March 3, 2015


March 03, 2015

March 02, 2015


Some Light Shed on FERC’s Role in EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Amid concerns regarding the impact on reliability of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (“CPP”), FERC scheduled a series of... Read More >
Employees at Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Are Now Subject to Mandatory
Effective December 31, 2014, the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) now includes institutions of higher education (“colleges... Read More >
Does Former Officer Have An Obligation To Turn Over Whistleblower Award?
Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced “a whistleblower award payout between $475,000 and $575,000 to a former... Read More >
Nothing but Net (Neutrality)
Proponents of net neutrality, including U.S. President Barack Obama, scored a victory last week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)... Read More >
PHIPA offers “no shelter” to Ontario Hospital from class proceedings for breach
Back in 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal recognized the tort of invasion of privacy – fast forward to the recent string of privacy breaches of... Read More >
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 >
Pets and Estate Planning re: Pet Trusts
Anyone who has not felt the sadness and loss from the death of a pet either has never owned a pet... Read More >
Berkeley Hillside: New Supreme Court decision defines limits of CEQA exemption c
The California Supreme Court issued the highly anticipated CEQA decision: Berkeley Hillside... Read More >
DOL Expands Definition of “Spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act
The Department of Labor has issued a Final Rule revising and expanding the definition of “... Read More >
Traveling to the United States with Global Entry and NEXUS: Are my wife and me T
On January 19, 2015, my wife and me, Global Entry participants completed our NEXUS interviews at... Read More >
Self-Tracking Solar Panels Eliminate Costly Alignment Systems
One of the technologies showcased at ARPA-E again this year was from Glint Technology. I first... Read More >

Federal Court News

OSHA Internal Memo Outlines Triage Process for Reported Fatalities & Injuries

Effective January 1, 2015 employers in states with Federal OSHA jurisdiction must report to OSHA all work-related fatalities (that occurs within 30 days of the work-related incident) within 8 hours of...

PTO Litigation Center Report – March 3, 2015

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM).  Since the last report, no new requests for ex parte reexamination at the...

In United States of America ex rel. Marc Osheroff v. Humana, Inc. et al., No. 13-15278 (11th Cir., Jan. 16, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a relator’s complaint under the...

Ericsson Inc. v. Intellectual Ventures II LLC: Decision Denying Institution of I

Takeaway: If a petitioner does not identify an algorithm for performing the recited function of a computer-implemented means-plus-function term, the Board may deny the petition.

In its...

Personal Jurisdiction Has Some Teeth

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court severely restricted the scope of personal jurisdiction upon a foreign corporation in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014). The decision in Daimler followed the...

PTO Litigation Center Report – March 2, 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 partereexamination at the...

State Court News

State Attorneys General Return to Health Care Reform in U.S. Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in what is being teed up to be “Round 2” on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the case King v. Burwell, the question...

That sound you just heard was the simultaneous gasp of hospital boards of directors throughout the state of Minnesota. In Medical Staff of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center v. Avera Marshall, Minnesota’...


Japanese Court Upholds Penalties for Sexual Harassment
by: Joe Jones of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

The Japanese Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Osaka Aquarium sexual harassment case. The ruling made news across Japan and is particularly noteworthy on two...

by: Stacy A. Swanson of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Early Congressional Momentum On Renewing U.S. Ex-Im Bank Charter, While Action On Trade Promotion Authority Stumbles


The disagreement between the Obama Administration and Prime...

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...