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Political Spending Disclosures – An Idea So Good That I Think You Should Pay For
In July 2011, a group of ten law professors filed a rulemaking petition with the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking adoption of a rule... Read More >
How to Measure Your Email Marketing Performance
Email newsletters have proven to be one of the most effective methods for attorneys to market themselves to prospects, clients and referral sources.... Read More >
FTC Says AT&T Fails to Deliver on ‘Unlimited’ Data Promises
Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against AT&T alleging that the company misled consumers by limiting its “... Read More >
Government Looking to Existing Procurement Vehicles to Stem Ebola Threat
As the U.S. government works to address the threat posed by the Ebola virus, one tool available to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)... Read More >
Michigan Medical Marijuana Law Allows Employees Terminated for Positive Marijuan
A Michigan appellate court has held that an employee who holds a state medical marijuana card is not disqualified from receiving unemployment... Read More >
Canada’s ‘Express Entry’ Permanent Residence Program Beginning in January 2015
Applicants for certain Canadian immigration programs can look forward to a faster permanent residency process in the new year. Foreign nationals... Read More >
China to Open Up Its Hospital Market to Foreign Investment on a Pilot Program
On August 27, 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (“NHFPC”) and Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) jointly... Read More >
IRS Announces 2015 Dollar Limits for Employee Benefit Plans
The IRS has announced the new dollar limits for contributions and benefits in retirement and certain deferred compensation plans for 2015.  The... Read More >
FCC, Federal Communications Commission
In an unprecedented data security enforcement action, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)... Read More >
Oil Derrick
The 2014 draft local content policy published by the Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals... Read More >
Administrative Review Board Clarifies Causation Burdens in Sarbanes-Oxley Whistl
The ARB recently clarified the competing burdens of proof on issues of causation for whistleblower... Read More >
Internal Revenue Service, IRS
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has drafted new rules relating to the filing of informal refund... Read More >

Federal Court News

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On September 25, 2014, the Seventh Circuit issued two opinions in litigation related to the Fox River Superfund site in Wisconsin.  The Fox River is a sediment site contaminated primarily...

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Benefit Funding Sys., LLC v. Advance Amer. Cash Advance Centers Inc.

Addressing a motion to stay district court litigation pending a covered business method (CBM) review, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

Intellectual Property, Definition, Pen

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law on September 16, 2011. While the AIA alters U.S. patent practice in several ways, perhaps the most significant change brought about by the law is the switch from a...

Remember when you were a kid, and everybody was getting ready to play kickball, and there were two captains, and the captains started picking teams, and you kept not getting picked, and then there were just two people left, and...

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SCA Hygiene Prods. AB v. First Quality Baby Prods., LLC

This case relates to adult incontinence products. The district court, based on a delay of more than six-years in filing the lawsuit, held that the...

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Takeaway: A petitioner’s proposed ground of obviousness must include sufficient explanation including articulated reasoning with some rational underpinning to support a legal conclusion of obviousness.

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State Court News

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On Tuesday evening, the candidates for Massachusetts governor met in their last debate ahead of Tuesday’s general election. Throughout the...

Tax Forms with Magnifying Glass

The New Jersey Division of Taxation (Division) is trying to help taxpayers resolve unpaid tax liabilities for tax periods 2005 through 2013.  Through November 17, 2014, the Division...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

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by: Andrews Kurth of Andrews Kurth

On 29 October the Argentine Congress approved an amendment to the Federal Hydrocarbons Law which will improve investment conditions in the Argentine oil and gas industry (the “Amendment...

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by: Ben James and Paul Jones of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

With Tanzania in the final stages of evaluating bids for oil and gas blocks offered in its latest bidding round which closed in Q2 2014, it was Mozambique’s turn to announce its latest round in London on...

by: Peter Roberts of Andrews Kurth

This article considers the efficacy of the withering interest forfeiture remedy under a joint operating agreement (“JOA”) as a reaction to a party’s unremedied default and whether the interest sale option is a...