Vernon Francis

Vernon Francis

Dechert LLP

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EU and US Reach Agreement in Principle on Successor to ‘Safe Harbor’ for Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers

The European Commission announced an agreement in principle on a new framework for data transfers to replace the “Safe Harbor” arrangement that had governed data flows between the United States and Europe for the past 15...more

2/5/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) CJEU EU EU-US Privacy Shield FTC International Data Transfers Personal Data Safe Harbors Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner

FINRA Letter Announces Cybersecurity as 2016 Exam Priority

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) released its annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter on January 5, listing cybersecurity as a 2016 examination priority. This letter broadly identifies new and...more

1/11/2016 - Cybersecurity Examination Priorities FINRA Investor Protection Popular Risk Management

Fisher Revisits "Strict Scrutiny" As Applied to Affirmative Action in College Admissions Programs

In an Opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy for a 7-1 majority, the United States Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al., allowed public colleges and universities to retain their affirmative...more

7/2/2013 - Affirmative Action College Admissions Diversity Fisher v University of Texas SCOTUS Strict Scrutiny Standard Universities

Ninth Circuit Affirms Conviction in Harkonen, Rejects the Defendant’s “Off-Label” First Amendment Challenge

On March 4, 2013, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in United States v. Harkonen,1 a case in which the CEO of a pharmaceutical company was prosecuted for transmitting...more

3/13/2013 - First Amendment Free Speech Marketing Off-Label Promotion Off-Label Use Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Drugs

Cybersecurity Disclosure: The Risks Of Silence

With the rise in targeted, sophisticated, malicious attacks on corporate America’s electronic infrastructure, companies are increasingly focused on their cybersecurity disclosure obligations. There is a growing concern that...more

3/11/2013 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Disclosure Requirements SEC

White House Issues Executive Order on CyberSecurity

The Obama Administration has long expressed concerns about the vulnerability of America’s critical infrastructure to cyber-attack. On February 12, 2012, the day of the President’s State of the Union address, the...more

3/1/2013 - Barack Obama Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework DHS Executive Orders Fair Information Practice Principles Information Sharing Infrastructure NIST OMB

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