November 21, 2014


November 21, 2014

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Temporary Protected Status Extended to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea for a period of 18 months, according to U.S. Department of... Read More >
President’s Executive Action on Immigration – Content and Preliminary Analysis o
On November 20, 2014, President Obama released the long-anticipated “Executive Action” on immigration reform. See here, here... Read More >
Fifth Circuit Finds Sarbanes-Oxley Violation in Disclosure of Whistleblower’s Id
The Fifth Circuit affirms the DOL Administrative Review Board’s decision that employer disclosure of a whistleblower’s identity in a... Read More >
Vascular Solutions Inc. and its CEO Face Criminal Charges for Selling Unapproved
Last week, the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an indictment charging Vascular Solutions Inc. (VSI) and its... Read More >
NIST Draft Guide Advances the Debate on Cybersecurity Issues
Private sector entities looking to comment on the draft should focus on its recommendations surrounding sharing communities, standardized transfer... Read More >
The 340B Mega-Reg is Dead re: Drug Discount Program
With all due credit to the Coroner from the Wizard of Oz, like the Wicked Witch of the East crushed by Dorothy’s house, the 340B Drug Discount... Read More >
Mirror, Mirror on Your App…The Cosmetics Industry Embraces Digital
L’Oreal launched its Makeup Genius app earlier this year. It’s been lauded as one of the best attempts at enabling users to apply make-up... Read More >
Executive Action on Immigration [VIDEO]
Following my recent post about the midterm elections and prospects for immigration reform, I was interviewed by LexBlog TV’s Colin O... Read More >
FERC Policy Proposal – More Modernization Trackers?
At its November 20, 2014 meeting, FERC issued a policy proposal to facilitate the recovery of the... Read More >
President Obama Announces Executive Actions on Immigration
The actions will prioritize immigration enforcement, offer temporary work authorization to... Read More >
Flat Screen Television
This morning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted a stay of an FCC order that... Read More >
Dollar Stock Page
On November 19, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new Regulation Systems Compliance... Read More >
Hot Bench from the Ninth Circuit Hears Appeal from Ruling Blocking Hospital–Phys
Farrah Short
On November 19, 2014, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard... Read More >

Federal Court News

FINRA and the MSRB Release Companion Proposals That Would Require Additional Dis

On November 17, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) released companion proposals that would require disclosure of pricing reference...

Visa Approved

President Barack Obama has announced he will take executive action to expand the population of currently undocumented individuals who will be allowed to remain and work legally in the U.S....

Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC

By all accounts, 2014 was a year of tremendous success for the SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. According to its ...

DOL’s New Audit Focus? Health Plan Claims and Appeals and Hard to Value Assets

In recent talks and appearances, representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor have issued a warning about new areas of focus of DOL audits and enforcement actions.  While there are a number of different enforcement priorities, we discuss...

President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration, while Congress Consid

In remarks last night, President Obama announced his long-planned executive actions to reform the U.S. immigration system.  The President will sign the first of such orders today, despite intense...

Game Show Network, LLC and, Inc. v. Stephenson

Takeaway: The Board is careful not to import limitations from the specification.

In its ...

State Court News

Residential Homeowner Can Recover Costs of Repairs Even If Greater Than Fair Mar

Until recently, owners of damaged homes in West Virginia had some limits on the amount of damages they could recover in a lawsuit.  Now, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has significantly revised prior case law...

New York

The New York Appellate Division, First Department, ruled yesterday that the business-judgment rule – not the entire-fairness standard of review – can apply to a going-private transaction with the majority...

Faulty Damages Model Leads to Partial Decertification in California

On November 6, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted in part defendant Dole’s motion for decertification...


The German Supreme Administrative Court Confirms That E-Cigarettes Are Not Medic
by: Angeliki Valsamidou of Covington & Burling LLP

On 20 November 2014 the German Supreme Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, “BVerwG”) confirmed that nicotine-containing liquids that are vaporised...

Africa World Globe
by: Vicky B. McPherson of Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The commentary is well-known about the potential for Africa to become the breadbasket for the world amid the wide-spread need for food security. However, despite this widely regarded potential, not very many countries in Africa...

Nigeria Flag Button
by: Stephanie Keene of Covington & Burling LLP

Earlier this month, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and Nigeria’s Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) announced the launch of a Corporate Governance Rating System (CGRS) that will...