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By Mark Brennan, Paul Otto
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau requested public input on a recent report on Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices.
By Peter Romeo, Richard Parrino, Samantha Sewall, Michael Shepard, Peter Spivack, T. Clark Weymouth
The Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion in United States v. Joel Esquenazi, et al, affirming the broad interpretation of what constitutes an "instrumentality" under the FCPA.
By Michael Vernick, Agnes Dover
On June 30, 2011 the final FAR contract closeout rule will go into effect.
By Craig Hoover, Christopher Handman, Barbara Roth
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday held that a nationwide sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart could not proceed as a class action.
By John Lilyestrom, Mustafa Ostrander, Evan Winerman, Michael Yuffee
On 16 June 2011 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comments on two separate, but related issues: (1) whether the Commission should revise or replace its existing restrictions on third-party provision of ancillary services in order to facilitate the development of robust competitive markets for the provision of ancillary services from all resource types; and (2) whether changes in the Commission's accounting and reporting require
By Shelly McGee
On June 22, 2011, a new law will go into effect in Washington state that makes it an act of unfair competition for product manufacturers to use "stolen or misappropriated IT" in their business operations.
By Mary Anne Sullivan, Amy Roma, Daniel Stenger
Earlier this month, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a public meeting to discuss a proposed weapons rulemaking to implement Section 161A, "Use of Firearms by Security Personnel," of the Atomic Energy Act (AEA). Section 161A was added to the AEA through the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
By Susan Court, Eric Lashner, Mary Anne Mason, Christopher Schindler, Michael Yuffee
On Tuesday 14 June 2011 the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted unanimously to issue a Proposed Order providing temporary exemptive relief with respect to Dodd-Frank requirements that may apply to certain "agreements, contracts, and transactions." See Proposed Order at 6.
By Susan Court, Eric Lashner, Mustafa Ostrander, Michael Yuffee
On 16 June the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ordered a civil penalty of US$50,000 against Mr. Moussa Kourouma after finding that he misrepresented facts concerning his new power trading venture called Quntum Energy LLC (Quntum). See Moussa I. Kourouma d/b/a Quntum Energy LLC, 135 FERC ¶ 61,245 (2011).
By Celine Jimenez Crowson, Joseph Raffetto
On June 9, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a defendant accused of patent infringement must prove invalidity by clear and convincing evidence, rejecting the argument that a lower standard of proof.
By Stuart Langbein, Melissa Bianchi, Sheree Kanner, Beth Roberts
On May 26, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules (the Plan) as required by Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review." In order to identify potentially inefficient and ineffective regulations, the Executive Order requires federal agencies to submit a preliminary plan describing how each agency will perform retrospective reviews of the significant regulations it administers.
By Thomas Bulleit, Danielle Drissel, Stephen Immelt, Sara Kraner, Michael Levinson, Ronald Wisor, Jr.
Yesterday, five U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) requesting that the OIG investigate the legality of physician-owned implant distributors (PODs), entities that allow physicians to profit from the sale of surgical implants used on their patients.
By Stanley Brown, Elizabeth Borkin
On Wednesday, 25 May 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted its final rules implementing the Whistleblower Program under Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act.
By Peter Romeo, Alan Dye, Paul Hilton, Richard Parrino, Daniel Shea
On May 25, the SEC issued a new Regulation 21F under the Exchange Act to implement the whistleblower directive under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank).
By David Burgett, J. Trevor Cloak, Celine Jimenez Crowson
Today the Supreme Court ruled that the Bayh-Dole Act, 35 U.S.C. §§ 200-212, does not automatically vest a university with title to a faculty invention made in the course of federally-funded research. Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., Case No. 09-1159 (June 6, 2011).
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