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wind farm, renewable energy tax credits, wind power
With the recent extension of the federal income tax credits available for renewable energy projects, practitioners and industry participants have... Read More >
EU US Data Security
On February 2, 2016, the United States and European Union Commission announced the EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement. The Agreement... Read More >
ATM deposit, banks, banking
On February 3, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sent a letter to the nation’s top 25 retail banking companies urging them to do... Read More >
Fish, Regulations, Food
NOAA proposes new traceability program for certain types of seafood. For years, the seafood industry has grappled with the issue of... Read More >
Electric smart car
While Europe has been the land of small diesels for decades, air quality concerns and consideration of fossil fuels’ impact on global warming... Read More >
Footfall on field, naming rights St. Louis Rams Los Angeles
On Tuesday, January 12, the NFL owners voted 30–2 to formally approve the relocation of the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles, which concluded a... Read More >
medical devices
The new Draft Guidance is one of a string of recent actions taken by FDA to address overall medical device cybersecurity. Recognizing the growing... Read More >
EU privacy shield
The European Commission has issued a press release that gives an outline of some key changes to the EU-US safe harbor, now dubbed the “... Read More >
Bankruptcy, Dollar
Sports Authority, Inc. (“Sports Authority”) appears to likely be the next big tenant Chapter 11... Read More >
Stethescope, health care, confidentiality
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health... Read More >
Lincare, Civil Monetary Penalties
Lincare, Inc., a provider of respiratory care, infusion therapy, and medical equipment to in-home... Read More >
Home Health, Privacy, Data Security
Recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for... Read More >
NLRB Issues New Captive Audience Rule for Mail-Ballot Elections
The NLRB opened a busy February by overruling a rule it established in 1959 governing when captive... Read More >

Federal Court News


Colleges and universities contending that their tenured and tenure-track faculty are managerial employees who do not have the right to unionize or bargain collectively under the National Labor Relations Act should find...

computer laptop, Website HTML copyrightable

In a notable ruling last month, a California district court ruled that the HTML underlying a custom search results page of an online advertising creation platform is copyrightable.

In ...

litigation, ERISA, gavel

On December 29, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided in Kaplan v. ...

Lyft Class Action Agreement

There’s been a lot of buzz in the past few weeks surrounding Lyft’s proposed class action settlement in Lyft v. Cotter, NDCA Case No. 13-cv-04064-VC. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, Lyft will, among other...

money bills and coins

Recently, in Wright v. Commissioner, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has reopened the question of the application of Section 1256[1] to foreign currency options (and also,...

Plan Not In “Good Faith” When Impairment of Class’s Interests Is Contrived

Under the Bankruptcy Code, a reorganization plan may be approved if (1) proposed in “good faith” under  § 1129(a)(3), and (2) accepted by at least one class of creditors whose interests are impaired by the plan, see 11...

State Court News

Rhode Island AG says Fantasy Sports is Legal but Should Be Regulated

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has found that daily fantasy sports are currently legal under Rhode Island law. Kilmartin also strongly advised the Legislature to establish regulations to protect Rhode Island players.

County Right-to-Work Laws in Kentucky Struck Down By Federal District Court

As previously reported on the blog, last year several counties in Kentucky passed Right-to-Work ordinances that prohibited companies and unions within their borders from requiring union dues as a condition of employment. We...


China Food Law: Year in Review 2015 Part II

This is the second of the two-part series of Keller and Heckman Shanghai's China Regulatory Matters e-news alert on China food law developments from 2015....

UK pound coin, FCA, Financial Conduct Authority

On February 2, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Dear CEO” letter (Letter) setting out the FCA’s findings from a review of client take-on procedures for firms that offer contract for...

Euro, EU, ESMA Publishes Opinions on Pension Schemes To Be Exempt From EMIR Clearing Obligation

On February 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a set of opinions to exempt 16 UK-based pension schemes from clearing obligations contained in the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR...