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House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act; Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 is Introduced

On April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (H.R. 4498) (the “HALOS Act”), which was first introduced on April 16, 2015. The HALOS Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation D...more

Alert: EU Sector Inquiry Highlights Online 'Geo-Blocking' – Future Enforcement Action Likely

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published an issues paper presenting its initial findings on "geo-blocking", as part of its wide-ranging inquiry into competition in the EU e-commerce sector. This sector...more

Currently Pending FCC Petitions in TCPA Matters

With the TCPA dockets remaining active going into 2016, we decided to put together a list of notable petitions pending at the FCC. The following list provides details on most petitions that the FCC has yet to rule on,...more

Million Dollar Martini: How to Shake Up Your Network and Mix Up Big Deals

You’ve taken the traditional marketing routes: ads in the local paper, perhaps a quick spot on the radio or a basic web page. But, how do you mix in that extra ingredient that will put your company on top? What can push your...more

Everything but the Kitchen Sink: New Data Types and E-Discovery

Almost any activity we take part in creates data; it no longer resides just on email servers or your laptop or mobile phones. Data resides in the cloud, in apps, on social media, in your watch or fitness tracker. For...more

Why a Recent Ruling on Disability Access Serves as a Warning to All Businesses Operating Public Websites

Any business operating a website for use by customers or other members of the public should take heed of a recent California decision that found a retailer liable for violations of federal and state disability access laws...more

Microsoft Sues Justice Department Claiming Statute That Authorizes “Gag Orders” Is Unconstitutional

Adding to the number of recent, high-profile confrontations between the government and tech companies concerning the limits of government investigations and the protection of privacy interests, last week, Microsoft filed a...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1142

Ministerial Decisions - Ministry of Information - Ministerial Decision No. 42/2016 Amending some provisions of the implementing regulations of the Press and Publications Law. Issued on 5 April 2016. Effective from...more

Federal Crowdfunding: What Comes Next?

In our original article on this subject, “SEC Finally Adopts Federal Crowdfunding Rules: All That Glitters May Not Be Gold,” we discussed some of the highlights of the final federal crowdfunding rule (the “Regulation”)...more

News Corp Complains about Google

News Corp recently filed a complaint with the European Commission against Google over “improper scraping of content for use in search results.” News Corp alleges that Google takes News Corp content and makes it available in...more

Federal Crowdfunding: Practical Considerations For Interested Parties

This is the second of a series of articles on the final federal crowdfunding rule (the “Regulation”) recently adopted by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”). As explained more fully in our original article, federal...more

California Releases Marketplace Lending Data

The California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) has issued a summary report of aggregate data provided by the companies that responded to the DBO's online survey sent to 14 marketplace lenders engaged in online consumer...more

Record Fine, Possible “Death Sentence” for Alleged Lifeline Violations Proposed by FCC

On April 7, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) against a wireless Lifeline provider, Total Call Mobile, Inc. (“Total Call”). An investigation conducted by the Universal Service Administrative Company...more

FinCEN Proposes to Amend Definition of Broker-Dealer in Securities to Include Funding Portals

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed to amend the Bank Secrecy Act’s (BSA) definition of “Broker or Dealer in Securities” to include funding portals in order to ensure that funding portals implement...more

Offshore Leaks and the New Transparency

Last week’s joint investigation by Huffington Post and Fairfax Media into oil intermediary Unaoil, which offered up revelations that seem to implicate a number of big oil and gas companies in grand corruption, quickly...more

Dealing with Email Fraud? These Simple Steps Can Recover Assets in an Emergency

According to the FBI, there has recently been a significant spike in email fraud, costing businesses billions in the last two years – with a significant portion of these funds landing in Hong Kong bank accounts. If your...more

Blog: Why Entrepreneurs Should Care About the FCC

You’re an entrepreneur developing cutting edge technology, so why should you care about the Federal Communications Commission? If you think the FCC only regulates broadcasters and old-time telephone and cable companies, the...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Capital Formation Legislative Update

On March 22, 2016, Congressman French Hill introduced a bill, HR 4831, that would amend the 100-holder restriction on S corporations in the limited case of shares acquired through crowdfunded offerings or Regulation A...more

Popular Cybersecurity Reads - Training, Cyber Insurance, the Internet of Things, and More

A convenient recap of some of the most popular cybsecurity-related posts published on JD Supra during last month....more

Alert: SEC Invites the "Crowd" Into Equity Financing

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted final rules ("Regulation Crowdfunding") and forms implementing the crowdfunding provisions of Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups...more

The Next Level of Investor Communication

Last year about this time General Electric made a splash with its revamped Form 10-K, which it augmented with a short video introduction from its CEO, Jeff Immelt. This year, GE launched what it calls an Integrated Summary...more

Brazil: Municipal Service Tax changes will impact dissemination, delivery of advertising and publicity in São Paulo City

This month, the Treasury Department of the City of São Paulo released Normative Ruling SF No. 1/2016 about the Tax on Services (ISS) on the dissemination, provision and insertion of advertising and publicity. ...more

Good Lord, & Taylor! Of Course You Need to Disclose Native Ads

On March 15, 2016, national retailer Lord & Taylor agreed to settle FTC charges that it “deceived consumers by paying for native advertisements.” The settlement is the first of its kind following the December 2015 guidance...more

New Limit & Requirement on 501(c)(4) "Social Welfare" Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two position papers that affect new, and some existing, social welfare organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Last month the IRS...more

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