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On 10 September 2014, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.
Aurora Energy decision deems discharges prohibited, leaves open question of permit shield applicability
On 3 September 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in Alaska Community Action on Toxics v Aurora Energy Services LLC.
Scaling back considerably from the October 2012 term, the US Supreme Court issued only a few rulings affecting environmental law during the October 2013 term.
Pre-filing and post-filing licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in various US territories
TV, Class A TV and LPTV stations licensed to communities in various US territories must begin airing pre-filing licence renewal announcements on 1 October.
Biennial ownership reports are due by 1 October 2014 for non-commercial radio and TV stations in various US territories
The deadlines for non-commercial radio and television stations to file biennial ownership reports remain in effect and are tied to each station’s respective licence renewal filing deadline.
This Broadcast Station Advisory highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO Rule.
The English High Court has analysed the arguments for and against non-English forum selection and choice-of-law terms in commercial contracts involving English parties.
The European data protection authorities will be conducting a ‘cookie sweep’. Businesses should be checking their websites and cookie notices now to ensure they are compliant and fix any issues.
New threat to ‘bring your own device’ policies: employer required to reimburse personal cell phone expenses
California employers must reimburse employees who are required to use personal mobile phones for work calls for a reasonable percentage of their phone bills.
On 13 August 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new guidance on ownership/control for determining blocked parties.
Mexico’s new energy legislation will completely restructure the Mexican energy sector, including both hydrocarbons and electricity.
The Supreme Court has held that plaintiff stockholders, who make a showing of good cause, can inspect documents concerning a corporation’s internal investigation.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — missing public inspection file and staff result in increased fine; and more
Pillsbury has released the August 2014 issue of its FCC Enforcement Monitor.
Letter from Europe: cheeky monkey — Wikipedia claims copyright comes down to the press of a button download
Paul Harris shares his thoughts and observations on the commercial world, and intellectual property in particular. Here he focuses on the recent ‘monkey selfie’.
Whoever said ‘a verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on’ did not have this quite right and recent case law confirms they actually had it quite wrong.
US: corrective action catch 22 — Court of Federal Claims holds agency action must be rational even if GAO protest decision was not
The decision in RUSH reflects the unusual circumstance in which the court effectively sat in appellate review of an earlier bid protest decision by the GAO.
Delaware Supreme Court permits stockholders to overcome corporation’s attorney-client privilege for ‘good cause’
Plaintiff stockholders can inspect documents concerning a corporation’s internal investigation even if those documents are otherwise covered by the attorney-client privilege.
This briefing outlines the general procedure for repatriating funds from a subsidiary in China.
There is a growing national movement to ‘Ban the Box’ — i.e. to prohibit questions about a job applicant’s criminal history on employment applications.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has made it hard for patent owners to amend their claims. Pillsbury’s Patrick Doody outlines the problems this causes and how to fix them.