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The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in four cases today: Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, No. 14-857: Respondent Jose Gomez received Navy recruitment text messages without his consent. He filed a nationwide...more

Lawsuit “Immunity” for the Gun Industry and What the PLCAA Really Says

Do gun manufacturers really have blanket immunity from lawsuits? No, not even close. The 2016 campaign season has brought a big dose of gun policy debate, and some candidates have claimed that gun manufacturers have...more

Supreme Court Update: DIRECTV, Inc. V. Imburgia (14-462), White V. Wheeler 14-1372) And Order List

First, in DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia (14-462), the Court addressed for the third time in five years the latest fad in Federal Arbitration Act jurisprudence: whether to enforce a waiver of class arbitration in a consumer...more

UK Prosecutor Secures First Deferred Prosecution Agreement for Bribery

We consider the implications for corporations under UK and US law, and the future of global criminal and civil investigations. On November 26, 2015, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) secured its first Deferred...more

First UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement Agreed by SFO

At a hearing on November 30, 2015, Southwark Crown Court approved the first deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in the UK. DPAs have been available for use by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) since February 2014, following...more

UK Bribery: For Cooperating Companies, Virtue Has At Least Some Rewards

On Monday 30 November, an English court approved a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) between the Serious Fraud Office and Standard Bank, in connection with payments made in Tanzania. This was the first DPA approved by the...more

First Guilty Verdict for Dodd-Frank “Spoofing” Violations

Coscia, the founder of Panther Energy, LLC, allegedly created two computer algorithms that posted orders to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and ICE Futures Europe with the goal of canceling them before they could be executed....more

Kansas: Safe harbor for insurer faced with settlement demand to only one insured

What should an insurance company do when liability of the insured is clear, the damages clearly exceed the limits, and the claimant sends a settlement demand that would exhaust policy limits while releasing only one out of...more

Scottish Authorities Settle First Corporate Criminal Offence Under the Bribery Act

On 25 September 2015, prosecutors in Scotland announced the first application of the corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. Due to self-reporting and extensive cooperation...more

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: More Lessons to Be Learned

Courts continue to struggle with the application of CDA immunity to shield service provider defendants from liability in extreme cases. In this case, the Washington Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, affirmed the lower court’s...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19253 - RBC Nice Bearings, Inc. v. SKF USA, Inc. [An important decision on contract waiver but one all attorneys should recall from the UCC or Contracts course we took...more

Claim Against The United States Cannot Be Assigned - Fee Award Fails Too

In U.S. v. Kim, 2015 DJDAR 9233, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided a complex case under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act (CAFRA). An attorney successfully represented a family in...more

An Employee Stole Your Trade Secrets but You Cannot Prove It. Now What?

Consider the following, relatively uncommon scenario: an employee stole your trade secrets and went to work for a competitor. You know the employee did it, you just cannot prove it. Even with the best forensic analysis it is...more

Salman v. Newman: The developing standard for insider trading liability

The 9th Circuit just denied rehearing en banc in a closely watched decision that declined to adopt a broad interpretation of its influential sister circuit’s watershed opinion in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir....more

No FCPA Accomplice Liability for Non-resident Foreign Nationals if No Agency

Court rules that the US Department of Justice cannot expand the FCPA’s reach simply by charging non-resident foreign nationals with conspiracy....more

Dirks, Newman, Tippees And The Government’s Cert Petition

The Government filed its long awaited Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court in the Newman insider trading case. The Petition presents three key issues which were generally presaged in the request for...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Government requested that the Supreme Court overturn U.S. v. Newman, the Second Circuit’s decision on tipping and the personal benefit test. Previously, the Second Circuit had declined a request to either rehear the case...more

The evolving nature of legal risk: Legal risk, as we once understood it, is changing. Companies need to be prepared to respond...

Over the past decade, many of the legal risks facing companies under US law have narrowed dramatically while others have proliferated. The advent of streaming news and social media means that local issues can become global...more

Can The Illegality Defence Bar A Claim Against A Dishonest Director?

In Jetivia SA & anr v Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) & ors [2015] UKSC 23, 22 April 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on the law of corporate attribution and the "illegality defence", which holds that a party cannot pursue a...more

Can The Illegality Defence Bar A Claim Against A Dishonest Director?

In Jetivia SA & anr v Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) & ors [2015] UKSC 23, 22 April 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on the law of corporate attribution and the "illegality defence", which holds that a party cannot pursue a...more

No Theft Loss for Securities “Pump-and-Dump”

Pump-and-dump occurs when corporate officers or other shareholders fraudulently promote shares of a company and engage in fraudulent sales to increase the value of shares. This is injurious to other shareholders who suffer...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law That Required Hotels To Comply With Warrantless Police Requests For Guest Registries

On June 22, 2015, in a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court in City of Los Angeles v. Patel struck down a Los Angeles Municipal Code that required hotel operators to provide guest registries to police upon demand, and without a...more

Letter from America: Non-Us Companies And Executives At Risk From Us RICO Law

More frequently than ever before, American plaintiffs and prosecutors are using U.S. laws to target conduct that has little, if any, connection to the United States. Potential exposure to criminal and civil liability under...more

Clarity Put on Hold as FTAIA Conflict/Confusion Continues

The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA) was enacted in 1982 to help achieve clarity in the application of U.S antitrust laws to international trade. More than 30 years since that effort, the FTAIA has not...more

Supreme Court Surprises the Antitrust World with Denial of Cert in Motorola and AU Optronics

Today the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in two cases, Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics et al. and Hsiung and AU Optronics Corp. America Inc. v. United States, declining to resolve a closely watched...more

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