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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Banking Authority Publishes Opinion on European Commission's Proposed Amendments to ITS - On April 16, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published via its website an opinion dated April 4, 2014 on...more

Focused on Franchise - April 2014

FRANCHISEE 101: Terminated Franchisee Can Pursue Fraudulent Disclosure Claims - In Solanki v. 7-Eleven, Inc., a U. S. District Court in New York ruled that a terminated 7-Eleven franchisee who decided to purchase a...more

SEC Staff to Conduct Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Examinations Focused on Cybersecurity

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (the “SEC” or the “Commission”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced in an April 15, 2014 Risk Alert (the “Alert”) that it will be conducting...more

IPO Guidance on Copyright Reforms

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published guidance for copyright owners and consumers which outlines certain changes to current copyright law due to come into force on 1 June 2014....more

Telephone Numbers – An infinitely available scarce resource

How can something infinite still be a scarce resource? In telecoms that’s exactly what numbers are considered, and they are managed carefully by regulators and operators alike. And with the advent of many more new...more

FTC Seeks Further Public Comment On Mobile Security

On April 17, the FTC announced it is seeking additional public comments on issues explored during a 2013 forum on mobile security. The announcement includes a series of specific questions within the following categories: (i)...more

Trio Of Cases Between Insurers And Reinsurers Reduced To Two

Within weeks of each other, three suits were filed involving overlapping parties and similar claims regarding arbitration of disputes arising from reinsurance agreements between Transatlantic and Continental and between...more

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Hearings and...more

California Encourages Building Efficiency by Implementing Energy Benchmarking Legislation

After a series of delays, California has implemented new energy disclosure legislation requiring nonresidential building owners to disclose energy information to parties to transactions as well as to the California Energy...more

Tribally-affiliated lenders file opposition to CFPB’s petition to enforce CIDs

We recently reported that the CFPB has filed a petition in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California seeking to enforce the civil investigative demands (CIDs) it issued in June 2012 to three...more

IP Decisions Abound at the Supreme Court in Spring 2014

After leaving the realm of intellectual property law alone for decades, and allowing the Federal Circuit 25 years of mostly undisturbed jurisprudence, the United States Supreme Court has strongly reestablished its presence...more

SEC Issues FAQs on Rule 15c3-5 for Broker Dealers with Market Access

On April 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets issued guidance in the form of 19 frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Rule 15c3-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act),...more

What’s Driving the Strong U.S. IPO Market? A Look at the JOBS Act at Its Second Anniversary In Light of the Increased IPO Volume

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), designed to stimulate IPO activity in the U.S. is celebrating its second anniversary this month at a time when U.S. IPO activity is at a high since 2000. While...more

“May I Record A Conversation With My Employee Without His Knowledge?”

At the Pullman & Comley Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Seminar recently, I was asked by one of the attendees, an HR Director, whether she could record a disciplinary meeting with a troublesome employee without...more

Lessons For Suppliers From GM’s Belated Ignition Switch Recall

GM’s well-crafted, post-bankruptcy image as a more efficient, product savvy, financially prudent, customer-focused automaker is suffering severe damage. The cause of the damage is that GM did not recall until this year over a...more

GM Ignition Switch Recalls — Did the Company Conceal Known Dangers?

In March of 2010, Atlanta pediatric nurse Brooke Melton was driving to her boyfriend’s home to celebrate her 29th birthday when she was killed in a tragic automobile accident. The vehicle’s black box indicated that the...more

Further Affiant Sayeth Naught: The Import Of Personal Knowledge In Class Certification Affidavits

The Eastern District of Virginia weighed in on the split among federal district courts as to whether affidavits in support of or in opposition to motions for class certification must be based on personal knowledge. The...more

Vermont Goes GMO Alone

In January, this space discussed the Maine and Connecticut laws that would require labeling for foods made with geneticially engineered ingredients (GMOs). Each of the bills had a trigger qualification: 4 other states, or...more

A Small Step Toward "Redevelopment 2.0"? Gov. Brown's Proposal to Expand the Use of Infrastructure Financing Districts

Over two years have passed since Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature dissolved the 400-plus redevelopment agencies throughout the state and ordered them to wind down their operations and finances, with the goal of...more

Treating Mental Illness? Special Privacy Considerations Apply to Healthcare Providers

Decisions and unresolved questions about when and how to share information about mental illness treatment continue to make headlines. A variety of groups, including health care providers, law enforcement and mental health...more

Appointment Of Independent Directors On The Eve Of Bankruptcy: Why The Growing Trend? Examining Delaware Corporate Governance...

Here, we discuss the corporate governance implications corporate fiduciaries are confronted with when the corporation is operating in the zone of insolvency and when the company is actually insolvent. We also discuss some of...more

In for a Penny, in for a Pound

It is generally known that those who infringe a patent are liable for committing the act of infringement. In the vast majority of cases this is the person who produces patent-infringing goods or sells or uses a patented...more

EPA Issues Proposed Rule Interpreting Jurisdictional Reach of Clean Water Act: Deadline for Comments on the Proposed Rule is July...

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) formally issued a Proposed Rule today designed to clarify their regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The Proposed Rule will...more

Spain: Football player sentenced to prison for personal injury

The Criminal Court of Vigo sentenced a local football player to 4 months imprisonment for a personal injury offence which occurred in a football game in Vigo, a city situated in north-west Spain. The offence was...more

China Overhauls Regulation on the Medical Device Industry

The Chinese Central Government recently adopted material amendments to the Regulation on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices, which will bring significant changes for medical device companies operating in...more

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