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Volume XII, Number 342

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Tech Industry Company Addresses Discrimination Harassment and Corporate Transparency
A tech industry titan recently released to the public a 50-page report, drafted by... Read More >
Key Administrative Reasons for Increased Focus on ESG
ESG is increasingly vying for airtime in oil and gas boardrooms as leaders grapple with... Read More >
How to Handle Civil Investigative Demands
If you or your company receives a civil investigative demand (CID) related to a... Read More >
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Why Automotive Manufacturers Should Protect Design Patents
Design patents for component parts are an appealing option for many automotive... Read More >
Does It Matter If Employees Work From Abroad?
The global pandemic fostered a huge uptick in remote work as many companies were required... Read More >
DOJ Proposes SAFE Banking Act Language Changes
The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act is still on the table, and US... Read More >
Copyrights and NFTs PTO Rulemaking
On November 23, 2022, the US Patent & Trademark Office and the US Copyright Office... Read More >

Federal Law News

FTC Interest in Mobile Health Apps

The FTC is closing out 2022 with additional guidance for mobile health app developers signaling its continued interest in this industry. Since 2021, we have seen several steps from the agency demonstrating a focus on companies...

CFPB Lawsuit for False Advertising

On December 1, the CFPB and a financial services company filed a stipulated proposed court...

Patent Cases and Permanent Injunctions in Federal Court

Grants of permanent injunctions in U.S. district court patent litigation remain uncommon since the landmark decision in ...

MTV Trademark Case Over Floribama Shore Show Title

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit weighed trademark rights against free speech considerations and found that the First Amendment protected use of an artistic work that was not deliberately misleading. MGFB...

peruvian call center with fraudulent employees defrauding spanis-speaking immigrants and US citizens

A California man pleaded guilty today to conspiring with Peruvian-based call centers that defrauded Spanish-speaking United States residents by falsely threatening them with arrest, deportation, and other legal consequences....

Food-Borne Illnesses Listeria Outbreak
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to investigate and report recent food-related illnesses that have been...

Operational Evaluation of FDA’s Human Foods Program Released
  • As mentioned in July, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf commissioned an external evaluation of the FDA’s Human Foods Program (HFP...

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State Law News

Data Scraping Case Settlement

On December 6, 2022, the parties in the long-running litigation between now-defunct data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. (“hiQ”) and LinkedIn Corp. (“LinkedIn”) filed a ...

California New Minimum Wage Increase

Effective January 1, 2023, California employers will be required to meet new minimum wage requirements, at both the state and local level.  This increase in the minimum wage affects not only non-exempt employees, but also the...

Some States Require the Person Be Employee when They Sign a Non Compete

If you have or want enforceable non-compete agreements with employees, read on. 

Here’s a hypothetical: You are looking to hire a salesperson, and you find just the right person, John. Your company has...

California Offshort Wind Auction finalized by BOEM

The dust has settled on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) first west coast auction for federal offshore wind lease areas. The California auction for the Morro Bay and Humboldt Call Areas brought an aggregate $757,...

BIPA Violation Claims of Improper Data Retention Policy

On November 30, 2022, the Second District Appellate Court of Illinois reversed and remanded a grant of summary judgement in favor of defendant, J&M Plating, Inc., for alleged violation of the Illinois Biometric Information...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

Patent Law for Blockchain and Crypto

The proliferation of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and decentralized finance (DeFi) applications in recent years has...

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European Court of Justice ePrivacy Directive

In a decision on October 27, 2022, the European Court of Justice has clarified the operators’ obligations regarding...

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ASIC infringement notices to investment manager Vanguard

1. ASIC takes further action on greenwashing

ASIC has issued three...

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United Kingdom May Change Flexible Work Schedule Rules

On Monday this week the Government issued its response to its 2021 consultation on the flexible working regime.  We...

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