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FCC Proposes New Rules On Local Wireless Siting
Data Center Networks – Interview with Jeff Moerdler, Member, Mintz Levin
What to expect from FCC Post-Governement Shutdown
Employer Social Media Policies – Interview with Mitch Danzig, Member, Member, Mintz Levin
Jason Maloni on Data Security
JOBS Act Implementation Regulations
Ernest DelBuono on Aviation
Jack Deschauer on Government Investigations
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
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...
Shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rule relaxing the prohibition against general solicitation in connection with offerings made pursuant to new Rule 506(c) and Rule 144A, we provided...more
Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and other U.S. financial regulators (collectively, “Regulators”) issued important guidance related to the need for industry participants to maintain business continuity...more
Monsanto Co. made news, and some new enemies, recently when it was discovered that the company’s experimental genetically modified wheat – planted in several states between 1998 and 2005 – was found to have escaped...more
Technology has spawned the formation of new internet-based marketplaces for illiquid and restricted securities. In most instances, these markets are operated by entities registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has taken a new position that publicly traded companies may use social media to communicate information to investors, so long as investors are first advised of the communication...more
The Netflix Investigation -
On July 3, 2012, the CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, used his personal Facebook page to announce that Netflix had streamed 1 billion hours of content in the month of June. As the Securities...more
In connection with a Facebook post by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the SEC issued a report of investigation on April 2, 2013 (Netflix Report) indicating that Regulation FD permits a company to announce material information...more
The increasing presence of social media has created new avenues for companies to market to and connect with consumers, customers and investors. Many heads of industry maintain very public profiles, appearing regularly on...more
The SEC recently granted two accredited crowdfunding sites exemptions from the broker-dealer rules because the type of carried interest (or close equivalent) used to compensate the site is not transaction based compensation. ...more
On April 2, 2013, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that companies may use Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to announce key information so long as investors have been alerted about which...more
The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a report that makes clear that companies can use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to announce key information in compliance with Regulation Fair Disclosure...more
The annual “SEC Speaks” conference, in which Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) representatives review the agency’s efforts over the past year and preview the year to come, was held on February 22-23, 2013. A...more
Our latest Corporate Law Report looks at:
- top ways to manage cyber risks in the workplace;
- the growing trend of employees bringing their own electronic devices (BYOD) to work;
- new reporting requirements as a result...more
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released a proposed guidance regarding the applicability of consumer protection, compliance and privacy laws to social media usage by banks, credit unions, and...more
The SEC recently informed service providers in the proxy distribution industry of a new interpretive position regarding the use of voting buttons. According to the new SEC staff position, service providers must present...more
As one calendar year ends and the next begins, it is natural to look back to take an inventory of lessons learned and to look forward in an attempt to implement such lessons. The year 2012 certainly had its fair share of...more
On May 11, 2012, the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance issued instructions for submitting draft registration statements confidentially under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the "JOBS Act"). As noted in our...more
Lessons For Investors From the Facebook IPO
by Dan Brecher on May 28, 2012
Facebook highlights one of the most significant risks of pre-IPO investing—the value of the stock can go down as well as up. While Facebook’s...more
The recently enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”) includes crowdfunding provisions that are of great
interest to early stage companies. Implementing regulations have yet to be adopted and will be based...more
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) has just launched a new campaign in support of changing Canadian securities laws to permit crowdfunding. See the news release here.
Crowdfunding is the use of...more
In this issue: Crowd Control: SEC Cracks Down on Crowdfunding Venture; Using Copyright Assignments to Control Customer Reviews; A Short History of Social Media; Stir It Up: Bob Marley and Cease & Desist Letters; Two Recent...more
Today, many of a company’s stakeholders, that is, your customers, employees, suppliers, partners and shareholders, get much of their information from online sources. The use, pervasiveness and ubiquity of social media and...more