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FAA Changes to Section 333 Exemption Conditions Create New Opportunities for Utilities and Energy Companies

FAA Changes to Section 333 Exemption Conditions Create New Opportunities for Utilities and Energy Companies

While the FAA has not announced a formal policy change with regard to the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), a review of recently approved Section 333 Exemptions indicates changes to the conditions and limitations included in most of the nearly 4,000 exemptions granted so far.  These changes ... Read More »

No Fooling: New FEHA Regulations Go Into Effect April 1, 2016

No Fooling: New FEHA Regulations Go Into Effect April 1, 2016

Significant amendments to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations take effect on April 1, 2016. The amendments mandate detailed written policies against harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, update sexual harassment training requirements, and provide new definitions for certain protected characteristics. Mandatory Written Policy Against Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Under ... Read More »

A trademark that falsely suggests products are made of a specific type of material when they are not, can still be trademarked

A trademark that falsely suggests products are made of a specific type of material when they are not, can still be trademarked

Applicant applied to register HYDZ for “apparel not made of…animal hides, namely, sweatpants and sweatshirts for casual wear or for wear during exercise.” The TTAB over turned the Examiner’s refusal and allowed the trademark to be registered. This cases touches on two interesting and related technical trademark issues. FIRST: Descriptive ... Read More »

Finalized Medicare 60-Day Overpayment Rule Goes Into Effect Today – Providers Are You Ready?

Finalized Medicare 60-Day Overpayment Rule Goes Into Effect Today – Providers Are You Ready?

In 2010 the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) implemented a 60-day reporting and refund requirement for Medicare overpayments.[1] Any provider that has received an overpayment is required to report and return the overpayment within “60 days after the date on which the overpayment was identified.”[2] An overpayment occurs when a provider ... Read More »

Copyright controversy: nfl players’ in-game performances protected by individual publicity rights

Copyright controversy: nfl players’ in-game performances protected by individual publicity rights

In a decision issued Friday,February 26, 2016 the Eighth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment ruling against NFL athletes John Frederick Dryer, Elvin Lamont Bethea, and Edward Alvin White. The dispute dates back to 2009 when a number of ex-NFL athletes sued the NFL, alleging in part that the NFL misappropriated ... Read More »

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