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Federal Omnibus Bill Makes Significant Changes to Federal Campaign Finance Laws

The Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (“Omnibus”) signed by President Obama on December 17, 2014, contains campaign finance provisions that allow national party committees to raise significantly more money from…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting

The D.C. Circuit Remands FERC Order Denying Refunds for Changes to Cost Allocation

On December 5, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit remanded an order of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denying refunds to certain Louisiana-based utility companies for rates that FERC…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

Obama to Sign Venezuela Sanctions Bill

Last week, the U.S. Congress passed S. 2142 (the “Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014”) and presented the legislation to President Obama for signature. White House officials have indicated that…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Expect to See More Shareholder Activism in 2015, But Fewer “Gloves Off” Situations

As we all know, 2014 is shaping up to be one of the most vigorous years for activist investing. Certain activists have generated solid returns for investors and pension funds and other institutional investors are becoming more…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Senate Passes PTC Extension for 2014

The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, H.R. 5771, was passed by the Senate on December 16 and by the House on December 3. The President is expected to sign the bill in the coming days…more
| Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

U.S. Congress Passes Russia Sanctions Legislation

On Saturday, the U.S. Congress passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (H.R. 5859), which, once signed by the president, will impose or authorize broad sanctions on Russia’s energy and defense sectors and increase…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Court Of Appeals Reins in Prosecutors in Insider Trading Cases

In a landmark insider trading decision issued on December 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit made important pronouncements favorable to the defense on two recurring and important legal issues: (1) what is…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2015

In this issue: - Strategic Planning Challenges - Cybersecurity - Assess the Impact of Advances in Technology and Big Data - Shareholder Activism - The Return of M&A - Risk…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Cybersecurity Activity During Last Gasp of Lame-Duck Congress

This week, there has been a flurry of last-minute action on various cybersecurity items in both the House and Senate. Much of the legislative activity involved modest adjustments to, or confirmation of, the authority or…more
| Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

OFAC Clarifies Treatment of Deferred Payments, Oil and Gas “Production,” and Artic Offshore Projects Under Russia Sanctions Regime

On December 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to existing U.S. sanctions against Russian entities designated on the Sectoral Sanctions…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Maritime Law

IP Newsflash - December 2014: DISTRICT COURT CASES: A Contrary Construction from Reexamination Is No Basis to Reconsider a Previous Claim Construction Ruling

On December 10, 2014, the Southern District of New York denied plaintiff’s motion to reconsider a 2006 claim construction ruling and vacate a related summary judgment order. Plaintiff requested the relief following a contrary…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Draft Finance Bill 2015: Key Implications for U.K.-Based Alternative Asset Managers and Their Funds

Following not quite so hotly on the heels of the Autumn Statement as some would like, the U.K. government has now published draft legislation for inclusion in next year’s Finance Bill…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law, Taxation

American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Reform Commission Releases Report Recommending Significant Changes to Chapter 11

On December 8, 2014, the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 published a 400-page report containing far-reaching recommendations. The report is the result of a three-year study…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking

Holiday Parties—Employers Beware!

Employers throwing an annual holiday party also throw open a door to a range of potential risks. From unfortunate slip-and-fall accidents to claims of harassment to tragic accidents on employees’ drives home, only one thing is…more
| Labor & Employment Law

IP Newsflash - December 2014

Federal Circuit Vacates Lower Court’s Obviousness Finding Based on Incorrect Application of Inherency Doctrine - In Par Pharmaceutical, the Federal Circuit vacated an obviousness ruling by the district court, finding that…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Electronic Discovery, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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