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Crowdsourced Core Values: Beware

by NAVEX Global on

So there I was reading Twitter, and saw an item about online dating site OKCupid: it had imposed a lifetime ban on white supremacist Chris Cantwell, after other site members alerted OKCupid to Cantwell’s presence. A person...more

Class Action Roundup: Summer 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to our second Roundup of 2017, where we feature the cases litigated and settlements finalized during the second calendar quarter of the year. It was a very active quarter in almost all of the categories we monitor,...more

FAQs about the FINRA Communication Rules

Understanding Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 2210, Communications with the Public - What is Rule 2210, and what does it require? - Rule 2210 governs three categories of “communications” by FINRA member...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

SEC’s Latest Cybersecurity Risk Alert Identifies Elements of Robust Policies and Procedures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On August 7, 2017 the Securities and Exchange Committee (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released yet another cybersecurity Risk Alert entitled, “Observations from Cybersecurity...more

A “palliative” approach to insolvency in the retail world?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The retail sector is in the midst of a deeply disruptive shift as online shopping increasingly puts its long-term future in peril. Howard Morris, head of the business restructuring and insolvency group at Morrison & Foerster...more

The Data Report Episode 5: Lessons from the FTC

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The Federal Trade Commission publishes reports of enforcement actions brought against companies over data security faults. Litigation attorney Jay Ward begins the second module of The Data Report by discussing what can be...more

The Data Report Episode 4: Never 100% Secure

by Bilzin Sumberg on

While companies will never be invincible, there are steps that can be taken to limit the opportunity for malicious outsiders to gain access to sensitive information. In this episode of The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay...more

Defamation and regulatory claims against short-sellers in Canada

by DLA Piper on

Public companies in Canada can reasonably expect a degree of scrutiny by market participants. Analysts might question fiscal projections. Shareholders might question board decisions. Regulators might question the adequacy of...more

Anonymous Poster of Defamation Unmasked

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Anonymity on the Internet has encouraged some to feel they live in a culture that feels no responsibility for what might be posted and where there may be no consequences for what one posts. That is, however, not the case as...more

Washington State Imposes New Reporting Requirements for Out-Of-State Sellers Not Collecting Sales Tax

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As part of Washington State’s efforts to collect more sales tax on out-of-state companies’ sales to Washington customers, the Legislature recently enacted H.B. 2163. The bill, signed by the Governor on July 7, imposes notice...more

2017 N.C. Legislative Session in Review

by Smith Anderson on

The N.C. General Assembly worked into the early morning hours on June 30 to finish its business for the 2017 legislative session. The session officially began January 11 and ran for six months for a total of 93 legislative...more

California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: A Potent, Yet Confounding, Weapon

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Lawsuits designed to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional right of free speech or the right to petition, denominated as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (or “SLAPP” suits), have taken on increasing...more

Personal Liability Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) not only may a corporation that fails to comply be liable to pay a monetary penalty but personal liability may also arise. Section 31 provides that "An officer, director, agent or mandatary...more

Advertisers, Data Collection, and the GDPR

by Morgan Lewis on

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EU legislation that will take effect in May 2018, will drastically change how companies can collect and use personal data about web users in Europe. Among other things, the GDPR...more

There May Be Coverage for the Defense and Settlement of FTC Claims

A number of companies have been sued by the FTC in recent years, alleging, for example, that the company made claims regarding the product or service without adequate substantiation. Many of these companies are small private...more

Organizing Data Privacy Within A Company

by Bryan Cave on

Although organizations have dealt with privacy issues for years, only in the past decade have they begun to view the complexities of privacy as requiring formal organizational structure, dedicated employees, and/or dedicated...more

FINRA Permits Related Performance Information in Institutional Communications for Registered Closed-End Funds

Introduction In an interpretive guidance letter issued to a registered closed-end fund on June 9, 2017, FINRA permitted the use of “related performance information” in communications that are distributed solely to...more

Supreme Court Tightens Personal Jurisdiction Requirements

by Benesch on

Determining whether a nonresident defendant is subject to a forum state’s jurisdiction became clearer on June 19, 2017, when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court...more

Attorney-Client Privilege and Corporate E-Mail: Navigating the Morass of Personal Communications in Investigations

by King & Spalding on

Experienced practitioners know that the purpose of the attorney-client privilege is to protect the confidentiality of client communications. Thus, as company policies that allow monitoring of emails or provide third party...more

Judge Bumb Answers Key Question That No One Asked: TCPA Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Recover on Unanswered Calls

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In Watkins v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 15-cv-5712 (RMB)(KMW), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84503 (D.N.J. June 2, 2017), the defendant challenged a plaintiff’s TCPA claim on MSJ, arguing that the plaintiff could not have revoked...more

Over-Analyzed and Under-Protected: Cybersecurity Compliance is Actually Pretty Simple

by JD Supra Perspectives on

While certainly not easy, data security and privacy compliance is actually pretty simple....more

Application of the U.S. Risk Retention Rules to “Indenture-Style” Cellular Tower Securizations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

17 C.F.R. Part 246, adopted jointly by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and five other federal agencies in October of 2014 (the “U.S. Risk Retention Rules”), requires a sponsor of asset- backed securities...more

Manatt Digital - May 2017

Proud to Be in the Startup Hustle - Manatt Digital works with companies across all stages, but we certainly have a soft spot for our startup clients, many with whom we get to help in launching and accelerating their growth...more

Mind what you submit - €110 million fine for submitting misleading information during a merger notification

by DLA Piper on

On May 18, the European Commission (the Commission) fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during its 2014 WhatsApp merger notification (under the 2004 EU Merger Regulation - the EUMR)....more

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