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Privacy Tuesday – June 3, 2014

The first Tuesday in June is also the first Tuesday of meterological summer -and a welcome sight after a brutally-long winter for many of our readers. So, here’s to a happy Summer! Google Receives 12,000 Take-Down...more

"Insights" Newsletter - Spring 2014

In this issue: - Supply Chain Finance as the "New Normal" - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Implements Regulations for Covered Mortgage Loans - Arbitration Guidelines - Navigating Foreclosure...more

FTC Letter is a Reminder for All M&A Deals

On April 10, 2014, Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, wrote a letter to both Facebook, Inc. and WhatsApp Inc. warning the companies that the FTC expects both companies to honor the privacy...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

Bill on Bankruptcy: Appeals Court Changes the Law on Fraud [Video]

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago may be out on a limb by itself, or an opinion this week may signal change in attitude toward lenders who discover a customer's fraud and do nothing, as Bloomberg...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Lawyers Must Disclose What Clients Pay  [Video]

June 19 (Bloomberg) -- Lawyers may object to disclosing how much they actually collect per hour from non-bankrupt clients, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle explain on...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Sigmund Freud, Marx Brothers, Bernie Madoff [Video]

March 27 (Bloomberg Law) -- There was no settlement afoot when U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff put off a hearing on an effort by the trustee for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC to block a $410 million settlement...more

Bank Acquistion & Fair Lending

An analysis of how to avoid and/or contain potential fair lending liability when acquiring a bank. Written by Frances Floriano Goins, Richik Sarkar, and Gregory Stein....more

Enforceability of General Terms and Conditions between Merchants under the Turkish Code of Obligations

This article aims to highlight general characteristics of "General Terms and Conditions" scheme regulated under the Turkish Code of Obligations No 6098, from a commercial point of view....more

Client Alert - MiFID II

A full overview of the MiFID II proposal of the European Commission which is aimed at being implemented in the EU Member States end 2015 after adoption by the European Parliament....more

Antitrust and Consumer Protection Roundup: Jail Time For Altering Documents and More Than a Dozen Consumer Settlements – Federal...

In one of its busiest months on record, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took action in May across the broad range of its regulatory powers in the consumer protection and antitrust arenas. The agency obtained fines and...more

Revised 2012 Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Thresholds Announced

On January 24, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced new thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act filings. The HSR Act requires parties to notify the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice...more

The AT&T and T-Mobile Merger -- Is this an opportunity for the tech industry’s next generation?

On August 31, the Department of Justice (DOJ) took an official position on the proposed $39 billion merger between wireless giants AT&T and T-Mobile USA by filing a lawsuit in federal district court to stop the transaction....more

Business News Digest - August 2011

In This Issue: Companies Propose Self-Regulation for Food Advertising to Children; Connecticut AG Launches Groupon Investigation; Historic Change to Domain Name System Has Broad Implications for Brands; President Obama...more

Signature Styles (Spiegel, Newport News & Shape Fx Brands) Creditors' Committee Challenges Company's Decision Not to Honor Gift...

On Friday, the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors appointed in the chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Signature Styles, LLC and Signature Styles Gift Cards, LLC filed its initial pleadings responding to the companies'...more

PLDT-Digitel Merger : Who Gets To Say It's For the Public Good?

President Noynoy Aquino according to a news article yesterday by Philippine Daily Inquirer has recently ordered the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to...more

SEC Adopts Final Say-on-Pay Rules

On January 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted, by a 3-2 vote, final rules under Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which was enacted by Section 951 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

SEC Schedules Open Meeting to Discuss Say-on-Pay Proposed Rules and Changes to Accredited Investor Definition

On January 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold an open meeting to discuss, among other matters, whether to adopt rules to implement Section 951 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

Motion to Dismiss Consumer Protection Claims Denied

Plaintiffs brought claims against defendant, a satellite digital audio radio service provider (SDARS), alleging that the 2008 merger of defendant’s predecessors created a monopoly in the surviving company and violated...more

Is your business really PCI compliant?

If your business accepts credit cards, then you are at risk for potential liability in the event of a data breach. You need to be aware of the importance of keeping your customers' personal information secure. Many...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Say-on-Pay and Investment Manager Proxy Vote Reporting

On October 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new rules under Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which was enacted by Section 951 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

The Dodd-Frank Act Will Open All States To Interstate De Novo Branching

One section, covering half a page in the 2,300 page Conference Committee Report for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, will remove the key political compromise of the 1994 Riegle-Neal Interstate...more

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