October 6, 2015

October 06, 2015

October 05, 2015


Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Next steps for TPP Deal
Yesterday, the twelve countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) announced that they have reached an agreement. While this... Read More >
EU Top Court Invalidates Safe Harbor and Sends Facebook Case Back to Irish Data Protection Authority
UPDATE: Here’s a link to the English-language version of the ECJ’s full decision: Schrems Safe Harbor Decision A press... Read More >
In R+L Carriers, Inc. v. Qualcomm, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of R+L’s infringement claims... Read More >
Budget Negotiations Begin; Debt Ceiling Closer Than Expected; House To Markup Budget Reconciliation Package
Legislative Activity Budget Negotiations Begin Recently, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)... Read More >
What’s Next: The Future of False Claims Act Litigation After KBR v. U.S. ex rel. Carter
The last Supreme Court term was a big one.  Most observers will remember it as the term that upheld Obamacare, established a... Read More >
Climate Action Plan Takes Shape
The summer of 2015 saw several controversial EPA rulemaking proceedings that will affect the energy, transportation, waste management and... Read More >
Department of the Interior Proposes 10-Million-Acre Mineral Entry Withdrawal
Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) proposed to withdraw approximately 10 million acres of land in Idaho, Montana,... Read More >
Altera:  How to Challenge Tax Regulations on Administrative Law Grounds
In Altera, the U.S. Tax Court invalidated regulations under section 482 requiring participants in qualified cost-sharing agreements (CSAs) to... Read More >
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to Update Truck & Bus Driver Training
An initial meeting was held in late February 2015 to update classroom and behind-the-wheel training... Read More >
New Projects and Updates From the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Unit
The IRS Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU) recently announced two new projects and updated two... Read More >
Fourth Circuit to Rule on Use of Statistical Sampling to Prove FCA Liability
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has agreed to hear an interlocutory appeal on the... Read More >
Safe Harbor Invalidated – What’s Next on the Chopping Block?
As I reported earlier today, the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has declared Safe Harbor invalid... Read More >

Federal Court News

SEC Charges HFT Firm with Regulation NMS Violations

The SEC recently charged the high-frequency trading firm Latour Trading LLC (“Latour”) for violating Securities Exchange Act (“Exchange Act”) rule...

No Cost Contract Award is No Problem According to GAO

In a procurement that will result in the award of a fixed-price contract, contractors have the choice to price their offers below their expected costs. This approach can provide a substantial competitive advantage when a...

Rest In Peace Newman – So Will The Government Lay Down in Salman?

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court finally put to an end to the government’s efforts to reverse the Second Circuit’s decision in United States v. Newman. The Supreme Court...

State Court News

Virginia OSHA Errs in Drafting Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements

Federal OSHA’s Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements (effective January 1, 2015) require employers to report in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye...

Is the certification of a class by an NC state court set in stone or can it be modified during the course of the litigation?

The federal rule vs. the state rule

New York City Commission On Human Rights Clarifies Which Positions Are Exempt From Newly Effective Credit Check Law

As we covered in a prior blogpost in May 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law an expansion...


Squire Patton Boggs and TheBusinessDesk.com surveyed the UK’s manufacturing sector and conducted a series of roundtables to determine what the industry needs in order to stay competitive in the global market.  The resulting...

Jordan FDA Issues a Guideline for the Registration of Biosimilars

Recently, the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) issued a guideline regarding the registration of biosimilars. Much of the information used to develop the guideline was adopted from the...