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Unitisation – The Oil and Gas Industry’s Solution to One of Geology’s Many Conun
Geology, and nature in general, are never perfect. Given the migratory nature of oil and gas, a hydrocarbon reservoir will often straddle two or more... Read More >
A Recap of Part II of the Webinar, “Medicaid: Getting Paid and Keeping It”
On Wednesday, August 27, the McBrayer Health Care Group co-hosted Part II of a webinar entitled, “Medicaid: Getting Paid and Keeping It.... Read More >
Bank of America’s $16.65 Billion Settlement
In what is being reported as the largest settlement ever between the U.S. and a single business entity, Attorney General Eric Holder and... Read More >
Business mergers and acquisitions occur all the time, but most of us usually only hear about the big ones which involve some degree of... Read More >
Health Care Industry Familiar with HIPAA Breaches, Not So Much Hackers
Community Health Systems (“Community”), which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, recently notified 4.5 million of its patients that... Read More >
Connecticut Employee’s Facebook ‘Like’ is Part of Concerted Activity: NLRB
An employee’s selection of the “Like” option under a former employee’s initial Facebook status update was “an... Read More >
Drones Over Kenya and South Africa?
Similar to the growing U.S. interest in exploring civilian uses of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), efforts are underway... Read More >
Physician with Money
In a July 31st article in the Kaiser Health News, it reported that just six states and the... Read More >
Computer Password
I woke up today and everything was going along just fine. An uneventful early morning jog through... Read More >
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA
Diana S. Kim
On August 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the Financial Industry... Read More >
PTO Litigation Center Report
Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR)... Read More >
New Illinois Law Requires Employers to Provide Accommodations to Pregnant Employ
Paul Patten
Key points: Effective January 1, 2015 Reasonable accommodation Medical certification... Read More >

Federal Court News

Cloud Computer Files

As part of its simplification initiative, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a ...

Takeaway: A rehearing request of a decision instituting review will not be persuasive unless the patent owner can show that there was an abuse of discretion, or that the Board misapprehended or overlooked any material...

Troy v. Samson Mfg. Corp.

Addressing the scope of permissible new issues and evidence admissible in 35 U.S.C. § 146 district court proceedings, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...

On August 12, 2014, Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a suit against three pharmacies (Omnicare, Inc., Neighborcare, Inc., and PharMerica Corp.) and one pharmacy...

Experienced contractors understand the importance of positive contract past performance assessments and strive to ensure that successful contract efforts are accurately reflected in the Contract Performance Assessment Report...

LaRose Indus., LLC v. Capriola Corp.

Addressing issues of claim construction and the requirements of a motion to amend, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the Board) ordered the claims at issue were...

State Court News

Bylaws

In Roberts v. TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc.No. 1402-02441 (Cir. Ct. Or. Aug 14, 2014), an Oregon state court, breaking with state courts in California, Illinois, New York and Texas, held...

Two Wedding Rings

Oregon’s prohibition on same-sex marriage conflicts with the United States Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, newly appointed U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane has held in a case...

Crowdfunding is a relatively new capital raising tool, which was generally used in the past as a financing method for such ventures as films and music recordings.  To date, crowdfunding has not been a popular method for...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

Canadian Flag, Anti-Spam

Despite being in effect for more than a month now, many entities outside of Canada (and possibly those within Canada) are still struggling to understand their obligations under Canada’s recent anti-spam...

Republic of Kazakhstan

Legalisation allows release from liability and legitimises the turnover of property.

The Law on Amnesty of Kazakhstan Citizens, Repatriates (Oralmans), and Individuals Having Kazakhstan Permanent Residence Permit in...

China Grants First Patents to Graphical User Interface Designs

The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China has issued the first four design patents protecting graphical user interfaces (GUIs). The patents issued were filed by Beijing Qiyi Century Science &...