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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on Issue of PTAB’s Ability to Pick and Choose Challenged Claims for Review in an IPR Proceeding
Published: May 24, 2017
A party deciding whether to file a petition for inter partes review ("IPR") of a patent under the America Invents Act ("AIA") faces a major uncertainty: Is it worthwhile to file a petition if the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (" ...

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EPA Reviewing Obama-Era Power Plant Effluent Rule; Environmental Groups Sue
Published: May 24, 2017
The U.S. EPA has agreed to a request that it reconsider a rule that set federal limits on the levels of toxic metals that can be discharged from power plants. The Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards rule, which was finalized ...

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EPA Has Much to Reconsider on Power Plant Emissions
Published: May 24, 2017
Pursuant to President Trump’s March 28 “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” the EPA has sought to delay and review the implementation of Obama-era environmental regulations at a feverish pace. The executive order (a summary of which ...

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Supreme Court Limits Venue for Patent Suits in TC Heartland v. Kraft
Published: May 23, 2017
The workload for the “rocket docket” (Eastern District of Texas) may be getting lighter. On Monday, May 22, the U.S. Supreme Court, in an 8-0 holding, tightened the venues where patent suits can be filed. (Newly appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch ...

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Sixth Circuit Holds “Cat’s Paw” Theory Applies to FMLA Retaliation Claims
Published: May 19, 2017
On April 20, the 6th Circuit held that the “cat’s paw” theory of liability applies to FMLA retaliation claims. In Marshall v. Rawlings, an employee was fired after using FMLA leave for mental health issues. The employee alleged that two ...

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Ransomware Tips and Resources for Healthcare Organizations
Published: May 19, 2017
A recent global ransomware attack has impacted nearly 150 countries. The healthcare industry was not immune to this attack, as at least 16 hospitals in England were affected. The attack locked doctors out of patient files, potentially endangering lives. In ...

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Q&As About a Ransomware Attack
Published: May 15, 2017
By now, many of you are aware of the malware virus that is spreading rapidly around the world. Taft's Technology group has prepared the following short summary of questions and answers about this ransomware attack, which in effect locks out ...

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Federal Circuit Clarifies Scope of the AIA’s "On-Sale Bar" Rule
Published: May 3, 2017
On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a decision from the District of New Jersey and held that 35 U.S.C. § 102(a) of the America Invents Act ("AIA"), otherwise known as the "on-sale bar," ...

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Recent CBCA Decision Reinforces That Contractors Must Be Vigilant in Fighting Negative CPARS Evaluations
Published: May 2, 2017
On March 1, 2017, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“CBCA”) confirmed that it lacks jurisdiction to grant injunctive relief in the case of a negative Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (“CPARS”) evaluation. Compucraft, Inc. v. Gen. Services Admin., CBCA ...

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Marijuana Legalization: Effects on Employers
Published: May 2, 2017
Federal and state laws conflict concerning marijuana usage. Marijuana is illegal for all purposes under federal law; however, many states have passed laws that would purport to allow recreational and medicinal use. Employers across the United States are asking how ...

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