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DOL "Persuader" Rule Requires New Financial Reports for Lawyers and Clients - June 21, 2016

The Department of Labor ("DOL") has issued a statutory interpretation or rule regarding "persuaders" hired by employers to assist the employer in dealing with a labor union. The rule went into effect at the end of April and it has already spawned three lawsuits and legislation in both houses of Congress to repeal it. Read More »

 

Supreme Court Affirms Cuozzo, Upholding PTAB's Claims Construction Standard and Non-Appealable Nature of Inter Partes Review - June 20, 2016

The Supreme Court sided with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Monday when it decided that inter partes review (IPR) cannot be appealed under the American Invents Act (AIA) and affirmed the USPTO's "broadest reasonable interpretation" standard for construing claims. Read More »

 

Iowa landowners file lawsuits to suspend eminent domain hearings - May 20, 2016

On Friday, May 20, Bill Hanigan of the Davis Brown Law firm filed separate lawsuits on behalf of Verdell and Marian Johnson, and Marvin and Bonnie Zoch, against Dakota Access Pipeline Company. Both couples are Cherokee County Iowa landowners opposed to the use of eminent domain to seize farmland. Read More »

 

Exempt or Not Exempt - That is the $47,476 Question - May 18, 2016

On May 18th, the DOL issued its new rule raising the minimum annual base under which employees in these categories can qualify for one of these exemptions to overtime. Read More »

 

Iowa landowners file lawsuit against Iowa Utilities Board - April 11, 2016

On Friday, April 8, Bill Hanigan of the Davis Brown Law Firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of nine Iowa landowners against the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). Read More »

 

Iowa landowners disappointed in Iowa Utilities Board decision - March 10, 2016

On Thursday, March 10th, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) released its decision regarding Dakota Access' request for a permit to use eminent domain to take private farmland for its proposed Bakken oil pipeline. Read More »

 

Iowa Utilities Board/Dakota Access Pipeline Update - February 22, 2016

For the past few months, the Iowa Utilities Board has been considering the Dakota Access pipeline case. The IUB will reconvene in open session on March 9, 2016 at 9am to review the draft order and discuss any changes necessary and release a final decision on March 9 or 10. Read More »

 

Iowa Utilities Board/Dakota Access Pipeline hearing Thursday - October 5, 2015

A hearing on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. at the Cherokee County District Court will establish whether an Iowa court has an immediate right to hear arguments about whether Dakota Access will have the power of eminent domain. The hearing will also determine if three Iowa landowners' lawsuit against the Iowa Utilities Board will continue to move forward. Read More »

 

Iowa landowners file lawsuit against Iowa Utilities Board - July 27, 2015

On Monday, July 27, Bill Hanigan of the Davis Brown Law Firm and Richard A. Cook of Herrick, Ary, Cook, Cook, Cook, & Cook filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Iowa landowners against the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). Read More »

 

USCIS update on EAD for DACA recipients - July 23, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently shared important information for DACA recipients who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015. Read More »

 

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