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FDA Seeks Input on Uses of “Natural” in Food and Beverage Labeling
Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invited public comments on uses of the term “natural” in food and... Read More >
Instances of deplorable racism have sparked recent protests on the University of Missouri’s campus. Not surprisingly, these protests have... Read More >
U.S. Passport Book Changes
On Nov. 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a final rule on the elimination of the visa page insert service within U.S. Passports.... Read More >
Forward to The Past: NYSE Returns to Regulation
Everything old is new again.  On January 1, 2016, the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) – now owned by Intercontinental... Read More >
Office of Special Counsel Settlement Re: Immigrant Discrimination
Recently, the Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (‘OSC’) entered... Read More >
It’s (Not) Academic: Cybersecurity Is a Must for Universities and Academic Medical Centers
Cutting-edge research institutions need cutting-edge cybersecurity to protect their IP and critical personal and financial data.  Universities... Read More >
2015 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory
In 2015, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting... Read More >
Payers Embracing Telemedicine Cost Savings, Ramping up Reimbursement in 2016
Often considered the primary obstacle to telemedicine implementation, reimbursement changes are now better viewed as one of the most prominent... Read More >
Hacking Health Care: When Cybersecurity Can Mean Life or Death
Millions of Americans rely on implantable medical devices to stay alive. These battery-operated... Read More >
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California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) has made the Golden State the... Read More >
FDA Finalizes Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Guidance & Approves “AquAdvantage Salmon”
Last week will undoubtedly be marked in the annals of Food and Drug Administration history as an... Read More >
Canada Sets Deadline for Electronic Filing-Only of DMFS
Health Canada announced that by March 31, 2016, all existing Drug Master Files (DMFs) in paper... Read More >
form i-9 employment eligibilty
It depends. Often during an inspection visit, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will... Read More >

Federal Court News

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Takeaway: A party must serve on the other party any documents that are inconsistent with a position advanced by that party during the proceeding as part of routine discovery. 

In its...


Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess early next week to a full schedule starring the six-year reauthorization of federal highway programs, which...

nlrb national labor relations board

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of November 16 – 20, 2015, is now available.

Summarized Board Decisions

Alcoa, Inc...

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM).  Since the last report, no new requests for ex partereexamination at the USPTO have been posted.  ...

Acxiom Corp. v. Phoenix Licensing: Institution Denied Where Customer Indemnification Insufficient to Establish Standing as Real Party in Interest CBM2015-00134

Takeaway:  Indemnifying customer for alleged patent infringement, without sufficient substantiation, does not make an entity a real party in interest for a transitional proceeding with respect to a covered business method...

State Court News

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A new Connecticut standard provides for the award of double damages and attorney’s fees to employees who prevail on claims under the state’s wage and hour statutes.


New Year, New Laws: Expanding California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act

Effective as of Jan. 1, 2016, an employee’s request for an accommodation for a disability or for religious reasons will be considered to be “protected activity” for a retaliation claim under the Fair Employment and Housing Act...

Gross Negligence for Georgia ER Negligence Cases

In Georgia, by statute, a plaintiff must prove gross negligence, rather than just ordinary negligence, in order to prevail in a medical malpractice case alleging negligence in a hospital Emergency Room. Gross negligence is a...


Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” goes the childhood rhyme.  Really?  Let’s not kid ourselves.  Words are powerful and can hurt just as much as the childhood alternative of a wrist-...

Clash of Civil and Common Law: Case Guidance System v. Stare Decisis
by: Jiamu Sun

On May 13, 2015, the highest judicial institution in China, the Supreme People’s Court, issued the ...

UK Local Government Pension Scheme – End of an Era

The UK government has announced today probably the longest awaited policy change in the LGPS investment world, with a proposal to remove the limits on asset allocation that have been in place since the 1980s.  The ...