Expert Analysis

7 Critical Copyright And AI Questions Courts Need To Address

U.S. courts have yet to rule on many copyright issues regarding generative artificial intelligence technologies, so developers and users should consider several questions when evaluating risks, developing risk mitigation plans and making decisions about particular use cases, say John Delaney and Sean West at Perkins Coie.

What New DHS Cybersecurity Policy Means For Bid Protests

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recently unveiled policy of factoring cybersecurity self-assessments into its overall evaluation of contractors could raise novel bid protest considerations for offerors in both the pre-award and post-award contexts, say Amy Hoang at Seyfarth and Sandeep Kathuria at L3Harris Technologies.

How Purdue High Court Case Will Shape Ch. 11 Mass Injury

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent arguments in Harrington v. Purdue Pharma, addressing the authority of bankruptcy courts to approve nonconsensual third-party releases in Chapter 11 settlement plans, highlight the case's wide-ranging implications for how mass injury cases get resolved in bankruptcy proceedings, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

Why E-Commerce Tools Are Under Fire Amid Privacy Lawsuits

As lawsuits try to shoehorn new technologies into decades-old privacy laws never intended for the digital age, e-commerce tools and the companies that use them are increasingly at risk, and retailers should act now to minimize their potential exposure, say attorneys at Benesch.

Mitigating Antitrust Risk Amid Increased Dealmaking Scrutiny

While deals continue to get done despite a 60% increase in significant merger investigations in the U.S. last year as agencies moved away from settlements, private equity firms should identify and assess potential antitrust risks and develop strategies to mitigate them early in the deal process, say attorneys at Dechert.

How New Expert Rules Are Already Changing Court Decisions

Though not formally effective until last week, some courts have been relying for several years on amended federal rules clarifying judges’ gatekeeping role, so counsel should be prepared to justify their expert witnesses’ methodologies and expect additional motion practice on expert testimony admissibility, say Colleen Kenney and Daniel Kelly at Sidley.

Alcohol's E-Commerce Spike Brings Regulatory Dilemmas

In the evolving landscape of beverage alcohol e-commerce, the clash between supplier marketing and tied-house laws poses challenges, with regulators grappling to keep pace with the digital marketplace, leaving the industry in a gray area, says Jaci Flug at Greenspoon Marder.

IRA Monetization Energizes Clean Power Tax Credit Market

Recent large sales of clean energy production tax credits reflect an environment in which the Inflation Reduction Act's provisions for monetizing such credits via direct transfer — bypassing slow, costly tax equity transactions — offer opportunities for both developers and investors, says Andrew Eastman at Husch Blackwell.

Open Issues At The USPTO And Beyond After Biden AI Order

President Joe Biden's recent executive order on artificial intelligence requires individual government agencies to develop their own principles and guidelines around the use of AI, leaving unanswered questions that will be important for any business that intends to rely on AI to create new or improved products or technologies, say Andrew Lustigman and Mary Grieco at Olshan Frome.

Business Takeaways From Biden's Global Labor Rights Memo

President Joe Biden's recent memorandum on protecting worker rights is one of the most expansive statements the administration has made regarding international labor rights policy, and reflects several points of which businesses should take note, including the government’s interest in working with the private sector on these issues and a notable focus on the transition to clean energy, say Tom Plotkin and Pegah Nabili at Covington.

'Paper Tiger' Finds Its Fangs: Repeat Offenders And The CFPB

Following the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent imposition of structural remedies on Enova for repeat offenses, financial institutions, especially those that have previously been subject to consent orders, need to carefully consider their options when facing future enforcement proceedings with the CFPB, says Caitlin Mandel at Winston & Strawn.

'Manufacturing' Amid Mass. Adoption Of Single-Sales Factor

Massachusetts’ recent adoption of single-sales-factor apportionment will benefit companies that have a greater in-state physical presence, reinforce the importance of understanding market-sourcing rules, and reduce the manufacturing classification's importance to tax apportionment, though the classification continues to be significant to other aspects of taxation, say attorneys at McDermott.

Pa. Court's Venue Ruling Is Likely To Worsen Forum Shopping

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent Hangey v. Husqvarna decision claims to narrowly clarify the standard for evaluating whether a venue is proper, but has broader implications that are likely to exacerbate the forum-shopping problem that already plagues corporate defendants in Pennsylvania, says Stefanie Pitcavage Mekilo and Joseph Schaeffer at Babst Calland.

1 Year In, Money Laundering Law Tweak May Have Big Impact

Despite receiving little attention, Congress' quiet extension of the statute of limitations for money laundering offenses involving foreign bribery offenses is a powerful prosecutorial tool that defense counsel can nevertheless counter by using certain pretrial challenges, says attorney Andrew Feldman.

Steps Toward A Unified Health Financing System For Calif.

A new law authorizes the secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency to move forward with designing a unified healthcare financing system, though the notable absence of healthcare payers in the law's list of specified stakeholders raises questions about the state's position regarding private payer options, says Ima Nsien at Squire Patton.

1st Circ. Ruling Helps Clarify Test For FLSA Admin Exemption

The First Circuit’s recent decision in Marcus v. American Contract Bridge League will help employers navigate the Fair Labor Standards Act's "general business operations" exemption and make the crucial and often confusing decision of whether white collar employees are overtime-exempt administrators or nonexempt frontline producers of products and services, says Mark Tabakman at Fox Rothschild.

Superfund Site Reopenings Carry Insured Risk, Opportunity

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's reported plans to reopen certain Superfund sites citing the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances raise notable liability concerns, but may also present unique opportunities for policyholders under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.

Overcoming IP Portfolio Challenges Amid Higher Patent Fees

As potentially higher U.S. Patent and Trademark Office fees contribute to a difficult future environment for IP leaders, attorneys who follow a series of practice tips to build a well-managed, valuable IP portfolio can help alleviate this potential financial burden, says Vincent Brault at Anaqua.

Pay Attention To Contract Law Tenets Amid AI Incorporation

Providers of information technology products and services are rushing to market with various generative artificial intelligence-based solutions and attempting to unilaterally amend existing agreements with their customers, but parties should beware that such amendments may be one-sided, say Jeffrey Harvey and Sharon Harrington at Hunton.

How Cannabis Cos. Are Adapting In Shifting Bankruptcy Arena

Recent bankruptcy cases show that federal courts have begun to demonstrate more openness to downstream businesses in the cannabis industry, and that even though receivership can be a viable option for those denied access to the bankruptcy system, it is not without its own risks and complexities, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

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