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Same-Sex Marriage Equality: What Employers Need to Know After Obergefell

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Same-sex couples have a Constitutional right to marry and have their marriages recognized nationwide. In a 5-to-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that states are required to license a marriage between two people of the same sex under the Fourteenth Amendment. Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015). As a result, same-sex couples may now legally …

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U.S. Supreme Court Finds a Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage: Implications for Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses require states to allow same-sex marriage and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.  The decision comes exactly two years to the day from the Court’s decision …

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Federal Circuit Issues First Reversal & Remand of an Inter Partes Review in Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn, Inc. Addressing Claim Construction and Amendment Standards

The Federal Circuit issued its first reversal and remand of a final decision in an inter partes review issued by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). In Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn, Inc., No. 14-1543, a panel composed of Chief Judge Prost, Judge Lourie, and Judge Gilstrap (sitting by designation) held that the PTAB’s constructions …

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Supreme Court to Maryland City: Drop Dead – State Income Tax Violates Dormant Commerce Clause

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On October 30, 1975, The Daily News published one of the most famous headlines in American history – Ford to City: Drop Dead – to paraphrase President Ford’s refusal to extend federal financial assistance to New York City to prevent the City from declaring bankruptcy.  Nearly 40 years later, a different branch of the federal …

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In Affirming a Preliminary Injunction Against Drug Companies, Second Circuit Finds Coercion in Product Hopping Scheme

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In an earlier posting, I wrote about the lawsuit filed on December 10, 2014 by the Attorney General for the State of New York, People of the State of New York v. Actavis, PLC and Forest Laboratories, LLC .1  In that action, New York challenges on antitrust grounds plans by the defendant pharmaceutical companies to …

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