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Antitrust Law Daily
  • January 17, 2017

    Qualcomm Inc. unlawfully maintained its monopoly in a type of semiconductor device that enables cellular communications in cell phones and other products by, among other things, consistently refusing to license standard-essential patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or "FRAND," terms to competing suppliers of these baseband processors, according to a  complaint  filed today by the FTC in the federal district...

  • January 13, 2017

    FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez today announced her resignation from the Commission effective February 10, 2017. Ramirez became Chairwoman on March 4, 2013, and has served as an FTC Commissioner since April 5, 2010, following her appointment by President Barack Obama. "It has been the honor of a lifetime to lead the Federal Trade Commission and to have played a role...

Banking & Finance Law Daily
  • January 17, 2017

    A law firm that was attempting to collect a homeowner association assessment on behalf of the HOA was attempting to collect a debt, not just enforce a security interest, and thus was required to comply with all of the requirements of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has decided. Statements included...

  • January 13, 2017

    The Supreme Court has granted a request that it decide whether a consumer finance company that was collecting bad debts it bought from the original lender was a debt collector that was subject to the requirements of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, whether the company was a debt...

Employment Law Daily
  • January 20, 2017

    By Kathleen Kapusta, J.D. A diabetic call center employee terminated for hanging up on customers while allegedly suffering from low blood sugar failed to show the decisionmaker’s belief she intentionally dropped the calls was the product of discriminatory intent or that the company did not conduct a fair investigation into her conduct. Accordingly, the Tenth Circuit [...]

  • January 20, 2017

    By Harold S. Berman J.D. Even after litigating through trial and an unfavorable verdict, the New Jersey State police could exercise sovereign immunity from a policeman’s ADA claim, ruled the New Jersey Supreme Court. However, the court reinstated the employee’s parallel failure-to-accommodate claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), which was supported by the [...]

Health Law Daily
  • January 17, 2017

    HHS is implementing rules that will expand the pool of available Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) adjudicators and improve the efficiency of the appeals process by streamlining the processes so less time is spent by adjudicators and parties on repetitive issues and procedural matters. The rules are designed to reduce a backlog of appeals and will be achieved...

  • January 13, 2017

    The repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) will take place at the same time, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis). Ryan’s  announcement  was made the day after President-elect Trump  announced  the repeal and replacement of the ACA would be done "essentially simultaneously." Lawmakers have already begun paving the way for repeal...

Health Reform
  • January 19, 2017

    The risk corridor program, as one of three premium stabilization programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P. L. 111-148), was intended to reimburse insurers that covered high-risk individuals on an annual basis during the three-year period beginning January 1, 2014, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled. Congress created the temporary risk corridors program to provide...

  • January 18, 2017

    The costs of uncompensated care will increase by over $1 trillion in the next ten years if measures to partially repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) are successful. Lawmakers’ plans to utilize the budget reconciliation process to eliminate the  ACA’s  Medicaid expansion, individual and employer mandates, and marketplace premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions will...

IP Law Daily
  • January 17, 2017

    A federal district court erred in granting summary judgment of non-infringement for two Wi-LAN wireless patents and summary judgment of invalidity for one Wi-LAN wireless patent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled. Because genuine disputes of material fact remained, both rulings were vacated and the case was remanded for further proceedings. Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley...

  • January 13, 2017

    The federal district court in Detroit properly determined that the phrase "Welcome to the D" on banners and signs hung in and around the city of Detroit in 2012 to promote the World Series and in 2015 to advertise the Volleyball Open National Championships did not infringe musician Mark Kassa’s registered "Welcome to the D" marks, the U.S. Court of...

Products Liability Law Daily
  • January 17, 2017

    A report on the actions taken over the past year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and 18 automobile manufacturers pursuant to a set of proactive safety principles adopted in January 2016, has been released by NHTSA. The report, entitled  Proactive Safety Principles: A Year in Review  highlights some of the progress stimulated by...

  • January 13, 2017

    A new mandatory standard intended to improve the safety of infant sling carriers and prevent deaths and injuries to young children has been adopted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The new federal safety standard, approved by a 3-2 vote on January 11, 2017, incorporates the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F2907-15),  Standard Consumer Safety...

Securities Regulation Daily
  • January 17, 2017

    The Department of Justice, 21 states, and the District of Columbia, reached a nearly $864 million settlement agreement with Moody’s Investors Service Inc., Moody’s Analytics Inc., and their parent, Moody’s Corporation (collectively, Moody’s). The settlement resolved allegations arising from Moody’s role in providing credit ratings for residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDO), contributing to the worst financial...

  • January 13, 2017

    The SEC censured and penalized Citadel Securities LLC over misleading statements the firm’s wholesale market making unit allegedly made to retail broker-dealers regarding the execution of retail equity trades sent to the unit under payment for order flow arrangements. Citadel agreed to pay $22.6 million without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings ( In the Matter of Citadel Securities LLC...

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