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Outliers: CMS Explains its Reasoning for FY2004 Fixed Loss Threshold Calculation

In accordance with the order issued by the D.C. Circuit in District Hospital Partners, LP v. Burwell and related cases, on January 22, CMS issued an explanation of the methodology it used to calculate the fixed-loss threshold...more

APA Review of IPR Decisions to Institute Proving to be a Dead-end

The recent ruling in Medtronic v. Lee, No. 1-15-cv-946 (E.D. Va. Jan. 21, 2016) clarifies certain important questions about whether APA review is available when a petitioner is dissatisfied with the PTAB institution decision....more

District Court Declines To Redress The SEC’s Failure To Respond To Petition Seeking Political Spending Disclosure Rule

Although placed right up front in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances is often overshadowed by the other First Amendment rights. There can be no doubt,...more

Breaking Immigration News: F-1 OPT STEM Decision Extended Until May 10, 2016; Gives DHS Additional Time to Implement Final Rule

On January 23, 2016, Judge Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion to extend the current stay of her prior order which will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to utilize...more

Immigration Update: Court grants government extension request for OPT STEM rule

An update to the notice we posted last week about the ongoing STEM OPT litigation: The court, in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, granted the government (Department of...more

A Court Must Expressly Retain Jurisdiction to Enforce the Terms of a Settlement Agreement

In Mirsad Hajro and James R. Mayock v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, et al. (collectively, “USCIS”), 2016 S.O.S. 11-17948, The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals held that it had jurisdiction to review...more

Labor Law 2015: A Year In Review

National Labor Relations Board spends Most of 2015 With a Full Complement of Members; Down to Four at Year’s End. For about two-thirds of the year, the National Labor Relations Board operated with a full complement of...more

The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in four cases today: Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, No. 14-857: Respondent Jose Gomez received Navy recruitment text messages without his consent. He filed a nationwide...more

Recent Buy America Developments

At the end of 2015, two modal administrations of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) have encountered changes to their Buy America programs. Both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal...more

Update on STEM OPT Litigation

Many of you are following the STEM OPT saga closely. As the original deadline of February 12, 2016, approaches, we are providing this brief update. As background, the OPT (optional practical training) program is part...more

Supreme Court grants Certiorari in Texas v. USA

Tuesday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Texas v. USA, setting the stage for a blockbuster opinion on the legality of the centerpiece of President Obama’s program to lift the threat of deportation and provide...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Major Immigration Case Just as the Presidential Election Heats Up

Immigration is already a major issue in this year’s presidential race, as candidates from both parties try to score political points out of the presence of roughly eleven million undocumented immigrants in the country and the...more

Nine U.S. Senators Urge Obama Administration to Issue Title III Website Regulations ASAP

In late December, nine Democratic senators (Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Benjamin L. Cardin...more

Court Dismisses Case Requesting SEC be Required to Adopt Rules Regarding Disclosure of Political Contributions

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed a two-count complaint asking the Court to mandate the SEC be required to adopt rules regarding disclosure of political contributions. The plaintiff...more

Blog: Court Dismisses Case To Compel SEC To Act On Rulemaking Petition For Corporate Political Spending Disclosure

As noted in Law360, a DC District Court has granted the SEC’s motion to dismiss a complaint filed to compel the SEC to act on a rulemaking petition regarding corporate political spending disclosure. ...more

Lessons from Latham & Watkins’ Representation of Pacira Pharmaceuticals In Ground-Breaking Settlement with FDA

FDA rescinds warning letter and admits to incorrect interpretation of drug’s labelling. What can the life sciences industry learn? On December 15, 2015, Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Pacira) announced that the US Food &...more

FAA Announces Drone Registration, but Legal Challenges Loom

[Note: In light of the FAA’s announcement of the drone registry, we’ve revisited our recent analysis of its authority to require registration.] On December 14, 2015, the FAA issued the much-anticipated “Registration and...more

Supreme Court to Decide if Army Corps Initial Jurisdictional Determination to Regulate Wetlands Under CWA is Ripe for Judicial...

By Andrew H. Perellis, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed on Friday to review an important Clean Water Act (CWA) decision issued by the Eighth Circuit in Hawkes Co.,...more

Ropes & Gray Advises Pacira Pharmaceuticals in Reaching Landmark Settlement Agreement with FDA

A cross-disciplinary team of Ropes & Gray attorneys advised Pacira Pharmaceuticals on its December 14 settlement agreement with FDA. On behalf of Pacira, Ropes & Gray had filed suit against FDA in September 2015 in the U.S...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Important Case Affecting Development in Wetlands

A critical part of the permitting process for many development projects is obtaining federal and state wetland permits. The key wetland authorization is usually a Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

Merck & Cie v. Gnosis S.P.A. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

As she has done many times before (and so many times that she has been unfairly characterized as a scold on the Federal Circuit), Judge Lorraine Newman dissented from the panel majority decision affirming an obviousness...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19165 - Dept. of Transportation v. White Oak Corp. - SC19165 Dissent - Dept. of Transportation v. White Oak Corp. Despite a very convoluted history, the essence of...more

Challenging a CFPB Civil Investigative Demand Can Be Done without Revealing a Company Is Being Investigated

One of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) key investigative and enforcement tools is to issue Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs), a form of an administrative subpoena that requires the recipient to produce...more

D.C. Circuit Denies EPA Motion for Summary Affirmance of District Court Order Dismissing ESA Complaint for New Pesticide

On December 7, 2015, in Case Nos. 14-1036 and 15-5168, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an order denying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) motion for summary affirmance of an order issued...more

Task Force Makes Drone Registration Recommendations Expected to Be Adopted by the FAA, But on What Authority?

On November 21, 2015, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee, chartered by the FAA, issued its Final Report to the FAA containing the Task Force’s recommendations for how the FAA...more

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