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Chancery Court Provides Additional Room for Shareholders Challenging Change of Control Transactions

What you need to know: In its recent decision in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, Delaware’s Court of Chancery held that directors and officers may be found to have acted in bad faith, thereby breaching their fiduciary duty of…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Securities Law

Supreme Court Rejects Presumption for ERISA Fiduciaries, But Makes Clear Stock-Drop Claims Are Difficult to Sustain

What you need to know: In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, et al., decided earlier this month, the Supreme Court seemingly handed a victory to the plaintiff’s bar, striking down a presumption of prudence that ERISA…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

Governor Signs Law to Raise Massachusetts Minimum Wage

What you need to know: Governor Deval Patrick recently signed a law that will raise the Massachusetts minimum wage from its current $8 per hour to $11 per hour over the next three years. The first increase, to $9 per…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Lets Basic Presumption Stand for Securities Fraud Class Actions

What you need to know: The Supreme Court has declined to overturn a longstanding presumption that investors acquiring shares in an efficient market can be deemed to have relied on alleged misrepresentations. The…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

US Supreme Court Issues Modest Ruling in ‘Software Patent’ Case

What you need to know: Thursday’s highly anticipated US Supreme Court ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank was modest in scope and largely stuck to the tests it previously applied in Bilksi and Mayo for patent eligible…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Conflict Minerals Filing Tips – Deadline Approaching

What you need to know: Public companies are required to submit their conflict minerals filings by June 2nd. SEC guidance issued after a recent federal appeals court decision has effectively eliminated the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Proposes Elimination of Most Non-Compete Agreements and Adoption of Uniform Trade Secrets Act

What you need to know: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently proposed legislative reform that would abolish non-compete agreements made in the technology and life sciences sectors, as well as other, currently…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

First Circuit Holds That AIG Must Defend Directors and Officers in FDIC Litigation

What you need to know: The United States First Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an insured versus insured exclusion did not exempt AIG from advancing defense costs under a D&O policy in a suit brought against…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Del. Chancery Criticizes Bankers Again in Rural Metro; Undisclosed Conflicts Can Make Sale Process Unreasonable

What you need to know: A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision reinforced the premise that directors of Delaware corporations will be held culpable if they conduct an M&A process based on inadequate information and/or…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Torts, Securities Law

Estate Tax Audits for Large Estates Are a Virtual Certainty

What you need to know: Recent audit statistics show that federal estate tax returns are facing increased scrutiny from the IRS…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

District Court Holds That Pre-Employment Conduct Is Not Covered by Chapter 93A

What you need to know: The United States District Court of Massachusetts recently held that an executive could not pursue a claim against a former employer for alleged misrepresentations made during the course of his…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

NLRB Concedes Defeat on Notice Posting Rule, but Maintains Interest in Non-Unionized Workplaces and Union Organizing

What you need to know: The National Labor Relations Board recently announced it would not pursue Supreme Court review of two US Court of Appeals decisions striking down its proposed Notice Posting Rule. This rule would…more
| Labor & Employment Law

2014 Hart-Scott-Rodino Requirements

What you need to know: HSR filing thresholds will be adjusted upward effective February 24, 2014. What you need to do: Parties involved in a large merger or acquisition should analyze whether it will exceed…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Mergers & Acquisitions

Paying the Price: Physician Group Faces Hefty Penalty and OCR Oversight After Failure to Conduct Security Risk Assessment and Implement Policies

What you need to know: The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health & Human Services is continuing its trend toward more aggressive enforcement of HIPAA violations. Small provider entities are not immune…more
| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Federal Tax Law Changes and Opportunities for Same-Sex Married Couples

What you need to know: As the result of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in United States v. Windsor and a subsequent ruling by the IRS, same-sex couples who are legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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