January 23, 2018

January 23, 2018

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immigration green arrow, baha, trump
President Donald Trump’s executive order in April 2017 entitled “Buy American and Hire American” (BAHA) is leading to proposed... Read More >
Employment Law, Billboard
We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field. We look at the latest trends, important court... Read More >
shut down, government, USCIS, immigration, EB5
The federal government has officially shut down as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The House of Representatives, for its part, passed a... Read More >
Congress, Government, Shutdown
Late Friday (Jan. 19)  the U.S. Senate failed to pass the House of Representatives approved Continuing Resolution (or CR).  As of January... Read More >
marijuana, federal enforcement
On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) position on enforcement of federal marijuana laws... Read More >
Sexual Harassment
As sexual abuse, assault, harassment, and other misconduct have dominated national headlines, state capitols and lobbyists have not escaped scrutiny... Read More >
health, benefits, shutdown, contractor, foreign workers, WARN Act
Once again, a government shutdown seems inevitable.  During previous government shutdowns, government agencies and departments issued stop-work... Read More >
search, border patrol, electronic device, "basic", "advanced", encrypted information
On January 4, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued Directive 3340-049A, governing border searches of electronic devices. CBP... Read More >
check, writing, AML, CTIFA
Congress is considering a new draft bill, the Counter Terrorism and Illicit Finance Act (“CTIFA”),... Read More >
employee, employer, employment, nlrb
National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb continues to outline his plans for change... Read More >
pharma patents, chemistry
A few weeks ago I joined Kathleen Fonda, Ph.D., J.D., Senior Legal Advisor in the USPTO’s Office of... Read More >
whistleblower, OSHA, retaliatory claims
Not only is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continuing to crack down on... Read More >
solar panels, ITC
201 Trade Case Update: Trump Administration Imposes Tariff on Imported Solar Panels After months of... Read More >

Federal Court News

Magna Mirrors of America, SMR Automotive Systems USA, K2M Inc, Orthopediatrics Corp, Ductmate Industries, IPR

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of petitions for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM).  Also listed are any newly-posted requests for ex partereexamination at the...

lgbt flag, title vii

Further emphasizing the split in authority on sexual orientation discrimination, last month the Eastern District of Missouri dismissed plaintiff Mark Horton’s claim that Midwest Geriatric Management LLC (“MGM”) violated Title...

water ball, wotus, cwe

In an important procedural decision, a unanimous United States Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the 2015 Obama-era rule re-defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act were properly before...

gavel, supreme court, flsa

Last week the Supreme Court heard – for the second time – oral argument in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro.  At issue is whether “service advisors” at dealerships are covered by what’s known as the “automobile dealer...

trade secrets, uber, waymo

In a closely watched trial in which Waymo LLC—a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet—has sued Uber for theft of trade secrets, a California federal judge has denied Waymo's motion to close the courtroom to the public...

Cybersecurity key, dc circuit, injury

In August, the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit revived a class action lawsuit, holding that the threat of harm from a data breach is enough to satisfy the "injury in fact" standing requirement. Attias v....

State Court News

maryland, flag, veto, paid sick leave

On January 12, 2018, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s May 25, 2017 veto of legislation requiring Maryland employers to provide sick and safe leave to their employees. By overriding the...

gavel, books, legislation, right to work, missouri

When Missouri Republican Governor Eric Greitens signed “right-to-work” legislation into law on February 6, 2017, the Show-Me State was on the...

data privacy, north carolina, cybersecurity

A North Carolina bill designed to strengthen the state’s data breach notification statute could radically change incident response.  Through the Act to Strengthen Identity Theft Protections, North Carolina could quickly become...


globe, international

The ICC’s Expedited Procedure found under Article 30 and Appendix VI of the ICC Rules of Arbitration generally applies to arbitration agreements concluded after March 1, 2017; where the amount in dispute does not exceed US $ 2...

nanoparticle, echa, reach

During its December 14-15, 2017, meeting, the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) discussed ECHA’s strategy on substances in nanoforms.  According to the strategy, following recent rulings of the Board of...

EU, parliament, commission,


Next week will be very busy in the European Parliament, as it is a committee week.

On Tuesday, the ...