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Hazardous Waste Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Hot Springs, Arkansas Boat Manufacturing Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Aluma-Weld, Inc. (“AWI”) entered a Consent Administrative Order addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (“APC&EC”)...more

Waters of the United States/Clean Water Act: Association of State Wetland Managers Comments on Jurisdictional Definition

The Association of State Wetland Managers (“ASWM”) submitted November 28th comments on the Clean Water Act definition of “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”). The November 28th comments were submitted in response to the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Lawsuit challenges President’s authority to shrink Bears Ears National Monument - The Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 7 A coalition of American Indian tribes, recreation interests including the outdoor clothing manufacturer...more

SEC Reverses Course on ALJ Appointments Issue, but Uncertainty Remains

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) took action to settle an issue that had been impacting its enforcement efforts for some time: whether its administrative law...more

Chief Judge Stark Dismisses Without Prejudice U.S. Patent No. 6,229,366 From Pending Patent Infringement Action Following...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By Memorandum Order entered by The Honorable Leonard P. Stark in Power Integrations, Inc. v. Fairchild Semiconductor Int’l, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. 04-1371-LPS (D.Del., December 8, 2017), the Court dismissed without...more

U.K. Government's Technical Note: A New Streamlined Process for All EU Applicants Post-Brexit?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On 7 November 2017, the U.K. Government published a Technical Note on the administrative procedures that will apply to EU citizens post Brexit. The Note contains the intended approach of the Home Office on the new ‘settled...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Oil States Regarding Constitutional Challenge to Inter Partes Review

We first covered the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC, 137 S. Ct. 2239 (2017), a case with the potential to substantially alter the patent litigation landscape,...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 12

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Appellate Court Holds That Furnishing of Pricing Information Is Not a Taxable Information Service - The Appellate Division has issued a potentially important decision regarding the sales tax exclusion for information...more

November 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

This roundup of interesting bid protest decisions issued in November 2017 highlights two decisions, both at the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”). The first reminds contractors that competitors can work together when...more

NLRB GC Boldly Defines Direction of Board Prosecution in New GC Memo

The new NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb has been fast at work. A short two weeks after being sworn in on November 17, 2017, the new General Counsel issued a memorandum making clear his intention to re-examine much of the...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - December 2017

by King & Spalding on

“Core Elements” Of TPP-11 Agreement Reached In Vietnam - On November 10, 2017, Trade Ministers from the eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries (minus the United States) announced that they had reached...more

Update: IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the Social Security Administration announced that the it is lowering the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2018 to $128,400. The Social Security Administration...more

The SEC Urges Supreme Court Review Of The Constitutionality Of Its Administrative Law Judges

On November 29, 2017, the Solicitor General filed a brief on behalf of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") in Raymond J. Lucia et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, asking the Supreme...more

Contingent Patent Ownership Is Not Sufficient For Federal Court Jurisdiction

by Weintraub Tobin on

There is no federal court jurisdiction for disputes involving patents where the claimant does not actually own the patents. The possibility that one might own a patent, if a contingent future event occurs, is not enough. This...more

EDTX & NDTX Monthly Wrap-Up – November 2017

by Fish & Richardson on

This post summarizes some of the significant developments in the Eastern District of Texas and the Northern District of Texas for the month of November 2017. This post will focus on how the Eastern District of Texas continues...more

112(r)(7) Air Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Knoxville, Tennessee Facility Enter into Expedited Settlement...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Republic Plastics, L.P., K-1 Facility (“RP”) entered into a November 14th Expedited Settlement Agreement (“ESA”) addressing alleged violations of Section 112(r)(7)...more

SEC About-Face, About Time, on ALJs

by Burr & Forman on

On November 29, the SEC did an about-face and admitted its ALJs are “inferior officers” (not merely employees) subject to the Constitution’s Article II appointment provisions. The Solicitor General’s brief on behalf of the...more

PTAB Issues Guidelines For Motions To Amend

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

An en banc panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in the case of Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal recently held that in an inter-partes (IPR) proceeding, the burden of persuasion rests with the challenger to...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: October 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve disability discrimination claims and procedural issues related to workers’ compensation proceedings....more

Battle of Acting Directors: Round One to Mulvaney

Earlier this week, a federal judge refused to grant a temporary restraining order preventing Mick Mulvaney from assuming the reins of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as acting director....more

Federal Circuit PTAB Appeal Statistics – November 2017

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

Through November 15, 2017, the Federal Circuit decided 275 PTAB appeals from IPRs and CBMs. The Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB on every issue in 205 (74.55%) cases, and reversed or vacated the PTAB on every issue in 31...more

US Supreme Court Permits Full 'Travel Ban' to Go Into Effect

by Morgan Lewis on

Pending further appeals, the Court’s decisions grant the federal government’s request to enforce President Trump’s September 24 executive order that limits entry into the United States by nationals from eight countries....more

Lawsuit Seeks to Shut Down Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program Before It Even Sets Up Shop

by Cozen O'Connor on

A lawsuit accusing Pennsylvania’s fledgling medical marijuana program of running a faulty permitting process could stonewall patients looking for relief. Keystone ReLeaf (Keystone), a Bethlehem-based medical marijuana...more

SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument on PTAB's Practice of Instituting Review and Issuing Final Decisions on Fewer Than All Challenged...

by White & Case LLP on

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in SAS Institute Inc. v. Matal et al. regarding whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) must issue a final written decision as...more

Zenefits’ Saga in Washington State Continues: Reviewing Officer Reverses ALJ and Finds that Provision of Free Software to General...

• Zenefits’ practice of providing free software to the general public constitutes an improper rebate under the state’s anti-rebate provisions • Ruling could have significant impact on brokers’ ability to provide...more

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