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Cookies, Directories, Advertising and Personal Data: New EU Rules on Privacy in Electronic Communications

The Digital Single Market Strategy ("DSM Strategy") had, as an objective, to increase trust in and the security of digital services. In that context, the EC proposed a reform of the data protection framework across the EU, which…more

Constitutional Standing Provides Fertile Battleground In Data Breach Litigation

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…more

Boehringer Ingelheim’s biosimilar candidate to Humira accepted for review by FDA and EMA

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that its adalimumab biosimilar (biosimilar to Humira) has been accepted for regulatory review by the FDA and the EMA (European Medicines Agency). This is the second biosimilar candidate to…more

Social Security Number Privacy Policies: A How-To Guide

Social Security Numbers (“SSN”) were originally established by the Social Security Administration to track earnings and eligibility for Social Security benefits. Because a SSN is a unique personal identifier that rarely changes…more

California Court Declines to Issue DTSA Seizure Order

On January 6, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued one of its first decisions interpreting the ex parte seizure provisions found in the recently enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA)…more

California Supreme Court Holds That California Law Requires Unencumbered Rest Breaks

California law requires most employers to authorize paid rest breaks for non-exempt employees of at least 10 minutes for each four hours worked or a major fraction thereof, and to provide this rest break approximately mid-way through…more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 30th, 2016

My final client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2016 is below. It has been a quite week in the world of distribution. Here’s to a 2017 filled with much success and happiness. Happy New Year…more

Secured Lenders Beware: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Holds Fee Cap

The influential Delaware bankruptcy court issued a recent decision that all secured lenders need to be aware of. In this decision, the bankruptcy court held that the fees of the official creditors’ committee were not limited by the…more

Car Technologies Capture Attention, Excitement at CES 2017

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, automotive technology continued its growing role at the show and shared the spotlight with virtual and augmented reality systems, video recording toothbrushes, and smart home products such as…more

4 Factors Influencing Enhanced Damages After Halo

This article considers district court decisions on enhanced damages issued within the first six months after Halo, particularly focusing on the factors that influence whether enhanced damages are ultimately awarded. Our article…more

CFPB Issues First Ever Debt Collection Survey on Its Path to Regulating the Industry

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB" or "Bureau") released findings of a survey (the "Survey") on consumer views on debt and the debt collection process. The Survey takes aim at not only third party debt collectors, those…more

Substantive Consolidation - Recent Decisions Examine a Bankruptcy Court’s Ability to Augment a Debtor’s Estate

Two recent opinions concerning the law of substantive consolidation should be of interest to business owners and commercial real estate market participants. The doctrine of substantive consolidation allows a bankruptcy court, in…more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES A.

A. An insured killed by a thief driving the insured’s vehicle is entitled to coverage under his S.P.F. 44 Endorsement, notwithstanding that one part of the definition of “inadequately insured motorist” purports to exclude coverage…more

FTC Announces Settlement of Two Big Robocall Lawsuits

Last Friday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced settlements in two separate robocall lawsuits commenced against businesses and their respective principals for the alleged placement of telemarketing calls to numerous…more

January 20, 2017; A Historical Day

This is another article in our series addressing the continued deterioration and downward spiral of multi-employer defined benefit pension funds and the resulting impact upon participants, unions and most importantly on employers…more

Chair White’s Remarks

On January 17, Chair White delivered a speech at The Economic Club of New York, which was titled “The SEC after the Financial Crisis: Protecting Investors, Preserving Markets.” Chair White commented on the Securities and Exchange…more

Delaware Moves to Revamp Its Unclaimed Property Law

On January 12, 2017, the Delaware Senate introduced legislation that represents a complete rewrite of the state’s Escheats Law, currently codified at 12 Del. Code Ann. § 1130 et seq. The bill – SB 13 – is essentially the…more

Cybersecurity Incident Response: Who You Gonna Call?

Who should you call when you suspect, or are certain of, a data breach? Data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents have become of a fact of life. Yahoo! recently disclosed that data for over one billion users was compromised in…more

New law to combat counterfeiting: what does it mean for businesses and brand owners?

In a win for legitimate brand owners, businesses in the UAE dealing with counterfeit products now face far greater penalties. The maximum penalty for involvement in counterfeiting is now AED 1 million (approx. US$275,000) for…more

Establishment of the Parallel Market of the Saudi Stock Exchange

Background - On 21 December 2016, the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia (the CMA) approved the Parallel Market Listing Rules (the Rules), thereby establishing the Parallel Market, an alternative market to the Main Market of…more

EPA's First Regulation of Nanomaterials May Impact Supply Chains

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a controversial rule requiring all persons who propose to commence manufacturing or processing certain nanoscale materials, or who have done so in the past…more

Consumer Review Fairness Act Prevents Companies From Stifling Negative Consumer Reviews

Troubled by the effect of inaccurate or unfair negative online reviews of their businesses, some companies have inserted "anti-disparagement clauses" into their consumer-facing contracts. From the start, these clauses have faced legal…more

NCSL Task Force on SALT Meets in Anticipation of Active Legislative Sessions

On Saturday, January 14, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Task Force on State and Local Taxation (Task Force) met in Scottsdale, Arizona to discuss many of the key legislative issues that are likely to be considered…more

New York Employment Law Update

This Client Bulletin provides an update on New York State (NYS) and New York City (NYC) employment law. Paid Family Leave (NYS) - Beginning January 1, 2018, New York State will have the most comprehensive paid leave program…more

Loans Between Related Entities

What Was Intended? Over the last thirty years, I have reviewed the income tax returns of many closely held corporations and partnerships. Quite often, on Schedule L (the balance sheet), I will see an entry for “other assets” or…more

New York Increases its Minimum Wage Rate and the Minimum Salary Level for Exempt

New York is among a number of states implementing minimum wage increases for 2017; however, New York also increased the minimum salary levels needed to be considered exempt from overtime pay requirements under state law. On…more

EEOC Releases Guidance Concerning the Mental Health Provider’s Role in ADA Reasonable Accommodation Requests

The EEOC recently published guidance for mental health providers describing their role in an employee or applicant’s request for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). While the guidance is…more

Summary and implications of proposed 'Counteracting Russian Hostilities Act of 2017'

On January 10, 2017, a bipartisan group of senators released proposed sanctions legislation targeting Russia, entitled the “Counteracting Russian Hostilities Act of 2017” (the “Bill”). If enacted, the Bill would require the President…more

TSCA: EPA Proposes Requirements for TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive)

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule that would require an electronic notification for chemical substances listed on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory that were…more

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to transfers of…more

SBA's New Rule Offers Some Welcome Changes for the Franchise Community

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a key player in franchise development, providing loan guarantees for franchisee start-ups. As a condition for providing these guarantees, the SBA historically required a franchisee to…more

The Implications of Insureds’ Illegal Conduct

Allegations of corporate bribery and corruption are increasingly frequent. According to a recent report by PwC, the World Bank estimates that more than $1 trillion is paid in bribes each year and 55 percent of global CEOs remain…more

Supreme Court Agrees To Wade Into Class Waiver Conflict

In a widely expected move, the U.S. Supreme Court just agreed to settle a dispute about whether employers can use mandatory class action waivers with their workers. The decision, which should be issued by June 2017, will provide…more

France Adopts Legislation Strengthening Immunity from Execution of Foreign States

To some extent on the blueprint of the 2015 Belgian law, the French Parliament has given final approval, on 8 November 2016, to a piece of legislation aimed at enhancing the legal protection offered to the property of foreign States…more

European Banking Authority Updates the Recommendations on Equivalence of Confidentiality Regimes

The European Banking Authority published an updated recommendation on the equivalence of the confidentiality regimes of third country supervisory authorities. The EU Capital Requirements Directive provides that third country…more

FDA Finalizes Guidance on Postmarket Management of Medical Device Cybersecurity

On December 28, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on the postmarket management of cybersecurity in medical devices. The guidance outlines nonbinding recommendations on how device manufacturers should…more

New rules for conclusion of major and interested party transactions

The approval of major and interested party transactions by Russian limited liability companies and joint stock companies has for many years been a source of practical difficulties for corporate lawyers and caused legal uncertainties…more

Breaking Up Is Not Hard To Do – Fractions, Scrip And Scrippage

The California General Corporation Law explicitly authorizes a corporation to issue fractional shares. Cal. Corp. Code § 407. A corporation, however, is not required to do so. Id. In lieu of issuing fractions, a corporation may in…more

New General License Authorizes Transactions with Sudan

Effective January 17, 2017, a new general license authorizes a broad range of activities previously prohibited under the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR), including most transactions with individuals and entities in Sudan and the…more

Christmas party incident of sexual harassment leads to dismissal, then reinstatement, of firefighter

A male firefighter who had been “drinking heavily” has won reinstatement to his job after being fired for sexually harassing a female coworker at the fire department’s Christmas party. The Christmas party was held at a restaurant…more

Dodging Disparate Impact Claims

There has been significant buzz lately regarding the risk of discrimination in the sharing economy. Not only has the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its intent to prioritize protections in the on-demand economy…more

Split Dollar Shing-a-Ling! Employing the Concepts of Inter-Generational Split Dollar in Compensatory Split Dollar Arrangements

Overview - In the last ten years, life insurance producers and their counsel have quietly transferred great fortunes with minimal gift and estate taxation using intergenerational split dollar life insurance programs. This planning…more

U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidance Interpreting Civil Rights Laws Protecting Students with Disabilities

Regulators have given school districts new guidance on how to remain compliant with federal laws concerning services to students with disabilities thanks to some year-end agency filings. U.S. Department of Education filed a slew…more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action: Part I

When most people across the globe think of Rolls-Royce, one word comes to mind – excellence. Yet that image largely relates to Rolls-Royce Limited, the automobile manufacturer, which was founded in 1909. Just a few years later, to…more

Central Bank of UAE issues new security requirements for digital payments and prohibits virtual currencies

The Regulatory Framework for Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems (Regulation) issued by the UAE's Central Bank came into effect on 1 January 2017. Digital payment service providers in the UAE must now comply with a range of…more

DOL Nominee Puzder To Withdraw?

Andrew Puzder, President-elect Trump’s choice to head the Department of Labor, may ask that his nomination be withdrawn, according to reports in New York magazine and Politico, quoting a Republican source close to the Trump transition…more

Trademark Solicitation Scams

Last month the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“the Office”) announced its cooperation in a Department of Justice investigation into a trademark scam perpetrated by two California men that defrauded about 4,446 people of…more

Amgen v. Sandoz: SCOTUS to Solve the Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma

Last week, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari review of the Amgen v. Sandoz decision. Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., 794 F.3d 1347, 1351 (Fed. Cir. 2015), cert. granted, (U.S. Jan. 13, 2017). In Amgen v. Sandoz, the Federal…more

Obama Administration To Terminate Sudan Sanctions Program

Key Points - - Effective today, a new general license reverses two decades of U.S. policy by authorizing all transactions otherwise prohibited by the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR), including all transactions with Sudan…more

[Video]Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 25

In this episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into a couple of recent SEC enforcement actions. The first involved L-3 Technologies and accounting irregularities. The second involves BlackRock and the continued issues around…more

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