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The Ever-Evolving Interpretation of an ATDS: Where Are We Now? (No, Really!)

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On May 5, 2018, a broad range of 18 industry groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, including ACA International and members of the financial services industry, petitioned the FCC to seek clarity on the definition of an...more

Game On! Federal Appeals Court Revives Antitrust Challenge to Seattle’s Gig Worker Union Organizing Ordinance

by Fisher Phillips on

If you’ve been following the legal fight over Seattle’s 2015 proposal to permit ride-sharing drivers who work for companies such as Uber and Lyft to organize and form the country’s first gig economy unions, you might feel...more

Capital Markets Alert – Public Market Advocacy Groups Release Guidance

On April 27, 2018, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Nasdaq, along with certain technology and biotechnology groups, released a policy paper titled “Expanding...more

Ding Dong - The Amended Fiduciary Rule Is (Almost) Dead

by Dechert LLP on

Fiduciary rule, we hardly knew ya. The death knell for the DOL’s amended rule appears to be sounding this week with the expected mandate from the Fifth Circuit effectuating the vacatur of the amended rule in the case of...more

USPTO Considers Replacing Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard in IPRs & PGRs

In widely publicized comments to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last April, new USPTO Director Andrei Iancu encouraged stakeholders in Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Post-Grant Review (PGR) proceedings to “reduce the hyperbole...more

Will Your Antitrust Compliance Program Detect a Violation?

by Perkins Coie on

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) hosted a roundtable discussion on criminal antitrust compliance programs recently. Lawyers from corporate law departments and law firms, as well as from foreign...more

Philadelphia’s Pay Equity Ordinance: When May Employers Request and Consider Salary Information in Light of the Latest Challenge?

On April 30, 2018, Judge Goldberg of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an order granting in part and denying in part a motion brought by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia...more

Patentability and Patent Protection: Is the Pendulum Starting to Swing Back?

The latest US Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center’s International IP Index still places the US on top overall for intellectual property. However, this is due to strength in enforcement of copyrights and...more

The Gender Pay Equity Movement Goes International

by Fisher Phillips on

The national and international spotlight on pay equity is getting brighter by the day. By way of illustration, this post explores two laws that took effect on January 1, 2018, one in California and one in Iceland, and a wage...more

Cyber FICO Ratings Could Benefit Insurance Underwriting in Multiple Ways

Nearly 30 years ago the Fair Isaac Corporation (“FICO”) first introduced its metric for measuring creditworthiness. Since then, the FICO Score has become a default metric used by countless market participants to facilitate...more

Sexual Harassment Dominates California Legislation in 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

As we discussed back in January, sexual harassment appears to be the hot topic for the California State Legislature’s 2018 session. This is certainly not a surprise, as issues related to sexual harassment and the #MeToo...more

Large Employers in France Already Enjoying Benefits of Labor Reforms

by Fisher Phillips on

In late September, my colleague, Brian Ellixson, published a post concerning the start of a power swing, from France’s historically employee-friendly labor regime to a somewhat more employer-friendly system. Indeed, although...more

U.S. Drops to 13th in Worldwide Patent Protection According to Study Released by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Innovation Policy Center released its 5th annual study that ranks intellectual property systems worldwide. In the Chamber of Commerce's latest study, the U.S. patent system has dropped...more

Pumping the Procedural Brakes: Arbitration Clause Stays Potential Uber Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Will an arbitration provision in a services agreement between Uber and its drivers prevent the drivers from bringing a class action for being misclassified as contractors? The Ontario Superior Court recently addressed this...more

Federal Appeals Court Hears Next Round In Seattle’s Gig Worker Union Organizing Fight

by Fisher Phillips on

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument today over a proposal that would permit ride-sharing drivers who work for companies such as Uber and Lyft to organize and form unions. Given what could be at stake—the potential...more

U.S. Chamber Requests SEC Guidance on Impact of Tax Law Changes

The US Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter to the SEC noting the challenges that may exist for many public companies, especially those with complex global operations, by the recent passage of the tax changes. ...more

Three amicus briefs in support of President Trump and Mick Mulvaney filed in D.C. CFPB Acting Director litigation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Three amicus briefs have been filed in support of President Trump and Mick Mulvaney, who are opposing the motion for a preliminary injunction filed by Leandra English in her action in D.C. federal district court seeking a...more

Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 3

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - Tax Reform (or whatever you want to call it) is in full swing as this edition of Tax Talk goes to press. The House has passed H.R. 1 and the Senate Finance Committee has approved its own version of the Tax...more

Situs of Debt Owed under Letters of Credit

Supreme Court of England clarifies terms for enforcement of international arbitral awards in Taurus Petroleum Limited v State Oil Marketing Company of the Ministry of Oil, Republic of Iraq [2017] UKSC 64 - The English...more

Salary-Threshold Autopilot Still Possible

by Fisher Phillips on

A BloombergBNA report suggests that the U.S. Department of Labor is seriously considering retaining the Obama Administration's procedure (or something like it) for automatic "updates" to the compensation thresholds specified...more

Feds Come Out Against Seattle’s Law to Unionize Rideshare Drivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The gig economy just got a strong ally in its fight to remain union-free: the federal government. The latest development in the ongoing saga involving an attempt to put into place the nation’s first unionization law that...more

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Security Rating Agency

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

One can hardly check out any news outlet today without reading or hearing about a security breach. Experts frequently advocate performing internal assessments to identify security weaknesses. Commentators tout the...more

Business Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Challenge CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 29, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Business, and various other national and Texas statewide business organizations and trade groups (together, Plaintiffs) filed a federal lawsuit in...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Challenges CFPB Rule Immunizing Class Actions from Arbitration Clauses

by Goodwin on

On September 29, 2017, the United States Chamber of Commerce and various business and financial services groups (collectively, Plaintiffs) filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the United States District...more

Hogan Lovells Host Successful Launch Of Cobcoe's Brexit - The Voices Of European Business Report

by Hogan Lovells on

100 business leaders. 27 roundtables. 18 economies of the EU27. One central conclusion: Politicians are not listening to the concerns and priorities of European business. That was the consensus at the launch of an important...more

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