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What You Need to Know Before Considering Selling Your Craft Brewery to a Macrobrewer or a Private Equity Firm

Recently, there have been a number of sales of well-known and well-respected craft breweries to the major beer producers. In addition, there have been a smaller number of sales of craft breweries to private equity investors....more

SC Court of Appeals Rules Against Absentee Guarantor - Power of attorney afforded normal contract interpretation rules

On August 3, 2016, the South Carolina Court of Appeals released First South Bank v. Rosenberg, Op. No. 5437 (S.C.Ct.App. filed August, 3, 2016) (Shearouse Adv.Sh. No. 31 at 75). In First Bank, the Court of Appeals considered...more

Managers of insolvent Missouri LLCs have no fiduciary duty to creditors

Two recent federal court decisions establish that managers of financially troubled Missouri limited liability companies do not owe a fiduciary duty to creditors of their troubled enterprises. Imperial Zinc Corp. v. Engineered...more

Court Affirmed Jury’s Findings Of Breach Of Fiduciary Duty By Joint Venture Partner And The Partner’s Representative

In CBIF v. TGI Friday’s, a joint venture partner sued the other partner for breaching fiduciary duties for unreasonably withholding consent regarding amending a lease and by acting out of its own self-interest in threatening...more

Supremes Reaffirm Dirks Gifting Theory of Insider Trading; Limit Newman

A unanimous Supreme Court reaffirmed the “gifting” theory of insider trading under Dirks and rejected Newman “to the extent” it required more. The Court’s long-standing rule in Dirks v. SEC, 463 U.S. 646, 664 (1983)...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Rules on Irreparable Harm, Laches, Extension Clauses, and More in Recent Restrictive Covenant Case

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently issued a restrictive covenant ruling addressing several significant issues. On November 30, 2016, in Hannum Wagle & Cline Engineering, Inc. v. American Consulting, Inc., the Indiana Court...more

Commerce Department Investigates Evasion of Steel Duties

On November 14 and 17, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) published initiation notices for anti-circumvention inquiries on the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on corrosion-resistant steel and cold-rolled...more

United States Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Insider Trading

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court held that an individual may be convicted of insider trading after receiving an investment tip from an insider who obtained no direct financial benefit from the disclosure. In a...more

Avoiding Appearance-based Discrimination Claims in the Workplace

Employees are generally considered the face of a company, projecting the brand’s image to customers and clients. In the face of this reality, employers often mandate certain grooming and appearance standards for employees –...more

Changes to Chile’s Competition Law

Chile has amended its Competition Law to “consolidate [its] leadership as a sophisticated agency in Latin America.” The amendments, which were published in a new law on 30 August 2016, include the introduction of...more

Fourth Circuit Clarifies Applicability of FCA Public Disclosure Bar to Amended Complaints

In one of several decisions issued during 2016 addressing the False Claims Act’s Public Disclosure Bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(e)(4), the Fourth Circuit in United States ex rel. Lyle Beauchamp v. Academi Training Center, LLC held...more

New Compliance Regulations for France and Italy Demonstrate the Growing Convergence of Anti-Corruption and Whistleblowing...

A piece of major compliance legislation has just been passed in Europe: the long-awaited French anti-corruption and whistleblower protection law, Sapin II, which brings French anti-corruption standards in line with those of...more

IP Licenses & Bankruptcy Laws (Part 1)

When a company goes through bankruptcy, it’s a process that can up-end all of the company’s contractual relationships. When that bankrupt company is a licensor of intellectual property, then the license agreement can be one...more

No-Action Relief Allowing Use of Consolidated Risk Disclosure Statement

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission‘s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight provided no-action relief to futures commission merchants (FCMs) and introducing brokers (IBs), allowing...more

Legal Insight: Overview of PPP laws/frameworks in selected African jurisdictions

Uganda - In July 2014, Uganda joined the list of African countries that have implemented Public Private Partnership or “PPP” laws, by passing the Public Private Partnership Bill 2012 (Uganda PPP Law). As in many African...more

The Chairman’s Flight and the US Corrupt Practices Act

Earlier this week a most interesting non-Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) bribery and corruption enforcement, actions was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It involved a clear quid pro quo benefit...more

UK Court Considers Whether Later Conduct Stemming From A Loss Event Should Be Considered A Loss Under An Excess Of Loss...

This case considers an appeal against an arbitration award concerning whether health claims from persons involved in cleaning up the 9/11 World Trade Center site should be considered to be multiple claims or should be...more

Home Depot Cyber Derivative Action Shuttered: Another Data-Breach Derivative Suit Fails to Clear Fundamental Corporate Law Hurdles

The recent dismissal of a Home Depot derivative action ends a string of high-profile derivative suits stemming from large-scale corporate data breaches. On November 30, the Northern District of Georgia dismissed a shareholder...more

Sanctions for Failure to Conduct a Reasonable Inquiry Into Factual/Legal Basis for Discovery Responses

Recently in Rodman v. Safeway, Inc., 2016 WL ­­­5791210 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 4, 2016), U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar imposed monetary sanctions of $688,644 because of the failure of Safeway and its counsel to conduct a...more

The OCC Launches Its New FinTech Charter Initiative

Whether the long and arduous chartering process, ongoing examination and supervision requirements, substantial capital requirements and limitations on initial rapid growth will outweigh the benefits of the bank partnership...more

Ownership of rigs at risk in PNG

Papua New Guinea is one of the bright spots on the horizon for the oilfield services industry but a recent change in the law has reversed long-standing principles of ownership rights to leased oilfield equipment....more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Personal-Benefit Requirement for Insider Trading

The Supreme Court confirmed today that the "personal benefit" required to establish a claim for insider trading can consist of making a gift of material, nonpublic information to a family member or friend and that an exchange...more

SEC Finds Pre-IPO Transactions Were Unlawful Security-Based Swaps

The SEC announced that Equidate Inc. agreed to settle charges that it violated federal securities laws by failing to register security-based swaps that were offered and sold online to shareholders in pre-IPO companies....more

House Passes Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act (H.R. 6427) (the “Act”) by a vote of 398 to 2. The Act is actually a compilation of six measures that were...more

Arbitration in Louisiana – Another Budding Romance?

Are Louisiana courts as enamored with arbitration as their Texas counterparts? Looks like it. East of the Sabine, submitting your dispute to arbitration means you are pretty much saying adieu, farewell and bye-bye to...more

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