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Policy Fights in the Courts: United States v. Texas

On April 18, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a major immigration suit, United States v. Texas. This case is a highly-politicized lawsuit in which dozens of states have sued the federal government over what is...more

CMS Proposes to Reverse 0.2 Percent IPPS Rate Reduction After Two-Midnight Rule Litigation Loss

In the FY 2017 IPPS Proposed Rule, CMS announced that it would reverse the 0.2 percent IPPS rate cut that was imposed in FY 2014 (and re-adopted in subsequent years) related to the Two Midnight Rule and increase the...more

Industry Trade Groups Renew Challenge to HUD Disparate Impact Rule

Two industry trade associations whose members sell homeowners insurance have been granted leave to file an amended complaint in their lawsuit challenging the Fair Housing Act (FHA) disparate impact rule (Rule) adopted by the...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Important Immigration Case, United States v. Texas

On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The case concerns a program that President Obama announced...more

MetLife Opinion Turns the Tables on FSOC: Back to the Drawing Board

U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer recently released her opinion invalidating the decision of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC or the Council) to designate MetLife a systemically important financial...more

Two Additional Lawsuits Filed Challenging the DOL’s Final Persuader Rule

In follow-up to our earlier blog post about the first lawsuit to challenge the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Persuader Rule that was promulgated in late March, two additional lawsuits have been filed challenging the Final...more

IP Newsflash - April 2016

FEDERAL CIRCUIT - Federal Circuit Lacks Authority to Review Denial of Institution of IPR on Some, but Not All, Raised Grounds - In an appeal of a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denying the...more

First Lawsuit Filed Challenging the DOL’s Final Persuader Rule

Yesterday, a group of plaintiffs (including a trade association, the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, the National Association of Manufacturers, and a law firm) filed suit in the United...more

More March Madness: PTAB Slams Petitioner and Insufficient IPR Petition

In a final written decision of an inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) finds the petition did not meet statutory and regulatory requirements (including 35 U.S.C. § 312(a)(3) and 37 C.F.R. §§...more

Is the Corps’ Determination on Jurisdiction Over a Wetland Judicially Reversible?

The pending Supreme Court case, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. Inc. et al., no. 15-290, involves what constitutes a final agency action reviewable under the Administrative Procedure Act....more

No Free Passes: FTC Highlights Health Privacy in Congressional Testimony

In testimony to a Congressional subcommittee last week, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director, Jessica Rich, explained the Commission’s efforts to protect consumers’ health data and repeated the Commission’s request for...more

EPA Requests Dismissal of Complaint For Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

On March 10, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and a supporting memorandum of law (Memorandum) in Anderson v. McCarthy, Case No....more

Federal Circuit Tosses PTAB Decision

The Federal Circuit vacates a decision by the PTAB for relying on facts raised for the first time at oral argument. Executive Summary - On March 15, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated...more

DOL Releases Long-Awaited Persuader Rule

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized the long-awaited “persuader” rule requiring employers and their labor relations consultants, including attorneys, to report any activities by these consultants...more

Federal Circuit Ruling in Dell v. Acceleron Limits New Late-Stage Grounds of Challenge in America Invents Act Trials

On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) places constraints on when petitioners may present evidence and arguments against the patentability of...more

PTAB Cannot Rely on Key Factual Assertions First Made at Oral Argument—Patent Owners are Entitled to Notice of and a Fair...

This week the Federal Circuit handed a positive development to Patent Owners working to keep their patent rights before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. In an opinion issued on Tuesday in Dell Inc. v. Acceleron, LLC, Case...more

Court Allows 'Retroactive' Application of 2005 Wage Index Rule Limiting Reimbursement for Pension Plan Costs

On February 22, 2016, in Regents of the University of California v. Burwell, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in favor of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary)...more

Environmental Notes - March 2016

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Jurisdictional Determinations May be Appealed - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determines the presence or absence of wetlands and other “waters of the United States” on a...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Jurisdictional Determinations May be Appealed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determines the presence or absence of wetlands and other “waters of the United States” on a particular site by issuing a “jurisdictional determination” (JD). A JD is of great significance to...more

TTAB Retreats From Precedential Houndstooth Mafia Decision

Trademark proceedings are contentious proceedings, but the battle for registration of the HOUNDSTOOTH MAFIA trademark has been largely overshadowed by the now-ended dispute between the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)...more

Finally, the PTAB Gets Told to Give Patent Owners in IPR Some Due Process

As short a time period as inter partes reviews have existed, since they first started in 2012, patent owners have learned that they are often unlikely to get due process in IPRs from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. This is...more

PTAB Can’t Rely on Anticipation Argument first Made during the Oral Hearing

In Dell Inc, v, Acceleron, LLC, [2015-1513, -1514](March 15, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed the confirmation of claims, but remanded the cancellation of two claims for reconsideration in view of corrected claim...more

Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Energy Storage Possibilities

On January 25, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision (“Decision”) -- reversing the D.C. Circuit’s vacatur of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Order 745, which provides crucial market incentives for...more

King & Spalding Submits Comments to CMS Regarding Two-Midnight Rule, Rejecting Agency’s Latest Rationale for Payment Reduction

On February 2, 2016, on behalf of more than 200 client hospitals, King & Spalding responded to CMS’s latest justification for its two-midnight rule and associated 0.2 percent payment reduction, published at 80 Fed. Reg. 75107...more

International Tax Advisory: No Love Lost Between Taxpayer Topsnik and the Tax Court

In late January, the Tax Court handed another loss to Gerd Topsnik (Topsnik v. Comm’r, Jan. 20, 2016). Topsnik last encountered the Tax Court in a 2014 case, in which he unsuccessfully argued that “informally” abandoning his...more

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