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University of Minnesota’s and Toyota’s Claims Held Unpatentable after Minnesota is Dismissed from IPR

by Knobbe Martens on

The University of Minnesota (UMinn) and Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota) co-own U.S. Patent 8,394,618 (the ’618 patent). After Reactive Surfaces Ltd. filed a petition for IPR of the ’618 patent, UMinn and Toyota filed a motion to...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #10

Legislators continued their drive to Legislative Day 40 today, ticking another legislative day off the calendar and taking another major step toward Sine Die. In an early morning meeting, the Senate Appropriations Committee...more

NAIS and TABS Task Force Issue Final Report on Educator Sexual Misconduct

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Independent School Task Force on Educator Sexual Misconduct has released its final report, Prevention and Response: Recommendations for Independent School Leaders. This report incorporates feedback submitted in response...more

Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Rejects Claw Back of Parent Plus Loan Proceeds

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Back in December 2017, we wrote about Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees’ attempts to claw back the distribution of Parent Plus loan proceeds to college and universities when the parent that obtained the loan for their child’s...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #9

Although the House and Senate floors were quiet today, legislators were at work throughout the Capitol with late efforts to get legislation through committees. Desperation is becoming palpable—with only four legislative days...more

Education Reform: Assessing the impact of Nova Scotia’s Education Reform Act

by Dentons on

Nova Scotia’s Omnibus Bill 72 - the Education Reform Act, SNS 2018, c. 1 - received Royal Assent on March 9, 2018. The legislation is based on recommendations in the government commissioned Glaze Report entitled “Raise the...more

Recent FOIA Decisions Address “Trade Secret” and “Private Information” Exemptions

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General’s office recently issued two binding opinions addressing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, the opinions found two public entities violated...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #8

Legislators rounded third and headed for home today under the Gold Dome, completing Legislative Day 36 of 40. But even as the legislative session enters the home stretch, there remains much work to be done. After full...more

State of Washington Enacts Student Loan Servicing Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Washington has become the latest state to impose a licensing requirement on student loan servicers. Last week, Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 6029, which establishes a “student loan bill of rights,” similar to the bills that...more

[Webinar] Enhancing Cyber Security Education – What's Changing In 2018? - April 11th or 12th, 12:00pm ET

by Cybint on

Set your cybersecurity program apart by getting your students cyber-ready with the practical skills required in the workforce....more

Education Dept. says state student loan servicing laws are preempted

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In response to the wave of new state student loan servicing laws and enforcement activity, the U.S. Department of Education has published an interpretation emphasizing that the Higher Education Act (HEA) preempts state...more

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: A Pandora’s Box for Higher Education

The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has raised a number of potential issues for institutions of higher education. Due to this significant impact, institutions need to study the Tax Act and plan appropriately....more

A New Push to Organize Graduate Students at Private Colleges and Universities? Four Major Unions Announce a Coalition on Higher Ed...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On March 14, 2018, leaders from the Service Employees International Union, the United Auto Workers, the American Federation of Teachers, and UNITE HERE announced a new coalition to organize graduate students at private...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - It was back to the grind this week, as the House of Representatives convened in Harrisburg for three days of voting session. With budget hearings behind us and the budget deadline just about three months out,...more

Web Exclusive: "It Can’t Happen Here, Can It?” Now Is The Time To Assess Your School’s Safety And Security Protocols

by Fisher Phillips on

Recent events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have caused many in the education community to think about their own campuses and the safety and security measures they have employed over the years....more

Foreign location authorization rule appears on schedule for July 1 effective date

by Hogan Lovells on

In the waning days of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released final regulations regarding state authorization for distance education and foreign country authorization for certain locations...more

GDPR Primer For Universities

WHY DOES IT MATTER? - Because the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will hold universities much more accountable for the data they possess and use....more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #7

The gutting of bills continued under the Gold Dome today with legislators turning their focus to Georgia’s Certificate of Need statutes. The House Health and Human Services Committee took up two substitute bills impacting...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #6

After a busy committee workday yesterday with legislators attempting to move last-minute propositions through the legislative gauntlet, lawmakers returned to the Capitol today to consider bills and resolutions on their...more

[Webinar] New China tax regime applicable to foreign university programs in China - March 27th, 1:00pm ET

by Hogan Lovells on

Last month, Chinese tax authorities issued a groundbreaking tax notice (Bulletin 11). As a result, foreign universities operating in China will be subject to a new tax regime effective 1 April 2018, including more than 1,000...more


I’m counting down the minutes to leaving my office later today to begin my favorite weekend of the year – the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament! Even though my bubble was bursted on Selection Sunday – my team didn’t make...more

Addressing the Needs of Students with Disabilities in Crisis Planning

by Barley Snyder on

In light of the recent events across the country, school districts should review of emergency management plans in place for all students, including students with special needs. Emergency management plans must comply with the...more

How Can We Spark Difficult Compliance Discussions?

In this six minute interview with Susan Côté-Freeman, Senior Network Manager, The Conference Board of Canada, we exchange perspectives on how business and compliance leadership can spark uncomfortable conversations among...more

Universities Fight Endowment Tax

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As part of the 2017 Tax Act, Republicans enacted a controversial 1.14 percent excise tax on endowment returns. The tax is imposed on private universities with at least 500 students and $500,000 of assets per student. Last...more

New York Court Addresses Coverage for School District’s Alleged Civil Rights Violations

In its recent decision in Graphic Arts Mut. Ins. Co. v. Pine Bush Central School District, 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 1553 (N.Y. 2d Dep’t Mar. 9, 2018), the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division had occasion to...more

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