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Wholesale Markets Opened to Small Energy Producers

Sep 28 2020
On September 17, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made it possible through aggregation for small solar, bio-mass, wind, storage, demand response and other distributed energy resources to bid competitively against large-scale utility power plants in regional power markets. FERC’s Order No. 2222 requires Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) and Independent System Operators (ISO) to allow aggregators to assemble distributed energy resources no matter how small into resource portfolios that they can bid into regional capacity, energy and ancillary services markets. The portfolios can be as small as 100 kW. 

Welcome Juliska! Tableware Maker Relocates to Charleston Area

Sep 25 2020
Congratulations to Juliska! The Womble Bond Dickinson client and high-end European tableware brand recently announced plans to relocate its headquarters and distribution center to the Charleston area from Connecticut. It is estimated that the project will bring at least 50 new full-time jobs to South Carolina.
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An Initial Statistical Analysis of the PTAB’s Recent “NHK-Fintiv Factor” Institution Decisions

Sep 22 2020
The “NHK-Fintiv rule” originates from two precedential PTAB decisions, in which the PTAB applied the rule and then exercised its discretion to deny institution of the IPR trials. The NHK-Fintiv rule has now been applied by the PTAB in two dozen cases, providing a small but potentially informative statistical sample size. In view of the impact that this now precedential rule has had on PTAB practice in the last few months, this discussion endeavors to provide a high-level statistical analysis of how the PTAB has sought to balance the six NHK-Fintiv factors in reaching its post-Fintiv institution decisions.
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Kevin Hall, Mason Freeman, Meghan Aubry Take Part in 2021 Lavender Law Conference

Sep 18 2020
Once again, Womble Bond Dickinson Columbia, SC Office Managing Partner Kevin Hall was an invited speaker at the Lavender Law Conference, the nation’s largest gathering of LGBTQ+ legal professionals. In addition, Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Mason Freeman and Meghan Aubry represented the firm at this year’s conference, which was held virtually on Aug. 12-14.
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2020 Candidate Tax Proposals

Sep 18 2020
We’re close to the 2020 presidential election and many people are wondering what effect a potential change in leadership could have on their tax bill. If the Democrats take the White House many of the tax provisions enacted by the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 could be rolled back. Even if new legislation is not passed until late 2021, the new rules could be effective retroactive to January 1, 2021.
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The CDC’s Eviction Moratorium and the Pending Lawsuit to Stop It

Sep 16 2020
On September 2, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) relied on little-known statutory powers to issue a temporary moratorium for most residential evictions, with a stated goal of reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. We provided an explanation of the CDC’s order in an earlier alert. Last week, a lawsuit was filed in federal court, on behalf of a landlord, seeking to halt or overturn the Order.
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Womble Bond Dickinson’s Ripley Rand to Serve on NCBA Committee on Judicial Independence and Integrity

Sep 16 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson attorney and former US Attorney Ripley Rand has been appointed to the North Carolina Bar Association Committee on Judicial Independence and Integrity. The NCBA Judicial Independence and Integrity Committee strives, through educational and public information efforts, to increase awareness across all stakeholders of the importance of an independent judiciary and the critical role of the judicial branch.