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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 >
Five Tips for Building a Better Insurance Coverage Tower
Insurance coverage cases from 2014 have illustrated a disturbing trend: excess insurers are continuing to take aggressive coverage positions and are... Read More >
Target Data Breach Price Tag: $252 Million and Counting
In a recently-released Form 8-K filing announcing fourth quarter and year-end financial results, Target Corporation reported that expenses incurred... Read More >
A Cheap Website Could Cost Your Firm Millions of Dollars
Lawyers know the value of hiring an experienced, successful lawyer for representation. An inexpensive lawyer that has a small, inexperienced staff... Read More >
States Respond to Recent Breaches with Encryption Legislation
In the wake of recent breaches of personally identifiable information (PII) suffered by health insurance companies located in their states, the ... Read More >
Nurse’s Request to Use Cane in Behavioral Health Unit Not a Reasonable Accommoda
A nurse’s request to use a cane while working in a hospital’s behavioral health unit is not a reasonable accommodation under the... Read More >
What’s Next for the Affordable Care Act…Information Reporting
Employers with a calendar year health plan who have completed open enrollment and tackled many of... Read More >
Ninth Circuit Affirms Divestiture of Consummated Physician Practice Acquisition
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed an Idaho federal district court’s... Read More >
Second Circuit Holds That SIPA Does Not Permit an Inflation or Interest Adjustme
In In re Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, No. 14-97-bk(L), 2015 WL 727965 (2d Cir. Feb... Read More >
Consumer Health Information Update from Both Sides of the Atlantic
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened stakeholders to explore whether health-related... Read More >
Top 5 Takeaways for Trademark Owners from the Supreme Court's Hana Financial, In
Many commentators have weighed-in on the Supreme Court's recent Hana Financial decision, which... Read More >

Federal Court News

CMS Revises Standards on Nursing Home Quality Reporting

On Febr. 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised quality standards for nursing homes, causing ratings to change on the Five Star Nursing Home Quality Rating...

CMS Releases Updates to Its Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan Audit Protocols a

On February 12, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released an updated version of its Medicare Advantage (“MA”) and...

Medicare RAC Program Improvements Delayed Until 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had planned to award new contracts to companies that act as Medicare’s recovery audit contractors (now referred to as recovery auditors) (RAs...

Congress Fails to Pass Homeland Security Funding Bill; Agency To “Shut Down” At

In a blow to House Republican leaders, the chamber on Friday defeated a three-week funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) in a 203-224...

Tangible Claim Elements Failed to Save Abstract Business-Method Patent Dell Inc.

Further clarifying its views on subject-matter eligibility, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) determined that a patent describing the disposal of obsolete assets—...

State Tax Developments for Pass-Through Entities: Withholding Requirements for N

States may be jurisdictionally limited from collecting state income tax from nonresident owners of pass-through entities. As a result, states often rely on the pass-through entity ("PTE")...

State Court News

Enforceability of PAGA Waivers in Arbitration Agreements – The Battle Continues

The battle over whether employees may waive the right to pursue claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) in arbitration continues. The Supreme Court of the United States ...

Grants Available for Specialty Crops – March 26 Deadline

In early February 2015, a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development (MDARD) announced the availability of a series of grants for Michigan specialty crop growers....

Massachusetts Permit Session Jurisdiction Explained

On February 27th, the Massachusetts Appeals Court again held that certain land use appeals under Mass. G.L.c. 185, §3A, cannot be brought in Housing Court – they may only be brought in...


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,...

Employee Gets Red Card in Leeds United Dismissal Claim
by: David Whincup of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Any skeletons in your workplace cupboards? Never too late to dust them down, it appears from the High Court’s decision in Williams -v- Leeds United Football Club earlier this month.

Alternative Data Is Making (Credit) History in Sub-Saharan Africa
by: Mipe Okunseinde of Covington & Burling LLP

In yet another example of how mobile technology is revolutionizing service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa, application developers, data mining companies and financial institutions are using...