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gavel, SEC, ALJ, Appointments
Last week, the United States Supreme Court settled a circuit split regarding the constitutionality of the appointment of Administrative Law Judges (... Read More >
US Supreme Court, decisions
The Court handed down two of the second-tier blockbusters of the term, this morning: South Dakota v. Wayfair (No. 17-494), reversing Quill... Read More >
electric vehicle, charge
Various studies indicate that an overall lack of charging infrastructure serves as an impediment to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs... Read More >
cell phone, fourth amendment, search and seizure, SCOTUS
In a decision that defines how the Fourth Amendment applies to information collected in the digital age, the Supreme Court today held that police... Read More >
border control, immigration bills, house, legislation
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives began debate on two immigration bills aiming to enhance border and interior enforcement of immigration... Read More >
hipaa, univ of texas, ocr, violation
HIPAA has teeth.  On June 1, 2018, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ruled that the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center... Read More >
Physical Presence Test Rejected In South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., 585 U.S. (2018), the United States Supreme Court overruled the bright-line... Read More >
marijuana leaf, canada
Canada has voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The Senate approved Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act) on Tuesday, clearing the last major... Read More >
SCOTUS, Patent infringement, foreign lost profits
The United States Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a patent owner can, at least in some... Read More >
The Fed, Finance, money
On June 19, the Federal Reserve adopted a final rule that sets overall single counterparty credit... Read More >
Supreme Court, SCOTUS
Patent owners have a new arrow in their quiver. The Supreme Court has held that patent owners can... Read More >
electric cars, transportation accord
On June 19th, a group of diverse businesses from a variety of industries announced the formation of... Read More >
tax forms, amending fraud
The US Tax Court (Tax Court), in a short opinion, provided a reminder to taxpayers that penalties... Read More >

Federal Court News

US Supreme Court, litigation

As we await tomorrow's batch of opinions, let's take a moderately deep dive into Monday's partisan-gerrymandering decisions, Gill v. Whitford (No. 16-...

bird, mbta, incidental take

National environmental groups recently filed a pair of new lawsuits in New York federal district court seeking to expand the scope of liability for “incidental take” under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”).[1...

gavel, fifth circuit, litigation

After much anticipation, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday confirmed its earlier decision to vacate the Department of Labor’s “fiduciary advice rule.”

The controversial rule...

Washington State, Litigation

In most instances, a tie means there is no winner and no loser.  Not so with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-4 tie in the “Culverts Case” (one branch of the sprawling U.S. v. Washington case) on June 11, 2018.  Instead, by...

gavel on green, swan creek, sixth circuit

On June 15, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, holding that rents collected by a receiver during the redemption period...

State Court News

gavel, washinton, owner liability

On May 24, 2018, in a significant decision with far-reaching implications for cleanups at Washington’s contaminated sites, the Washington State Supreme Court narrowed the scope of “owner or operator” liability under the...

minimum wage, california, increase, industry, cpi

In the immortal words of Mao Zedong:  “Let a hundred flowers blossom!”

Multiple cities and hamlets throughout California have enacted slightly differing and, of course, maddeningly confusing non-uniform minimum wage laws...

MSG, gaming, online apps, mobile

On Thursday, June 21, the Mississippi Gaming Commission (“MGC”) took a major step toward the goal of licensed sports and race books in state casinos by adopting governing...


South America, Colombia, Election

Like the United States, Colombia has similarly become very polarized over the past few years. Simply put, this dichotomy involves (1) those who support the former two-term President, and now senator, Álvaro Uribe Vélez (“Uribe...

health care devices, china, clinical trials
by: Aaron Gu

Last month, the China Nation Drug Administration (CNDA, formerly known as China Food and Drug Administration or CFDA), released a draft rule on Inspection Key Points...

marijuana leaf, canada

Last week, we published a blog post regarding a proposed bill in the United States Senate that would provide more autonomy to...