labeling Compliance Date

On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is extending the date for compliance with its menu labeling requirements by one year. Under the new timeframe, businesses covered by the menu…more

Affordable Care Act, Compliance, FDA, Final Rules, Food Labeling

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California Poised to Expand State Equal Pay Law

On Sept. 1, California’s legislature sent Senate Bill No. 358 (the “Fair Pay Act”) to Governor Jerry Brown for signature. The Fair Pay Act amends California’s existing Equal Pay Act (Labor Code section 1197.5) in several…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Equal Pay Act, Fair Pay Act, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Pending Legislation

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FCC Revises Telecom Pole Attachment Rate Formula

New Order Eliminates Possible Disparity in Cable and Telecom Pole Attachment Rates In last week’s Order on Reconsideration, the FCC definitively closed the “telecom formula loophole” thereby ensuring that pole attachment rates…more

FCC, Pole Attachment Order, Telecommunications, Utilities Sector

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FERC Accepts PJM’s Proposal to Limit Imported Capacity

Owners of generation capacity in PJM have often complained of what they perceive as favorable treatment under rules governing PJM’s annual forward capacity auctions when applied to competing resources, namely generation located…more

Energy, FERC, PJM, Power Plants, Utilities Sector

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Estate, Gift, and GST Taxes in 2013: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Other News (Oregon)

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on Jan. 2, 2013, avoiding dramatic changes to tax exemptions and tax rates on transfers subject to federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Charitable Donations, Estate Tax, Fiscal Cliff, Generation-Skipping Transfer

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"Ladies' Night" Promotions Violate California Law

The hospitality industry is no stranger to the rules prohibiting discrimination in accommodations. The average restaurant or hotel operator is aware that the establishment cannot deny service to a patron on the basis of a…more

ADA, Discounts, Discrimination, Hospitality Industry, Protected Class

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Electronic Disclosure of Violations Coming This Fall

Under EPA’s Audit Policy, those who discover, promptly disclose and correct environmental violations may have penalties reduced or eliminated. 60 Fed Reg 66, 705 et seq. (1995); 65 Fed Reg 19, 617, et seq. (2000) EPA recently…more

eDisclosure, EPA, EPCRA, Self-Reporting

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2015: A Year-End Review of Litigation Using California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

Annually, California’s Courts of Appeal and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals regularly issue several dozen published opinions interpreting California’s anti-SLAPP statute, Civil Procedure Section 425.16 et seq., and 2015…more

Anti-SLAPP, Commercial Speech, Davis v. Electronic Arts, First Amendment, Free Speech

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California Sick Time Law: Beyond the Basics

California’s “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014,” otherwise known as California’s Paid Sick Time (or Paid Sick Leave) law, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and will become operative for accrual purposes on July…more

DLSE, Employer Mandates, Healthy Workplace Act, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Federal Circuit Holds Foreseeable Equivalents Infringe Under Doctrine of Equivalents

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held Wednesday that the doctrine of equivalents covers alternatives that were foreseeable at the time of application but not literally claimed. As a result, patent drafters will not…more

Functional Equivalent, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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China Contemplates New Regulations to Tighten Its Grip on Internet News

On Jan. 11, 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) issued an announcement to solicit public comments on a draft amendment to the Administrative Rules on Internet News Information Service (the “Draft…more

China, Digital Media, Internet, News Stories, Online Platforms

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Estate, Gift, and GST Taxes in 2013: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Other News

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on Jan. 2, 2013, avoiding dramatic changes to tax exemptions and tax rates on transfers subject to federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift-Tax Exemption, Retirement Plan

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Alaska Supreme Court Says Exploration is a Transfer of Interest in State Land, Cannot Be Allowed Without Full Public Notice and Comment - Also Sides with Public Interest Litigants on Fee Shifting

The Alaska Supreme Court’s recent decision in Nunamta Alukestai v. Pebble Limited Partnership, No. 7011 (Alaska filed May 29, 2015) significantly alters the permitting process for projects within the jurisdiction of the…more

Department of Natural Resources, Energy Sector, Fee-Shifting, Land-Use Permits, Mining

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D.C. Circuit’s POM Wonderful Decision Calls Into Question The FTC’s Imposition Of A Two-Study Requirement

On Jan. 30, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the FTC’s ruling that POM Wonderful made false and misleading advertising claims that its pomegranate juice products were effective in fighting various…more

Administrative Hearings, Advertising, Appeals, Clinical Trials, False Advertising

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Senator Wyden Urges FERC to Support Regional Flexibility in Order No. 1000 Compliance Filings by Northwestern Utilities

In a letter to FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff dated March 5, 2013, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the new Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, strongly urged the FERC to support principles of regional…more

FERC, Tariffs

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California Health Care Employees Cannot Waive Entitlement to Second Meal Period When Working In Excess of 12 Hours

Narrowly construing the California Labor Code provisions on meal periods, the California Court of Appeal struck down a provision in the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders that allows health care employees working 12-hour…more

Appeals, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, Healthcare Facilities, Healthcare Workers

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New SEC Guidance Regarding Social Media; Proposed Clarifications to Delaware Law for Mergers Following a Tender Offer; Change in SEC Notice Procedures for Granting Confidential Treatment Requests

Social media is becoming a desirable tool for companies to communicate with their shareholders and potential investors. Over the last few years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has issued guidance on how SEC…more

Disclosure Requirements, Investors, Public Disclosure, Public Offerings, SEC

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Additional IRS Guidance on Physical Work Test and Facility Transfers for Energy Tax Credits

The IRS has released additional guidance (Notice 2014-46) on the “beginning of construction” requirement for the renewable energy production tax credit under Code Section 45 (PTC) and energy investment tax credit under Code…more

Energy, Energy Policy, Energy Tax Incentives, Investment Tax Credits, IRS

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Blurred Lines: Ninth Circuit Applies Same First Amendment Protections to Bloggers as Traditional Media

The Ninth Circuit last week became the first federal court of appeals to find that bloggers are entitled to the same First Amendment protections as traditional print and broadcast media when sued for defamation. Obsidian Fin…more

Blogs, Defamation, First Amendment, Media

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The Fourth European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directive and Its Effects on Financial Institutions Operating in the EU

The Fourth European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Fourth AML Directive), approved by the European Parliament on May 20, 2015, went into effect on June 25, 2015, repealing the 2005 Third AML Directive. Given the evolving…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Banking Sector, Banks, BSA/AML, CDD

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FERC Extends Deadline for Filing Q3 2013 EQRs

Yesterday, on October 10, 2013, FERC issued a long-anticipated order granting public utilities and non-public utilities an extension of time to file their third quarter (Q3) Electric Quarterly Reports (EQRs). FERC will notify…more

Extensions, FERC, Filing Deadlines, Filing Requirements, Reporting Requirements

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Safe Harbor Relief for Some Violations of Wage Statement Requirements Under the California Labor Code

Two new laws—both related to employee wage statements—give California employers a safe harbor opportunity to avoid costly liability for small, technical, unintentional, or short-lived violations. Assembly Bill No. 1506 (AB 1506)…more

Class Action, Compliance, Employer Liability Issues, Labor Code, PAGA

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Begins Accepting Consumers’ Money Transfer Complaints

Noting that “[i]t’s pretty incredible that you can quickly send money to almost anywhere in the country or abroad,” the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently announced it has begun accepting consumer complaints…more

CFPB, Consumer Complaint System, Money Transfer

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California Paid Sick Leave Law Amendments: Effective Immediately

On July 13, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law urgency legislation amending the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which generally requires employers to provide paid sick leave to almost all…more

Compliance, DLSE, Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act 2014, Non-Exempt Employees, Paid Leave

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Possible Renewable Identification Number Price Spike Due to Proposed EPA Compliance Deadline Causes Biofuel Industry Concern

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the annual percentage standards for ethanol, cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuels that apply to all gasoline and diesel produced or…more

Auto Manufacturers, Automotive Industry, Biofuel, Energy Sector, EPA

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Take Two! Frogs, Water, and the Endangered Species Act in Oregon

In late December we reported on a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (“Center”) that alleges the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (“BOR”) is violating the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) through its operation and…more

Bureau of Reclamation, Center for Biological Diversity, Dams, Endangered Species Act, Takings

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New York Pay Equity Law Expands Basis for Sex-Based Pay Disparity Claims

Beginning in January, workers in New York will find it much easier to plead and prove claims of wage discrimination. Effective Jan. 19, 2016, New York employers will face greater difficulty in defending against claims of sex…more

Anti-Pay Secrecy, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, New Legislation, Pay Equity Act (PEA), Sex Discrimination

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Corporate Wrongdoing: More Civil and Criminal Liability for Individuals?

The US Department of Justice has issued a memorandum to all of its prosecuting Divisions, directing changes to the principles applied by DOJ in prosecuting civilly or criminally individuals who engage in corporate misconduct…more

Banking Sector, Bird Fatalities, Corporate Governance, Criminal Prosecution, Deepwater Horizon

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Tinker, Take Two

Two legendary figures in the ongoing fight for student free speech rights are asking the Supreme Court to revisit this thorny area of First Amendment jurisprudence. John and Mary Beth Tinker were petitioners forty-six years ago…more

Censorship, First Amendment, Free Speech, Freedom of Expression, Political Speech

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California Supreme Court to Decide Whether (And When) PAGA Plaintiffs Can Compel Discovery of Other Employees’ Contact Information

The California Supreme Court has granted review of the appellate court decision in Williams v. Superior Court to answer the following question: Is the plaintiff in a representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act…more

CA Supreme Court, Class Action, Discovery, Marshalls, PAGA

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DOI Secretary Jewell Announces Two Utility-Scale Solar Projects in California and Nevada

Secretary Jewell, of the Department of Interior, announced approval of two utility-scale solar projects located on the California-Nevada border. The Stateline Solar Project will be located in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino…more

Department of the Interior, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Public Projects, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

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Final Regulations on Play or Pay Mandate Provide Relief to Certain Employers

This week, the IRS issued final regulations concerning the Affordable Care Act’s “play or pay” (also known as the employer shared responsibility) mandate. This advisory describes highlights of these voluminous regulations,…more

Affordable Care Act, Delays, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, Healthcare

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Employers Burdened By More New Laws

The Oregon Legislature enacted several laws in 2015 that will significantly affect your workplace. The following laws go into effect Jan. 1, 2016: Paid Sick Leave - As expected, Oregon has enacted a mandatory paid sick leave…more

Background Checks, Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, Discrimination

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OIG Fraud Alert: Physicians in the Cross Hairs

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Fraud Alert focused on physician relationships. The Alert cautions physicians who enter into compensation arrangements such…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Fair Market Value, Fraud Alerts, Healthcare, HHS

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Amendments to the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Consumers to Take Effect on March 15, 2014

On Oct. 25, 2013, China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (the “NPC’s Standing Committee”) promulgated the Amendments to the Law on the Protections of the Rights and Interests of Consumers (the…more

Burden of Proof, China, Disclosure Requirements, Human Rights, Product Recalls

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FFIEC Releases Revised BSA/AML Examination Manual

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has released its revised Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Examination Manual. The revisions clarify supervisory expectations and incorporate…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, Banking Examinations, Banking Sector, Banks

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The Alaska Constitution and Alaska Oil and Gas Projects

In the March 29th decision of Sullivan v. Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), the Supreme Court of Alaska held that the Alaska Constitution requires only one “best interest finding” (that an oil or…more

Leases, Oil & Gas, Permits

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State Supreme Court Strikes Down Washington’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

The Washington Supreme Court in May struck down the state’s 2010 anti-SLAPP statute, holding in a unanimous opinion that the law violates the state constitution’s right to a jury trial and is invalid on its face. The decision,…more

Anti-SLAPP, First Amendment, Free Speech, Jury Trial, WA Supreme Court

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“Operation Failed Resolution:” FTC Seeks Media Outlets’ Help to Police Deceptive Weight Loss Ads

In the wake of settlements between the FTC and four weight loss product purveyors relating to the companies’ advertising tactics, the FTC has issued updated guidance for media outlets regarding the publication of advertisements…more

Advertising, Endorsements, False Advertising, FTC, Weight-Loss Products

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Essential Employment Policies for Family Businesses, Part II

In this second round of “must-have” employment policies, we focus on rest breaks and meal periods. It can be devastating for any business, but especially a family-run business, to face claims of non-compliance with wage and hour…more

Audits, Best Management Practices, Class Action, Employee Benefits, Employment Policies

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Industry Players Weigh In on Spokeo

A few months ago, we reviewed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, and the implications that a ruling in the case will have on the landscape of litigation under privacy statutes. Since…more

Article III, Certiorari, Class Action, Putative Class Actions, SCOTUS

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Trouble Ahead for One-Day Inpatient Stays: New Pre-Billing Challenges Loom

On Aug. 19, CMS published a final rulemaking that may effectively eliminate DRG Part A payments for most acute care inpatient stays of one day…more

CMS, Healthcare, Hospitals, Medical Expenses, Medicare

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1st Circuit Limits Secured Lender’s Right to Post-Petition Interest by Applying Flexible Standard

In an important decision for lenders, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided In re SW Boston Hotel Venture LLC, holding that a bankruptcy court was right to give a lender a claim for post-petition interest beginning…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Hotels, Lenders

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Federal Circuit Holds Foreseeable Equivalents Infringe Under Doctrine of Equivalents

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held Wednesday that the doctrine of equivalents covers alternatives that were foreseeable at the time of application but not literally claimed. As a result, patent drafters will not…more

Functional Equivalent, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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New Washington Supreme Court Opinion Makes Pre-Decisional Case Records Easier to Seal

In a substantial narrowing of the public’s ability to review court files, the Washington Supreme Court has held there is no constitutional right of access to any case record unless and until the record becomes “relevant to a…more

Discovery, Right of Access, Sealed Records

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California Supreme Court to Decide Whether (And When) PAGA Plaintiffs Can Compel Discovery of Other Employees’ Contact Information

The California Supreme Court has granted review of the appellate court decision in Williams v. Superior Court to answer the following question: Is the plaintiff in a representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act…more

CA Supreme Court, Class Action, Discovery, Marshalls, PAGA

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[Webinar] Effective Negotiation of Health Information Technology (HIT) Contracts - August 11, 10:00 a.m. PDT

Frequently the legal contract is the last hurdle to beginning a new HIT project, and, for many health care organizations, the process can be a source of frustration in acquiring new technologies. This session will focus on best…more

Health Information Technologies, Information Technology, Information Technology Outsourcing, Webinars

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Recent Stark Developments: A Moving Target Where a Miss is as Good as a Mile

The federal physician self-referral ban or Stark law has been a part of the legal landscape for almost 25 years. The breadth of the law’s prohibitions, its strict liability formulation and draconian remedies have made it the…more

BPCI, CMS, False Claims Act (FCA), Healthcare, Hospitals

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FDA Extends Menu Labeling Compliance Date

On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is extending the date for compliance with its menu labeling requirements by one year. Under the new timeframe, businesses covered by the menu…more

Affordable Care Act, Compliance, FDA, Final Rules, Food Labeling

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When Food Production Leads to Prosecution

Over the last few weeks, two big stories have made headlines in the food industry. Beginning in early February, news media across Europe began reporting that food products tested in several European countries contained…more

DOJ, EU, FDCA, Food Contamination, Food Manufacturers

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OIG Fraud Alert: Physicians in the Cross Hairs

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Fraud Alert focused on physician relationships. The Alert cautions physicians who enter into compensation arrangements such…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Fair Market Value, Fraud Alerts, Healthcare, HHS

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President Obama’s Proposed Privacy Bill of Rights - Part 6: FTC Enforcement Powers

In this post, we look at the additional powers given to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (CPBR) and what it may mean for the agency that already enjoys significant authority to…more

Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, Discussion Draft, Enforcement, FTC, Obama Administration

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Preparing for the Aug. 29 Restaurant Workers Strike and Beyond

Non-union restaurant workers are being urged to strike nationally on Aug. 29 by unions and others hoping to raise industry wages and promote union representation…more

Employee Rights, Non-Union, Restaurant Industry, Strike, Wage and Hour

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The Big Picture: Aereo Held to Violate Public Performance Right

In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court today ruled that Aereo’s internet television service infringes broadcasters’ exclusive rights to publicly perform their works. Despite the potentially broad…more

ABC, ABC v Aereo, Aereo, Broadcasting, Cable Television Providers

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D.C. Circuit’s POM Wonderful Decision Calls Into Question The FTC’s Imposition Of A Two-Study Requirement

On Jan. 30, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the FTC’s ruling that POM Wonderful made false and misleading advertising claims that its pomegranate juice products were effective in fighting various…more

Administrative Hearings, Advertising, Appeals, Clinical Trials, False Advertising

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California State Water Resources Control Board Finalizes Rules for Desalination Plants

As the drought continues across California, the State Water Resources Control Board (“SWRCB”) has adopted its first-ever requirements for desalination plants in the state. Desalination – a process of removing minerals from ocean…more

Desalination, Drought, Emergency Response, Water Resources Control Board, Water Supplies

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California Court of Appeal Upholds Provision Delegating Authority to Arbitrator to Resolve Disputes Concerning Enforceability of Arbitration Agreement

On May 15, 2014, the California Court of Appeal provided positive news to employers seeking to maintain and enforce arbitration agreements. In Tiri v. Lucky Chances, Inc., a unanimous First Appellate District panel reversed a…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Arbitrators, Delegation of Discretion, Employment Contract

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Invalid NLRB Recess Appointments Mean Controversial Decisions Get a Second Look

In Noel Canning, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) violated the Constitution. Non-union and union…more

Barack Obama, Canning v NLRB, NLRB, Non-Union, Recess Appointments

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Unpaid Interns May Be Entitled to Wages and EEO Protections

Every summer, eager students beat down company doors, offering to do whatever is needed—for free—so they can include experience and a reference on their resume. But, a recent slew of lawsuits by unpaid interns has caused…more

Best Management Practices, Contract Drafting, DOL, EEOC, Employee Rights

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Estate, Gift, and GST Taxes in 2013: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Other News

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on Jan. 2, 2013, avoiding dramatic changes to tax exemptions and tax rates on transfers subject to federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift-Tax Exemption, Retirement Plan

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U.S. FCPA Guidance Released by DOJ and SEC

On Nov. 14, 2012, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission released a joint 130-page Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). This long-anticipated guidance lays out the…more

Compliance, DOJ, FCPA, FCPA Resource Guide, SEC

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New York’s Shield Law Follows New York Reporters Wherever They May Roam

On Dec. 10, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals resoundingly reaffirmed the important public policy underlying the New York statutory scheme that allows New York journalists to preserve the anonymity of their confidential…more

Journalists, Shield Laws

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Changes to the “Two-Midnight Rule” on the Horizon

On July 1, CMS published proposed changes to the so-called “Two-Midnight Rule,” which currently governs when inpatient hospital admissions are entitled to Medicare Part A payment. The proposed changes were announced in a display…more

CMS, Healthcare, Hospitals, Inpatient Billing, Medicare

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New Lifeline Rules to Become Effective Beginning February 4

Last summer, the FCC adopted new rules for the Lifeline program in its Second Order and NPRM (see our prior analysis of the order), including: the retention of eligibility documentation (such as scans of food stamp cards); an…more

ETCs, FCC, Lifeline Program, NPRM, OMB

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Supreme Court Invalidates Software Patents Directed to Implementing Abstract Ideas

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its highly anticipated opinion in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Services, Inc., No. 13-298. In Alice Corp., the Court upheld an en banc decision of the United States Court of…more

CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent Litigation, Patents, Popular

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FCC Proposes Fines of More Than $1.9M for EAS Violations

On March 3, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an omnibus Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) that proposes substantial fines totaling more than $1.9 million against Viacom, ESPN and NBCUniversal (the…more

Emergency Alerts, ESPN, FCC, NBC, Viacom

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DOL Notice on Tips for Selecting and Monitoring an ERISA Plan Auditor Alarms Recipients – Fear Not!

If you have recently received a notice from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), titled “Tips for Selecting and Monitoring a Plan Auditor,” do not be alarmed. It does not mean that you are being audited by the DOL and it does not…more

Audits, Corporate Counsel, DOL, Employee Benefits, ERISA

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Avoiding Class Action Litigation Under Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a growing source of class action litigation, due to the high potential penalties that it provides for very technical violations. The statute imposes conditions, among other things, on…more

Attorney's Fees, Background Checks, Class Action, Compliance, Consumer Reports

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PCI DSS 3.0: Business as Usual?

In the past, critics of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) have alleged that the DSS requirements either (1) provide little more than a minimal baseline for security with a “check-the-box” compliance…more

Cloud Computing, Compliance, Credit Cards, Data Protection, DSS

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FCC Releases 2016 Broadband Progress Report

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 90 percent of Americans have access to broadband Internet access service at the FCC’s benchmark speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads/3 Mbps for uploads. But the FCC also found that…more

Benchmarks, Broadband, FCC, Information Reports, Internet

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Unpaid Interns May Be Entitled to Wages and EEO Protections

Every summer, eager students beat down company doors, offering to do whatever is needed—for free—so they can include experience and a reference on their resume. But, a recent slew of lawsuits by unpaid interns has caused…more

Best Management Practices, Contract Drafting, DOL, EEOC, Employee Rights

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FERC, NERC and Business Blackout: New CIP Standards and Fictional Cyber Attacks

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) July 16, 2015, proposing to approve various Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standards proposed by the North…more

CIP, Compliance, Cyber Attacks, Cyber Crimes, Cybersecurity

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Is Carbon Capture and Sequestration the Best or Even an Achievable Control Technology To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants?

EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas emission standards for new power plants rest on the agency’s finding that carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies are “achievable” and the “best system” for the reduction of carbon…more

Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Coal-Fired Generation, Coal-Fired Plants

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Good News: California Extends Its Medical Data Breach Notification Requirement From 5 to 15 Days

On Sept. 18, 2014, California’s governor approved Assembly Bill 1755, extending California’s stringent breach notification deadline for medical information breaches from five business days to 15 business days for clinics, health…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, EHR, Healthcare, Personally Identifiable Information

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Opposition Builds to Proposed Federal Clean Water Act Rules

Federal agencies face growing opposition from members of Congress and industry regarding a proposed definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The scope of federal jurisdiction under the CWA has…more

Clean Water Act, EPA, Jurisdiction, Nexus, Rapanos v US

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USDOL Accelerates Attack on Businesses Using Contract Service Providers

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched two major initiatives designed to encourage individual workers who are contract service providers to bring misclassification claims and lawsuits. According to the Department, “most…more

Affordable Care Act, Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, DOL, FLSA

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DOJ Signals More Aggressive Stance On Environmental Crimes

The Department of Justice announced on December 17, 2015, that it would intensify enforcement of environmental and safety laws by adding in environmental criminal counts to worker safety prosecutions. The worker safety issues…more

Corporate Misconduct, DOJ, Enforcement Actions, Environmental Crimes, Workplace Safety

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Congress Acts to Protect Critical Electric Infrastructure Information

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “FAST Act”—short for Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Though primarily a highway bill, the FAST Act also includes energy security amendments to the Federal…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Disclosure, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC

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FCC Proposes to Make 150 MHz of Spectrum Available for Shared Broadband Through Use of Dynamic Spectrum Access and Sharing Systems

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took steps to make 150 megahertz of spectrum available for shared broadband use by unanimously approving a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) setting forth…more

Broadband, FCC, NPRM, Wireless Industry

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Amendment To The FCC’s Effective Competition Rules: Implementation Of Section 111 Of STELAR

On June 2, 2015, the FCC adopted an Order implementing Section 111 of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 (STELAR), which required the FCC to streamline its longstanding effective competition rules for small cable operators…more

Cable Television Providers, Communications Act of 1934, Competition, Competition Authorities, FCC

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Potential Impact of Reclassification on State and Local Tax Obligations

The Order tries to minimize the potential that state or local taxes on broadband Internet access service (BIAS) will increase as a result of reclassifying BIAS as a telecommunications service. BIAS providers, however, have…more

Broadband, Internet, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Internet Taxation, Telecommunications

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New HSR Filing Thresholds Take Effect Feb. 24, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced an increase in the thresholds that determine whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Acts…more

FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Pre-Merger Filing Requirements

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California Court of Appeal Holds That a Private Conservator is a Public Official; Finds No Actual Malice Shown in Claim Based on CBS Report About Conservatorships

A conservator appointed by the court to temporarily handle certain affairs of an elderly woman is a “public official” for purposes of defamation law who has to meet the “actual malice” standard to survive an anti-SLAPP motion,…more

Actual Malice, Anti-SLAPP, Conservators, Defamation, Public Officials

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Curiouser and Curiouser: Sixth Circuit Not Sure of Jurisdiction but Stays WOTUS Rule Anyway

Does this make sense to you? Eighteen states petitioned the Sixth Circuit to challenge the new rule adopted by EPA and the Corps of Engineers defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Then the petitioners…more

Clean Water Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Subject Matter Jurisdiction, US Army Corps of Engineers

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FCC Votes to Approve New Net Neutrality Rules

On a party-line 3-2 vote, the FCC on February 26, 2015, approved new Open Internet (or Net Neutrality) rules, although it has not released the text of its actual ruling. Based on an FCC press release and a written statement from…more

FCC, Final Rules, Internet, Net Neutrality, Telecommunications Act

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NYC Mayor Signs “Ban the Box” Legislation Prohibiting Criminal Background Inquiries Prior to Offers of Employment

On Oct. 27, 2015, the new NYC Fair Chance Act ( “FCA”), recently signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, takes effect. The FCA prohibits most New York City employers from making inquiries into an applicant’s criminal conviction…more

Background Checks, Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, Department of Corrections

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The Fed’s Goals, Strategies, and Tactics for an Improved U.S. Payment System

The Federal Reserve System recently issued a paper titled Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System that provides a roadmap for end-to-end payment system advances over the short and long term…more

Federal Reserve, Information Reports, Payment Systems

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U.S. FCPA Guidance Released by DOJ and SEC

On Nov. 14, 2012, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission released a joint 130-page Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). This long-anticipated guidance lays out the…more

Compliance, DOJ, FCPA, FCPA Resource Guide, SEC

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[Event] Preparing for the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement Program - Jan. 5th, 6th, & 7th - Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles

Please join Davis Wright Tremaine partners Bob Homchick and Adam Romney, and associate Kyle Gotchy for a briefing regarding the final rule for the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement (CJR) Program. They will discuss the…more

Bundled Payments, Events, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, Medicare

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If You Think Your Family Business’s Service Contracts Limit Your Liability In All Situations, Think Again!

Family-owned businesses in the services industry in Washington (and beyond) should be paying attention to a recent Washington Supreme Court case addressing the “Independent Duty Doctrine” (also referred to as the “economic loss…more

Family Businesses, Limitation of Liability Clause, Service Contracts

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U.S. House Approves Law Targeting Sex Trafficking Ads, Threatens to Undermine Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

On May 20, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2014 (“SAVE Act”). If enacted, the bill would expose websites and other media to federal criminal penalties for…more

Communications Decency Act, Crime Victims, First Amendment, Free Speech, Internet

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Rehitching the Horse: Oregon Court of Appeals Adjusts the Anti-SLAPP Cart

Although Oregon is in its 15th year of anti-SLAPP litigation under a decidedly robust statute, no Oregon appellate court had ruled on how to decide when Oregon’s anti-SLAPP statute applies until the recent decision in Mullen v…more

Anti-SLAPP, Breach of Contract, Emotional Distress Damages, First Amendment, Free Speech

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Your Estate Plan – Four Documents You Should Be Considering

An estate plan can be a complicated thing. Attorneys, accountants, advisors all may be involved in pulling together a customized plan that conforms to your desires, complies with state and federal law and minimizes your tax…more

Advance Directives, Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Trusts, Wills

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Second CMP Assessed for HIPAA Violations: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

For only the second time in its history, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has imposed a civil money penalty (CMP) on a covered entity for allegedly violating the HIPAA Privacy…more

ALJ, Civil Monetary Penalty, Corporate Counsel, Covered Entities, HHS

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(Un)COOL: How Congress (Unsuccessfully) Made Sausage Labeling Laws

Crises averted in international trade usually make good economics, but unsatisfying politics. They’re a half-loaf of success in which positioning, inertia and self-interest usually win. So it is with the recent repeal of meat…more

COOL Requirements, Food Labeling, Hospitality Industry, International Trade Agreements, Transparency

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California Paid Sick Leave Law Amendments: Effective Immediately

On July 13, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law urgency legislation amending the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which generally requires employers to provide paid sick leave to almost all…more

Compliance, DLSE, Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act 2014, Non-Exempt Employees, Paid Leave

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DWT Energy Update

On January 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision authored by Justice Kagan and supported by the Chief Justice, reversed the D.C. Circuit’s holding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intruded on…more

Demand Response, Electricity Costs, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC

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FCC Releases Emergency Information Accessibility Rules for Second-Screen Devices and Grants Compliance Waivers

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the text of its Second Report and Order (R&O) adopting rules requiring multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to pass through the secondary audio stream…more

Accessibility Rules, Cable Television Providers, Covered Entities, CVAA, Disability

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Stolen Patient Information on Hospital Computer Not Considered “Medical Information” by California Appellate Court

The California Court of Appeal recently held that the release of an index identifying hospital patients did not constitute the release of medical information under California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA),…more

Appeals, Data Breach, Healthcare, Hospitals, Medical Records

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FCC Extends Exemption from Enhanced Disclosure Rules for Small Providers

On Wednesday, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau extended the ongoing exemption from applying the enhanced transparency requirements of the 2015 Open Internet Order to small providers. As a result, small…more

Broadband, Disclosure Requirements, FCC, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Open Internet Rules

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The FAST Act: Buried Transportation Bill Amendments Ease Private Resale Restrictions and Modify the JOBS Act

On Dec. 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”). As the name implies, the FAST Act is primarily concerned with transportation and infrastructure spending, but it…more

Capital Raising, Emerging Growth Companies, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), JOBS Act, Resale Exemption

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Alaska Supreme Court Says Exploration is a Transfer of Interest in State Land, Cannot Be Allowed Without Full Public Notice and Comment - Also Sides with Public Interest Litigants on Fee Shifting

The Alaska Supreme Court’s recent decision in Nunamta Alukestai v. Pebble Limited Partnership, No. 7011 (Alaska filed May 29, 2015) significantly alters the permitting process for projects within the jurisdiction of the…more

Department of Natural Resources, Energy Sector, Fee-Shifting, Land-Use Permits, Mining

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ERISA Plan Sponsors – Are You Monitoring Investments and Fees?

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Tibble v. Edison International and remanded for determination of the scope of an ERISA plan fiduciary’s duty to monitor plan investments…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Breach of Duty, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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Medicare Shared Savings Program: Final Rule

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Final Rule on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The Final Rule provides additional flexibility to accountable care organizations participating…more

ACOs, CMS, Data-Sharing, Electronic Health Record Incentives, Fee-for-Service

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H-1B Petition Deadline is April 1: Employers Need to Act Now

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2016 for the fiscal year commencing Oct. 1, 2016. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once again…more

H-1B, Visas

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The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Changing the Way Civil Litigants Operate in Federal Court

On April 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court adopted the package of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“FRCP”) that had been approved by the Civil Rules Advisory Committee (the “Committee”)…more

Discovery, Duty to Preserve, Electronically Stored Information, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Litigation Strategies

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Seattle’s Criminal Background Check Ordinance and New Rules Take Effect Nov. 1, 2013

Seattle’s new criminal background check ordinance goes into effect Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. In anticipation, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (“SOCR”) recently issued rules implementing the new law. The ordinance restricts when…more

Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records

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Pardon the “Intrusion” – Cybersecurity Worries Scuttle Wassenaar Changes

Companies concerned about their cybersecurity posture can breathe a small sigh of relief, as the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently announced it was scrapping plans to implement new…more

BIS, Cross-Border, Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Data Protection

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Value of Independent Directors for the Family Corporation

In the wake of the financial scandals of the early 2000s, a push was made to increase the number of independent directors on public company boards. Most public companies are required to have a majority of independent directors…more

Audit Committee, Family Businesses, Independent Boards, Privately Held Corporations

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Alaska Passes Initiative to Legalize Recreational Use of Marijuana—What Does that Mean for Employers?

Alaska voted on Nov. 4, 2014, to decriminalize possession, use, display, purchase, and transport of marijuana. Alaska has now joined Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. in legalizing recreational marijuana use…more

Decriminalization of Marijuana, Drug Testing, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Marijuana

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[Event] Preparing for the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement Program - Jan. 5th, 6th, & 7th - Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles

Please join Davis Wright Tremaine partners Bob Homchick and Adam Romney, and associate Kyle Gotchy for a briefing regarding the final rule for the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement (CJR) Program. They will discuss the…more

Bundled Payments, Events, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, Medicare

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Amendment To The FCC’s Effective Competition Rules: Implementation Of Section 111 Of STELAR

On June 2, 2015, the FCC adopted an Order implementing Section 111 of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 (STELAR), which required the FCC to streamline its longstanding effective competition rules for small cable operators…more

Cable Television Providers, Communications Act of 1934, Competition, Competition Authorities, FCC

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Avoiding Class Action Litigation Under Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a growing source of class action litigation, due to the high potential penalties that it provides for very technical violations. The statute imposes conditions, among other things, on…more

Attorney's Fees, Background Checks, Class Action, Compliance, Consumer Reports

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China Makes Updates to Catalog of Telecommunication Business

On Dec. 28, 2015, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (“MIIT”) issued the Catalog of Telecommunication Business (2015 Edition) (the “2015 Edition”), which will take effect on…more

China, Cloud Computing, E-Commerce, Internet, Mobile Apps

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Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2016; Upcoming Open Internet Rules Will Soon Expand CPNI-Type Obligations to Broadband

This is to remind our clients that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules require every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony, and even paging and calling…more

Broadband, Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI), Enforcement Guidance, FCC, Open Internet Rules

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EEOC’s Tough Enforcement Stance Against Criminal Background Checks

Earlier this year, the EEOC issued new Enforcement Guidance warning private sector employers that they could face litigation unless they significantly restrict the use of arrest and conviction records in hiring, promotion, and…more

Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, EEOC, Enforcement Guidance, Strategic Enforcement Plan

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The Consumer Credit Card Market

Credit cards are central to the financial lives of most American consumers. Credit cards represent a key medium for U.S. consumer spending. In the first six months of 2015 alone, there were some 14.5 billion U.S. general purpose…more

CARD Act, CFPB, Credit Cards, Financial Sector, Interest Rates

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Extension of Participant Fee Disclosure Deadline Is Available for 2013 or 2014

The Department of Labor has provided plan administrators with a one-time opportunity to delay annual distribution of investment information to retirement plan participants for up to 6 months in 2013 or 2014…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Deadlines, Delays, DOL, ERISA

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Open Internet Rules Become Effective June 12: Impact on Pole Attachments

On Friday, June 12 – barring a judicial stay – many of the FCC’s “Open Internet” rules will become effective. A significant consequence of the reclassification of retail broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a…more

Broadband, Cable Operators, FCC, Open Internet Rules, Pole Attachment Order

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California Supreme Court Broadens Borrower Fraud Defense to Written Loan Agreements

The California Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision earlier this week, broadening the scope of the “fraud exception” to the parol evidence rule, to allow a plaintiff challenging the terms of a written agreement to…more

Bank of America, Borrowers, Foreclosure, Fraud Exception, Lenders

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The Dancing Baby Grooves to Mixed Victory in the Ninth Circuit: Court Holds That DMCA Takedown Notices Require Consideration of Fair Use

Behind the scenes of the Internet’s current swirl of memes, mash-ups, and other viral content is a massive system of takedown notices and counter-notices passing back and forth between content owners, web hosts, and users,…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Litigation, Corporate Counsel, DMCA

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State Supreme Court Strikes Down Washington’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

The Washington Supreme Court in May struck down the state’s 2010 anti-SLAPP statute, holding in a unanimous opinion that the law violates the state constitution’s right to a jury trial and is invalid on its face. The decision,…more

Anti-SLAPP, First Amendment, Free Speech, Jury Trial, WA Supreme Court

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Congressional Payments Technology Caucus Formed

Innovation in the payments industry continues to accelerate as both established and emerging companies invest significant resources in the development of new payment systems and technologies. Recognizing the challenge that…more

Emerging Growth Companies, Legislative Agendas, Payment Systems, Technology

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Senate Bill 350 Calls for Higher Renewables Portfolio Standard, Higher Energy Efficiency Targets, an Expanded System Operator, but No Petroleum Reduction Targets

As most of you know by now, Senate Bill (“SB”) 350, the much-chronicled and debated Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, passed out of the California Legislature and is currently awaiting signature by Governor…more

Air Pollution, CISO, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency

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Encouraging Gas Development in China—A Work In Progress

The Chinese government recently issued several reform measures intended to open up its gas industry to foreign oil and gas developers. An inflow of foreign capital and technology, it is hoped, will spur construction of the…more

China, Entergy, Foreign Investment, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas

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Alaska Supreme Court Says Exploration is a Transfer of Interest in State Land, Cannot Be Allowed Without Full Public Notice and Comment - Also Sides with Public Interest Litigants on Fee Shifting

The Alaska Supreme Court’s recent decision in Nunamta Alukestai v. Pebble Limited Partnership, No. 7011 (Alaska filed May 29, 2015) significantly alters the permitting process for projects within the jurisdiction of the…more

Department of Natural Resources, Energy Sector, Fee-Shifting, Land-Use Permits, Mining

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Added Compliance Burdens: New York Nonprofits Have to Implement Workplace Violence Programs

In 2010, New York State enacted its New York Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (NYPMIFA); in 2012 Governor Cuomo promulgated Executive Order 38 capping excess compensation at nonprofits receiving government funding;…more

Compliance, DOL, Healthcare, Medicaid, Medicare

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When Food Production Leads to Prosecution

Over the last few weeks, two big stories have made headlines in the food industry. Beginning in early February, news media across Europe began reporting that food products tested in several European countries contained…more

DOJ, EU, FDCA, Food Contamination, Food Manufacturers

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CMS Releases Proposed Rules Allowing Meaningful Use CEHRT Flexibility and Extending Stage 2

CMS recently issued proposed rules that would modify 2014 EHR certification requirements and revise the meaningful use Stage 2 and Stage 3 timeline. In response to industry complaints that many eligible professionals and…more

CEHRT, Certifications, CMS, EHR, Healthcare

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Cloud Computing: Evolving Contracting Practices

The explosion of cloud computing is creating new common standards and changing industry contracting practices for access to these services. Cloud services providers tend to provide standard contractual terms that are largely…more

Cloud Computing, Contract Drafting, Contract Formation, Negotiations, Software

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New California Laws Affecting Outpatient Surgery Settings Go Into Effect January 1, 2016

New Development - California Senate Bill 396 (SB 396), which strengthened requirements for outpatient clinics such as ambulatory surgery centers, was recently signed into law and becomes effective January 1, 2016…more

Credentialing, Healthcare, Inspection Rights, New Legislation, Outpatient Services

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California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2016?

The California legislature continued its focus on expanding legal remedies for employees in California. Many of the new laws for 2016, such as the Fair Pay Act and expanded Labor Commissioner powers, make significant changes to…more

Fair Pay Act, FEHA, Labor Commissioners, PAGA, Piece-Rate Pay

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USDOL Accelerates Attack on Businesses Using Contract Service Providers

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched two major initiatives designed to encourage individual workers who are contract service providers to bring misclassification claims and lawsuits. According to the Department, “most…more

Affordable Care Act, Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, DOL, FLSA

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Who Runs Your Business and Finances if You Can’t?

You are the senior executive of a successful family business. If you experience a stroke, or a heart attack, or are in a serious accident, such that you are in a coma, for example, or otherwise unable to act on your own behalf,…more

Durable Power of Attorney, Family Businesses, Successors

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Another Page in the Google Books Saga: Appeals Court Blesses Mass Digitization Project as Fair Use

Those of us of a certain age (read: old) still recall standing in line at the bank of copy machines in the school library, quarters in hand, waiting to copy a few pages of a key piece of research found in the stacks. Those noisy…more

Authors, Authors Guild, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Litigation

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Ways to Make Your Family Business More Family Friendly

Family businesses face many hurdles. One of the biggest hurdles for family businesses (as for all businesses) is keeping and retaining talent. Family businesses have to compete for talent against bigger, more established…more

Compensation & Benefits, Family Businesses, Professional Development, Recruitment Incentives

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Added Compliance Burdens: New York Nonprofits Have to Implement Workplace Violence Programs

In 2010, New York State enacted its New York Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (NYPMIFA); in 2012 Governor Cuomo promulgated Executive Order 38 capping excess compensation at nonprofits receiving government funding;…more

Compliance, DOL, Healthcare, Medicaid, Medicare

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Preparing for the Aug. 29 Restaurant Workers Strike and Beyond

Non-union restaurant workers are being urged to strike nationally on Aug. 29 by unions and others hoping to raise industry wages and promote union representation…more

Employee Rights, Non-Union, Restaurant Industry, Strike, Wage and Hour

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Federal Court Nixes City’s Attempt to Use Copyright Law to Curtail Critic’s Speech on YouTube

A California city cannot hold one of its citizens liable for copyright infringement for using clips of city council meetings in his critical YouTube videos, a federal judge has ruled. The August 20, 2015 order in City of…more

City Councils, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Litigation, CPRA

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IRS Issues New Guidance for Exempt Hospitals: Proposed Procedures for Correcting and Disclosing Violations of Section 501(r)

The IRS has issued new guidance to assist Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit hospital organizations in complying with the requirements of Section 501(r), enacted by the Affordable Care Act…more

501(c)(3), Exempt Organizations, Hospitals, IRS, Non-Profits

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California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2016?

The California legislature continued its focus on expanding legal remedies for employees in California. Many of the new laws for 2016, such as the Fair Pay Act and expanded Labor Commissioner powers, make significant changes to…more

Fair Pay Act, FEHA, Labor Commissioners, PAGA, Piece-Rate Pay

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Changing the Changes: 2015 Revisions to the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

The Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “2013 Act”) carried out the first major overhaul of the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the "NPCL") in four decades. A number of changes to the 2013 Act were enacted in…more

Amended Legislation, Board of Directors, Conflicts of Interest, Governor Cuomo, Non-Profits

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9th Circuit Determines that California Law Restricts a “No-Rehire” Provision in a Settlement Agreement

Under California law, “every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind is to that extent void.” (Bus. & Prof. Code §16600) The prohibition pertains even if the…more

Business & Professions Code, Contract Terms, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Settlement Agreements

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Ecology to hold public meetings on updates to human health criteria in Washington’s water quality standards

On September 12 and 16, 2013, Ecology will hold public meetings at its headquarters in Lacey, Washington regarding its rulemaking to update Washington’s surface water quality standards…more

Drinking Water, EPA, Public Safety, Toxic Exposure, Water

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Do You Need a Living Trust?

There is a good chance that someone you know, perhaps a friend, family member, or financial advisor, has told you that you need a “Living Trust” rather than a Will. Are they right? Living Trusts have become increasingly popular…more

Estate Planning, Living Trust

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Legislation Proposed to Ban Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

On April 29, 2015, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2015 (AFA), which would amend the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq. (FAA), by…more

Arbitration, Federal Arbitration Act, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses, Proposed Amendments

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Keeping the “Family” in Family Business: Succession of Ownership Does Not Always Mean Succession of Control and Income

As family business owners often are advised, business succession planning should include some form of estate planning. This advice is especially true when an owner wishes to transfer a business to future generations by gift or…more

Change of Ownership, Estate Planning, Family Businesses, GRATs, Succession Planning

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New Form Factors in Cobrand and Private-Label Credit Card Program Agreements

Most current cobrand and private-label agreements involve one or, more usually, two parties that are issuing, branding or developing non-traditional form factors alongside or in lieu of plastic cards. Some of these form factors…more

Brand, Credit Cards, Mobile Payments, Servicing Agreements

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What Does Campbell-Ewald Mean for Your Business?

A recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court held that a defendant cannot terminate a putative class action by offering the representative plaintiff complete relief, rejecting some courts’ dismissals of class action…more

Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Class Representatives, Mootness, Rule 68

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The Fed’s Goals, Strategies, and Tactics for an Improved U.S. Payment System

The Federal Reserve System recently issued a paper titled Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System that provides a roadmap for end-to-end payment system advances over the short and long term…more

Federal Reserve, Information Reports, Payment Systems

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Interconnected VoIP Providers Gain Direct Access to Telephone Numbers

On Monday, June 22, 2015, the FCC released a Report and Order establishing a process to authorize interconnected VoIP providers to obtain direct access to telephone numbers. Once the process takes effect (after approval by OMB,…more

FCC, Telecommunications, VoIP, Wireless Industry

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CSBS Emerging Payments Task Force Issues Virtual Currency Policy Framework

The recently formed Emerging Payments Task Force of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) issued a proposed policy on state virtual currency regulation on Dec. 16, 2014 (the “Policy”). The Policy identifies core public…more

Bitcoin, BitLicense, BSA/AML, CSBS, Licensing Rules

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Integrating UDAAP Concerns into Compliance Management Systems

DWT’s Payments Team participated in the ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee’s Winter Meeting in Park City, Utah last week. Andrew Owens delivered a presentation on advertising and issuing credit online during the program’s…more

Assessment, CFPB, Enforcement Guidance, FDIC, Financial Services Industry

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California Court Clarifies Controversial Questions About Medical Staff Peer Review Decisions and the Power of Hospital Boards

Two recent California Court of Appeal opinions decide issues of first impression in the medical staff peer review arena, helping to resolve questions that have long been uncertain and controversial. In the first of the two cases…more

Health Care Providers, Healthcare, Hospitals, Peer Review

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Supreme Court to Revisit the Plaintiff-Friendly “Fraud-on-the-Market” Presumption in Securities Fraud Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide a case this term that could significantly affect the viability of securities fraud class actions against public companies. The case, Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., will…more

Class Action, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton, SCOTUS

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The Consumer Credit Card Market

Credit cards are central to the financial lives of most American consumers. Credit cards represent a key medium for U.S. consumer spending. In the first six months of 2015 alone, there were some 14.5 billion U.S. general purpose…more

CARD Act, CFPB, Credit Cards, Financial Sector, Interest Rates

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EPA’s Audit Policy eDisclosure: Electronic Self-Reporting for Environmental Violations

Reporting uner EPA’s audit policy, which has provided relief from gravity-based penalties to those who self-report, is about to become much easier. This fall, EPA expects to launch a centralized web-based “eDisclosure” portal…more

Disclosure Requirements, eDisclosure, EPA, EPCRA, Penalties

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DoD New Cyber Security Reporting Rules for Contractors

In a move that highlights the changing winds of federal cybersecurity policy, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) has issued an interim Rule (“Rule”) that imposes new security and reporting requirements on federal contractors, and…more

Breach Notification Rule, Cloud Computing, Controlled Unclassified Information, Cybersecurity, Data Protection

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BOLI Issues Long-Awaited Final Regulations for Mandatory Oregon “Sick” Leave

Employers should now finalize policies to comply with Oregon’s 2016 mandatory sick leave law, following publication of the law’s final administrative rules. Although titled “sick” leave, the law protects a broader range of…more

Employee Benefits, Employment Policies, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour

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Delaware Bankruptcy Court Denies Motion to Sell Free and Clear of Senior Lien

The Delaware bankruptcy court recently denied a debtors’ motion to sell real estate free and clear of a bank’s senior liens on the properties. The court rejected the debtors’ arguments that the bank could be compelled to take…more

Banks, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debtors, Financial Institutions, Mortgages

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Changing the Changes: 2015 Revisions to the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

The Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “2013 Act”) carried out the first major overhaul of the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the "NPCL") in four decades. A number of changes to the 2013 Act were enacted in…more

Amended Legislation, Board of Directors, Conflicts of Interest, Governor Cuomo, Non-Profits

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Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2016; Upcoming Open Internet Rules Will Soon Expand CPNI-Type Obligations to Broadband

This is to remind our clients that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules require every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony, and even paging and calling…more

Broadband, Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI), Enforcement Guidance, FCC, Open Internet Rules

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Vanity Fair Prevails in Libel Suit Brought by Oleg Cassini’s Widow

Oleg Cassini, the designer who created Jacqueline Kennedy’s iconic styles, had been linked or married to the most beautiful women of his day – Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Anita Ekberg, Gene Tierney, among countless others. But…more

Dismissals, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Libel, Statute of Limitations

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H-1B Petition Deadline is April 1: Employers Need to Act Now

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2016 for the fiscal year commencing Oct. 1, 2016. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once again…more

H-1B, Visas

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New Rules Allow Members of Oregon Nonprofit Corporations to Participate in Meetings Remotely

As of Jan. 1, 2014, members of Oregon nonprofit corporations may participate in membership meetings by remote communication, provided certain safeguards are in place. Directors of Oregon nonprofit corporations have long been…more

Non-Profits, Public Meetings, Telecommunications, Telecommuting

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China’s New Online Information Protection Law

On Dec. 28, 2012, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress enacted a 12-article Decision on Strengthening Online Information Protection (the “Decision”), without public consultation and after just one…more

China, Data Protection, Internet, Internet Privacy Protection Acts, Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

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Federal Reserve Banks Payment System Improvements Project Moves Forward

Keep your eye on this one. In the fall of 2013, the Federal Reserve Banks launched a study of the US payments system. The study has three targets: first, a faster payment system; second, a more secure payment system; and…more

Banks, Cross-Border, Cross-Border Transactions, Federal Reserve, Payment Systems

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Washington State Producers and Retailers of Mercury-Containing Lights Face New Regulations

The New Year brought with it new obligations for any company that produces or sells mercury-containing lights in (or into) Washington State. As of January 1, 2015, the State’s recycling program and corresponding funding…more

Manufacturers, Mercury, Recycling, Retailers

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FERC Modifies Filing Requirements for Market-Based Rate Sellers and Clarifies Gen-Tie Priority Rights Rules

At its October 2015 meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or “Commission”) issued three orders pertaining to its market-based rate regulations. In Order No. 816, the Commission adopted proposals to update its…more

Compliance, Energy Market, Energy Sector, Energy Trading, FERC

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New 2014 Oregon Employment Laws

Oregon employers are directly affected by several new laws recently passed by the legislature. Most changes went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. We’ve compiled a summary of the most significant changes for…more

Compliance, Employee Rights, Minimum Wage, Paid Leave, Passwords

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Estate, Gift, and GST Taxes in 2013: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Other News

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on Jan. 2, 2013, avoiding dramatic changes to tax exemptions and tax rates on transfers subject to federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift-Tax Exemption, Retirement Plan

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Seattle Minimum Wage and Wage Theft Ordinances Take Effect April 1, 2015

Two significant wage-related ordinances take effect on April 1, 2015, impacting all employers with employees who work in Seattle, whether regularly or occasionally. The Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance: Minimum wages rise for all…more

Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour, Wage Theft Prevention Act, Wages

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Proposed Changes to FLSA White-Collar Exemptions

On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor publically released proposed changes to the FLSA white-collar exemptions that could have sweeping effects on all employers, large and small. Even though the final regulations will…more

Compliance, DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, NPRM

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You May Not Be Entitled To Use Your Own Name

Working with several artisan food and alcohol producers as clients, we frequently notice that using one’s own name (first, last, or both) as a brand name in association with one’s goods is very common in these industries…more

Brand, Food Manufacturers, McDonalds, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks

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Mobile Application: Security Best Practices

The industry for mobile applications is growing rapidly. As companies and independent developers look to gain—or strengthen—footholds in this competitive space, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asks, “… is security keeping up”…more

Credit Karma, Cybersecurity, Fandango, FTC, Mobile Apps

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Sixth Circuit Consolidates Cases, Sets New Briefing Schedule in Appeals Involving Municipal Broadband Laws

As expected, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has consolidated the two Petition for Review proceedings brought by the states of Tennessee and North Carolina seeking review of the FCC’s order striking down provisions of North…more

Appeals, Broadband, FCC, Internet, Municipalities

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California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2016?

The California legislature continued its focus on expanding legal remedies for employees in California. Many of the new laws for 2016, such as the Fair Pay Act and expanded Labor Commissioner powers, make significant changes to…more

Fair Pay Act, FEHA, Labor Commissioners, PAGA, Piece-Rate Pay

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California Sick Time Law: Beyond the Basics

California’s “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014,” otherwise known as California’s Paid Sick Time (or Paid Sick Leave) law, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and will become operative for accrual purposes on July…more

DLSE, Employer Mandates, Healthy Workplace Act, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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3 Takeaways from the Empire Startups Fintech Conference

On November 10, attorneys from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP attended the Empire Startups Fintech Conference in San Francisco, CA. Partner Wendy Kearns moderated a panel called “Traditional FinServ – Where to Disrupt and When to…more

Bitcoin, Data-Sharing, Financial Institutions, FinTech, Startups

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The Dancing Baby Grooves to Mixed Victory in the Ninth Circuit: Court Holds That DMCA Takedown Notices Require Consideration of Fair Use

Behind the scenes of the Internet’s current swirl of memes, mash-ups, and other viral content is a massive system of takedown notices and counter-notices passing back and forth between content owners, web hosts, and users,…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Litigation, Corporate Counsel, DMCA

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New 2014 Oregon Employment Laws

Oregon employers are directly affected by several new laws recently passed by the legislature. Most changes went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. We’ve compiled a summary of the most significant changes for…more

Compliance, Employee Rights, Minimum Wage, Paid Leave, Passwords

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China Contemplates New Regulations to Tighten Its Grip on Internet News

On Jan. 11, 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) issued an announcement to solicit public comments on a draft amendment to the Administrative Rules on Internet News Information Service (the “Draft…more

China, Digital Media, Internet, News Stories, Online Platforms

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Advertising and Issuing Credit Online

DWT’s Payments Team participated in the ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee’s Winter Meeting in Park City, Utah last week. Andrew Owens delivered a presentation on advertising and issuing credit online during the program’s…more

Banking Sector, CARD Act, Disclosure Requirements, E-SIGN, FTC

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Draft of China’s New Foreign Investment Law

On Jan. 19, 2015, the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) published the draft of the Foreign Investment Law (“draft”) to solicit public comments. The draft, once finalized, will replace the existing Foreign Invested Company…more

China, Foreign Investment, MOFCOM, Proposed Legislation

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2015: A Year-End Review of Litigation Using California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

Annually, California’s Courts of Appeal and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals regularly issue several dozen published opinions interpreting California’s anti-SLAPP statute, Civil Procedure Section 425.16 et seq., and 2015…more

Anti-SLAPP, Commercial Speech, Davis v. Electronic Arts, First Amendment, Free Speech

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Purchasing D&O Insurance: What Family Owned Businesses Need to Know

One of the insurance policies every business should strongly consider having is directors and officers insurance. Regularly referred to as “D&O insurance”, this is an insurance policy covering directors and officers for claims…more

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FTC, State Regulators, and Apple Weigh in on RadioShack Customer Data Sale

RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware bankruptcy court in February, seeking a court-supervised sale of $1.2 billion in assets. Included in the sale is a database of customer information from about 1,700 stores…more

Apple, Business Assets, Chapter 11, Client Data, Commercial Bankruptcy

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Ninth Circuit Recognizes Copyright Interest in Actor’s Performance in Response to Fatwa to Justify Takedown of Video

The Ninth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that an actor has a copyright interest in her performance, holding that a district court abused its discretion in denying a motion for preliminary injunction…more

Actors, Copyright, First Amendment, Free Speech, Google

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AP Wins Key Copyright Action: Reselling News Excerpts from Internet Not a Fair Use

On March 21, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a sweeping decision in favor of DWT’s client, The Associated Press, in its copyright infringement suit against Meltwater News, an online…more

Associated Press, Copyright, Fair Use, Infringement, Meltwater News

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EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Regulations: Time for Another Check-Up

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has finally issued proposed regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding wellness programs. The proposed regulations amend existing regulations and…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Corporate Counsel, EEOC, Health Insurance

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Supreme Court to Revisit the Plaintiff-Friendly “Fraud-on-the-Market” Presumption in Securities Fraud Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide a case this term that could significantly affect the viability of securities fraud class actions against public companies. The case, Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., will…more

Class Action, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton, SCOTUS

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California Air Resources Board-Commissioned Report Recommends Ways to Avoid Price Volatility in California’s Cap and Trade Market

Concerned about the potential for price volatility in its cap and trade program, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) commissioned the Market Simulation Group (MSG) at the University of California Energy Institute to look…more

California Air Resources Board, Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Emissions, Environmental Policies, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Court Ruling May Subject Hospitals and Health Care Providers to OFCCP Regulation

Hospitals, health care providers, and managers of other businesses across the country may be surprised to learn that under a new federal court ruling, their organizations may now qualify as government contractors or…more

Affirmative Action, Appeals, Compliance, Consent, Healthcare

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Virtual Currency Round-Up: NY Mulls Bitcoin License; FinCEN Issues Opinion Letters on Bitcoin Mining, Software Providers and Bitcoin Investment Activity; Bitcoin is Money, Says WA DFI

New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said the agency is considering a “BitLicense” in hearings held Jan. 28-29 in New York City. The Department will develop a virtual currency regulatory…more

Bitcoin, FinCEN, Virtual Currency

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Who Pays to Fix the Aliso Canyon Methane Leak?

As nearly everyone has heard by now, on Octobe??r 23, 2015, a leak at a Southern California Gas Company (“SoCalGas”) natural gas storage well was discovered by crews at the Aliso Canyon storage field in Los Angeles. In a Jan 18,…more

Methane, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, State of Emergency

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Comment Deadline Extended in Lifeline Rulemaking

In July, we reported that the FCC implemented several changes to the Lifeline program, and the corresponding deadlines when those changes will become effective. At the time, the Commission also issued Further Notice of Proposed…more

Cell Phones, FCC, Lifeline Program, NPRM, Telecommunications

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Trouble Ahead for One-Day Inpatient Stays: New Pre-Billing Challenges Loom

On Aug. 19, CMS published a final rulemaking that may effectively eliminate DRG Part A payments for most acute care inpatient stays of one day…more

CMS, Healthcare, Hospitals, Medical Expenses, Medicare

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H-1B Petition Deadline is April 1: Employers Need to Act Now

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2016 for the fiscal year commencing Oct. 1, 2016. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once again…more

H-1B, Visas

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Alaska Legislature Approves Lower Quorum Requirements for Alaska Native Corporations

The Alaska state legislature recently passed a bill reducing quorum requirements for certain Alaska Native Corporations at their annual shareholder meetings. Under HB 149, which is expected to be signed into law by Alaska…more

Corporate Governance, Native American Issues, New Legislation, Quorum, Shareholder Meetings

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Family Businesses Outperform Publicly Traded Companies

In late 2012, researchers Nicolas Kachaner, George Stalk and Alain Bloch at the Harvard Business School published a study to compare family-owned businesses of certain sizes and industries with their non-family-owned…more

Covered Entities, Family Businesses, Performance Period, Publicly-Traded Companies

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Challenge to FCC Preemption of State Prohibition on Municipal Broadband to be Heard in March

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set oral argument for 9:00 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2016 on the appeals brought by the States of Tennessee and North Carolina challenging the FCC’s order striking down provisions of those…more

Broadband, FCC, Internet, Municipalities, Preemption

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EEOC Doubles Down on Push for Pay Equity: Requiring Pay Data on EEO-1 Reports

The EEOC’s latest proposal, requiring employers to report pay data annually on their EEO-1 reports, shows that the Obama Administration means business when it comes to pushing for pay equity—not only for women, but also for…more

Data Collection, EEO-1, EEOC, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Reporting Requirements

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California Updates Existing Utility Pole Rules to Improve Safety and Reliability

The California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) released a unanimous decision amending the rules governing design, construction, and maintenance of outdoor overhead power and communication lines. The 16 amendments are…more

CPUC, Infrastructure, Public Utility, Telecommunications

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SCOTUS Clears District Court Jam Over Test for Standing in False Advertising Cases

Printing has not been this interesting since Dwight Schrute and Jim Halpert bickered over paper sales and Michael Scott told off-color jokes in “The Office.” Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped into the laser…more

Advertising, AT&T, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark

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[Event] Preparing for the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement Program - Jan. 5th, 6th, & 7th - Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles

Please join Davis Wright Tremaine partners Bob Homchick and Adam Romney, and associate Kyle Gotchy for a briefing regarding the final rule for the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement (CJR) Program. They will discuss the…more

Bundled Payments, Events, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, Medicare

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Berkeley's Measure D: What Distributors, Restaurants and Retailers need to know about the Berkeley "Sugar Tax"

According to its backers, the Berkeley “Sugar Tax” is the future of sugar in America. Berkeley’s Measure “D,” which garnered an overwhelming 75% “yes” vote, imposes a general excise tax of $0.01 per ounce on the distribution of…more

Distributors, Food Manufacturers, Grocery Stores, Local Ordinance, New Legislation

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Shooting the Messenger? Websites could face greater liability for third-party content in the EU

Three developments in the last two months suggest websites face greater liability for content authored by third parties in the European Union—including reader comments, posts on message boards and social networks, and search…more

Corporate Counsel, Duty of Care, E-Commerce, EU, France

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[Webinar] Provider Networks: Avoiding Antitrust Trouble - Oct. 15th, 10:00am PDT

The Affordable Care Act encourages providers to collaborate to improve health care. But the antitrust enforcement agencies have warned providers that “too much” collaboration can run afoul of the antitrust laws. How do providers…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Antitrust Investigations, Antitrust Litigation, Government Investigations

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Marijuana, Banking, and the “10-Foot Pole”

On February 14, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued guidance aimed at clarifying Bank Secrecy Act expectations for financial institutions interested in providing services to marijuana-related…more

Bank Secrecy Act, DOJ, FinCEN, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana

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Tools to Defend Against Securities Litigation Arising out of Cross-Border M&A Transactions

Litigation following a merger involving publicly traded companies has become so commonplace in recent years that shareholder lawsuits challenging proposed mergers and acquisitions are frequently (and begrudgingly) referred to as…more

Cross-Border Transactions, Defense Strategies, Publicly-Traded Companies, Securities Litigation, Shareholder Litigation

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Increased Risk for Buyers of Credit Card Loans

Third party debt buyers may face increased threat of state-law class action lawsuits after a recent Second Circuit ruling prohibiting such debt buyers from invoking federal preemption defenses under the National Bank Act to…more

Bank of America, Banking Sector, Banks, Class Action, Credit Cards

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NYC to Require Most Employers to Offer Qualified Transportation Benefits

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the New York City Affordable Transit Act (the “Act”) will require covered employers to establish a program allowing full-time employees to designate up to the federal limit of $130 per month in pre-tax…more

Commuter Tax Benefits, Covered Entities, Employee Benefits, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Public Transit

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Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-in-Fiction Claim

In a victory for all authors of fiction, a screenwriter of the film “What Maisie Knew” has successfully defended a lawsuit that sought to hold him liable for defamation based on the portrayal of a character drawn from an 1897…more

Anti-SLAPP, Books, Defamation, Film Industry, First Amendment

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EEOC Doubles Down on Push for Pay Equity: Requiring Pay Data on EEO-1 Reports

The EEOC’s latest proposal, requiring employers to report pay data annually on their EEO-1 reports, shows that the Obama Administration means business when it comes to pushing for pay equity—not only for women, but also for…more

Data Collection, EEO-1, EEOC, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Reporting Requirements

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SOX Whistleblower Protections Now Cover Employees of Private Contractors

Until this month, the onerous (for employers) anti-retaliation protection in Section 1514A of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) only applied to employees of publicly traded corporations. But, in a widely reported decision, Lawson v…more

Contractors, FMR LLC, Lawson v FMR, Sarbanes-Oxley, Subcontractors

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Congress Acts to Protect Critical Electric Infrastructure Information

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “FAST Act”—short for Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Though primarily a highway bill, the FAST Act also includes energy security amendments to the Federal…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Disclosure, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC

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Interconnected VoIP Providers Gain Direct Access to Telephone Numbers

On Monday, June 22, 2015, the FCC released a Report and Order establishing a process to authorize interconnected VoIP providers to obtain direct access to telephone numbers. Once the process takes effect (after approval by OMB,…more

FCC, Telecommunications, VoIP, Wireless Industry

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The Consumer Credit Card Market

Credit cards are central to the financial lives of most American consumers. Credit cards represent a key medium for U.S. consumer spending. In the first six months of 2015 alone, there were some 14.5 billion U.S. general purpose…more

CARD Act, CFPB, Credit Cards, Financial Sector, Interest Rates

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Vanity Fair Prevails in Libel Suit Brought by Oleg Cassini’s Widow

Oleg Cassini, the designer who created Jacqueline Kennedy’s iconic styles, had been linked or married to the most beautiful women of his day – Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Anita Ekberg, Gene Tierney, among countless others. But…more

Dismissals, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Libel, Statute of Limitations

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California Supreme Court Broadens Borrower Fraud Defense to Written Loan Agreements

The California Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision earlier this week, broadening the scope of the “fraud exception” to the parol evidence rule, to allow a plaintiff challenging the terms of a written agreement to…more

Bank of America, Borrowers, Foreclosure, Fraud Exception, Lenders

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Assembly Bill 792: Removing the Term “Avoid Speculation” from California’s Statute for Investments of Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporations

Assembly Bill 792 (AB 792) addressing investment standards for nonprofit public benefit and religious corporations was recently signed by Governor Brown in California and becomes effective January 1, 2016. AB 792 will resolve an…more

Colleges, Compliance, Corporations Code, Institutional Investment, Investment

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E-rate Funding Year 2015 Filing Window Extended until April 16, 2015

Late last week, USAC announced an extension of the application deadline for Funding Year 2015 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2015). FCC Form 471 applications must be submitted on or before 11:59:59 pm EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015…more

Applications, E-Rates, FCC, Filing Deadlines, Time Extensions

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FCC Releases Full Text of Order Preempting State Laws Limiting Municipal Broadband

On March 12, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission released the text of its order preempting provisions of North Carolina and Tennessee law that allow municipalities to provide broadband service but otherwise limit the…more

Broadband, FCC, Municipalities

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Penalty! The California Court of Appeal Calls Foul on the NCAA’s Attempt to Seal Records of the USC/Reggie Bush Investigation

In a significant victory for open court filings, the California Court of Appeal rejected an effort by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) to seal 400 pages of documents in a dispute between the NCAA and a…more

Anti-SLAPP, Appeals, College Athletes, Discovery, First Amendment

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What Does Campbell-Ewald Mean for Your Business?

A recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court held that a defendant cannot terminate a putative class action by offering the representative plaintiff complete relief, rejecting some courts’ dismissals of class action…more

Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Class Representatives, Mootness, Rule 68

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President Obama Unveils Climate Action Plan

President Obama published a formal Climate Action Plan last month, announcing the plan in a speech delivered at Georgetown University. The plan organizes the President’s executive actions under three pillars..…more

Barack Obama, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Carbon Emissions, Clean Energy, Climate Action Plan

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The CFPB and the Technological Revolution

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray emphasized during the CFPB’s September 11, 2014, meeting with the Consumer Advisory Board the CFPB’s new focus on protecting consumers who use mobile…more

CFPB, Dodd-Frank, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, Mobile Payments

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Dumpster Dives, Investigations and Penalties

What you put in the trash can cost you a fortune. Regulators are increasingly interested in companies’ disposal practices and are initiating investigations and enforcement actions. The “dumpster dives” form the basis of a steady…more

Corporate Counsel, Enforcement Actions, Hazardous Waste, Investigations, Penalties

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FTC, State Regulators, and Apple Weigh in on RadioShack Customer Data Sale

RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware bankruptcy court in February, seeking a court-supervised sale of $1.2 billion in assets. Included in the sale is a database of customer information from about 1,700 stores…more

Apple, Business Assets, Chapter 11, Client Data, Commercial Bankruptcy

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Oregon Initiative Legalizes Recreational Use of Marijuana—What Does that Mean for Employers?

On Nov. 4, 2014, Oregon voted to decriminalize, regulate, and tax the production, delivery, and possession of marijuana. Oregon joins Alaska, Colorado, Washington, and Washington, D.C. in legalizing recreational marijuana use…more

Decriminalization of Marijuana, Employment Policies, Marijuana, New Legislation

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FCC Extends Exemption from Enhanced Disclosure Rules for Small Providers

On Wednesday, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau extended the ongoing exemption from applying the enhanced transparency requirements of the 2015 Open Internet Order to small providers. As a result, small…more

Broadband, Disclosure Requirements, FCC, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Open Internet Rules

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China’s Anti-Terrorism Law Released, Impacting Telecom and Online Business in China

Amid controversies, the Anti-Terrorism Law of the People’s Republic of China (“Anti-Terrorism Law”) was promulgated by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (“SCNPC”) on Dec. 27, 2015, and will become…more

China, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), New Legislation, Telecommunications, Terrorist Threats

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Increased Risk for Buyers of Credit Card Loans

Third party debt buyers may face increased threat of state-law class action lawsuits after a recent Second Circuit ruling prohibiting such debt buyers from invoking federal preemption defenses under the National Bank Act to…more

Bank of America, Banking Sector, Banks, Class Action, Credit Cards

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FCC Expands Online Public File Requirements to Cable TV, DBS, and Broadcast and Satellite Radio

The online public file requirement has been applicable to broadcast TV stations only. At its open meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously agreed to expand the requirement to keep public and…more

Broadcasting, Cable Television Providers, FCC, Radio Stations

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Seattle Minimum Wage and Wage Theft Ordinances Take Effect April 1, 2015

Two significant wage-related ordinances take effect on April 1, 2015, impacting all employers with employees who work in Seattle, whether regularly or occasionally. The Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance: Minimum wages rise for all…more

Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour, Wage Theft Prevention Act, Wages

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Back-Up Battery Obligations Take Effect Feb. 16, 2016

The FCC’s Battery Back-up Order takes effect on Feb. 16, 2016. The Order requires all facilities-based VoIP providers with more than 100,000 U.S. customer lines to provide customers the option to purchase battery backup power…more

Batteries, Disclosure Requirements, FCC, Notice Requirements, Power Outages

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Court of Appeals Rejects Constitutional Challenges to Anti-SLAPP Statute, Affirms Dismissal of Lawsuit Targeting Allegedly Unlawful Boycott and $10,000 Statutory Award for Each Defendant

In one of the first published decisions to interpret Washington’s new anti-SLAPP statute, the Washington Court of Appeals this week affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit that arose from a consumer boycott of Israeli…more

Anti-SLAPP, First Amendment

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Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2016; Upcoming Open Internet Rules Will Soon Expand CPNI-Type Obligations to Broadband

This is to remind our clients that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules require every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony, and even paging and calling…more

Broadband, Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI), Enforcement Guidance, FCC, Open Internet Rules

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Joint Employer Guidance

On January 20, 2016, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released an “Administrator’s Interpretation” and related FAQs articulating the DOL’s new analytical framework for the existing joint…more

DOL, Joint Employers, New Guidance, NLRB, Wage and Hour

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State Supreme Court Strikes Down Washington’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

The Washington Supreme Court in May struck down the state’s 2010 anti-SLAPP statute, holding in a unanimous opinion that the law violates the state constitution’s right to a jury trial and is invalid on its face. The decision,…more

Anti-SLAPP, First Amendment, Free Speech, Jury Trial, WA Supreme Court

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Negotiators Announce “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield,” Replacing Safe Harbor for EU Data Transfers to the U.S.

U.S. and EU officials have agreed on a Safe Harbor replacement just as a deadline from EU data protection authorities passed. However, the exact details of the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield have not been released and organizations…more

Article 29 Working Party (WP29), Binding Corporate Rules, CJEU, Data Protection Authority, EU

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Congress Acts to Protect Critical Electric Infrastructure Information

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “FAST Act”—short for Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Though primarily a highway bill, the FAST Act also includes energy security amendments to the Federal…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Disclosure, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC

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The Results Are In!

Each year, our colleagues at the Pacific Family Business Institute (PFBI) conduct a survey of approximately two hundred family business leaders in the Pacific Northwest. They ask about topics such as growth, succession planning,…more

Business Ownership, Family Businesses, Governance Standards, Succession Planning, Surveys

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Second Circuit Issues Its Fair Use Ruling in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust

On June 10, 2014, the Second Circuit issued its decision in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, a copyright case involving mass digitization of university library collections. The case centered on whether three actions would be…more

Authors Guild, Books, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Fair Use

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Legislation Proposed to Ban Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

On April 29, 2015, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2015 (AFA), which would amend the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq. (FAA), by…more

Arbitration, Federal Arbitration Act, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses, Proposed Amendments

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Going Green: What Procedures Should You Consider for 2016 Electronic ERISA Disclosures?

In the ever-increasing push to “go green,” many employers are opting to distribute required notices and disclosures to employees via e-mail or through website postings. Plan sponsors are asking: Can an employer rely on an…more

Disclosure Requirements, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Posting Requirements, Retirement Plan

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D.C. Circuit’s POM Wonderful Decision Calls Into Question The FTC’s Imposition Of A Two-Study Requirement

On Jan. 30, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the FTC’s ruling that POM Wonderful made false and misleading advertising claims that its pomegranate juice products were effective in fighting various…more

Administrative Hearings, Advertising, Appeals, Clinical Trials, False Advertising

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Stolen Patient Information on Hospital Computer Not Considered “Medical Information” by California Appellate Court

The California Court of Appeal recently held that the release of an index identifying hospital patients did not constitute the release of medical information under California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA),…more

Appeals, Data Breach, Healthcare, Hospitals, Medical Records

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Second CMP Assessed for HIPAA Violations: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

For only the second time in its history, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has imposed a civil money penalty (CMP) on a covered entity for allegedly violating the HIPAA Privacy…more

ALJ, Civil Monetary Penalty, Corporate Counsel, Covered Entities, HHS

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FCC Wireless Shot Clock Trumps Complex Local Processes, Says First Circuit While Addressing Section 332 “Final Action” Requirement

On Jan. 8, 2016, in Global Tower Assets, LLC v. Town of Rome, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a wireless permit applicant must go through all administrative appeals required by local law before there is…more

Administrative Appeals, Communications Act 2003, FCC, Final Action, Shot Clock

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EEOC Doubles Down on Push for Pay Equity: Requiring Pay Data on EEO-1 Reports

The EEOC’s latest proposal, requiring employers to report pay data annually on their EEO-1 reports, shows that the Obama Administration means business when it comes to pushing for pay equity—not only for women, but also for…more

Data Collection, EEO-1, EEOC, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Reporting Requirements

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Influential Appeals Court Rejects Attempt by Former In-House Counsel to Use Privileged Information Against Company in Whistleblower Lawsuit

The pool of potential qui tam relators may have just shrunk a little, based on a recent decision by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that has put the ability of in-house lawyers to become qui tam relators into serious question…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidential Information, Corporate Counsel, Legal Ethics, Qui Tam

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FCC Explores Feasibility of More Precise Wireless Caller-Location Capabilities for E911 Calls From Indoor Locations and Strengthening of Existing E911 Rules

Even as privacy advocates become increasingly nervous about the extent to which our communications devices keep tabs on our whereabouts, the FCC is looking to make it easier to monitor our location more precisely, at least when …more

FCC, Geolocation, Mobile Devices, Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), Warrantless Tracking

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Changing the Changes: 2015 Revisions to the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

The Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “2013 Act”) carried out the first major overhaul of the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the "NPCL") in four decades. A number of changes to the 2013 Act were enacted in…more

Amended Legislation, Board of Directors, Conflicts of Interest, Governor Cuomo, Non-Profits

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Open Internet Rules Become Effective June 12: Impact on Pole Attachments

On Friday, June 12 – barring a judicial stay – many of the FCC’s “Open Internet” rules will become effective. A significant consequence of the reclassification of retail broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a…more

Broadband, Cable Operators, FCC, Open Internet Rules, Pole Attachment Order

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Draft of China’s New Foreign Investment Law

On Jan. 19, 2015, the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) published the draft of the Foreign Investment Law (“draft”) to solicit public comments. The draft, once finalized, will replace the existing Foreign Invested Company…more

China, Foreign Investment, MOFCOM, Proposed Legislation

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BOLI Issues Long-Awaited Final Regulations for Mandatory Oregon “Sick” Leave

Employers should now finalize policies to comply with Oregon’s 2016 mandatory sick leave law, following publication of the law’s final administrative rules. Although titled “sick” leave, the law protects a broader range of…more

Employee Benefits, Employment Policies, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour

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Worth the Wait? After Thirty-Six Years, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Takes Comprehensive Action on Pole Attachments

On October 21, 2015, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) adopted a comprehensive set of pole attachment rules (hereinafter “Pole Attachment Rules”), following a year-and-a-half-long rulemaking and 36…more

Complaint Procedures, Compliance, FCC, Opt-Outs, Pole Attachment Order

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