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The Real Explanation for the Record Year for FCPA Enforcement

All the FCPA prognosticators, predictors and paparazzi have missed the boat on understanding what happened this year – 2016, to make this a record year in FCPA enforcement. As a former public servant for over 20 years, I am very…more

The Oft-Underappreciated Value of Intervening

Many contractors are familiar with post-award bid protests. Soon after receiving notification of award, the contracting officer may notify the awardee that a bid protest has been filed by a disappointed offeror at the Government…more

Boozelaw: TTB Adopts Changes Designed to Benefit Startup Brewers, Winemakers and Distillers

For certain brewers, wine makers and distillers, the gift-giving season did not necessarily end in December. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently announced it has adopted changes that may impact the tax reporting…more

Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Waiver Issue

The Supreme Court issued an order today agreeing to hear three cases involving the National Labor Relations Board’s holding that class and collective class action waivers violate Section 8(a)(1). According to the Board’s first decision…more

A Family Victory! Victory! Just Not for Little Caesars

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) modified its treatment of the “family of trademarks” doctrine in the recent case In re LC Trademarks, Inc., Serial No. 85890412 (December 29…more

New Hampshire Psychiatric Hospital Patient Records Posted Online by Former Patient

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has notified up to 15,000 patients of its psychiatric hospital (New Hampshire Hospital) that their names, addresses, Social Security numbers, Medicaid ID numbers and highly…more

EPA Releases Final Policy to Address Acute Risks to Bees from Pesticides and Three Pollinator-Only R

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products (Mitigation Policy) which describes methods for addressing acute risks to bees from…more

FTC Goes After IoT Device Manufacturer for Alleged Security Vulnerabilities in Routers, IP Cameras

On January 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had filed a complaint against Taiwanese D-Link Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary, D-Link Systems Inc. (D-Link), alleging the company made deceptive claims about the…more

EU Commission Publishes Its Proposals for New e-Privacy Regulation

On 10 January, the EU Commission proposed a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (“proposed Regulation”) to replace Directive 2002/58 (known as the “ePrivacy Directive”). The proposed Regulation - The…more

[Video]Day 14 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Design of Your Compliance Training Program

For compliance training to be effective its needs to risk-based in its focus. This means employees with highest risk of exposure to bribery and corruption need to receive the highest levels of training and refreshers. From there you…more

[Video]This Week in FCPA-Episode 35-the Friday the 13th edition

Show Notes for Episode 35, week ending January 13, the Friday the 13th edition   1.       Hernandez and Beech FCPA guilty pleas. 2.       VW guilty plea in emissions-testing scandal. 3.       VW executive Oliver Schmidt…more

[Video]Day 13 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, create a data action plan

You should work to create an action plan to use your data. But never forget you need to get your digital information right. That means several sources of data to help you choose the best course of action. Earlier this year, Deadspin…more

A Strategic Asset Board: Steve Walker Explains How the Board Can Engage With and Foster Forward-Thinking Strategy and Innovation

In today’s increasingly complex and competitive business environment, companies must be able to act, evolve, and innovate more quickly than ever. To do so, companies must make use of all available resources to ensure they are staying…more

Affordable Care Act Repeal

Recently the Wall Street Journal stated the New England Journal of Medicine published an op-ed by President Obama in which he critiqued the Republicans’ strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and then replace it at a future date…more

Connected Cars: Navigating Top Trends in 2017

Yesterday, the Automotive Industry Team of Foley & Larnder LLP (yes, us), hosted its annual event at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. Eschewing narrow or small topics, we charged into 2017 by trying to predict…more

Cybersecurity 2017: Top Exam Priorities for Federal Securities Regulators

Hedge funds and broker dealers can expect their cybersecurity preparedness to come under scrutiny again this year by federal securities regulators…more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2017 Edition: Is Arguing Over the Appropriate Level of Efforts Worth the Effort?

The recent Delaware case, Williams Cos v. Energy Transfer Equity LP (No. CV 12168-VCG, (Del. Ch. June 24, 2016)), sought to provide some additional guidance on this question, but at bottom the standard adopted by the court is…more

Post-Petition Transfers: Sixth Circuit Opines on 11 U.S.C. § 542 versus § 549

The United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit recently clarified whether a trustee could rely upon 11 U.S.C. § 542, and in the process side-step 11 U.S.C. § 549, to recover an unauthorized post-petition payment of…more

EEOC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment

The EEOC is seeking public comment on proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful workplace harassment under the federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the agency – namely, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title…more

The Old and the New – Day 3 Notes from the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

Day 3 of the JPMorgan healthcare conference was one of striking contrasts between the old and the new. (And, by the way, the rain finally stopped for a day, but it will be back tomorrow to finish off the last day of the conference)…more

Ostensible Agency, Hold the Class Certification: Would You Like Franchise With That?

It’s a common business model in the fast-food industry: a massive restaurant company provides the menu, the marketing—including catchy slogans and a universally recognized logo—and the basic operational standards for the restaurant…more

EPA Proposes Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory "Reset" Rule - Pragmatic Proposal Reflects Stakeholder Suggestions

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in today’s Federal Register its proposed approach to updating the list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the United States, commonly known as the TSCA…more

News from Abroad: Summary Report on the Final Guidance from the English Court of Appeal on Second Medical Use Patents

The final decision of the Court of Appeal in the Lyrica® litigation was handed down on 13 October 2016. This litigation, relating to the painkiller pregabalin marketed by Warner-Lambert for the treatment of pain under the name…more

IP Cases to Watch in 2017

The New Year brings excitement and anticipation of changes for the best. Some of the pending patent cases provide us with ample opportunity to expect something new and, if not always very desirable to everybody, at least different…more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2017

What's New - Members of the South Carolina General Assembly returned to Columbia on Tuesday, January 10th, to begin the first year of the 122nd Legislative Session. The top priorities facing lawmakers entering the new session…more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 1 - January 2017

As we enter our sixth year of publication, I am reminded of the old curse (or is it a blessing?), “may you live in interesting times.” Before our next edition is published, a new President will be seated in the Oval Office (for the…more

Children, Taxes, and Divorce

In many family law settlements, whether they are obtained voluntarily through an agreement or the result of litigation ending in a court order, certain provisions are made for minor children, including the support of the minor children…more

Alabama in 2017: The Road Ahead for Tax Legislation in Montgomery

The 2017 legislative session begins February 7th in Montgomery, and we expect several tax-related proposals to be considered during the session. Our readers may recall that the 2016 session ended with no long-term plan in place to…more

Setting the tone

I’ve been involved with so many small organizations both profit and non-profit in one form or another as employee, officer, or client. The one thing that is consistent with each organization is that the leadership sets the tone. The…more

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,” better…more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2017 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the 2017…more

Kentucky Legislature Moves to Lock Out Unions

Seyfarth Synopsis: This weekend Kentucky became the 27th state to pass right-to-work legislation, eliminating the right of unions to collect compelled-dues payments and providing a significant boost to employers hoping to operate…more

State Data Breach Notification Laws

While most state data breach notification statutes contain similar components, there are important differences, meaning a one-size-fits-all approach to notification will not suffice. What’s more, as data breaches continue to rise…more

Certain Information Statements for ISOs and ESPPs Due by January 31, 2017

As reported in Part 1 of our 2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List, Section 6039 of the Code requires employers to provide a written information statement to each employee or former employee and file information returns with the…more

Eighth Circuit Rules That ERISA Expressly Preempts Iowa Pharmacy Benefit Law

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that ERISA expressly preempts an Iowa law that imposes onerous regulatory requirements on pharmaceutical benefit managers operating in Iowa. The reversal carries…more

EEOC Seeks Public Input on Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment

The EEOC issued Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment on January 10, 2017. It is designed to consolidate numerous agency guidelines into one document and addresses hostile work environment harassment prohibited by…more

[Video]Day 12 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, creating a culture of data in compliance

You should work to create a culture of data in your compliance program. This comes from an understanding that data is a product, which you can consume internally in the compliance function. Your data is a corporate asset so why not use…more

REAL CLE Credit and Also a Bit About FAKE Lawyers: eDiscovery Trends

These are two totally unrelated topics, by the way.... ...In the latest post in his excellent LawSites blog (What’s With These Fake Lawyer Blogs and Twitter Accounts?), Bob Ambrogi mentions that he has “five very loyal followers…more

Fake News, Fake Art?  Richard Prince Disavows Work Depicting Ivanka Trump

There has been much discussion about the impact of the Presidential election on the art market, amidst much generalized anxiety about "fake news." What about "fake art?" Never one to be behind the curve, artist Richard Prince has…more

Understanding National Origin Discrimination – Part 1

In 2000, 7,792 complaints of discrimination based on national origin were filed with the EEOC. By 2002, in part because of the societal effects of 9/11, the number had increased to 9,046. In 2010, 11,304 such complaints were filed…more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables accounted for majority of new U.S. capacity in 2016 - Solar Industry Magazine - Jan 11 - Although the concrete statistics for the final months of last year aren't in yet, the…more

The Beltway Briefing: Trump Transition to Administration

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, give an update on the transition to the administration of Donald Trump and how this effects business and the political climate…more

Florida Fantasy Sports Regulations Coming Soon?

This week a Florida State Senator introduced proposed revisions to the State’s gaming laws intended to, among other things, regulate fantasy sports within the State of Florida. The bill proposes enacting the Fantasy Contest Amusement…more

Pizza! Pizza!: Little Caesar’s Repeated Term Slogans Are Not a “Family of Marks”

Although most people will recognize the ubiquitous PIZZA! PIZZA! slogan mark owned by the pizza chain Little Caesar’s, the company’s collection of repeated term marks does not rise to the level of a “family of marks” according to the…more

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York Confirms Chapter 11 Plan Less Than Two Weeks After Commencing Bankruptcy

On January 10, 2017, in the case of In re: Roust Corporation, et. al., (1623786 ) (RDD), pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”), Judge Robert D. Drain entered an order…more

Brexit: UK Trade Outside The UK

Roughly half of all UK trade is with non-EU countries1. It is argued that Brexit will accelerate the growth of this trade by enabling the UK to strike its own trade deals, particularly with the world’s largest and most dynamic…more

Failure to Timely Notify Results in Enforcement Action and Significant Settlement

For the first time, on January 9, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR) settled a HIPAA enforcement action based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected health…more

Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2017

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this report that examines what the litigation, enforcement, and regulatory landscape will look like in 2017. Inside, you will learn about: - Managing warranty, recall, and commercial…more

2017 May Be an Eventful Year for Student Loan Industry

As expected, student loans were a major issue in 2016, as the presidential election brought the issue to the forefront and regulatory scrutiny continued to rise. 2017 is now upon us, and the CFPB wasted no time getting the ball rolling…more

Culture: Meeting Regulatory Expectations

“Culture remains a key driver of significant risks … and the root cause of high-profile and significant failings. Our focus on culture in financial services firms and its impact on conduct has been, and remains, a priority. We are…more

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