Document(s) published by this organization: 17
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|Hydraulic Fracturing Ban in
Daniel Garcia, Michael J. Hammond; Leech Tishman;
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 21, 2014Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced last week that his administration is implementing a regulation permanently banning hydraulic fracturing throughout the state due to health concerns. This action effectively ends a temporary moratorium on the practice that has been in place since 2008. New...
|U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Issues New Guidelines on Patent Eligibility; Does Not Address Diagnostic Claims|
Laura M. Lloyd; Leech Tishman;
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 17, 2014New U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”) guidelines regarding the evaluation of subject matter patent-eligibility were released on December 15, 2014. Unfortunately, the guidelines do not directly address the patent-eligibility of claims involving diagnostic tests.
|New Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of Employees Working on Federal Contracts|
Ashley R. Hileman, Steven D. Irwin; Leech Tishman;
January 8, 2015, previously published on December 8, 2014It is anticipated that on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (“OFCCP”) within the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will publish final regulations to govern the prohibition against federal contractors discriminating on the basis of sexual...
|Changes in Products Liability Law: The PA Supreme Court Overturns 35 Years of Products Liability Law: The New Products Liability Cause of Action is a “Judicially Created Hybrid: ‘A Wart’”|
Christopher S. Channel; Leech Tishman;
January 8, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014On November 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision that alters the strict products liability landscape in Pennsylvania. In Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., Chief Justice Castille authored an 137-page opinion in which Justices Bear, Todd and Stevens joined, while Justice...
|Five Tangible Benefits of Responding Promptly and Decisively to Reports of Misconduct|
Laurel Brandstetter; Leech Tishman;
January 8, 2015, previously published on October 22, 2014Never before have company executives, public officials and other highly visible individuals and organizations had to endure the fish bowl we live in today. Thanks to social media and 24-hour-aday news coverage, reports of criminal activity and wrongdoing have the capacity to be broadcast quicker...
|New Web-Based Phone Scam Could Cost Small Businesses Six-Figure Damages|
Laurel Brandstetter; Leech Tishman;
January 8, 2015, previously published on October 21, 2014Corporations and individuals have been victimized by phone scams for a numbers of years, but now that most corporate phone lines are run over the Internet, web-based phone fraud has hit the prime-time. While major phone carriers have sophisticated fraud systems in place to catch hackers before they...
|Another Blueprint for Enforcement: OSHA Announces Final Rule Amending Recordkeeping Standard|
Daniel R. Flynn; Leech Tishman;
September 29, 2014, previously published on September 11, 2014On September 11, 2014, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced a Final Rule that will significantly amend the recordkeeping standard. The Final Rule will go into effect on January 1, 2015*. The amendment will provide OSHA with two additional paths to...
|IRS Issues New Guidance Regarding Beginning of Construction Requirement for Production Tax Credit (PTC) / Investment Tax Credit (ITC)|
Gregory J. Blasi; Leech Tishman;
August 28, 2014, previously published on August 14, 2014The IRS recently issued new guidance (IRS Notice 2014-46) with respect to the ability to claim the PTC/ITC for qualified projects which began construction before January 1, 2014. The current guidance builds on the previous two notices but does add some additional items which should make it easier...
|Offshore Bank Accounts Must Be Reported By June 30, 2014|
William A. Buck, Carly R. Schimizzi; Leech Tishman;
July 14, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014U.S. Taxpayers are required to disclose ownership of or signature authority over any offshore bank account that had a balance of $10,000 or more at any point during calendar year 2013. This requirement also applies to multiple offshore accounts which have a maximum aggregate balance of more than...
|New DFARS Rule: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts|
William F. Bresee; Leech Tishman;
May 15, 2014, previously published on May 7, 2014On May 6, 2014, the Department of Defense / Defense Acquisition Regulations System released a new final Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”) rule on the detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronics parts (case 2012-DO55). The new rule addresses Defense...