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This Week In Securities Litigation

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The Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal from the D.C. Circuit of Raymond J. Lucia Companies on the question of whether the Constitution’s Appointments Clause applied to SEC ALJs. While the Court will presumably resolve...more

Notice - It's What's Required

The U.S. Constitution guarantees due process before a person can be deprived of life, liberty, or property. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) enforces the due process protection in the USPTO and Board proceedings. Under...more

Justice (and Lunch) is Served: Second Circuit Holds that Food Truck Branded with Ethnic Slurs is Entitled to First Amendment...

In a recently issued decision, the Second Circuit held that a food truck could not be excluded from a New York State lunch program solely because the truck and the food it sells was branded using ethnic slurs. Wandering Dago,...more

States Support Plaintiffs Lawsuit that Prop 65 Warning for Products Containing Glyphosate Violates First Amendment

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 2, 2018, State Attorneys General from eleven states (Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) (collectively the States) filed a friend of the...more

Florida Senate Health Committee Passes Bill Addressing Unconstitutional Requirement In Medical Marijuana Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Following up on my post from earlier this week, the Florida Senate Health committee unanimously passed SB 1134 which would strip out the requirement that black farmers who want to obtain a coveted medical marijuana license be...more

PTAB Strategies and Insights - January 2018

The PTAB Strategies and Insights Newsletter is designed to be a valuable resource for all stakeholders in the global patent arena throughout the patent life cycle. To that end, articles will provide perspectives from both...more

No Jurisdiction in Aviation Dispute Based on Online Manuals and Services Program

by Lane Powell PC on

In the modern economy, courts must grapple increasingly with questions about whether an out-of-state company’s online presence and programs subject it to potential jurisdiction in states throughout the country. This risk is...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – January, 2018 #2

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal of a medium-size high school, I am responsible for investigating and acting on bullying claims. Last week, two sophomore girls came to me to report that a senior male student had been...more

Administrative Proceedings in Peril? Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Lucia v. SEC

• On January 12, 2018, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lucia v. SEC, to resolve a circuit split over whether the SEC’s administrative law judges serve in violation of the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. •...more

D.C. Circuit Finds Dissemination, but Not Mere Existence, of Inaccurate Information in Government Database Satisfies Article III...

by Reed Smith on

“[I]f inaccurate information falls into a government database, does it make a sound?” Partly affirming summary judgment for the defendant in Owner-Operator Indep. Drivers Ass’n, v. DOT, No. 16-5355 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 12, 2018),...more

Student Organization Trademark Licensing Dispute Results In Emotional Distress Damages

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

At most public universities, student organizations are permitted to license various university trademarks to designate the organization’s involvement with the university and the organization’s status as a registered student...more

Supreme Court to Review SEC ALJs

by Burr & Forman on

On January 12, the US Supreme Court agreed to review the constitutionality of the SEC’s administrative law judges. On November 29, 2017, the SEC did an abrupt about-face, telling the Court it now regards its ALJs as...more

Supreme Court to Decide Who Can Appoint ALJs

The Supreme Court of the United States, on Friday, January 12, 2018, agreed to decide whether the former practice of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of having its chief judge appoint administrative law judges...more

Ag-Gag Law Update

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On June 22, 2017, September 15, 2017 and October 12, 2017, we blogged about so-called ag-gag laws, laws designed to prevent investigative journalism about producers of food. These laws raise serious First Amendment questions...more

PTAB Finds that Suing in Federal Court Waives Sovereign Immunity

by Knobbe Martens on

On December 19, 2017, a seven-judge expanded PTAB panel ruled that the University of Minnesota (UM) waived its Eleventh Amendment immunity defense when it filed a patent infringement action in federal district court. ...more

County of Ventura, California’s Permitting Scheme Stricken as Prior Restraint on Free Speech

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that Ventura County, California’s conditional use permit (CUP) scheme for “temporary outdoor” events is an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech. ...more

Harm caused by temporary car insurance is far from temporary

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Temporary car insurance, such as 7 day policies, hurts uninsured drivers in cities like Detroit & Flint – who will face severe consequences after a car accident...more

The Supreme Court - January 16, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear arguments in twelve cases: Animal Science Products v. Hebei Welcome, No. 16-1220: Whether a court may exercise independent review of an appearing...more

U.S. Court of Appeals upholds per-election contribution limits

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

In Holmes v. FEC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously rejected an argument that the Federal Election Campaign Act’s (FECA) base limits on individual contributions to candidates violated...more

The Supreme Court Agrees To Review Appointment Requirements For SEC's In-House Judges

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, agreeing to resolve a circuit split regarding the appointment process for Securities and Exchange...more

Cheers to Lifting Blue Laws on Pub Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Separation of church and state? Not so much when it comes to some liquor laws. For centuries, the so-called “blue laws” have placed restrictions on the sale of alcohol in Massachusetts. To be clear, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

The Battle over Medicare's Treatment of Provider Taxes May be Coming to an End

by Baker Ober Health Law on

For much of the past decade, hospitals and CMS have battled over whether providers may claim, as Medicare reasonable costs, the full amount of provider tax assessments levied upon them by the states in which they operate. In...more

CFPB Leadership Dispute: Impacts and Next Steps – An Update

by White & Case LLP on

On January 10, 2018, a federal judge denied Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) Deputy Director Leandra English's motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent (1) Mick Mulvaney from serving as CFPB Acting...more

The Data Breach Legal Limbo On Consumers’ Ability To Sue Hacked Companies

by Ifrah PLLC on

The first of the year is a good time to makes assessments, resolutions and predictions. We have some recommendations for companies that store and process consumer data: It is a good time to assess the strength of your data...more

SEC Venue Selection: Avoiding Ground-Hog Day

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to determine whether the SEC’s use of hearing officers is contrary to the Constitution’s Appointments Clause in an order entered in Raymond J. Lucia Companies v. SEC, No. 17-130 on Friday, January 12,...more

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