Monthly Archives: May 2012

EPA Sets New Emission Standards for the Oil & Gas Industry

On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its long-awaited new emission standards for the oil and gas industry. The rules represent the federal agency’s first attempt to regulate emissions that escape into the air during the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process. For your reference, five takeaways: 1. The EPA believes compliance will… Read more »

Intellectual Property Update(s): Soft Porn, Multidefendant Patent Cases, Pay-for-Delay, IP and the Economy, No ICANN’T, & More…

What’s news in Intellectual Property? A lot, actually. For your reference, here’s a quick snapshot of some of it: IP-Intensive Industries Contribute $7Trillion to the U.S. Economy: “A report prepared by the Economics and Statistics Administration and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows that IP-intensive industries support tens of millions of jobs and contribute several… Read more »

Feds Step Up Fight Against Medicare Fraud

Earlier this month, the federal Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged more than 100 people for their roles in an alleged $452 million false billing scheme. It was an important victory for authorities, and reflects the Obama administration’s increased efforts to combat fraud in the Medicare program. The latest arrests are part of broader effort to… Read more »

Friday Financial: Dodd-Frank Act, FINRA’s New Filing System, Iran & Syria Sanctions, Capital Directives, Fannie & Freddie, and More [incl. Video]

[Video: Robert Pickel of ISDA Discusses Dodd-Frank & the Global Picture for OTC Derivatives – MarkteReformsWiki] For your convenience, here’s a quick Friday roundup of recent advisories and alerts to do with various legal developments in the financial services realm. The updates cover a range of topics and, starting with the excellent video interview above,… Read more »

JOBS Act: Implications for Private Fund Offerings

In early April 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which significantly eases restrictions on startups and emerging growth companies seeking access to US capital markets. But startups and small businesses aren’t the only ones who stand to benefit from the JOBS Act. The Act also contains a number… Read more »

Hospital Mergers Under Increased FTC Scrutiny – What’s the Prognosis?

“According to Chairman Jon Leibowitz, the FTC will continue to scrutinize hospital mergers that could limit patient choice… Based on Chairman Leibowitz’s comments, aggressive and resource-intensive challenges to hospital mergers … are likely to continue.” (Healthcare Tops the Agenda of U.S. Antitrust Enforcers by Morgan Lewis) Hospital mergers are on the rise, and the Federal… Read more »