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Crowdfunding Regulations

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final crowdfunding rules. More than two years after the publication of the proposed crowdfunding rules, the SEC approved regulations that permit companies…more

Blue Sky Laws, Broker-Dealer, Capital Raising, Compliance, Crowdfunding

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Is This the End of Arbitration for Consumer Financial Disputes?

The proposed rule has broad implications for the financial industry, which has relied on class action waivers in consumer agreements to ensure that arbitration is a cost-effective way of resolving disputes with customers…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, CFPB, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Duty of Consistency Doctrine - Effective Sword for the IRS, but Not Likely a Shield for Taxpayers - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 3

Two recent cases illustrate the IRS’ ability to successfully argue that taxpayers should not benefit from their own mistakes if they result in less tax being paid. Two recent cases highlight the most current view of the…more

Business Taxes, Commercial Bankruptcy, Duty Of Consistency Doctrine (DOCD), IRS, S-Corporation

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SEC Applies Advisers Act Provisions to Nonadvisor Fund Service Providers

The SEC continues to expand the scope of responsibilities and standards applicable to gatekeepers. In an application of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) to the actions of a nonadviser fund service provider…more

Cease and Desist Orders, Dodd-Frank, Fiduciary Duty, Fraud, Investment Advisers Act of 1940

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Federal Court in Pennsylvania Strikes at the Heart of the Residential Mortgage System; Can Commercial Syndicated Loans and Mortgage Securitizations Survive Unscathed?

On June 30, 2014, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an important decision on Pennsylvania’s recording statutes in the case of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Recorder of Deeds, on…more

Loans, Mortgages, Real Estate Market

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Will New U.S. Court Of Appeals Decision On ‘Recess Appointments’ Stay Dodd-Frank Powers Granted To CFPB And Vacate Certain Actions?

Holding that recess appointments authorized by the Recess Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution are limited to “intersession recesses” – “the period between sessions of the Senate when the Senate is by definition not in…more

Barack Obama, Canning v NLRB, CFPB, Dodd-Frank, Pro Forma Sessions

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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A Look at Tax Issues of the Life Sciences and Tech Industries

Wolters Kluwer had the opportunity this past week to sit down with Pepper Hamilton LLP partners Todd Reinstein, Washington, D.C., and Joan Arnold, Philadelphia, to discuss current tax issues particularly relevant to the life…more

C-Corporation, Foreign Corporations, Intellectual Property Protection, Life Sciences, Net Operating Losses

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Student and Alumni Litigation

In This Issue: - Unionization of Students ..The New Meaning of “Student Union” ..Overview of Labor Laws and Organized Labor ..Unionization of Graduate Students ..The Northwestern University Case …more

College Athletes, Colleges, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Internships

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Music and the Blockchain

The promise of blockchain technology for the music industry is its ability to solve the problem of “shared facts” and to provide transparency in real time or near-real time…more

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Digital Currency, Digital Media, Music

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Inside or Outside? How to Best Perform Your Company’s Social Media Background Check

No employer wants its employee’s bad behavior at work to become the next viral video. So it is not surprising that more employers have started using social media in the hiring process to screen out candidates who post…more

Background Checks, Discrimination, NLRA, NLRB, Popular

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May 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

May 2015 was one of the busiest months for independent contractor (IC) misclassification cases in the courts and administrative agencies – no less than a dozen cases including such well-known companies as BMW, the NFL and…more

BMW, Drivers, Employee Definition, FedEx, Franchises

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Class Actions: A Tougher Row To Hoe

On March 27, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, further heightened plaintiffs’ burden in seeking class certification. The Court held that, under Rule 23, plaintiffs must “‘tie each theory of antitrust impact’ to…more

Cable Television Providers, Class Action, Class Certification, Comcast, Comcast v. Behrend

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Student and Alumni Litigation

In This Issue: - Unionization of Students ..The New Meaning of “Student Union” ..Overview of Labor Laws and Organized Labor ..Unionization of Graduate Students ..The Northwestern University Case …more

College Athletes, Colleges, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Internships

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Consumer Financial Regulation: Pennsylvania

A Q&A guide to consumer finance regulation in Pennsylvania. This Q&A addresses state-specific laws governing the offering and sale of consumer financial products and services, including credit cards, residential mortgages,…more

Consumer Financial Products, Consumer Lenders, Credit Cards, Debt Collection, Financial Services Industry

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A Possible Game-Changer for 'Silent' Arbitration Clauses

Companies and other business entities use arbitration clauses to protect themselves from class action liability. While they often use class action waivers that state the parties agree not to pursue class claims in arbitration,…more

Arbitration, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds That Under Prompt Payment Act, Imposition of Penalty and Attorneys’ Fees Is Discretionary, Not Mandatory, Upon Finding of Bad Faith

Scott Enters., Inc. v. City of Allentown, 2016 Pa. LEXIS 1503 (Pa. July 19, 2016) - The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversed an order of the Commonwealth Court and held that the prompt payment provisions of the…more

Arsenic, Attorney's Fees, Bad Faith, CASPA, Construction Industry

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What Your TV Wouldn’t Tell You and Your Fridge Didn’t Know: FTC Best Practices for Consumer-Facing IoT Devices

On January 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an FTC staff report titled “Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World” (Report). The Report summarizes the FTC’s November 2013 workshop on the privacy…more

Best Practices, Corporate Counsel, FTC, Information Reports, Internet of Things

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1099ers Exposing Startups, Private Equity Firms to Costly Liability

A recent online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley startup tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax and benefit law…more

1099s, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Popular, Private Equity

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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Supreme Court Narrows Interpretation Of Federal Corruption Statute

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, narrowing the definition of an “official act” in federal corruption cases. McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474 (2016)…more

Bribery, Corruption, Criminal Prosecution, Extortion, Governor McDonnell

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A New Tool for Health App Developers to Navigate a Crowded Regulatory Field

As regulators seek to define their authority and the scope of their enforcement power, more health apps will continue to flood the marketplace and transform how patients are treated. As mobile health applications become…more

App Developers, Covered Entities, FDA, FTC, Health Care Providers

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When Is Evidence of a Foreign Cartel Proof of a U.S. Price-Fixing Conspiracy?

The Third Circuit held that in antitrust cases involving concentrated markets, courts must carefully consider the nature of the industry and whether the actions of defendants can be equally attributed to independent conduct as…more

Antitrust Conspiracies, Antitrust Litigation, Cartels, Corporate Counsel, Food Manufacturers

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Tax Proposals to Eliminate Interest Deductions Miss the Mark

The proposal to eliminate the interest deduction may have a material adverse impact on U.S. middle-market companies. In March, Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio, together with Senator Michael Lee,…more

Capital Gains, Dividends, Interest Income, Interest Rates, Internal Revenue Code (IRC)

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Post-Grant Challenges in Life Sciences: 2015 in Review

The prevalence of inter partes reviews (and post-grant reviews to come) forces practitioners to consider the strong likelihood that patents covering commercial products will face post-grant challenges. Originally published…more

Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Life Sciences, Orange Book, Patents, Post-Grant Review

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Third Circuit Decertifies Class on Numerosity Grounds, Listing Relevant Factors for the First Time

The Modafinil decision bodes well for defendants and represents another step toward increased scrutiny of the class action device in the Third Circuit. On September 13, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…more

Antitrust Litigation, Appeals, Class Action, Class Certification, Delay Claims

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Assignment 101: Considerations for Landlords and Tenants in Negotiating Assignment Clauses

Assignment clauses are lease provisions that are often not given appropriate consideration by tenants in lease negotiations. Likewise, landlords’ standard anti-assignment clauses may not cover some transfer scenarios that could…more

Commercial Leases, Landlords, Profit Sharing, Subletting

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SEC Further Enhances the IPO On-Ramp

The SEC’s rule changes further streamline the pathway for many companies to conduct their initial public offerings and reduce the burdens associated with their subsequent SEC periodic reporting obligations. On January 13,…more

Emerging Growth Companies, Financial Statements, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Form S-1, IPO

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Disaster Recovery: Navigating FEMA's Cumbersome Financial Assistance Rules

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, and will end on November 30. Hilary S. Cairnie offers his views on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) policies for reimbursement of disaster recovery…more

Disaster Preparedness, FEMA, Financial Assistance Policies, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Season

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[Webinar] Acquiring a Company with Government Contracts: A Checklist of Unique Issues and Considerations - June 15th, 8:30am EDT

Pepper Hamilton invites you to attend a webinar discussing the unique issues to be considered when acquiring a company that does business with the federal government…more

Acquisition Agreements, Acquisitions, Government Contractors, Webinars

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Summary of HUD's Lean 232 Program Email Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) April 2016

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim is…more

Appraisal, Healthcare Facilities, HUD, LEAN Program, ORCF

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Public Comment Period on PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Rulemaking Closes May 19

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) rulemaking regarding surface activities for oil and gas wells, Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites (Chapters 78 and 78a), has…more

Drilling Waste Disposal, Horizontal Wells, Inland Waterways, Oil & Gas, Rulemaking Process

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1099ers Exposing Startups, Private Equity Firms to Costly Liability

A recent online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley startup tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax and benefit law…more

1099s, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Popular, Private Equity

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Is the FTC’s Authority Over Consumer Privacy About to Be Limited?

Historically, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been the most active federal regulator of data privacy and security. Since its creation, it has pursued hundreds of cases against companies that violated privacy statutes or…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, FTC, FTC v Wyndham

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2015 Amendments to Delaware Alternative Entity Acts

New amendments affect Delaware general partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. On July 24, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law several amendments to the…more

Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, General Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships

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ACA: Employers, Non-Discrimination Rules And The ‘Cadillac Tax’

For most employers, the substantive provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the PPACA) have been implemented. Almost all plans cover an employee’s child until that child reaches the age of 26, fully cover…more

Affordable Care Act, Cadillac Tax, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Human Resources Professionals

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Delaware Supreme Court Preserves Benefit of Exculpatory Provisions for Independent Directors at Motion to Dismiss Stage

A recent decision by the Delaware Supreme Court provides independent directors, such as special committee members, with the ability to escape protracted fiduciary duty litigation during its initial stages. The court’s decision…more

Bad Faith, Controlling Stockholders, Exculpatory Clauses, Fiduciary Duty, Independent Director

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Going Mobile: The Risks and Rewards of a BYOD Program

Employees are increasingly using their personal electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets, for work purposes. The trend, dubbed “Bring Your Own Device” or “BYOD,” has redefined what it means to “be at…more

Bring Your Own Device, Employer Liability Issues, Over-Time, Policies and Procedures, Popular

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Confession of Judgment in Commercial Leasing: Impact of Pennsylvania's New Power of Attorney Law

In the wake of the new law, leases containing a confession of judgment provision will need to be reviewed, and standard clauses for new leases and amendments will need to be revised to comply with the new requirements. New…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Tenants, Landlords, Power of Attorney

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Drilling Deeper: The Intersection of Producer Bankruptcies and Gathering Agreements

The issue of whether gathering agreements are subject to rejection in bankruptcy as executory contracts and whether certain provisions of those agreements run with the land and survive rejection will impact ongoing bankruptcy…more

Bankruptcy Code, Business Judgment Rule, Commercial Bankruptcy, Covenants that Run With the Land, Energy Sector

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US Supreme Court False Claims Act Decision in Escobar Has Significant Implications for Contractors

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the matter of Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016), changing the legal landscape for False Claims Act qui tam claims…more

Conditions of Payment, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors, Health Care Providers

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[Webinar] The Co-investment Climate in Private Equity - February 10th, 12:00 EST

Co-investments are an increasingly important component of capital used by private equity groups (PEGs) to fund acquisitions and represent an increasingly significant portion of this capital. This is one of the key findings of a…more

Acquisitions, Co-Investment Rights, Continuing Legal Education, Investors, Private Equity

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Ninth Circuit Again Clarifies that Arbitration Is Creature of Contract: Employee's Agreement to Abide by Company Manual Is Sufficient to Send Title VII Claims to Arbitrator

The court’s opinion instructs that employee agreements to arbitrate may be obtained through written acknowledgments referencing company manuals. Arbitration remains a preferred forum for many employers, yet courts are often…more

Arbitration Agreements, Employee Rights, Federal Arbitration Act, Harassment, Title VII

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OIG Issues HHS Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan

The Work Plan describes more than 100 initiatives, including 43 new initiatives for the upcoming year. On November 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued its annual…more

Healthcare, Medicaid, Medical Devices, Medicare, Section 340B

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Department of Labor Issues Long-Awaited Fiduciary Rule

The new standard requires broker-dealers providing advice with respect to IRAs to put their client’s interests ahead of their own. The U.S. Department of Labor released new rules on April 6 that materially enlarge the…more

401k, Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Best Interest Standard, Broker-Dealer, Business Advice

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Delaware Bankruptcy Court: Debtors Can Offset Administrative Claims Before General Unsecured Claims

While section 503(b)(9) claims deserve priority payment over general unsecured claims, they do not provide a basis for stripping a debtor’s defenses in determining the allowed amount of a section 503(b)(9) claim…more

Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Section 503(b)(9)

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New Jersey Joins the 'Ban the Box' Movement

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act (Act) which prohibits private and public employers that employ 15 or more employees from inquiring about an applicant’s…more

Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Job Applicants

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U.S. - India Newsletter Vol. 2016, Issue 2

Welcome to the second issue of our newsletter, which features news and articles of interest from Pepper’s U.S.-India Practice. In the first quarter of 2016, we saw a lot of activity in the international data privacy space,…more

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Corporate Governance, Corporate Misconduct, Corruption

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OIG Targets Fraud in Physician Compensation Arrangements

Health care organizations and physicians must be cautious in structuring physician compensation arrangements so that they do not violate the Anti-Kickback Statute. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Fraud Alerts, Healthcare, HHS, OIG

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Updating Your Employee Handbook for 2016

Employee handbooks are an important way for employers to communicate rules, expectations and benefits to employees. They also can serve as a way for the company to establish its brand and convey its history and corporate…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Employee Handbooks, Employer Liability Issues, FMLA, Gender Discrimination

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Extension Period Expires for Pennsylvania Development Permits, Approvals

Now that the extension period has ended, it is imperative for those involved in real estate development to review and understand the approvals and permits that affect their properties and properly calculate and verify the…more

Building Permits, Construction Industry, Construction Permits, Construction Project, Land Developers

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Recent Developments Affecting UCC Filings in New Jersey

New laws and regulations affect the information that must be listed on a financing statement and require electronic filing of all financing statements. There have been two recent developments affecting Uniform Commercial…more

Financing, UCC Financing Statements, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

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The Spring Meeting Confronts the Yates Memo: Execs in the Front Lines of Corporate Criminal Responsibility; Presentation of the Business Law Section's Director and Officer Liability Committee

The Business Law Section’s Director and Officer Liability Committee conducted a program at the Section’s Spring Meeting in Montréal. The program focused on the recent Yates memorandum of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and…more

Commercial Insurance Policies, Cooperation, Corporate Crimes, Corporate Executives, Corporate Officers

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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JOBS Act Rules – Limited Grandfathering For Current Investors; Certain Other Form D Developments

Issuers taking advantage of the general solicitation allowance provided by Rule 506(c) must take “reasonable steps” to verify the accredited investor status of investors in the offering…more

Accredited Investors, Advertising, General Solicitation, Grandfathering Rules, Investors

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[Webinar] Health Care Construction Projects: Avoiding Claims Through Better Coordination - September 21st, 12:00pm EDT | 9:00am PDT

In January of this year, following frantic talks and a public fight over who was to blame for delays costing close to $100,000 a day in lost revenue, Santa Clara County was finally able to reach an agreement and settle its…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Project, Continuing Legal Education, Healthcare Facilities, Hospitals

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New True Lender Case Provides Support for the Bank Partnership Model

The court explicitly acknowledged that making it difficult for banks to assign or sell their commercial property to the secondary market impedes good public policy. On September 20, the U.S. District Court for the Central…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Class Action, Consumer Lenders, Dismissals

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PA Court Permits Attorney General to Retain Contingency Counsel to Enforce Consumer Protection Laws Against Long-Term Care Facility

State and local governments will increasingly use consumer protection law to regulate long-term care facilities, with private plaintiffs’ counsel advocating for a role in government actions. Under GGNSC Clarion LP v. Kane,…more

Health Care Providers, Long Term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes

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Lessons Learned from the Staples/Office Depot Merger Challenge

Companies contemplating mergers should review the effect of the transaction on each customer type, application and product, not just on the broad customer base. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia…more

Competition, Corporate Counsel, FTC, Merger Agreements, Office Depot

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Not So Sweet: The Debate Over Evaporated Cane Juice

FDA’s final guidance expresses its view that the phrase “evaporated cane juice” is false and misleading. “Evaporated cane juice” has become a popular ingredient in everything from yogurt to cookies, attracting consumers who…more

Class Action, Evaporated Cane Juice, False Advertising, FDA, Food Labeling

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Despite PTAB “Sweet Talk” Federal Circuit Reverses Invalidity Of Deicing Patent

The Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidity decision last week that had found a patent for a molasses-based, road deicing agent obvious over earlier patents on sugar-related inventions. The…more

Appeals, Patent Invalidity, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents, Prior Art

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Negotiation Tactics To Consider As Dispute Over Control Of EHR Brews In Milwaukee

A contractual dispute between an electronic health records (EHR) vendor and a federally qualified community health center based in Milwaukee over access to, possession of, control over electronic patient medical records…more

EHR, Vendors

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District Court Rules Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Are Not Required to Discount Orphan Drugs - Regardless of the Condition Being Treated - for Certain 340B Eligible Health Care Entities

HHS’ rule requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to discount orphan drugs when they were used to treat non-rare diseases was inconsistent with Congress’ intent to exclude all orphan drugs from the 340B discount program for…more

Affordable Care Act, FDA, Healthcare, HHS, Orphan Drugs

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SEC Proposes New Rule Governing Funds' Use of Derivatives

The proposed rule would establish the exclusive means through which funds could enter into certain leveraged transactions, including swaps, futures, reverse repurchase agreements and short sales. At an open meeting of the…more

Derivatives, Investment Company Act of 1940, Investment Funds, Required Forms, SEC

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Superior Court Decision Protecting Attorney-Expert Communications From Discovery

On April 29, an evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court resolved an issue of paramount importance to Pennsylvania litigants: whether communications between an attorney and a testifying expert are protected from discovery by…more

Discovery, Expert Witness, Work Product Privilege, Work-Product Doctrine

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[Webinar] The Co-investment Climate in Private Equity - February 10th, 12:00 EST

Co-investments are an increasingly important component of capital used by private equity groups (PEGs) to fund acquisitions and represent an increasingly significant portion of this capital. This is one of the key findings of a…more

Acquisitions, Co-Investment Rights, Continuing Legal Education, Investors, Private Equity

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What Every Contractor Needs To Know About Mediation

A generation ago, mediation of construction disputes was unusual. Today, it is rare that a construction claim goes to trial without some effort at mediation first. Indeed, a substantial percentage of construction contracts…more

Arbitration, Construction Industry, Mediation

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Preventing Limitation of Liability End-Runs

Owners who are dissatisfied with their contractors’ performance increasingly assert fraud-based claims in addition to breach of contract claims because fraud-based claims are not typically barred by contractual waivers and…more

Arbitration, Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Industry, Construction Project

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Rebalancing Your IP Portfolio

Financial advisors often advise their clients to maintain a balanced investment portfolio. Occasionally these advisors recommend rebalancing the investments within a portfolio to account for changes in market…more

America Invents Act, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Damages, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, IP Portfolio

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Second Circuit Holds Class Can Be Decertified After Jury Verdict

A class certification ruling is always subject to challenge if the class representative does not prove the necessary elements of class certification. On July 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Corporate Counsel, Late Fees, Mortgage Servicers

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Review Of Arbitration Awards: Lessons for the Construction Industry from the Tom Brady Case

NFL Mgmt. Council v. NFL Players Ass’n, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117662 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 3, 2015) - “Arbitration has been proven to be an effective way to resolve disputes fairly, privately, promptly and economically.” So…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), Construction Industry, Construction Litigation

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SEC Applies Advisers Act Provisions to Nonadvisor Fund Service Providers

The SEC continues to expand the scope of responsibilities and standards applicable to gatekeepers. In an application of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) to the actions of a nonadviser fund service provider…more

Cease and Desist Orders, Dodd-Frank, Fiduciary Duty, Fraud, Investment Advisers Act of 1940

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Drilling Deeper: The Intersection of Producer Bankruptcies and Gathering Agreements

The issue of whether gathering agreements are subject to rejection in bankruptcy as executory contracts and whether certain provisions of those agreements run with the land and survive rejection will impact ongoing bankruptcy…more

Bankruptcy Code, Business Judgment Rule, Commercial Bankruptcy, Covenants that Run With the Land, Energy Sector

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Expect Increased Environmental Regulatory Scrutiny in the Wake of the Flint Water Crisis

The regulated community should plan for an increased level of agency oversight, inspection and enforcement and increased public involvement. Although there has been much finger pointing as to which party or parties may be…more

Contamination, Drinking Water, Enforcement Actions, Environmental Liability, Environmental Site Assessment

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Long Time Coming: United States Wins First Extradition On Antitrust Charge

On April 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its first-ever successfully litigated extradition of a foreign citizen to the United States in a federal criminal antitrust case. This was an inevitable next step…more

Antitrust Litigation, DOJ, Extradition

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SEC Further Enhances the IPO On-Ramp

The SEC’s rule changes further streamline the pathway for many companies to conduct their initial public offerings and reduce the burdens associated with their subsequent SEC periodic reporting obligations. On January 13,…more

Emerging Growth Companies, Financial Statements, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Form S-1, IPO

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Counsel to the Company: A Framework for Corporate Governance

As a threshold matter, counsel must identify, and remain clear as to, the identity of its client, which may be the company or a subsidiary, the Board or Board committee, or one or more executives. The identity of the client will…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Board of Directors, Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Corporate Counsel

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Extension for Philadelphia Nonprofit Property Owners Filing to Maintain Tax Exemption

Nonprofit organization owners of tax-exempt real property located in Philadelphia were required to submit information by March 31, 2015 for their properties to continue to be exempt from tax for 2016. The Philadelphia Office of…more

Deadlines, Non-Profits, Property Tax, Tax Exempt

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Preventing Limitation of Liability End-Runs

Owners who are dissatisfied with their contractors’ performance increasingly assert fraud-based claims in addition to breach of contract claims because fraud-based claims are not typically barred by contractual waivers and…more

Arbitration, Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Industry, Construction Project

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Materiality Is the New Condition of Payment: The Implied False Certification Theory After Escobar

The Supreme Court has made it clear that, even at the pleadings stage, relators (or the government) must plead facts to support materiality with plausibility and particularity. For False Claims Act (FCA) defendants who were…more

Conditions of Payment, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors, Fraud

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The 100-Day Program at the ITC

In light of Audio Processing Hardware, it is now clear that, with respect to appeals of ITC 100-day program determinations, Commission determinations against a complainant are immediately appealable, while determinations in…more

28 U.S.C. § 1295(a)(6), ALJ, Article III, Federal Pilot Programs, ITC

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Federal Circuit Highlights Claim Construction in Patent Eligibility Analysis

The case demonstrates that the eligibility analysis is highly fact-specific and dependent on properly construed claims. In McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal…more

Abstract Ideas, Animation, Claim Construction, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Computer-Related Inventions

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Reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act and REIT Taxation - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

The reforms generally encourage foreign investment in U.S. real estate. The enacted Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) contains numerous reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of…more

FIRPTA, Foreign Investment, Pension Funds, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Real Estate Investments

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[Webinar] Could My Company's Website Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act? - June 14th, 12:00pm EDT

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), places of public accommodation must ensure equal access to the goods and services they offer to disabled individuals. Is a company website subject to the ADA? The answer to that…more

ADA, Continuing Legal Education, Disability Discrimination, Equal Access, Public Accommodation

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Title IX: Responding To Sexual Harassment And Violence Incidents

Confronting these emotionally laden, incendiary events requires an even-handed and fearless approach - A senior administrator recently described the issues related to sexual misconduct as a dormant volcano that lies…more

Corporate Counsel, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Title IX, Workplace Violence

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Don’t Short Before The Deal, SEC Reminds Hedge Funds And Buyside Firms

On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 23 investment firms for violations of Rule 105 of SEC Regulation M. Rule 105 generally prohibits short selling securities…more

Enforcement Actions, Hedge Funds, Public Offerings, Regulation M, SEC

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Non-Party Document Discovery in Arbitration: Does It Exist?

Limited discovery (and the associated cost savings) is often touted as one of the benefits of arbitration over traditional litigation. Parties are generally confident that even the scaled-back discovery devices available in…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Discovery, Evidence, Federal Arbitration Act

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Big News from the Supreme Court in the Madden v. Midland Funding Case

While far from certain, this development shows that the Supreme Court is interested in the case and will likely give weight to the Solicitor General’s recommendation as to whether the Second Circuit’s ruling should be reviewed…more

Consumer Lenders, Financial Services Industry, Madden v Midland Funding, Online Marketplace Lending, SCOTUS

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2015 Amendments to Delaware Alternative Entity Acts

New amendments affect Delaware general partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. On July 24, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law several amendments to the…more

Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, General Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships

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Is This the End of Arbitration for Consumer Financial Disputes?

The proposed rule has broad implications for the financial industry, which has relied on class action waivers in consumer agreements to ensure that arbitration is a cost-effective way of resolving disputes with customers…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, CFPB, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Noncompliance with the California Contractor’s License Law Brings Severe Consequences

Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Brothers Inc., 236 Cal. App. 4th 1246 (Cal. Ct. App. 2015) - In California, a contractor must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board (Board) in order to lawfully…more

Construction Industry, Contractor's License, Contractor's State License Board, Contractors, Disgorgement

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Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the…more

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Currency, Distributed Ledger

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[Webinar] Health Care Construction Projects: Avoiding Claims Through Better Coordination - September 21st, 12:00pm EDT | 9:00am PDT

In January of this year, following frantic talks and a public fight over who was to blame for delays costing close to $100,000 a day in lost revenue, Santa Clara County was finally able to reach an agreement and settle its…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Project, Continuing Legal Education, Healthcare Facilities, Hospitals

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Can Amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(E) Rewrite Plaintiffs' Spoliation Playbook?

The application of Rule 37(e) may limit spoliation litigation to issues relevant to underlying claims and defenses. A key component in plaintiffs’ playbook when facing a corporate defendant is to attempt to try cases not…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Corporate Counsel, Discovery, Duty to Preserve, Electronically Stored Information

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Bill Baer Announces First Major Policy Shift And Provides 2013 Antitrust Division Update

Bill Baer assumed his post as leader of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division in January of this year and is starting to make his mark…more

Antitrust Investigations, Antitrust Litigation, DOJ, Enforcement, Political Appointments

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FTC Issues First Formal Policy on Section 5's Unfair Competition Authority

Although the brief FTC statement is beneficial, the sweeping language contained in the policy statement gives little practical guidance to the business community. On August 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its…more

FTC, SCOTUS, Section 5, Sherman Act, The Clayton Act

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Status Quo At The PTAB For Now: Supreme Court Makes No Changes to IPR Practice

Recently, the Supreme Court declined to make any changes to IPR procedure in its opinion in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, 579 U.S. ___ (2016). Relying primarily on statutory language and concepts of agency rulemaking…more

Appeals, Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard, Claim Construction, Cuozzo Speed Technologies v Lee, Inter Partes Review Proceedings

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Investment Management and Hedge Funds – What’s Happening Now?

In This Presentation: - Trademarks – not just for consumer companies - Strength of a Trademark: Categories - Choosing a Trademark - Obtaining Protection – Common Law Rights - Obtaining…more

Hedge Funds, Investment Management, Likelihood of Confusion, Trademark Infringement, Trademarks

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When Is Evidence of a Foreign Cartel Proof of a U.S. Price-Fixing Conspiracy?

The Third Circuit held that in antitrust cases involving concentrated markets, courts must carefully consider the nature of the industry and whether the actions of defendants can be equally attributed to independent conduct as…more

Antitrust Conspiracies, Antitrust Litigation, Cartels, Corporate Counsel, Food Manufacturers

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FTC Report Tallies Hatch-Waxman Settlements in First Full Year After Actavis

On January 13, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission) released an overview of the pharmaceutical patent settlements filed with the Commission in Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014). The…more

FTC v Actavis, Generic Drugs, Hatch-Waxman, Medicare Modernization Act, Patent Infringement

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Court Grounds the Use of Unbargained-for Warranty Disclaimers

The Pennsylvania Superior Court’s decision in Allen-Myland, Inc. will likely increase liability exposure for manufacturers. In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently rejected the…more

Aviation Industry, Contract Drafting, Contract Terms, Corporate Counsel, Disclaimers

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Six Things the Private Sector Should Know About EPA's Final Vapor Intrusion Guidance

The cumulative impact of the EPA guidance is to require the generation of more data, which means more sampling and analysis, more frequent and stringent remediation, and potentially higher remediation costs. At long last,…more

Compliance, Department of Defense (DOD), EPA, Final Guidance, Groundwater

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Materiality Is the New Condition of Payment: The Implied False Certification Theory After Escobar

The Supreme Court has made it clear that, even at the pleadings stage, relators (or the government) must plead facts to support materiality with plausibility and particularity. For False Claims Act (FCA) defendants who were…more

Conditions of Payment, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors, Fraud

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Breaking News: Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act Contraception Mandate

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that certain closely held corporations with religious objections cannot be required to provide health insurance coverage that includes certain types of contraception…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives, Hobby Lobby

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FTC Issues First Formal Policy on Section 5's Unfair Competition Authority

Although the brief FTC statement is beneficial, the sweeping language contained in the policy statement gives little practical guidance to the business community. On August 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its…more

FTC, SCOTUS, Section 5, Sherman Act, The Clayton Act

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Do No-Damage-for-Delay Clauses Bar Acceleration Claims?

Time is money in construction, and project delays can cause contractors to incur substantial additional costs. To avoid responsibility for paying these costs, project owners often include a no-damage-for-delay (NDFD) clause in…more

Acceleration, Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Construction Project, Contractors

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Highlights of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

The DTSA permits federal civil actions to be brought for the misappropriation of trade secrets if the trade secret is related to a product or service used in, or intended for use in, interstate or foreign commerce…more

Asset Seizure, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Ex Parte, Intellectual Property Protection, Misappropriation

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It Is Not All Bad News from the Supreme Court in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez

In a recent clash between contract principles and the mootness doctrine, contract principles won. Relying on traditional contract principles, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6–3 decision on January 20, holding that an unaccepted…more

Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Class Representatives, Corporate Counsel, Mootness

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Government’s Appeal Of Sixth Circuit’s Ruling In U.S. v. Quality Stores That SUB Payments Are Not ‘Wages’ Subject To FICA Taxation

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the federal government’s appeal of the Sixth Circuit’s decision in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. (In re Quality Stores, Inc.), 693 F.3d 605 (6th Cir. 2012),…more

FICA Taxes, Quality Stores, SCOTUS, Wages

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Mid-Market Trends - Leveraged Lending and the Current Regulatory Environment

Financial institutions, institutional investors and liquidity providers to the leveraged loan markets are finding themselves increasingly subject to new regulation in the United States and abroad. Both global and U.S. regulators…more

Capital Markets, Comptroller, FDIC, Federal Reserve, Financial Institutions

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In Omnicare, Supreme Court Draws Distinction Between Factual Misstatements and Factual Omissions in Setting Standards for Determining Section 11 Opinion Statement Liability

On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund. The Court vacated the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s ruling…more

Material Misstatements, Omnicare, Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Registration Statement, SCOTUS

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Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the…more

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Currency, Distributed Ledger

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Statute of Limitations

The Doctrine of Nullum Tempus, and Its Impact on Statutes of Limitation and Statutes of Repose - The common law doctrine of nullum tempus occurrit regi — generally translated to mean “time does not run against the king” —…more

Construction Industry, Construction Litigation, Statute of Limitations, Statute of Repose

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Is This the End of Arbitration for Consumer Financial Disputes?

The proposed rule has broad implications for the financial industry, which has relied on class action waivers in consumer agreements to ensure that arbitration is a cost-effective way of resolving disputes with customers…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, CFPB, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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[Webinar] Acquiring a Company with Government Contracts: A Checklist of Unique Issues and Considerations - June 15th, 8:30am EDT

Pepper Hamilton invites you to attend a webinar discussing the unique issues to be considered when acquiring a company that does business with the federal government…more

Acquisition Agreements, Acquisitions, Government Contractors, Webinars

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Executives Beware: The DOJ and SEC Have Set Their Sights on Individual Wrongdoing

The DOJ’s Yates Memo makes individual prosecutions a higher priority and makes a company’s own identification of potentially culpable individuals an explicit factor in assessing cooperation credit…more

Corporate Fines, Corporate Governance, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, DOJ, DPA

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Securities And Exchange Commission Creates New Private Fund Unit Dedicated To Examination Of Private Equity And Hedge Funds

On April 7, 2014, it was announced that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has created a new private fund unit dedicated to the examination of private equity and hedge funds…more

Enforcement, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Private Funds, SEC

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Superior Court Decision Protecting Attorney-Expert Communications From Discovery

On April 29, an evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court resolved an issue of paramount importance to Pennsylvania litigants: whether communications between an attorney and a testifying expert are protected from discovery by…more

Discovery, Expert Witness, Work Product Privilege, Work-Product Doctrine

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Mid-Market M&A: The Valuation Gap - March 2016

How big a part has a valuation gap played in stalling North American mid-market M&A? Pepper Hamilton partner Andrew Hulsh joined five leading professionals for their take in a report by Mergermarket. Over the last year, a…more

Corporate Sales Transactions, Investment, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Selling a Business

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SEC Applies Advisers Act Provisions to Nonadvisor Fund Service Providers

The SEC continues to expand the scope of responsibilities and standards applicable to gatekeepers. In an application of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) to the actions of a nonadviser fund service provider…more

Cease and Desist Orders, Dodd-Frank, Fiduciary Duty, Fraud, Investment Advisers Act of 1940

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Washington State Court Affirms $155M Jury Award Against Contractor and Surety Stemming from Claim of Default Due to Delayed Performance, Sustaining Denial of Contractor’s Differing Site Condition Defense

King County v. Vinci Construction Grands Projects/Parsons RCI/Frontier-Kemper, JV, 2015 Wash. App. LEXIS 2735 (Nov. 9, 2015) - The Court of Appeals of Washington recently decided King County v. Vinci Construction Grands…more

Appeals, Construction Industry, Construction Litigation, Site Condition Claim, Waste Treatment Facilities

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Digitally Delivered Products Now Subject to Sales Tax in Pennsylvania - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 3

The implementation of sales tax on the thousands of services that are delivered digitally can prove vexing. Have you downloaded a book recently or sent an e-card? Is your billing address in Pennsylvania? If so, as of August 1,…more

Digital Downloads, Digital Media, e-Books, Hulu, iTunes

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Does Federal Bankruptcy Law Preempt State Law Fraudulent Transfer Claims Assigned to a Bankruptcy Estate Representative?

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware recently issued an opinion that addresses, among other issues, the question of whether section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code preempts certain fraudulent transfer avoidance…more

Bankruptcy Code, Commercial Bankruptcy, Fraudulent Transfers, Leveraged Buyout, Preemption

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FINRA’s 2014 Regulatory And Examination Priorities Address Existing And Emerging Investor Protection And Market Integrity Issues

On January 2, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published its annual regulatory and examination priorities letter. The letter identifies and sets forth how FINRA intends to address significant risks and issues…more

Algorithmic Trading, Broker-Dealer, Cybersecurity, Financial Reporting, FINRA

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The European Commission Formally Adopts the Privacy Shield

The Privacy Shield heightens the level of scrutiny and the burden on organizations that voluntarily self-certify. On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the European Commission’s (the…more

Article 29 Working Party (WP29), Data Protection Authority, Department of Transportation (DOT), EU, EU-US Privacy Shield

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IRS Restructuring LB&I Division and Audit Process Again - Tax Update Vol. 2015, Issue 4

The changes include a move toward more issue-focused and efficient audits, which should benefit both the IRS and its taxpayers. It seems like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reorganizes its Large Business and…more

Audits, Corporate Taxes, IRS

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The "Lien-Ability" of Field Change Directives Under Typical Construction Lien Laws?

Consider this scenario taken from an actual project dispute: The contractor has entered into an agreement with the owner for a project of any size. During the course of the project, the owner directs the contractor to perform…more

Change Orders, Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Construction Liens, Construction Project

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A Case to Watch: Highway Contractor Appeals $663M False Claims Act Judgment

On August 31, 2015, highway contractors Trinity Industries, Inc. and Trinity Highway Products, LLC (collectively, Trinity) appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit a $663,360,750 final judgment entered against…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Civil Monetary Penalty, Construction Industry, Corporate Counsel

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Intellectual Property Issues for Health Care Providers - November 2014

In This Presentation: - Introduction - Intellectual Property (IP) Basics - IP Strategy - IP Encountered by Health Care Providers - Securing Ownership of IP Assets - Managing/Registering…more

Business Assets, Copyright, Health Care Providers, Patents, Trade Secrets

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Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the…more

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Currency, Distributed Ledger

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OIG Targets Fraud in Physician Compensation Arrangements

Health care organizations and physicians must be cautious in structuring physician compensation arrangements so that they do not violate the Anti-Kickback Statute. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Fraud Alerts, Healthcare, HHS, OIG

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2014 Brings Changes In Pennsylvania Realty Transfer Tax

Act 52 of 2013 amended many provisions of Pennsylvania state taxes, including some relatively minor changes to the realty transfer tax that took effect on January 1, 2014. The most significant change to the realty transfer tax…more

Property Tax, Real Estate Market, Real Estate Transfers, Transfer Taxes

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Breaking News: Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act Contraception Mandate

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that certain closely held corporations with religious objections cannot be required to provide health insurance coverage that includes certain types of contraception…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives, Hobby Lobby

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[Webinar] Health Care Construction Projects: Avoiding Claims Through Better Coordination - September 21st, 12:00pm EDT | 9:00am PDT

In January of this year, following frantic talks and a public fight over who was to blame for delays costing close to $100,000 a day in lost revenue, Santa Clara County was finally able to reach an agreement and settle its…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Project, Continuing Legal Education, Healthcare Facilities, Hospitals

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NYSE And NASDAQ Compensation Committee And Compensation Advisers Listing Standards

Section 952 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Act) provides standards and disclosure requirements related to the independence of compensation committees and their retained advisors. To…more

Compensation Committee, Dodd-Frank, Listing Standards, Nasdaq, NYSE

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Practical Considerations For A Rule 506(c) General Solicitation

So you want to jump into the fray and take advantage of the new opportunities created by the JOBS Act’s elimination of the ban on general advertising of private placements?…more

Advertising, Dodd-Frank, General Solicitation, JOBS Act, Private Placements

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State Safe Harbor Doctrines: A Life Preserver from False Advertising Claims Facing Alcohol Manufacturers?

Food and beverage companies, beset by lawsuits about their product labels, struggle to find consistent application of consumer protection laws across the country. The experience of one distiller and its use of one word on its…more

Advertising, Beverage Manufacturers, FAAAA, False Advertising, FDA

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[Webinar] Registration of 'Disparaging' Trademarks After 'The Slants' - January 27, 12:00-1:00pm, EST

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which bars registration of marks that “disparage” a group of people, is an unconstitutional infringement of First Amendment free speech rights…more

Continuing Legal Education, Disparagement, First Amendment, Free Speech, Lanham Act

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Telemedicine: Many Opportunities, Many Legal Issues, Many Risks

Telemedicine touches on multiple practice areas for health care lawyers, such as payment and reimbursement, fraud and abuse, credentialing and privileging, peer review, privacy, consent, licensing, and regulatory compliance…more

CMS, Healthcare, Technology, Telemedicine

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The European Commission Formally Adopts the Privacy Shield

The Privacy Shield heightens the level of scrutiny and the burden on organizations that voluntarily self-certify. On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the European Commission’s (the…more

Article 29 Working Party (WP29), Data Protection Authority, Department of Transportation (DOT), EU, EU-US Privacy Shield

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Partnership Contributions that Trigger Gain? The IRS Says 'Yes' - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

The new regulations will have a direct impact on the formation of partnerships in the international context. For most of the past decade, contributions to partnerships (including LLCs taxed as partnerships) have been…more

Corporate Contributions, Gain Exclusion, IRS, Limited Liability Partnerships, Partnerships

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Underwriters, Universities and Government Debt Issuers Face a Critical Deadline

Join Pepper Hamilton in a special webinar examining the latest developments in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative), including what…more

Deadlines, Debt, Debtors, Disclosure Requirements, MCDC

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[Webinar] Acquiring a Company with Government Contracts: A Checklist of Unique Issues and Considerations - June 15th, 8:30am EDT

Pepper Hamilton invites you to attend a webinar discussing the unique issues to be considered when acquiring a company that does business with the federal government…more

Acquisition Agreements, Acquisitions, Government Contractors, Webinars

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PBV Selection Issues: Previous Competition and PHA-Owned Units

Two of the most troublesome aspects of selecting project-based voucher proposals have been selection based on previous competition and selection of public housing agency-owned units. Originally published in the Pennsylvania…more

Affordable Housing, Construction Industry, Financial Assistance Policy, Housing Developers, HUD

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Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the…more

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Currency, Distributed Ledger

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EPA'S Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rules May Impose Significant Burdens on Health Care Facilities - Comment Period Runs Until December 24, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has promulgated its proposed regulation of “hazardous waste pharmaceuticals,” i.e., pharmaceutical residues discarded from health care facilities which also meet EPA’s long-standing…more

Compliance, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Controlled Substances, Controlled Substances Act, Dental Practice

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Village At Camp Bowie: The Fifth Circuit Weighs In On Artificial Impairment

A key tenet of reorganization under Chapter 11 is that if the debtor’s plan impairs creditors, at least some of those creditors must agree to the plan. More specifically, “if a class of claims is impaired under the plan, at…more

Artificial Impairment, Chapter 11, Creditors, Debtors, Reorganizations

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Eastern District of Pennsylvania Distinguishes Bilt-Rite in Dispute Involving Information Provided to Designers by Remedial Contractor

Elliott-Lewis Corp. v. Skanksa USA Bldg., Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59406 (E.D.Pa. May 4, 2016) - The Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that the narrow exception to the economic loss…more

Architects, Construction Industry, Construction Litigation, Construction Project, Design Professionals

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Can Amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(E) Rewrite Plaintiffs' Spoliation Playbook?

The application of Rule 37(e) may limit spoliation litigation to issues relevant to underlying claims and defenses. A key component in plaintiffs’ playbook when facing a corporate defendant is to attempt to try cases not…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Corporate Counsel, Discovery, Duty to Preserve, Electronically Stored Information

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Trends for Early-Stage Investing in Emerging Managers

The current environment for early-stage investing with emerging managers reflects an increasing number and variety of early-stage investments firms, an increasing pool of talented emerging managers, and a growing number and…more

Asset Management, Filing Requirements, Form ADV, Hedge Funds, Investment

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Private Equity Co-Investments

Interest in co-investment opportunities has increased over the years due to investor demands for lower-cost investments and the need of fund sponsors to differentiate themselves from other private equity firms. As institutional…more

Co-Investment Rights, Fundraisers, Investors, Private Equity, Private Funds

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Third Circuit Decertifies Class on Numerosity Grounds, Listing Relevant Factors for the First Time

The Modafinil decision bodes well for defendants and represents another step toward increased scrutiny of the class action device in the Third Circuit. On September 13, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…more

Antitrust Litigation, Appeals, Class Action, Class Certification, Delay Claims

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Federal Circuit Clarifies Patent Term Adjustment Provisions

On January 15, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued in Novartis v. Lee its anticipated opinion regarding the proper interpretation of 35 U.S.C. § 154, the statute that determines how patent term adjustment (PTA) is calculated. The…more

Patent Litigation, Patent Reform, Patent Term Adjustment, Patent Terms, Patents

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New Jersey Federal District Court Holds That Arbitration Clause In AIA A201-1997 Does Not Apply To Post Construction Disputes

Blackman & Co., Inc., v. GE Bus. Fin. Servs., Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87904 (D.N.J. July 7, 2016) - Grove Street Realty Urban Renewal, LLC (“Grove Street”) contracted with Blackman & Co., Inc. (“Blackman”) to manage a…more

American Arbitration Association, Arbitration, Breach of Contract, Construction Contracts, Construction Defects

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Federal Circuit Highlights Claim Construction in Patent Eligibility Analysis

The case demonstrates that the eligibility analysis is highly fact-specific and dependent on properly construed claims. In McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal…more

Abstract Ideas, Animation, Claim Construction, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Computer-Related Inventions

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Proposed Section 752 Regulations Would Prohibit Bottom Guarantees And Impose Net Worth Requirements In UPREIT Transactions

The IRS has recently proposed regulations under Section 752 of the Code which, if finalized in current form, would radically change the use of guarantees in partnership transactions. Under these regulations, bottom guarantees…more

Business Taxes, Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, IRS, Partnerships

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You Can't Say That! Or Can You? - Discussing Politics at Work

The 2016 presidential election season has been particularly divisive, with candidates trading insults on a regular basis. Naturally, conversations about politics and candidates spill over into the workplace. A recent survey…more

Employment Policies, First Amendment, Free Speech, NLRA, NLRB

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Is the Party Over? New Jersey Permit Extension Act to Expire Unless Legislature Acts

Members of New Jersey’s development community are wondering: “Is the permit extension party over?” For the last six years, approved development projects have received the protection of the New Jersey Permit Extension Act (PEA),…more

Building Permits, Real Estate Development, Tolling Provisions

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Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law Of 1963 – The Owner’s Perspective After The Amendments Of 2006 - 2014

When a property owner undertakes a construction project, chances are that he looks forward to enjoying his new (or improved) property. Drawings in hand, he anticipates the day when his project will be complete and ready for…more

Construction Industry, Liens, Mechanics Lien

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2015 Amendments to Delaware Alternative Entity Acts

New amendments affect Delaware general partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. On July 24, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law several amendments to the…more

Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, General Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships

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Franchise Relationships, Personal Information and Trade Secret Liability

Corporate entities that share confidential personal information with each other, including those in franchise relationships, should strongly consider potential privacy and trade secret risks and consider available alternative…more

Big Data, Confidential Information, Consumer Information, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Economic Espionage Act

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Status Quo At The PTAB For Now: Supreme Court Makes No Changes to IPR Practice

Recently, the Supreme Court declined to make any changes to IPR procedure in its opinion in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, 579 U.S. ___ (2016). Relying primarily on statutory language and concepts of agency rulemaking…more

Appeals, Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard, Claim Construction, Cuozzo Speed Technologies v Lee, Inter Partes Review Proceedings

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[Webinar] Acquiring a Company with Government Contracts: A Checklist of Unique Issues and Considerations - June 15th, 8:30am EDT

Pepper Hamilton invites you to attend a webinar discussing the unique issues to be considered when acquiring a company that does business with the federal government…more

Acquisition Agreements, Acquisitions, Government Contractors, Webinars

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A Cautionary Tale on Gun-Jumping: The Antitrust Division Expands its Use of Disgorgement in Enforcement of Civil Antitrust

The success of a merger or acquisition often largely depends on pre-closing planning and the rapid integration of the merged entities or acquired assets. In any transaction, the need for planning and speed create certain…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Corporate Counsel, Disgorgement, Enforcement

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Are You Ready For Your Next Audit?

By now, federal contractors should have taken a hard look at their current Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) policies, procedures and documentation to ensure compliance with the new requirements. Under the Office of Federal Contract…more

Affirmative Action, Audits, Federal Contractors, Hiring & Firing, OFCCP

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Big Changes Coming to Pennsylvania's Alcoholic Beverage Market

On June 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the first major overhaul of the Commonwealth’s Liquor Code since the end of Prohibition. Wolf heralded the measure as enhancing customer convenience while providing…more

Beer, Business Licenses, Casinos, Hotels, Licensing Rules

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A Case to Watch: Highway Contractor Appeals $663M False Claims Act Judgment

On August 31, 2015, highway contractors Trinity Industries, Inc. and Trinity Highway Products, LLC (collectively, Trinity) appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit a $663,360,750 final judgment entered against…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Civil Monetary Penalty, Construction Industry, Corporate Counsel

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Guidance for Employers on Addressing the NLRB's Joint Employer Decision

Prudent employers should evaluate their contingent employee relationships in light of the NLRB’s recent decision. To say that the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s or Board’s) recent decision in Browning-Ferris…more

Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Collective Bargaining, DOL, Joint Employers, NLRA

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Loyalty Programs: All Fun and Games Until Someone Wants You to Buy Them a Harrier Jump Jet

In-house counsel should consider the myriad legal issues that can affect a consumer loyalty program, including numerous consumer, franchisee and regulatory issues…more

Consumer Contracts, Customer-Loyalty Programs, Franchise Agreements, Franchisee, Franchises

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[Webinar] Could My Company's Website Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act? - June 14th, 12:00pm EDT

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), places of public accommodation must ensure equal access to the goods and services they offer to disabled individuals. Is a company website subject to the ADA? The answer to that…more

ADA, Continuing Legal Education, Disability Discrimination, Equal Access, Public Accommodation

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Liquor Control Board Weighs in on Alcohol Law Changes in Pennsylvania

Of particular interest to Pennsylvania residents and those doing business in the Commonwealth is the focus on expanding the location and availability of alcohol beyond traditional licensees. A month after Act 39 of 2016 was…more

Breweries, Licenses, Liquor, Liquor Control Acts, Manufacturers

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New Jersey Enacts Law Providing Increased Protection To Pregnant Employees

Earlier this week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill that expressly bans pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for workers on the basis of…more

Employee Rights, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination

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What To Do When One of Your Employees Is Arrested

It’s a question more employers find themselves asking: “What should I do if one of my employees gets arrested?” Originally published in The HR Specialist - March 2016 issue…more

Arrest, Convictions, Employee Rights, Employment Policies

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Not So Sweet: The Debate Over Evaporated Cane Juice

FDA’s final guidance expresses its view that the phrase “evaporated cane juice” is false and misleading. “Evaporated cane juice” has become a popular ingredient in everything from yogurt to cookies, attracting consumers who…more

Class Action, Evaporated Cane Juice, False Advertising, FDA, Food Labeling

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Getting the Benefit of Your 'Exclusive Use' Bargain

Make sure your retail tenant’s “exclusive use” applies to all shopping center parcels. An “exclusive use” provision in a lease is a retail tenant’s best friend — it prohibits the landlord from allowing other space in a…more

Commercial Leases, Exclusive Use, Retail Market, Retailers, Shopping Centers

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New Economic Opportunities with Cuba Present Financial Rewards Along with Associated Compliance Challenges

The opening of Cuba to greater commercial and financial activity offers many possibilities for U.S. financial institutions but, with those possibilities, comes a responsibility to meet the complex compliance challenges that…more

Banking Sector, Cuba, Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), Debit and Credit Card Transactions, Economic Development

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Delaware Bankruptcy Court: Debtors Can Offset Administrative Claims Before General Unsecured Claims

While section 503(b)(9) claims deserve priority payment over general unsecured claims, they do not provide a basis for stripping a debtor’s defenses in determining the allowed amount of a section 503(b)(9) claim…more

Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Section 503(b)(9)

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Post-Grant Challenges in Life Sciences: 2015 in Review

The prevalence of inter partes reviews (and post-grant reviews to come) forces practitioners to consider the strong likelihood that patents covering commercial products will face post-grant challenges. Originally published…more

Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Life Sciences, Orange Book, Patents, Post-Grant Review

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Observation 1.3 On The Volcker Rule: What Fund Managers Need To Know About The Volcker Rule Impact On Client Bank Investors

On April 1, 2014, the final regulations implementing the “Volcker Rule” became effective. The regulations were jointly adopted on December 10, 2013 by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Office of the…more

CFTC, Federal Reserve, Fund Managers, Investment Funds, Proprietary Trading

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Estoppel Does Not Attach When Petitioner’s Grounds Are Denied As Redundant

Under 35 U.S.C. 315(e)(1), a petitioner in an inter partes review of a claim in a patent that has resulted in a final written decision by the Board may not request or maintain a proceeding before the Patent Office with respect…more

CAFC, Estoppel, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Employers: June 30 Deadline Looms for DOL's Revised Persuader Rule

The greatly expanded Persuader Rule will require employers to report any agreement or arrangement with a lawyer or third-party consultant to “persuade” employees — directly or indirectly — about their union organization and…more

Collective Bargaining, Consultants, DOL, LMRDA, Persuader Rules

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A Sweet Win for Hershey Medical Center's Proposed Merger: District Court Denies FTC's Attempt to Block Pennsylvania Hospital Merger

The district court’s decision may mark a turning point away from purely formulaic reliance on the FTC’s preferred approach and the testimony of self-interested payers…more

Antitrust Provisions, FTC, Health Care Providers, Hospital Mergers, Hospitals

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Fifth Circuit Considers Allocation of Risk of Defective Plans and Specifications in Reversing $1.29 Million Judgment Entered in Favor of Contractor

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board v. INET Airport Systems, Inc., et al., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 6646, 819 F.3d 245 (5th Cir. Apr. 12, 2016) - This action arose out of a construction project in terminal E of the…more

Airports, Breach of Contract, Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Construction Project

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Lessons Learned from the Staples/Office Depot Merger Challenge

Companies contemplating mergers should review the effect of the transaction on each customer type, application and product, not just on the broad customer base. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia…more

Competition, Corporate Counsel, FTC, Merger Agreements, Office Depot

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Consumer Financial Regulation: Pennsylvania

A Q&A guide to consumer finance regulation in Pennsylvania. This Q&A addresses state-specific laws governing the offering and sale of consumer financial products and services, including credit cards, residential mortgages,…more

Consumer Financial Products, Consumer Lenders, Credit Cards, Debt Collection, Financial Services Industry

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To Force Government To Be Transparent, Go Directly to the Campaign Trail: Terry Mutchler

The Founding Fathers recognized the power of public records in a democracy. The Declaration of Independence decried government gamesmanship that kept public records away from citizens. Originally published on PennLive -…more

FOIA, Political Campaigns, Political Candidates, Public Records, Request For Information

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OSHA Rulemaking Increases Reporting Obligations

Beginning in 2017, employers will be required to affirmatively submit to OSHA whatever injury/illness information and forms they were already required to compile…more

Deadlines, Drug Testing, Electronic Filing, Employer Mandates, Final Rules

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[Webinar] Beam It Up Safely: Navigating Data Privacy and Security in Telemedicine's Uncharted Territory - Sept. 17, 12:00pm EDT

Science fiction programs once imagined a future where a doctor on a spaceship could treat a patient on a distant planet using groundbreaking technology. The health care industry may not yet have made this giant leap, but doctors…more

Data Privacy, Data Protection, Data Security, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Records

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U.S. and EU Authorities Announce New Privacy Shield for Data Transfers

Companies should still ensure that they are lawfully transferring data through an alternative mechanism until the details of the Privacy Shield are released. The U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission (the…more

Article 29 Working Party (WP29), CJEU, EU, EU-US Privacy Shield, FTC

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Supreme Court's Rejection Is Not the End of the Road for Madden v. Midland Funding

Regardless of whether or not Midland’s case is successful at the district court, there are a number of reasons why the Second Circuit’s Madden decision is not as disastrous as some have portrayed it to be. On June 27, the…more

Banking Sector, Consumer Financial Products, Consumer Lenders, Debt Buyers, Financial Services Industry

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Lack of Typicality and Adequacy of Representation Prevents Class Certification in Health Care Data Breach

The opinion from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas reinforces lack of standing as a defense for companies facing data breach–related class actions. On March 25, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas provided…more

Class Action, Data Breach, Defense Strategies, Electronic Medical Records, Healthcare

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OIG Issues HHS Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan

The Work Plan describes more than 100 initiatives, including 43 new initiatives for the upcoming year. On November 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued its annual…more

Healthcare, Medicaid, Medical Devices, Medicare, Section 340B

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Final Rules Issued for Certain Money Market Funds - Election of New Methods May Be Beneficial - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 3

The rules generally give helpful and timely guidance for dealing with the new reality of floating rate money market funds. There is a new reality for dealing with floating rate money market shares. On July 8, 2016, the…more

Final Rules, Floating NAV, Liquidity Fees, Money Market Funds, SEC

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When Can Common Sense be Relied Upon to Find an Invention Obvious?

All patent practitioners recognize that a single prior art reference can be used to reject claims in an obviousness rejection. However, the issue is whether the Patent Office must provide additional evidence, above and beyond…more

Apple, Computer-Related Inventions, Google, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Inventions

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Executives Beware: The DOJ and SEC Have Set Their Sights on Individual Wrongdoing

The DOJ’s Yates Memo makes individual prosecutions a higher priority and makes a company’s own identification of potentially culpable individuals an explicit factor in assessing cooperation credit…more

Corporate Fines, Corporate Governance, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, DOJ, DPA

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New Brazilian Legislation Addresses Bribery By Corporate Entities

Bill Provides Important Incentives for Corporate Compliance Programs - The millions of Brazilians protesting in recent weeks in cities and towns across Brazil have brought important and far-reaching corruption reform to…more

Anti-Corruption, Bribery, Compliance, Corruption, Employer Liability Issues

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Federal Contractors: Be Aware of Potential for Increased Penalties Under FCA

As we see an uptick in federal government contract awards before the end of the government fiscal year on September 30, 2016, companies doing business with the federal government should take note of two recent developments that…more

Bipartisan Budget Act, DOJ, False Claims Act (FCA), Federal Contractors, Inflation Adjustments

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When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be Indicted Overnight: How to Prevent Future Debacles Like the FedEx Prosecution

Against the backdrop of years of unprecedented monetary penalties imposed through DOJ civil settlements and deferred prosecution agreements with financial institutions embroiled in the 2008 financial meltdown, the DOJ came under…more

Controlled Substances, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Prosecution, Delivery Drivers, DOJ

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Promotion Of Arbitration In The 21st Century

While pundits complain about the United States Supreme Court’s diminishing docket, one area of law seems to have increased in popularity with the justices: arbitration law, and in particular the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)…more

Arbitration, Federal Arbitration Act, SCOTUS

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Reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act and REIT Taxation - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

The reforms generally encourage foreign investment in U.S. real estate. The enacted Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) contains numerous reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of…more

FIRPTA, Foreign Investment, Pension Funds, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Real Estate Investments

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Planning For Qualified Dividend Income When Taking Foreign Companies Public - Tax Update Volume 2015, Issue 2

Where Qualified Dividend Treatment Is Important, Serious Consideration Should Be Given to Ensuring the Company Is Eligible for Treaty Benefits Before Taking It Public. Dividends generally are taxed at ordinary income rates…more

Australian Stock Exchange, Capital Gains, Dividends, Income Tax Treaty, IPO

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EEOC Takes Sexual Orientation Discrimination to Federal Court

Employers should consider implementing anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies in the workplace that include protections for employees based on their sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. On March…more

Civil Rights Act, EEOC, ENDA, Gender Discrimination, Gender Identity

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Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of the Proposed Rule and Draft Assessment Tool

Ever since HUD’s Proposed Rule regarding Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (the Rule) was published on July 19, 2013, the housing industry and fair housing advocates have each drawn clear lines in the sand as to where they…more

Affordable Housing, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing Act (FHA), HUD

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The "Lien-Ability" of Field Change Directives Under Typical Construction Lien Laws?

Consider this scenario taken from an actual project dispute: The contractor has entered into an agreement with the owner for a project of any size. During the course of the project, the owner directs the contractor to perform…more

Change Orders, Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Construction Liens, Construction Project

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Franchisor to Be Considered Statutory Employer? PA Supreme Court to Decide

The far-reaching implications of this decision could change the existing franchise business model. Is a franchisor a statutory employer of its franchisee’s employees? The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board thinks so, and…more

Appeals, At-Will Employment, DOL, Franchisee, Franchises

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In Omnicare, Supreme Court Draws Distinction Between Factual Misstatements and Factual Omissions in Setting Standards for Determining Section 11 Opinion Statement Liability

On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund. The Court vacated the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s ruling…more

Material Misstatements, Omnicare, Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Registration Statement, SCOTUS

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Pennsylvania Court Rules That Arbitrators Should Decide Whether An Arbitration Agreement Has Been Revoked

By strictly construing a court’s role to the questions of whether a valid agreement exists and whether a dispute falls within the terms of an arbitration agreement, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s decision makes clear that…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Discovery, State Farm, Trains

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Supreme Court’s Denial of Certiorari Strengthens Intellectual Property Licensees’ Protections in Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code provides mechanisms for dealing with cases of cross-border insolvency. On Oct. 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jaffé v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., denied review of a decision of the U.S…more

Chapter 15, Commercial Bankruptcy, Cross-Border, Insolvency, Patents

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Supreme Court Narrows Interpretation Of Federal Corruption Statute

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, narrowing the definition of an “official act” in federal corruption cases. McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474 (2016)…more

Bribery, Corruption, Criminal Prosecution, Extortion, Governor McDonnell

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Update on Madden v. Midland: Cert. Decision Expected Soon

The certiorari petition asks the court to address whether the National Bank Act continues to have preemptive effect after the national bank has sold or otherwise assigned a loan to another entity. In a petition for a writ…more

Assignees, Financial Services Industry, Madden v Midland Funding, National Bank Act, Non-Bank Lenders

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Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee…more

Appeals, Class Action, Class Certification, Corporate Counsel, Employee Definition

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Recent Developments in PA and NJ Regarding Scope of Privilege for Health Care Facilities Engaged in Peer Reviews and Self-Critical Analysis

Three recent cases offer guidance to health care entities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey regarding the discovery of documents created in connection with peer reviews, quality of care reviews and adverse event investigations…more

Health Care Providers, Healthcare, HMOs, Hospitals, Patient Safety

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Changes Coming to the Long-Term Tax Exempt Rate Used in Calculating Section 382 Limitations - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

Changes to the formula for determining the long-term tax-exempt rate used in a section 382 limitation calculation after a company undergoes an ownership change may lower the amount of net operating losses the company can use in…more

Asset Valuations, Business Taxes, Change of Ownership, IRS, Net Operating Losses

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Gist of the Action Doctrine May Not Bar Tort Claims Arising from Negligent Performance of Contractual Duties

On December 15, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court broke its long silence on the gist of the action doctrine when it issued its decision in Bruno v. Erie Insurance Co. The gist of the action doctrine precludes a plaintiff from…more

Contract Disputes, Homeowner's Insurance, Insurance Litigation, Negligence, Property Damage

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PA Court Permits Attorney General to Retain Contingency Counsel to Enforce Consumer Protection Laws Against Long-Term Care Facility

State and local governments will increasingly use consumer protection law to regulate long-term care facilities, with private plaintiffs’ counsel advocating for a role in government actions. Under GGNSC Clarion LP v. Kane,…more

Health Care Providers, Long Term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes

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Family Office Direct Investing in Private Equity Deals

For most family offices, engaging in direct investment PE deals really means finding the right partner, and the diligence required to find the right PE partner for direct deals is much more involved, and probably less of a…more

Buyouts, Capital Raising, Family Businesses, Fund Managers, Investment

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Appraisal Arbitrage: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Delaware state courts have seen a rise in appraisal petitions filed by shareholders dissenting from mergers, with 34 actions filed in the first half of 2016, compared to 16 in all of 2012, according to a recent Wall Street…more

Appraisal, Arbitrage, Hedge Funds, Investors, Mergers

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SBA Reminds SBICs to Submit Their 2016 Annual Recertification

On June 2, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) distributed a memorandum from Steve Knott, acting director of the SBA’s Office of SBIC Operations, reminding private funds licensed by the SBA as small business investment…more

Debentures, Filing Deadlines, Institutional Investors, Private Funds, Recertification

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Calif. Asks Innovator Drug Brands to Do the Impossible

Eight years ago, in Conte v. Wyeth, the California Court of Appeals shocked brand prescription drug manufacturers when it held that they could be liable for injuries caused by generic versions of their medications — an approach…more

CA Supreme Court, Generic Drugs, Innovator Liability, Labeling, Manufacturers

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Hostile Work Environment: Playing Defense to Offensive Workplace Conduct

A hostile environment can result from the unwelcome conduct of supervisors, co-workers, customers, contractors or anyone else with whom the victim interacts on the job when the unwelcome conduct renders the workplace atmosphere…more

Appeals, Discrimination, DOL, Employment Policies, Harassment

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Massachusetts High Court Holds that Restrictive Independent Contractor Statute Does Not Apply to Real Estate Salespersons in that State

In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled yesterday that the state independent contractor (IC) law, widely regarded as the most restrictive IC law in the nation, does not apply to licensed…more

Human Resources Professionals, Independent Contractors, MA Supreme Court, Popular, Real Estate Agents

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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D.C. Circuit Rules A Provision Of The SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Violates The First Amendment

On April 14, 2014, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Nat'l Ass'n of Mfrs. v. SEC, 2014 BL 102614, D.C. Cir., No. 13-5252, 4/14/14) upheld all aspects of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s conflict mineral rule,…more

Conflict Mineral Rules, First Amendment, Natural Resources, SEC

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U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction but Leaves Some Questions Unanswered in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison

The Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely followed case of Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, Chapter 7 Trustee of Estate of Bellingham Insurance Agency, Inc., 573 U.S. ___ (2014) (Bellingham) this…more

Article III, Chapter 7, Commercial Bankruptcy, EBIA v Arkison, Executive Benefits Insurance Agency

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Summary of HUD's Lean 232 Program Email Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) April 2016

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim is…more

Appraisal, Healthcare Facilities, HUD, LEAN Program, ORCF

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Agreements to Arbitrate Are Simple, Right?

The construction industry has been a leader in the use of arbitration to resolve disputes. In the past 30 years, it is fair to say that arbitration has outpaced litigation as the dominant method of dispute resolution. The…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, Attorney's Fees, Construction Disputes, Construction Industry

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A Radical Overhaul? The Third Circuit Analyzes the Federal False Claims Act's Public Disclosure Bar after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

To dismiss a case based on the public disclosure bar, the defense will have to establish that the allegations of fraud already were exposed in the news media or certain federal sources of information. Pharmaceutical, health…more

Affordable Care Act, False Claims Act (FCA), FOIA, FRCP 9(b), Health Care Providers

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Gist of the Action Doctrine May Not Bar Tort Claims Arising from Negligent Performance of Contractual Duties

On December 15, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court broke its long silence on the gist of the action doctrine when it issued its decision in Bruno v. Erie Insurance Co. The gist of the action doctrine precludes a plaintiff from…more

Contract Disputes, Homeowner's Insurance, Insurance Litigation, Negligence, Property Damage

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More Biotech and Diagnostic Patents At Risk After Federal Circuit Decision

On December 17, 2014, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals found that certain claims relating to Myriad’s BRCA1 genetic test for breast and ovarian cancer were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 as being ineligible for patent…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, DNA, Mayo v. Prometheus

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Second Circuit Rules PATRIOT Act Does Not Authorize Government's Bulk Telephone Metadata Collection Program

In yet another reminder of the importance of maintaining the privacy of personal information, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in ACLU v. Clapper, issued a unanimous decision striking down the National Security Agency’s bulk…more

ACLU, ACLU v Clapper, Appeals, Edward Snowden, Ex Parte

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U.S. - India Newsletter Vol. 2016, Issue 2

Welcome to the second issue of our newsletter, which features news and articles of interest from Pepper’s U.S.-India Practice. In the first quarter of 2016, we saw a lot of activity in the international data privacy space,…more

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Corporate Governance, Corporate Misconduct, Corruption

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The 100-Day Program at the ITC

In light of Audio Processing Hardware, it is now clear that, with respect to appeals of ITC 100-day program determinations, Commission determinations against a complainant are immediately appealable, while determinations in…more

28 U.S.C. § 1295(a)(6), ALJ, Article III, Federal Pilot Programs, ITC

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Third Circuit Clarifies the Ascertainability Standard in Class Certification Proceedings

In a precedential opinion issued on April 16, 2015, the Third Circuit sought to clarify its requirement that a proposed class be sufficiently ascertainable in order to be certified under Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(b)(3). Expressing…more

Appeals, Ascertainable Class, Class Action, Class Certification, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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A Sweet Win for Hershey Medical Center's Proposed Merger: District Court Denies FTC's Attempt to Block Pennsylvania Hospital Merger

The district court’s decision may mark a turning point away from purely formulaic reliance on the FTC’s preferred approach and the testimony of self-interested payers…more

Antitrust Provisions, FTC, Health Care Providers, Hospital Mergers, Hospitals

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Extended SEC MCDC Initiative Deadline Does Little to Lessen Urgency

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently modified its Enforcement Division’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative in order to encourage as much participation in the program as…more

Deadlines, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, MCDC, SEC

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Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission Approves Oil and Gas Rulemaking

The purpose of the rulemaking is to modify and update existing requirements related to surface activities associated with the development of conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells…more

Department of Environmental Protection, Oil & Gas, Rulemaking Process, Surface Water, Underground Injection Wells

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NJ Law Grants Tenants Implied Right To Attorney’s Fees Under Residential Leases

New Jersey’s residential landlord/tenant statute has long been considered “tenant-friendly.” This trend continues with the recent enactment of Assembly Bill 3851signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie on January 17, 2014. Under…more

Attorney's Fees, Landlords, Leases, Residential Leases, Tenants

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Title IX: Responding To Sexual Harassment And Violence Incidents

Confronting these emotionally laden, incendiary events requires an even-handed and fearless approach - A senior administrator recently described the issues related to sexual misconduct as a dormant volcano that lies…more

Corporate Counsel, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Title IX, Workplace Violence

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Court of Appeals of Michigan Holds Contractor Cannot Recover Eichleay Damages from Supplier Absent Contractual Right and Proof that Delay in Delivery Caused an Actual Loss

ITT Water & Wastewater USA, Inc. v. L. D’Agostini & Sons, Inc., 2016 Mich. App. LEXIS 579 (March 17, 2016) - This action arises out of a contract dispute between plaintiff, ITT Water & Wastewater USA, Inc. (“ITT”), and…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Construction Project, Contract Disputes, Damages

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Description of the Small Business Investment Company Debenture Program

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)…more

Community Reinvestment Act, Debentures, Investment, Leveraged Lending, SBA

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FDA's 'Active Moiety' Interpretation of the Three-Year Clinical Investigation Exclusivity

The court found that a different interpretation could result in marketing exclusivity for the original innovator drug in perpetuity. In Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. v. Burwell, the U.S. District Court for the District of…more

Clinical Trials, FDA, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Patent Applications, Pharmaceutical Industry

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A Radical Overhaul? The Third Circuit Analyzes the Federal False Claims Act's Public Disclosure Bar after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

To dismiss a case based on the public disclosure bar, the defense will have to establish that the allegations of fraud already were exposed in the news media or certain federal sources of information. Pharmaceutical, health…more

Affordable Care Act, False Claims Act (FCA), FOIA, FRCP 9(b), Health Care Providers

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Supreme Court's Spokeo Ruling Could Broadly Impact Consumer Class Actions

The Court’s discussion of concrete injuries likely applies to other statutory consumer class actions based solely on technical violations. On May 16, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Spokeo,…more

Article III, Class Action, FCRA, Injury-in-Fact, SCOTUS

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Delaware Bankruptcy Court: Debtors Can Offset Administrative Claims Before General Unsecured Claims

While section 503(b)(9) claims deserve priority payment over general unsecured claims, they do not provide a basis for stripping a debtor’s defenses in determining the allowed amount of a section 503(b)(9) claim…more

Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Section 503(b)(9)

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A Response to: 'Forcing Lawyers to Perform Pro Bono Services'

In his article in Verdict (July 18, 2016), Prof. Ronald Rotunda, responding to comments on pro bono delivered by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at a national conference of the American Law Institute, rightly states that…more

Client Services, Law Practice Management, Model Rules, Pro Bono, Young Lawyers

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Second Circuit Holds Class Can Be Decertified After Jury Verdict

A class certification ruling is always subject to challenge if the class representative does not prove the necessary elements of class certification. On July 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Corporate Counsel, Late Fees, Mortgage Servicers

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Third Circuit Decertifies Class on Numerosity Grounds, Listing Relevant Factors for the First Time

The Modafinil decision bodes well for defendants and represents another step toward increased scrutiny of the class action device in the Third Circuit. On September 13, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…more

Antitrust Litigation, Appeals, Class Action, Class Certification, Delay Claims

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Getting the Benefit of Your 'Exclusive Use' Bargain

Make sure your retail tenant’s “exclusive use” applies to all shopping center parcels. An “exclusive use” provision in a lease is a retail tenant’s best friend — it prohibits the landlord from allowing other space in a…more

Commercial Leases, Exclusive Use, Retail Market, Retailers, Shopping Centers

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Federal Contractors Must Comply with New Rules on Sex Bias

Contractors should be careful not to implement any policies or practices that may have a disparate, adverse impact on one sex unless they are job-related and consistent with business necessity. Originally published in The…more

EEOC, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors, Gender Discrimination, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination

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Federal Circuit Highlights Claim Construction in Patent Eligibility Analysis

The case demonstrates that the eligibility analysis is highly fact-specific and dependent on properly construed claims. In McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal…more

Abstract Ideas, Animation, Claim Construction, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Computer-Related Inventions

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EU Court of Justice: Safe Harbor Decision Permitting EU-U.S. Personal Data Transfers Is Invalid

Ruling affects approximately 5,000 U.S. companies that have relied on the Safe Harbor to transfer personal data from the EU to the United States. Key Points - - The approach of the U.S. government to personal…more

Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Data Security, Data Transfers, European Court of Justice (ECJ)

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No Easy A: SEC Proposes Rules For Regulation A+

In the last of its major rulemaking proposals under the JOBS Act, on December 18, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to publish proposed rules to modify and develop Regulation A, the so-called (and…more

Crowdfunding, Investors, JOBS Act, Preemption, Public Offerings

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[Webinar] Registration of 'Disparaging' Trademarks After 'The Slants' - January 27, 12:00-1:00pm, EST

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which bars registration of marks that “disparage” a group of people, is an unconstitutional infringement of First Amendment free speech rights…more

Continuing Legal Education, Disparagement, First Amendment, Free Speech, Lanham Act

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Extension Period Expires for Pennsylvania Development Permits, Approvals

Now that the extension period has ended, it is imperative for those involved in real estate development to review and understand the approvals and permits that affect their properties and properly calculate and verify the…more

Building Permits, Construction Industry, Construction Permits, Construction Project, Land Developers

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Supreme Court Narrows Interpretation Of Federal Corruption Statute

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, narrowing the definition of an “official act” in federal corruption cases. McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474 (2016)…more

Bribery, Corruption, Criminal Prosecution, Extortion, Governor McDonnell

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The 'Palmetto Put-Down' Endangers Drug Cos. Nationwide

On Feb. 25, 2015, nearly two years after argument, the South Carolina Supreme Court directed entry of a $136 million judgment against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. These civil penalties stemmed from a suit brought by the state's…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, Deceptive Intent, FDA, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Labeling

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Reporting a Future Violation of Law Is Not Protected by Michigan's Whistleblower Protection Act

In Pace v. Edel-Harrelson, No. 151374 (Mich. S. Ct. Feb. 1, 2016), the Michigan Supreme Court held that Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) does not provide recourse to an employee who reports another’s intent to…more

MI Supreme Court, Policy Violations, Whistleblower Protection Policies, Whistleblowers

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The Risk Retention Rules: A Victory for Securitizations Involving Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities?

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, it mandated the creation of risk retention rules in an effort to align the incentives of sponsors of asset-backed securities (ABS) with the interests of investors and to improve the…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Dodd-Frank, Risk Retention, RMBS

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[Webinar] Making Them Pay: Winning Attorney Fees in Patent Litigation - Oct. 8th, 12:00pm EDT

In most litigation, each party pays its own attorney fees and costs, regardless of the outcome of the case. The Patent Act of 1952, however, allowed for an award of fees to the prevailing party in patent litigation in…more

Attorney's Fees, Exceptional Case, Fee-Shifting, Intellectual Property Litigation, Octane Fitness v. ICON

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A New Tool for Health App Developers to Navigate a Crowded Regulatory Field

As regulators seek to define their authority and the scope of their enforcement power, more health apps will continue to flood the marketplace and transform how patients are treated. As mobile health applications become…more

App Developers, Covered Entities, FDA, FTC, Health Care Providers

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Intellectual Property Issues for Health Care Providers - November 2014

In This Presentation: - Introduction - Intellectual Property (IP) Basics - IP Strategy - IP Encountered by Health Care Providers - Securing Ownership of IP Assets - Managing/Registering…more

Business Assets, Copyright, Health Care Providers, Patents, Trade Secrets

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When May a Previously Approved Site Closure Not Provide Closure - Reopening Vapor Intrusion Sites

We can expect the trend seen in Massachusetts and some other states of reevaluating and reopening previously closed sites to address the vapor intrusion pathway to grow. Massachusetts is the latest state to reevaluate the…more

Contaminated Properties, Department of Environmental Protection, EPA, Toxic Exposure, Vapor Intrusion

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Gist of the Action Doctrine May Not Bar Tort Claims Arising from Negligent Performance of Contractual Duties

On December 15, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court broke its long silence on the gist of the action doctrine when it issued its decision in Bruno v. Erie Insurance Co. The gist of the action doctrine precludes a plaintiff from…more

Contract Disputes, Homeowner's Insurance, Insurance Litigation, Negligence, Property Damage

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OIG Issues HHS Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan

The Work Plan describes more than 100 initiatives, including 43 new initiatives for the upcoming year. On November 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued its annual…more

Healthcare, Medicaid, Medical Devices, Medicare, Section 340B

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EEOC Issues Nationwide Policy of Providing Charging Parties with Employers' Complete Position Statements

Most employment discrimination cases begin with agency action, in which the aggrieved employee brings his/her claim or Charge to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or its state or local agency equivalent, for…more

Corporate Counsel, EEOC, Employment Discrimination, Testimonial Statements

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Does Federal Bankruptcy Law Preempt State Law Fraudulent Transfer Claims Assigned to a Bankruptcy Estate Representative?

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware recently issued an opinion that addresses, among other issues, the question of whether section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code preempts certain fraudulent transfer avoidance…more

Bankruptcy Code, Commercial Bankruptcy, Fraudulent Transfers, Leveraged Buyout, Preemption

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Every Picture Tells a Story... Convincing Regulators and Courts of Your Client’s Position

When facing the potential of spending large sums of money on remediation, administrative enforcement, or litigation due to a chemical release to the environment, you must be able to take the collected information and data and…more

ASTM, Contaminated Properties, Data Collection, Enforcement Actions, Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

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CFPB Issues Final Mortgage Servicing Rules

On January 17, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued two final servicing rules that amend and add new provisions to the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Rules), as…more

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage, CFPB, Delinquent Borrowers, Dodd-Frank, Loss Mitigation

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It Is Not All Bad News from the Supreme Court in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez

In a recent clash between contract principles and the mootness doctrine, contract principles won. Relying on traditional contract principles, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6–3 decision on January 20, holding that an unaccepted…more

Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Class Representatives, Corporate Counsel, Mootness

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Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee…more

Appeals, Class Action, Class Certification, Corporate Counsel, Employee Definition

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FinCEN Proposes Fifth BSA Pillar

On July 30, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the Proposed Rule) to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence (CDD) requirements as a fifth pillar under the Bank…more

Bank Secrecy Act, Banks, Due Diligence, Financial Regulatory Reform, FinCEN

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Franchise Relationships, Personal Information and Trade Secret Liability

Corporate entities that share confidential personal information with each other, including those in franchise relationships, should strongly consider potential privacy and trade secret risks and consider available alternative…more

Big Data, Confidential Information, Consumer Information, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Economic Espionage Act

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