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The Supreme Court Decides: The DOL’s Interpretation Regarding Pay for Mortgage Loan Officers Is Enforceable

September 1, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that the federal DOL’s Administrator’s Interpretation that mortgage loan officers typically must be paid as nonexempt employees under the federal FLSA is enforceable. 

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Court Denies Discovery of Instant Messages, Text Messages and Voicemails

August 31, 2015

A recent federal court decision addressed the discoverability of text messages, instant messages and voicemails.

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Patent Infringement Case Stayed Pending IPR on Some (But Not All) Asserted Claims

August 17, 2015

Should a patent infringement lawsuit be stayed where an IPR challenges some, but not all, of the asserted claims? Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer recently grappled with that issue.

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District of Minnesota Orders Patentee to Reduce Number of Asserted Claims After Filing Joint Claim Construction Statement

August 17, 2015

In May, the District of Minnesota ordered the parties in a patent case to meet and confer to try to reach an agreement regarding the deadline by which the patentee must reduce the number of asserted claims.

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Court Hints at Greater Copyright Protection for Artists and Designers Against Online Infringement

August 12, 2015

On May 8, 2013, Steven M. Gardner filed an action against CafePress, Inc. alleging infringement of his copyrights in four works.

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Fees Will Be Awarded In Exceptional Patent Case

July 29, 2015

In 2014, the case resulted in a change in the legal standard that applies when a prevailing party seeks a finding that a patent case is “exceptional,” allowing the party to seek an award of attorney’s fees.

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North Dakota Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Ownership of Minerals Beneath Railroad Rights of Way

July 23, 2015

The North Dakota Supreme Court issued its decision on July 15, 2015. 

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The U.S. DOL Warns Employers That Most Workers are Employees – Not Independent Contractors

July 22, 2015

The United States Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation on July 15, 2015.

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Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment – The Supreme Court Tells Patent Licensors to Get Creative

July 21, 2015

In 1964, the Supreme Court held that a patent owner cannot charge royalties for the use of a patented invention after the patent’s term has expired. Lower courts and academics alike have challenged the decision.

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Agencies Investigate H-1B Outsourcing Firms; Layoffs Provoke Controversy

July 16, 2015

Several companies have been in the spotlight recently due to hiring H-1B workers and laying off U.S. workers in similar positions.

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