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Alert: FCC Designates MBAN Coordinator, Clears Way for MBAN Operation

The Federal Communications Commission has designated the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) as the frequency coordinator for Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) devices, clearing the way for their installation and operation....more

Environmental Groups File Opening Briefs Challenging Enlist Duo Herbicide

On October 23, 2015, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Petitioner the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Petitioners the Center for Food Safety, National Family Farm Coalition, Pesticide Action...more

How the Revised Draft Capital Markets Act Affects Registrants, Other Market Participants

The comment period on the recently published revised consultation draft of the uniform provincial and territorial Capital Markets Act (CMA) and draft initial regulations under the CMA (Initial Regulations and, together with...more

Impact of New European AIFMD Regulation on SBICs

The recent adoption of the European Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), effective July 2013 (and with transitional provisions in some countries through 2014), has imposed complex new regulations on most...more

On Sale Today – .law Domain Names

Today, all law firms will be able to apply for .law names. This top-level domain name is intended to create an online space in which only regulated, licensed legal practitioners can be found....more

Immigration Bulletin - Department of State Opened DV-2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Period on October 1, 2015

The Department of State’s DV-2017 Diversity Visa lottery program registration period opened on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Entries for the DV-2017 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery must be submitted electronically by Tuesday,...more

Three-In-One Registration Reform

In order to accelerate the business registration reform and simplify the current registration procedures in China, the State Council issued the Opinions of the General Office of the State Council on Accelerating the...more

SEC Charges EB-5 Brokers For Not Registering

Multiple firms involved in the solicitation of investment capital for the Immigrant Investor Program (also known as "EB-5") have recently been charged by the SEC with acting as unregistered brokers. Neither In re Ireeco, LLC,...more

CFTC Grants DCO Registration to Nodal Clear, LLC

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has granted registration to Nodal Clear, LLC as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO). Pursuant to the registration order, Nodal Clear may clear contracts executed on or through...more

Amendment to the Energy Law Act – application of the REMIT Regulation

I. Amendment to the Energy Law Act - On 26 September 2015 the President of Poland signed the amendment to the Energy Law Act of 10 April 1997. This act introduces measures necessary for the application of Regulation no....more

Ninth Circuit Vacates EPA’s Unconditional Registration for the Neonicotinoid Pesticide Sulfoxaflor Based on Hazard to Bees

In an opinion issued on September 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) unconditional registration for the pesticide sulfoxaflor and remanded the...more

Making the Move from Massachusetts: Changing Your Domicile May Prove Challenging

Labor Day will soon be upon us and with that a change of seasons here in Massachusetts. While it’s not quite time to take out the winter woolies, the dismal 2016 winter weather predictions for the Northeast may have already...more

Belgium’s Nanomaterials Register Now Available

This week, Belgium’s Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment created an online portal for companies to register nanomaterials they put on the market. Nanosubstances must be registered before...more

SEC Decreases Registration Statement Filing Fees for Fiscal Year 2016

On August 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, effective October 1, the fees that public companies and other issuers pay to register their securities with the SEC will decrease from $116.20 per million...more

"Ready? Okay!": Clothing Design Copyright Affirmed by Sixth Circuit Despite Dissent Stating Industry is "a Mess"

Recently, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ("Sixth Circuit") in Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica, LLC, decided that clothing designs (in this case, a cheerleading uniform) can be protected by copyright under the...more

Blog: SEC Reduces Fee Rates For Fiscal 2016

The SEC has announced that the fee for registration of securities and certain other transactions in fiscal 2016 will be $100.70 per million dollars. Under Dodd-Frank, the annual rate changes must take effect on the first day...more

The SEC’s Registration Rules for Security-Based Swap Dealers

Early this month the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released final rules (the “Registration Rules”) for the registration of security-based swap dealers (“SBSDs”). The Registration Rules, released more than...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

Changes in U.S Certification Mark Requirements

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued a final rule codifying current USPTO practice relating to certification marks. Certification marks are used by authorized users to indicate the following:...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - June 2015: Foreign Finders

Foreign Finders - The longstanding rules on foreign finders – when a brokerage firm can pay transaction-based compensation to a non-registered foreign finder – will be incorporated into new FINRA Rule 2040, effective...more

Court of Appeals Grants Writ of Mandamus Requiring EPA to Take Final Action on Chlorpyrifos Petition

On June 10, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a petition for a writ of mandamus for a petition filed by Pesticide Action Network North America and Natural Resources Defense Council in 2007. That petition...more

CFTC Requests Public Comment on a Petition from ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited for Exemption From Registration as a DCO

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has requested public comment on a petition by ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited for exemption from registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO). ...more

FINRA Launches BrokerCheck Media Blitz

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is the largest independent, not-for-profit regulator of securities firms conducting business in the United States. FINRA is authorized by the United States Congress to...more

.sucks Launch Delayed and Sunrise Registration Extended

The launch of the new gTLD .sucks has been delayed by the registry. This is potentially good news for trademark owners, who now have until June 18 at 5:00 pm PST to register .sucks domain names during the Sunrise registration...more

EPA Conditionally Registers Nanosilver Pesticide Product

On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it issued a conditional registration for a nanosilver-containing antimicrobial pesticide product named “NSPW-L30SS,” or “Nanosilva.” This is the...more

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