• 04.28.17

    American Society for Testing Materials v. Public.Resource.org, Inc.

    The case is the latest in a line to grapple with the issue of whether an industry code or standard established by a private organization that is then incorporated into public law by a government can be copyrightable. The lead plaintiff here develops private sector standards, while the defendant ...

  • 04.26.17

    Can Private Property Be Protected Against the Sea?

    "Nature can be unforgiving. It is not unusual for wave surge to wipe out a hundred feet or more of beach that homeowners believed provided them a reasonable buffer. See, e.g., Whaler's Village Club v. California Coastal Commission, 173 Cal. App. 3d 240 (1985). The same is true of wave ...

  • 04.20.17

    Nine Practices of Successful Public/Private Partnerships

    Public/private partnerships—collaborations between the public and private sectors—are increasingly important vehicles to facilitate high-quality development and redevelopment and creation of public facilities and infrastructure.Though PPPs are not new, they are being used more widely in ...

  • 04.20.17

    Do Landlords Have the Right to Remove Residential Property From the Rental Market?

    Multifamily housing is often treated as if it were a quasi-public resource, for example by rent control laws. The degree to which apartments should or shouldn’t be so treated was recently addressed by a California court in Coyne v. City and County of San Francisco, which considered the limits ...

  • 04.13.17

    Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Interchange Settlement Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's ruling overturning a $7.25 billion settlement agreement in a case brought by retailers against the card networks and banks, ending any question as to whether that agreement would survive court ...

  • 04.13.17

    Court Tosses CFPB Suit Against Payment Processor

    A payment processor scored a victory against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) when a North Dakota federal court dismissed the Bureau's lawsuit for failing to plead facts sufficient to support the conclusion that the processor engaged in unfair practices resulting in harm to ...

  • 04.10.17

    No Opt-Out? No Problem: D.C. Circuit Overturns the FCC's Solicited Fax Rule

    In a major decision that will surely impact the healthcare industry, a split panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit invalidated the Federal Communication Commission's Solicited Fax Rule in Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley et al. v. FCC, 14-1234 (D.C. Cir. Mar. 31, ...

  • 04.06.17

    FTC Commissioners Testify on Combatting Fraud

    Acting Federal Trade Commission Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen and Commissioner Terrell McSweeny testified recently about the agency's efforts to combat fraud.Speaking before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and ...

  • 04.05.17

    New Ad-Friendly FCC Trumps Old, Rule By Rule

    In a major victory for marketers everywhere, a split panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit invalidated the FCC’s Solicited Fax Rule. The FCC created the Solicited Fax Rule in a 2006 order, requiring that fax advertisements sent with a recipient’s prior ...

  • 04.05.17

    Schumer's Task Is Democratic Unity

    Chuck Schumer was dealt a weak hand by the 2016 elections. He is the Senate minority leader, not the majority leader, as most thought might happen last fall. And now, he faces several obstacles in a high-stakes game of political pinochle.After Donald Trump's inauguration, Democrats were ...



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