Administrative Procedure Act

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SCOTUS Gives Landowners New Tools to Challenge Wetlands Permitting Decisions

The United States Supreme Court handed landowners and developers a win this month in a unanimous decision allowing appeals to federal courts of Army Corps of Engineers determinations that a body of water or wetland is subject...more

Industry Organizations Sue to Prevent Enforcement of the Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s (“Department”) Fiduciary Rule and related Best Interest Contract Exemption and Prohibited Transaction Exemption amendments (collectively, the “Regulatory Package”) have faced significant resistance...more

Federal Circuit Rules That PTAB May Base AIA Trial Decision on Facts Outside Petition for Review

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently affirmed a decision by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidating two patents after an inter partes review proceeding, even though the decision...more

Immigration Showdown: Defeat for the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action Policies

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a 4 – 4 tie on issues related to the validity of the Obama administration’s contested immigration programs, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans...more

New House Bill Would Overturn Chevron Doctrine and End Judicial Deference Provided to Regulatory Agencies

On June 8, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation by a vote of 12-8 that would overturn a widely cited legal doctrine and end the practice of courts deferring to federal agencies’ interpretations of...more

Federal Circuit Weighs in on Propriety of New Evidence Adduced During IPR Trial

In Genzyme Therapeutics v. Biomarin Pharma., the Federal Circuit considered what sort of notice and opportunity to be heard in an IPR will satisfy the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA,” 5 U.S.C. § 554(b) & (c)). Genzyme...more

Supreme Court Affirms Federal Circuit in Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC

Addressing the America Invents Act proceedings for the first time, the Supreme Court’s decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC v. Lee largely maintained the status quo. The Court held that the Patent Trial and Appeal...more

Supreme Court Upholds the PTAB’s Status Quo in Cuozzo

On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, which unanimously upheld the “broadest reasonable construction” claim construction standard (BRI) used by the Patent Trial and...more

Supreme Court Maintains Status Quo on Broadest Reasonable Claim Interpretation Test and Non-Appealability of Institution Decisions

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC v. Lee, No. 15-4461, an appeal of an institution and cancellation decision in the first-ever petition for inter partes review...more

Supreme Court Upholds Federal Circuit’s Cuozzo Decision - PTAB IPR Institution Decisions Not Appealable; Broadest Reasonable...

On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC v. Lee, No. 15-446, affirming the Federal Circuit’s rulings that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (“PTO”) Patent Trial and Appeal...more

Supreme Court Affirms “Broadest Reasonable Interpretation” Claim Construction Standard and Limited Appeals For AIA Trials

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, No. 15-446. The Court affirmed the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, holding that the USPTO acted within its...more

Intellectual Property Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Decides Cuozzo Speed v. Lee

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Cuozzo Speed v. Lee, Inc., No. 15-446. The Court affirmed the Federal Circuit’s judgment in full, thus resolving two significant issues for inter partes review (IPR)...more

Breaking News: Tennessee Submits Proposed Economic Nexus Regulation for Publication

On June 16, 2016, the Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR) submitted a new sales and use tax regulation for publication titled “Out-of-State Dealers” that would administratively create an economic nexus threshold. While the...more

NLRB Ambush Election Rule Withstands an Appeal

An employer-led challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 changes to union election rules has been rejected by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The rejection means that the controversial rule changes...more

Board Not Limited to Prior Art in the Grounds, as Long as Patent Owner Had Notice

In Genzyme Therapeutic Products Limited v. Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc., [2015-1720, 2015-1721](June 14, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decisions in IPR2013-00534 and IPR2013-00537 that certain claims of ...more

In for the Long Haul as the Fifth Circuit Upholds NLRB’s “Quickie” Election Rule

Last April, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) implemented it’s new expedited union representation procedures. On June 10, 2016, in Associated Builders and Contrs. Of Tex v. NLRB, 15-cv-50487 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS...more

The Introduction of New Evidence Is Permitted During IPR Proceedings

On June 14, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion clarifying that the introduction of new evidence is not only permitted, but “is to be expected,” in inter partes review proceedings. As long as the opposing party is...more

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB’s Decision Invalidating Genzyme Patents

On June 14, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued a final decision in Genzyme Therapeutic Prods. v. Biomarin Pharms., No. 2015-1720 case affirming two PTAB IPR final decisions invalidating as obvious the claims of U.S. Patent Nos....more

NLRB “Quickie Election Rule” Upheld by Fifth Circuit

On June 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s (the “NLRB’s” or the “Board’s”) regulations enacted last year, radically altering the traditional rules...more

Court Rejects Regulation A+ Challenge

The States of Montana and Massachusetts had previously challenged Regulation A+’s preemption of state securities registration and qualification requirements in Tier-2 offerings. The United States Court of Appeals for the...more

No Moving Targets: Construing Patent Claims in View of SAS v. ComplementSoft

In its majority opinion rendered June 10, 2016 in SAS Institute, Inc., v. ComplementSoft, LLC, __ F. 3d __ (Fed. Cir. 2016), the Federal Circuit upheld the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s construction of claim terms and...more

NLRB Expedited Election Rules Survive Fifth Circuit Appeal

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fifth Circuit upheld the NLRB’s expedited union election rules on Friday, rejecting an appeal from construction-industry employers and small businesses - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth...more

Circuit Courts Tackle Question of Agency Liability under the MBTA for Permitting of Wind Energy Facilities

On June 7, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected plaintiffs’ claim, among others, that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) by granting a...more

Lawsuits Filed Challenging The USDOL’s Final Fiduciary Rules

On April 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule addressing when a person providing services to an employee benefit plan or individual retirement account (IRA) is considered to be providing investment...more

DOL Letter Was A Final Agency Action Subject to Judicial Review

On June 3, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, in Rhea Lana, Inc., et al., v. Department of Labor, reversed the district court’s holding that a warning letter sent to the plaintiff by the Wage and Hour...more

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