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Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules That Juries Should Decide Trademark Tacking (January 23, 2015)
In its first substantive trademark ruling in more than a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held on January 21, in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank et al., No. 13-1211, that tacking – which ...
Legal Alert: Supreme Court Holds Dismissal of Individual Case in MDL Proceedings Is Immediately Appealable (January 21, 2015)
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held today in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp., No. 13-1174, that an order disposing of an individual case previously consolidated with other cases for ...
Legal Alert: De Novo Review of Claim Construction No Longer the De Facto Standard (January 21, 2015)
On January 20, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, rejected the de novo review standard applied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit when reviewing ...
Legal Alert: Ringing in the New Year: TCPA Hot Issues for 2015 (January 16, 2015)
The year 2014 saw a surge in class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Record-setting class action settlements captured the headlines. The Federal Communications ...
Legal Alert: New Jersey Creates More Difficult Independent Contractor Test for State Wage Law Purposes (January 16, 2015)
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of New Jersey articulated the test to be used in determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee for purposes of the state’s Wage Payment Law and ...
Legal Alert: CFTC Grants No-Action Relief to Commodity Pool Operators with Respect to Certain Insurance-Linked Securitization Vehicles (January 16, 2015)
Toward the end of 2014, the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued two letters affecting insurance-linked ...
Legal Alert: 2014 in Review: ERISA Individual Prohibited Transaction Exemptions and Advisory Opinions (January 8, 2015)
In 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) maintained a diminished program of advance guidance under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), in response to requests ...
Legal Alert: Ring in the New Year with New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Requirements for 2015 (January 7, 2015)
On December 30, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services published a joint notice of proposed rulemaking modifying the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) final ...
Legal Alert: DOL and Treasury Update 2014-2015 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits (January 6, 2015)
The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. The updated plans are reflected in the attached chart. On ...
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