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Ninth Circuit Raises Bar for Approving Changes in State Medicaid Reimbursement

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court raised the bar last week for what states must prove to establish that their Medicaid provider reimbursement rates are sufficient to ensure a robust network of providers...more

Court Decision May Slow SEC Approval of SRO Rules

The SEC must generally approve rules and rule changes by self-regulatory organizations, which are referred to as SROs. According to this SEC web page, there are 37 active SROs. The volume of rule filings submitted for...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In Honeywell v. Mexichem the Circuit vacates a Board determination of obviousness, ruling that the Board improperly relied on inherency, appeared to shift the burden of nonobviousness to the patentee, and violated the APA by...more

D.C. Circuit Decides Part C DSH Issue in Favor of Providers

by King & Spalding on

On July 25, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that HHS violated the terms of the Medicare statute by failing to undertake notice-and-comment rulemaking in implementing its...more

ExxonMobil Fined $2 Million for Ukraine/Russia Sanctions Violations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a $2 million civil monetary penalty against Exxon Mobil Corp., including its U.S. subsidiaries ExxonMobil Development...more

The New Administration’s Deregulatory Agenda and its Impact on Environmental & Energy Policy

by Sullivan & Worcester on

As seen in the first six months of President Trump’s Administration, the country is on a rollercoaster ride. There is much uncertainty regarding the implementation of new policies and the status of existing programs...more

Pot-Friendly Credit Union Gets Second Chance at Master Account

A credit union seeking to provide banking services to marijuana-related businesses is flying high after the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, reversed an order dismissing its suit requesting a master account at the...more

Contractors Need to Fully Address False Claims Act Allegations During Suspension or Debarment Proceedings

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Companies involved in False Claims Act suits filed by qui tam relators often find themselves facing potential suspension or debarment from federal contracting. A recent decision out of the United States District Court for the...more

Cause for Concern Over Organic Fertilizer Made from Food Waste?

by Downey Brand LLP on

In December 2016, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued guidance 5034-1 that can be interpreted as approving of food waste for use in organic crop production (for example, as an input in fertilizer) without regard to...more

D.C. District Court Allows Payday Lenders’ Due Process Claims To Proceed In Case Against “Operation Choke Point”

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 5, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia, in the lawsuit filed in 2014 challenging “Operation Choke Point” — a federal enforcement initiative involving various agencies, including the Consumer...more

State AGs seek injunction against Dept. of Education postponement of the Borrower Defense Rule; DeVos continues “regulatory reset”...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have filed suit against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seeking an injunction of the Department of Education’s indefinite postponement of the Obama Administration’s Borrower...more

The Federal Circuit Clarifies Notice Requirements in AIA Trials

In EmeraChem Holdings LLC v. Volkswagen Group of Am. Inc., No. 2016-1984 (Fed. Cir. 2017), the Federal Circuit faulted the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) for violating the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) in an...more

Rarely Granted Motion to Amend Defeated in the Federal Circuit

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

In Shinn Fu Co. of Am. v. Tire Hanger Corp., No. 16-2250 (Fed. Cir. 2017), the Federal Circuit reviewed a successful motion to amend granted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”). This appeal arose from an inter...more

The Parties’ Briefs in Nevada v. DOL Are In…Now What?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On June 30, the Department of Labor filed its reply brief to support its appeal from a preliminary injunction that enjoined the DOL from implementing its 2016 revisions to the salary-level tests for...more

What the D.C. Circuit decision vacating stay of EPA rule could mean for final CFPB arbitration and payday loan rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

I recently blogged about the rumor I heard from a reliable source that the CFPB will issue a final arbitration rule by the end of July. That rumor appears to be gaining traction, with a major industry trade group telling its...more

PTAB Free to Adopt Claim Constructions Independent of Party Contentions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) may arrive at its own claim broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) independent of those proffered by the parties and...more

Gainful Employment and the AACS court decision: What it means for schools

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On June 28, 2017, the D.C. District Court issued its opinion and order in the matter of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (“AACS”) v. the U.S. Department of Education. AACS challenged the Department’s Gainful...more

Schwabe In The Field: Certainty on the “Waters of the United States” Remains Elusive

On June 27, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that will rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule, often referred to as the Waters of the...more

FDA’s Delay of the Menu Labeling Rule Challenged

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two consumer advocacy groups recently sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for delaying the compliance deadline for the agency’s 2014 menu labeling rule for a fourth time. The menu labeling rule requires menu items...more

Federal Circuit Puts the Brakes on PTAB Final Written Decision For Procedural APA Violation

In EmeraChem Holdings LLC v. Volkswagen Group of Am. Inc., the Federal Circuit reminded the PTAB that it must abide by the APA’s requirements of adequate notice and an opportunity to respond when conducting a post-grant...more

Even If Enacted, The Choice Act May Not Repeal The SEC’s Pay Ratio Rule

by Allen Matkins on

While prognosticators continue to place odds on whether the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, H.R. 10, will be enacted, many commentators are claiming that it will “repeal” the Securities and Exchange Commission’s pay ratio rule....more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In EmeraChem v Volkswagen the Circuit reverses a determination of obviousness because the ?Board did not provide the patentee with an adequate opportunity to address a prior art reference ?that formed a principal basis for...more

Court Rules DOJ Enforcement Directive Arbitrary and Capricious

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A U.S. District Court in Arizona has ruled that DOJ’s narrow interpretation of the requirements for a criminal misdemeanor under the Endangered Species Act went beyond unreviewable prosecutorial discretion, and its policy was...more

The Federal Circuit Gives Patent Owners A Fighting Chance: Due Process In IPR Proceedings

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The June 15 decision by the Federal Circuit, EmeraChem Holdings, LLC v. Volkswagen Group of Am., Inc., highlights the power of a procedural challenge to a final written decision by the PTAB. Procedural challenges should be...more

The Taxpayer Transparency And Fairness Act Is Anything But

by Allen Matkins on

Recently, I wrote about the stealth with which the California legislature enacted AB 102, which it ironically named the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017. Having been birthed in opacity, AB 102 will operate with...more

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