Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Court Clarifies Free Offers and Dual Purpose Calls

A recent decision from the Southern District of Alabama provides more clarity as to the treatment of “dual purpose” telephone calls to wireless numbers that offer free goods and services. The Federal Communications Commission…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

The Impact of the DOL's Fiduciary Proposal on Independent Registered Investment Advisers

The DOL’s “package” consists of (i) a proposed regulation that re-defines fiduciary investment advice for plans subject to ERISA and for IRAs and (ii) six proposed prohibited transaction exemptions. The sweep of this definition…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Federal Court Denies Certification, Declines To Infer A Lack of Consent From A Lack Of Documentary Evidence Of Consent

The Middle District of Florida recently denied class certification because the plaintiff failed to prove that consent (or more to the point, an alleged lack of consent) could be established on a classwide basis. In doing so, it…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

EEOC Takes On Transgender Discrimination Under Title VII

On April 21, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that the EEOC may proceed with sex discrimination claims on behalf of a transgender plaintiff. This litigation is one of two actions filed by…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari To Resolve Circuit Split As Second Circuit Holds That Offer Of Judgment Can Moot Named Plaintiffs’ Claims If Trial Court Enters Judgment

As we noted a few months ago, several pending Circuit appeals and a pending petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court foreshadowed that clarity might be coming to the question whether an offer of complete relief…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

SEC’s New Guidance on the Use of Administrative Proceedings: “It’s Up to Us.”

In an apparent response to criticisms from the defense bar and the federal judiciary, the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) last week issued its first formal guidance on the factors…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Securities Law

New Guidance Regarding Employee Handbooks – Part Four: Permissible Rules Restricting Photography and Recording: A Snapshot

This post is the fourth in a series providing guidance on federal rules regarding permissible and impermissible employer handbook policies and rules. See Guidance Regarding Confidentiality Rules, and regarding Employee Conduct…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Seven Things to Know About the Campus Accountability and Safety Act

In recent years, the Obama Administration and the Department of Education have aggressively increased their focus on how colleges and universities address sexual violence and harassment…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Education

Settlement with Large Firm Audit Partner Reaffirms SEC’s Emphasis on Related Party Disclosures

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement has made a concerted effort in recent months to warn auditors and other corporate “gatekeepers” that it intends to scrutinize the adequacy of related party disclosures in financial filings…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

SEC Releases Cybersecurity Guidance, Highlights Compliance Role

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management recently released cybersecurity guidance highlighting best practices and warning that cybersecurity breaches and deficiencies in cybersecurity programs could cause funds and advisers…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Securities Law

IRS Proposes PFIC Regulations That Could Characterize Many Foreign Insurance Companies as PFICs

A mere 28 years after Congress enacted the tax rules governing passive foreign investment companies (“PFICs”), the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have for the first time issued proposed regulations that address…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Insurance, International Law & Trade, Taxation

SEC Answers Money Market Reform Questions

The SEC responded on April 22, 2015, to industry questions regarding its 2014 money market reform rules (Rules) through a frequently asked questions (FAQ) format. The 15-page release answers 53 questions on various topics. Set…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Awards More Than One Million Dollars to Compliance Officer

On April 22, 2015, the SEC announced an award of between $1.4 million and $1.6 million to a compliance officer who provided original information to the SEC that led to the successful enforcement of a covered action. Exchange Act…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Can One Bad Apple Spoil the Bunch?

According to their recent press release, Intrexon Corp (NYSE:XON) recently purchased a Canadian specialty food producer, namely Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., the inventor of the “Arctic®” apple…more
| Administrative Law, Agriculture, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Guidance Regarding Employee Handbooks Part Three: How Much Do Employers “Own” Their Logo, Copyright and Trademark?

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) restricts all employers from issuing policies or rules – even if well-intentioned – that inhibit employees from engaging in activities protected by the act, such as discussing wages,…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property
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