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Split 8th Circuit Rejects Class Certification in 10b-5 Case

In IBEW Local 98 Pension Fund v. Best Buy Co. Inc., Plaintiffs alleged that misleading statements by Best Buy officers made during a phone call with stock analysts artificially supported Best Buy’s stock prices until a report…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Securities Law

New Trade Secret Protections to Become Law

After several years of consideration of possible civil federal trade secret legislation in Congress, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S. 1890) passed with significant bipartisan support in the Senate on April 4, 2016 (87-0)…more
| Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

Supreme Court Invalidates Maryland Power Plant Subsidy Program and Reaffirms FERC’s Exclusive Authority Over Wholesale Capacity Markets

On April 19, 2016, for the second time in three months, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over the formation of wholesale rates in…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Conflict of Laws, Energy & Utilities

OFAC Adopts New Sanctions Targeting Hizballah’s Financial and Logistics Networks

If you only read one thing... - The Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations (HFSR) are intended to disrupt Hizballah’s global logistics and financial network by providing a new basis of secondary sanctions…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

FERC Staff Seeks Information from RTOs/ISOs on Energy Storage Participation in Wholesale Markets

On April 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (OEPI) sent identical data requests to each of the nation’s six grid operators, requesting information on potential…more
| Energy & Utilities

Senate Approves First Stand-Alone Energy Policy Bill Since 2007

Against the backdrop of the presidential campaigns, stand-alone energy legislation is advancing in Congress for the first time since 2007. On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the Senate voted, 82-12, to approve S. 2012, the Energy…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

New Employment Laws Further Increase Burdens On New York Companies

If you read one thing... - New Paid Family Leave Law will impact all New York companies - New rules regarding NYC’s Earned Sick Time Act require changes to companies’ approach to employee sick time…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Decides Not to Reopen the Google Books Litigation

Last October, the 2nd Circuit held that the Google Books project qualified as fair use. The decision came after a decade long legal battle between the Authors Guild and Google. The Authors Guild appealed the case to the Supreme…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

United Steel Workers File Petition Requesting Section 201 Investigation of Aluminum Imports

Background - On April 18, 2016, the United Steel Workers filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), requesting the initiation of an investigation under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 on…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

FDA Issues Guidance for Hospitals and Health Systems Engaged in Drug Compounding

If you read one thing... - FDA interprets the FDCA not to permit compounding for “office use” under Section 503A; compounding pharmacies must receive a valid prescription for an individually identified patient before…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Brings Enforcement Action Against a Broker-Dealer for Weak Cybersecurity Controls

On April 12, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) continued its enforcement of reasonable cybersecurity controls, announcing cease and desist proceedings against a broker-dealer and two of its principals…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Strategic Considerations for Bridging the Bid-Ask Spread in Upstream M&A During Oil Price Volatility

Oil prices fell on Monday after producers failed to reach agreement on a production cap that would have contracted supply. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) dropped almost 7 percent in early trading, and, although it pared back most…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Mergers & Acquisitions

“California East”: New Employment Laws Further Increase Burdens On New York Firms

Over the past few months, New York lawmakers have accelerated their recent trend of making New York one of the most employee-friendly (and employer-unfriendly) states in the nation. Falling on the heels of other recent state and…more
| Labor & Employment Law

The Panama Papers: Managing Corporate Risk and Uncertainty

On April 3, 2016, it became public that an anonymous source had leaked 11 million confidential documents, known as the “Panama Papers,” belonging to the Panama-headquartered international law firm Mossack Fonseca. As more of the…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Fourth Circuit Holds General Liability Covers Defense of Data Breach Class Action

The Fourth Circuit affirmed this week that Travelers Insurance (“Travelers”) must defend Portal, a medical records company, against a class action suit stemming from an alleged cyber “publication” of its customers’ personal…more
| Civil Procedure, Health, Insurance, Privacy
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