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Looking at Police-Community Relations Through the Lens of Body-Worn Cameras
As protests have continued across the nation in the wake of back-to-back decisions by grand juries in Missouri and New York not to indict white... Read More >
9 Health Care Legal Issues to Follow in 2015
Cost sharing, consumerism, price transparency, patient engagement, value-based purchasing, affiliations, consolidation, access, community... Read More >
President Obama Announces Sweeping Changes to United States’ Diplomatic Relation
No changes in connection with the U.S. – Cuba embargo and sanctions will be effective until OFAC and the Commerce Department formally revise... Read More >
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) Set to Expire Year End
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014 (the “Bill”)[1], which would extend the existing terrorism insurance... Read More >
Phigenix, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. and Immunogen, Inc.: IPR2014-00842, Denying In
Takeaway: A petitioner must provide evidence showing why each and every element of the claims would have been obvious when presenting a ground of... Read More >
Analysis of the European Commission’s 2015 Work Programme
The European Commission’s Work Programme for 2015 falls in line with Juncker’s political guidelines for his Presidency. The overall focus... Read More >
Sony gets hacked
…….and headaches…… With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are struggling with that age-old question: “... Read More >
Lessons Learned from Data Breaches [INFOGRAPHIC]
Recent data breaches have left some large organizations reeling as they deal with the aftermath. They include the Target data breach,... Read More >
Legalized Loophole – Is Legalized Marijuana Truly “Lawful?”
On Sept. 30, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Coats v. Dish Network, a... Read More >
Judge Banging Gavel
On Feb. 21, 2012, the Secretary of Labor issued a Final Rule (Rule) that sought to overhaul the... Read More >
Telephone and Plessor
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is now accepting limited registrations for... Read More >
Baby Bottle
Takeaway: When construing a claim term, a petitioner should take into account all the words in the... Read More >
Golf Ball on Tee with Golf Club
Decision Date: August 28, 2014 Court: N.D. Illinois Patent: D442,661 Holding: Defendant’s... Read More >

Federal Court News

Intellectual Property, Definition, Pen

Following a 2013 decision in which the Supreme Court invalidated Myriad Genetics, Inc.’s patents on human genes, the Federal Circuit this month went a step further, and held that Myriad’s...


On December 17, the CME Group Exchanges (CME Group) issued Market Regulation Advisory Notice RA1411-5 to provide updated guidance on wash trades. The Advisory Notice revises portions of the...

CFTC Extends Relief from Certain Recordkeeping Requirements

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and the Division of Market Oversight (Divisions) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission expanded and extended the no-action relief previously...

The NLRB Shakes Things Up: Purple Communications and the Board’s New “Ambush” El

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made waves last week in two highly controversial maneuvers: first, its long-awaited decision in Purple Communications, Inc., which...

FINRA Proposes Rule Change to Identify Transactions with Non-Member Affiliates

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed a rule change to amend FINRA Rule 6700 Series to require member firms to identify transactions with non-member affiliates in Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine reports...

State Court News

Tax Forms with Magnifying Glass

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (the Department) recently finalized its ...

The Coastal Permit Program Rules, the procedural aspects of DEP’s CAFRA, coastal wetland, and Waterfront Development permitting programs, were set to expire December 15, 2014.  DEP took...


New Russian Sanctions Legislation
by: Neil Ray of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

On December 18, the President signed legislation passed by Congress that authorizes further sanctions on Russia.  The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (UFSA) is aimed to assist “...

Flag of Russia
by: Ezra Steinhardt of Covington & Burling LLP

In July this year, Russia enacted Law 242-FZ (the “Localization Law”).  The Localization Law amends the Russian Federal Law on Information, Information Technology and Information Protection,...

by: Dave Thomas and Brian D. Weimer of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Historic changes in relations between the United States and Cuba (that touch nerves in Hip-...