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Can Mike Huckabee Get an Amen! for his “Eye of the Tiger” Copyright Infringement Defense?

During his presidential campaign last September, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee made a well-publicized appearance at a rally for Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex…more

Businesses Take Note: The FTC Assesses Big Data Practices

Businesses engaged in big data practices should be mindful of a new report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in which the FTC serves notice of its intention to monitor areas where big data practices can violate consumer…more

Florida District Court Holds That Successor and Assign of Original Lender Has Standing to Enforce Jury Trial Waiver While Loan Servicer Does Not

While California does not permit pre-dispute jury trial waivers, jury trial waivers are enforceable in many states. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently held in Thompson v. Caliber Home Loans, Inc.…more

Miller Canfield Secures Court Order Stopping Enforcement of Law Barring Objectively Neutral Speech by Public Officials

On February 5, 2016, United States District Court Judge John Corbett O’Meara issued an Opinion and Order granting a preliminary injunction and blocking enforcement of §57(3) of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, which barred public…more

California-Based Pharmaceutical Company Settles with SEC Regarding FCPA Offenses in China

On February 4, the SEC settled FCPA allegations with a California-based pharmaceutical company with a cease and desist order finding that the company violated the FCPA’s anti-bribery, books and records, and internal controls provisions…more

New York Jets Settle Cheerleaders’ Wage Lawsuit

Last week, a New Jersey state judge approved a $324,000 settlement between the New York Jets (the “Jets”) and 52 female cheerleaders stemming from a class action lawsuit seeking unpaid wages and reimbursement of work-related expenses…more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 2/5/16

Augmented reality goes to the Superbowl; Cisco commits to the Internet of Things with a billion-dollar embrace (even as IBM belatedly embraces the cloud); the staying power of the sharing economy is questioned; and more……more

Global Tax News - February 2016

The European Commission has released its highly anticipated anti-tax-avoidance package. The package, released January 28, 2016, contains proposed rules and recommendations to avoid aggressive tax planning within the European…more

2015 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments: A Powerful Discovery Tool

The amended rules aid in controlling the scope of discovery and managing its risks. Two months have passed since the effective date of the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are applicable to all cases…more

CFPB Monthly Complaint Snapshot Highlights Financial Services Markets

On January 28, the CFPB released its monthly complaint report focusing on a number of financial services markets, including debt settlement, check cashing, tax refund anticipation checks, money order providers, and credit repair. The…more

IRS Revokes Ruling That Imposed Excise Tax On Wholly Foreign Reinsurance Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service recently revoked a 2008 ruling that a 1% excise tax under section 4371(3) of the Internal Revenue Code applied to “reinsurance premiums paid by one foreign insurer or reinsurer to another.” The IRS’s shift…more

Supreme Court Leaves Door Open to Class Action Settlement Offer Pick-Off Defense

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 577 U.S. --- (2016), that a lawsuit is not moot after a plaintiff declines to accept an offer of judgment made by the defendant pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil…more

Safe! Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor Plans Permitted

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued long-awaited relief to sponsors of safe harbor 401(k) plans. For years, many employers have relied on various safe harbor plans designs to avoid generally applicable nondiscrimination…more

Before Your Han Solo Dies, Have a Business Estate Plan

In a Galaxy, Far Far Away, Han Solo ran a smuggling business with his good buddy Chewbacca in his ship, The Millennium Falcon. He would occasionally have a crew but they would always end up dying (I wouldn’t want to work for him…more

Department of the Interior Releases Proposed Rule to Reduce Waste of Natural Gas

Advances in oil and gas production technology, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, have dramatically increased the production of oil and gas in the United States by unlocking shale gas and other resources that were…more

Guide to ESI Preservation Responsibilities 2016

Abstract - A guide for clients, lawyers, information technology staff and others interested in the litigation-related obligation to preserve electronically stored information (ESI) in United States litigation. The Importance…more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 2, DBRS released its critical obligations rating criteria. On February 1, KBRA released its general rating methodology as it pertains to corporate issuers…more

Update – Disapproving the Approval Process: IRS Provides Additional Guidance on the Curtailment of the Determination Letter Program

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) recently released Notice 2016-03, which provides additional details for plan sponsors on the curtailment of the determination letter process for individually designed tax-qualified retirement…more

Draft UK Income-based Carried Interest Legislation Published

Proposed new UK rules will tax carried interest in certain funds as income, with only specified funds entitled to capital gains treatment - The UK government published draft legislation on 9 December 2015 amending the tax…more

Jesinoski Update: TILA Rescission in a Post-Jesinoski World

A little over one year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 790 (2015), which resolved a circuit court spit regarding how a mortgage borrower may exercise the right of…more

Protecting Young Players from Head Injuries

Playing sports is a great way to improve a child’s health and enhance their athletic skill. While competition can be exciting and enjoyable, it can also be rather dangerous. Each year thousands of young players are injured while…more

Fannie And Freddie – Newly Implemented Independent Dispute Resolution

On February 2, 2016, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae took another step towards helping sellers of loans manage risk more effectively, and in turn, strengthen the home lending system. Through concurrently released announcements, Freddie…more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Infrastructure, workforce development, Sharia Law, and automobile dealer closing fees seemed to dominate last week’s activities of the South Carolina General Assembly. Below are a few highlights..…more

Malicious Prosecution Case to Continue Against Patrick Henry Community College Athletic Director

An affair between a college coach and a basketball player, a disputed confrontation between parents and a college administrator, accusations of assault and kidnapping, fifteen days in jail, claims of false arrest and malicious…more

Amendments to ESI Spoliation Sanctions Seek to Create Uniformity in Federal Courts

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) sets forth the requirements for the retention of electronically stored information ("ESI") and the corresponding sanctions available to remedy the loss of ESI. New amendments to Rule 37(e) came…more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2016

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Investment Company Program - SBA proposed a rule defining a new class of small business investment companies (SBICs) that will seek to generate positive and measurable social…more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 5

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Approves FINRA’s Funding Portal Rules - On January 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s funding portal rules and related forms for entities…more

Federal Trade Commission revises Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for 2016

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the new, revised jurisdictional thresholds for reporting transactions pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act). The new…more

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court

Authorizing Relocated Ones Upheld by Court; Constitutional Challenges Rejected; Injunction Order to Remove Billboard Affirmed - The City of Corona has prevailed in a constitutional challenge to its enforcement of a 12-year-old…more

Monkey Business: A Primate Can’t Claim Copyright in Selfies

Order Granting Motions to Dismiss, Naruto, et al. v. Slater, et al., Case No. 15-cv-04324-WHO (Judge William Orrick) - Are photographic “selfies” a uniquely human conceit? Parties in a Northern District copyright lawsuit who…more

New Year's Resolution: Comply with Small Business Subcontracting Plan

Agenda - - Contractor Responsibilities - Compliance with Subcontracting Requirements - Common Compliance Issues - Helpful Tips to Handle SBA Reviews - Upcoming Developments Please see full…more

Spud Webb and Corporate Culture

On this day 30 years ago, history was made when Spud Webb won the 3rd NBA Slam Dunk contest. Webb joined future Hall-of-Famers Michael Jordan, who won the inaugural contest in 1984, and Dominic Wilkins, who won the second event in…more

INTERPOL’s CCF: Movement toward transparency

Given the fact that I have done my share of complaining about the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files demonstrating a lack of transparency and the need for more disclosure about its decision-making process, it is only fair…more

New Competition Act and Investment Canada Act Review Thresholds Announced For 2016

On February 5, 2016, the Competition Bureau announced the 2016 “size of transaction” pre-merger notification threshold under the Competition Act would increase to $87 million; the 2015 threshold was $86 million. Acquisitions may be…more

Website HTML Is Copyrightable, Even If Look and Feel Is Not

In a notable ruling last month, a California district court ruled that the HTML underlying a custom search results page of an online advertising creation platform is copyrightable. In Media.net Advertising FZ-LLC v. Netseer Inc.…more

Employment Law Round-up

In this edition we will be taking a look at the issues that are likely to be affecting employers in 2016, starting with a round-up of the cases to watch out for which will affect redundancy consultation processes, the extent of…more

EPA Releases Draft NPDES Pesticide General Permit for Discharges

On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from the Application of Pesticides in the Federal Register…more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 2

State Tax Department Releases New Draft Article 9-A Combined Reporting Regulations - The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has released draft amendments to the Article 9-A corporate franchise tax regulations to…more

Financial Services Regulation - Exchange International Newsletter - Issue 28 - January 2016

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-eighth edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in the…more

Will The Real Super Bowl Advertisers Please Stand Up?

It’s over. Super Bowl 50 is now a part of history. Living in Indianapolis, I am very happy for Peyton Manning. Whatever he decides, and I think we all know what’s coming, he can go out on top, proud of the legacy he left behind in two…more

Advertising Law - February 2016

Tensions Mount Prior to Contract Renewal Between Industry, SAG-AFTRA - The ad industry and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists plan to negotiate successor agreements to the current…more

Bankruptcy Trumps Collective Bargaining Agreement

A federal court recently ruled that the Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”) permits an employer to escape their expired collective bargaining agreement obligations under certain circumstances. In the matter of In re Trump Entertainment…more

Gilkyson v Disney Enterprises, Inc. - Calif. Appeal Court, 2nd App. District, Div. 7, January 27, 2016

Appellate court finds that claim for breach of contract for contractual royalties brought against Disney by heirs of Terry Gilkyson, songwriter for “The Jungle Book” film, are not time-barred, based on application of continuous accrual…more

Will 2015 IRS Notice Boost Foundations’ Mission-Related Investing in 2016?

Foundations are effective vehicles for families who want to make a collective philanthropic impact now and for generations to come. Traditionally, foundations have achieved this impact solely through strategic grantmaking. A growing…more

Selecting the Appropriate Patent Counsel and Why It Matters

In the interest of full disclosure, “yes,” this particular blog post is a marketing piece. But, it is also intended to be educational and inform prospective clients why it matters who they select to work with to identify innovations…more

Proposed Changes to Quebec Derivatives Regulation Will Impact Dealers, Advisers and Hedgers

This Bulletin highlights the impact of proposed amendments to the Quebec Derivatives Regulation (QDR) on dealers and advisers that are not registered in Quebec to trade standardized derivatives, on persons who intend to rely on the…more

Delaware Bankruptcy Courts Foreclose Creative Attempts to Distinguish ASARCO

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Baker Botts L.L.P. v. ASARCO LLC, 135 S. Ct. 2158 (2015), denying compensation to two law firms for the fees they incurred in defending objections to their fee…more

OFAC Finds "Facilitation" Violation Against Health Product Giant

The Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) reminded the public Thursday of the breadth and danger of the prohibition on "facilitation" of transactions with sanctioned entities and countries and the importance of carefully reviewing…more

[Video]Employment Law This Week: Equal Pay Data, HIV-Positive Employees, DOL’s Fiduciary Rule, NJ Harassment Defense

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that could impact…more

EC Publishes Inception Impact Assessment Concerning Possible REACH Annex Amendments for Registration of Nanomaterials

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission (EC) published an inception impact assessment concerning “Possible amendments of Annexes to REACH for registration of nanomaterials.” According to the inception impact assessment, the EC…more

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