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uscis seal, foreign national employees
On November 18, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule that significantly affects the ability of employers to employ... Read More >
Brexit, EU, UK
On November 22, the Department for Exiting the EU published a set of frequently asked questions and answers (Q&A) on the UK’s withdrawal... Read More >
In the days following the U.S. federal elections that resulted in the election of Donald Trump as President and Republican control of the 115th... Read More >
The United States Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") Office of Inspector General ("OIG") released... Read More >
EPA announced on June 29, 2016, that asbestos and nine other chemicals will be reviewed for hazard and exposure risks under the new procedures of the... Read More >
2017 California Employment Law
As we come to the end of 2016, all employers should be planning ahead for any changes that will need to be implemented in 2017.  For... Read More >
Text Messaging, Ninth Circuit Court Finds Plaintiff-Initiated Text Communication Does Not Constitute Express Written Consent
The Eastern District of California recently denied a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, despite the plaintiff having voluntarily... Read More >
French Flag, French elections
The surprising victory of Francois Fillon Since 27 November, the favorite to become the next French President in the Spring 2017 election is... Read More >
On Nov. 28, 2016 a federal judge in Texas cleared the way for the Occupational Safety and Health... Read More >
trump cartoon, sec, dodd-frank
Republican president-elect Donald J. Trump, with the support of a Republican controlled Senate and... Read More >
eco world, paris agreement
On November 16, 2016, the White House filed the Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization with... Read More >
oil, land
The most basic example of adverse possession is when a landowner fences in land that belongs to a... Read More >

Federal Court News

patent sphere


On December 2, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States granted cert in a key case regarding the scope of the patent exhaustion doctrine, or “first...

my idea businessman, federal circuit, sunrise litigation

In a recent opinion out of the District of Massachusetts, the court ordered that a patent infringement dispute between two Massachusetts-based competitors in the lighting systems industry would be allowed to proceed. This was ...

overtime graphics, dol, overtime rule, appeal notice

The U.S. Department of Labor isn’t taking "no" for an answer on its attempt to hike the minimum salary required for workers with certain duties to remain exempt from overtime. The agency stated today that it "strongly disagrees...

locked laptop, cyber security, dmca, safe harbor

On December 1, the US Copyright Office replaced its directory of designated agents for receipt of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices of claimed infringement with a new electronic system.[1] As part of...

patent scroll, federal circuit, ptab, cbm

The Federal Circuit has again addressed which types of patents are eligible for Covered Business Method (“CBM”) review before the Patent Trial & Appeals Board. Approximately one week after issuing the...

gavel, second circuit

Earlier this month in Abbott Laboratories v. Adelphia Supply USA et al, the Second Circuit affirmed a district court's grant of a preliminary injunction halting the alleged sale of gray-good diabetes test strips made...

State Court News

asbestos danger sign, asbestos related claims, california

Employers and premises owners have a duty to "members of a worker's household" to exercise ordinary care to prevent take-home asbestos exposures, the California Supreme Court held on December 1, 2016. ...

locked laptop, cybersecurity in finance,

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) made headlines back in late September with a “first-in-the-nation”...

bad piggy, unregistered cd sales, california

Last spring, the California Department of Business Oversight warned consumers that two related companies have been offering unlicensed online securities broker-...


french flag, labor laws

Foreign employers posting employees to France temporarily, whether to provide services for a client based in France or for their own sake or as part of an intra-group mobility programme, must comply with strict legal...

Euro, money laundering EU directive

On October 25, the European Commission (Commission) published a roadmap (Roadmap) in relation to its proposal for an EU directive on the criminalization of money laundering. The Roadmap forms part of the Commission’s action...

justice scales, austrialia, high court

This week the Coalition government announced that serving High Court Justice Susan Kiefel will replace retiring High Court Chief Justice Robert French. Justice Kiefel's appointment to the role is significant as she will be the...