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HTMLFederal Defend Trade Secrets Act Clears the Senate: Is the Uniform Act on Life Support?
Ann G. Fort, Matt Gatewood, Peter G. Pappas, William L. Warren, Gail L. Westover; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 12, 2016, previously published on April 11, 2016
The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bill increasing the protections available to companies for their commercial secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA or the Act) provides for the first time a truly uniform, nationwide set of standards protecting trade secrets, plus a private...

 

HTMLA Retreat from "Fairyland": The Sixth Circuit Reduces Damage Award in Circle C Litigation
Stephen J. Kelleher; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 5, 2016, previously published on March 1, 2016
A recent False Claims Act decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals appears to have drastically reduced the damages recoverable by the federal government for an alleged violation of the Davis Bacon Act. In the well known Circle C Construction case, the court ruled that False Claims Act damages...

 

HTMLMcCain Blasts Colleagues Over Pork
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 11, 2016
On the Senate floor this week, tension over the appropriations process exploded when Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) denounced what he called a "corrupt process."

 

HTMLHouse Budget Committee Passes Budget Blueprint
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 18, 2016
This week, the House Budget Committee, by a vote of 20 to 16, passed a spending blueprint for Fiscal Year 2017. The budget drama, however, is far from over.

 

HTMLCalifornia Limits "Ride-Along" Lobbying Exception to Employees who are Subject Matter Experts
Bryson B. Morgan, Trevor Potter, Matthew T. Sanderson; Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 24, 2016
On March 17, 2016, the California Fair Political Practices Commission ("FPPC") amended its regulations to narrow the so-called "ride-along" exception. The exception is now available only to in-house employees who act as "subject matter experts" in communicating with...

 

HTMLGOP Governor Takes Himself Out Of Running For SCOTUS
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on February 26, 2016
According to multiple reports, President Barack Obama was considering nominating Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R-NV) to take recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Sandoval is a centrist Republican and a former federal judge who is...

 

HTMLShort-term Extension on FAA Likely
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on February 26, 2016
The future of legislation introduced by House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) to overhaul the Federal Aviation Administration is in jeopardy, according to several reports.

 

HTMLObama Taps SCOTUS Nominee
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 18, 2016
On Wednesday, President Obama ended weeks of speculation by naming federal appeals judge Merrick Garland as his pick to succeed recently deceased Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

HTMLSenate Moves Opioid Bill
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 11, 2016
This week, the Senate passed an anti-opioid measure, known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, by a vote of 94 to 1. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) was the lone vote against the measure.

 

HTMLSenate Agrees To Flint Amendment
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on February 26, 2016
On Tuesday, Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) unveiled an amendment to provide $250 million on water infrastructure and other public health problems to address the crisis in Flint, Michigan. This agreement could finally clear a path for the Senate’s energy bill that has...

 


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