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Starting a Craft Brewery in North Carolina - Steps to Take Before You Sell a Single Bottle of Beer

Before your finely-crafted product can ever be someone’s quiet reward after a long day or before your craft brew can ever take home a Great American Beer Festival® gold medal, you must take certain steps to ensure your...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Delinquent Corporation To Sue And Own Trademarks

In Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, the Ninth Circuit held that a corporation, whose charter had been suspended by the state of California in 1977, had standing in 2012 to sue and to own trademarks as an...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Be Careful What you Put in Writing - What Companies Need to Know About Document Retention  [Video]

There's an old saying "The Devil is in the Details." If you are an employer, what you record in a document, whether its marketing materials or employee evaluations, can be used for or against you at trial. Documents can make...more

“Don’t tell me not to worry, and please don’t call me partner.”

How many websites and marketing materials have you seen that identify a company’s suppliers and other vendors as “partners”? Does this mean that the company actually intends to communicate that it has formed a legal...more

Business Litigation Reporter

We are pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter. This unique publication provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation...more

New Rule 506 C&DI’s Require Some Explaining

Nancy Wojtas, the head of the public companies group at Cooley LLP, alerted me to the fact that the SEC staff yesterday issued 14 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to Rule 506 under Regulation D. ...more

Data Center Networks – Interview with Jeff Moerdler, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Jeff Moerdler, head of Mintz Levin's Real Estate and Communications practices in New York, talks about the factors businesses need to consider when selecting a data network facility. ...more

Unrealized Gains: Integrated Employment Agreement Bars Employee's Recovery of Additional Compensation

In Volpe v. Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., No. 652308/2012, Judge Eileen Bransten granted defendant The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.’s (“IPG”) motion to dismiss plaintiff Ray Volpe’s (“Volpe”) complaint,...more

Demo Days, Pitch Events and the New Reg D

I. Introduction / Background - With the passage of the JOBS Act, the regulation governing most private securities offerings is undergoing a dramatic makeover. Congress tasked the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Reminders for Issuers That Intend to Use General Solicitation

Privately held operating company issuers (as distinguished from private funds) should plan ahead if they intend to use general solicitation for Rule 506(c) offerings after September 23, 2013. Here are just a few...more

Suns Gain More Cap Relief Through Official Release of Michael Beasley

Suns Gain More Cap Relief Through Official Release of Michael Beasley by Anthony Caruso on September 6, 2013 The Phoenix Suns will see cap relief with the official release of Michael Beasley, the 2008 No. 2 draft pick,...more

SEC Rule 506 Amendments and Blue Sky

The Securities and Exchange Commission took some long-awaited action in the area of private offerings at its open meeting on July 10, 2013. The Commission issued two releases adopting final rules (i) to eliminate the...more

Securities Law Update - SEC Amends Rules on Advertising, Solicitation and "Bad Actors" for Certain Private Offerings and Proposes...

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved new rules that, beginning September 23, 2013, will under specified circumstances eliminate the bans on “general solicitation and general advertising”...more

Dodd-Frank Update: SEC Adopts Bad Actor Disqualifications for Private Placements under Regulation D

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) adopted amendments to rules promulgated under Regulation D to implement Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

SEC Cracks Down on Unregistered Broker-Dealers in Private Offerings

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff appears to be focusing on the broker-dealer registration issue in the context of private securities marketing activities. Recent SEC enforcement actions demonstrate there are...more

SEC Ends Prohibition Against General Solicitation and Proposes New Regulation D Requirements

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (Securities Act), to permit general...more

Community Banking Excellence - 2nd Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Conversation with a Community Banking Professional: Jillian Gibson - Future of Community Banking Symposium Highlights - Dodd-Frank Act Essentials: Corporate Governance Reforms -...more

Changes to Rules for Marketing Activities during a Public Offering

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have adopted amendments to the rules governing permissible marketing activities in the context of a public offering. The amendments, which will come into force on August 13, 2013,...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Disclosures Made via Social Media

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") recently issued a Report of Investigation (the "Report") in which it provides helpful guidance to public companies regarding their use of social media to disclose material...more

Free e-Book of Legal Audit: Internet & Cyber Laws for Website | Checklist: Do’s & Don’ts while doing Web (Internet) Based Business

Introduction With the ever changing advent of Internet law, it is very crucial to ensure the legal compliance of a website and get it audited from an internet lawyer. Various components of a website, including, Terms and...more

Big Regulation’s Big Data

In March 2012, the Obama Administration announced its Big Data Research and Development Initiative. The program involves a total of over $200 million in new commitments from several departments and agencies to improve the...more

FCC Adopts Order Streamlining Its Foreign Ownership Review Policies

Last week, the FCC adopted an Order to streamline its policies with respect to foreign ownership of common carrier radio station licensees (i.e., entities that provide fixed or mobile telecommunications service over networks...more

Seed Financing Survey 2012 Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries

In early 2011 we published our first Seed Financing Survey (for 2010) in recognition of the growing importance of seed financing to entrepreneurs and the venture capital environment, especially in the internet/digital media...more

SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Exemption from Broker-Dealer Registration Under the JOBS Act

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets has issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that provide guidance on the exemption from broker-dealer registration in Section 201(c) of the Jumpstart...more

Could The Product Of Two Debts Really Be A Fortune?

In 628 in the Gurjar capital city of Bhillamala (now, Bhinmal, India), the mathemetician Brahmagupta set out to explain how zero and negatives numbers work. In his book, Brahmasphutasiddhanta, he set forth the rule that the...more

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