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Trademark Review - December 2014

The TTAB Sets the Rules for Pleading Abandonment of a Section 66(a) Registration - VENM seeks registration of the mark VENM for dance costumes. Dragon Bleu opposed registration of VENM’s mark based on 3 earlier...more

District Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to SEC Administrative Proceedings

We recently wrote that critics, including Judge Jed Rakoff, have been questioning the SEC’s policy of increasingly bringing enforcement actions in its administrative forum rather than federal court. We noted that several...more

There’s No Place Like Home: SEC Increasingly Uses Administrative Proceedings

Stung by adverse court rulings in some of its enforcement cases, the SEC is bringing more of those cases in its own forum—an SEC administrative proceeding. ...more

Suit to Enjoin SEC Forum Selection Dismissed

Many have expressed concern regarding the increasing use of administrative proceedings by the SEC. Those concerns range from the fairness of the forum to the impact of its lack of discovery on complex cases to the right to a...more

Pitchess Motions in Administrative Hearings

California Supreme Court Holds Administrative Hearing Officers Have Authority to Grant Pitchess Motions for Discovery of Personnel Disciplinary Records - Overview: The California Supreme Court has ruled that...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc.

On December 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., the first trademark case to reach the Court in nearly ten years. William F. Jay, of...more

Proceed With Caution – Indiana Property Tax Appeals: Burden Of Proof Shifts For “Aberrational” Assessments; Appealing $50 Penalty...

A 5%+ assessment increase is “aberrational” where the property has not substantially changed year-to-year, so the Assessor carries the burden of proof. I have previously posted about Indiana’s adoption of a burden-shifting...more

Forum Selection For SEC Cases – District Court or Administrative Proceeding?

In late September the SEC filed a settled insider trading case against an associate of an unregistered investment adviser. In the Matter of Richard O’Leary, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-16166 (September 25, 2014). The next week the...more

SEC’s Administrative Proceedings: Where One Stands Appears to Depend on Where One Sits

As we have previously reported, practitioners and judges alike have recently been questioning the SEC’s increased use of administrative proceedings. Defense lawyers complain that administrative proceedings, which have...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Over the Preclusive Effect of Administrative Trademark Determinations on Future...

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in a much anticipated trademark matter, B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. et al. The primary question presented was whether a likelihood-of-confusion...more

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Critical Habitat: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Sets December 18, 2014 Public Hearing in Sacramento

As we reported in November, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) has been planning to hold a public hearing on the proposal to designate 546,335 acres of critical habitat for the western population of yellow-billed...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed a series of actions in the last two weeks which included a break for the Thanksgiving holiday. One action focused on a Swiss investment firm giving advise in the U.S. without registering with the Commission....more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014

The SEC’s Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. The Federal Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs posted the SEC’s most recent Semiannual Regulatory Agenda which, in compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, identifies...more

CFPB to hold Dec.11th field hearing on medical debt collection

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing on medical debt collection in Oklahoma City, OK on December 11. The hearing will include remarks from Director Cordray and testimony from consumer groups, industry...more

Critics Question SEC’s Increasing Use of Administrative Enforcement Proceedings

The SEC is increasingly bringing enforcement actions in its administrative forum rather than federal district court, setting the stage for a legal and policy battle over this tactic. The SEC’s approach has been made...more

Tension Between Form 21 Hearings and the Mediation Statute

At the last business meeting, the Workers’ Compensation Commission grappled with tension between the requirement to hold a hearing within 60 days on an Employer’s Request for Hearing and the requirement that cases alleging...more

MD Insurance Commissioner Holds Hearing on Draft Proposed Changes to COMAR 31.15.12 – Valuation of Motor Vehicles

On Friday November 21, 2014, the Maryland Insurance Commissioner held a hearing to gather information from the industry on the draft proposed changes to COMAR 31.15.12 – Valuation of Motor Vehicles. The draft proposed...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Remedy for Unserved Notices of Violation

What happens when the City doesn’t properly serve a notice of building code violations? In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide that issue in Stone Street Partners, LLC v. City...more

CMS Instructs MACs to Participate in ALJ Hearings

CMS officially added a new Section 3.9 to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual, effective October 27, 2014. These provisions instruct Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to assign a physician to participate at...more

SEC’s Increased Use of Administrative Proceedings Draws Criticism and Legal Challenges

The SEC’s plan to bring more enforcement actions as administrative proceedings before its own administrative law judges rather than in the federal district courts — even in insider trading cases — has been drawing increasing...more

SEC Brings Its Sixth Insider Trading Action As An Administrative Proceeding Since September

The SEC is clearly bringing more cases as administrative proceedings. To be sure, many of its “broken windows” actions are brought in that forum. At the same time, it is brining other cases which are traditionally brought as...more

Law Enforcement Bliss: The SEC As Policeman, Judge and Jury

New York’s Southern District Court Judge Jed Rakoff is always worth listening to. He expresses trenchant views about the rule of law elegantly and politely. He is fearlessly independent. Prosecutors in the US, who are...more

SEC Files Another Insider Trading Case As An Administrative Action

The SEC continued what appears to be a growing trend of bringing insider trading cases as administrative proceedings. Since the beginning of September the Commission has filed at least four insider trading actions as...more

Three Take-aways from the SEC’s Six-Month Report on Administrative Proceedings

By rule, the SEC is required to issue a report on the Commission’s administrative proceedings caseload every six months. On October 29, 2014, the SEC issued its most recent report covering the six month period from April 1,...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #5

In this issue: - In preliminarily denying two exemption requests, the SEC takes a stand for market transparency in ETFs and upholds the arbitrage mechanism that allows market prices to closely track NAVs. -...more

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