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Federal Circuit Held Vanda’s Method of Treatment Claims Are “Application of Nature Law”—While Chief Judge Prost Dissented

On April 13, 2018, in a split decision, the Federal Circuit held that Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s method of treatment claims are directed to patent-eligible subject matter under step one of the Mayo two-step test. Vanda Pharm…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

How To Lose the Right To Arbitrate In One Easy (Mis)Step

The recent decision of Nielsen Contracting, Inc. v. Applied Underwriters, Inc., 232 Cal.Rptr.3d 282 (Cal. App. 4 Dist. 2018) provides a cautionary tale of the failure to comply with insurance regulatory filing requirements of…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Insurance

Rhode Island Seeks to Clarify Original Intent of Reg. 68

Rhode Island’s Insurance Business Transfer Act (“IBT”) (“Regulation 68”) permits the transfer and ‘novation’ of commercial ‘legacy business’ (subject to certain limitations) from one carrier to another, subject to court…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

In major win for employers, Supreme Court rules that they can bar employees from bringing class-action lawsuits

In a massive win for employers across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that employers now have the green light to use class action waivers in their employment contracts. Today, the Court held in a 5-4 ruling that…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Excess and Surplus Lines Laws in the United States

PREFACE THE NRRA TODAY - The Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (“NRRA”) came into effect on July 21, 2011 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The purpose of the NRRA was to create a…more
 /  Insurance

NAIC’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research Hosts Webinar About the Insurance Needs of the Cannabis Industry

On Wednesday, the NAIC’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research hosted a webinar entitled “Weeding Through the Unique Insurance Needs of the Cannabis Industry.” The webinar kicked off with comments from Dave Jones,…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

NAIC International Insurance Forum Wrap-Up

The NAIC International Insurance Forum held May 14 – 15 in Washington, D.C. brought together distinguished panelists and speakers providing insight on several insurance topics of interest. A discussion of several of these…more
 /  Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

NAIC Holds International Insurance Forum in Washington

This week the NAIC held its annual International Insurance Forum in Washington, D.C. The event featured speakers from around the globe and included industry leaders, regulators, academics, trade group leaders and consumer…more
 /  Insurance

Crypto Copycats Beware: Fair Use Of Financial Technology In Wake Of Oracle v. Google

FinTech companies beware: your use of code that was originally developed via open-source methods may not be shielded from future copyright infringement claims by the fair use doctrine. Recently, in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

South Carolina becomes First State to enact Insurance Data Security Law based on NAIC Model

The NAIC adopted an Insurance Data Security Model Law. On May 3, 2018, the South Carolina Governor made South Carolina the first state in the nation to adopt a comprehensive cybersecurity statute for the insurance industry, by…more
 /  Privacy, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

Connecticut’s Move to Authorize Agency Captive Insurance Companies

On May 9, 2018, SB 377, “An Act Authorizing Agency Captive Insurance Companies,” introduced by Connecticut Senators Larson and Kelly, was passed into law. SB 377 allows licensed insurance agents and producers to establish an…more
 /  Insurance

Seventh Circuit Encourages Gamesmanship In Debt Disputes

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has recently issued several decisions unfavorable to debt collectors, including McMahon v. LVNV Funding, LLC, 12 C 1410, 2018 WL 1316736 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 14,…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

Back to the Future

Prior to the 1990’s Bellefonte Reinsurance Co. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 903 F.2d910 (2d Cir. 1990) (“Bellefonte”) decision, the insurance/reinsurance industry operated under the assumption that expenses in addition to loss,…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Insurance

Questions Left Open by Dymamex, And What Companies Can Do To Enhance Their IC Compliance

When the California Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision in the Dynamex case on April 30, announcing a new test to be used in determining independent contractor status under certain California laws, it left open a…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

FTC v. Shire ViroPharma – Notice of Appeal

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit the dismissal by Delaware U.S. District Judge Richard Andrews of FTC’s complaint against Shire ViroPharma Inc. (“ViroPharma”)…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure
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