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Capitol Records LLC v. Vimeo LLC - USCA, Second Circuit, June 16, 2016

In copyright infringement suit against user-generated video website Vimeo, Second Circuit holds that DMCA safe harbor protections apply to pre-1972 sound recordings, and that Vimeo is entitled to DMCA protections even though...more

California Court of Appeal Finds AG’s Privacy Suit Over Fly Delta Mobile App Is Preempted

In a recent ruling, California’s Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the dismissal of California’s complaint against Delta Air Lines, Inc. (“Delta”), which alleged that the company’s Fly Delta mobile application violated...more

OCR Clarifies Parameters of Covered Entities' Fees for PHI Copies

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released new guidance and FAQs (OCR Guidance) addressing individuals’ rights to access their protected health information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and...more

President Obama Signs Federal Trade Secrets Bill

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating the first federal trade secrets law. Previously, employers protected trade secrets through filing claims brought under various...more

California’s One-Action Rule May Apply to Federal Lenders

California’s one-action rule provides that “[t]here can be but one form of action for the recovery of any debt or the enforcement of any right secured by mortgage upon real property or an estate for years therein . . . .”...more

The Supreme Court - May 2016 #4

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on May 31, 2016: Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes, No. 15-290: Three mining companies sought a permit under the Clean Water Act seeking to...more

Update: Midland Funding v. Madden

In an amicus curiae brief, the US Solicitor General recommends that the petition for certiorari in Madden be denied, but agrees that the Second Circuit’s decision is incorrect and emphasizes the importance of banks being able...more

Justice Department Sides With Financial Industry on Madden Case

Marketplace loan investors may want to "gather ye discounted Madden loans while ye may," as the Robert Herrick poem reads (taking some fintech license, of course). In the strongest rebuke yet of the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Trade Secrets Claims Reach Federal Court: New Law Changes Jurisdiction, Remedies and Duties

Until May 12, 2016, trade secret law was the only area of intellectual property law left largely to state courts and state law. But no longer. On May 12, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, Pub. L....more

Supreme Court Clarifies When State Law Claims Are Removable Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Manning, 578 U.S. __ (May 16, 2016), which resolved a longstanding circuit split as to the scope of exclusive...more

The Supreme Court - May 2016 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on May 19, 2016: CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, No. 14-1375: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) brought a suit in its own name...more

Supreme Court Decides Torres v. Lynch

On May 19, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Torres v. Lynch (No. 14-1096), holding that a state criminal offense counts as an “aggravated felony” under § 1101(a)(43) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when it...more

Certain Provisions of California Resale Royalty Act Are Preempted by the Copyright Act

On April 11, 2016, in Estate of Robert Graham, et al. v. Sotheby’s, Inc., D.C. No. 2:11-cv-08604-MWF-FFM (C.D. Cal. 2016), U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald concluded that certain provisions of the California...more

California Supreme Court Puts Federal Bonus OT Formula in Doubt

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal decision that held that employers may use the federal formula for calculating overtime on a flat sum bonus is no longer citable precedent as the California Supreme Court has granted...more

EEOC issues bathroom guidelines for transgender employees

Last summer the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its “Best Practices: A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers.” In a nutshell, the OSHA publication stated that transgender employees...more

Emergency Moratorium in Unincorporated King County

In a surprise move, the Metropolitan King County Council imposed a four-month moratorium on accepting or issuing permits for marijuana growers, processors, and retailers. The moratorium took effect Monday, April 25th, and...more

Collado v. J & G Transport, Inc. – When a Waived Right to Arbitrate is Revived

Some may have thought that once waived, the right to arbitrate is gone forever. No so! The Eleventh Circuit decision in Collado v. J & G Transport, Inc., No. 15-14635 (11th Cir. April 21, 2016) is but the latest example. In...more

Federal Crowdfunding: Practical Considerations For Interested Parties

This is the second of a series of articles on the final federal crowdfunding rule (the “Regulation”) recently adopted by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”). As explained more fully in our original article, federal...more

Google Asks Congress For Self-Driving Car Help

As reported almost everywhere, on Tuesday, March 15, Google told a Senate Hearing that Congress should pass legislation regulating self-driving cars. Google, through Chris Urmson (Director, Self-Driving Cars), explained that...more

GMO Labeling Bill Stalls in U.S. Senate

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill sponsored by the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Pat Roberts (Rep. Kansas), that would prohibit state labeling laws and create federal standard for voluntary...more

The FDA Tiptoes – and Congress Splashes Into – the 21st Century

Here are a couple of non-litigation related matters that we thought our readers need to know about. First, the FDA. We’ve pointed out before that the FDA’s “intended use” regulations for drugs (21 C.F.R. §201.128) and...more

State Attorneys General Ask Congress Not To Preempt Breach Notification Laws

In the wake of recent, large-scale data breaches, several pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to establish a national data breach notification law, including a House bill that would preempt the current...more

Courts Applying Gunn v. Minton Must Distinguish “Forward-Looking” From “Backward-Looking” Patent Issues

One long-standing feature of the U.S. patent system is exclusive court jurisdiction over patent cases. Exclusive federal jurisdiction at the trial level, combined with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s...more

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