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Pending Patent Legislation—Round Two of Patent Reform

The U.S. Congress is once again poised to enact a new round of patents reforms. It is important to know the potential impact the legislation could have on your intellectual property portfolio and to be prepared to act....more

Public Officials, Financial Disclosure And A New Era Of Liability

The Securities and Exchange Commission is making it clear: Government leaders who issue misleading financial information are putting themselves at risk. Several recent actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Newberry Station: Political Contributions vs. Political Realities

Political contributions and developer-politician interaction are facts of life in the development community. And it makes sense too – developers bring many benefits to communities, such as housing, work space, shopping, and...more

The STOCK Act and the Political Intelligence Industry: No Easy Answers

Investors who hire political intelligence firms to collect information from government sources should take notice of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, according to panelists at a recent American Bar...more

Leave Denied: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Avoids Date with SCC

The Mayor of Toronto has one less thing to worry about. This morning the Supreme Court of Canada denied leave to appeal from the Divisional Court’s decision in Magder v. Ford, 2012 ONSC 6929, a decision that kept Mayor...more

Spitzer "Disappointed" in Wall Street's Regulators [Video]

June 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- Eliot Spitzer, former Governor and Attorney General for the State of New York, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the so-called revolving door between the public and private spheres. While...more

PRIME Act: New Legislation to Curb Health Care Fraud

The United States Senate and House of Representatives recently introduced bipartisan legislation designed to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The legislation, entitled “Preventing and...more

The Stock Act, Political Intelligence, and Traps for the Unwary

Last year, Congress wrote and President Obama signed into law the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (the STOCK Act). When the law was enacted, Members of Congress, their staffs, and Executive Branch...more

The SEC Action Against the City of Harrisburg: Lessons for Other Municipalities

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") recently announced that it has charged the City of Harrisburg with violations of various anti-fraud provisions of federal securities laws in connection with the resource recovery...more

Harrisburg Charged With Securities Fraud - Securities and Exchange Commission Says City Made Misleading Financial Statements

The inclusion of the public statements of an elected official in allegations of securities fraud could change the traditional relationship between the politicians and their constituency versus issuers and the bond market....more

The Cahill Prosecution In Massachusetts: Vagueness Is Still A Problem After Skilling

Vagueness is a common problem in white-collar criminal cases. In many instances the line between legal and illegal conduct is blurry at best. This means that someone could face prosecution, a damaged reputation, loss of...more

Obama Administration Solicits Public Help in Preventing Foreign Trade Secret Theft

On Tuesday, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, published a notice in the Federal Register "requesting any recommendations for legislative changes that would enhance enforcement against,...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 6: Legislators Focus on Education, Tort Reform and Health Care

In a week that was dominated by events surrounding the Alabama Accountability Act, several significant pieces of legislation still moved through – or died in – the State House....more

The Litigation Graphics Lesson in the "Wealth Inequality in America" Video

I always like to share examples of what I consider powerful graphics to give attorneys ideas on what’s possible to create for use in litigation. This morning, I was struck by a video going viral that describes economic...more

How Graphics Help the President Persuade and Can Help Attorneys Too

In this post, I show some examples from the State of the Union Address that might help attorneys improve their own use of charts and graphs in litigation. Visualizing and presenting data in an engaging, persuasive way is...more

Goldman Sachs Pays First-Of-Its-Kind Settlement to Close Pay to Play Action with the SEC by Grant Nichols

On September 27, 2012, Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) alleging that one of its employees engaged in a pay-to-play scheme. The scheme, as described...more

Can Feds Force Companies to Disclose Political Spending?  [Video]

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg Law) -- The SEC is considering a proposal by Robert Jackson, associate professor at Columbia Law School, that public companies be required to disclose their political spending. SEC staff members have said...more

A Bad Bill Becomes Law When There Is More Interest In Enacting A Fix Than Fixing the Problem

In 2002, the Legislature enacted AB 55 creating the victims of corporate fraud fund. Since the fund was created, it has collected about $15 million and nearly 800 claims have been submitted. In a devastating article...more

Barofsky: Govt. Complicity Provides Libor Defense [Video]

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg Law) -- The world's biggest banks are likely to defend lawsuits alleging they manipulated the Libor interest rate by saying the federal government knew it and did nothing, according to Neil Barofsky, former...more

Whalen: Go Back To The Future To Fight Fraud With Equity Receivers [Video]

May 23 (Bloomberg Law) -- Chris Whalen, senior managing director at Tangent Capital Partners, and Bill Rochelle from Bloomberg News talk with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about how the so-called in pari delicto defense stops...more

SEC Staff Issues Report on the Cross-Border Scope of Private Rights of Action for Securities Fraud

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently released a study on the cross-border scope of the private right of action under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”),...more

Open Letter from Senate Finance Committee Seeks Fraud-Fighting Input

Yesterday the Senate Finance Committee posted an open letter on its website to the health care sector soliciting industry stakeholder insights on ways to combat fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. ...more

Senate Passes House-Amended Insider Trading Legislation

On Thursday, March 22, the Senate cleared the House version of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act) by unanimous consent. The legislation will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The...more

Federal Court Rejects Shareholder “Say-on-Pay” Suit

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on March 7, 2012 dismissed a derivative suit brought by shareholders of Intersil Corporation for breach of fiduciary duty premised on shareholders’ disapproval...more

This Week in Washington - February 12, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS Budget.  Next Monday, President Obama will release his Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal.  On Wednesday, the House passed “The Expedited Legislative...more

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