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President Obama Announces Smart Manufacturing
Last week, President Obama announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation... Read More >
Pills, Congress Proposes Legislative “Fixes” to Drug Industry Rules Believed to Be Contributing to High Costs
We spend a lot of time covering prescription drug costs, and even convened a Pharmacy Industry Summit earlier this year focusing on the various... Read More >
Copyright Act, Music
Addressing the termination right given to authors and their heirs under the Copyright Act, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded... Read More >
IKEA, Massive Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall Leaked to Press by “CPSC Source” Prior to Official Agency Announcement
Today the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) and Health Canada announced a massive joint recall with IKEA involving over 35... Read More >
New Federalization of Trade Secret Law
On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) officially became law, creating for the first time a federal private civil cause of... Read More >
Release of Report and Alert on Home Health Fraud Highlights Increased OIG Scrutiny of Home Care Agencies
OIG Delivers Home Care a One – Two Punch On June 22, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued two communications... Read More >
Construction, Arizona Homeowners Who Purchase Directly From Homebuilders May Seek Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees
Three things have long been settled law in Arizona regarding residential construction: (1) a homebuilder owes a homeowner an implied warranty of... Read More >
drone, FAA rules, commercial drone use
In a long awaited release, on June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Final Rule to allow for increased commercial... Read More >
compliance binders, SEC, Advisers Act
Earlier this week, the SEC issued a Press Release announcing a Rule Proposal that would require SEC... Read More >
calculator, record keeping, maximum penalties
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the bureau of the US Department of the Treasury... Read More >
Health insurance price fixing, Antitrust
Non-disclosure and confidentiality provisions can be an important aspect of resolving a case... Read More >
Trademark, Dilution Update: NYC BEER Is Not Diluted, But The Empire State Building Is
Trademark dilution is a concept not easily understood. Although we have written about this topic... Read More >
Jury, Dietz v. Bouldin: Are they Out on Whether Jury can be Brought Back In?
The jury renders its verdict. No party objects. The judge thanks the jury for its service,... Read More >

Federal Court News

oil, supreme court, ecuador

A long-running dispute between Chevron and Ecuador appears to have reached its end after the Supreme Court declined to take up Ecuador’s question of whether United States courts had jurisdiction to confirm a $96 million...

tire, france, ohio, goodyear

In Solari v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., three French plaintiffs living in France brought suit against Goodyear U.S. in the Northern...

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 20, 2016 in Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC v. Lee that: (1) the statutory authority of the Patent...

locked laptop, SEC

Citing the ongoing risk of terrorist and cyber-attacks, the 2008 financial crisis, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has issued proposed rules under the Investment Advisers Act of...

The private equity industry is facing increased scrutiny by the U.S. Government for potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).  The Securities and Exchange...

State Court News

tax hand, texas, tax exemption

On June 17, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that an oil and gas exploration and production company, Southwest Royalties, Inc. (“Southwest”), is not exempt from a sales tax on casing, tubing, and other well equipment (“...

hosue on hand, affordable housing, massachussets

In another setback to opponents of Chapter 40B affordable housing projects, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld the Housing Appeals Committee’s (HAC) creation of a seemingly more rigorous four-part test that appears to place...

West Virginia, Department of Environmental Protection Proposal to Revise Water Quality Standards Rule

In the midst of the current economic downturn, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“WVDEP”) had proposed significant changes to the agency’s water program rules. Note that changes...


Brazil Chemical Control Regulations

On October 15, 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (Ministério do Meio Ambiente, or MME) announced plans to develop a national chemical Inventory (Inventory), with initial legislation expected by December 31,...

Argenitina, Overview of USTR’s 2016 Special 301 Report on State of Inter Partes Review in Argentina

In this post, we continue to examine the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) 2016 Special 301 Report (Report) released on April 12, 2016. Following extensive research and analysis,...

asian food box, china's food safety law, CFDA

The China Food and Drug Administration's (CFDA) Administrative Measures for Registration of Formulated Foods for Special Medical Purposes ("FSMP Measures") will enter into force on July 1, 2016.[1] The...