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TRUSTe, Inc. Not So Trustworthy: Privacy Certification Program Pays $200,000 to Settle FTC Charge It Failed to Conduct Annual Recertifications As Promised

November 20, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the for-profit privacy certification business TRUSTe, Inc. agreed to pay $200,000 to settle allegations of false or misleading statements regarding its Privacy Seal Program.

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The Cover-Up is Always Worse Than the Crime: Court Upholds Massive Arbitration Award in Trade Secrets Case

November 11, 2014

A recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision highlights the stakes involved in trade secret misappropriation cases.

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Are Any Method Claims Safe from Alice?

November 4, 2014

It is no secret that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International is wreaking havoc to software and business method patents found to merely link abstract ideas with conventional elements. However, we are now also getting a taste of Alice’s potential effects on non-business method patents.

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Ebola: Be Calm and Carry On

November 3, 2014

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa—along with a handful of cases in the United States—has left many employees and employers confused. As with any real or perceived crisis, there are key steps an employer should take to mitigate workplace panic and avoid legal claims. 

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China EB-5 Category Unavailable Through September; Current in October

October 30, 2014

The Department of State’s Visa Office announced that the China employment-based fifth (EB-5) category became unavailable on August 23, 2014. The category again became current on October 1, 2014.

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CBP Designates POEs for First-Time Canadian TN, L Applicants Seeking U.S. Entry Under NAFTA

October 30, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is optimizing processing for first-time Canadian TN (Trade NAFTA) and L applicants seeking entry into the United States under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

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USCIS Extends Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

October 30, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will automatically extend employment authorization documents (EADs) for Liberian nationals covered under deferred enforced departure (DED).

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State Dept. Releases Instructions on Applying for DV-2016 Program

October 30, 2014

On September 24, 2014, the Department of State (DOS) released instructions on how to apply for the diversity visa (DV) 2016 program. Entries must be submitted electronically by noon EST on November 3, 2014.

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Benefit Plans: 2015 COLAs

October 27, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2015 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirement plans. Most of the limits related to retirement plans are increased.

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New EU Sanctions Against Russia Impact European Biofuels Companies

October 20, 2014

This article will describe the recent sanctions imposed by the Council of the European Union and explain how European biofuels companies can determine whether these sanctions affect their business dealings.

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