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Trump Proclamation Suspends Chinese Military Entity Associate US Entry
On May 29, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation (the “Proclamation”) suspending entry of citizens of the People’s... Read More >
US Citizenship Immigration Services USCIS Back to Work
After suspending all “premium processing” for more than two months during the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS today announced it will... Read More >
CARES Act PPP Loan Forgiveness Conditions Relaxed
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on May 28, 2020, to relax the terms and conditions for forgiveness of Paycheck... Read More >
Trump Signs EO on Communications Decency Act
President Trump signed an Executive Order today attempting to curtail legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications... Read More >
Social Media Influencers and Attention Economy
Business lawyers and other trusted advisors need to pay attention to where other people’s attention is wandering.  That’s where the... Read More >
Leonard v Nike: Copyright and NBA Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard has been in the headlines for all of the right reasons recently. He led the Toronto Raptors to the franchise’s first NBA... Read More >
5th Circuit Dismisses Case Against Facebook in Suttles v. Facebook, Inc.
The Western District of Texas recently dismissed with prejudice a TCPA suit against Facebook brought by Colin Suttles, an individual who claimed he... Read More >
Antibody Testing CDC Guidance
The CDC has issued interim guidance on antibody testing for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19. While the guidance is... Read More >
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IRS Tax Cuts Jobs Act Regulation
On April 23, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued helpful... Read More >
US House of Representatives Vote by Proxy
Historical Week in the House.  The U.S. House of Representatives reconvened this week for its first... Read More >
Coronavirus Return to Work Employer Considerations
As you plan for opening day at the workplace, remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution... Read More >
returning higher risk employees to work
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)... Read More >
Preparing Workforce for Return to Work Coronavirus
As businesses reopen, all employment-related decisions will be subject to heightened scrutiny,... Read More >
FINRA Remote Work Best Practices
FINRA, through its most recent Regulatory Notice 20-16, shares certain common practices they have... Read More >
Federal Reserve TALF FAQ
On May 12, 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (the “Fed”) released its initial draft of... Read More >
banking in global markets
On May, 27, the Alternate Reference Rate Committee (ARRC) that works under the auspices of the... Read More >
CFTC Civil Monetary Penalties Guidance
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently issued new guidance outlining factors the... Read More >
advances in energy storage technology, batteries
McDermott continues its dialogue with renewable industry leaders to provide the latest market... Read More >

Federal Law News

Class Action Litigation Eighth, Tenth, D.C. Circuit

Eighth Circuit

Stuart v. Glob. Tel *Link, 956 F.3d 555 (8th Cir. 2020)

Eighth Circuit affirms order decertifying nationwide class where the unifying legal theory used to support...

Plaintiffs Attempt to Forum Shop from 11th to 6th, unsuccessful

As a well-known fact and sad reality in the TCPAWorld, the outcome of a TCPA action depends largely on where the suit is taking place. By now, the TCPAWorld residents are so used to see various “creative” arguments and claims by plaintiffs, just...

California Federal Court Sends CAFA Case back to California State Court

A California district court recently remanded a wage and hour class action back to state court, rejecting evidence and arguments in support of removal under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).

In Hayes v. Salt & Straw, LLC,...

2nd Circuit Court Decision Kirschner v. J.P. Morgan

On May 22, 2020, Judge Paul Gardephe of the Southern District of New York held that a syndicated term loan was not a “security” under state securities laws. The ruling confirmed the assumption, which has been fundamental to the growth of the...

woman telemarketing despite TCPA

For anyone wondering just how messed up TCPAWorld really is, let’s discuss whether or not government contractors—i.e. folks that place phone calls on behalf of the federal government—are subject to the TCPA.

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IP Brain

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (“USPTO”) has announced further COVID-19 relief by extending time periods to file patent and trademark related documents and providing waivers for the payment of certain fees. The...

State Law News

reopening Texas businesses

On May 26, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation expanding the list of “Covered Services” permitted to reopen in Texas...

New Jersey Small Business Rent Abatement

One of the questions frequently asked when the lockdown began over two months ago was from small business owners who wanted to know whether they had the right to suspend their rent payments. In response, the New Jersey Legislature introduced a...

new york skyline

On May 26, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed into effect a law (the “New Law”) that amends the administrative code of New York City1 to prohibit the enforcement of provisions in a commercial lease or...

Real estate lease

Key points

  • Under the newly enacted law Int. No. 1932-A, the New York City Administrative Code was amended to render unenforceable, in certain instances, the personal...

reopening restaurants

New privacy challenges await California businesses as they begin to develop plans to reopen after more than two months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most businesses are required to fill out a county-specific safe...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

Dominican Republic Elections & COVID19

With presidential and congressional elections scheduled to take place on July 5, 2020,[1] the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina Sánchez, announced last Sunday May 17, 2020, a set of measures for a staged reopening of the...

UK Tax Tribunal Centrica Overseas Holdings Limited v HMRC Decision

The UK’s First-tier tax tribunal (FTT) has just released an interesting decision considering whether or not expenses incurred by a parent company on advisers’ fees that related to a proposed disposal by a group subsidiary and were charged on to...

Belgian PA Publishes Draft Opinion on Coronavirus Tracking Apps

On May 25 and May 26, 2020 respectively, the Belgian Data Protection Authority (the “Belgian DPA”) published two opinions on draft laws introducing COVID-19-related tracking initiatives: (1) the Opinion 42/2020 on the draft law for the creation...

euros for sale

On May 21, the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) published a response received from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in relation to proposals for reporting of central bank repurchase...