Credit Suisse AG has reached a $536 million settlement with U.S authorities, putting to rest allegations that the Swiss banking firm helped clients from countries currently subject to U.S. economic sanctions, including Iran, access the U.S. banking system.
A federal appeals court has nixed a construction industry trade group’s attempt to revise emissions regulations under the Clean Air Act, ruling that the challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rulemaking is time-barred.
Duke Energy Kentucky Inc. has agreed to shave about $4.5 million from a requested increase in natural gas delivery charges under a tentative settlement with the Kentucky attorney general’s office, reducing the total amount to be raised through its price increase by about 25 percent.
The European Union's highest court has rejected a German law that sought to exclude so-called new markets from telecommunications regulations, a move that the European Commission had described as an attempt to grant Deutsche Telekom a "regulatory holiday" despite its dominance in the country's broadband market.
A federal judge on Monday signaled his intent to approve an agreement between environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would require the government to set more precise limits for waste pollution that observers say causes harmful algae blooms in Florida's waters.
Bringing an end to the drawn-out case over the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s now-rescinded set of rules for patent applicants, a federal appeals court has dismissed the agency’s appeal, but it refused to vacate a lower court’s ruling that barred the USPTO from imposing the divisive rules package.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced Friday that it had struck a $4 million deal with EMF Financial Products LLC to settle charges that the New York-based hedge fund made false statements to market regulators about certain positions and financing.
As part of a settlement with the Sierra Club and two Louisiana advocacy groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed Thursday to set standards to regulate emissions of harmful chemicals released during the production of polyvinyl chloride.
A California appeals court has struck down a rule by a state air quality agency that allowed for the paving of dirt roads to offset other forms of air pollution, saying the agency did not conduct the necessary environmental review before approving the new rule.
A federal judge on Thursday voided the Federal Trade Commission's enforcement interpretation of the controversial Red Flags Rule in the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, which the American Bar Association claimed would have jeopardized lawyers' time-honored methods of billing clients.
A federal appeals court has held that a case brought by a Puerto Rican dentist group against Connecticut General Life Insurance Co., Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and others was a proposed class action even though the plaintiff class was not specifically defined and that a lower court acted prematurely by remanding it.
A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to re-evaluate Montana's relatively stringent water quality standards, which coalbed methane producers and neighboring Wyoming claim are not based on science.
With Congress seeking to rein in patent damages awards and patent holders often facing allegations of inequitable conduct, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has taken steps to provide more guidance on these and other intellectual property matters.
An appeals court has given Judicial Watch Inc. the go-ahead to pursue its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Commerce, which the watchdog group says denied it access to meetings and documents for the North American Competitiveness Council, an international economic advisory council made up of business leaders from Chevron Corp., MetLife, Procter & Gamble and other corporations.
The fiercely contested rules proposed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under the Bush administration that sought to impose new restrictions on patent applicants and became the subject of a drawn-out court battle in Tafas v. Doll have been rescinded, the USPTO said Thursday.
A federal judge overseeing litigation in a long-running water battle between three states and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied the state of Georgia's bid for a final judgment on a July decision that determined the Army Corps had illegally tapped Georgia's Lake Lanier to supply Atlanta residents with drinking water, saying the state cannot appeal the decision.
The U.S. Court of International Trade has remanded a determination of anti-dumping duties for warm water shrimp from Vietnam, ruling that both domestic shrimp producers and importers have grounds to challenge the government's rates.
The U.S. Court of International Trade has rejected a challenge by South Korea-based Union Steel to anti-dumping duties on corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from its home country, though the judge has remanded one issue back to the U.S. Department of Commerce for further review.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a general exclusion order requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deny entry of illegally imported cigarettes that infringe Philip Morris USA's trademarks.
A European court has ruled that Poland and Estonia can reject a fixed ceiling on their carbon emissions handed down by the European Commission, striking a blow at the regulator's attempt to curb what it considers to be too-high emission levels set by member nations.
Recently, the Massachusetts Public Health Council approved the final regulatory amendments implementing the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer conduct law. These amendments mark a fundamental departure from what was deemed one of the strictest bans on gifts from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to health care practitioners in the United States, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.
2012 was an important year for the employment law industry, and we’re handing out awards based on one the most popular genre of movie — the end-of-the-world variety — to highlight the biggest news stories of the year, says Richard Meneghello of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
The America Invents Act has introduced a new micro entity status in addition to the existing small entity discounts for reduced patent prosecution fees. However, the appropriate measure of entity size is not always an easy concept to grasp, particularly when navigating the regulations of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
The Delaware Court of Chancery recently amended certain of its rules and new discovery guidelines, both reflecting an effort to deal with the demands of modern discovery. Overall, the new discovery guidelines emphasize the court's expectation that parties communicate and resolve discovery disputes among themselves, say Jenness Parker and Lori Will of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
One might not associate the Federal Communications Commission with mobile health issues. Yet, the FCC has a vital role to play in this field, and if recent developments are any indication, that role will likely grow, says William Keane of Duane Morris LLP.
Private fund operators should consider whether they qualify for no-action relief following the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's recent deadline delay for registration of commodity pool operators. In particular, this relief should be helpful to private equity and real estate fund of funds operators and many mutual funds, says Deborah Monson of Ropes & Gray LLP.
With most lawmakers focused on the fiscal cliff during the current lame duck session of Congress, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, has once again quietly proposed legislation to reform the U.S. patent system. Some of the proposed amendments raise a host of difficult questions that, if debated, might make the bill’s passage difficult. If the bill does reach the president’s desk, it may be because few people noticed, say attorneys with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the suspension of the registration of Sunland Inc., a producer of nuts and nut and seed spreads. This case illustrates the FDA's heightened commitment to enforcement under the Obama administration and offers several key lessons concerning an FDA investigation into a facility or its manufacturing practices that all industries regulated by the FDA — not just food companies — should understand, say attorneys with Duane Morris LLP.
In July, the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership Act was signed to establish a process by which Indian tribes can approve their own surface land leases, and recently, the U.S. Department of Interior issued a final rule aimed at spurring the development of solar and wind energy projects on tribal lands. These new leasing regulations are a better baseline to work from and should allow tribes greater flexibility in developing their internal leasing regulations, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Haur & Feld LLP.
In a potentially landmark judgment for investors in highly rated but risky synthetic financial products that were hit hard by the recent financial crisis, the Australian Federal Court recently ruled that Standard & Poor’s and ABN Amro Bank NV should pay damages to investors. The case undermines the suggestions that any views expressed by rating agencies are only for the benefit of the issuer involved and that rating agencies merely give opinions rather than investment advice — an argument that has been deployed in an effort to defeat similar cases brought across Europe and in the U.S., say attorneys with Brown Rudnick LLP.