While most Americans feast on turkey and stuffing this week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will dig in to motions and briefing regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 (the ETS).
On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published its final rule for new procedures allowing third parties to challenge unused trademark registrations. The rule enacts changes in trademark law embodied in the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) that went into force in December, 2020.
On November 17, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final rules requiring parties in a contested election of directors to use “universal proxy cards” that include all duly-nominated director candidates presented for election at a shareholder meeting, whether nominated by the company or a dissident shareholder.
On August 27, 2021, the “Illinois Consumer Coverage Disclosure Act” (SB 1905) (“CCDA”), was signed into law. The CCDA went into effect immediately, and applies to all employers who offer insurance under an employer sponsored health plan to employees who work in Illinois.
On October 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its Final Rule that limits the amount of time tipped employees can spend in non-tipped activities during periods that an employer utilizes the tip credit.
On November 4, 2021, CMS issued the highly anticipated Informal Rule with Comment Period requiring employees of Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care facilities to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
This week, over a thousand attendees are expected at the annual meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Today in a pre-meeting briefing, senior U.S. Patent and Trademark (USPTO) officials gave updates on key areas of ongoing activity by the Office.
On October 25, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation revoking the country-based travel bans that prevented most nonimmigrant visa holders who were physically present in specified countries from entering the U.S.
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued notices to over 700 companies warning against fake reviews, misleading endorsements, and other business advertising practices that run counter to past administrative case decisions.
In a precedential decision, three Federal Circuit Judges O'Malley, Stoll, and Reyna agreed that U.S. Patent No. 9,246,903 claims patent eligible subject matter, but there was disagreement on how to arrive at that decision.
In September, President Biden issued an Executive Order requiring that all employees (with limited exceptions) working on or in connection with covered federal government contracts be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Safer Worker Federal Workforce Task Force then issued its COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors implementing the Executive Order and mandating that employees be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021.
In July of this year, Ohio governor Mike DeWine singed Senate Bill 52 (SB 52) into law, which for the first time gives a local board of county commissioners the authority to block the development of large-scale wind and solar facilities in its jurisdiction.
Chapter 313 of the Texas Tax Code is a decades-old law designed to lure companies to Texas with the promise of property tax breaks. The law is set to expire at the end of 2022, and the Texas Legislature is faced with a choice: it could either renew the law or allow the law to lapse, permitting any existing Chapter 313 agreements to expire over time.