Snell & Wilmer

Cheerleaders and Laches

Monday the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear cases on patent laches, SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag et al. v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC et al., and copyright protection for clothing, Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Additional Paid Sick Leave Requirements in Los Angeles

On April 19, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 to pass a motion that directs the City Attorney to draft an ordinance requiring employers to provide employees who work for them in the City of Los Angeles for 30 or…more
| Labor & Employment Law

House of Representatives Passes Defend Trade Secrets Act

The House of Representatives passed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) on April 27, 2016 with a vote of 410-2. Strong, unified support for the DTSA by the House of Representatives closely followed its unanimous…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

Is Coal Down For The Count

Last week Peabody Energy announced that it filed bankruptcy. Peabody is the nation’s largest coal company. The filing by Peabody comes on the heels of the January 2016 bankruptcy filing by Arch Coal, the nation’s second…more
| Bankruptcy, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

IRS: Don’t Answer All the 5500 Questions!

The 2015 Form 5500 added some new optional compliance questions for the 2015 Forms 5500 and 5500-SF. In December 2015, the IRS issued frequently asked questions on the new compliance questions and strongly encouraged plan…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Defend Trade Secrets Act Progresses

The Defend Trade Secrets Act continues to move through Congress.  Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved the bill without any amendments, sending the DTSA to the House floor for a vote. …more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

ADEQ Director Testifies before Congress in Opposition to EPA Ozone Standard

On Thursday, April 14th, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Misael Cabrera testified before Congress regarding naturally occurring ozone levels in parts of Arizona making it impossible to comply with…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Late Or Incorrect Forms 1095-C: The IRS Provides Relief, But Only For Employers Acting In Good Faith To Comply Or Who Missed The Deadline Due To Reasonable Cause

Many employers struggled to furnish correct Forms 1095-C to employees by the March 31, 2016 deadline. Section 6721(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code provides penalties for failure to furnish Forms 1095-C to individuals by the…more
| Insurance, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Key Changes In The Nevada Rules Of Appellate Procedure

The past year has brought more changes to the Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure (NRAP) than several previous years combined. The creation of the new Court of Appeals resulted in substantial changes to the rules. Also of note…more
| Civil Procedure

A Wellness Win for Employers, But Will it Last?

As explained in our April 21, 2015 and May 9, 2015 blog posts, wellness programs that are part of a group health plan are subject to the HIPAA nondiscrimination rules, and other state and federal laws including, but not limited…more
| Civil Rights, Health, Labor & Employment Law

Special Rules for Eviction Actions

In a recent case, the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed the special rules of procedure for eviction actions. The eviction rules became effective January 1, 2009. In Sotomayor v. Sotomayor-Munoz, 735 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 28 (March…more
| Civil Procedure, Real Estate - Residential

In the Global War for Data Privacy, Germany, France and Norway Launch First Strikes under ‘The Shield’

In the comic book world, one is often either a DC person or a Marvel person. In the data privacy world, one could say the European Court of Justice ruling last fall inspired the switch from DC’s Aquaman’s (Safe) Harbor to…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Nevada Supreme Court Holds that Foreclosure Of HOA Lien Extinguishes Equal Priority HOA Lien.

In Nevada’s master-planned communities it is common for one home to be in multiple homeowners’ associations. In such cases there is generally a master association for the master-planned community and then sub-associations for…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

California Court of Appeal Finds that Employers are Required to Reasonably Accommodate Even Non-disabled Employees

On April 4, 2016, the California Court of Appeal issued an unprecedented ruling in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers to reasonably…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

FDA Approves Second Biosimilar – Inflectra™ – The First Monoclonal Antibody Biosimilar

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on April 5 its second ever approval of a biosimilar – Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) – for multiple indications. Inflectra was developed by Celltrion Inc. and licensed to Pfizer…more
| Health, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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