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us china trade war coming to a head
The United States has reached an agreement with China that will reduce the tariff rate to 7.5 percent for approximately $120 billion of Chinese goods... Read More >
Affordable Care Act ACA under magnifying glass
Employers who provide health benefits to their union workforce through a multiemployer group health plan must satisfy all the Affordable Care Act (... Read More >
United Kingdom UK Elections lead closer to Brexit from European Union EU
The substantial gains made by the ruling UK Conservative Party in the general election on 12 December 2019 mean that, barring the unexpected, the UK... Read More >
pay pal headquarters sign in California
On Wednesday, PayPal sued the CFPB in federal district court in the District of Columbia claiming the Bureau's Prepaid Account Rule (“Rule... Read More >
Cannabis CBD oil products which may be federally unapproved
Nearly a year after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp nationwide, the legal status of one of its most popular products, cannabidiol (CBD), is... Read More >
SCOTUS Supreme Court building in Washington DC
Not so long ago, federal courts began to hold that a federal statute of limitations did not run until the plaintiff knew or reasonably should have... Read More >
ransomware button on keyboard that costs healthcare industry milions
Recent months have seen a wave of ransomware attacks in the US healthcare industry, many involving a sophisticated strain of malware called Ryuk. To... Read More >
capital building dome in Washington DC
USMCA on the Way? Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle claimed victory this week over... Read More >
building at the capitol in Washington DC
This Week’s Dose: House Democrats passed a sweeping drug pricing reform package and key House and... Read More >
ntional labor relations board seal
The National Labor Relations Board has finalized a rule making significant changes to its union... Read More >
Rx prescription pill bottle and pharmaceuticals
Following up on our first post in this year-end series that discussed medical device regulatory... Read More >
Open Commission CFTC Meeting Room
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will hold an open meeting on December 18 at 9:00 a.m. EST... Read More >

Federal Court News

genetically mutated food

In Darby v. Childvine, a recent decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Court...

exotic dancer classified in CA as an independent contactor

Class action settlements are complicated. They often take months to negotiate. The last thing the lawyers or their clients on either side want to happen is for the trial court to...

motorcycle in repossession

If you lend money, you know – or should know – it is a cardinal sin to collect a debt or repossess collateral after a borrower files bankruptcy. 


patent office attorney fees

On December 11, the US Supreme Court held that the US Patent and Trademark Office is not entitled to recover its attorney’s fees in an appeal to the Eastern District of Virgina from an adverse decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board under...

Eleventh Circuit includes Florida

General liability policies sometimes contain exclusions that preclude coverage for losses that relate to the business insured.  Whether that renders the policy coverage illusory is a question for the courts.  In a recent case, the 11th Circuit...

State Court News

ballot box for an election influenced by telecommunications fraud

Last year 47,610 robocalls were made on May 30 and 31, 2018, – 6 days before California’s primary election vote for the 76th State Assembly District, (San Diego County’s northern coastal region).  The robocalls...

new jersey shore with rising sealine

On December 12, 2019, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) released a report discussing historical sea-level rise (“SLR”) in New Jersey and estimating SLR for the next 100+ years....


european union and switzerland at night from space

On December 9, the European Union (EU) and Switzerland announced the finalization of the “Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the Linking of their Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Systems” (the Linking Agreement...

finance banking atm credit card pin cash euro security

On December 6, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its action plan on “Sustainable Finance” (the Action Plan), available ...

bank logo and FCA over financial docs

On December 9, the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) was extended to around 47,000 UK-based financial services firms. SM&CR already applied to banks and insurers, so now SM&CR applies to every FCA-regulated firm (with...