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scotus decision title vii
On April 22, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in a trio of cases, which will finally allow the Court to decide whether... Read More >
LGBTQ, SCOTUS, Title VII, Civil Rights, sexual orientation, gender identity
After considering the petitions at eleven separate private conferences, on April 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in... Read More >
Keystone XL Pipeline Litigation President Trump’s Presidential Permit
The Keystone XL Pipeline is back in the spotlight. In the first quarter of 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana and the U.S.... Read More >
Construction Opportunity Zones
The United States Department of Treasury issued additional Proposed Regulations on investments in Qualified Opportunity Funds yesterday, April 17,... Read More >
spokeo article iii
On March 20, 2019, in Frank v. Gaos, 586 U.S. ___ (2019), the United States Supreme Court sidestepped a novel question regarding a cy pres... Read More >
California Employment Law
Tony Oncidi: On the issue of #MeToo and the current and best way for an employer to respond to those issues, I think there are certain things... Read More >
EU Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market
On March 26, the parliament of the European Union approved the “Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market”, one of the most... Read More >
A new bill, the Token Taxonomy Act was introduced to congress to amend the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to... Read More >
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UAW Disclaims Volkswagen Tennessee Unit
The United Auto Workers (UAW) have disclaimed the bargaining unit of 160 skilled-trades workers at... Read More >
US EPA Announces SNURs for NEW TSCA Reviews
On April 5, 2019, US EPA finalized significant new use rules (SNURs) for 13 new chemical substances... Read More >
IRS Deductibility of Parking Expenses
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) generally eliminated employer deductions for expenses... Read More >
Pennsylvania Denies a Motion to Dismiss Alleged Use of an ATDS
The Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently denied a motion to dismiss a TCPA claim, finding that... Read More >
Pennsylvania Denies a Motion to Dismiss Alleged Use of an ATDS
The Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently denied a motion to dismiss a TCPA claim, finding that... Read More >

Federal Court News

ip interim applicants

Seeking an interim injunction to protect against copyright infringement can often run into difficulties, as demonstrated by the recent judgment in Happy Camper Productions Ltd v...

adequate specificity

Provisional applications tempt stakeholders with the possibility of securing a filing date on an expedited basis and limited budget, but the value of that filing date will depend on its ability to serve as a valid priority date for the invention...

Henderson v. United Student Aid Funds TCPA Case

On Friday, March 22, a split panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that a company with no direct contractual relationship with independent contractors could be found vicariously liable for the actions of those...

infringement

A pro bono case in the Ninth Circuit just made it harder for plaintiffs to prove copyright infringement is willful.

On Tuesday, in the case of ...

Diet Coke False Claims Class Action Dismissed For Now

Food and Beverage Deception Cases Still Must Pass the “Are you Serious?” Test

Becerra v. The Coca-Cola Co., No. 17-cv-05916, 2018 WL 1070823 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 27, 2018)

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Court Refuses Arbitration Request Against Midland Credit

Imagine being the lead Plaintiffs in a massive piece of multi-district TCPA class litigation against a large debt collector, only to have that prestigious position ripped from you by the Court compelling arbitration of your individual claims....

State Court News

flavor enhancers

Malic Acid: Newest Culprit in “Natural” Marketing Case Trend

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healthcare fraud

Introduction

Healthcare fraud convictions are news. When the convicted parties are physicians, investors and staff of a physician-owned surgical hospital who now face up to sixty-five years in a federal penitentiary,...

breach notification expansion

It was looking like Washington state would be the first state to follow the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), with a GDPR-like law of its own. ...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

US and EU Preliminary Tariff Lists

UPDATE: On April 17, 2019, the European Commission launched a public consultation period on a preliminary list of products from the US to be considered for countermeasures in its own separate case against the US. The announcement comes following...

UK Supreme Court Criminal Record Disclosure System

The UK government has lost its case defending the multiple convictions rule, which requires an individual to disclose all spent convictions if he or she has two or more such convictions.

Generally, a...

Immigration Alert for Canadian L-1 Visa Holders

Until recently, Canadians working and living in the United States as L-1 intra-company transferees could extend their L-1 status relatively easily, applying in the same manner they applied for their initial L entry with U.S. Customs and Border...