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Department of Energy Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee Solicitation Alert

On July 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) issued the final version of its Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation. As discussed in our previous WSGR Alert regarding the…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Aereo Infringes Broadcasters' Copyrights Despite "Behind-the-Scenes" Technological Innovations Designed to Avoid Infringement

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its eagerly anticipated decision in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., et al. v. Aereo, Inc., fka Bamboom Labs, Inc., No. 13-461.1 In a 6-3 majority opinion, the Court found…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Supreme Court Upholds Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

The California Supreme Court has upheld the use of class action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements. In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles (June 23, 2014), the court held that a state's refusal to enforce…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Declines to Overrule the Presumption of Reliance in Securities Class Actions - Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. Halliburton called into question the very foundation of a securities class action—the presumption of…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms That Abstract Ideas Are Patent-Ineligible Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit's en banc decision that petitioner Alice Corporation's asserted patent claims are invalid for being directed to a patent-ineligible abstract idea…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Spotlight on Antitrust: Asia Edition

In this issue: - The U.S. DOJ Secures Two Extraditions of Foreign Nationals on Antitrust Charges: Who Is Next? - U.S. Circuit Courts Limit Reach of Sherman Act Against Asian Cartel - Mark Rosman, Partner at…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

The General Court's Intel Decision—"Back to the Seventies"

On June 12, 2014, the General Court in Luxembourg upheld the European Commission's 2009 (record) fine of €1.06 billion against Intel for abusing its dominant position in the market for x86 CPU microprocessors by offering…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Federal Circuit Standard for Indefiniteness in Patent Cases

In a unanimous decision yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Federal Circuit's standard for determining whether patent claims are indefinite under 35.U.S.C. § 112, ¶2 in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. The…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Supreme Court Limits the Reach of Induced Patent Infringement

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision that an entity cannot be liable for inducing patent infringement of a method claim where two or more entities perform the required steps of the claim. The…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Federal Court of Appeals Addresses Oft-Debated Definition of "Instrumentality" Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On May 16, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals was the first federal appellate court to weigh in on the controversial definition of "instrumentality" under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In United States v…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

District Court Upholds HSR Rulemaking on Pharmaceutical Patent Licensing Transactions

The transfer of certain patent rights in the pharmaceutical industry will remain subject to the premerger notification rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act) after a federal judge rejected a challenge brought by the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Applications Now Being Accepted for USDA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grant and Loan Program

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will begin accepting new applications for grants and loans under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2014…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting

Reminder: New Online Commerce Rules Coming to the EU

On June 13, 2014, a series of new laws affecting businesses active in the online sale of goods and services (including content) to customers in the European Union will come into force. By that date, each EU member state must…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade

Proposed IRS Regulations Would Qualify PV Modules as Real Property under REIT Rules in Certain Circumstances

On May 9, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations that clarify the definition of real property for purposes of the real estate investment trust (REIT) provisions of the Internal Revenue Code…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial

Delaware Supreme Court Endorses "Fee-Shifting" Bylaw in Certified Question of Law

On May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court provided an en banc answer to a certified question of law from the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware captioned ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, concluding that…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws
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