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Legal Alert: Ten Items to Consider as FINRA’s Consolidated Supervision Rules Take Effect (November 24, 2014)
On December 1, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Consolidated Supervision Rules will take effect. The Consolidated Supervision Rules, which were approved by the U.S. ...
Legal Alert: NAIC 2014 Fall National Meeting and Congressional Hearing on Global Standards in Insurance Regulation (November 24, 2014)
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Fall National Meeting in Washington, D.C. from November 14th through November 19th. As with prior meetings, competition among ...
Legal Alert: FERC Issues Proposed Policy Statement on Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities (November 21, 2014)
On November 20, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued a Proposed Policy Statement on cost recovery mechanisms, such as trackers or surcharges, that pipelines may use to recoup ...
Legal Alert: The Ninth Circuit Raises Pleading Standards for FLSA Plaintiffs (November 20, 2014)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit makes pleading Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations more difficult by applying the heightened standard in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 ...
Legal Alert: Another Software Patent is Ruled Patent-Ineligible - Are Business Method and Software Patents at Risk? (November 19, 2014)
On November 14, 2014, in a much-anticipated decision following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in ...
Legal Alert: Has New York City Added a Fourth Element for Determining a Combined Group? (November 14, 2014)
A New York Tax Appeals Tribunal Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) recently determined that a federal savings and loan association was not required to include a subsidiary, which was formed as a ...
Legal Alert: European Union Trademark Office Announces New “Fast Track” Procedure (November 14, 2014)
Since 1994, the European Union’s trademark office – the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) – has provided trademark owners a centralized and cost-effective registration system for ...
Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Arguments Involving Federal Health Insurance Exchange Subsidies (November 11, 2014)
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s decision in King v. Burwell. In that case, the Fourth Circuit held that tax credits ...
Legal Alert: Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices (November 6, 2014)
The end of October 2014 saw two significant developments for Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules governing facsimile transmissions, fax opt-out notices and liability for faxes sent by ...
Legal Alert: TCPA Risks Increase for the Financial Services Industry (November 4, 2014)
Companies in the financial services industry are being targeted in lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Record-setting class action settlements like the recent $75 ...
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