Administrative Appeals

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AAO National Interest Waiver Decision May Open Doors for a Broader Group of Professionals and Entrepreneurs Seeking Green Cards

On December 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) —the appellate body for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—announced a new standard for National Interest Waiver visa petitions in a precedent...more

USCIS Overhauls Eligibility Standard for National Interest Waivers

In a recent precedent decision issued through its Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created a new and flexible analytical framework for determining whether a foreign...more

Appellate Division Rules That Paid Blogger Was Not An “Employee” Entitled To Unemployment Benefits, Signaling Trend Toward More...

One of the recurring themes in workplace law in 2016 was the continued crackdown on independent contractor misclassification. Both federal and state agencies, as well as the plaintiffs’ bar, invested significant resources to...more

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) bill signed by Gov. Cuomo

A bill expediting New York's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) appeals process was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on November 28, 2016. The legislation (A9711/S6865) will require state agencies to appeal adverse...more

Court Orders HHS to Fix the Medicare Appeals Backlog by the End of 2020

Medicare providers with pending cases at the administrative law judge (“ALJ”) level received positive news last week as a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (the “Court”) granted...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2016"

In this month's Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we review an 11th Circuit case involving the longstanding battle between the FTC and medical company LabMD, recent NIST guidelines for securing devices connected to the...more

Does the NLRA Protect Racist Insults by Picketing Workers?

A case currently under consideration in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals deserves watching. The case will determine whether the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects a picketing employee’s right to hurl racist...more

LabMD Scores Early Win in FTC Appeal

The fight between the Federal Trade Commission and LabMD, the defunct medical testing lab, entered a new chapter late yesterday. In a 13-page ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit said that LabMD’s...more

Appeal of Final Refusal Maintaining that Human Jewelry is “Closely Related” to Pet Accessories

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. asked the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to reconsider its rejection of an application for the mark GEORGE in connection with watches, clocks, jewelry, and imitation jewelry in Class 14 (U.S....more

New York’s Highest Court: No “Stretch” in Yogi’s Independent Contractor Classification

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals recently rejected the narrow view of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board and found that substantial evidence did not support a finding that certain yoga instructors were...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: EU – Biodiesel (Argentina)

Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has delivered a mixed verdict in Argentina's challenge to EU anti-dumping measures on biodiesel. The Appellate Body rejected Argentina's claims that part of the EU Basic Regulation on...more

Five Key Takeaways From the D.C. Circuit’s PHH Decision

The legal challenge by PHH Corp. (PHH) to a June 4, 2015, decision by the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) in connection with the Bureau’s enforcement proceeding against PHH has captivated the...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Brings First Stand-Alone Whistleblower Retaliation Enforcement Action - On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought its first stand-alone whistleblower retaliation case under...more

California: Cal/OSHA Transitions to Electronic Case Management

California employers will soon be able electronically manage California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board ("OSHAB") cases...more

District Court Denies Stay in Litigation Over Medicare Appeals Backlog

On September 19, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a request by HHS to stay proceedings in litigation brought by the American Hospital Association and several providers seeking to compel the...more

Leaving a Tart Taste in One Processor’s Mouth: Court Dismisses Claims of a Plaintiff Subject to the Tart Cherry Order

Agricultural law can often be complicated, but it is not always this "tart." Burnette Foods, a tart cherry processor in Michigan, has found itself in an ironic position: it is subject to a law that was enacted with...more

D.C. District Ct Applies Prohibition on Administrative and Judicial Review to IRF PPS Rates

On July 25, 2016, Judge John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a memorandum opinion broadly construing 42 U.S.C. § 1395ww(j) to prohibit administrative or judicial review of a...more

CMS Proposes ACA Marketplace Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018

CMS has proposed its annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, which would apply to participation in Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2018. In particular, the rule proposes revisions to the...more

FDIC on Marketplace Lending, Supervisory Appeals and Communication

The latest regulator attempting to rein in controls on the marketplace lending industry is the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC). Marketplace lending to consumer borrowers generally runs through state-chartered banks....more

PTO Initiates Post-Prosecution Pilot Program

On July 11, 2016, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) announced a new pilot program to enhance after final practice. The Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3) combines elements of the Pre-Appeal Request for Review and AFCP...more

You Received a Health Insurance Marketplace Notice from HHS – Now What?

Take a deep breath. The HHS Health Insurance Marketplace Notice (the “Notice”) may seem to be a nuisance, but it does not necessarily mean that you will be subject to employer shared responsibility penalties....more

Accountability and Transition in ICANN’s New gTLD Program

Bringing accountability to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the little known yet hugely significant global regulator of the Internet domain name system, is always a significant victory. ICANN...more

Tenth Circuit Orders Truck Driver Who Abandoned Trailer on Interstate Highway to be Reinstated with Backpay

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Tenth Circuit held that a trucking company unlawfully retaliated against a truck driver after he abandoned a trailer on a public highway, finding that his actions constituted a protected refusal to...more

A Favorable, New Climate for Challenging Medicare Appeals

Over the past decade, health care providers seeking to challenge Medicare claim denials have faced increasing delays in reaching what many consider the most important step in the Medicare appeals process - a hearing before an...more

[Webinar] Key Cal/OSHA Issues that California Employers Must Understand - July 21st, 4:00 pm EDT

The state of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, is perhaps the most aggressive and enforcement heavy approved state OSH program. Cal/OSHA faces many fewer bureaucratic...more

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