Snell & Wilmer

My Project Changed—Is My EIR Still Valid: A New California Supreme Court Case Provides Guidance

Change is inevitable. Many times between project approval and project construction fluctuations in market conditions, financing terms or other factors mandate project changes. Do the changes require a further or modified…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

American Indian Tribes and Canadian First Nations: The Impact of Gaming Law and Policy on the Industry

In the United States, Indian gaming is a $29 billion industry, with some 240 American Indian tribes operating more than 450 gaming operations in 28 states. Alan Meister, Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report (2016). In…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Indigenous Peoples, International Law & Trade

Trademarks, Service Marks, and Trade Dress: Key Facts and Pitfalls to Avoid

1. The Difference Between a Trademark, Service Mark, and Trade Dress. A trademark is any word, term, phase, symbol, logo, design, shape, tag line, background, color, scent, sound, device, or combination thereof that…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Developer Awarded Cost of Preparing Administrative Record in CEQA Lawsuit

Lawsuits under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) typically proceed as petitions for administrative mandamus. This means the petitioner is asking the court to review an agency’s decision and ultimately issue a…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Remedies, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Commercial

Ten Common Intellectual Property Mistakes

Mistake No. 1 - Not Obtaining an Obligation to Assign Inventions From Employees and Contractor - Example: Employee/contractor agreements do not: (a) assign rights to you in inventions made for you; (b) require the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Another Step Closer to Direct Potable Reuse: California Releases Draft Report on the Feasibility of Developing Regulations for Direct Potable Reuse

The California State Water Board released its Draft Report on the Feasibility of Developing Regulations for Direct Potable Reuse (the “Draft Report”). California Water Code Section 13561 defines “direct potable reuse” as “the…more
| Energy & Utilities

A Deeper Dive: Employers Receiving Federal Funding May Be Subject to ACA’s Nondiscrimination Rule and Need to Cover Transgender Benefits

In recent months, we have written a fair amount about providing transgender benefits in light of the nondiscrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Our blogs of March 30, 2016 and June 22, 2016 highlight the key…more
| Civil Rights, Health, Labor & Employment Law

New Law Deals With Digital Assets After Death

In an article earlier this year we noted that at a large number of states had introduced legislation to address an emerging issue that is unique to our Information Age: how will our digital assets be accessed and used (or kept…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Privacy Tip: Cover Your Computer Camera and Microphone

Someone may be using your laptop or your desktop web camera to watch and listen to you without your knowledge. It happens, and yes, it’s downright creepy. And to think that someone may be spying on your kids that way is truly…more
| Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The New FCPA Cooperation Plan - Revitalized program or regurgitation of existing policy?

On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an Enforcement and Guidance Plan (Plan) concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). While the new Plan could be interpreted as a novel departure from past…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Congress Releases Unclassified Summary on Snowden/NSA Leak

On September 15, 2016, the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee released its summary findings of a two-year investigation concerning the unauthorized disclosures made by former National Security Agency (NSA)…more
| Administrative Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ninth Circuit Could Reconsider Attorneys’ Fees Standard for Federal Trademark Litigation

In Octane Fitness v. ICON Health & Fitness (2014), the Supreme Court changed the standard for recovering attorneys’ fees in patent litigation. Rejecting a “rigid and mechanical formulation,” the Court adopted a looser “totality…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Privacy and The Cell Phone: Arizona Says Yes

Arizona recently recognized a “legitimate expectation of privacy” in cell phones. The case was State v. Peoples, and the opinion was issued on September 12, 2016. The Peoples case was about the police’s search of a cell…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ninth Circuit Upholds Felony Conviction of Urologist, Under FDCA, for Reusing Single-Use Needle Guides During Prostate Biopsies (September 9, 2016)

In 2014, Las Vegas urologist, Dr. Michael Kaplan, was convicted by a federal jury for reusing single-use plastic needle guides during prostate biopsies. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit adulteration in violation of the…more
| Criminal Law, Health, Professional Malpractice

Washington Answers the Question of Whether Title Companies Owe a Duty of Care to Third Parties…

Last year, the Ninth Circuit certified to the Washington Supreme Court the question of whether title companies owe a duty of care to third parties when they record legal instruments…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential
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