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Sears’ New $400 Million Secured Loan: Another Sign of Trouble at the Venerable Retailer?

Last year, the 112-year old retailer J.C. Penney was regularly in the news – and it was rarely good. The stock was in a free-fall, in the process of dropping from about $20 per share in May 2013 to a low of a little more than…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions

More Women on Boards: It’s the Economy, Stupid

Earlier this month, the editors of Bloomberg published “Companies Can’t Afford Not to Have Women on Boards,” an editorial that advocated the importance of increasing the number of women directors, contending that the paucity of…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

No Delaware Court Decision Re Fee-Shifting Bylaw On An As-Applied Basis

It now appears that the Delaware court will not address the as-applied validity of a fee-shifting bylaw in the case involving Hemispherx. (As discussed in this post and this Cooley Alert, the Delaware Supreme has already ruled…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Monumental Effort By Some To Comply With Conflict Minerals Rule: Is It Helping Or Hurting?

For some companies, compliance with the SEC’s conflict minerals rule required a truly monumental effort. According to this article in the WSJ, one company identified over 38,000 suppliers– pause on that a moment: thirty-eight…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

OFCCP Releases Proposed Rule Prohibiting Adverse Action Against Employees and Applicants Discussing Pay

On September 15, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Proposed Rule”) implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13665 (“EO 13665”) banning…more
| Civil Rights, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Good News For Companies Adopting Retrospective Approach To New FASB Revenue Recognition Standard

One of the critical questions that companies are facing under FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is whether companies that elect to follow a retrospective approach (applying the standard to both current and prior years —…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment

So, you’re about to raise money for the first time. Good luck! Before you start approaching VC firms for pitch opportunities, though, be aware that investors typically expect a certain amount of organization and structure from…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property

Briefs Now Filed In Support Of And In Response To Petition For En Banc Rehearing In Conflict Minerals Case

On August 15, 2014, in the conflict minerals case, National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission (D.C. Cir. 2014), Intervenors-Appellees Amnesty International filed a brief in support of its…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

OCR Reveals Information about Upcoming HIPAA Audits

At the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (“HIMSS”) Privacy and Security Forum this week, health information privacy senior advisor for the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) Linda Sanches revealed certain…more
| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Academic Study Shows Increases In Insider Sales Prior To Public Release Of Certain SEC Comment Letters

Articles in Compliance Week and Forbes report on a recent academic study showing unusually high levels of stock sales by insiders in the period prior to public release of SEC comment letters that addressed revenue recognition…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Sends A Message — To Executives And Their Companies

In October 2013, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech at the Securities Enforcement Forum in which she declared an “enforcement mission” of the SEC to be implementation of the “broken windows” theory of crime deterrence made…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Securities Law

Whether 1992 Or 2013 Version Of COSO Framework — Disclose In Management’s And Auditor’s Internal Control Reports

Last week, I posted a piece regarding the “squishy” deadline (to borrow the term of art coined by the COSO Chair) for implementation of the new 2013 COSO internal control framework. As you may recall, the original 1992 COSO…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property: Trademark Licenses, Chapter 15, and Pending Legislation

Introduction - Recent cases have addressed the interplay between intellectual property and bankruptcy, including trademark licenses and Section 365(n)’s application in Chapter 15 cases. Proposed legislation could change…more
| Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Is CMS Feeling the Sunshine Heat? – Part 2

As follow-up to our recent post on the issues that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is experiencing with its Open Payments database, there is new information that additional data also may be excluded when the…more
| Health

CMS Issues Final Rule on Marketplace Auto-Enrollment

On September 5, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule, effective October 6, 2014, that, among other things, specifies the auto-enrollment process for consumers who receive health…more
| Health
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