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Newsletters & Alerts


Judicial Action Pending on Entry/Travel Ban
February 2017

Looking Ahead: Proposed Changes to Employment-based Visas
February 2017

Update on U.S. Entry Travel Ban
February 2017

Executive Order Impacting Immigration
January 2017

U.S. Immigration & The Trump Administration
December 2016

'Tis the Season to Prepare for H-1B Petition Filing
December 2016

CIS Announces New Rule Impacting Employment-based Nonimmigrants and Immigrants
December 2016

2016 North Carolina Election Report
Steven Allison, Katie Hallaway, Cameron L. Henley, Canaan Huie, Andy Munn, Walter S. Price
November 9, 2016

Are you ready to travel for the holidays?
November 2016

New Electronic Visa Update System for Chinese Visitors
October 2016

Diversity Visa ("Green Card Lottery") Registration
September 2016

The October 2016 Visa Bulletin
September 2016

August 8 Deadline for 7-Month, STEM OPT Extension
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert, Anne K. Wilson, Michael (Mike) E. Zeller
August 2016

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter - July 5, 2016
Steven Allison, Katie Hallaway, Cameron L. Henley, Canaan Huie
July 5, 2016

MVA Public Affairs has issued a North Carolina Legislative Report containing updates and news for July 5, 2016.


North Carolina Legislative Newsletter - June 24, 2016
Steven Allison, Katie Hallaway, Cameron L. Henley, Canaan Huie
June 24, 2016

MVA Public Affairs has issued a North Carolina Legislative Report containing updates and news for June 24, 2016.


North Carolina Legislative Newsletter - June 17, 2016
June 17, 2016

MVA Public Affairs has issued a North Carolina Legislative Report containing updates and news for June 17, 2016.


North Carolina Legislative Newsletter - June 10, 2016
Steven Allison, Katie Hallaway, Cameron L. Henley, Canaan Huie
June 10, 2016

MVA Public Affairs has issued a North Carolina Legislative Report containing updates and news for June 10, 2016.


North Carolina Primary Election Report
Steven Allison, Katie Hallaway, Cameron L. Henley, Canaan Huie, Kim McMillan, Walter S. Price
June 8, 2016

The Public Affairs team has issued a North Carolina Primary Election Report.


North Carolina Legislative Report - June 3, 2016
Steven Allison, Katie Hallaway, Cameron L. Henley, Canaan Huie, Kim McMillan, Walter S. Price

MVA Public Affairs has issued a North Carolina Legislative Report containing updates and news for June 3, 2016.


North Carolina Legislative Report - May 27, 2016
Steven Allison, Katie Hallaway, Cameron L. Henley, Canaan Huie, Kim McMillan, Walter S. Price

MVA Public Affairs has issued a North Carolina Legislative Report containing updates and news for May 27, 2016.


MVA Blog Posts


Heslin and Sosnick to Instruct FERC Natural Gas 101 Course Hosted by EUCI Feb. 22-23
MVA Updates
February 9, 2017

HESLIN AND SOSNICK TO INSTRUCT FERC NATURAL GAS 101 COURSE HOSTED BY EUCI FEB. 22-23:  Moore & Van Allen Member Brian Heslin and Kenneth Sosnick of Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc. will instruct the FERC Natural Gas 101 course hosted by EUCI on February 22-23, 2017 in Houston, TX. Natural gas continues to play an increasing role in our nation’s burgeoning … Continue reading


EIB Energy Highlights: Dakota Access & Keystone XL Pipelines Revived, FERC on Energy Storage & Pipeline Rates & More
Brian Heslin
February 9, 2017

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy Interdependency Blog’s in-depth individual treatment of critical issues emerging in energy policy, regulation, and related litigation. EIB Energy Highlights … Continue reading


Beck v. McDonald – 4th Circuit Weighs In on Standing in Data Breach Case
Karin M. McGinnis
February 8, 2017

We don’t see a lot of data breach litigation here in the Fourth Circuit. So it is notable that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion yesterday that weighs in on the standing debate (For more on the debate: Constitutional Standing Provides Fertile Battleground In Data Breach Litigation). In Beck v. McDonald, the plaintiffs … Continue reading


NC Bar on Notice: Business Court May Increase Scrutiny for Approval of Disclosure-Only Class Action Settlements & Attorneys’ Fees
Tony Lathrop
February 2, 2017

Rolling into the new year, North Carolina attorneys are on notice that the ability to gain approval of class action settlements and related attorneys’ fees may become more difficult in some cases. In recent years, we have seen more class actions challenging corporate merger transactions and settlements in which the only remedy obtained by the … Continue reading


Your Uber Driver Might Not Be the Only One Who Knows Where You Were Picked Up and Dropped Off….
Data Points
February 1, 2017

By Tandy Mathis, Elena Mitchell, and Mindy Vervais   Did you know that if you’ve taken a New York City taxi since 2009, your pick-up and drop-off locations were recorded and published (through June of 2016) on the internet for anyone to find? Now, New York City officials want ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to start … Continue reading


Happy Data Privacy Day! A Few Tips from the MVA Privacy and Data Security Group
Karin M. McGinnis
January 27, 2017

Saturday January 28, 2017 is Data Privacy Day.  The Moore & Van Allen Privacy and Data Security group took a break from the pre-holiday revelries to put together some thoughts and tips for DataPoints.  So hoist a glass and enjoy this read, and try not to ponder too long the irony that Data Privacy Day … Continue reading


Live Streaming: The Privacy Concerns of Behind-the-Scenes Access
Data Points
January 25, 2017

By Leslie Pedernales A professional football team clinches their playoff spot in an upset game, then hits the locker room for a celebration and an inspirational pep talk from their winning coach.  The perfect application for livestreaming, one might think.  Opening a window into this mysterious world for all the rest of us to see and … Continue reading


Constitutional Standing Provides Fertile Battleground In Data Breach Litigation
Karin M. McGinnis
January 17, 2017

A common and understandable concern of companies that suffer a data breach is whether the victims can sue the company.  It is tempting to assume that the victims won’t sue if they do not suffer identity theft or monetary loss through misuse of the data.  Not all victims, or courts, agree.  As a result, standing, … Continue reading


Oil Pipeline Rate Regulation under Review by FERC – Is There a Place for the Consumer Voice?
Brian Heslin
January 5, 2017

Oil pipeline rates must be just and reasonable and may be challenged by their customer shippers and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA). FERC has observed through monitoring that some oil pipelines continue to receive rate increases under the primary process used to adjust oil pipeline rates – the … Continue reading


As Agency Enforcement Efforts Mount, CFTC Prohibits Private Lawsuits Against RTOs/ISOs for Market Manipulation
Brian Heslin
November 30, 2016

Incidents of alleged fraud and market manipulation in the energy markets increasingly have received the attention of federal agency enforcement efforts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Our recent post highlights FERC’s growing efforts to combat market manipulation. And on November 21, 2016, the CFTC released its … Continue reading


The FTC Faces an Embarrassing Set-Back in its Data Security Enforcement Authority as the LabMD Saga Continues
Todd Taylor
November 28, 2016

On November 10th, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed an embarrassing defeat to the Federal Trade Commission and an early Christmas present to LabMD, Inc. in the ongoing David and Goliath battle between the government agency and the new-defunct clinical lab. What Happened? It’s not easy to explain in a blog entry the complex … Continue reading


Broadening Split on Viability of Class Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Invites SCOTUS
Tony Lathrop
October 10, 2016

In the years following the U.S. Supreme Court’s AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion decision, more and more courts enforced class waivers in arbitration agreements based on the commands of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) parted with the post-Concepcion trend to enforce class waivers in D. R. Horton, Inc. and Michael … Continue reading


Political Speech in the Workplace
Data Points
October 5, 2016

By Leslie Pedernales The upcoming presidential election between two larger-than-life characters, each capable of stirring intense emotional reactions from both sides, is sure to produce some spirited debate around the water cooler this fall.  Many employees mistakenly assume that their expression of political speech (including nonverbal expression such as buttons or signs) is protected by … Continue reading


Do Not Pass Go: FERC Administrative Proceedings Remain First Stop for Market Manipulation Claims under the Natural Gas Act
Brian Heslin
September 19, 2016

Fraud and energy market manipulation have remained priorities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement (OE) over the past several years. The agency has ramped up its investigative efforts, reporting that fourteen out of the nineteen investigations opened last year involved market manipulation and the OE had never had as many litigation proceedings in … Continue reading


Class Action Settlements at the Heart of Proposed Amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23
Tony Lathrop
September 12, 2016

Federal class action jurisprudence has been evolving rapidly over the course of the last 5-6 years, with several major U.S. Supreme Court decisions defining and redefining many aspects of class litigation. With the first round of proposed amendments in over a decade, the civil rule governing federal class litigation is set to follow suit. On … Continue reading


EIB Energy Highlights: FERC on Cybersecurity, Clean Power Plan Hearing Agenda, NatGas & Oil Exports Rise & More
Brian Heslin
September 9, 2016

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy Interdependency Blog’s in-depth individual treatment of critical issues emerging in energy policy, regulation, and related litigation. EIB Energy Highlights … Continue reading


The Early Days of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Should Your Organization Self-Certify?
Todd Taylor
September 9, 2016

On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce began accepting self-certification applications for the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.  In the month that has followed over 100 companies (including Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce, among others) have self-certified that they are in compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Now that that Privacy Shield is in … Continue reading


FTC Data Security Standards: Final Order in the ASUSTeK Case; No Mercy for LabMD
Karin M. McGinnis
July 29, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission, continuing its quest to be the enforcer of consumer privacy rights, has come down hard this month on ASUSTeK and LabMD for their failure to have adequate data security standards. Because the FTC has taken the position that its complaints and orders set the standard for adequate data security (DataPoints: Reading … Continue reading


European Parliament Passes Landmark Data Protection Regulation
Robert E. Sumner, IV
July 22, 2016

Robert Sumner IV and Brandon Gaskins On April 14, 2016, the European Parliament passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its companion, Data Protection Directive for Police and Criminal Justice Authorities.  The GDPR is a comprehensive regulation that includes new and enhanced privacy rights for European Union (EU) citizens, such as “the right to … Continue reading


EU Article 31 Committee Approves EU-US Privacy Shield
Karin M. McGinnis
July 8, 2016

EU Member States (the Article 31 Committee)  approved today the EU-US Privacy Shield.  The next step is formal adoption.  The full press release can be found here. The approval of the Privacy Shield is good news for companies who transfer personal data from the EU to the US. Although legal challenges to the Privacy Shield … Continue reading


Another Challenge for Information Governance: The Defense of Trade Secrets Act
Karin M. McGinnis
July 5, 2016

Tandy Mathis and Karin McGinnis Good information governance requires not only protecting the security of sensitive and proprietary information; it often requires pursuing legal action against those who threaten the secrecy and value of a company’s trade secrets.  The Defense of Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) both provides another tool for companies to pursue misappropriators of … Continue reading


U.S. Government Petitions to Join Data Privacy Litigation Against Facebook in Ireland
Karin M. McGinnis
June 27, 2016

On June 13, 2016, the United States government asked the Irish High Court to be joined as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case brought by the Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems against Facebook attacking the use of model contract clauses to transfer EU citizens’ data from the EU to the U.S. as … Continue reading


Defeated North Carolina Class Action Ultimately Results in Victory for Landowners – NCDOT Loses Map Act Fight
Tony Lathrop
June 27, 2016

What began several years ago as a defeated attempt at a class action against the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) ultimately resulted in a win this month for plaintiff landowners in Kirby v. NCDOT (No. 56PA14-2). On June 10, 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that the State’s restrictions placed on property owners under … Continue reading


North Carolina Legislative Report – June 24, 2016
MVA Updates
June 24, 2016

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter – June 24, 2016: MVA Public Affairs has issued a North Carolina Legislative Report containing updates and news for June 24, 2016


EIB Energy Highlights: Nat Gas Outpowers Coal, NC Renewables, CPP En Banc, Fed Energy Bill Awaits Conference & More
Brian Heslin
June 21, 2016

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy Interdependency Blog’s in-depth individual treatment of critical issues emerging in energy policy, regulation, and related litigation. EIB Energy Highlights … Continue reading


Class Action Waivers in Consumer Finance Arbitration Agreements to be Banned: CFPB Proposed Rule Open for Comment Until August 22, 2016
Tony Lathrop
June 10, 2016

On May 24, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) long-anticipated Proposed Rule prohibiting the use of class action waivers in consumer finance arbitration agreements was published in the Federal Register and opened for public comment. The Proposed Rule has been expected following the CFPB’s previous study and statements regarding the impact that arbitration agreement … Continue reading


New Federal Trade Secrets Bill Was Signed into Law – What’s Next?
Tony Lathrop
May 18, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed S. 1890 – The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, the final step in creating the first federal civil cause of action against those who misappropriate a company’s trade secrets. In signing the Act, President Obama spoke of American innovation and the threat that trade secret theft, particularly … Continue reading


Supreme Court Continues to Stake Out FERC Jurisdiction, Invalidates State Gas-Fired Power Plant Incentive Program
Brian Heslin
May 13, 2016

In an opinion unanimous in judgment (albeit with two concurring opinions), the U.S. Supreme Court recently reiterated the reach of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) jurisdiction over interstate wholesale electricity sales in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, 578 U.S. ___ (2016). In the midst of rapid transformation in the energy industry, the expansion … Continue reading


North Carolina Legislative Report – May 6, 2016
MVA Updates
May 6, 2016

North Carolina Legislative Report – May 6, 2016: MVA Public Affairs has issued a North Carolina Legislative Report containing updates and news for May 6, 2016


See You in Federal Court: Congress Creates Federal Civil Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation
Tony Lathrop
May 6, 2016

Congressional efforts to create a federal remedy to protect company trade secrets have been underway for several years. Last week, S. 1890 – Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to create federal civil jurisdiction over the theft of trade secrets, was sent by Congress to the … Continue reading


SCOTUS OKs Statistics to Establish Class Action Liability with Limits, Leaves Open Uninjured Class Member Question
Tony Lathrop
April 15, 2016

Plaintiffs can count the first class action decision to be issued by the U.S. Supreme Court since the death of Justice Scalia as a win; although, they did not receive broad authorization to proceed carte blanche, as some had hoped. On March 22, 2016, a 6-2 split Court issued its opinion in the Tyson Foods, … Continue reading


Energy Industry Target of Cyber-Attacks and Congressional Efforts to Bolster Security
Mindy Vervais
March 23, 2016

Cybersecurity of the electric power grid and energy sector as a whole has been the subject of heightened Congressional attention given the integral role the industry plays in our economy. According to a 2015 U.S. Senate committee report, nearly one-third of reported cyber-attacks involve the energy sector. Not surprisingly, the 114th Congress (2015-2016) has introduced … Continue reading


Energy Industry Target of Cyber-Attacks and Congressional Efforts to Bolster Security
Mindy Vervais
March 23, 2016

Cybersecurity of the electric power grid and energy sector as a whole has been the subject of heightened Congressional attention given the integral role the industry plays in our economy. According to a 2015 U.S. Senate committee report, nearly one-third of reported cyber-attacks involve the energy sector. Not surprisingly, the 114th Congress (2015-2016) has introduced … Continue reading


President Obama Signs New Privacy Law – Judicial Redress Act
Karin M. McGinnis
March 3, 2016

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Judicial Redress Act giving citizens of certain “covered countries” access to U.S. courts to protect their privacy and take legal action against U.S. government agencies if their personal data is unlawfully disclosed.  The  Act provides that the U.S. Secretary of State, the Treasury Secretary and … Continue reading


MLB Litigation Brief: Class Action Questions Open After Scalia’s Death, Arbitration Fees and American Rule & More
Tony Lathrop
February 29, 2016

Our goal is to serve as a cutting-edge resource for companies operating in an increasingly globalized and regulated business environment. Moore & Van Allen’s MLB Litigation Brief is a complement to our Litigation Blog’s in-depth individual treatment of critical issues emerging in federal, North Carolina state, and international litigation, as well as in arbitration, regulatory … Continue reading


Mobile Applications that Track User Information Have the FTC’s Attention
Omari Sealy
February 26, 2016

Similar to website browsers, many mobile applications collect a variety of information from the user, including, the user’s identity, usage history, past log-ins, and location.  This enables the application to provide various functionality and to tailor features of the application for a better user experience (e.g., items retained in a shopping cart or targeted advertising).  … Continue reading


Inadequate OCR Technology and Policy Result in Few Consequences for Repeat HIPAA Violators
Carol Ewald Bowen
February 23, 2016

The Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OCR) is the federal agency tasked with enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA, as most folks reading this know, requires health care providers and other covered entities to protect the privacy and security of an individual’s protected … Continue reading


[Event] Jeffries and Heslin to Instruct Natural Gas Utility Basics Course Hosted by EUCI March 7-8
Brian Heslin
February 22, 2016

Charlotte Energy Members Jim Jeffries and Brian Heslin will instruct the EUCI Natural Gas Utility Basics Course on March 7-8 in Houston, TX. The dynamics of the energy industry are rapidly changing through an uptick in consolidation via M&A activity and increasing interdependency of the gas and electric industries. This course is ideal for individuals desiring to … Continue reading


North Carolina Legislative Report – February 19, 2016
MVA Updates
February 19, 2016

North Carolina Legislative Report – February 19, 2016: MVA Public Affairs has issued a North Carolina Legislative Report containing updates and news for February 19, 2016.


US and EU “Privacy Shield” Framework for Cross-Border Data Transfers Submitted to Article 29 Working Party Today
Karin M. McGinnis
February 3, 2016

by Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis On the same day that groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early Spring, the EU College of Commissioners brought some sunshine of its own, announcing yesterday that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. on transfers of personal  data from the EU to the U.S.  Details on the … Continue reading


Supreme Court: FERC Has Authority to Regulate Electricity Market Demand Response Prices to Bolster Grid Reliability
Brian Heslin
February 1, 2016

Several energy cases have worked their way to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court recently. On Monday January 25, 2016, the High Court issued its 6-2 decision in FERC v. Electric Power Supply Assn, et al., 577 U. S. ____ (2016) confirming that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) does have the authority under the … Continue reading


Reading the Section 5(a) Tea Leaves: What the end of 2015 may suggest about the FTC priorities in 2016
Updates
January 19, 2016

by Associate Breana Jeter The end of 2015 represented a mixed bag for the Federal Trade Commission on privacy enforcement.  In November, the FTC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge dismissed the FTC’s complaint against LabMD for a possible data breach of 1,718 patients’ insurance claim information.  The patient’s sensitive information was discovered on peer-to-peer software by a … Continue reading