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Benefits Litigation Update – Spring 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Welcome to the Spring edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. As a new Congress, and a new executive branch, work on major...more

Nevada Legislature Mulls Codification Of The Internal Affairs Doctrine

by Allen Matkins on

Delaware and Nevada are each in the business of marketing their corporate laws to businesses in other states. Thus, it should surprise no one that these states don’t appreciate it when their legal offerings are undermined by...more

Ex-General Counsel Dodged Privilege Claims Before $14.5 Million Verdict

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

In our last post, we detailed how Sanford Wadler, the former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, won a $14.5 million verdict against Bio-Rad. Before Wadler could get to a jury, however, he had to surmount a...more

Raising Money in Cannabis Businesses: Top Tips When Seeking Investment

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Raising money into any business can be stressful and time consuming, and requires compliance with a multitude of state and federal laws. Understanding the investment landscape and being prepared can make the process smoother...more

Just When We Thought Measure 97 Was Dead—It May Be Back!

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As I reported previously, Oregon Measure 97 was overwhelmingly defeated by voters in the state’s general election this past November. It certainly appeared that the voters spoke loudly and clearly on November 8, 2016, when...more

Federal Whistleblower Laws Collide With The Attorney-Client Privilege: The Bio-Rad Case Study

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal whistleblower laws collide with the in-house attorney-client privilege. The trial round goes to the whistleblower. The expected appellate round has still not been fought. In a February 7,...more

Magistrate Judge Rules SEC’s Attorney-Conduct Rules Preempt State Law

by Allen Matkins on

Last December, Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero ruled that the SEC’s attorney-conduct rules preempt California’s statutory and professional rules requiring attorneys to maintain inviolate the confidences. Wadler v....more

South Carolina Court of Appeals, in Olds v. City of Goose Creek, Affirms Circuit Court Order Regarding Definition of Gross Income...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

In Olds v. City of Goose Creek, 2016 S.C. App. LEXIS 147, the South Carolina Court of Appeals provides a thorough discussion of the application of the South Carolina business license tax to a taxpayer’s gross income. The...more

Developing a Plan for Cannabis Industry Banking

Following voter approval of recreational cannabis, the California State Treasurer’s Office reported that by 2020 cannabis sales will increase by an estimated $6.64 billion. By taxing cannabis, California could bring in an...more

California Court Rules Sarbanes-Oxley Preempts California Law Regarding Privileged Communications in Suit by Former In-House...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

By determining that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX” or the “Act”) preempts California’s ethical rules, the Northern District of California ruled that an in-house attorney can rely on privileged communications and confidential...more

Internal Affairs Doctrine Leads To Dismissal Of An Aiding And Abetting A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claim By NC Business Court

by Brooks Pierce on

A lot of North Carolina court decisions have questioned whether a claim for "aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty" can be made in North Carolina (many of them are cited in ¶16 of the Islet Sciences Opinion...more

Banking Problems for a Whole Industry

by Sanford Millar on

About half of the States have legalized marijuana for either or both medical and recreational use. Despite being legal under various state laws, businesses operating in the marijuana industry continue to encounter federal...more

Five Gnostic Exemptions From The Qualification Requirements Of The Corporate Securities Law

by Allen Matkins on

When looking for exemptions from the qualification requirements of the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968, a good place to start is Chapter 1, Part 2, Division 1 of Title 4 of the Corporations Code. Cal. Corp. Code...more

Despite Privilege, GC May Pursue Whistleblower Retaliation Suit under SOX and Dodd–Frank

California’s USDC–ND ruled that Bio-Rad Laboratories’ former General Counsel may use privileged communications to prove his retaliatory-discharge case prosecuted under Sarbanes–Oxley and Dodd–Frank’s whistleblower...more

Unregistered Sales Of Certificates Of Deposit

by Allen Matkins on

Last spring, the California Department of Business Oversight warned consumers that two related companies have been offering unlicensed online securities broker-dealer services and “unregistered sales of certificates of...more

The Florida Medical Marijuana Law and Your Community Association - What You Need to Prepare For

by Roetzel & Andress on

With the recent passing of the Florida Medical Marijuana Law, there are two primary concerns for community associations and country clubs as it relates to this new amendment: - Do you have rules in place regarding usage...more

Selling Marijuana is still a Federal Crime, but income must be reported

by Sanford Millar on

The prevalence of state laws legalizing the sale of marijuana does nothing to change federal law. Marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, (21 USC 801, et seq). The act of manufacturing,...more

New Delaware Unclaimed Property Decision Further Complicates Landscape

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Another federal judge slams Delaware’s unclaimed property audit methodology but rejects the holder’s reliance on the priority rules as a defense to the audit demands. See Marathon Petroleum Corp. et al. v. Cook et al., No....more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Concludes that Section 303(i) Does Not Preempt State Law Claims of Non-Debtors Predicated on the...

In Rosenberg, et al. v. DVI Receivables XVII, LLC, 2016 WL 4501675, at *1 (3d Cir. Aug. 29, 2016), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that damages awarded pursuant to Section 303(i) of the Bankruptcy Code for an...more

Patronage Capital Case Successfully Removed to Federal Court

In December 2015, two plaintiffs filed a class action complaint against Pennsylvania’s REA Energy Cooperative, Inc. The complaint, which was filed on behalf of current and former cooperative members, asserted that REA must...more

Withholding Tax Contrary to EU Law: The Brisal Case

On 13 July, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) released its decision in the Brisal case (C-18/15). The Brisal case has potentially far reaching implications for European Union (EU) businesses that either...more

SEC Prevails in Regulation A+ Litigation

Regulation A+, which became effective on March 25, 2015, permits the offering of up to $50,000,000 in securities in any twelve-month period, subject to the certain requirements (a “Tier 2 Offering”). Tier 2 Offerings are not...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 24

SEC/CORPORATE - DC Circuit Court Rejects States’ Challenge of Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+ - On June 14, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) rejected challenges...more

Supreme Court Decides Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust, No. 15-233, holding that Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code preempts Puerto Rico’s...more

Is A Blue Sky Exemption For Farms Sustainable?

by Allen Matkins on

Today, California regulates the offer and sale of securities more by exemption than qualification. In addition, California and other states have lost authority over a significant amount of securities transactions due to...more

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