October 8, 2015

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SEC Brings First Cybersecurity Enforcement Proceeding in Wake of Risk Alert
Highlights Areas of High Risk and Examination Priorities for Financial Industry Firms On September 15, the U.S. Securities and Exchange... Read More >
Proposed 340B Guidance: Who is the Biggest Loser
We have now had more than 30 days to digest HRSA’s proposed 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance (“Proposed Guidance”),... Read More >
Perfect Storm for Automotive Patent Disputes
As the automotive industry rebounds from its recessionary levels to an all time record level of spending on vehicles and healthy profitability, one... Read More >
In Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, the district court held that the Fifth Amendment protected two former employees against having to... Read More >
wearable technology
In years past, "wearable technology" was pretty much limited to wristwatches and miners' headlamps. Today, wearable technology is one... Read More >
Class Action Law Suit Filed Against U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Response to the October 2015 Revised Visa Bulletin
On September 28, 2015, several highly-skilled immigrant workers from India and China filed a federal class action lawsuit in the State of Washington... Read More >
D.C. Council Introduces Bill Providing 16 Weeks Of PAID Leave to D.C. Employees
Yesterday (October 6, 2015), 7 of the 13 members of the Council of the District of Columbia introduced the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 (the... Read More >
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 >
FTC Amends Labeling Rules for Consumer Commodities
The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has amended the rules and regulations for consumer commodities’... Read More >
CFTC Issues Second Whistleblower Award To The Tune Of $290,000
On September 29, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it will... Read More >
Second Circuit Finds EEOC Investigation Not Subject to Review
Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in the matter of Equal... Read More >
SBA "Step" Program Opens Up Borders For U.S. Small Business
The world marketplace often seems out of reach to small businesses. Accessing foreign markets for... Read More >
Tips for Heated Redundancy Consultation Meetings – Keep Your Shirt On
Making staff redundant is a difficult and unpleasant part of any manager’s responsibilities, but... Read More >

Federal Court News

Altering Arbitration: Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America

Overtime claims that a former LensCrafters employee brought against a California franchise led the Ninth Circuit to once again tweak arbitration rules. The divided 9th Circuit panel...

Physiology Medicine Nobels Awarded for Discoveries of Natural Products

In re Roslin Institute, a Fed. Cir. panel consisting of Judges Dyk, Moore and Wallach ruled that methods of isolating cffDNA were not patent eligible. Judge Dyk, writing for...

PTO Litigation Center Report – October 8, 2015

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM).  Since the last report, no new requests for ex parte reexamination at the USPTO...

Praxair Distribution, Inc. v. INO Therapeutics, LLC, Granting Institution Despite Use of References Previously Considered During Prosecution IPR2015-00893

Takeaway: A Petition was not denied under 35 U.S.C. § 325(d) merely for including references previously considered in the initial prosecution of the patent in the grounds of unpatentablity presented in the Petition, when...

Indian Law Focus: October 2015

Supreme Court grants certiorari in reservation diminishment case

Over the opposition of the Department of Justice, the Supreme Court has granted the State of Nebraska’s petition for review of the...

OSHA Moves Closer to Finalizing Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

On October 5, 2015, OSHA submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a draft final rule for OSHA’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.”  OIRA is the division within the President’s ...

State Court News

Utah Legislative Update: October 2015

Will There Be a Special Session & Medicaid Expansion?

The Utah Legislature ended the 2015 Session in March at a stalemate concerning how to address the Medicaid expansion options available under...


Law Macron: Work on Sundays and in Evenings in France

The new changes are not drastically different from current law but manage to a make a complex system even more complex.

After months of tense discussions in the French Parliament...

Australia High Court Rules Against Gene Patents

Colleagues in Australia have been spreading the bad news: The High Court of Australia followed the lead (?) of the U.S. Supreme Court and determined that Myriad cannot patent...

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act is an effort by the government to end all forms of labour exploitation.

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 aims to prevent all forms of labour exploitation and increase...