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Draft Fee Regulations – Attempts to Address Incentivising Loopholes

by Hogan Lovells on

Section 18A of the South African Medicines Act (the “Medicines Act“) prohibits the supply of any medicine, medical device or in-vitro diagnostic device, according to a bonus system, rebate system or any other incentive...more

I-22- The Benefits of Benefits: A Roundtable Discussion on Trending Benefits Issues for 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

From tax and health care reform to employee wellness programs to even handheld electronic devices, why should your company be interested in today's hot benefits issues? In today's episode of Employment Law Now, a roundtable...more

California Supreme Court Holds Groundwater Pumping Charges Are Not Property-Related Charges Subject to Proposition 218 - Case May...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Supreme Court concluded recently that a local water agency’s groundwater pumping charges are not property-related charges subject to the substantive and procedural requirements of California Constitution...more

New USPTO Mega-Sequence Listing Fees

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On November 14, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a rule on “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017.” (82 FR 52780) This rule includes fee adjustments that take effect on...more

California Supreme Court Confirms Certain Groundwater Pumping Charges are Outside Scope of Prop 218

by Downey Brand LLP on

On December 4, the California Supreme Court ruled that groundwater pumping charges levied to fund a basin-wide conservation and management program were not property-related fees subject to Proposition 218. The decision, City...more

Maine DEP Voluntary Response Action Program Releases Updated Guidance

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) just provided updated guidance explaining the new application fees and -- perhaps more importantly -- clarifying and updating...more

Charges By Law Firm-Owned Vendors Challenged In Putative Client Class

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs signed engagement letters with the law firm Finkelstein & Partners (the “law firm”) to represent them in two separate personal injury lawsuits on a contingency basis. ...more

Updated USPTO Patent Fee Schedule Includes Significant Increases and Additions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week established an updated patent fee schedule, effective January 16, 2018. The updated schedule provides for a modest increase for most fees—but also more significant...more

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Mandatory Union Fees for Public Employees

by Baker Donelson on

Although previously considered by the United States Supreme Court on several occasions, the issue of the legality of mandatory public union fees will again be before the Court in its upcoming session. The lawsuit that has...more

USPTO Revised Patent Fees, Oh My!

On November 14, 2017, the USPTO issued and published the final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017.” The final rule set or adjusted certain patent fees, as provided by the Leahy-Smith America...more

New USPTO Fee Schedule Increases Fees For Challenging Granted Patents, Adds Streamlined Reexamination Option

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The USPTO recently published an adjusted fee schedule for certain patent fees. The new schedule significantly increases the fees for challenging the validity of a patent in inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR)...more

Patent Office to implement substantial fee increases for post-grant review proceedings

by Dentons on

In a final rule issued November 14, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has revised its fee schedule, effective January 16, 2018. The agency justified its fee increases as needed to “support the...more

USPTO Fee Increases Impact IPR Filing Costs

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Much like death and taxes, USPTO fee increases are a sure thing. On November 14, 2017, the USPTO issued a new final rule raising many of the fees charged by the Office. The Office also provided a chart that shows the...more

USPTO Announces Fee Increases Effective January 16, 2018

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

United States Patent and Trademark Office has published final rules increasing certain fees relating to patent examination and post grant proceedings (Please click here to see the USPTO’s table showing the fee changes...more

Texas Voters Relax Home Equity Lending Restrictions

Texas has long had some of the tightest consumer protections in the home equity lending space. After years of lobbying by the industry, a constitutional amendment was submitted to voters on November 7, 2017, aimed at relaxing...more

Bank failed to exercise discretion properly when setting collection fees

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A lender failed to exercise a contractual discretion properly when deciding on what collection fees to charge under a receivables finance agreement which allowed collection fees of “up to 15%”. The court held that the bank...more

Texas Voters Ratify Amendment to Texas Constitution’s Home-Equity Lending Provisions

by Locke Lord LLP on

On November 7, 2016, Texas voters passed Proposition 2, which amends several familiar requirements for home-equity loans under Article XVI, Section 50 of the Texas Constitution, and which bids adieu to the old adage: “once a...more

Government issues draft Tenant Fees Bill banning residential letting fees

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier this year, we blogged on the government’s proposals to ban residential letting fees.  On 1 November, the government took the next step towards realising those proposals by publishing the draft Tenant Fees Bill....more

California Storm Water Bill Signed Into Law

California Senate Bill 231 (Hertzberg) (“SB 231”), signed into law by the Governor on October 6, 2017, is intended to provide local governments with increased flexibility when imposing or increasing property related fees and...more

Appraisal Subcommittee Finalizes Rule for Appraisal Management Company National Registry Fees

by Alston & Bird on

The Appraisal Subcommittee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (ASC) issued its anticipated final rule providing for collection and transmission of the appraisal management company (AMC) annual national...more

Governor Brown Signs Major Housing Package Into Law

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

On September 29, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law a 15-bill housing package. The housing package did not include AB 915, which would have authorized the City and County of San Francisco to impose local inclusionary...more

Worth Another Look: The Administrative Code

Pennsylvania has been without a completed state spending plan for the current fiscal year for more than three months now. While the General Appropriations bill became law on June 11, the legislature has still not reached a...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Abrupt Change to Advance Parole Adjudications Without Clear Policy Objective –...

A learned colleague, Rob Cohen blogged, what could be called “a cry into the wilderness” in 2014 suggesting that the regulation at 8 C.F.R.§245.23(j) be amended so that an individual who departed the United States before an...more

Employment Tribunal Fees: Update

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In July, we reported on a landmark decision in which the U.K.’s Supreme Court unanimously found the Employment Tribunal fee regime to be unlawful. Below is an update on the legal and practical developments since that...more

The impact of the Supreme Court's decision that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court's decision in July 2017 abolished employment tribunal and EAT fees. At the time of writing the Government is still working out a system to repay paid tribunal fees, including to those parties that have paid...more

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