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Executive Order Seeks Sweeping Reversal of Climate Change Policies to Favor U.S. Energy Production

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald Trump recently signed Executive Order 13783, an omnibus executive order aimed at reducing burdens on further development of domestic energy resources, with “particular attention” to oil, natural gas, coal and...more

Supreme Court Jumps Into Class Action Waiver Fight

On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court agreed to take up the contentious class action waiver issue that has riled courts for the past four years. In January 2012, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in D.R. Horton,...more

Arbitration Agreements Front and Center: United States Supreme Court Set to Resolve Ongoing Row over Legality of Class Action...

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

As readers of this blog will note, we have previously noted a split among the U.S. Circuit Courts on the issue of whether class action waivers in arbitration agreements are legal or not: the Second, Fifth and Eighth Circuits...more

PHMSA Implements New Emergency Safety Authority Effective Immediately

by Bracewell LLP on

On October 3, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced an Interim Final Rule (IFR) establishing when and how it will issue Emergency Orders to address imminent safety hazards across...more

PTAB Institution Rate Continues To Lag Behind 2014 Rate, Highlighting Need For Expert Reports to Adequately Support Petition

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

Data released by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for the Fiscal Year 2016 reveals that the PTAB is granting petitions to review at a rate similar to FY 2015, and significantly below the higher rate in FY 2014....more

Senate Considering Bill to Speed Medicare Claims Appeals

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In early December of last year, Orrin Hatch (Senate Finance Committee Chairman, R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Audit and Appeals Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of 2015 (AFFIRM Act). The purpose of...more

Biofuel, Corn, And Sorghum Farmers Challenge Lowered RFS Volumes

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 8, 2016, seven biofuel and agriculture groups requested the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Petition was filed by Biotechnology...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Kicks Open Records Case to the Curb

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When Rebecca Bradley was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in October, the question arose what role she would play in cases argued this term before her appointment. Specifically, if the Court were otherwise split 3-3...more

Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges – Newly Issued and Newly Challenged

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

U.S. EPA issued a new Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activities on June 4, 2015, replacing the 2008 general permit, which expired in September 2013 and had been administratively...more

National Marine Fisheries Service Accepts Two Petitions to List the Porbeagle Shark

by Nossaman LLP on

On March 27, 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) accepted two petitions asking NMFS to list the Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act either throughout the...more

Supreme Court Will Review CEQA Decision Invalidating SANDAG’s 2050 RTP

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On March 11, 2015, the California Supreme Court granted the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) petition for review of the Fourth District Court of Appeal’s decision in Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San...more

The D.C. Circuit Clarifies the Timing for Filing Petitions for Review of FERC Orders

At the end of January, the D.C. Circuit denied rehearing en banc in Smith Lake Improvement and Stakeholder Association v. FERC.  Smith Lake clarified when a party denied rehearing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

Second Circuit Denies Petition for En Banc Review of Fairfield Decision

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a petition for en banc review of the Second Circuit’s September 2014 panel decision holding that bankruptcy courts are required to review the...more

Ultramercial Requests En Banc Review

Two months ago, in a long-awaited decision, the Federal Circuit invalided Ultramercial's U.S. Patent No. 7,346,545, directed to online video advertisements, as lacking patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The Court...more

Premature Motion to Stay Pending Inter Partes Review Denied Where Patent Trial and Appeal Board Had Not Yet Granted the Petition...

Reflectix, Inc., Innovative Insulation, Inc., TVM Building Products, Inc., Energy Efficient Solutions, LLC, and Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.'s (collectively, "Defendants") filed a motion to stay pending and Inter Partes Review...more

California Supreme Court Grants Review of Coastal Act Decision with Takings Implications

by Nossaman LLP on

In September 2014, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District issued a surprising decision, finding that even if an applicant maintains that it is accepting imposed permit conditions “under protest” and expressly...more

California Supreme Court to Review Denial of Homeowner’s Private Beach Access

In the case of Lynch v. California Coastal Commission (D064120; Cal.App.4th 658; San Diego Superior Court; 37-2011-00058666-CU-WM-NC), the California Supreme Court has granted a petition for review of the decision by the...more

No Need to Mail Process to the Government on a Saturday, Even if the Post Office Is Open

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Wisconsin, a party seeking judicial review of an administrative decision must, within 30 days of service of the agency decision, file a petition for review in the trial court and serve the agency with a copy of the...more

Local and National Environmental Groups Seek to Intervene in Denton Fracking Case

by BakerHostetler on

On Thursday, December 4, 2014, in Texas Oil and Gas Assoc. v. City of Denton, Cause No. 14-08933-431, 431st District Court, Denton County, Texas, the Denton Drilling Awareness Group and Earthworks filed a Joint Petition in...more

Pyrrhic Victory: IPR Petition Denied Because Claims Indefinite

Patent Owner won a Pyrrhic victory in Facebook v. TLI Communications, IPR2014-00566, wherein the Board denied the Petition, but for a reason that calls into question the future viability of the patent-in-suit. Namely, the...more

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Cell Phone Reimbursement Case

The California Supreme Court has denied a petition to review Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., Court of Appeal of California, Second Appellate District, Division Two, No. B247160 (August 12, 2014). As a result of the...more

Mistakes to Avoid

Failure to include within the petition an exhibit list with the exhibit number and a brief description of each exhibit. 37 C.F.R. § 42.63(e). SpaceCo Business Solutions, Inc. v. Moscovitch, IPR2015-00135, Paper 6 (November...more

Third IPR Petition Directed to Same Patent Denied under 35 U.S.C. § 325(d)

One of the advantages for Petitioners of inter partes review practice, to date, is the PTAB’s willingness to reconsider prior decisions by the Patent Office relating to patentability. Previous Office determinations of...more

Do-Gooders Won’t Take “No” For An Answer

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

About a month ago we posted an article on the dismissal of Consumer Watchdog’s appeal at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit following a loss at the USPTO in an inter partes reexamination. Consumer Watchdog, Inc. had...more

Getting It Right the First Time

by McDermott Will & Emery on

United State Postal Service v. Return Mail, Inc.; Conopco, Inc. v. The Proctor & Gamble Co. - Two recent orders by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) emphasize...more

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