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Defend Trade Secrets Act Clears United States Senate Judiciary Committee

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee with broad bipartisan support. Currently, state law governs civil claims for trade secret misappropriation, generally under a particular state’s...more

U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill Seeking to Raise Disclosure Thresholds under SEC Rule 701

A bill (H.R. 1675) seeking to increase the information disclosure threshold under SEC Rule 701 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 3 by a vote of 265 to 159. Rule 701 exempts from registration issuer sales or...more

Health Alert (Australia) - January 25, 2016

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments Commonwealth. Fair Work Commission 15 January 2016 - Lawrence v Calvary Home Care Services Ltd [2016] FWC 175 This...more

Three Bills Proposing Amendments to the Federal Securities Laws Gain Traction in Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills on February 1, 2016 that propose changes to the federal securities laws, including the Securities Act of 1933 (’33 Act) and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (’34 Act)....more

Public display of English trademarks in Québec: The saga continues

On April 9, 2014, the Honorable Michel Yergeau of the Superior Court of Québec rendered a much-awaited judgment on the controversial issue of trademark displays in a language other than French....more

Deadlines Are Fast Approaching as Congress Is Already Considering Priorities for Next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)

Stakeholders interested in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civil works projects, water resources policy, or funding for harbor, inland waterway, and other projects should engage Congress to advance their priorities as...more

New Year, New Progress: The Defend Trade Secrets Act Reports Out From the Senate Judiciary Committee

As previously reported on TSW, the road to federal right of action for trade secrets misappropriation has been a long one. In the absence of a federal trade secrets law, the Economic Espionage Act (“EEA”) and various state...more

China Contemplates New Regulations to Tighten Its Grip on Internet News

On Jan. 11, 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) issued an announcement to solicit public comments on a draft amendment to the Administrative Rules on Internet News Information Service (the “Draft...more

California Surface Water Diverters Now Required To Report Annually To The State

Taking effect earlier this month, Senate Bill 88 was approved overwhelmingly last legislative session and signed by the Governor as another effort to combat drought and water supply shortage conditions in the State of...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Votes in Favor of Passage of an Amended Defend Trade Secrets Act

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a voice vote in favor of the passage of the now amended Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). At this point, the Committee has not yet revealed when the current version of...more

Senate HELP Committee Outlines Plans for Action on Biomedical Innovation Bills

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has announced its plans to consider companion legislation to the House-approved “21st Century Cures Act,” which is intended to improve the drug and device...more

Congress Acts to Ban Gag Clauses in Consumer Contracts

There is not a lot that all members of the U.S. Senate can agree on these days, but protecting the ability of consumers to write reviews of businesses is apparently an issue on which there is unanimity. First some background....more

Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Governance and Institutional Framework Bill 2015

Reform of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector has been at the top of President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda since assuming office in May 2015. Despite being drafted in 2007, the 223-page Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has failed to...more

House Votes to Protect Indirect Auto Lending Against CFPB

On November 18, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act by a vote of 332 to 96. Although the Act has not received much fanfare, its aim is significant: proponents hope...more

Spies, Hacking & Civil Liberties in the UK

In late 2015, Theresa May, the UK Home Secretary introduced the Investigatory Powers Bill (the “Bill”). Mrs May stated that the Bill was introduced to ensure that surveillance laws are “modern, fit for purpose and can...more

Bill to Amend Florida’s Unclaimed Property Act Regarding Unclaimed Insurance Benefits Moves to Senate Floor

On January 19, the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved a Senate bill (“SB 966”) that would modify Florida’s existing Unclaimed Property Act (the “Act”) requirements regarding unclaimed insurance benefits....more

Digital Assets Bill Heading to Florida Senate Floor

We previously told you about the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (“UFADAA”) in our post found here. Now, Florida may become the 10th state to legislate fiduciary access to digital assets....more

New Water Law Will Affect Everyone Who Uses Water in Florida

On January 14, 2016, the officers of the Legislature presented CS/CS/SB 552 to Governor Scott for signature. More famously known as the "Water Bill," this 134-page page marvel of compromise proves that it is still possible to...more

Congress Considers Changes to FCRA to Expand Consumer Credit Files and Limit Use of Credit Reports for Employment Decisions

Two bills amending the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) intended to benefit consumers are making their way through Congress. H.R. 4172, "The Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2015," has bipartisan support, although it is...more

The House Small Business Committee Releases a Spate of Small Business Legislation

On the heels of a GAO report calling for more leadership attention to be paid to SBA’s “management challenges,” a number of bills have been referred to the House Small Business Committee since the new year started, calling...more

New EU Directive on the Protection of Trade Secrets to Come

On December 15, 2015, the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament (EP) reached a full compromise on a new EU directive on the protection of trade secrets ("Directive"). The text of the Directive in this...more

New Rules on Currency Control and Deposit Insurance in Azerbaijan

In the wake of the latest devaluation of Azerbaijani currency and falling oil prices, the Azerbaijani Parliament passed in the first reading several laws that are expected to have lasting impact....more

Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016, Passes House and Heads to Senate

On January 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a 211-188 vote along party lines, H.R. 1927, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016. The bill would amend U.S....more

New procurement lobbying, ethics and pay-to-play provisions

The political headlines from last year's battle over lobbying and ethics reform legislation in the Commonwealth of Virginia may have long faded from public memory, but the legal realities of the enacted law—Senate Bill No....more

SURPRISE!!! The NJ Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment, and Accountability Act Goes Forward and...

On November 17, 2015, New Jersey lawmakers forged ahead with the controversial legislation that addresses, among other things, “surprise” medical bills from out of network providers. According to its sponsors, the purpose of...more

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