March 31, 2015


March 31, 2015

March 30, 2015


The Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015
On March 25, 2015, the United States House of Representative, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade approved draft... Read More >
Ethiopian Airlines Is Bringing Africa Together and to the World
The ongoing expansion activities of Ethiopian Airlines has the potential to make a significant impact on intra-African trade and in deepening the... Read More >
Defray the Costs of CFPB Actions by Utilizing your Insurance Portfolio
Each year since its creation in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has steadily increased the number of... Read More >
Email Autofill Error Exposes Personal Information of G20 World Leaders
With breaches caused by payment card thieves and hackers dominating the news, it is easy for mid-sized and small companies to think that data... Read More >
Austin, DFW and Houston Businesses Saved $145 Million with Energy Efficient buil
Three of Texas’ major metropolitan areas are embracing energy efficiency to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting EPA... Read More >
Advice, Advice, Advice …. So Important They Required It Thrice!
The “freedom and choice” reforms to UK pensions are giving individuals many more options in terms of how they access their pension... Read More >
TMI: When Does Fitness Data Become Too Much of a Good Thing?
The Boston Marathon is less than a month away. If you are training for the 26+ miles of winding, hilly roads through and around Boston, the odds are... Read More >
Legal, Business, Ninth Circuit, Fifty-Six Hope Road Music v. A.V.E.L.A. Inc, Fal
Addressing the issue of when the use of a celebrity’s likeness or persona in connection with a product constitutes a false endorsement that is... Read More >
Department of State Inspector General Issues Report on Contractor Confidentialit
The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State (OIG) issued a report on its... Read More >
President Obama Urged to “Ban the Box” for Federal Contractors
In a letter this past week, nearly 200 interest groups urged President Obama to issue an executive... Read More >
HHS Creates A New Out-of-Pocket Limit For Health Plans
In case you missed this development—which was buried in the preamble of a 129-page Federal... Read More >
No Collateral Challenge Of Patent Application Revival
In Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC v. Lee, the Federal Circuit held that the USPTO’s decision... Read More >
Department of Labor Establishes Two-Month Grace Period for Participant-Level Fee
In 2010 the DOL published a final regulation requiring plan administrators of participant-directed... Read More >

Federal Court News

PTO Litigation Center Report – March 31, 2015

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...

Decision on Institution IPR2015-00056

Takeaway: When service of a complaint in a civil action is waived, the one-year period during which a petition may be filed begins to run when the Waiver of Service is filed with the district court, not when the complaint...

The juncture of the increasing drive to lower health care costs, consumer preferences for at home care or care in more residential environments, and the ability to deliver care as needed in portable and flexible ways, all have...

Takeaway: The Board may consider a copyright date and price printed on the first page of a reference as sufficient evidence of public availability of the document as of the copyright date.


B&B Hardware v. Hargis – U.S. Supreme Court Declares TTAB Findings Can Have Prec

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its second decision in substantive trademark law in nearly a decade.  B...

19 Democratic Senators Urge DOL To Implement Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Execut

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”), which imposes additional disclosure and compliance obligations on federal government...

State Court News

  In a departure from his budget proposal, New York Governor Cuomo has agreed to

In a departure from his budget proposal, New York Governor Cuomo has agreed to extend the tax credits for New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) with relatively...

Substantial, Systematic, And Continuous Contacts Do Not Establish General Jurisd

California courts may exercise personal jurisdiction over nonresidents “on any basis not inconsistent with the Constitution of this state or of the United States”.  Code Civ. Proc. § 410.10.  Seventy...

Divorce Mediation: Utilizing Attorney Resources during the Divorce Process

With Court backlogs and increasing costs of litigation, many individuals are utilizing the mediation process to resolve their divorce issues. As an attorney that has been trained in alternative dispute resolution, I believe...


The COMIngs and goings of COMI - Centre of Main Interests for Shipping Companies
by: Cathryn Williams of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

In the latest decision on COMI (Northsea Base Investment Limited & ors [2015] EWHC 121 (Ch)), the English Court had to determine the centre of main interest for a  group of companies...

German Exemptions from Mandatory Rebates for Pharma Companies Are in Line with E
by: Johan Ysewyn and Nicoleta Tuominen of Covington & Burling LLP

The European Commission (the Commission) confirmed on 27 March 2015 that a German scheme exempting pharmaceutical companies from mandatory rebates is in line with EU State aid...

UK Company Director Jailed For Bribing Public Officials In Africa
by: Louise Roberts of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

In order to win a contract worth £2.26m for making ballot papers, Smith and Ouzman Ltd, a printing firm based in Sussex, gave £395,074 in corrupt payments to public officials in Kenya and Mauritania.