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Toxic Substances Control Act:/Environmental Council of the States Comments: Chemical Data Reporting/Requirements for Inorganic...

The Environmental Council of the States (“ECOS”) submitted December 11th comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) on: Chemical Data Reporting: Requirements for Inorganic Byproduct Chemical...more

Regional Haze: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Approval of Louisiana State Implementation Plan

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a December 15th news release announcing approval of the State of Louisiana’s Clean Air Act Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (“SIP”). ...more

Formaldehyde Rule: Sierra Club Files Federal District Court Lawsuit Challenging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Compliance...

Earthjustice filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of Sierra Club and A Community Voice – Louisiana (collectively “Sierra Club”) challenging a United States...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Hot Springs, Arkansas Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Westwood Village Sewer Facilities Board (“Board”) entered into an October 23rd Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water...more

Here We Go: The Full Board Finally Starts to Make Its Mark

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

NLRB Reverses Precedent on Joint Employer Liability and Standard Governing Employee Handbooks - This afternoon, just two days prior to the end of Chairman Philip Miscimarra’s term, the NLRB issued a pair of 3-2 decisions...more

NLRB Judges Regain Power to Approve Partial Settlements

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) have regained the power to approve partial settlements of Unfair Labor Practice charges (ULPs) – even if the NLRB’s General Counsel, and the charging...more

Everything about the Case Assessment Review at the CHRO

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

This post is for the employment law nerds out there. You know who you are....more

Canada moves closer to joining the Hague Agreement with the release of proposed new Industrial Design Regulations

by Smart & Biggar on

On December 9, 2017 Canada’s Governor-in-Council took the formal step of publishing proposed new Industrial Design Regulations (the proposed Regulations) in the Canadian Gazette. A 30-day consultation period has been set,...more

Clarifying Digital Health and Software Regulation: FDA Releases Three New Guidance Documents

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 7, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released three guidance documents that together aim to clarify the framework for the regulation of software and digital health products to bring FDA...more

Landmark Colorado Supreme Court Decision Provides Clarity for Metropolitan Districts

On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion and ruling in UMB Bank v. Landmark Towers Association, 2016SC455, holding that a challenge to the results of a TABOR election brought by a homeowner’s association years...more

NRIC and Data Protection

by Dentons on

The NRIC or “National Registration Identity Card” is issued to individuals who are lawfully resident in Singapore and who have been registered under the National Registration Act (Cap. 201). The NRIC contains personal details...more

ALJ Affirms Antitrust Violations for Ad Tech Agreements in FTC v. 1-800 Contacts

by Reed Smith on

With the holiday marketing season upon us, marketers launch the month-long, relentless scramble for consumer visibility and coveted advertising space on high-traffic inventory. One matter likely not on marketers’ radars?...more

New York Governor Bolsters Freedom of Information Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Champions of government oversight notched a significant win this week as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation strengthening that state's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). ...more

Antibody Patents Are Not Immune to § 112: Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi, Aventisub LLC

by K&L Gates LLP on

In Amgen v. Sanofi, the Federal Circuit held that evidence that first came into existence after the priority date may be considered in determining whether a genus patent claim satisfies the written description requirement...more

PTAB Publishes Guidance on Motions to Amend in view of Aqua Products: Shifts Burden to…Itself

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has issued its Guidance on Motions to Amend in view of the Federal Circuit’s long-awaited Aqua Products decision. In that splintered ruling, the Federal Circuit addressed the burden of proof...more

Supreme Court Stays Injunction Blocking President Trump’s Third Travel Ban

by Foley Hoag LLP on

President Trump issued the third revision of his travel ban entitled “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other...more

New NLRB General Counsel Signals Policy Shift

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Peter Robb, the newly appointed general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), issued a memorandum on December 1, 2017 that suggests he may revisit some of the NLRB’s policy decisions rendered under the Obama...more

Eligibility of Foreign Nationals to be a Borrower under the FCA

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Eligibility of Foreign Nationals to be a Borrower under the FCA - Since 1976, FCA regulations have allowed certain foreign nationals to be a borrower. These foreign nationals generally fall into two classes: Lawful...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2017

by King & Spalding on

Environmental Citizen Suits—A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration - In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the...more

The Federal Circuit Criticizes A PTAB Partial Institution

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The PTAB’s practice of partially instituting IPRs has been in the news lately, with Jones Day recently arguing against that practice at the Supreme Court on behalf of the SAS Institute (“SAS”). On December 5, 2017, the week...more

100-Day Pilot Program Proceedings Remain Rare

by Jones Day on

In two recent orders, the Commission denied respondents’ requests for entry into its Early Disposition Pilot Program (100-day Pilot Program). It has now been over two years since the ITC issued its proposed rulemaking for the...more

New Labor Board May Kill “Quickie Election” Rule; Requests Public RFI

The NLRB announced December 12, 2017, a Request for Information (“RFI”) on the Board’s 2014 “Quickie Election” representation regulations (at 29 CFR parts 101 and 102). The RFI seeks input on the amendments to representation...more

Mercury/OSHA Enforcement: Citations Issued to Plainville, Connecticut Contractor for Alleged Violations Related to Facility...

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued citations to a Plainville, Connecticut construction contractor for alleged violations related to the demolition of a mercury boiler. Manafort Brothers, Inc....more

“Sir/Madam, Show Me Your License and Registration”

by LeClairRyan on

The long and tortured path to mandatory registration of all hobby aircraft appears finally to be at an end. After a seven month hiatus, the law is changing once again, and the registration requirement is being reinstated....more

New Source Review/Clean Air Act: December 7th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Memorandum Addressing...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt issued a December 7th guidance memorandum titled: New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Requirements: Enforceability and Use of...more

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