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Websites and Apps Have More COPPA Options

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently approved an additional method for website operators and mobile application ("app") developers to obtain parental consent to collect identifying information from children. It also…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Increasing Russian Sanctions Target Financial and Energy Sectors

On July 16, the U.S. government further expanded the sanctions imposed in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to reclaim the Crimean Peninsula as a part of the Russian Federation. These expanded sanctions…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

U.S. Supreme Court Changes Fiduciary Rules for Retirement Plans with Employer Stock

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision affects fiduciaries of retirement plans that have investments in employer stock. In the decision, the Supreme Court held that a retirement plan fiduciary is not entitled to a presumption of…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

California Supreme Court Addresses Test for Independent Contractor Status and Class Certification of Independent Contractor Misclassification Claims

Employers frequently struggle with determining when a service provider should be classified as an independent contractor, as opposed to an "employee." Getting the answer to that question wrong can prove significant in many ways…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Federal Circuit Reverses District Court and Orders Stay Pending Covered Business Method Patent Review

On July 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed a statutory provision of the recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA) that permits a stay of a district court patent litigation pending a Covered…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

The Fate of Delaware "Fee-Shifting" Bylaws

A topic of considerable controversy within the corporate community over the past two months has been the possibility of adopting a "fee-shifting" provision in the bylaws of Delaware corporations. Depending on how it is drafted,…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

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
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