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Computer Glitch at State Department Causes Major Delays for U.S. Passports and V
A technical glitch in the U.S. State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents is causing major delays for those around the... Read More >
All You Can E-A-T as Google Focuses on Expertise, Authority and Trust
Google’s overarching goal is to answer users’ questions. A “win” for the search engine is for the first page of results to be... Read More >
Favorable Ruling: Taxability of HMOs Under New York City General Corporation Tax
A New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) recently ruled in favor of Aetna, Inc. (Aetna) on whether a health... Read More >
Changes on the Horizon for Federal Job Training Programs
Federal job training programs can expect a big overhaul, thanks to President Obama who signed legislation on July 22 that is intended to streamline a... Read More >
Positive Report for South Florida Commercial Real Estate
TREPP Analytics recently provided the U.S. commercial real estate industry some positive news – both the CMBS delinquency rate and... Read More >
The American Invents Act Has Moved the Cheese [VIDEO]
Kenley K. Hoover, Ph.D. discusses how the implementation of the America Invests Act has dramatically changed how intellectual property is... Read More >
Watchdogs Petition SEC to Strengthen Prohibitions Against Impeding Complaints to
On July 18, 2014, a coalition of plaintiff-side lawyers and government watchdog groups proposed ways to strengthen the SEC whistleblower program in... Read More >
Retail and Tech in Miami Continue to Expand Re: Macy's Fashion Incubator
At the Beacon Council’s annual One Community One Goal Meeting, national retail department store Macy’s announced that it will be bringing... Read More >
Firewall on the Hill: The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is urging Congress to pass legislation to bolster the country... Read More >
Fire Protection Construction Bids
The Illinois Fire Protection District Act has been amended to explicitly require... Read More >
PTO Litigation Center Report
Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR)... Read More >
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Earlier this evening, the U.S. Senate confirmed Elliot Kaye as the new CPSC Chairman and Joe... Read More >
Senate Bill Takes Aim at E-retailers with the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairn
After more than a decade of trying to gain traction on Capitol Hill, brick-and-mortar retailers... Read More >

Federal Court News

SEC Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower

The SEC has awarded millions to individuals as a result of its whistleblower program established in 2012.  People who provide the SEC with accurate information that ultimately results in a successful...

In 2013, the EEOC reported receiving 21,371 charges alleging harassment. The number of harassment charges filed indicates that no employer is immune from such accusations. A well-written,...

Roberson v. City of Rialto (4th Dist., Div. 2, 5/21/2014, E058187)

The Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment denying a petition for writ of mandate to invalidate project approvals for the...

Scott Baena, Bankruptcy Attorney, Bilzin Sumberg Law Firm

Section 506(a)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code provides common-sense instruction that the allowed amount of a secured claim is equal to the value...

Takeaway: Patent Owner’s appeal to the Federal Circuit in a related inter partes review proceeding involving the same patent, by itself, does not justify granting a motion to stay in a given inter partes review proceeding or allow the...

David K.S. Cornwell shares his thoughts on the issue of appeals with regards to inter partes review (IPR) proceedings. He explains that the decision not to institute an IPR is not appealable, that members of the...

State Court News

bitcoins

On July 17, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued proposed regulations delineating a license process for certain businesses involved in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies (Proposed...

State Farm filed a declaratory action seeking a determination that it owed no underinsured motorist coverage to two insureds in an accident. The insureds had five separate policies, each with UIM coverage of $100,000. They...

Jonathan A. Siegel, Employment Attorney, Jackson Lewis Law Firm

In a case alleging misclassification of an independent contractor in the transportation industry, the California Supreme Court has found that the California unfair competition law (Bus. &...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR)

According to press reports, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) plans to send back incomplete EMIR transaction reports to counterparties amidst widespread difficulties with the reconciliation of reports...

The UK Government has today announced the opening of the eagerly anticipated 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round, with applications invited until 2pm on 28 October 2014.

Hundreds of blocks are available in the bidding...

The U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means is currently considering the renewal and strengthening of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  AGOA is the cornerstone of the U.S.-African commercial relationship, and...