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FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Praises PayPal After Original TCPA Terms Drew Criticism

Two weeks ago, the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) sent a letter to PayPal, Inc. (“PayPal” or “Company”) stating that the Company’s recent amendments to its User Agreement did...more

FCC Finds Fault in User Agreement and Issues Stern Guidance for Telemarketing Calls

June is proving to be a very active month for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in construing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, including what sorts of consumer interactions are sufficient to meet the...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (Committee) met on June 3 to discuss various topics including (1) SEC rules with respect to intrastate crowdfunding; (2) the...more

Net 1 Announces Closure of SEC FCPA Investigation

On June 8, Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc., a South Africa-based mobile payments company incorporated in Florida, announced that the SEC had closed a FCPA investigation arising out of a contract with the South African Social...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 169-the First Mailbag Issue [Video]

In this inaugural Mailbag Episode, I field questions from an earlier podcast on the training of third parties under the FCPA. ...more

Minnesota Adopts Crowdfunding Law

Minnesota has adopted an intrastate crowdfunding exemption referred to as “MNvest.” The legislation is meant to work in tandem with the federal exemption for intrastate offerings under Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act...more

Crowdfunding Isn’t Charity

“How do I get backers for my project?” - You see this question asked frequently on social media sites. The projects are sometimes serious, but have often advanced little more than a dream. The person seeking funds may...more

US v. Heinz May Bolster Expansive FIRREA Interpretation

The U.S. Department of Justice’s aggressive use of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act to sue banks for fraud just received an unexpected boost, and from an unlikely source: In a criminal case...more

Florida House and Senate Pass Intrastate Crowdfunding Legislation

In light of the SEC’s significant delay in implementing the national equity crowdfunding rules regarding the JOBS Act crowdfunding exemption, a growing number of states have recently adopted laws regulating intrastate...more

Business Law Newsletter - May 2015

In This Issue: - Social Media Accounts in Bankruptcy: Business or Personal? - Should Your Company Allow Pets for Take Your Dog to Work Day? - Excerpt from Social Media Accounts in Bankruptcy: Business or...more

Third Parties, Government Challenge RadioShack’s Sale Of Customer Data

On May 13, an affiliate of Standard General LP agreed to pay $26.2 million for a portfolio of the bankrupt RadioShack Corp.’s intellectual property, including a database of 67 million RadioShack customer addresses, 8.5...more

More Provinces Crowd into Crowdfunding, but Not Yet Ontario or Alberta

On May 14, 2015, the securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the Crowdfunding Jurisdictions) announced that they have implemented, or expect to implement,...more

Crowdfunding: A New Way for Montana Companies to Raise Money

A new exemption passed in the Montana 2015 legislative session will allow Montana companies to use crowdfunding to offer and sell securities in Montana beginning July 1, 2015. This exemption is subject to various limitations...more

DBO Defeats Preliminary Injunction Files Suit Against Prorater

Last month, I wrote about Judge Lucy Koh’s decision not to preliminarily enjoin the Department of Business Oversight’s investigation of Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. for unlicensed activity under California’s Check...more

Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

Social Media Assets in Bankruptcy: Facebook and Twitter Accounts Subject to Reach of Creditors

Social media accounts can be “property of the estate” in a bankruptcy case of a business, and thus belong to the business, even when the contents of the accounts are intermingled with personal content of managers and owners....more

SEC Adopts Rules to Implement Regulation A+, Providing New Avenue for Capital Formation

Overview - On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation A (Regulation A+) pursuant to Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) for offers...more

Crowdfunding: Update From the CRA

In a short technical interpretation (CRA Document 2015-0579031I7 “Crowdfunding” (April 1, 2015)), the CRA has restated its views on the tax treatment of amounts raised via crowdfunding arrangements. The CRA stated that...more

Texas Bankruptcy Court ‘Likes’ Facebook and Twitter Accounts as Property of the Reorganized Debtor

In a recent opinion in In re: CTLI, LLC (Tactical Firearms), Judge Jeff Bohm in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered a debtor to handover its Facebook and Twitter accounts to the...more

Between Bridges - April 2015

Navinder Singh Sarao, a London-based trader, was arrested at his home in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2015, and accused by both the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the US Department of Justice of engaging in...more

Insurance Recovery Law - April 2015 #2

Policyholder Can Keep Selected Counsel, Court Rules; Insurers’ Objection Too Late - Why it matters: A policyholder was able to maintain its selected defense counsel after a federal court judge ruled that the insurers’...more

Uniform Law Commission Study Committee to Host a Stakeholder’s Meeting on April 23

In December 2014, the Study Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) recommended to the ULC to convene a Drafting Committee to draft uniform state legislation concerning alternative currencies and mobile payment systems....more

Beacons at Retail – So What?

Beacons have been around for years in online and mobile media channels, but they now seem poised to dramatically impact brick-and-mortar businesses. A growing list of major companies are currently vying to bring...more

Crowdfunding: The Next Commercial Real Estate Frontier?

In a world where we buy groceries, book travel, and even date online, it should come as no surprise that online investment is becoming increasingly prevalent. The rapid shift towards an internet-centric world has made...more

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