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FEATURED ARTICLES

PHIPA offers “no shelter” to Ontario Hospital from class proceedings for breach
Back in 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal recognized the tort of invasion of privacy – fast forward to the recent string of privacy breaches of... Read More >
Congress Narrowly Averts DHS Shut-Down, Passes Stop-Gap Measure; President Consi
Legislative Action Congress Narrowly Averts DHS Shut-Down, Passes Stop-Gap Measure Late Friday night, Congress passed a stopgap measure extending... Read More >
Expert Witness Testimony Normally Improper for Preliminary Response
B/E Aerospace, Inc. v. Mag Aerospace Industries, LLC Clarifying what is impermissible “new” evidence for a Patent Owner Preliminary... Read More >
CMS Extends Eligible Professional Attestation Deadline for 2014 Medicare EHR Inc
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the... Read More >
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 >
Congress Avoids DHS Shut-Down; Senate Intelligence Prepares Cybersecurity Inform
Legislative Activity Congress Avoids DHS Shut-Down With only hours to spare before the midnight... Read More >
Congress Passes One-Week DHS Funding Extension,  Averting Agency “Shut Down” Unt
Ten minutes before funding for the Department of Homeland Security ran out at midnight on February... Read More >
Company Websites and the Internet: Choose Your Words with Care
One of the great advantages of the internet is that it enables a business to reach a vast audience... Read More >
Congress To Focus On Budget, Economic Report; Lawmakers To Discuss Fairness In T
This week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is scheduled to testify before the House and Senate... Read More >
Nuns, Firefighters and Title VII: Are Volunteers Eligible for Protection?
Volunteerism is a staple of American life. According to the Corporation for National and Community... Read More >

Federal Court News

Broad Coalition Delivers Blunt Rebuke To SEC Chairman

Last month, I wrote that the SEC’s about face in responding to the no-action letter request of Whole Foods Market, Inc. “clearly wasn’t the SEC’s finest hour.”  See ...

EPA Announces It Will Release New Guidelines on Vehicle MPG Ratings

The EPA announced, on February 23, 2015, that it will release new guidelines for vehicle fuel economy testing. The new guidelines will apply next year and will address how vehicles should be prepared...

Defense Department Congressional Oversight Hearings Ahead

Secretary Carter to Testify on the Defense Department’s Budget

This week, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will testify this week on the Department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget request. He is scheduled to...

Reactions to the FAA’s proposed rules for the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems have been mixed since their release on February 15, 2015.  Some stakeholders have lauded the FAA’s...

Legislative Activity

Federal Reserve Remains Under Scrutiny

This week, Congress will continue its focus on examining potential reforms to the Federal Reserve. Last week, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen...

Legislative Activity

All Eyes On The Supreme Court

On Wednesday, March 4, the attention of many lawmakers will turn to the Supreme Court, where oral arguments are slated for the statutory interpretation...

State Court News

Starting February 26, 2015, employers operating in the District of Columbia have a new regulation to contend with—the D.C. Amended Wage Theft Prevention Act (A20-426) (the “Act”)....

Your driver is traveling along a highway with the right of way and approaching an intersection when a driver at a stop sign suddenly pulls out in front of your driver. There is a terrifying crash. The driver of the auto and two...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

by: Stacy A. Swanson of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Early Congressional Momentum On Renewing U.S. Ex-Im Bank Charter, While Action On Trade Promotion Authority Stumbles

Iran/Israel

The disagreement between the Obama Administration and Prime...

by: Jason P. Britt of Foley & Lardner LLP

Home to several of the world’s largest OEMs, and a major place of operations for others, Europe has a thriving automotive industry. As borders have become more and more open in the European Union, OEMs and their...

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,...