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The following is a summary of the precedential patent-related opinions issued by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for the week ending August 8, 2014.
August 8, 2014
Publications
The latest Q&A from our Government Contracts and Labor & Employment Groups details the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order’s new disclosure requirements, consequences of failing to report and specific guidance for subcontractors.
August 8, 2014
Advisories
The Alston & Bird Financial Services & Products Group reviews FinCEN’s recent proposal to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence obligations for financial institutions under the Bank Secrecy Act.
August 8, 2014
Advisories

In this era of increased cybersecurity scrutiny and litigation, it is imperative that directors educate themselves on the risks the company may face related to cybersecurity, as well as those risks that any director may face individually. Board members must also involve themselves in the company’s cybersecurity strategy and disclosures before and after a data breach.

This advisory will discuss the developing cyber risk landscape, the increased regulator interest in cybersecurity and related disclosures, particularly from the SEC, the impact on potential director liability for alleged cybersecurity deficiencies, and will conclude with practical advice for directors and their boards to help navigate the cybersecurity landscape.

August 6, 2014
Advisories
Alston & Bird’s Labor & Employment Group reviews the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to pursue cases against McDonald’s USA as a joint employer and how the decision threatens to overturn decades of precedent.
August 5, 2014
Advisories
"Transferring Business Opportunities," 144 Tax Notes 611, August 4, 2014.
August 4, 2014
Publications
Alston & Bird’s Environmental and Land Use Group reviews California’s new Industrial Storm Water Permit and how facilities should prepare for compliance before the July 2015 deadline.
August 4, 2014
Advisories
During the current term, the Supreme Court of the United States decided very few taxes cases. Two of those—United States v. Clarke and Ford Motor Co. v. United States—seem quite limited in scope, until you delve under the surface.
August 1, 2014
Advisories
A trifecta of recent U.S. Supreme Court opinions has decisively transformed Rule 23 class certification from a pleading proceeding to a proof proceeding. The class certification hearing, post-trilogy, will essentially become a bench trial. To oppose plaintiff’s motion for class certification, persuasive legal argument alone may no longer be sufficient. Companies must develop a robust and comprehensive evidentiary record that is both admissible and persuasive. Is your company ready to defeat class certification in the post-trilogy world?

August 1, 2014
Publications
The following is a summary of the precedential patent-related opinions issued by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for the week ending August 1, 2014.
August 1, 2014
Publications
Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group reviews the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversing a district court and requiring a stay pending a Patent Office Review of a Covered Business Method.
August 1, 2014
Advisories
The following is the A&B Healthcare Week In Review for the week ending August 1, 2014.
August 1, 2014
Publications
"Evan Woolley and Bryce Woolley, Twin Tweaks: Oedipus RHex," SERVO Magazine, August 2014.
August 2014
Publications
Recalls and class actions go hand in hand. Often the filing of a class action follows an announced recall by a matter of days. The paradox here is apparent: the very purpose of a recall is to remedy a potential problem with the vehicle or product and yet the offer of a remedy may form the basis of a class action. To the extent the harm alleged in the lawsuit is remedied by the recall itself, shouldn’t the recall moot those claims?
August 1, 2014
Publications
Within just a few hours of each other on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, two federal circuit courts of appeals made headline news with conflicting decisions on a core provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell. This advisory discusses the rationale of each decision, the next steps in the procedural process, the policy and political reactions, and the practical implications in the event the Halbig decision is not overturned, including issues relating to employer penalties, exchanges, and related provisions.
July 31, 2014
Advisories
In an important decision with the potential to have long-lasting effects on Georgia property tax law, the Alston & Bird State & Local Tax (SALT) Team recently secured summary judgment for the Piedmont Park Conservancy (“the Conservancy”) in Fulton County Superior Court on the Conservancy’s claim that its charitable property is entitled to a “proportional” exemption from ad valorem tax.
July 30, 2014
Advisories
This week, the Eleventh Circuit is scheduled to hear appeals in two cases centered on whether a Rule 68 offer of judgment can completely moot a class action.
July 28, 2014
Publications
The following is the A&B Healthcare Week In Review for the week ending July 25, 2014.
July 25, 2014
Publications