September 30, 2014


September 30, 2014

September 29, 2014


It’s Time to Register with the U.S. Department of State for the 2016 Diversity L
On October 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2016),... Read More >
The Flag of Scotland
On 18 September, Scotland voted “no” in a referendum on whether it should be an independent country.  The UK remains intact, the... Read More >
EEOC Addresses Employers’ Use of Social Media in Hiring Decisions at Recent FTC
The Federal Trade Commission recently hosted a public workshop entitled “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” in which it... Read More >
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Issues Expanded List of Allowable
On Monday, September 29 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued Industry Circular 2014-2, which expands the list of... Read More >
Medical Information Worth 10x More Than Credit Card Data On Black Market
When many people think about identity theft and data breaches, they tend to think about credit card data and bank accounts. This makes sense given... Read More >
New VETS-4212 Rule Finalized – Contractors Must Report Aggregate Statistics
Changes to the VETS-100A report proposed by the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (“VETS”)... Read More >
Keep Your Eyes on the Clock! Second and Tenth Circuits Nix Bankrupt Company's Co
In two recent decisions, ASARCO LLC v. Goodwin, 756 F.3d 191 (2d Cir. 2014) and ASARCO LLC v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 755 F.3d 1183 (... Read More >
A Look Forward: FY 2014-2015 & Possible Retrogression Effects
On September 9, 2014 the U.S. State Department (the State Department) issued the October 2014 Visa Bulletin which reflected the EB-5 visa... Read More >
Dollar Sign in Hands
A recent paper from Professor Patti Salkin (of Law of the Land fame) and her former... Read More >
Oil Rigs and Money
Despite the Norwegian setting, the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference and exhibition in... Read More >
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC
In June, we wrote about a landmark decision where the EEOC found that discrimination against... Read More >
Laptop Computer, Tablets, Smartphone, Wireless Devices
There are seven essential concepts which must be addressed in effective website Terms of Use or... Read More >
On Sept. 19, the U.S. Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit ruled that companies that hire third... Read More >

Federal Court News

Intellectual Property, Patented

Takeaway: The Rules governing PTAB proceedings do not permit the incorporation of arguments from one document into another.

In its ...

PCAOB Addresses Related Party Transactions and Unusual Transactions

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has adopted ...

The SEC recently announced a record-breaking whistleblower award of $30-35 million, which shattered the previous high award of $14 million. See ...

Takeaway: A petitioner must fully explain how every element of the claim is disclosed in the reference to succeed on a ground of unpatentability based on anticipation. A claim chart with citations to certain portions of the...

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM).  Also listed are any newly-posted requests for ex parte...

Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, Inc. v. Oil States Energy Services, LLC, Granting Mo

Takeaway: If a party is attempting to modify the default protective order, it must show good cause for doing so, including the inclusion of heightened restrictions on who can view the information.


State Court News

Construction Hat

On September 27, 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 2222, which amended sections of the State Density...

Prior to July 2014, a judgment creditor only needed to take a few simple steps in order to obtain a perfected judicial lien against all of a judgment debtor's non-exempt personal property:

Businessman Doing Paperwork

Over the years, I’ve received several calls asking what can be done when a business entity has been wrongfully terminated.  Answering this question became a bit easier in 2006 with the enactment of AB 2588 (Runner)...


by: Hugh Fraser and Stine Thorup of Andrews Kurth

The launch of a new facility in Denmark by Welltec at the end of August served to underline the role that technology is playing in enabling the efficient extraction of hydrocarbons.

Andrews Kurth (...

by: Mostafa Abdelkarim of Covington & Burling LLP

More states in Africa seem keen on joining the global Islamic finance sector, which is projected to be worth ...

Protecting Your UK Business Against Departing Employees
by: Sharon Tan and Paul McGrath of McDermott Will & Emery

Departing employees can represent a significant threat to a business.  This is particularly so in the case of senior managers and employees who have access to confidential information or who exert influence over key...