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Operation Surge Protector: A U.S. Government Mission Against Dangerous Counterfeit Electronics

December 22, 2016

New program launched to stop the illegal importation and distribution of dangerous counterfeit consumer electronics at the border.

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New Stand-Alone HRA Alternative for Small Employers

December 22, 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act will allow small employers to establish health reimbursement arrangements for their employees without risking penalties under the Affordable Care Act. 

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Renew Your Designated Agent Registration or Lose Your Safe Harbor Protection Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

December 20, 2016

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, online service providers can avail themselves of a safe harbor from liability for copyright infringement.

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How Courts Have Dealt With the New Federal Rules on E-Discovery

December 19, 2016

The new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been in place for one year. So how have the courts addressed the new rules regarding e-discovery?

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Is Amazon Liable for Counterfeits?

December 9, 2016

The maker of the popular Snuggie blanket, Allstar Marketing Group, LLC, sued Amazon for trademark infringement earlier this week, alleging that the online retailer enabled the importation and sale of counterfeit Snuggie blankets.

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Impact of New Cybersecurity Law on Foreign Companies in China

December 5, 2016

China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress adopted the Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China that will take effect on June 1, 2017.

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Banks Dispute Minnesota’s State Taxes

December 1, 2016

Financial institutions have not been shy about challenging Minnesota Department of Revenue tax determinations in court. Recently, banks have once again started filing court appeals disputing Minnesota’s corporate franchise tax assessments. 

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Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule at the Eleventh Hour

November 23, 2016

A Texas federal judge issued a nationwide injunction that will prevent the United States Department of Labor from enforcing its highly-anticipated and controversial revisions to the “white collar” overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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District Judge Susan Richard Nelson Provides Useful Guidance on 1404(a) Transfer Requests

November 22, 2016

Under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a), “[f]or the convenience of parties and witnesses, in the interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district or division where it might have been brought.”

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Limited Extension of ACA Reporting Deadlines

November 21, 2016

On November 18, 2016, the IRS released Notice 2016-70, which provides a partial extension of the deadlines for employer and insurer reporting under the Affordable Care Act.

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