August 31, 2014


August 29, 2014

August 28, 2014


Unitisation – The Oil and Gas Industry’s Solution to One of Geology’s Many Conun
Geology, and nature in general, are never perfect. Given the migratory nature of oil and gas, a hydrocarbon reservoir will often straddle two or more... Read More >
A Recap of Part II of the Webinar, “Medicaid: Getting Paid and Keeping It”
On Wednesday, August 27, the McBrayer Health Care Group co-hosted Part II of a webinar entitled, “Medicaid: Getting Paid and Keeping It.... Read More >
Bank of America’s $16.65 Billion Settlement
In what is being reported as the largest settlement ever between the U.S. and a single business entity, Attorney General Eric Holder and... Read More >
Business mergers and acquisitions occur all the time, but most of us usually only hear about the big ones which involve some degree of... Read More >
Health Care Industry Familiar with HIPAA Breaches, Not So Much Hackers
Community Health Systems (“Community”), which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, recently notified 4.5 million of its patients that... Read More >
Connecticut Employee’s Facebook ‘Like’ is Part of Concerted Activity: NLRB
An employee’s selection of the “Like” option under a former employee’s initial Facebook status update was “an... Read More >
Drones Over Kenya and South Africa?
Similar to the growing U.S. interest in exploring civilian uses of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), efforts are underway... Read More >
U.S. Bancorp CBM Results in Cancellation of Retirement Capital Access Management
In 2011, U.S. Patent 6,625,582, entitled Method And System For Converting A Designated... Read More >
Oil and Gas Drilling
At the end of July 2014, the UK government published application criteria and terms for the 14th... Read More >
Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop
On August 26, Burger King announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire Tim Hortons,... Read More >
Seal for the United States Navy
On August 25, 2014, the U.S. Navy announced that it would continue its four-year... Read More >
Stock Page with Magnifying Glass
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed a complaint in the US District Court for the... Read More >

Federal Court News

Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC

On August 28, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued an Interpretation of CFTC Regulation 30.7(c) that permits a futures commission...

Takeaway: The Board has discretion in how much weight to afford expert testimony, and a Board’s determination that expert testimony regarding obviousness rationales is conclusory and unsupported may be difficult to address in a request...

Takeaway: If opposing a motion to deem a late filing as timely, the opposing party should focus on any actual prejudice caused by the delay given the fact that the parties are able to stipulate extensions in time for due dates 1-5.

Cloud Computer Files

As part of its simplification initiative, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a ...

Takeaway: A rehearing request of a decision instituting review will not be persuasive unless the patent owner can show that there was an abuse of discretion, or that the Board misapprehended or overlooked any material...

Troy v. Samson Mfg. Corp.

Addressing the scope of permissible new issues and evidence admissible in 35 U.S.C. § 146 district court proceedings, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...

State Court News

North Carolina

Sine Die, folks! The North Carolina General Assembly has adjourned until a new legislature convenes January 14, 2015 with the members elected this November.

Here's what happened...


In Roberts v. TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc.No. 1402-02441 (Cir. Ct. Or. Aug 14, 2014), an Oregon state court, breaking with state courts in California, Illinois, New York and Texas, held...

Two Wedding Rings

Oregon’s prohibition on same-sex marriage conflicts with the United States Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, newly appointed U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane has held in a case...


United Kingdom

The recent decision by the High Court of England and Wales (Chancery Division) in Richmond Pharmacology Limited (Company) v. Chester Overseas Limited, et al. underscores the...

Canadian Flag, Anti-Spam

Despite being in effect for more than a month now, many entities outside of Canada (and possibly those within Canada) are still struggling to understand their obligations under Canada’s recent anti-spam...

Republic of Kazakhstan

Legalisation allows release from liability and legitimises the turnover of property.

The Law on Amnesty of Kazakhstan Citizens, Repatriates (Oralmans), and Individuals Having Kazakhstan Permanent Residence Permit in...