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Guest Post – Causation or No Causation, That Is the Question.

by Reed Smith on

Today we feature another guest post from our European correspondents, Reed Smith partner Marilyn Moberg and associate Kathryn Bond. There has been another EU development from the Court of Justice (its description, not ours)...more

Reminder: SEC Exhibit Hyperlink and HTML Format Rules Become Effective September 1

by Goodwin on

Beginning September 1, 2017, rules adopted in March 2017 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will require companies to include active hyperlinks to exhibits in most reports filed with the SEC under the Securities...more

2017 Mid-Year Global Cartel Enforcement Report

by Morgan Lewis on

Fines significantly down, several enforcement firsts and a strong pipeline of new, mainly domestic cartel cases around the world....more

Bevacizumab Biosimilar Update

by Goodwin on

There has been some recent activity regarding proposed biosimilars to Roche’s Avastin (bevacizumab). Avastin is indicated for the treatment of various types of cancers, including colorectal, lung, and kidney cancer....more

Avoiding Management Struggles When it Comes to Data Breaches: Part 1

by Bryan Cave on

The best way for a company to handle a data breach is to be prepared. As we discuss in our data breach readiness handbook, preparation includes, among other things, drafting an incident response plan, reviewing...more

SEC Declares That Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Securities; Finds DAO a Security

The SEC has opined that, depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual ICO, the virtual coins or tokens that are offered or sold may be securities. If they are securities, the offer and sale of these virtual...more

Cybersecurity: Spear Phishing Covered Under Insurance Policy Where Code Manipulated

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Increasingly, insureds faced with cyber fraud losses are going to the courts to interpret their policies. In The Brick Warehouse LP v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, 2017 ABQB 413 [The Brick Warehouse], and in Taylor &...more

Abbvie v. Amgen (Adalimumab) Reassigned to Judge Goldberg

by Goodwin on

Today, the District of Delaware reassigned the AbbVie v. Amgen (adalimumab) litigation from retiring Senior Judge Sue L. Robinson to a visiting judge, Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge...more

FDA Issues Immediately Effective Guidance Allowing Waiver of Informed Consent for Minimal Risk Research

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guidance document announcing its intention not to object to an IRB’s waiving or altering the informed consent requirements for an FDA-regulated clinical...more

[Webinar] How Far Will Obviousness-Type Double Patenting Go: Considerations and Strategies - August 9th, 10:00 am China, CST

Recent decisions handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit have expanded the reach of non-obviousness type double patenting, leading to new grounds for rejection before the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

Between Bridges: SEC Declines to Prosecute Issuer of Digital Tokens That It Deems Securities Not Issued in Accordance with US...

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a Report of Investigation that concluded that digital tokens issued by an entity for the purpose of raising funds for projects – even if using distributed ledger or...more

SEC Finds Initial Coin Offerings Can be Securities

The SEC issued an investigative report cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales,...more

Eleventh Circuit to Weigh in on ‘Business Email Compromise’ Coverage Under Fidelity Bond

by Carlton Fields on

Banks have historically been at the forefront of technological advances in commerce. So it should be no surprise that they and other financial institutions were also among the first to suffer losses related to computer fraud...more

Federal Circuit Finds Velcade Patent Not Obvious Under Lead Compound Analysis

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sandoz, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court decision that invalidated one of the Orange Book-listed patents covering the anti-cancer drug Velcade. In so doing, the court...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Shading and lighting retrofits slash energy use in office demonstration - Phys.org - Jul 11 - By using advanced lighting and automated shades, scientists from the Department of...more

No Rules, Just Be Right? The ABA's New Technology Ethics Opinion

by JD Supra Perspectives on

On the heels of the recent Petya ransomware attack, which infected DLA Piper's IT systems, a superb analysis by Peter Norman of the ABA's Formal Opinion 17-477R on lawyers' ethical responsibilities when using information...more

TCPA Connect - July 2017

Yet Another Blow to Spokeo Strategy in TCPA Cases - Consistent with the growing trend among lower federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit recently reversed a district court order in Susinno v. Work Out...more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation are Really, Really, Constitutional

Hard on the heels of decision upholding the Illinois “zero-emission credit” program to prop up nuclear plants in that state, Judge Valerie Caproni of the South District of New York has now upheld a similar ZEC program in New...more

Governors Of 38 States Sign Cybersecurity Compact

by King & Spalding on

As Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) completed his term as Chair of the National Governors Association, he announced on July 14, 2017, that 38 governors had signed a compact to improve state cybersecurity. The compact was the...more

Draft Regulation Expands Critical Information Infrastructure Definition and Requirements

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Another draft rule, “Regulation on the Security Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure” (Draft Regulation), was released for public comments on July 10, 2017, by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). The...more

Six Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures

The SEC has declared cybersecurity to be an examination priority for financial institutions (i.e., broker-dealers, investment advisers, and registered investment companies) in each of the past four years. While the SEC’s...more

Lawmaker Investigates Small-Business Fintech Lending

Expressing concern about potential discrimination, one federal lawmaker has decided to take a closer look at small-business financial technology lending, sending letters to several fintechs with a series of questions....more

Federal Circuit Thoroughly Reverses District Court Findings of Velcade® Patent Obviousness

On July 17, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed, in a precedential opinion in Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 2015-2066 (Fed. Cir. July 17, 2017), a district court...more

Robotic Review: The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Contract Review

Through the help of artificial intelligence (“AI”), your smartphone can act as a GPS that adjusts its recommended route in real-time based on emerging traffic patterns. By adapting to changes in traffic, the smartphone is...more

Delaware Passes Law Permitting Companies to Use Blockchain Technology to Issue and Track Shares

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On Friday July 21, 2017, Delaware's Governor John Carney signed into law amendments to Delaware's General Corporation Law to account for the use of blockchain technology in corporate record-keeping. The legislation will be...more

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