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USPTO Invites Suggestions for PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative

by Jones Day on

The Patent Office has announced an initiative to make procedural reforms in an effort to improve PTAB trial proceedings, particularly inter partes review proceedings...more

FDA Advisory Committee to Hold Public Meeting on Hospira’s Proposed Epogen/Procrit Biosimilar

by Goodwin on

The FDA recently announced that the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on May 25, 2017 to discuss Hospira’s application for a proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Epogen®/Procrit® (epoetin alfa). Pfizer...more

EPA Requests Public Comments Recommending Regulations To Repeal, Replace, Or Modify By May 15, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” as part of the White House’s efforts to reduce federal regulatory burdens on business. Among other things, the...more

SEC Proposes to Add New Reporting Events to the Municipal Disclosure Rule

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for public comment proposed amendments to the Municipal Disclosure Rule, Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The proposed...more

Public Comments And Hearing Regarding Administration Report On Significant Trade Deficit

by King & Spalding on

On April 17, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (“Commerce”) published a Federal Register notice regarding a public...more

FINRA Solicits Comments on Rules Impacting Capital Formation and Proposed Changes to the Corporate Financing Rule

In what seems to be a bow to the Trump Administration, FINRA has issued Regulatory Notice 17-14 which broadly seeks comments on FINRA rules that impact capital formation. ...more

China's draft data localisation measures open for comment

by Hogan Lovells on

On 11 April 2017 the Cyberspace Administration of China published a circular calling for comments on its draft Security Assessment for Personal Information and Important Data Transmitted Outside of the People’s Republic of...more

USPTO Launches PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative

On April 7, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced it has launched an initiative to develop ways to improve Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings, particularly inter partes review proceedings....more

DIFC Courts propose specialist Technology and Construction Division

by White & Case LLP on

DIFC Courts seek public consultation for proposed specialist Technology and Construction Division. The DIFC Courts are an important forum for dispute resolution in the Gulf and wider Middle East region. However,...more

In a First-Ever Move, EPA Asks Industry and Public What Agency Regulations to Repeal, Replace or Modify

On April 13, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments on any “regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” This...more

FDA Delays Effective Date of Amended Regulations Affecting "Intended Use" Definition

by Jones Day on

One day before the final rule, "Clarification of When Products Made or Derived From Tobacco Are Regulated as Drugs, Devices, or Combination Products; Amendments to Regulations Regarding 'Intended Uses,'" would have taken...more

For the Second Time, Fiduciary Rule Applicability Date is Pushed Back

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In an unsurprising move, the Department of Labor (DOL) postponed the applicability date of the fiduciary rule on April 4 for an additional 60 days. The new applicability date for the rule is June 9, 2017, although the DOL...more

The Sedona Principles Released for Public Comment

by Reed Smith on

For the first time in a decade, The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production has released a new version of The Sedona Principles for public comment. The Sedona Conference is a 501(c)(3)...more

EMA Consultation on the Revised Policy on Access to Documents

by Jones Day on

The EMA has launched a public consultation on the proposed revision to its policy on access to documents...more

SEC Issues New Material Event Notices Under Proposed Rule 15c2-12 Amendments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 1, 2017, proposed adding two additional triggers – in new subparagraphs (15) and (16) – for the material events notice requirements under Rule 15c2-12 (the Proposed...more

A "reasonable basis" for FPRs: what to expect this renewal season from state franchise examiners in light of the proposed NASAA...

by DLA Piper on

Last fall, the North American Securities Administrators Association Inc. (NASAA) issued a notice of request seeking public comment on an updated proposed financial performance representations (or FPR) Commentary. The Federal...more

DOL Issues 60-Day Delay on Fiduciary Advice Rule and Exemptions

On April 4, the US Department of Labor (DOL) pushed the applicability date of what is commonly referred to as the "fiduciary rule" or the "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule") from April 10 to June 9, 2017. The full text of...more

A CEAA change

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The Expert Panel mandated by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to review federal environmental assessment processes has now delivered its report, Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Delayed, But At Least Parts Might Be Here to Stay

On April 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule postponing applicability of the conflict of interest rule and related exemptions for sixty days, until June 9, 2017...more

EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) Final Rule Delayed

by Ruder Ware on

EPA’s new Risk Management Plan (“RMP”) Final Rule was to take effect on March 14, 2017. EPA has delayed the effective date until June 19, 2017, and has proposed a further delay until February 19, 2019, in light of industry...more

House Republicans Challenge OCC Fintech Charter

Bank charters for FinTech companies have become a point of contention between Congress and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. However, in response to concerns that the OCC is moving too quickly, FinTech attorney...more

EEOC Orientation-Bias Guidance Stirs Controversy among Commentators

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The public comment period for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed workplace harassment guidance closed last week. The EEOC’s broad definition of sexual orientation bias drew attention from...more

Experts Examine the Current State of The U.S. Workforce and What Jobs May Be in Future Demand

Skills Gap and Lack of Opportunities Cited As Factors in National Employment Picture - WASHINGTON - Upgrading the skills of the U.S. workforce and creating employment opportunities for all workers is key to strengthening...more

Department of Labor Delays Fiduciary Rule for 60 Days

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued a final rule delaying the applicability date of its fiduciary rule from April 10, 2017 to June 9, 2017 – the 60-day delay it proposed at the end of February....more

See You In Court! - April 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Nutmeg Board of Education was frustrated and dismayed this budget season by the need to cut programs and reduce costs. However, given various warnings from Seymour Dollars, the irascible Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of...more

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