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Transit Reform Inches Forward In Ga. General Assembly
Speaker David Ralston is backing a Republican transit reform package that would reshape transportation services throughout metropolitan Atlanta, signaling the much-anticipated measure should at least get a vote in the House.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus Issue 6/2018
In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal U.S., European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and corporates.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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FERC Votes To Encourage Electric Storage
On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted to require all Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs) to revise its tariffs to establish a participation model for electric storage resources that consist of market rules that properly recognize the physical and operational characteristics of electric storage resources.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Tax Reform's Impact On 401(k) Plan Loan Offset Treatment
Everyone is trying to comprehend just how the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act), enacted on Dec. 22, 2017, will impact them.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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FERC Amends Regulations To Remedy Barriers To Energy Storage Participation In Wholesale Electricity Markets; Saves Distributed Energy Reform For A Later Date
At its February 15, 2018, Open Meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the "Commission") issued Order No. 841 (the "Final Rule") to remove barriers to the participation of energy storage resources in the capacity, energy, and ancillary services markets operated by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTOs/ISOs).
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Only Persons Who Report Security Violations To The SEC Are Whistleblowers Under Dodd-Frank: Supreme Court Decides Digital Realty Trust Case
The Supreme Court in Digital Realty Trust narrowed the definition of a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Act only to those persons who have provided information of a securities laws violation to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), resolving a split between the Fifth and Ninth Circuits. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, ___ U.S. ___, No. 16-1276 (Feb. 21, 2018).
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Attempt To Add An Arbitration Clause To A Customer Agreement During Litigation Is Ineffective
The Eleventh Circuit considered whether a bank could invoke an arbitration clause to block litigation when the bank had added the arbitration clause to its customer agreement by amendment while the litigation was in progress.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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The United States FDA Recommends Labeling Changes For Cough And Cold Drugs Containing Opioids To Protect Children
On January 11, 2018, the US-FDA announced that it is requiring safety labeling changes to limit the use of prescription opioid cough and cold medicines containing codeine or hydrocodone in children younger than 18 years of age ...
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Supreme Court Unanimously Confirms Scope Of Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd-Frank
The United States Supreme Court ruled 9-0 today that whistleblowing employees seeking to sue for retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and CPA must bring their concerns to the SEC before suing their employer.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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USFDA Draft Guidance For Strengthening Public Warning And Notification Of Product Recalls
The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) on January 18, 2018, released a draft guidance "Public Warning and Notification of Recalls Under 21 CFR Part 7, Subpart C" explaining new policy steps for ...
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Immigration Issues On Capitol Hill – Will Anything Get Done?
It appears that the Republican controlled Congress and the Trump Administration cannot get anything done on the contentious issues of immigration
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Federal Circuit Requires More Evidence Before Invalidating As Ineligible
In Berkheimer v. HP Inc., the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part a district court's grant of summary judgment of patent ineligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 1011.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Nothing Goofy About This Ruling: Judge Issues Common Sense Decision Granting Disney Summary Judgment On FCRA Class Claim
In Culberson v. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the Culbersons brought a class action lawsuit against Disney under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA").
United States
23 Feb 2018
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The Economic Payoff Of A Student Loan Payoff
For all the talk about Dreamers in the national immigration debate, a recent research paper positing the positive effect of erasing the nation's $1.3 trillion student debt burden has given the term new meaning.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Delaware District Court Finds No Work-Product Privilege (And No Common Legal Interest Protection) For Patent Owner's Pre-Suit Documents And Communications Shared With Litigation Financing Company Before Written Agreement Between The Two Parties
Recently, the District of Delaware held that a there was no work-product protection, and no common legal interest protection covering communications and documents shared between a patent owner and a third-party...
United States
23 Feb 2018
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New Template Makes It Easier For Employers To Provide Notice Under California's Immigrant Worker Protection Act
Executive Summary: In a development welcomed by employers state-wide, the California Labor Commissioners Office released a template notice form for California's recently enacted Immigrant Worker Protection Act well in advance of the July 1, 2018, deadline imposed by the law.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Delaware District Court Finds No Work-Product Or Common Legal Interest Protection For Certain Pre-Suit And Pre-Agreement Documents And Communications Between Patent Owner And Litigation Financing Company
Recently, the District of Delaware held that a there was no work-product protection, and no common legal interest protection covering communications and documents shared between a patent owner and a third-party litigation financier...
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Dallas Mavericks Hostile Work Environment May Have Major Consequences
In a recent article, Sports Illustrated uncovered a culture of sexual harassment that has plagued the Dallas Mavericks franchise going back to the 1990s.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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The Fourth Circuit Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause And Class Action Waiver In Employment Contracts
As we have previously written, several Supreme Court decisions have upheld, in various contexts, arbitration agreements that waive the right to assert claims on a class basis.
United States
23 Feb 2018
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Supreme Court Overrules Sixth Circuit (Again) In Class Action Dispute Over Retiree Medical Benefits
This issue should never have arisen, the Supreme Court should not have had to address it in 2015, and it shouldn't have required Supreme Court attention a second time ...
United States
23 Feb 2018
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