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DOS, Immigration
The Department of State’s (DOS) December 2017 Visa Bulletin showed some minor movement in some employment-based categories.  Referring to... Read More >
renewable energy, tax cuts
Late on November 16, 2017, Senate Finance Committee (“SFC”) Chair Orrin Hatch released amendments to the Senate Republicans’ tax... Read More >
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, SALT implications
In Depth The House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed tax reform bill on November 2, 2017, and its amended version on November 9, 2017... Read More >
russia button, FARA, RT
Remember how we talked about bipartisan legislation introduced in March 2017 (which seems like a million years ago) to investigate the Russian... Read More >
usa cuba gears
The Trump Administration has made good on its promise to cut back on the liberalized Cuban policy implemented by the Obama Administration with a... Read More >
cfpb, cordray
Richard Cordray, the first and only Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced today that he will resign from the Bureau by... Read More >
Uber, EAT, UK
In Depth The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the Employment Tribunal’s (ET’s) finding that Uber drivers are “... Read More >
Immigration Law, Ninth Circuit
On November 13, 2017, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco partially granted an emergency request by the United States government... Read More >
employees, diversity, inclusivness
Meaningful diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace have evolved from being the right thing... Read More >
artificial intelligence, ai, data privacy
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the hot topic on everyone’s mind. Technology providers are... Read More >
visa stamp, visa bulletin
EB-1 remains current; “Dates for Filing” chart remains stagnant. The US Department of State has... Read More >
CFTC, Futures
On November 14, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission extended time-limited no-action relief to... Read More >

Federal Court News

AML, money Laundering

We discuss two recent federal court opinions addressing two issues of increasing frequency and importance: (i) the potential civil liability of financial institutions to non-customers and other third-parties for alleged...

ip graphic, federal circuit, ptab

On    November    16,    2017    the    U.S.    Patent    and    Trademark    Office    posted    a    new    Standard    Operating    Procedure    (SOP)    addressing    the    conduct    of    cases    remanded    from    the...

ip scales, ninth circuit, ipr

In June, we covered the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene’s...

gavel, finance

On October 31, 2017, two former executives from General Cable Corporation (“GCC”) filed a ...

credit cards, amex, scotus

Credit card-issuers have every reason to pull consumers in their direction to increase card use and, ultimately, their bottom line. But, do they have the right to stop merchants from steering you too?...

gavel, cms, seventh circuit

On October 19, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in the case of MedPro Health Providers, LLC v. Hargan, dismissed a home care agency’s suit — without deciding the merits of...

State Court News

employees, delaware

Employers may need to adjust hiring and recruiting practices before the law takes effect in December.

On Thursday, December 14, 2017, a new law will take effect in Delaware forbidding...

CA Appeals court, landowner, duty of care, injury prevention, hazards

Property owners owe a duty of care to people who are lawfully present on their premises to prevent injuries from existing hazards by correcting them if they know or should know about the dangers. This duty does not extend to...


paperwork, ICO

On November 13, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published two statements (statements) in relation to initial coin offerings (ICOs); one was made in relation to the risks of ICOs for investors and the other...

UK, British Pound, FCA

On November 15, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage (webpage) in connection with position limits for commodity derivative contracts.

Under the revised Markets in Financial...

europe with stars, european parliament,


This past week was a plenary week in the European Parliament, during which many significant initiatives were adopted by the Parliament.