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Lead Director Network: Viewpoints: A dialogue with Keith Higgins, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

On July 16, 2014, as part of a joint meeting between the Lead Director Network (LDN) and the Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN), members of both networks met with Keith Higgins, director of the Division of Corporation…more

Brilliantly Drafted Contract Not Enough to Make Fed Ex Drivers Independent Contractors

FedEx Ground delivery drivers are employees, not independent contractors, under California’s labor laws, the Ninth Circuit found, reversing a summary judgment for the delivery service. The drivers filed suit for employment expenses…more

The Uber Playbook: 5 Best Practices for Protecting Data Privacy

The risks are significant if managing sensitive data is not part of a proactive plan—the consequences can include penalties, sanctions and reputational damage…more

The Wire Act Applies Only To Sports Betting [article excerpts pp. 24-28]

The Wire Act Applies Only To Sports Betting [article excerpts pp. 24-28] : *The Wire Act does not purport to reach every form of wagering. Rather, Congress targeted a specific problem -- sports betting -- and only those entities…more

Another Approaching Benchslap for EEOC?

In a positively delightful “man bites dog” story, a former EEOC investigator just filed suit against the EEOC alleging race discrimination, racially hostile work environment, and retaliation in violation of Title VII and the Civil…more

Genus Claims Require Disclosure of “Representative Species Encompassing the Breadth of the Genus”

AbbVie Deutschland GmbH & Co., KG v. Janssen Biotech, Inc. - Finding that a patent specification did not disclose a representative number of antibody species within the claimed genus, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal…more

International Tax News - August 2014

UKRAINE: NEW ANTI-CRISIS TAX MEASURES - The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s Supreme Council, has approved amendments to the country’s tax law. Among the changes are amendments affecting the corporate profit tax and excise duty, as…more

Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Swaps/Sales Spark Thousands of Filings at the FCC; Responses Due Sept. 23

The proposed merger of the two largest cable operators in the country, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and the related system swaps and sales involving Charter Communications, have generated an enormous amount of press coverage (see the…more

The Return of Biotech IPOs

Biotech IPO market activity has recently returned to levels not seen since before the financial crisis. This has been brought about in part by the accommodations afforded issuers under the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act (“JOBS…more

Feds Announce Application Process for Rural Broadband Experiments

On August 19th, the Federal Communications Commission released a public notice detailing the application process for entities interested in participating in the rural broadband experiments. The notice outlines specific application…more

NIST Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), publishers of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (the “Framework”) last February, have published a Request for Information in the Federal…more

Judge Forrest sets schedule for pruning claims

Judge Forrest, in a four-patent case having 64 asserted claims, ordered the plaintiff to reduce its asserted claim count to 16 within 7 days following the court’s Markman decision, and she said she will require additional reduction..…more

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