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Alberta Securities Commission and Nunavut Securities Office Publish Proposed Start-up Business Exemption

The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) and Nunavut Securities Office recently published for comment proposed Multilateral Instrument 45-109 Prospectus Exemption for Start-Up Businesses (the Proposed Exemption). The Proposed...more

Employers’ Thanksgiving Plans Should Include Cyber Monday Prep: Are Your Computer Policies Up to Date?

No online shopping day is bigger than Cyber Monday. According to the National Retail Federation, an estimated 127 million people shopped on Cyber Monday last year—significantly more than the estimated 87 million in-store,...more

New crowdfunding regime adopted by five provinces

On November 5, 2015, securities regulators in five provinces published in final form Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) setting out rules that will provide a new way for businesses to raise capital over...more

Optical Express appeal highlights the need for caution over third-party marketing lists

In a decision of 31 August 2015, the First-Tier Tribunal provided important clarification on the use of third-party mailing lists. Optical Express v Information Commissioner (EA/2014/0014) is significant for organisations...more

For Whom The Whistle Blows: SEC Whistleblower Office Issues Its 2015 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 16, 2015. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s...more

FCA consults on IFISA changes

FCA has published a discussion paper on the updates it plans to make to its rules and guidance on disclosure and advice relating to loan-based crowdfunding investments (peer to peer (P2P) agreements) in response to the...more

SEC Qualifies Largest Crowdfunding Offering Ever; Offered On StartEngine

The SEC has qualified the Regulation A+ offering of Elio Motors which plans to make small cars costing about $7,000. Elio plans a maximum offering size of $25 million. The offering is being made through the facilities of...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.20.15

The US Treasury Department and IRS are joining forces to address corporate tax inversions with the introduction of new measures aimed at “curtailing companies’ ability to avoid United States tax rates if they move to...more

Social Engineering Losses—Embarrassing Scam or Insured Loss?

The term Social Engineering keeps cropping up recently in the new world of cybersecurity—to what does this term refer? To a scam as old as the hills. You know the con: an innocuous person asks you to accept a cashier’s...more

Title III of JOBS Act Brings Non-Accredited Investors to Crowdfunding Table

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved Title III of the JOBS Act, a significant development because the new regulations allow non-accredited investors – those making less than $200,000 a year in...more

Notice to Authorizers and Prudent Planning

The following documents outline the obligations of JPC authorizers with respect to the upcoming SAG-AFTRA negotiations, and provide guidance for the prudent planning of productions....more

SEC Adopts Regulation Crowdfunding

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the crowdfunding exemption from registration authorized by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The new rules will...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q3 2015

On August 12, a series of explosions in the northern port-city of Tianjin killed over one hundred people and injured hundreds of others. The explosions were allegedly caused by hazardous chemical materials in shipping...more

To Settle Privacy Law Claims, California AG Requires Firm to Hire a Chief Privacy Officer and Assess Privacy Risks

In October 2015, California Attorney General Kamela Harris announced a settlement with Bay Area housing design startup Houzz, Inc. to resolve alleged violations of California privacy laws. According to the AG’s office, for...more

Could We See a Major Shake Up in Advertising for DraftKings and FanDuel?

New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is going after daily fantasy sports’ sites, and he’s going after them hard.  On November 10, 2015, the New York Attorney General declared that daily fantasy sports constitute...more

Another DraftKings Class Action: A Primer on California False Advertising Claims

This month, one of the leading daily fantasy sports websites, DraftKings got hit with another lawsuit, this time a class action filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Coleman v. DraftKings, Case No. BC600787. Given...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - November 2015 #2

California Updates Data Security Laws - Why it matters: The first state to enact data breach notification legislation, California has now updated Civil Code Section 1798.82 with three new bills signed into law by...more

Equity Crowdfunding Has Finally Arrived – SEC Adopts Final Rules On Crowdfunding

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in a 3-1 vote of the SEC Commissioners, approved final rules to adopt Regulation Crowdfunding, which sets forth the framework by which companies can “equity...more

Breaking News: $6 Million Cox Communications Cable Box Jury Verdict Overturned

As we previously reported (click here, here and here to read more), last month, a jury returned a $6.31 million verdict for a class plaintiff in a suit alleging that Cox Communications had illegally tied its premium cable...more

SEC Updates EDGAR to Accommodate Regulation Crowdfunding

The SEC has released an updated draft EDGAR filer manual. According to the draft manual, EDGAR will be updated to include the following new submission form types required by Regulation Crowdfunding...more

FDA Seeks Suggestions Regarding “Natural” Food Labeling, but Will It Act?

Surprising nearly everyone, FDA has reopened a long dormant discussion regarding the meaning of the term “natural” in the labeling of food. Today’s Federal Register contains a notice from FDA that the agency has officially...more

Wall-to-Wall Ads: Florida Court’s Broad Definition of “Advertisement” Expands Scope of Advertising Injury Coverage

“Advertising injury” can be tricky. In theory, the term applies to the type of harm that can be inflicted through advertising media—defamation, disparagement, violation of privacy rights or misappropriation of intellectual...more

It’s Official: SEC Publishes Final Rules for Investment Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding started as a way for music fans to get together and fund a tour for their favorite band, and quickly spread as a way to support an innovative business, develop an interesting project, or support a particularly...more

SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules under the JOBS Act

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act to enable U.S. companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding (Regulation Crowdfunding). ...more

JCPenney Advertising Class Settlement Calls for $50 Million Payment for a California-Only Class

Retailers have been under siege, particularly in California, by putative class actions involving allegations of “false or misleading” advertising practices. Generally, the crux of the allegations is that retailers are...more

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