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Can an Industry Group Appeal an Unfavorable IPR Decision?

by WilmerHale on

Patent owners, both those practicing their invention and nonpracticing entities (NPEs), often approach companies they believe are infringing their patent rights. The patent owners threaten lawsuits if the companies do not...more

Arkansas Energy Personnel Moves: Arkansas Petroleum Council Executive Director Tom Parker Announces Retirement

Arkansas Petroleum Council (“APC”) Executive Director Tom Parker has announced he will retire December 31st. Tom also serves as the Southern Region Director of the American Petroleum Institute (“API”)....more

Pharma Distributors Trade Association Sued for Conspiracy to Exclude Competition for its Track and Trace Software

On October 23, 2017, a company that developed software to track and trace pharmaceuticals filed a complaint against a pharmaceutical distributors trade association that currently dominates the market for such software,...more

Developments in Association Law, 2016 – 2017

There have been important legal developments at the federal and state levels for nonprofit organizations. - Takeaways - Nonprofits continue to experience Federal government and private litigant antitrust enforcement....more

Another trade group seeks federal preemption guidance from ED

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER), a national trade association representing higher education finance organizations, has written to the Department of Education urging the ED to issue preemption...more

Nonprofits: Beware of Antitrust Troubles

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied a motion to dismiss a class action against the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in Talone v. American Osteopathic Association (No....more

U.S. House Considering Change to Enforcement of Trade Association PAC Rules

by Perkins Coie on

A bill currently being considered by the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations could significantly alter the way trade associations may solicit contributions for their political action committees (PACs) in fiscal year 2018....more

Trade association asks ED to confirm preemption of state student loan servicing requirements for federal student loans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Education Finance Council, a national trade association representing state-based nonprofit higher education finance organizations, has asked the Department of Education to “publicly state” that the ED’s rules governing...more

Industry groups ask FHFA to extend comment period for LEP RFI

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of eight trade associations has sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) asking the FHFA to extend by at least 45 days the comment period on the FHFA’s Request for Input (RFI) on improving language...more

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

by Jackson Walker on

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...more

The Brewers Association Releases the Independent Craft Brewer Seal

As the beer landscape in the United States continues to change, the Brewers Association has announced a way for consumers to ensure the beer they are buying is produced by an official “craft brewer.” Breweries in the United...more

Trade associations voice support for commission to run CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of 22 trade associations sent a letter last week to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees expressing their “strong support” for the creation of a five-member bipartisan...more

The Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative: A Recipe for Costlier Craft Beer?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Beer Institute, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. that represents brewers both big and small, as well as importers and suppliers to the beer industry, has recently published what it calls “The Brewer’s...more

Superior Court Grants Trade Association’s anti-SLAPP motion

by LeClairRyan on

Last October, I wrote about the Personal Care Products Council’s interesting anti-SLAPP motion, filed in a DC Superior Court case. There, the plaintiff (Simpson) alleged that she developed ovarian cancer by using talcum...more

Court Rules Forest Products Industry Group Has Standing to Challenge Critical Habitat Designation

by Perkins Coie on

A forest products trade association has standing to challenge the critical habitat designation for the northern spotted owl, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held in Carpenters Industrial Council...more

RED GOLD for Jewelry: Obviously Generic (Or Maybe Not…)

by Knobbe Martens on

On March 24, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the term “red gold” may not be a generic term for jewelry and watches, and thus, may serve as a trademark. Specifically, the Ninth Circuit found...more

Colorado Court Sends Shepherds’ Wage-Fixing Antitrust Suit Out to Pasture

Defendants in a putative class action lawsuit alleging wage fixing antitrust claims no longer need to count sheep to rest easily. A district court judge in Colorado recently denied plaintiffs’ request for leave to amend,...more

Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s Amicus Brief in Sandoz v. Amgen

by Goodwin on

As we previously reported, a number of amici curiae have submitted briefs in support of each party in Sandoz v. Amgen. On March 17, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (“BIO”), a trade association representing various...more

Trade Associations Ask OMB to Review EEO-1 Pay Data Report

Over the last couple of weeks, much of the media in Washington, D.C., has turned its attention to the new director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), former South Carolina congressman Mick Mulvaney. This is because...more

Industry Hits Back Against the Plaintiffs’ Bar’s Effort to Eviscerate TCPA Consent Rulings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

1992 was an interesting year. Ross Perot ran for president. Crystal Pepsi was all the rage. And the FCC handed down a ruling on the then-nascent TCPA interpreting what it means to provide “express consent” to receive...more

Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and Healthcare Supply Chain Association...

by Goodwin on

As we have previously reported, in April the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of the BPCIA’s notice of commercial marketing requirement and patent dance provisions. As we...more

Venture Funding Normalizes in 2016 After Strong First Half

Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor report on venture funding for the...more

Oil Industry Caught in “Catch-22” with New Wastewater Injection Approval Requirements; Files Suit Against California Agencies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On January 19, 2017, three oil industry trade groups filed suit against the California Department of Conservation and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) (jointly “Department”) in Kern County Superior...more

Business Associations Support Injunction Blocking Overtime Rule

Sixty business associations that oppose the drastic changes to the overtime rules that were proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under the Obama administration have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of...more

2017 Brings Changes to the Federal Executive Branch Gift Rules

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) recently amended the executive branch gift rules, which became effective on January 1, 2017. The changes include clarifications to existing exceptions that are frequently used as well as...more

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