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February 27, 2015


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 >
Target Data Breach Price Tag: $252 Million and Counting
In a recently-released Form 8-K filing announcing fourth quarter and year-end financial results, Target Corporation reported that expenses incurred... Read More >
LinkedIn Settlements:  Data Privacy Concerns and Class Actions
Data Security and Privacy are major concerns (and hot topics)  in the legal world.  Big... Read More >
McKenna v. WhisperText: Courts Confirm Importance Of Human Intervention
A critical issue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, TCPA, is the extent to... Read More >
New Tool to Fight Counterfeiting – Customs Recordation Now Available in Canada
Many U.S. brand owners already work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of... Read More >
What’s Next for the Affordable Care Act…Information Reporting
Employers with a calendar year health plan who have completed open enrollment and tackled many of... Read More >
Ninth Circuit Affirms Divestiture of Consummated Physician Practice Acquisition
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed an Idaho federal district court’s... Read More >

Federal Court News

M and A Due Diligence Failures: FCPA and Goodyear

On Feb. 24, 2015, the SEC announced charges against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). These...

Failure to Name All Real Parties in Interest May Cause Termination of a Proceedi

Atlanta Gas Light Co. v. Bennett Regulator Guards, Inc.

Addressing the issue of identification of all real-parties-in interest in a petition, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial...

Federal Mine Safety Agency to Increase Enforcement

The Mine Safety and Health Administration is intensifying its enforcement efforts at facilities that exceed the industry average in the number of violations of standards covered by the “Rules to Live By...

Claims Can Be Amended in IPR – Really! Riverbed Technology, Inc. v. Silver Peak

In just the second instance since America Invents Act (AIA) / post-grant reviews became available, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) allowed a patent owner to substitute new claims in its patents in the course...

CMS Revises Standards on Nursing Home Quality Reporting

On Febr. 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised quality standards for nursing homes, causing ratings to change on the Five Star Nursing Home Quality Rating...

CMS Releases Updates to Its Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan Audit Protocols a

On February 12, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released an updated version of its Medicare Advantage (“MA”) and...

State Court News

Georgia “Ban the Box” Policy Crosses Geographic, Political Divides

Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order this past week adopting a “ban the box” policy for “government entities of the State of Georgia,” making Georgia the...

On February 12, 2015, Philadelphia became yet another jurisdiction to pass a...

New York Financial Regulator Says Cybersecurity Is the Most Important Issue His

Superintendent of Financial Services for the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Benjamin Lawsky recently commented about his cybersecurity concerns for the agency:



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,...

Employee Gets Red Card in Leeds United Dismissal Claim
by: David Whincup of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Any skeletons in your workplace cupboards? Never too late to dust them down, it appears from the High Court’s decision in Williams -v- Leeds United Football Club earlier this month.