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Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions

If you haven’t been closely monitoring developments in the FCC’s review of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable – Charter merger and spin-off transactions, then you may have missed some critical announcements. ...more

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions

FCC Sets Up Teams to Review Transactions - Last week the FCC made two important announcements concerning its review of the applications filed for approval of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable – Charter cable merger and...more

Social Media and Digital Assets in M&A Transactions

Wait! Don’t skip these articles thinking that social media doesn’t affect you. Social media has invaded our lives, with only a Rip Van Winkle being immune (maybe). Some may scoff and others may cringe. The well initiated may...more

Ringing Regulatory Rumors: Deutsche Telekom Purportedly Agrees to Sell T-Mobile US

Reports circulated out of Japan and Germany late last week indicating Deutsche Telekom AG, owner of T-Mobile US Inc., reached a tentative agreement to sell T-Mobile to Softbank, owner of Sprint Corp. The potential merger of...more

Intent to Lose? Be Wary of Pitfalls Involving Intent-to-Use Trademark Applications.

Merger and Acquisitions often involve the acquisition and/or assignment of trademarks. Companies acquiring trademarks must beware of potential problems lurking with intent-to-use (ITU) trademark applications (or applications...more

Liberty Media Enters into Voting Agreement with Comcast to Facilitate Comcast / Charter Transaction

Liberty Media Corporation ("Liberty") (Nasdaq: LMCA, LMCB) today announced that it has entered into a Voting Agreement with Comcast Corporation ("Comcast") (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) to facilitate the consummation of a series of...more

Acquisitions Don't Nullify Prior Privacy Promises--FTC's Letter to Facebook & WhatsApp Gives Caution to All to Honor Privacy...

Social networking site Facebook announced in February its plans to acquire WhatsApp—a “rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company”—for the princely sum of $19 billion. While Facebook and WhatsApp are looking...more

M&A Technology Due Diligence Update 2014

Technology Risks Have Changed: Know What To Look For - The perfect storm created by the intersection of (on the one hand) the dramatic increase in the business use of cloud computing, open source software, prolific...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 3-Interview with Marie Patterson, Vice President of Marketing for Hiperos [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with Marie Patterson, VP of Marketing for Hiperos. We discuss the management of third parties by a commercial entity throughout the life cycle of the...more

Responding to the Time Warner–Comcast Merger: Why Your Community Should Get Involved

Local governments should be concerned about the proposed Time Warner-Comcast merger – and ought to be planning now to address those concerns at the local, state and federal level....more

All That Glitters

More companies looking to keep pace with the fast-changing mobile market are busily buying up app developers. Google spent almost $1 billion in June to acquire traffic app developer Waze. Apptopia is a growing online...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...more

Release of new book on the 'Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act" [Video]

This past week, my second book, “Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act” was released. Over the past few years I have tried to provide the compliance practitioner with solid information that can be used to implement,...more

The Rise of Mobile Payments – Impact on M&A Activity in 2013

What’s involved? - A recent study by Juniper Research predicted that the total value of mobile payments for digital and physical goods, money transfers and near field communications transactions – short-range wireless...more

How Could Avis Blow It?

In my last blog post, I wrote about the wisdom of Avis’ purchase of Zipcar for $500 million and the challenge that each company faces to become a brand based company like Zipcar....more

A Busy Year in Court: Canadian Competition Law in 2012

2012 was a busy year for Canadian competition litigation, as numerous cases were heard or decided. The Supreme Court of Canada heard three class proceedings cases involving the Competition Act and the Competition Tribunal had...more

Corporate Law Report: U.S. Manufacturing, Social Media, Online Endorsements, Hart Scott Rodino, More [Video]

Watch our latest Corporate Law Report for: a word of caution from Pillsbury on using endorsement as part of your online advertising; enforcement predictions for 2013 from Mike Volkov; social media for global corporations from...more

Gambling and Social Games Continue to Unite: Caesars Interactive Entertainment has acquired Buffalo Studios LLC

According to a report on Inside Social Games, Caesars Interactive Entertainment has acquired Buffalo Studios LLC, a social and mobile games developer most known for its Bingo Blitz and Bingo Rush....more

Links to Free Copies of Documents Filed in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases of THQ Inc. (District of Delaware, Case No. 12-13398)

Our newest website - www.courtreads.com - offers completely free access to over 150,000 documents filed in hundreds of the largest current corporate bankruptcy cases, including cases under chapter 9, chapter 11, and chapter...more

Facebook Fairness Hearing Back In The News

Last August, the Department of Corporations approved the acquisition of Instagram, Inc. by Facebook, Inc. following a fairness hearing. See DOC Calls It Fair. According to this Los Angeles Times story by Salvador Rodriguez,...more

Penguin's Lawyer: Costs of E-Books Drove Random House Deal [Video]

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Uncertainty over how much book publishers will have to invest in e-book delivery platforms -- which could be substantial -- was a driving force behind the decision of Pearson's Penguin and Bertelsmann's...more

Market Trends & Legal Developments for Dealmakers - Quarter 3: 2012 (Presentation)

In This Issue: -Market Trends ..Venture Capital ..Private Equity ..Initial Public Offerings ..Mergers & Acquisitions -Legal Updates ..Jobs Act & Capital Markets ..Mergers & Acquisitions ..General...more

Unfiltered Orange | Weekly eDiscovery News Update – October 10, 2012

Highlighted in Forbes’ Law & Technology Blog as one of Eight Great Law & Technology Resources, Orange Legal Technologies’ Unfiltered Orange Weekly eDiscovery News Updates provide readers with a trusted compilation of key...more

Unfiltered Orange | Weekly eDiscovery News Update – October 3, 2012

Highlighted in Forbes’ Law & Technology Blog as one of Eight Great Law & Technology Resources, Orange Legal Technologies’ Unfiltered Orange Weekly eDiscovery News Updates provide readers with a trusted compilation of key...more

Tyco International – The Importance of the Books and Records under the FCPA

On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) announced settlement with Tyco International (Tyco) for books and records violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Tyco...more

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