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PODCAST - Inside Law - Public Policy Issues in 2013
Condo Adviser: Condominium Rules and Enforcement
Condo Adviser: What is 'FHA approved,' exactly?
Condo Owners and Dealing with Uncooperative Management Companies
Reserve Funds: Purposes and Common Mistakes
Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"
Social Media At Work - What's Allowed and What Isn't? PODCAST - Inside Law
AP Scandal Demonstrates Need for Federal Shield Law to Protect Reporters
Release of new book on the 'Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act"
[Legal Perspective] When Is It NOT Okay to Delete Your Social Media Account?
Tips for Mobile App Privacy Compliance
Serving Legal Documents Through Social Media
Social Media Law Report - Who Owns Your LinkedIn Account, FTC Guidance on Social Ads, More...
How to Protect Your Company From Hackers
Two Key Elements Every Social Media Policy Should Include
Free Nationwide WiFi: Myths & Facts
Attorney Michelle Cohen: Increased Federal Enforcement of Mobile Commerce in 2013
Jeff Ifrah on the Historic Legalization of Online Gaming in New Jersey
Can Virginia Block Non-Residents from FOIA Requests? Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments
FCC to Create Free National Super WiFi Network? Not Anytime Soon—Dana Frix
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
Board Oversight of Distribution and Financial Intermediaries -
One of the SEC’s stated focuses is on payments for “distribution in guise.” Mutual funds are only permitted to pay for distribution of their shares if...more
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
On March 8, 2013, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) closed the comment period on its Staff Consultation Paper 45-710: Considerations for New Capital Raising Prospectus Exemptions (the Consultation Paper), which sought...more
"While the guidance is not hard to understand, it will be difficult to apply. And the SEC will be looking for someone to cross the line..." - Stephen M. Quinlivan; Leonard, Street and Deinard...more
On March 26, 2013, the SEC's Division of Trading and Markets issued a no-action letter indicating that it would not recommend enforcement action under Section 15(a)(1) of the Exchange Act if a venture capital fund adviser and...more
According to a recently-published PricewaterhouseCoopers report, corporate executives are being named in an alarmingly high percentage of securities class action filings. In 2012, 94 percent of such filings explicitly named...more
Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a report clarifying that companies can use social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, to disseminate material nonpublic company information under Regulation...more
The Securities and Exchange Commission gave the green light last week for companies to share material, nonpublic information with investors over social media – as long as companies disclose beforehand which specific channels...more
In a recent decision,the Supreme Court of British Columbia set aside and declared invalid an annual general meeting of shareholders and the resolutions passed at the meeting following a proxy fight between management and...more
Yes, you can use social media to make material public disclosures. The SEC did not punish Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. The reality is, however, the SEC gave a warning to executives: we are not going to do anything this time...more
In a recent decision, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery in Pyott, et al. v. Louisiana Mun. Police Emp. Ret. Sys., et al., holding that a derivative suit against Botox-maker Allergan, Inc. should be...more
What you need to know:
The SEC recently stated that companies can use social media to make announcements without violating Regulation FD — if investors, the market and the media have proper prior notification regarding...more
In this issue:
- SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Makes Recommendations
- SEC Provides Guidance Regarding Social Media and Regulation Fair Disclosure (Regulation FD)
- SEC Amends...more
Many may remember the Netflix matter. That stemmed from an inquiry the SEC’s Division of Enforcement launched about a post that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made on his personal Facebook page. The post stated that Netflix’s...more
On April 2, 2013, the SEC issued a report that makes clear that disclosure of material, non-public information by companies pursuant to social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter can be permissible under Regulation FD...more
Last week, the Department of Corporations issued this bulletin which it styled as a “Crowdfunding Update”. The Bulletin makes several important points....more
Crowdfunding is legal. Sort of. Before you start soliciting for investors on Facebook, you need to know that general solicitations to sell equity to your company not listed on the stock exchange or otherwise registered is...more
On January 10, 2013 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued a voluntary Interim Form for funding portals (the “Interim Form”). The Interim Form is designed for prospective crowdfunding portals under the...more
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
More than any other company move, CEO successions form headlines, providing an important indication of an organization’s viability. Executive leadership changes have a profound effect not only on public perception, but on the...more
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
One of the inevitable challenges faced by independent entertainment entrepreneurs, such as film producers or videogame developers, is obtaining financing for the development, production and eventual delivery of their project....more
The SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee held another meeting last week with Elisse B. Walter making her first public appearance as SEC Chairman. She and Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar had many kind words for the Committee’s...more
The proxy and annual reporting season has begun, with relatively few changes in reporting requirements from last year. Here are some tips to take you through the season and prepare for changes to come.
1. Consider the...more
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