March 2, 2015

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March 02, 2015

FEATURED ARTICLES

Nothing but Net (Neutrality)
Proponents of net neutrality, including U.S. President Barack Obama, scored a victory last week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)... Read More >
PHIPA offers “no shelter” to Ontario Hospital from class proceedings for breach
Back in 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal recognized the tort of invasion of privacy – fast forward to the recent string of privacy breaches of... Read More >
Congress Narrowly Averts DHS Shut-Down, Passes Stop-Gap Measure; President Consi
Legislative Action Congress Narrowly Averts DHS Shut-Down, Passes Stop-Gap Measure Late Friday night, Congress passed a stopgap measure extending... Read More >
Expert Witness Testimony Normally Improper for Preliminary Response
B/E Aerospace, Inc. v. Mag Aerospace Industries, LLC Clarifying what is impermissible “new” evidence for a Patent Owner Preliminary... Read More >
CMS Extends Eligible Professional Attestation Deadline for 2014 Medicare EHR Inc
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the... Read More >
DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted
Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of... Read More >
 Bring Your Own Device To Work Programs: Regulatory and Legal Risks and How To M
If you’ve ever left your mobile phone on an airplane, in a restaurant, or somewhere other than in your possession, you know it’s... Read More >
Health Care Update for February 23, 2015
IRS in the ACA Spotlight: The ACA is in the spotlight as Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell prepares to appear... Read More >
H-4 Spouse Employment Authorization and H-1B Cap Reminder
Nina Thekdi
On May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting employment authorization applications for some H-4... Read More >
Big Data Creates New Opportunities for Health Care Entities
Adria Warren
Big Data — the ability to collect, process, and interpret massive amounts of information... Read More >
CMS Call Letter: Changes to and Implications of Star Ratings
In its February 20, 2015 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2016... Read More >
This Week in Congress – March 2, 2015
House Republicans postponed a Friday vote on an education reform bill for federal elementary and... Read More >

Federal Court News

Personal Jurisdiction Has Some Teeth

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court severely restricted the scope of personal jurisdiction upon a foreign corporation in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014). The decision in Daimler followed the...

PTO Litigation Center Report – March 2, 2015

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 partereexamination at the...

On February 23, 2015, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued guidance concerning the conflict of interest that arises when persons doing business, or hoping to do business, with a fund provide gifts,...

Last week, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and the International Organization of Securities Commissions gave good grades to regulators in Europe, Japan and the United States for their implementation of best...

Broad Coalition Delivers Blunt Rebuke To SEC Chairman

Last month, I wrote that the SEC’s about face in responding to the no-action letter request of Whole Foods Market, Inc. “clearly wasn’t the SEC’s finest hour.”  See ...

EPA Announces It Will Release New Guidelines on Vehicle MPG Ratings

The EPA announced, on February 23, 2015, that it will release new guidelines for vehicle fuel economy testing. The new guidelines will apply next year and will address how vehicles should be prepared...

State Court News

State Attorneys General Return to Health Care Reform in U.S. Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in what is being teed up to be “Round 2” on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the case King v. Burwell, the question...

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on March 2, 2015:

  • On March 2, 2015 at 47 NJR 527, the Department of health...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

by: Stacy A. Swanson of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Early Congressional Momentum On Renewing U.S. Ex-Im Bank Charter, While Action On Trade Promotion Authority Stumbles

Iran/Israel

The disagreement between the Obama Administration and Prime...

by: Jason P. Britt of Foley & Lardner LLP

Home to several of the world’s largest OEMs, and a major place of operations for others, Europe has a thriving automotive industry. As borders have become more and more open in the European Union, OEMs and their...

Taking Advantage of Brazil’s Green Patent Pilot Program
by: Lisa L. Mueller of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

On April 17, 2012, Brazil became the first emerging country to institute a fast-track program for the accelerated examination of patent applications directed to alternative energy,...