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FEATURED ARTICLES

Music Streaming Rights Are Included in ASCAP’s Licenses
The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that composers and music publishers cannot partially withdraw from... Read More >
Supreme Court to Again Review Higher Education Affirmative Action Case
In a week full of front-page news, the United States Supreme Court has agreed to again review the appropriateness of the University of Texas at... Read More >
Supreme Court Reverses and Remands MATS to D.C. Circuit for EPA Failure
In a 5 to 4 split decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday, June 28th, that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”)... Read More >
Energy Technology Connections Newsletter - June 2015
Washington Update The House and Senate are in session until the July 4 recess, and have full schedules until then. House Majority Leader Kevin... Read More >
Supreme Court Extends Same-Sex Marriage Rights To All 50 States
On the anniversary of two other decisions supporting same-sex rights (Lawrence [pdf] and Windsor [pdf]), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled... Read More >
Same-Sex Marriage Equality: What Employers Need to Know After Obergefell
Same-sex couples have a Constitutional right to marry and have their marriages recognized nationwide. In a 5-to-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court... Read More >
Oregon “Bans the Box” for Private Employers
Oregon is the latest state to “ban the box” for private employers.  Starting January 1, 2016, an employer may not require an... Read More >
U.S. Supreme Court Finds a Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage: Implicatio
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due... Read More >
June 2015 Update - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open
As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs,... Read More >
DOL Unveils Proposed Guidance Affecting Overtime
Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) revealed a long-awaited proposed rule that is expected to... Read More >
Department of Defense Contract To Overhaul Electronic Health Records System
Liza Kahn
The Department of Defense (DOD) is expected to select a contractor sometime this summer to... Read More >
IRS Confirms that Flip Partnership Guidelines Do Not Apply to Solar Projects
The IRS has advised that the flip partnership guidelines under Rev. Proc. 2007-65, 2007-2 C.B. 967... Read More >
FDA Provides 11th Hour Delay of Product Tracing Requirements for Pharmacies
On June 30, 2015, a mere day before the product tracing deadline for dispensers was to go into... Read More >

Federal Court News

EEOC Updates Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

Last week, the EEOC announced an update to its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (“Enforcement Guidance”) to reflect the Supreme Court’s recent...

A Compilation of SEC Non-Enforcement Actions - Securities and Exchange Commissio

Be Careful to Adhere to Best Practices When Approving Advisory Agreements

The Securities and Exchange Commission instituted and settled an administrative proceeding against an investment adviser, its...

Ozburn-Hessey Logistics and more: NLRB Weekly Summary of Decisions June 15 – 19,

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of June 15 – 19, 2015, is now available.

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Proposed Revisions to “White Collar” Regulations Released; Salary Basis To Incre

In March 2014, President Obama issued a memorandum to the U.S. Secretary of Labor directing the Secretary to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations for...

Hashtag Trademarks: #ItsAllAboutTheUse

Brand owners have embraced hashtags (words or phrases preceded by a hash or pound sign - #) as a way to both engage consumers and track social media posts regarding a specific product or topic.   Not surprisingly...

U.S. and Canada Align on Workplace Chemical Labeling

The United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently announced that it will continue to work with Health Canada, Canada...

State Court News

Portion of California Resale Royalty Act Struck Down as Unconstitutional

Addressing the constitutionality of California’s Resale Royalty Act, Cal. Civ. Code § 986 (“the Act”), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a portion of the...

Mayor De Blasio Signs New York City Ban-the-Box Law

On Monday, June 29, 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the bill passed by the New York City Council “banning-the-box.” The law goes into effect on Tuesday...

New Jersey Supreme Court Holds That Employee May Be Prosecuted Criminally for Ta

A recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision will likely make employees think twice before taking confidential documents from their employer in order to support a discrimination lawsuit against their...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

AstraZeneca’s Crestor® Patent is Invalidated by the Brazilian Federal Courts
by: Lisa L. Mueller of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

On June 5, 2015, the 13th Federal District Court of Rio de Janeiro invalidated Astrazeneca’s patent BR PI0003364-2 covering Crestor® (rosuvastatin). The...

Hurry – only a few days left for UK share plan annual returns!
by: Sarah Nicholson of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

The 6 July deadline for companies to register their share incentive plans with HMRC online (and self-certify their tax advantaged plans) is fast approaching.  By this date companies must also make an end-of-year return for...

by: Ivy Clarice Estoesta and Monica Riva Talley of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

Canada has amended its Trademark Law, and although the amended Law's effective date is not yet known, brand owners can expect three significant changes to Canadian...