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Expect Focus - ONLINE HEALTH CARE: NOT SO FAST Telemedicine Hits A Few Speed Bumps, Volume II, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT • Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences - LIFE INSURANCE • Ninth Circuit Finds Bonus Indexed Annuity Delivers Exactly...more

The Guide to Social Media and Securities Law - June 2015

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

What Banks Need to Know About the .BANK Domain Name

As the internet continues to expand, there are new opportunities to use recently approved new domain name extensions similar to .COM, .EDU, .ORG, and .NET. One of these domain names of particular interest to financial...more

Assessing cybersecurity risks and protecting consumer data before filing for an IPO in the age of the Internet of Things

In May of this year, Fitbit Inc. (Fitbit) filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) for upwards of $100 million. With more and more consumers using wearable devices, privacy concerns have skyrocketed. However, since 2011,...more

Fitbit Files for IPO: Cybersecurity Risk Disclosure

Fitbit, the fitness-tracking company with six wearable devices that track and collect data about things like calories burned, steps logged, “quality” of sleep and sleep patterns, heart rate, etc.) as well as web and mobile...more

Cable Company Announces FCPA Internal Investigation Near Completion

Just a month after announcing its internal investigation of possible FCPA violations, news reports indicate that a major cable company’s review will be completed or substantially completed by the first quarter of 2015. ...more

SEC Says Use IP Addresses to Control Intrastate Offerings

In a new CDI, the SEC indicates it may be possible to use IP addresses to control internet communications so that offers are made only in one state and qualify for the intrastate exemption under Rule 147. In Securities Act...more

New Data on Rule 506 Offerings

Crowdnetic, a provider of technology and market data solutions to the global crowdfinance marketplace, has shared with us for publication data collected through their network of intermediaries....more

Manatt Digital Media - September 2014

Welcome to Issue #1 of the Manatt Digital Media (MDM) newsletter. Initially, we will publish these monthly—and look forward to receiving your feedback, since we want this to be a conversation and bring information and...more

Compliance Matters: What the Heck Is a Robo-adviser?

Observe families at restaurants these days and you’ll see a common image – several heads bowed over individual electronic devices. Like it or not, this is how we communicate, do business and manage our lives. We all can trade...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - 04/30/14

Enforcement Matters: Improper Calculation of Client Advisory Fees Results in Enforcement Action - In a recent action (In the Matter of Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc., Investment Advisers Act Release No....more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2014

In This Issue: - NIST Releases Final Framework Document ..Key Changes From The Preliminary Framework ..The Framework Roadmap ..The DHS “C-Cubed” Program ..Next Steps - California Suggests Upper...more

Private Offerings: Questions that Might Frequently be Asked Sometime Soon (Part II)

Shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rule relaxing the prohibition against general solicitation in connection with offerings made pursuant to new Rule 506(c) and Rule 144A, we provided...more

It’s Time to Revisit Business Continuity Planning: What Works and What Does Not Work

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and other U.S. financial regulators (collectively, “Regulators”) issued important guidance related to the need for industry participants to maintain business continuity...more

Investment Portals Addressed in SEC Staff Guidance Under JOBS Act; No-Action Letters Also Issued

Technology has spawned the formation of new internet-based marketplaces for illiquid and restricted securities. In most instances, these markets are operated by entities registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Approves Communications Via Social Media

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has taken a new position that publicly traded companies may use social media to communicate information to investors, so long as investors are first advised of the communication...more

SEC Decides That Companies May Use Social Media

The Netflix Investigation - On July 3, 2012, the CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, used his personal Facebook page to announce that Netflix had streamed 1 billion hours of content in the month of June. As the Securities...more

SEC's Netflix Report Confirms Ability to Use Social Media for Reg. FD Disclosures but Cites Risks

In connection with a Facebook post by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the SEC issued a report of investigation on April 2, 2013 (Netflix Report) indicating that Regulation FD permits a company to announce material information...more

Social Media Use By Public Companies – The SEC Weighs In

The increasing presence of social media has created new avenues for companies to market to and connect with consumers, customers and investors. Many heads of industry maintain very public profiles, appearing regularly on...more

Accredited Crowdfunding, Internet Advertising And General Solicitation

The SEC recently granted two accredited crowdfunding sites exemptions from the broker-dealer rules because the type of carried interest (or close equivalent) used to compensate the site is not transaction based compensation. ...more

SEC Approves Social Media Announcements If Investors Are Alerted

On April 2, 2013, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that companies may use Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to announce key information so long as investors have been alerted about which...more

SEC OKs Social Media Sites for Financial Disclosures

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a report that makes clear that companies can use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to announce key information in compliance with Regulation Fair Disclosure...more

SEC Speaks: Agency Takes Back-To-Basics Approach In Face Of Changing Leadership, Congressional Mandates And New Technologies

The annual “SEC Speaks” conference, in which Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) representatives review the agency’s efforts over the past year and preview the year to come, was held on February 22-23, 2013. A...more

Corporate Law Report: Managing Cyber Risks, BYOD, Obama's NLRB Crisis, Iran Sanctions, and More [Video]

Our latest Corporate Law Report looks at: - top ways to manage cyber risks in the workplace; - the growing trend of employees bringing their own electronic devices (BYOD) to work; - new reporting requirements as a result...more

FFIEC Issues Proposed Guidance on Social Media Risks and Compliance

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released a proposed guidance regarding the applicability of consumer protection, compliance and privacy laws to social media usage by banks, credit unions, and...more

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