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The Supreme Court Holds that Army Corps’ Jurisdictional Determinations are Final Actions Subject to Judicial Review

On May 31, 2016, in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., the US Supreme Court unanimously held that a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) approved jurisdictional determination (JD) is a final agency action…more

Administrative Appeals, Administrative Procedure Act, Clean Water Act, EPA, Final Judgment

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Laches Remains a Valid Defense to Patent Infringement Notwithstanding 'Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer'

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc, confirmed in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products that the common law doctrine of laches is still a viable defense to patent infringement when…more

Copyright Infringement, Damages, Laches, Lanham Act, Limitation Periods

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The 2017 Texas Legislative Session: A Mixed Bag for Texas Newsrooms

In football, blocking and tackling is as important as connecting on a long pass. In a legislative session that was tough going for advocates of open government and news reporting, a tenacious defense won more victories than an…more

Anti-SLAPP, Broadcasting, Citizens Participation Acts, Legislative Agendas, Press Shield Laws

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Texas Ninth Court of Appeals Issues Contrasting Opinions Addressing Pipeline Condemnation Authority

Recently, the Texas Court of Appeals for the Ninth District at Beaumont issued two contrasting opinions which provide guidance for the application of the Texas Supreme Court's 2012 decision in Texas Rice Land Partners, Ltd. v…more

Common Carriers, Keystone XL Pipeline, Liquid Natural Gas, Petroleum, Pipelines

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A double defeat for EPA on regional haze regulations

On Friday, July 15, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) a stinging double defeat on its partial disapproval of Texas’ regional haze rule (the…more

Air Pollution, Clean Air Act, Energy Sector, EPA, Federal Implementation Plans (FIP)

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Pop Fouls, Russians, Millennium Magazine, The New York Daily Inquirer and Fake News

Fake news is everywhere. I’m at game seven of the World Series sitting five rows behind home at Dodger Stadium when a batter fouls off a pitch. The catcher gives chase but it flies over the screen landing in the stands near…more

Fake News, Journalism, Social Media

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Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Landmark Judgment on Common Law Partnership and Joint Venture Claims

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., reversing the Dallas County District Court’s judgment that awarded ETP more…more

Appeals, Breach of Contract, Breach of Duty, Burden of Proof, Common Law Claims

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Looks Like Frack is Back, Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 40

Yesterday, Governor Gregg Abbott signed into law House Bill 40, also known as the Denton Fracking Bill, which leaves municipalities with minimal power to regulate the oil and gas industry. The bill takes effect immediately and…more

Fracking, Fracking Bans, Local Ordinance, Municipalities, New Legislation

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New Law Continues to Require Out-of-Network Facility-Based Physicians to Notify Patients of Mediation Rights

Early last week, Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 481 into law. The new law, which will become effective on September 1st, gives Texas consumers the option to mediate medical bills that they receive from out-of-network facility-based…more

Billing, Healthcare, Mediation, New Legislation, Out of Network Provider

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Current Water Utility CCN Decertification Issues At The Public Utility Commission Of Texas

The responsibility for the regulation of water and sewer service, including the oversight of certificates of public convenience and necessity (“CCNs”), was recently transferred from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality…more

Administrative Authority, CCN Decertification, Expedited Actions Process, Expedited Release, Property Owners

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Bragging Rights: How to Effectively Complete Your Self-Evaluation

Brag. It’s not a four-letter word. Though, as women, we sometimes shy away from bragging, even at times when it matters most. This trait can cause women to miss out on opportunities to advance their careers, particularly when it…more

Diversity, Professional Development, Self-Evaluations, Women in the Law, Young Lawyers

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Conflict Minerals: Dodd-Frank, the SEC's Rule...and Beyond

Designed to reduce funding sources for those perpetrating human rights abuses and engaging in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street…more

Conflict Mineral Rules, Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank, SEC

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MACRA will change the way you practice

A recent rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will bring far-reaching changes to payment models for physicians and other clinicians (including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified…more

ACOs, Alternative Payment Models (APM), CMS, Health Care Providers, Medicare

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SCOTUS Simplifies Market Entry Process for Biosimilar Products

Yesterday’s unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Sandoz v. Amgen injects much needed certainty into a difficult statute and streamlines the process for biosimilar products to enter the marketplace following FDA approval…more

Biologics, Biosimilars, BPCIA, Commercial Marketing, Declaratory Judgments

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Standing: How Much Is A Ticket To The Dance?

The purpose of this article is to explain the concept of “standing” in probate and guardianship actions, to discuss how the topic should be raised, and to provide some specificexamples of situations where the standing of a…more

Estate Planning, Standing

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eDiscovery: Tips and Traps (Presentation)

•GHOST/MIRROR: Complete bit by bit copy of a drive. (Not just copying data; actually reproducing the hard drive.) •LEGACY: Information from older systems no longer actively supported and not easily…more

Data Retention, Discovery, Document Productions, Electronically Stored Information, Litigation Hold

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Class Action Report - October 2016

As the Supreme Court begins its new term, the trajectory of its recent class certification guidance will be a key issue for many. The spring and summer of 2016 delivered significant new contours in class certification precedent…more

Article III, Causation, Certiorari, Class Action, Class Certification

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The A.R.T of Franchising Advice - Reminders - Tips - July 2013

National Franchise Expansion – Minimizing Risks - Many of my clients have implemented national expansion plans. By doing so, they have certainly increased their pool of prospective franchisees. However, expansion that…more

Business Development, Franchises, Marketing, Risk Management, Trademarks

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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Jackson Walker Media Clients in Important Free Speech Case

Houston partner John K. Edwards argued before the Texas Supreme Court in September 2016 on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend County…more

Actual Malice, Appeals, Burden of Proof, Corruption, Free Speech

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Supreme Court Fells North Carolina Statute on First Amendment Grounds, Recognizes Cyberspace and Social Media As the Most Important Places For the Exchange of Views - Jackson Walker

Yesterday’s unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Packingham v. North Carolina is one of the first decisions in which the Court has addressed broadly the relationship between the First Amendment and social media, modern…more

Appeals, Constitutional Challenges, Criminal Convictions, First Amendment, Free Speech

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The Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule: Frequently Asked Questions for Private Fund Advisers

Core elements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial new fiduciary investment advice rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) became effective on June 9, 2017, despite President Trump’s February 3, 2017 memorandum ordering further…more

Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Broker-Dealer, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Rule

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Sabine Court Gives 'Non-Binding' Ruling That Gathering Agreements Are Not Covenants Running with the Land Under Texas Law

After extensive briefing and hearing oral arguments related to Sabine's motion to reject two gathering agreements with Nordheim Eagle Ford Gathering as well as two gathering and handling agreements with HPIP Gonzales Holdings,…more

Bankruptcy Court, Commercial Bankruptcy, Covenants that Run With the Land, Creditors, Debtors

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KISSing SAFEly or SAFEly KISSing: The New Financing Instruments for Startups

As the startup community continues to expand around the country, there is an ever-growing need to understand different ways that a company can structure early stage financing so that it can be equipped to discuss with its first…more

Angel Investors, Convertible Notes, Crowdfunding, Financing, Future Equity

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Important Patent Law Changes

The most significant changes in U.S. patent law since 1790 apply to patent applications filed after March 15, 2013. If you have any new inventions or improvements on old inventions that you are considering patenting, or…more

America Invents Act, First-to-File, First-to-Invent, Grace Period, Patent Reform

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Texas Legislature Passes Student Privacy Act

House Bill No. 2087, known as the Student Privacy Act, is one of many bills the Texas Legislature passed this year focusing on data privacy and cybersecurity. Our legislators are recognizing that the way we do business and the…more

Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Duty to Delete, New Legislation, Personally Identifiable Information

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Supreme Court Rebukes EPA's Broad Interpretation Of Its Power To Regulate GHGs And Sends Message For EPA To Carefully Proceed With Its Ongoing GHG Programs

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court, in a 5–4 decision,1 affirmed in part and reversed in part the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") greenhouse gas ("GHG")…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Looks Like Frack is Back, Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 40

Yesterday, Governor Gregg Abbott signed into law House Bill 40, also known as the Denton Fracking Bill, which leaves municipalities with minimal power to regulate the oil and gas industry. The bill takes effect immediately and…more

Fracking, Fracking Bans, Local Ordinance, Municipalities, New Legislation

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CMS Issues Final Rule, Making it Easier to Sue Nursing Facilities

Beginning November 28, 2016, pre-dispute arbitration agreements will no longer be permissible for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. 42 C.F.R. § 483.70(n). On…more

CMS, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Homes, Pre-Dispute Arbitration

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Navigating The Rocky Shoals Of Software Copyrights

Originally published in Chapter 17 of the State Bar of Texas - Advanced Intellectual Property Law. Contents: I. Introduction II. In Which Our Hero is Dashed on the Rocky Shoals of Software Coypright A…more

Android, Copyright, Derivative Works, Google, Java

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The Double-Fraction Dilemma: Intent-Focused Inquiry Prevails

As the oil and gas industry has moved away from the legacy of the 1/8th royalty, double-fraction language has generated a multitude of disagreements as to whether a royalty interest should be construed as "fixed" or "floating"…more

Gas Royalties, Intent of the Parties, Inter Vivos Gifts, Mineral Leases, Oil & Gas

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eDiscovery: Tips and Traps (Presentation)

•GHOST/MIRROR: Complete bit by bit copy of a drive. (Not just copying data; actually reproducing the hard drive.) •LEGACY: Information from older systems no longer actively supported and not easily…more

Data Retention, Discovery, Document Productions, Electronically Stored Information, Litigation Hold

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A Prevailing Party May Now Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Vested Rights Dispute

Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code (the “Vested Rights Statute”), provides a regulatory scheme in which developers and the public may rely upon regulations of a regulatory agency in effect at the time an initial…more

Attorney's Fees, County Planning Commissions, Land Developers, Land Use Restrictions, Land-Use Permits

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Supreme Court Revisits Stock Drop Fiduciary Standards

In Amgen v. Harris, the Supreme Court for the second time considered whether the plan participants sufficiently stated a claim against the plan fiduciaries for breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA by continuing to provide Amgen…more

Amgen, Duty of Prudence, ERISA, Failure To State A Claim, Fiduciary Duty

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Inflation Adjustments for 2016

On October 21, 2015, the IRS released the annual inflation adjustments which will apply to tax year 2016. These adjustments will help determine a taxpayer's tax bracket and available deductions, credits, exclusions, and…more

Estate Tax, Flexible Spending Accounts, Gift-Tax Exemption, Health Savings Accounts, Income Taxes

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New EEO-1 Reporting Requirements on Pay for Women and Minorities for Employers with 100+ Employees

The Obama Administration has directed the EEOC to collect additional data about the pay of women and racial/ethnic minorities from all employers with more than 100 employees. The updated EEO-1 reporting will provide data for the…more

EEO-1, EEOC, Equal Pay Report, Obama Administration, Reporting Requirements

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A Tale of Equal Pay Laws to Come? How Two New Executive Actions for Federal Contractors Could Eventually Affect All Employers

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum that, according to the White House, are aimed at combating pay discrimination and strengthening the enforcement of equal pay for…more

Barack Obama, Equal Pay, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors, Pay Discrimination

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Time to Transfer Early Stage Investments?

New rules may stop “cheap” transfers of business interests to kids and grandkids. Proposed IRS regulations that may be effective as early as the end of 2016 are designed to severely limit use of discounts on gifts or sales of…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, Generation-Skipping Transfer

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U.S. Attorney General Announces Plans to Pursue Leak Investigations

Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a potential sea change in the Department of Justice’s treatment of the news media. Sessions proclaimed that the Justice Department will pursue leak investigations…more

Attorney Generals, Confidential Source, Criminal Investigations, DOJ, First Amendment

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Supreme Court Rules Doctrine of Laches Does Not Bar Damages In Patent Litigation

In a highly-anticipated opinion, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the doctrine of laches is no longer a proper defense in patent infringement cases. Following its 2014 copyright laches case in Petrella v…more

Damages, Defense Strategies, Laches, Patent Infringement, Patents

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Does FEMA Unconstitutionally Deny Relief to Churches? President Trump Thinks So And He May Be Right

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation has impacted thousands of people and businesses throughout Texas. Private nonprofits and religious organizations have been playing key roles in providing emergency relief to those who have been…more

501(c)(3), Churches, Constitutional Challenges, FEMA, First Amendment

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EEOC's New Procedure Provides Position Statements to Charging Parties

For the past few decades, information provided to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC" or "Commission") has been protected from disclosure during the pendency of an investigation and to some degree after the…more

Complaint Procedures, Confidential Information, Discovery, EEOC, Employment Discrimination

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Appeals Court Decision Requires Air Emissions Reporting for Animal Waste

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit vacated a 2008 EPA rule, which had exempted certain agricultural operations from federal air emission reporting requirements..…more

Agricultural Sector, Air Pollution, Appeals, CERCLA, Chevron Deference

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HHS Proposes New Safe Harbor Rules, Revises Others

Last week the Department of Health & Human Services ("HHS") issued a proposed rule amending the safe harbor regulations promulgated under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b). The proposed rule would make…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Healthcare, HHS, Safe Harbors

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Employer Considerations in the Wake of Devastation

As businesses resume operations and start the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, they are likely to face a variety of employment related challenges. These are a few of the issues that employers should be prepared to address…more

ADA, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, FMLA

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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Jackson Walker Media Clients in Important Free Speech Case

Houston partner John K. Edwards argued before the Texas Supreme Court in September 2016 on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend County…more

Actual Malice, Appeals, Burden of Proof, Corruption, Free Speech

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Confidentiality Agreements and Letters of Intent – October 2017

I. CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT - A confidentiality agreement (“Confidentiality Agreement”), also sometimes called a nondisclosure agreement (“NDA”), is typically the first stage for the due diligence process as parties…more

Acquisitions, Buyers, Confidentiality Agreements, Due Diligence, Letters of Intent

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Texas Supreme Court Affirms Property Owners' Rights Within the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

On May 27, 2016, in Town of Lakewood Village v. Bizios, the Texas Supreme Court held that general law municipalities do not have the authority to enforce building codes within their extraterritorial jurisdictions (ETJs). This…more

Building Codes, Building Permits, Construction Project, Extraterritoriality Rules, Jurisdiction

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Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Landmark Judgment on Common Law Partnership and Joint Venture Claims

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., reversing the Dallas County District Court’s judgment that awarded ETP more…more

Appeals, Breach of Contract, Breach of Duty, Burden of Proof, Common Law Claims

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eDiscovery: Tips and Traps (Presentation)

•GHOST/MIRROR: Complete bit by bit copy of a drive. (Not just copying data; actually reproducing the hard drive.) •LEGACY: Information from older systems no longer actively supported and not easily…more

Data Retention, Discovery, Document Productions, Electronically Stored Information, Litigation Hold

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I Can Fly it For Fun–Why Not For Profit? Proposed FAA Rules For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Every week, it seems you hear another business is using unmanned aerial vehicles. So why are you, or your company, still grounded? That could change soon…more

Certifications, Commercial Use, Drones, Exemptions, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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Aviation Flyer - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - The United States Supreme Court’s Competing Guidance Regarding Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers - Recent French Appeals Court Decision in Concorde Crash Step Forward Towards…more

Airplane Accidents, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Foreign Corporations, Personal Jurisdiction, SCOTUS

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W. Gary Fowler Published in ‘Texas Lawyer’ - “President Donald Trump and the Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act”

Jackson Walker partner W. Gary Fowler, recently authored an article published in the November 2016 edition of Texas Lawyer. In the article, “President Donald Trump and the Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities…more

ADA, Disability Discrimination, DOJ, Judicial Appointments, Public Accommodation

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Interplay Between Texas Workers' Compensation Law and Federal Family Medical Leave Act: Texas Supreme Court Addresses Impact of FMLA on Workers' Compensation Anti-Retaliation Clause

On December 4, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court provided significant guidance for employers by clarifying the relationship between the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act and the federal Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") in Kingsaire,…more

ADA, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, FMLA, Hiring & Firing, TX Supreme Court

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SEC Issues Guidance on Disclosures Made via Social Media

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") recently issued a Report of Investigation (the "Report") in which it provides helpful guidance to public companies regarding their use of social media to disclose material…more

Disclosure Requirements, Form 8-K, Regulation FD, SEC, Social Media

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Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need To Know

In light of the Ebola virus outbreak abroad and the recent Ebola cases in the U.S., employers should be aware of the laws implicated in their treatment of employees. Though employment issues related to Ebola may appear to be…more

ADA, Best Management Practices, CDC, Ebola, Employer Liability Issues

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EEOC's New Procedure Provides Position Statements to Charging Parties

For the past few decades, information provided to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC" or "Commission") has been protected from disclosure during the pendency of an investigation and to some degree after the…more

Complaint Procedures, Confidential Information, Discovery, EEOC, Employment Discrimination

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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Jackson Walker Media Clients in Important Free Speech Case

Houston partner John K. Edwards argued before the Texas Supreme Court in September 2016 on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend County…more

Actual Malice, Appeals, Burden of Proof, Corruption, Free Speech

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Texas Legislature Imposes Statutory Subordination of Real Estate Mortgages to Oil and Gas Leases

The explosive growth of oil and gas leasing and drilling in the Barnett Shale play turned an issue that had always been a nuisance for the oil and gas industry into a significant problem. When an oil and gas producer takes a…more

Mineral Leases, Mortgages, Oil & Gas, Subordination Agreement

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Aviation Flyer - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - The United States Supreme Court’s Competing Guidance Regarding Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers - Recent French Appeals Court Decision in Concorde Crash Step Forward Towards…more

Airplane Accidents, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Foreign Corporations, Personal Jurisdiction, SCOTUS

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The Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule: Frequently Asked Questions for Private Fund Advisers

Core elements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial new fiduciary investment advice rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) became effective on June 9, 2017, despite President Trump’s February 3, 2017 memorandum ordering further…more

Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Broker-Dealer, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Rule

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IRA Charitable Rollover Made Permanent

President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act into law on December 18, 2015. As a result, the IRA charitable rollover is now available to qualifying taxpayers on a permanent basis…more

Charitable Rollover, IRA, IRA Rollovers, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act

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The Crisis of Free Speech on Campus: Not Fake News

A recent column in the Detroit News, by John Patrick Leary, an assistant professor of English at Wayne State University, advanced the proposition that concern over the recent protests on campus over free speech is a…more

Censorship, Colleges, First Amendment, Free Speech, Protests

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Supreme Court Ruling Curtails Forum-Shopping

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court placed new limits on where lawsuits may be filed. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, No. 16–466 (June 19, 2017), the justices, in an eight – one decision, overturned…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v Superior Court of California - San Francisco County, CA Supreme Court, Due Process, Forum Shopping, Fourteenth Amendment

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Implications of Texas' Open Carry Law for Property Owners

Texas House Bill 910, also known as the "Open Carry" bill, was signed in to law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 13, 2015. Most of the provisions of the "Open Carry" law become effective on January 1, 2016. The new "Open Carry"…more

Commercial Property Owners, Gun Laws

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Does FEMA Unconstitutionally Deny Relief to Churches? President Trump Thinks So And He May Be Right

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation has impacted thousands of people and businesses throughout Texas. Private nonprofits and religious organizations have been playing key roles in providing emergency relief to those who have been…more

501(c)(3), Churches, Constitutional Challenges, FEMA, First Amendment

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Temporary Injunction Blocks Enforcement of the Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rules

On November 22, 2016, District Judge Amos Mazzant, III issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules that were set to go into effect December 1, 2016. That rule proposed to…more

Barack Obama, DOL, FLSA, Lack of Authority, Minimum Salary

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Texas Legislature Imposes Statutory Subordination of Real Estate Mortgages to Oil and Gas Leases

The explosive growth of oil and gas leasing and drilling in the Barnett Shale play turned an issue that had always been a nuisance for the oil and gas industry into a significant problem. When an oil and gas producer takes a…more

Mineral Leases, Mortgages, Oil & Gas, Subordination Agreement

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IRS: Investment Fund Managers are Subject to Self-Employment Tax

The Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") recently issued internal guidance in the form of a Chief Counsel Advice (the "CCA") indicating that the IRS has taken the position that the "limited…more

General Partnerships, Investment Adviser, Investment Management, IRS, Limited Liability Company (LLC)

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The Double-Fraction Dilemma: Intent-Focused Inquiry Prevails

As the oil and gas industry has moved away from the legacy of the 1/8th royalty, double-fraction language has generated a multitude of disagreements as to whether a royalty interest should be construed as "fixed" or "floating"…more

Gas Royalties, Intent of the Parties, Inter Vivos Gifts, Mineral Leases, Oil & Gas

See all updates »

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Landmark Judgment on Common Law Partnership and Joint Venture Claims

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., reversing the Dallas County District Court’s judgment that awarded ETP more…more

Appeals, Breach of Contract, Breach of Duty, Burden of Proof, Common Law Claims

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Investment Adviser and SEC Agree to Settle Charges Arising out of Failure to Adopt Written Cybersecurity Policies Required by the Safeguards Rule

The SEC charged investment adviser R.T. Jones with willfully violating the Safeguards Rule by failing to adopt written policies and procedures designed to protect customer records and information. The Safeguards Rule requires…more

Cease and Desist Orders, Civil Monetary Penalty, Credit Monitoring, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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Enterprise Data Security For The Securities Lawyer

Assuring cybersecurity has become a necessity for businesses across all industries. Cybercrime — with over $1 trillion in annual profits — is now the most lucrative illegal global business. Any business with computers and…more

Cyber Crimes, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Fiduciary Duty, Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act

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CMS Issues Final Rule, Making it Easier to Sue Nursing Facilities

Beginning November 28, 2016, pre-dispute arbitration agreements will no longer be permissible for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. 42 C.F.R. § 483.70(n). On…more

CMS, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Homes, Pre-Dispute Arbitration

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Temporary Injunction Blocks Enforcement of the Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rules

On November 22, 2016, District Judge Amos Mazzant, III issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules that were set to go into effect December 1, 2016. That rule proposed to…more

Barack Obama, DOL, FLSA, Lack of Authority, Minimum Salary

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Aviation Flyer - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens - A Defendant’s Initial Impulse Could Be The Riskiest - Providing Information To Expert Witnesses: A Quick Guide To The Proper Procedures And Potential Pitfalls - Lennar…more

ADA, Aviation Industry, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Forum, Forum Non Conveniens

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Higher Education Risk Management Conference: Establishing International Programs: Risks and Due Diligence

Globalization: -- Reshaping the world in the past several decades: .. continued growth of multinationals .. increased cross-border workers and consumers .. increased imported goods and services --…more

Due Diligence, Global Economy, Risk Management

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The Importance of Documenting Flood Damage

As the effects of Hurricane Harvey begin to dissipate, a number of you have asked another important, practical question: Can I and should I start making temporary repairs and/or removing damaged items from my home?…more

Hurricane Harvey, Inspections, Insurance Claims, Loss Mitigation, Property Damage

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New Law Continues to Require Out-of-Network Facility-Based Physicians to Notify Patients of Mediation Rights

Early last week, Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 481 into law. The new law, which will become effective on September 1st, gives Texas consumers the option to mediate medical bills that they receive from out-of-network facility-based…more

Billing, Healthcare, Mediation, New Legislation, Out of Network Provider

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Time to Transfer Early Stage Investments?

New rules may stop “cheap” transfers of business interests to kids and grandkids. Proposed IRS regulations that may be effective as early as the end of 2016 are designed to severely limit use of discounts on gifts or sales of…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, Generation-Skipping Transfer

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Halloween Tax Alert: Beware of the IRS "Wealth Squad"

What’s scarier than zombies, clowns, or vampires? The dreaded Global High-Wealth Industry Group, a/k/a the IRS’s “Wealth Squad.” The Wealth Squad is comprised of highly-specialized examiners and other professionals whose sole…more

High Net-Worth, Income Taxes, IRS, Wealth Management, Wealth Squad Examiners

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Texas Case Law Update – Judge Dismisses Putative Class Action Over Home Equity Modifications

In an ongoing effort to update our financial institution clients about developments in Texas jurisprudence that may impact them, we bring to your attention a recent decision of particular importance to mortgage and home equity…more

Dismissals, JPMorgan Chase, Loans, Mortgages, Putative Class Actions

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Does FEMA Unconstitutionally Deny Relief to Churches? President Trump Thinks So And He May Be Right

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation has impacted thousands of people and businesses throughout Texas. Private nonprofits and religious organizations have been playing key roles in providing emergency relief to those who have been…more

501(c)(3), Churches, Constitutional Challenges, FEMA, First Amendment

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Rev. Proc. 2016-44: Greater Flexibility in IRS Safe Harbor for Management Contracts

Recently, the IRS released a safe harbor from private use of tax-exempt bond-financed facilities for management contracts that profoundly changes the safe harbors that have been in place under Rev. Proc. 97-13 for almost 20…more

Healthcare Facilities, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS, Management Contracts, Public Financing

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Using Letters Of Credit For Tenant Credit Enhancement

I. Introduction. Cash security deposits (typically in the amount of one or two month’s rent) have been the traditional form of tenant credit enhancement required by commercial landlords. However, in instances where…more

Automatic Stay, FDIC, Landlords, Letter of Credit, Security Deposits

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Federal Procedure Update - 2012

I. FEDERAL PROCEDURE - A. Overview of Article. The purpose of this article is to provide summaries and brief discussion of significant recent cases from the United States Supreme Court, the United States Circuit…more

Arbitration, AT&T Mobility, AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, Class Certification, Disclosure Requirements

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KISSing SAFEly or SAFEly KISSing: The New Financing Instruments for Startups

As the startup community continues to expand around the country, there is an ever-growing need to understand different ways that a company can structure early stage financing so that it can be equipped to discuss with its first…more

Angel Investors, Convertible Notes, Crowdfunding, Financing, Future Equity

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Of Free Speech and Thick Skin

It was a memorable 42nd season for Saturday Night Live, bookended by oddly compelling versions of “Hallelujah” by Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump. It has not been such a good season for the First…more

Chilling Effect, First Amendment, Free Speech, George W Bush, Journalists

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SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules permitting issuers to use crowdfunding to raise capital. The rules, which were originally proposed more than two years ago pursuant to Title…more

Capital Raising, Crowdfunding, Funding Portal, JOBS Act, Offerings

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Seventh Circuit Upholds Method to Fund Transmission Expansions to Carry Renewable Energy

A recent Seventh Circuit opinion, Illinois Commerce Commission v. FERC, represents a significant victory for the future of renewable energy. The decision, authored by Judge Richard Posner, upholds the method Midcontinent…more

FERC, MISO, Renewable Energy, Wind Power

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Hedging Oil & Gas Production

The recent, dramatic decline in the price of oil illustrates the risk that every oil and gas producer has to declining energy commodity prices. This paper discusses various methods for “hedging” or reducing price risk. In…more

Commodities, Commodity Futures Contracts, Dodd-Frank, Exchange-Traded Products, ISDA Master Agreement

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The Double-Fraction Dilemma: Intent-Focused Inquiry Prevails

As the oil and gas industry has moved away from the legacy of the 1/8th royalty, double-fraction language has generated a multitude of disagreements as to whether a royalty interest should be construed as "fixed" or "floating"…more

Gas Royalties, Intent of the Parties, Inter Vivos Gifts, Mineral Leases, Oil & Gas

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Deference (And Related Issues)

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised…more

Legal Writing, Legislative Process

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The Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule: Frequently Asked Questions for Private Fund Advisers

Core elements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial new fiduciary investment advice rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) became effective on June 9, 2017, despite President Trump’s February 3, 2017 memorandum ordering further…more

Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Broker-Dealer, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Rule

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Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Issue Antitrust Liability Guidance for Human Resource Executives

In late October, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice warned human resources professionals that so-called “no-poaching” agreements, in which companies agree not to…more

Antitrust Violations, DOJ, FTC, Hiring & Firing, Human Resources Professionals

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Rebuilding: Construction Considerations in the Wake of Disaster

Southeast Texas has started to move from immediate recovery, including evacuations and draining of flood waters, to removal of water-damaged materials in homes and business and preliminary efforts to start rebuilding. Although…more

Construction Project, General Contractors, Hurricane Harvey, Natural Disasters, Payment Terms

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Supreme Court Fells North Carolina Statute on First Amendment Grounds, Recognizes Cyberspace and Social Media As the Most Important Places For the Exchange of Views - Jackson Walker

Yesterday’s unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Packingham v. North Carolina is one of the first decisions in which the Court has addressed broadly the relationship between the First Amendment and social media, modern…more

Appeals, Constitutional Challenges, Criminal Convictions, First Amendment, Free Speech

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Public Benefit Corporations Have Arrived in Texas

Public benefit corporations, which are recognized in over 30 states, have now been adopted in Texas. The Texas public benefit corporation laws became effective on September 1, 2017. Now, businesses can incorporate in the State…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Purpose, Fiduciary Duty, Individual Accountability, Investors

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Intellectual Property Basics (Updated)

You can buy or sell breakfast or a toaster without a lawyer. Business law is based on common sense. Intellectual Property (“IP”) is different. Common sense does not always apply to IP. This is dangerous because IP can be a…more

Business Assets, Copyright, Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks

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Insurers May Not Terminate Physicians for Recommending Out-of-Network Providers

Under a new Texas law, effective September 1, 2015, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and Preferred Provider Benefit Plans (PPO) (collectively referred to as "Insurers") can no longer terminate a physician from their…more

Contract Termination, Health Insurance, HMOs, Out of Network Provider, Patient Referrals

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Drafting Tips: Securities Lending Authorization Agreements

Securities lending is a type of transaction in which an entity ("Lender") with a large portfolio of securities (e.g., a pension fund or endowment) lends its securities to a borrower ("Borrower") in exchange for collateral (often…more

Collateral, Credit Agreements, Debt Securities, Investment, Lending

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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Initiatives

1. Hotel Occupancy Tax Declared Exempt For Evacuees and Relief Workers - The Governor of Texas, by way of proclamation, has exempted evacuees and relief workers from state and local hotel taxes.  Currently the Governor’s…more

Comptroller, Evacuees, Exemptions, Hotels, Hurricane Harvey

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Class Action Report - October 2016

As the Supreme Court begins its new term, the trajectory of its recent class certification guidance will be a key issue for many. The spring and summer of 2016 delivered significant new contours in class certification precedent…more

Article III, Causation, Certiorari, Class Action, Class Certification

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OIG Again Cautions Providers (And Physicians) About Non-Compliant Physician Compensation Arrangements

On June 9, 2015, the Office of Inspector General ("OIG") of the Department of Health & Human Services issued a Fraud Alert reprising a familiar theme: ensuring that physician compensation arrangements comply with the…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Fraud Alerts, Health Care Providers, HHS, OIG

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Embracing the Opportunities We Are Given

A veteran of both World War II and the Korean War with an innate sense of family and an exceptionally strong work ethic my maternal grandfather, Manuel, was someone that people naturally looked up to. And I was certainly no…more

Diversity, Law Firm Associates, Law Firm Partners

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EEOC Issues Game-Changing Decision on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Following the 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision of Macy v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the EEOC has issued a decision…more

Chevron Deference, EEOC, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Hiring & Firing, Lateral Hiring

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Nasi joins Texas and West Virginia attorney generals at TPPF event about Clean Power Plan

Mike Nasi, partner in our Austin office, joined Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey at a Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) event to discuss the Clean Power Plan rules in…more

Clean Air Act, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Coal-Fired Generation, Energy Sector

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“Procedural and Evidentiary Issues in Condemnation Cases: What Gets in and What Doesn’t?”

Traditional eminent domain trial work is unique. Liability, in the true sense of the word, is not at issue, and very often there is only one simple question for the jury to answer – what amount of money will adequately and…more

Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure

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Last Call: Your Q4 DMCA Agent Designation Reminder

We are only three months away from the December 31, 2017 deadline for websites and other online service providers to redesignate their DMCA agents under the U.S. Copyright Office’s new online registration system. This is an…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Office, Corporate Counsel, Designated Agent

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Laches Remains a Valid Defense to Patent Infringement Notwithstanding 'Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer'

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc, confirmed in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products that the common law doctrine of laches is still a viable defense to patent infringement when…more

Copyright Infringement, Damages, Laches, Lanham Act, Limitation Periods

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Hedging Oil & Gas Production

The recent, dramatic decline in the price of oil illustrates the risk that every oil and gas producer has to declining energy commodity prices. This paper discusses various methods for “hedging” or reducing price risk. In…more

Commodities, Commodity Futures Contracts, Dodd-Frank, Exchange-Traded Products, ISDA Master Agreement

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IP Litigation Insider

Eastern District of Texas Adopts Model Order for Focusing Patent Claims and Prior Art - On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Chief District Judge Leonard Davis, on behalf of the Eastern District of Texas, adopted a model "Order…more

Patent Litigation, Patents, Prior Art

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Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need To Know

In light of the Ebola virus outbreak abroad and the recent Ebola cases in the U.S., employers should be aware of the laws implicated in their treatment of employees. Though employment issues related to Ebola may appear to be…more

ADA, Best Management Practices, CDC, Ebola, Employer Liability Issues

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Public Information Act: Trade Secret Loophole Threatens Government Transparency

Do you trust your government (and what it does with your tax dollars)? If you answered, “No”—or even hesitated a bit—then you probably believe in government transparency. In Texas, a key to open government for citizens and news…more

Appeals, Boeing, Competitive Bidding, Confidential Information, Exceptions

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Conflict Minerals: Dodd-Frank, the SEC's Rule...and Beyond

Designed to reduce funding sources for those perpetrating human rights abuses and engaging in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street…more

Conflict Mineral Rules, Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank, SEC

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Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Landmark Judgment on Common Law Partnership and Joint Venture Claims

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., reversing the Dallas County District Court’s judgment that awarded ETP more…more

Appeals, Breach of Contract, Breach of Duty, Burden of Proof, Common Law Claims

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Supreme Court Holds Sale of Patented Product Exhausts All Patent Rights

In a nearly unanimous opinion issued recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held “a patentee’s decision to sell a product exhausts all of its patent rights in that item, regardless of any restrictions the patentee purports to impose…more

Breach of Contract, Exports, First Sale Doctrine, Foreign Sales, Imports

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$3 Million Verdict in Fracking Case - Fluke or the Harbinger of Claims to Come?

In a highly anticipated verdict reached on April 22, 2014, a Dallas County Court at Law jury awarded the Parr family $2.925 million against Aruba Petroleum on a nuisance claim arising out of drilling in the Barnett Shale in Wise…more

Fracking, Fracking Bans, Nuisance, Oil & Gas, Property Damage

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Case Study: Setting Up A United States Business

In This Presentation: I. Introduction – UK Consulting Company History: 1. Established UK company with foreign subsidiaries. Core business is sale of consulting services to E&P companies and proprietary…more

Board of Directors, Business Formation, Corporate Governance, Foreign Corporations, Foreign Subsidiaries

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Another Successful First Amendment Challenge to the Prohibition of Off-Label Promotion for FDA-Approved Drugs

The Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment prevailed in the latest challenge to the FDA's prohibition against marketing FDA-approved drugs for off-label (or non-FDA-approved) uses. Applying the Second Circuit’s…more

Advertising, Amarin, Commercial Speech, Drug Approvals, FDA

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Another Successful First Amendment Challenge to the Prohibition of Off-Label Promotion for FDA-Approved Drugs: Part Two

The Free Speech Clause notched another victory in the latest and, perhaps, final chapter of the lawsuit between the FDA and Amarin Pharma, Inc. concerning off-label marketing of an FDA-approved drug. On March 8, 2016, the FDA…more

Amarin, FDA, FDA Approval, First Amendment, Free Speech

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Using Supplier Agreements as Patent Litigation Insurance

In a recent article written for Today’s General Counsel, patent attorney Wasif Qureshi discusses how customers can lessen risks when sued for patent infringement as a result of using technology obtained from a third party…more

Indemnification Clauses, Intellectual Property Protection, Litigation Insurance, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Another Successful First Amendment Challenge to the Prohibition of Off-Label Promotion for FDA-Approved Drugs: Part Two

The Free Speech Clause notched another victory in the latest and, perhaps, final chapter of the lawsuit between the FDA and Amarin Pharma, Inc. concerning off-label marketing of an FDA-approved drug. On March 8, 2016, the FDA…more

Amarin, FDA, FDA Approval, First Amendment, Free Speech

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Appeals Court Decision Requires Air Emissions Reporting for Animal Waste

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit vacated a 2008 EPA rule, which had exempted certain agricultural operations from federal air emission reporting requirements..…more

Agricultural Sector, Air Pollution, Appeals, CERCLA, Chevron Deference

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New Texas Rule Regarding the Disposal of Fetal Tissue Stayed

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently issued a final rule implementing updated methods for the disposal of special waste from health care facilities, which includes fetal tissue. As such, the new rule would…more

Final Rules, Health Care Providers, Healthcare Facilities, New Regulations, Preliminary Injunctions

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IRS Provides for Expedited Loans and Hardship Distributions from Retirement Plans

The IRS announced last week that it will allow victims of Hurricane Harvey and their families to more easily access assets held in employer-sponsored retirement plans. Specifically, the IRS will allow certain retirement plans to…more

401k, 403(b) Plans, 457(b) Plans, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Employee Benefits

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The Accommodation Doctrine Revisited: A Question of "Fairness to Both Parties"

As Texas holds tight to its position as the nation's number one oil and natural gas producing state, the Texas Supreme Court's decision to revisit the over forty-year-old accommodation doctrine, which requires oil and gas…more

Barnett Shale, Duty to Accommodate, Fracking, Horizontal Wells, Mineral Leases

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The Importance of Documenting Flood Damage

As the effects of Hurricane Harvey begin to dissipate, a number of you have asked another important, practical question: Can I and should I start making temporary repairs and/or removing damaged items from my home?…more

Hurricane Harvey, Inspections, Insurance Claims, Loss Mitigation, Property Damage

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Private Entity Access To Capital Markets - Through Rule 144A For Life Offerings

Many privately or family owned entities may believe access to U.S. capital markets is foreclosed due to burdensome and cost prohibitive regulatory requirements. With interest rates at historical lows and a robust supply of…more

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Are Ex Parte Reexaminations An Overlooked Method of Challenging Patents?

In the wake of the September 16, 2011, enactment of the America Invents Act (“AIA”), many third-party individuals and organizations began utilizing the newly created post-grant proceedings to challenge the validity of issued…more

America Invents Act, Ex Partes Reexamination, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Infringement, Patents

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Looks Like Frack is Back, Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 40

Yesterday, Governor Gregg Abbott signed into law House Bill 40, also known as the Denton Fracking Bill, which leaves municipalities with minimal power to regulate the oil and gas industry. The bill takes effect immediately and…more

Fracking, Fracking Bans, Local Ordinance, Municipalities, New Legislation

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Employer Considerations in the Wake of Devastation

As businesses resume operations and start the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, they are likely to face a variety of employment related challenges. These are a few of the issues that employers should be prepared to address…more

ADA, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, FMLA

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Considerations and Consequences of a Bankruptcy Filing in the Oil and Gas Industry

A Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of an oil and gas company will likely have broad implications for a wide range of parties. Certain pervasive agreements in today’s oil and gas industry generate substantial, high-dollar…more

Assignments, Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Leases

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FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2017

On January 26, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published in the Federal Register adjusted jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR…more

Acquisitions, DOJ, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Mergers

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Temporary Injunction Blocks Enforcement of the Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rules

On November 22, 2016, District Judge Amos Mazzant, III issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules that were set to go into effect December 1, 2016. That rule proposed to…more

Barack Obama, DOL, FLSA, Lack of Authority, Minimum Salary

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Latest Developments in Arbitration for the Construction Law Practitioner

G. T. Leach Builders V. Sapphire V.P.: Non-Signatories’ Right to Compel Arbitration; Waiver of Right to Arbitrate - By far, the most recent, significant arbitration development for construction law practitioners was the…more

Arbitration, Builder's Risk Exclusion, Condominiums, Construction Industry, Construction Project

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Supreme Court Ruling Curtails Forum-Shopping

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court placed new limits on where lawsuits may be filed. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, No. 16–466 (June 19, 2017), the justices, in an eight – one decision, overturned…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v Superior Court of California - San Francisco County, CA Supreme Court, Due Process, Forum Shopping, Fourteenth Amendment

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DOJ and SEC Release Much-Anticipated Guidance on FCPA

In recent years, corporations in the United States and around the world have seen record levels of enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), resulting in billions of dollars of civil judgments and numerous…more

Compliance, DOJ, FCPA, FCPA Resource Guide, SEC

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Texas Case Law Update – Judge Dismisses Putative Class Action Over Home Equity Modifications

In an ongoing effort to update our financial institution clients about developments in Texas jurisprudence that may impact them, we bring to your attention a recent decision of particular importance to mortgage and home equity…more

Dismissals, JPMorgan Chase, Loans, Mortgages, Putative Class Actions

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British Bankers Association No Longer Administering LIBOR

Effective as of February 1, 2014, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Benchmark Administration Ltd. took over as the new administrator of LIBOR. A new administrator to replace the British Banker's Association (BBA) is one of the…more

British Bankers' Association, Libor, UK

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CMS Issues Final Rule, Making it Easier to Sue Nursing Facilities

Beginning November 28, 2016, pre-dispute arbitration agreements will no longer be permissible for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. 42 C.F.R. § 483.70(n). On…more

CMS, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Homes, Pre-Dispute Arbitration

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New Texas Rule Regarding the Disposal of Fetal Tissue Stayed

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently issued a final rule implementing updated methods for the disposal of special waste from health care facilities, which includes fetal tissue. As such, the new rule would…more

Final Rules, Health Care Providers, Healthcare Facilities, New Regulations, Preliminary Injunctions

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Nate Smithson Provides an Update on Tax Reform

Jackson Walker partner Nate Smithson has prepared an updated guide to tax reform which reflects the senate’s newly-proposed tax bill. The guide covers tax brackets, deductions, capital gains, and other relevant topics in tax…more

401k, Affordable Care Act, Alternative Minimum Tax, Business Taxes, Capital Gains

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SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation and Issues Disqualification Rules for "Bad Actors" in Certain Private Offerings

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted new rules to implement certain requirements of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer…more

Accredited Investors, Disqualification, Dodd-Frank, Form D Filing, General Solicitation

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The Trump Administration Retweets and Retreats

Perhaps now more than ever before, Twitter takes center stage for social and public discourse. Many have wryly commented that we elected a “Tweeter-in-Chief” with President Trump, due to his prolific tweeting about everything…more

Administrative Agencies, First Amendment, Former Employee, Identity of Interest, Political Speech

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Mandatory BEA Filings: Have You Complied?

Is your business owned, directly or indirectly, 10 percent or more by a foreign party? Does your business own, directly or indirectly, 10 percent or more of a foreign party? If so, your business may have the legal…more

BEA, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Filing Requirements, Foreign Affiliates, Foreign Direct Investment

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Here's a Tip You Can Share: Federal District Court Strikes Down DOL Regulations Restricting Use of Tip Pooling Arrangements

Under federal and state wage-and-hour laws, tipped employees present unique compliance challenges for employers, particularly those in the restaurant and other service industries. Recent cases illustrate the potential risk. Any…more

DOL, Regulation, Restaurant Industry, Tip-Pooling, Tips

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Case Study: Setting Up A United States Business

In This Presentation: I. Introduction – UK Consulting Company History: 1. Established UK company with foreign subsidiaries. Core business is sale of consulting services to E&P companies and proprietary…more

Board of Directors, Business Formation, Corporate Governance, Foreign Corporations, Foreign Subsidiaries

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Requests for Evidence

8 CFR § 103.2(b)(8) - Evidence of eligibility or ineligibility. If the evidence submitted with the benefit request establishes eligibility, USCIS will approve the benefit request, except that in any case in which the…more

Evidence, Immigrants, Requests for Evidence, USCIS

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I Can Fly it For Fun–Why Not For Profit? Proposed FAA Rules For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Every week, it seems you hear another business is using unmanned aerial vehicles. So why are you, or your company, still grounded? That could change soon…more

Certifications, Commercial Use, Drones, Exemptions, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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Jackson Walker's VIA Media Postcard - November/December 2012

In This Issue: - Paul Watler's Perspective: One of the few places of refuge from the political campaign advertising onslaught was public television and radio. That may change depending on a little-noticed First Amendment…more

Advertising, First Amendment, Libel, Political Contributions

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The Importance of Documenting Flood Damage

As the effects of Hurricane Harvey begin to dissipate, a number of you have asked another important, practical question: Can I and should I start making temporary repairs and/or removing damaged items from my home?…more

Hurricane Harvey, Inspections, Insurance Claims, Loss Mitigation, Property Damage

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Perils of PERM

- A Plethora of Pitfalls: • Precise Drafting • A reason for everything • Keep a handle on time • Harmonize ETA 9141 and ETA 9089 • Essential information in the recruitment • Normal, Foreign and Business…more

Compliance, PERM, Prevailing Wages

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Tex. Sup. Court Clarifies the Duties of a Non-Subscribing Employer in the Face of Known Dangers

Late last week, the Texas Supreme Court clarified duties of employers for premises defects and declared that they have multiple duties to invitees/employees who come onto their property facing known dangerous…more

Business Invitees, Dangerous Condition, Duty of Care, Duty to Warn, Employee Rights

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Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy and the Exclusion of Trademark Licenses from the Definition of Intellectual Property

The Bankruptcy Code divides intellectual property into distinct categories depending upon the particular type of intellectual property. Issues with respect to intellectual property can be of utmost importance in bankruptcy, as a…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors, Debtors, Exemptions, IP Assignment Agreements

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Mandatory BEA Filings: Have You Complied?

Is your business owned, directly or indirectly, 10 percent or more by a foreign party? Does your business own, directly or indirectly, 10 percent or more of a foreign party? If so, your business may have the legal…more

BEA, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Filing Requirements, Foreign Affiliates, Foreign Direct Investment

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President Issues an Executive Order on Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama signed an ExecutiveOrder on cybersecurity designed to defend the nation's critical infrastructure. By passing Congress — which could not agree on a legislative proposal — the…more

Barack Obama, CISPA, Cybersecurity, DHS, Electricity

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New Pleading Requirements, Expedited Actions, Dismissal of Baseless Claims, Oh My!

In response to a legislative mandate to reduce the expense and delay of litigation in smaller cases, the Texas Supreme Court promulgated new Texas Rules of Civil Procedure…more

Dismissals, Expedited Actions Process, Frivolous Lawsuits, Pleadings

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Proposed Building Code Amendment is Harsh Reflection of Glaring Controversy

In what came as a complete surprise to many in the development industry, an otherwise low-profile City of Dallas board, the Building Inspection Advisory, Examining and Appeals Board, met on July 11 to recommend approval of a…more

Building Codes, Local Ordinance, Proposed Legislation

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Hedging Oil & Gas Production

The recent, dramatic decline in the price of oil illustrates the risk that every oil and gas producer has to declining energy commodity prices. This paper discusses various methods for “hedging” or reducing price risk. In…more

Commodities, Commodity Futures Contracts, Dodd-Frank, Exchange-Traded Products, ISDA Master Agreement

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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Southern Crushed Concrete that Texas Clean Air Act Preempts City of Houston Land Use Ordinance

On February 15, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court reversed the rulings of both a trial court and lower appellate court and found in favor of Southern Crushed Concrete in holding that a City of Houston ordinance placing location…more

Air Quality Standards, Clean Air Act, Permits, Preemption

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EEOC Issues Game-Changing Decision on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Following the 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision of Macy v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the EEOC has issued a decision…more

Chevron Deference, EEOC, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Hiring & Firing, Lateral Hiring

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Hurricane Harvey & FEMA Assistance Program

Our deepest sympathy goes out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it caused. For our clients, colleagues, and any others who may have been affected, we have put together some information about resources…more

Farm Loans, FEMA, Hurricane Harvey, Loans, Natural Disasters

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Texas Journalists Provide Early Warning, Dramatic Reports of Heroic Rescues During Hurricane Harvey

Texas has rarely seen a storm as destructive and vicious as Hurricane Harvey. It was an ill wind that blew little good. But the monster rain delivered by the storm did not obscure the bravery and compassion of Texans from all…more

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, Journalism, Journalists

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Considerations and Consequences of a Bankruptcy Filing in the Oil and Gas Industry

A Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of an oil and gas company will likely have broad implications for a wide range of parties. Certain pervasive agreements in today’s oil and gas industry generate substantial, high-dollar…more

Assignments, Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Leases

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An Update On The Legal Implications Of User-Generated Content: Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, And Instagram

Traditionally, media companies (as well as non-media companies) almost exclusively utilized their own content. However, because of the exponential growth in the public’s desire and ability to interconnect through social media…more

Communications Decency Act, Copyright, Defamation, DMCA, Facebook

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Temporary Injunction Blocks Enforcement of the Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rules

On November 22, 2016, District Judge Amos Mazzant, III issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules that were set to go into effect December 1, 2016. That rule proposed to…more

Barack Obama, DOL, FLSA, Lack of Authority, Minimum Salary

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Why Lawyers and Firms Should Actively Manage Their Online Presence

The need for due diligence research is high for both law firms and their clients. Now more than ever, firms are researching attorney candidates before they are hired. Likewise, clients looking to hire an attorney or firm are…more

Background Checks, Due Diligence, Lateral Hiring, Law Practice Management, Legal Recruiting

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Last Call: Your Q4 DMCA Agent Designation Reminder

We are only three months away from the December 31, 2017 deadline for websites and other online service providers to redesignate their DMCA agents under the U.S. Copyright Office’s new online registration system. This is an…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Office, Corporate Counsel, Designated Agent

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Members of U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Claim U.S. Soccer Should Be Assessed a "Red Card" for Its Payment of Female Athletes

On March 31, 2016, five key members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team announced their filing of a wage discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") against the U.S. Soccer Federation…more

EEO-1, EEOC, Equal Pay Act, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Soccer

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The Texas Supreme Court Affirms TCEQ's Discretion to Deny Contested Hearing Requests on Water-Quality Permits

On August 23, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court issued a significant decision affirming the administrative discretion of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("the Commission") to decide whether or not to grant a downstream…more

Environmental Claims, Environmental Policies, Farms, Water

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Who’s Responsible for Policing Fake News?

For many of us, gone are the days of reading the morning newspaper over a cup of coffee. Instead, the majority of U.S. adults now obtain their news via social media. We’ve grown accustomed to having information at our…more

Facebook, Fake News, First Amendment, Freedom of the Press, Google

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Last Call: Your Q4 DMCA Agent Designation Reminder

We are only three months away from the December 31, 2017 deadline for websites and other online service providers to redesignate their DMCA agents under the U.S. Copyright Office’s new online registration system. This is an…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Office, Corporate Counsel, Designated Agent

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