Publication - 02/28/2012

Congress Gives the Green Light to Incentive Auctions

Telecommunications Alert

On February 17, both the House and the Senate passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Among other things, the Act provides for the extension of the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits and prevents cuts in Medicare physician payment rates. To help offset the cost of the Act, the legislation includes significant spectrum provisions centered around preparations and details of a future auction of spectrum currently held by broadcast television licensees to other users, likely including commercial wireless carriers. This process is ultimately expected to raise billions of dollars for the Treasury, while also helping to fund the creation of a nationwide public safety broadband network for emergency first responders, another subject of the Act.

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The Viability of the Equitable Mootness Doctrine in the Third Circuit: A Moot Point?

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Marita S. Erbeck

By Marita S. Erbeck and Jennifer M. Roussil In the bankruptcy context, effectively appealing an order confirming a debtor’s plan of reorganization is not always a sure bet, as a court may refuse to entertain the appeal in the name of equitable mootness.  Equitable mootness – “a judge-made abstention doctrine that allows a court to avoid hearing the merits of a bankruptcy appeal because implementing the requested relief would cause havoc”[1] – empowers a ...

What Does the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Mean for Employee Benefit Plans?

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Summer Conley, Robert L. Jensen, Sarah Bassler Millar

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states must license and recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex.

WTO Members Agree to Cut Tariffs on IT Products

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Kathleen M. Murphy, Mollie D. Sitkowski

On Friday, July 24, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that more than 50 of its member countries had agreed to cut tariffs on hundreds of information technology (IT) products.

Something Old, Something New: Accounting for Accountable Care in Antitrust Analysis

Health Law Handbook
Robert W. McCann

In this chapter, Rob illustrates the tension between antitrust enforcement and clinical collaboration models under the Affordable Care Act, discusses the St. Luke’s decision, and explores the intersection between health care delivery reform and antitrust law.

Senate Passes Another Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act July 30, 2015

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Todd N. Hutchison, Paul H. Saint-Antoine, Ronald A. Sarachan, James J. Williamson II

The Senate recently passed with unanimous consent the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015 (“CAARA”) after minor tweaks to two definitions. CAARA provides anti-retaliation protection to whistleblowers who give information to their employer or the federal government concerning criminal violations of antitrust laws.