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Competition and Markets Authority to consider grocery pricing practices

The Which? super-complaint - On 21 April 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) received a super-complaint from the consumer organisation Which? in respect of perceived concerns about misleading and opaque...more

Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act to Take Effect in May 2015

On April 2, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (the DRAA). The bill (H.B. 49) had been passed overwhelmingly by the Delaware House and unanimously by the Delaware Senate in...more

Delaware Legislature Introduces Rapid Arbitration Act

The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act, House Bill 49, was recently introduced in the Delaware General Assembly. The proposed Act would establish a streamlined arbitration procedure to resolve disputes involving Delaware business...more

Global Initiatives to Accelerate Examination of Cleantech Patent Applications

In an effort to promote the development and commercialization of technologies that conserve natural resources or reduce negative environmental impact, patent offices around the world have adopted programs to expedite the...more

Legal Alert: European Union Trademark Office Announces New “Fast Track” Procedure

Since 1994, the European Union’s trademark office – the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) – has provided trademark owners a centralized and cost-effective registration system for securing trademark...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on 510(k)

The FDA issued a new draft guidance on July 15th which further explains how the FDA currently fails to protect consumers of medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. It is important to remember that these sort of FDA-issued...more

Eastern District Implements New Fast Track for Patent Cases

On February 25, 2014, Chief Judge Leonard Davis unveiled an expedited case management procedure available to patent litigants in the Eastern District of Texas. The new procedure, known as "Track B," is an alternative to the...more

Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank Examines Benefits Of Fast-Track Foreclosure

On March 6, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland published a staff commentary that examines how the implementation of a fast-track foreclosure process in Ohio and Pennsylvania would affect the housing markets in those...more

The Trade Muddle: A Primer

Which comes first, TPP (the “Trans-Pacific Partnership”) or TPA (“Trade Promotion Authority”)? Alphabetically, and logically, TPA. Strategically, TPP. Politically, neither is likely to come at all. Nor, then, is TTIP the...more

IRS Announces Expansion of Fast Track Settlement Program for Businesses Nationwide

On November 6, 2013, the IRS announced the nationwide expansion of the Fast Track Settlement (FTS) program to small businesses and self-employed individuals. Prior to this announcement, FTS was only available to large and...more

FERC Amends Pro Forma SGIP and SGIA

Reforms are expected to reduce the time and cost required to process small generator requests for Interconnection Customers while maintaining reliability, increasing energy supply, and removing barriers to the development of...more

New Fast Track Opposition Procedure For UK Trade Marks Launches Today

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has responded to concerns over the time and cost of UK trade mark opposition proceedings with the introduction of a new fast track opposition procedure. The fast track comes into...more

Fast Track Patent Examination [Video]

Following passage of the America Invents Act, the US Patent Office now provides ways to fast track or accelerate patent examination. In this video, Michael V. Messinger, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne,...more

FERC Adopts Policy on Allocating Capacity for New Transmission Projects and Proposes Simplified Interconnection Policy for Small...

In two significant transmission orders, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) adopted guidelines for allocating capacity on new merchant and participant-funded transmission projects and proposed reforms to...more

FERC Issues NOPR to Reduce Small Generator Grid Interconnection Time and Cost

On January 17, 2013, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) that would revise the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA) in order to lessen...more

FERC Proposes Changes for Small Generator Interconnection Requests

Proposed rule aims to reduce the time and cost involved in processing solar facility and other small generator requests. On January 17, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a Notice of...more

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