May 29, 2017

FEATURED ARTICLES

American Health Care Act, Taxes
The American Health Care Act ("AHCA"), passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, repeals many of the taxes added by the... Read More >
Scotus, Venue Shopping
Monday, in a unanimous opinion (Goresuch did not participate), the Supreme Court interpreted the patent venue statute (28 USC s. 1400(b)) to require... Read More >
driverless car, privacy
The increasing connectivity of vehicles has raised questions about how to maintain the security of connected vehicles.  In response, the Cloud... Read More >
EEOC, OFFCP, Merger
President Trump’s 2018 budget, released on May 23, proposes to merge the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) with the Equal... Read More >
immigration green arrow, travel ban, ninth circuit
On Thursday, May 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in an en banc decision, affirmed a nationwide preliminary injunction on... Read More >
Parliament, UK, Sanctions
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee published a report on the UK’s relations with Russia, which examines sanctions on... Read More >
telehealth, CBO Score
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that a key piece of telehealth legislation, the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017, would not,... Read More >
Target, Data Breach
It seems as though we have been writing about this case for a lifetime.  Target Corporation’s data breach saga came one step... Read More >
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farmer, injuries, field
Farmers represent a small portion of our population, but feed the entire country and most of the... Read More >
driverless car, accident, fault
With automated cars comes hopes of safer driving, more efficient commuting, increased productivity... Read More >
water, conservation, land
Conservation easements may be a great example of "doing well by doing good."  They help conserve... Read More >
Robot workforce
Businesses have begun to use robots, drones, and other advanced electronic systems to increase... Read More >

Federal Court News

immigration stamp, donald trump

On May 25, 2017 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court’s nationwide injunction against the Trump administration’s executive order (EO) suspending entry into the United States of foreign nationals...

nurses, third circuit

In Jones v. SCO Silver Care Operations LLC, No. 16-1101 (May 18, 2017), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals addressed whether several certified nursing assistant plaintiffs were entitled to pursue their claims for...

tcpa payout, dish network

This week a federal judge in North Carolina ordered Dish Network LLC (“Dish”) to pay treble damages in the amount of $61.5 million, or $1,200 per call, to class members in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) action...

trademark on laptop, google

On May 16, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that widespread use of the word “google” as a verb for “searching the internet” – as opposed to use as an adjective for a brand of internet search...

PTO logo, Patent

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

race discrimination board, seventh circuit

A federal district court granted an employer’s summary judgment motion in light of evidence that employees allegedly not disciplined for similar infractions as the plaintiff included those of the same race and color as the...

State Court News

AG Update

In these updates, we will call attention to the most noteworthy state AG news or developments emerging in the previous week.

Advocacy

Led by California AG...

nurse, ohio, house bill 216

On May 17, the Ohio Board of Nursing (the Board) adopted a new formulary which expands the prescriptive authority for certain of Ohio’s advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Specifically, this new “exclusionary”...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

EU stars and map, european parliament

Summary

Next week will be a committee week and a mini-plenary in the European Parliament, during which some interesting votes will take place.

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Cybersecurity, NHS

On May 13, the day after the start of the widespread “WannaCry” ransomware cyber-attack, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement on the cyber-attack. The statement advised firms to review guidance issued...

ESMA, European Union

On May 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an opinion regarding the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments...