October 31, 2014

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FEATURED ARTICLES

FDA and the Center for Food Safety Reach Settlement Regarding FDA’s GRAS Rule
On October 20, 2014, FDA reached a settlement with the Center for Food Safety (“CFS”) in litigation pending in the U.S.... Read More >
Google Loses Bid to Avoid Compliance with Subpoena for User’s Gmail Messages
Many electronic mail service providers object to subpoenas for their users electronic messages, taking the position that a user’s messages are... Read More >
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As we have been discussing, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requires all health plans to cover preventive health services... Read More >
.bank and Other Domain Names to Open for Financial Institutions... and Others
The governing body that administers the domain name space, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is in the process of... Read More >
Political Spending Disclosures – An Idea So Good That I Think You Should Pay For
In July 2011, a group of ten law professors filed a rulemaking petition with the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking adoption of a rule... Read More >
How to Measure Your Email Marketing Performance
Email newsletters have proven to be one of the most effective methods for attorneys to market themselves to prospects, clients and referral sources.... Read More >
FTC Says AT&T Fails to Deliver on ‘Unlimited’ Data Promises
Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against AT&T alleging that the company misled consumers by limiting its “... Read More >
Government Looking to Existing Procurement Vehicles to Stem Ebola Threat
As the U.S. government works to address the threat posed by the Ebola virus, one tool available to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)... Read More >
Six Federal Agencies Jointly Approve Final Risk Retention Rule
Six federal agencies approved on October 22, 2014  a final rule requiring sponsors... Read More >
I Can’t Make Sandwiches: I Worked at Jimmy John’s. Why Do We Care?
Sandwich chain Jimmy John’s has garnered unwanted press recently over its franchisees’... Read More >
IRS Increases Maximum Employee Contribution to Health Care FSAs for 2015
The IRS announced yesterday that the maximum annual employee contribution to a health care flexible... Read More >
Family In House
The word "portability" in an estate tax context refers to the ability to transfer a... Read More >
Further Antitrust Activity with Physician Practice Mergers and Acquisitions
As pointed out in our blog of October 16th, 2014 the State of Connecticut is putting in place a... Read More >

Federal Court News

PTAB Designates Seven Recent Decisions as Informative

ZTE Corp. v. ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.; Intelligent Bio-Systems, Inc.  v. Illumina Cambridge Limited; Medtronic, Inc. v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc.; Unilever, Inc. v. Proctor & Gamble Co.; Prism Pharma Co., Ltd. v....

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Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment based on fair use, but cited different grounds...

Patent Law and the Federal Circuit

Salesforce.com, Inc. v. Virtualagility, Inc. and U.S. Bancorp v. Solutrain, Inc.

In a pair of covered business method (CBM) decisions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...

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K-40 Electronics, LLC v. Escort, Inc.

Addressing the sufficiency of corroborating evidence to prove earlier reduction to practice, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (...

State Court News

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The Second District Appellate Court recently reversed a DUI conviction prosecuted locally because a village failed to establish that the offense was committed within its corporate limits...

New Jersey Tax Court Finds Two Pennsylvania Taxes Are Not Required To Be Added B

In a Corporation Business Tax (CBT) case, PPL Electric Utilities Corporation v. Director, Division of Taxation, Dkt. No. 000005-2011 (N.J. Tax. Ct. Oct. 2, 2014), the Tax Court of New...

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On Tuesday evening, the candidates for Massachusetts governor met in their last debate ahead of Tuesday’s general election. Throughout the...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

The Transparency Initiative: Are You Ready?
by: Ben James and Ana Becker-Weinberg of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Are you a UK company that operates in an EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY? 

If so, do any 2 of the following apply to you:

  • You have a balance sheet in excess of £18 million;

    ...
Monitoring Your French Employees? Make Sure You Have Registered That Activity wi
by: Myrtille Lapuelle of McDermott Will & Emery

French employers must declare monitoring to the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) in advanceif they want to use evidence obtained from that monitoring in court.   The use of the...

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by: Andrews Kurth of Andrews Kurth

On 29 October the Argentine Congress approved an amendment to the Federal Hydrocarbons Law which will improve investment conditions in the Argentine oil and gas industry (the “Amendment...