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NIST Vetting Guidance Valuable for Health Care Organizations Seeking to Use Th
The mobile app and wearables market in health care is booming, most recently evidenced by Apple’s entry into the market with its ... Read More >
Global App Review Finds 85% of Apps Have Privacy Shortcomings
In May 2014, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (“GPEN”) performed its second Global Privacy Sweep, in which 26 privacy enforcement... Read More >
DOS Visa Office Provides Update on EB-2 India Visa Demand and Priority Date Cuto
New updates and projections regarding demand in the employment-based second preference immigrant visa category for individuals chargeable to India... Read More >
EPA Proposes to Eliminate Affirmative Defenses for Many Clean Air Act Violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule on September 5, 2014 that would prevent states from including... Read More >
The Thorny Problem of Patentable Eligible Subject Matter: Part 10 of a 10-Part S
Patentable Subject Matter in Japan  The Japanese Patent Act (Act) contains two provisions regarding patent eligible subject matter. The first... Read More >
Not By "Any Manner" Of Means: Securing Cyber-Crime Coverage After Zurich v. Sony
Much has been written about the New York Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Zurich American Insurance Co. v. Sony Corp., Index. No. 651982... Read More >
big Data and privacy
“Data is everywhere. The amount of data on the global level is growing by 50 percent annually. 90 [percent] of the world’s data... Read More >
Banks May Be Required to Increase Reserves
The Federal Reserve is expected to require the biggest U.S. banks to increase reserves in an effort to prevent the possibility of another financial... Read More >
Employers Take Note: The Start Date For This Year’s H-1B Cap Cases Is Around the
The majority of employees selected for the FY2015 H-1B cap will be changing status on October 1,... Read More >
Big Data in Health Care
The use of big data is now widespread in the U.S. health care system. At major industry... Read More >
SEC’s Broken Window Enforcement Program Gets a Boost from “Quantitative Analytic
The SEC announced last week that it had charged, in settled administrative proceedings,... Read More >
New York Schools
A law was enacted in 2013 directing the New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) to... Read More >
Anticipatory Termination
Most employers, upon learning that an employee is pregnant, offer a hearty congratulations and then... Read More >

Federal Court News

Patrick J Cannon, von Briesen Law Firm, Health Care Attorney

The cost of health insurance is high. The average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance in 2014 are $6,025 for single coverage and $16,834 for family coverage.1 Those figures are 2% and 3% higher than the...

Takeaway: Under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b), an inter partes review may not be instituted if the petition requesting the proceeding is filed more than 1 year after the date on which the petitioner, real party in interest, or...

Please join Wayne M. Zell, Esq. for his interview of Nancy Popovich, Director of The Wise Investor Group, and her insight into the value investing approach taken by this popular wealth management firm.

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The PCAOB recently issued Staff Audit Practice Alert No. 12, which outlines significant audit deficiencies relating...

Shamoil Shiplander, Litigation Attorney, Bracewell Law Firm

One thing that I find entertaining about pro football is that the sky is falling after every week. Week One, Dallas is manhandled by San Francisco and will be lucky to win a single game all season. Week Two, the ’Boys...

PTO Litigation Center Patent Trademark Office

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM).  Also listed are any newly-posted requests for ex parte reexamination at...

State Court News

NYS Commissioner of Labor Issues Official Wage Board Charge

On Monday, New York Commissioner of Labor Peter Rivera formally issued his Charge to the recently convened 2014 Wage Board.  The Charge, available ...

Brandon Willenberg, Employment Attorney, Mintz Levin Law Firm

The collective sobbing you may have recently heard from the west coast of the United States was that of California employers in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s September 10, 2014 signing of ...

The California Labor Code’s Section 1102.5(b) whistleblower protections are not limited to the first employee reporting alleged misconduct, the California Court of Appeal has ruled, affirming a judgment in favor of a...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

Jonathan Wakely, International Attorney, Covington Law Firm
by: Jonathan R. Wakely of Covington & Burling LLP

By any measure Ethiopia is experiencing impressive economic growth.  According to IMF data, GDP...

by: Kathleen L. Matsoukas of Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Traditionally, Australia has not vigorously enforced its anti-corruption laws.  In fact, an OECD report released in October 2012 ...

Vestager Gets Top Competition Post in Europe
by: Johan Ysewyn and Melissa Van Schoorisse of Covington & Burling LLP

Ending months of speculation, Danish Commissioner Margrethe Vestager (46) has been nominated for the Competition portfolio in the European Commission. The former Danish Minister of Economic Affairs and the Interior, and Deputy-...