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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

Medicare Clinical Lab Fee Schedule Payments to Fall by $670 Million in 2018 Under Preliminary PAMA Rates

by Reed Smith on

CMS has posted preliminary Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule rates for 2018 – the first year rates will be based on private payer data under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). CMS estimates that...more

FINRA Fines Morgan Stanley For Supervision Failures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has brought a series of enforcement actions against investment advisers centered on fees. In a number of instances the issue was whether the clients were put into programs where the fees charged were the most...more

Stating The Obvious On Fees

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The 401k Averages Book is one of the great publications in the retirement plan business and I recommend it. I won’t recommend a report they just did because it was stating the obvious....more

SEC Files Administrative Proceeding Against An Investment Services Firm For Improperly Recommending Higher-Fee Mutual Funds To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 14, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an administrative proceeding against SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. (“STIS”), the investment services subsidiary of SunTrust Banks. STIS...more

Vendor Contracts: Be Careful Before You Sign On The Dotted Line

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s the first week back to school and you receive the following three phone calls in quick succession - • A parent advises you that she does not want to buy expensive apparel from a certain sportswear company for her...more

FCC Announces Annual Regulatory Fee Deadline, Gives Break to Small Market Radio Stations and Stations in Hurricane-Affected Areas

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Breaking News: Moments before the release of this post, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing an extension of time to the end of the government’s fiscal year for regulatory fee payors in areas affected by Hurricanes...more

The Texas Tree Mitigation Fee Credit Bill is Resurrected from the Dead

by Jackson Walker on

Many developers must remove existing trees in order to build new homes or buildings. Some cities have required developers to pay fees, known as tree mitigation fees, as a condition for permitting the removal of the trees....more

Annual FCC Regulatory Fees Due September 26, 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Annual FCC Regulatory Fees - Most Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) licensees and other regulated entities must pay regulatory fees annually to offset costs associated with the FCC’s enforcement, public...more

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