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Business News Digest – January 2014

In this issue: - Advertising Law News & Analysis - December 6, 2013 Edition - December 12, 2013 Edition - California Court Continues Ascertainability Trend, Denies Class Certification in Chipotle...more

Business News Digest – December 2013

In this issue: - NIST Holds Fifth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework; Incentives Still Lacking - Advertising Law News & Analysis - November 1, 2013 Edition - November 7, 2013 Edition - November 14,...more

Guidelines for Nonprofits when Negotiating Online Advertising Arrangements

Nonprofits have long looked to advertising and marketing agencies to assist with their marketing and promotion efforts relating to fundraising, membership development, program promotion, product and service sales, and...more

Sweet charity: Maine repeals its commercial co-venture licensing law

Maine has repealed its statute that requires registration and licensing of commercial co-ventures. Effective on October 8, 2013, co-venturers will no longer be required to obtain a license to conduct a commercial co-venture...more

Removing Requirements for Commercial Co-Ventures: Maine Repeals Registration Requirements for Promotions with Charitable Appeal

Starting this week, commercial co-ventures will have one less state to worry about when it comes to regulatory requirements for conducting promotions with charities. Earlier this summer, the Maine legislature passed the Act...more

Allowing User-Generated Content on Social Media: Steps for Minimizing Nonprofits' Legal Risks

Allowing donors, supporters, members, or other interested third parties to communicate with and about a nonprofit through its social media networks can facilitate and improve a nonprofit’s communication and marketing efforts,...more

Business News Digest – August 2013

In this issue: - SEC Allows Public Advertising of Private Securities Offerings - What Your Nonprofit Needs to Do about HIPAA – Now - The 2013 Draft MDE General Permit for Stormwater Associated with...more

Exemptive Relief from the Ontario Securities Commission Permits a Limited Crowdfunding Platform

On June 17, 2013, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) rendered a decision granting exemptive relief (the Decision) to MaRS Social Venture Connection (MaRS VX), a not-for-profit entity, effectively allowing it to operate...more

Levick Monthly - June 2013: The New Balance; The Impact Of The SEC’s Social Media Pronouncement + How To Protect Your Brand From...

In This Issue: - COVER STORY ..The Impact of The SEC’s Social Media - CORPORATE & REPUTATION ..Everything You Know About Charity Is Wrong - CRISIS ..How Kraft Can Neutralize a Crusading Food...more

Social Media Legal Risks for Nonprofits: How to Successfully Navigate the Pitfalls

In this presentation: - How Does Social Media Work For You? - When Social Media Works Against You - Others’ IP - The Pinterest Question: “ But, What About Fair Use?” - Argh, so many...more

Internet Fundraising for Tax-Exempt Organizations

The IRS recently released an Information Letter, written in response to a congressman’s inquiry about an unidentified charity’s unidentified practices, confirming that Section 501(c)(3) organizations may use the internet to...more

Advertising News & Analysis - April 25, 2013

In this issue: - Venable Welcomes Randy Miller - FTC Survey Estimates Fraud Affected 25.6 Million Americans in 2011 - New Florida Law May Axe Charitable Promos, Cause Marketing Campaigns - What to...more

State Regulation of Nonprofit Organizations: Everything You Need to Know about Required State Filings for Your Nonprofit...

In This Presentation: - Incorporation/Annual Corporate Reporting - Foreign Corporation Authorization/Reporting - State Tax - Registration and Reporting - Charitable Solicitation...more

EXCLUSIVE: Florida’s top sweepstakes regulator discusses recent changes to Florida’s game promotion statute

Effective April 10, 2013, the state of Florida made changes to its Game Promotion Statute. The changes were made partly in response to the state’s recent ban of so-called Internet sweepstakes cafes....more

So You Want to Create an App?: Important Legal Considerations for Nonprofits

In this presentation: - Apps! A Mobile Revolution - But, What Exactly Is an App? - Apps vs. Websites: A Primer - Legal Considerations - Why Does IP Ownership Matter? - Creation of...more

Raising Funds for Nonprofits: Key Legal Issues, Common Pitfalls & New Intellectual Property Concerns

In this presentation: *Charitable Solicitation: - Charitable Solicitation Regulatory Overview - Legal Considerations for the Charity’s Own Fundraising - Working with Professional...more

Preparing an Online Social Media Policy: The Top Ten Legal Considerations for Your Nonprofit

Legal issues - Same as before but new platforms – Entity use of social media – Pathways to Legal Liability or Risk: Defamation, Intellectual Property, Trade Secret, Advertising, Privacy, and...more

The Impact Of The Supreme Court’s Recent Decision In Clapper v. Amnesty International USA On Privacy and Data-Security Litigation

On February 26, 2013, the Supreme Court decided Clapper v. Amnesty International USA, which clarified the standard to establish Article III standing for claims based on impending or future harm. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4...more

Top Five International Trademark Pitfalls for Nonprofits

In this presentation: - Brand Value - Brand Strength - Brand Registration - Brand Control - Brand Distinctiveness, Availability & Exclusivity Please see full presentation below for...more

Commercial Co-ventures – Best Practices and Legal Developments for Nonprofits

In this presentation: - Recognizing Commercial Co-ventures - Common Regulatory Requirements - Contractual Issues - Disclosures - The Charity’s Role – Federal Tax Considerations - Emerging Models...more

Form PC Revisions and Other Areas of Focus on Charities – A Summary of Remarks by Mary Beckman, Non-Profit Organizations/Public...

Forthcoming revisions to Form PC, examining new forms of solicitation using social media, and newly proposed legislation regarding director compensation were topics covered by Mary Beckman, Chief of the Massachusetts Attorney...more

DC Circuit Reversed Van Hollen. Players Changed Tactics to Avoid Disclosure. Did It Matter in 2012? by Claudia A. Hrvatin

On September 18, 2012, in Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a March 30th ruling of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia...more

New York Attorney General Proposes New Rules Requiring Nonprofits Funding Political Communications to Disclose Donors

On December 11, 2012, the New York Attorney General’s Office proposed rules that would require nonprofit organizations doing business in New York to disclose their spending on a wide range of activities, including those...more

What New York’s Cause Marketing Guidelines Mean for You

In this presentation: - Intro (NYAG Investigation, Best Practices)! - What Precipitated Guidelines! - Force of Law?! - Challenges/Considerations! - Your Questions! Please see full presentation...more

New York Attorney General Issues Best Practices for “Pink Ribbon” and Other Cause Marketing Campaigns

“Cause marketing campaigns,” or “commercial co-ventures” (i.e., advertising campaigns in which a company indicates that the purchase or use of its products will result in a charitable contribution) have long been a popular...more

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