Melissa Murawsky

Melissa Murawsky

Blank Rome LLP

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Beware of Confidentiality Agreements with Employees; Make Sure They Don’t Stifle Whistleblowing

On April 1, 2015, the SEC announced its first enforcement action against a company for utilizing language in a confidentiality agreement which could discourage whistleblowing....more

4/23/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements Enforcement Actions Internal Investigations KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Rule 21F SEC Securities Exchange Act Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

SEC Proposes Rules for Hedging Disclosure

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission, as required by Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Act, issued proposed rules requiring enhanced proxy disclosure of a company’s hedging policies for its directors,...more

2/18/2015 - Dodd-Frank Hedging Proposed Regulation Proxy Statements Public Disclosure Publicly-Traded Companies Regulation S-K SEC

Broker-Dealers Ignoring Red Flags Lead to SEC Releases and Enforcement Action

In October 2014, the SEC’s Division of Trading & Markets issued FAQs to remind broker-dealers of their obligation to conduct a reasonable inquiry when selling securities in an unregistered transaction in reliance on Section...more

10/27/2014 - Broker-Dealer Due Diligence SEC Section 5 Small Offering Exemptions

New Revenue Recognition Standard Adopted

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) issued jointly written revenue recognition standards on May 28, 2014. The new guidance standardizes how companies...more

6/18/2014 - FASB GAAP IFRS Revenue

SEC Issues Partial Stay of Conflict Minerals Rule

On Friday, the SEC issued an official order staying the effective date for compliance with the portions of the conflict mineral rules that would require issuers to make statements that the United States Court of Appeals for...more

5/5/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules First Amendment SEC Stays

SEC Issues Statement Regarding the Status of the Conflict Minerals Rule

Today the SEC issued a Statement on the Effect of the Recent Court of Appeals Decision on the Conflict Minerals Rule. (See our earlier blogs regarding the conflict minerals rule and the legal challenge thereto). Form SD...more

4/29/2014 - Appeals Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Form SD SEC

Conflict Minerals…the Legal Saga Continues…

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its opinion on the conflict minerals legal challenge. The ruling rejected a number of the petitioner’s arguments, but agreed with the...more

4/15/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank First Amendment Form SD SEC

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