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Two Chinese Public Interest Groups Win Landmark Environmental Lawsuit in China

In a seminal judicial decision, a court in China’s Fujian province ruled on October 29, 2015 in favor of two environmental NGOs who brought suit against four defendants under China’s revised Environmental Protection Law for...more

Court Dismisses Police Officers’ Class Action Complaint Regarding Anti-Tattoo Policy

In a recent order in Medici, et al. v. City of Chicago, Case No. 15 C 5891, 2015 WL 6501153 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 27, 2015), Judge Charles P. Kocoras of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a...more

Apple Secures Its Permanent Injunction - Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Addressing the factors for granting injunctive relief in multifaceted, multifunction technology, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the district court’s denial of Apple’s request for a...more

Can the California A.G. limit those incessant Prop 65 lawsuits?

The California Attorney General has proposed amendments to California’s Proposition 65 regulations governing enforcement actions brought by a “private person in the public interest.”...more

Standard of Review in Discipline Matter

Professional Conduct Committee of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics v. Bodnarchuk, 2015 SKCA 81, reinstating a decision of the College Discipline Committee. A paramedic was disciplined by a Discipline Committee of...more

CFPB Announces Intent to Commence Arbitration Rulemaking

On October 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is considering two rulemaking proposals that would severely limit the use of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in consumer financial service...more

Split 5-Judge Panel Allows Issue Joinder as a Way Around the One-Year Filing Deadline

The Board continues to grapple with the issue of joinder where a party seeks to join a petition that would otherwise be time-barred with an earlier-filed petition. In Zhongshan v. Nidec Motor, an expanded 5-judge panel–with...more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #2

"Flying Rabbi" Suit Crash Lands in NY Appellate Court - A New York man was unsuccessful in his lawsuit accusing Jimmy Kimmel of misappropriating his image during a skit on the late night TV show, Jimmy Kimmel...more

To Void Or To Modify? Courts Have The Final Say On Voiding Or Rewriting A Non-Compete Agreement

“This has been a trend for a long time; the days of lifetime employment are long since over.” — Marc Andreeson Anticipating that employees do not always stay with an employer for the duration of their careers,...more

Use a noncharitable purpose trust to achieve a variety of goals

Generally, trusts must have one or more human beneficiaries, but there’s an exception for certain “purpose” trusts. One popular type of purpose trust is a charitable trust. But don’t overlook the noncharitable purpose (NCP)...more

Study reports draft EU Data Protection Regulation leaves gaps in protection when it comes to Big Data, Internet of Things and...

A study published 22 September 2015 criticises the EU’s development of its Digital Single Market (‘DSM’) strategy for being overly commercially and economically driven, with little attention to the key legal and social...more

FERC Shares Best Practices for Stakeholder Outreach in Gas Project Permitting

The dramatic increase in domestic energy production over the past several years has resulted in the involvement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a wide range of interactions with the public and other...more

September 2015: Appellate Update

Postscript to the U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2014 Term. The Supreme Court of the United States completed its October 2014 term in June, having decided a number of matters of wide public interest. Among the most notable was...more

Apple v. Samsung Part IV: The Injunction May Not Be Dead

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, in the fourth Federal Circuit opinion arising out of the patent skirmishes between global high technology titans Apple and Samsung Electronics, a sharply divided Federal Circuit panel vacated...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19253 - RBC Nice Bearings, Inc. v. SKF USA, Inc. [An important decision on contract waiver but one all attorneys should recall from the UCC or Contracts course we took...more

Federal Circuit revives injunctive relief against multi-feature products (Apple v. Samsung)

Today, a divided Federal Circuit panel issued a decision that vacates district court’s decision not to permanently enjoin Samsung from selling mobile devices having features found to infringe Apple’s patents. The majority...more

FCC Clarifies TCPA Exemptions for Health Care Calls

In 1991, Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), which was enacted to protect the privacy interests of consumers by placing restrictions on unsolicited contacts from automated telephone calls,...more

Is Hong Kong Doing Enough for Whistleblowers?

There is currently no specific statutory legislation offering protection from retaliation for whistleblowers in the workplace in Hong Kong. Protections are not far reaching, and not purposedesigned to deal with whistleblowing...more

DC Circuit Clarifies Public-Interest and News-Media Fee Waivers Under FOIA

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a lower court ruling that imposed burdensome requirements on a fledgling nonprofit that prevented it from obtaining...more

It’s All Good – New Jersey Judge Approves NJDEP’s Controversial $225 Million Settlement with ExxonMobil

After months of controversy, public comments, response to public comments, motions to intervene, amicus briefs, oral arguments, editorials and a sustained flurry of activity in social media, the decision we have been waiting...more

Hawaii Supreme Court Holds a Primary Insurer Cannot Gamble with the Excess Insurer’s Money

On June 29, 2015, in responding to a certified question from the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, the Hawaii Supreme Court held in St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., SCCQ-14-0000727,...more

FTC Commissioners Weigh in on FRAND Debate

Two weeks ago, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, writing on her own behalf, submitted comments in Investigation No. 337-TA-613, Certain 3G Mobile Handsets and Components Thereof (the 613 Investigation)...more

Writing on Her Own Behalf, Chairwoman Ramirez Takes a Position on FRAND

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez took the unusual step on July 13, 2015, of filing a written submission on her own behalf — and expressly not on behalf of her agency — in Investigation No. 337-TA-613,...more

Opportunity in FCC Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a proceeding to review the proposed merger announced in May between Charter Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., and the associated acquisition of Bright House...more

Government & Regulatory Law Update June 2015: California Supreme Court Holds That the City of San Jose’s Inclusionary Housing...

On June 15, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, addressing the legal standards to be used in determining the constitutionality of ordinances...more

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