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Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Federal Circuit Standards for Indefiniteness and Induced Infringement

The US Supreme Court issued two anticipated decisions on June 2, 2014, relating to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's standards for indefiniteness and induced infringement. In the first, Nautilus, Inc. v…more

Definiteness, Indefiniteness, Induced Infringement, Infringement, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments

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US Supreme Court Protects Landowners from "Extortionate" Demands by the Government in Land-Use Permitting Decisions, Including Permit Denials

In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Alito, and joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy, the US Supreme Court in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District broadened the protections…more

Dolan v City of Tigard, Fifth Amendment, Koontz v St John's River Water Management, Land Developers, Nexus

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Illinois Employers Take Note: New Law to Limit When Job Applicant's Criminal Record May Be Considered

On July 19, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a statute that limits when an employer may inquire about and consider a job applicant's criminal record. The law, known as the Job Opportunities for Qualified…more

Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, Employee Rights, Job Applicants

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Delaware Legislation Banning Fee-Shifting in Bylaws and Charters

In a swift response to the Delaware Supreme Court’s May 8 opinion holding that fee-shifting bylaws are facially valid (ATP Tour v. Deutscher Tennis Bund), members of the Delaware bar, representing both plaintiffs and…more

ATP Tours, Bylaws, Corporate Governance, Delaware General Corporation Law, Fee-Shifting Statutes

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FINRA Proposes to Adopt Rules on Quotation Requirements for OTC Equity Securities

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. is proposing to adopt rules governing the quotation requirements applicable to over-the-counter (OTC) equity securities. The rules would establish minimum standards for…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, FINRA, Over-the-Counter Sales

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A Summary of the New California LLC Law

Effective January 1, 2014, the existing limited liability company (LLC) statute in California (the “Old Act”) will be replaced by the California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (RULLCA). Actions taken by managers…more

Articles of Incorporation, Choice of Entity, Corporate Charters, Corporate Governance, Corporate Management

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The New gTLD Program: Latest Updates on Brand Protection and the Trademark Clearinghouse

The most significant development in the Internet space in recent years is the ongoing generic top-level domain (gTLD) expansion. (As a reminder, a TLD is what appears to the right of the “dot” in a domain name (i.e., .COM, .ORG,…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Internet

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The Katten Kattwalk | Issue 05

In this issue: - The Early Bird Gets the Trademark: Don’t Delay Filing Intent-to-Use Applications - Color Wars: Narrowing Color Claims in Trademark Rights - It’s Good to Be Famous: TTAB Expands Protection…more

Intent-to-Use, International Trademark Protection, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks

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Amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 Regarding Communications With the Public

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 2210 requires member firms to file certain communications with FINRA’s Advertising Regulation Department, including retail communications. The Rule 2210 filing requirements…more

Advertising, Amended Regulation, Filing Requirements, FINRA, Public Communications

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District Court Denies Distressed Funds the Right to Vote on Bankruptcy Plan

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington (the "District Court") recently affirmed a bankruptcy court decision that prohibited a transferee of a secured lender's interest in a loan from voting on a debtor's…more

Assignees, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debt, Loan Agreements, Secured Lenders

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Municipal Bankruptcies: An Overview and Recent History of Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code

The City of Detroit filed for protection under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code on July 18, 2013,[1] becoming the largest municipality to ever file for bankruptcy. Detroit’s bankruptcy filing presents numerous complicated…more

Chapter 9, Detroit, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities

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President Obama Signs Executive Order "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine"

On March 6, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine” (“the Order”), designed to address the extraordinary threats to democratic processes and…more

Executive Orders, Russia, Sanctions, Ukraine

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Municipal Bankruptcies: An Overview and Recent History of Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code

The City of Detroit filed for protection under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code on July 18, 2013,[1] becoming the largest municipality to ever file for bankruptcy. Detroit’s bankruptcy filing presents numerous complicated…more

Chapter 9, Detroit, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities

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IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states…more

Bitcoins, IRS, Virtual Currency

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CFTC Seeks Comment on ICE Clear Europe Portfolio Margining Proposal

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has requested public comment on a petition submitted by ICE Clear Europe Limited to amend an order issued by the CFTC on May 30..…more

CFTC, Commodities Exchange Act, Public Comment

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California Court of Appeal Allows Tenant's Fraud Suit Against Shopping Center Landlord Based on Estimates for Real Property Taxes, Insurance and Common Area Maintenance Fees in Letter of Intent to Proceed

Last week, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District reversed a trial court’s decision which dismissed a tenant’s lawsuit against a shopping center landlord based on the disparity between estimates of certain…more

Fees, Fraud, Landlords, Letters of Intent, Maintenance

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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial…more

AIFMD, Banks, Derivative Suit, ESMA, EU

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SEC Focuses on Burgeoning Liquid Alternative Funds Market

Registered investment companies that pursue alternative investment strategies (also referred to as "liquid alts") are a relatively new form of offering for investment managers accustomed to operating private investment funds…more

AIFM, Compliance, Fund Managers, OCIE, Private Funds

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Supreme Court Rules Patent Claims Ineligible as Abstract Ideas, Affirming Federal Circuit in Alice Corp Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank Int'l

In a 9-0 decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the US Supreme Court affirmed the decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l, Case No.13-298, holding that all of…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs

On August 8, ICE Futures U.S. revised its rule and frequently asked questions related to exchange of futures for related position (EFRP) transactions. The amendments codify the requirements regarding the simultaneous transfer of…more

EFRP, Futures

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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 30

In this issue: - Amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 Regarding Communications With the Public - Smith & Wesson Pays $2 Million to Resolve SEC Charges - Former Chief Operating Officer Settles SEC Fraud…more

Advertising, Banking Sector, Banks, Broker-Dealer, Corporate Officers

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US Supreme Court Briefing of Greenhouse Gas Cases Completed — Oral Argument Scheduled for February 24, 2014

Briefing has just concluded in a matter before the US Supreme Court involving challenges to the suite of greenhouse gas (GHG) cases decided by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in June 2012. In October…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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US Supreme Court Protects Landowners from "Extortionate" Demands by the Government in Land-Use Permitting Decisions, Including Permit Denials

In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Alito, and joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy, the US Supreme Court in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District broadened the protections…more

Dolan v City of Tigard, Fifth Amendment, Koontz v St John's River Water Management, Land Developers, Nexus

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SEC Proposes New Rules for Crowdfunding Exemption

On October 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to propose new rules that would permit companies to offer and sell securities through “crowdfunding.” Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act…more

Crowdfunding, Exemptions, JOBS Act, SEC, Securities Act of 1933

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SDNY Holds No Attorney-Client Privilege Applies to Communications With In-House Legal Department in China

A US District Court in the Southern District of New York recently ordered Bank of China Limited (BOC) to produce thousands of documents that the court found not to be protected by the attorney-client privilege or work-product…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, China, Confidential Communications, Corporate Counsel

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IRS Provides Special Rules for Refund of Employer-Paid Taxes Related to Imputed Income for Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

On September 23, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2013-61, which provides special rules for those making claims for refunds or adjustments of Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes and federal employment…more

DOMA, FICA Taxes, IRS, Same-Sex Marriage, SCOTUS

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US Supreme Court Protects Landowners from "Extortionate" Demands by the Government in Land-Use Permitting Decisions, Including Permit Denials

In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Alito, and joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy, the US Supreme Court in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District broadened the protections…more

Dolan v City of Tigard, Fifth Amendment, Koontz v St John's River Water Management, Land Developers, Nexus

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FTC Announces New Filing Thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino Pre-Merger Notifications

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the new notification thresholds for pre-merger notification reports that must be filed under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act). The notification…more

FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Pre-Merger Filing Requirements, The Clayton Act

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PSO Reminder: Hospitals Need to Contract with a PSO in Order to Participate in State Insurance Exchanges

Hospitals with 50 or more beds will not be able to provide services through qualified health plans working with state insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unless the hospital has a patient safety evaluation…more

AHRQ, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare, Hospitals, Patient Safety Organizations

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Virtual Currency Advisory

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an advisory on the risks of virtual currencies. The advisory was issued two months after the Government Accountability Office requested that the CFPB look more closely…more

Bitcoins, CFPB, Virtual Currency

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Trusts and Estates Planning Opportunities Arising From Recent Changes to the New York Estate Tax and Trust Income Tax Regimes

On April 1, 2014, the New York state 2014–2015 budget (the "Budget") became effective. The Budget includes legislation (the "Budget Legislation") that makes several significant changes to New York's estate tax regime and to the…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Income Taxes, Trusts

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The Katten Kattwalk - Fashion Week 2013

In this issue: - New Rules on Use of Child Models - Impact of TTAB Rulings on Court Decisions - Sports Teams’ Logos and Marks May Be Different - It’s Ten O’Clock—Do You Know Where Your Company’s Data…more

Child Labor, Data Protection, Domain Names, Fashion Industry, gTLD

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The New gTLD Program: Latest Updates on Brand Protection and the Trademark Clearinghouse

The most significant development in the Internet space in recent years is the ongoing generic top-level domain (gTLD) expansion. (As a reminder, a TLD is what appears to the right of the “dot” in a domain name (i.e., .COM, .ORG,…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Internet

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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 5

In this issue: - FTC Announces New Filing Thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino Pre-Merger Notifications - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Three C&DIs Relating to “Unbundling Rule” - NFA Members Must…more

Bitcoins, Bundling Rules, CFTC, Derivative Suit, FinCEN

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Clouds on the Horizon for Claim Purchasers in the Third Circuit

In a decision of significance to the distressed claims trading community, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in In re KB Toys Inc. recently held that any risk or “cloud” of disallowance under the Bankruptcy Code…more

Assignments, Avoidable Transfer, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Disallowance Defense

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LSTA Publishes Revised Documents Effective April 24, 2014

The Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) has released new forms of its primary trading documents, effective for trades entered into on or after April 24, 2014. The LSTA's updated forms are primarily…more

FATCA, International Tax Issues, Loans, Withholding Tax

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IRS Releases Audit Memorandum on Another HTC Transaction

The Internal Revenue Service recently released Field Attorney Advice 20124002F, revealing another attempt on audit to invalidate an allocation of historic tax credits (HTCs) to an HTC equity investor. Although only just made…more

HTC Equity Investor, IRS, Tax Credits

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Supreme Court Rules Patent Claims Ineligible as Abstract Ideas, Affirming Federal Circuit in Alice Corp Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank Int'l

In a 9-0 decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the US Supreme Court affirmed the decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l, Case No.13-298, holding that all of…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Marketing Investment Management Services to Public Retirement Systems: Complying with Applicable Laws and Regulations

It is well-known that high-profile jurisdictions such as California and New York City have in certain instances placed lobbyist registration requirements on investment managers that solicit investment advisory business from…more

Investment Management, Marketing, New Regulations, Pensions, Retirement

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The Gathering Storm: Equity Compensation and 10b5-1 Plans Under Attack

In this presentation: - The Genesis – Merger Objection Cases - The New Wave of Injunction Cases - Say-on-Pay Injunction Cases - Share Issuance Injunction Cases - Post-Vote Derivative Cases -…more

10b5-1 Plans, Compliance, Derivative Suit, Equity Compensation, Injunctions

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FTC Settles With Businesses Who Allegedly Misrepresented US-EU Safe Harbor Certification

Beware: Even if your company substantially complies with the Privacy Principles of the US-EU Safe Harbor, failure to annually re-certify can land you in hot water. Twelve US businesses—ranging from sports teams, to…more

Compliance, Enforcement Actions, EU, FTC, Misrepresentation

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The Katten Kattwalk | Issue 05

In this issue: - The Early Bird Gets the Trademark: Don’t Delay Filing Intent-to-Use Applications - Color Wars: Narrowing Color Claims in Trademark Rights - It’s Good to Be Famous: TTAB Expands Protection…more

Intent-to-Use, International Trademark Protection, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks

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IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states…more

Bitcoins, IRS, Virtual Currency

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Trusts and Estates Planning Opportunities Arising From Recent Changes to the New York Estate Tax and Trust Income Tax Regimes

On April 1, 2014, the New York state 2014–2015 budget (the "Budget") became effective. The Budget includes legislation (the "Budget Legislation") that makes several significant changes to New York's estate tax regime and to the…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Income Taxes, Trusts

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SEC Adopts First Installment of Rules for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activity

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) re-started its rulemaking for security-based swaps (SBS) under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") by…more

CFTC, Compliance, Cross-Border, Dodd-Frank, SEC

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SDNY Dismisses False Claims Act Complaint, Finding Relators Misconstrued Medicaid Program Legal Framework

A False Claims Act case against the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) was dismissed on March 25, the district court holding that Medicaid providers (such as school districts that provide health services) cannot be…more

DOJ, False Claims Act, Healthcare, Medicaid, Public Schools

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SEC Adopts First Installment of Rules for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activity

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) re-started its rulemaking for security-based swaps (SBS) under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") by…more

CFTC, Compliance, Cross-Border, Dodd-Frank, SEC

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SEC to Examine Never-Before Examined Registered Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced that it is launching an initiative, as part of its existing National Exam Program, to examine investment advisers who…more

Investment Adviser, OCIE, SEC

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District Court Denies Distressed Funds the Right to Vote on Bankruptcy Plan

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington (the "District Court") recently affirmed a bankruptcy court decision that prohibited a transferee of a secured lender's interest in a loan from voting on a debtor's…more

Assignees, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debt, Loan Agreements, Secured Lenders

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The Gathering Storm: Equity Compensation and 10b5-1 Plans Under Attack

In this presentation: - The Genesis – Merger Objection Cases - The New Wave of Injunction Cases - Say-on-Pay Injunction Cases - Share Issuance Injunction Cases - Post-Vote Derivative Cases -…more

10b5-1 Plans, Compliance, Derivative Suit, Equity Compensation, Injunctions

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Illinois Supreme Court Issues New Procedural Rules for Foreclosures

On February 22, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court adopted a set of new procedural rules that will impact both residential and commercial foreclosures in Illinois. The new rules are scheduled to go into effect as early as March 1,…more

Affidavits, Foreclosure, Lenders, Loans, Robo-Signing

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SDNY Holds No Attorney-Client Privilege Applies to Communications With In-House Legal Department in China

A US District Court in the Southern District of New York recently ordered Bank of China Limited (BOC) to produce thousands of documents that the court found not to be protected by the attorney-client privilege or work-product…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, China, Confidential Communications, Corporate Counsel

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California Court of Appeal Strictly Enforces Carveout Guaranty

In “what appears to be an issue of first impression, not only in California, but in the entire country,” the California Court of Appeal in Series AGI West Linn of Appian Group Investors De LLC v. Eves (June 14, 2013) addressed…more

Carve Out Provisions, Contract Drafting, Contract Interpretation, Guaranty Claims

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FTC Settles With Businesses Who Allegedly Misrepresented US-EU Safe Harbor Certification

Beware: Even if your company substantially complies with the Privacy Principles of the US-EU Safe Harbor, failure to annually re-certify can land you in hot water. Twelve US businesses—ranging from sports teams, to…more

Compliance, Enforcement Actions, EU, FTC, Misrepresentation

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Federal Circuit Issues Decision Affirming Obviousness of a Molecule Patent Claim

On June 12, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion affirming the obviousness of a patent claim directed to a drug molecule. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., ___…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Obviousness, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Supreme Court Rules Patent Claims Ineligible as Abstract Ideas, Affirming Federal Circuit in Alice Corp Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank Int'l

In a 9-0 decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the US Supreme Court affirmed the decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l, Case No.13-298, holding that all of…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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California Court of Appeal Strictly Enforces Carveout Guaranty

In “what appears to be an issue of first impression, not only in California, but in the entire country,” the California Court of Appeal in Series AGI West Linn of Appian Group Investors De LLC v. Eves (June 14, 2013) addressed…more

Carve Out Provisions, Contract Drafting, Contract Interpretation, Guaranty Claims

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ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs

On August 8, ICE Futures U.S. revised its rule and frequently asked questions related to exchange of futures for related position (EFRP) transactions. The amendments codify the requirements regarding the simultaneous transfer of…more

EFRP, Futures

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District Court Denies Distressed Funds the Right to Vote on Bankruptcy Plan

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington (the "District Court") recently affirmed a bankruptcy court decision that prohibited a transferee of a secured lender's interest in a loan from voting on a debtor's…more

Assignees, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debt, Loan Agreements, Secured Lenders

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Municipal Bankruptcies: An Overview and Recent History of Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code

The City of Detroit filed for protection under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code on July 18, 2013,[1] becoming the largest municipality to ever file for bankruptcy. Detroit’s bankruptcy filing presents numerous complicated…more

Chapter 9, Detroit, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities

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Supreme Court Inks Uniform Standing Test for Lanham Act False Advertising Claims

Key Takeaways - - The US Supreme Court created a uniform test for standing for false advertising claims under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, resolving a three-way circuit split. - The new standing test requires…more

False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components, SCOTUS

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The Katten Kattwalk - Fashion Week 2013

In this issue: - New Rules on Use of Child Models - Impact of TTAB Rulings on Court Decisions - Sports Teams’ Logos and Marks May Be Different - It’s Ten O’Clock—Do You Know Where Your Company’s Data…more

Child Labor, Data Protection, Domain Names, Fashion Industry, gTLD

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Second Circuit Holds Mandatory Broker Dealer Arbitration Not Available to Non-Customer

On May 15, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a summary order in a closely watched case regarding the circumstances in which a broker dealer may be compelled to arbitrate with an institutional counter-party…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Broker-Dealer, FINRA, Institutional Investment

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District Court Denies Distressed Funds the Right to Vote on Bankruptcy Plan

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington (the "District Court") recently affirmed a bankruptcy court decision that prohibited a transferee of a secured lender's interest in a loan from voting on a debtor's…more

Assignees, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debt, Loan Agreements, Secured Lenders

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The Katten Kattwalk | Issue 05

In this issue: - The Early Bird Gets the Trademark: Don’t Delay Filing Intent-to-Use Applications - Color Wars: Narrowing Color Claims in Trademark Rights - It’s Good to Be Famous: TTAB Expands Protection…more

Intent-to-Use, International Trademark Protection, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks

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SEC Brings Fraud Charges Against Oil and Gas Company and Its CEO

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against Houston American Energy Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company, and John F. Terwilliger, its CEO, for making…more

Energy, Energy Exploration, Fraud, Oil & Gas, SEC

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Illinois Employers Take Note: New Law to Limit When Job Applicant's Criminal Record May Be Considered

On July 19, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a statute that limits when an employer may inquire about and consider a job applicant's criminal record. The law, known as the Job Opportunities for Qualified…more

Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, Employee Rights, Job Applicants

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SEC Focuses on Burgeoning Liquid Alternative Funds Market

Registered investment companies that pursue alternative investment strategies (also referred to as "liquid alts") are a relatively new form of offering for investment managers accustomed to operating private investment funds…more

AIFM, Compliance, Fund Managers, OCIE, Private Funds

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Virtual Currency Advisory

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an advisory on the risks of virtual currencies. The advisory was issued two months after the Government Accountability Office requested that the CFPB look more closely…more

Bitcoins, CFPB, Virtual Currency

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Novel IRS Guidance on HRAs, VEBAs and Domestic Partner Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently provided guidance on several issues never before addressed. The guidance came in the form of a Private Letter Ruling (PLR), to be released later this year to the public under the…more

FOIA, HRA, IRS, Private Letter Rulings

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IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states…more

Bitcoins, IRS, Virtual Currency

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IRS Issues New FATCA Regulations

On February 20, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued additional final and temporary regulations (T.D. 9657) under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 (FATCA) as well as new regulations (T.D. 9658) that…more

Disclosure Requirements, FATCA, Income Taxes, IRS

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And The Band Played On - Disputes Over Musical Group Names Were a Familiar Tune in 2013

On August 28, 2013, the founder of the classic rock band BOSTON and the owner of all of its trademarks lost a bid to prevent the band’s former lead singer from using the name BOSTON in connection with his ongoing musical career…more

Copyright, Music, Trademarks

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Trusts and Estates Planning Opportunities Arising From Recent Changes to the New York Estate Tax and Trust Income Tax Regimes

On April 1, 2014, the New York state 2014–2015 budget (the "Budget") became effective. The Budget includes legislation (the "Budget Legislation") that makes several significant changes to New York's estate tax regime and to the…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Income Taxes, Trusts

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FDA Issues Two Additional Draft Guidance Documents on Social Media

On June 17, 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two additional draft guidance documents relating to the pharmaceutical industry's use of social media. One of the guidance documents addresses how…more

Corporate Counsel, FDA, Pharmaceutical, Popular, Social Media

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Brand Registry Agreement Addendum Published for Public Comment

On December 6, 2013, ICANN posted for public comment a proposal requested by the Brand Registry Group to incorporate a new Specification 13 to the new gTLD Registry Agreement, which would be available to a registry operator that…more

Brand, gTLD, ICANN, Registration, Trademark Clearinghouse

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IRS Issues New FATCA Regulations

On February 20, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued additional final and temporary regulations (T.D. 9657) under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 (FATCA) as well as new regulations (T.D. 9658) that…more

Disclosure Requirements, FATCA, Income Taxes, IRS

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Federal Circuit Issues Decision Affirming Obviousness of a Molecule Patent Claim

On June 12, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion affirming the obviousness of a patent claim directed to a drug molecule. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., ___…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Obviousness, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approval Chart April 16, 2014

Attached please find the updated Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approvals Chart, current as of April 16, 2014. All prior versions are superseded and should be discarded. Please note the following developments…more

CFTC, Economic Development, Foreign Exchanges, Futures, Stocks

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Supreme Court Rules Patent Claims Ineligible as Abstract Ideas, Affirming Federal Circuit in Alice Corp Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank Int'l

In a 9-0 decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the US Supreme Court affirmed the decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l, Case No.13-298, holding that all of…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states…more

Bitcoins, IRS, Virtual Currency

See All Updates »

California Court of Appeal Allows Tenant's Fraud Suit Against Shopping Center Landlord Based on Estimates for Real Property Taxes, Insurance and Common Area Maintenance Fees in Letter of Intent to Proceed

Last week, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District reversed a trial court’s decision which dismissed a tenant’s lawsuit against a shopping center landlord based on the disparity between estimates of certain…more

Fees, Fraud, Landlords, Letters of Intent, Maintenance

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USPTO Publishes Draft Trademark Examination Guide Update Regarding Applications for Marks Comprised of gTLDs

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is currently considering applications to add up to 1,400 new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) to the Internet landscape, with some gTLDs opening for domain-name…more

gTLD, ICANN, Trademarks, USPTO

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Managing Peer Review Hearings and Litigation

In this presentation: - Overview and recommendations regarding hearing procedures. - Ways to maximize confidentiality and immunity protections under state law, HCQIA and the Patient Safety Act. - Effective…more

Confidentiality, Decision-Making Process, Defences, Defense Strategies, Evidentiary Hearings

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SEC Adopts First Installment of Rules for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activity

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) re-started its rulemaking for security-based swaps (SBS) under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") by…more

CFTC, Compliance, Cross-Border, Dodd-Frank, SEC

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The Katten Kattwalk | Issue 04

In this issue: - Trademark Infringed? No Preliminary Injunction Unless Irreparable Harm Proved - Want to Reserve a Trademark? Be Prepared to Prove You Will Use It - Around the Horn: Customs and International…more

Infringement, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks, USPTO

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SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement

On July 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission authorized the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. to implement FINRA Rule 2081 prohibiting brokers from conditioning settlement of customer complaints on (or…more

Expungement, Financial Regulatory Reform, FINRA, SEC

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SEC Brings Fraud Charges Against Oil and Gas Company and Its CEO

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against Houston American Energy Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company, and John F. Terwilliger, its CEO, for making…more

Energy, Energy Exploration, Fraud, Oil & Gas, SEC

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Supreme Court Inks Uniform Standing Test for Lanham Act False Advertising Claims

Key Takeaways - - The US Supreme Court created a uniform test for standing for false advertising claims under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, resolving a three-way circuit split. - The new standing test requires…more

False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components, SCOTUS

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Gruss v. Zwirn: SDNY Strikes a Blow Against Selective Waiver

On November 20, 2013, US District Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a decision with potentially significant consequences for attorneys conducting internal investigations…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Compliance, Corporate Counsel, Internal Investigations, SEC

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Virtual Currency Advisory

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an advisory on the risks of virtual currencies. The advisory was issued two months after the Government Accountability Office requested that the CFPB look more closely…more

Bitcoins, CFPB, Virtual Currency

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US Supreme Court Briefing of Greenhouse Gas Cases Completed — Oral Argument Scheduled for February 24, 2014

Briefing has just concluded in a matter before the US Supreme Court involving challenges to the suite of greenhouse gas (GHG) cases decided by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in June 2012. In October…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states…more

Bitcoins, IRS, Virtual Currency

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SEC Approves NYSE and NASDAQ New Compensation Committee and Adviser Listing Standards

On January 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved final amendments to listing standards submitted by NYSE Regulation, Inc. and NASDAQ Stock Market LLC with regard to the independence of compensation committees and…more

Compensation Committee, Independence Rules, Listing Standards, Nasdaq, NYSE

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SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Alert to assist investors in identifying potentially fraudulent private placements. In the Alert, the Office of…more

Fraud, Private Offerings, Private Placements, Risk Alert, SEC

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CFTC Issues Updated Relief for Cross-Border Trading of Swaps on Qualifying Multilateral Trading Facilities in the European Union

On April 9, 2014, the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) and Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) (together, the Divisions) of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued no-action…more

CEA, CFTC, DMO, DSIO, EU

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Court Finds Section 15(a) of the Exchange Act Only Applicable in Domestic Transactions

The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently granted defendants’ motion to dismiss one count of a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint, finding that the registration requirement under Section…more

Foreign Exchanges, SEC, Securities Exchange Act

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IRS Provides Special Rules for Refund of Employer-Paid Taxes Related to Imputed Income for Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

On September 23, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2013-61, which provides special rules for those making claims for refunds or adjustments of Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes and federal employment…more

DOMA, FICA Taxes, IRS, Same-Sex Marriage, SCOTUS

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California Court of Appeal Strictly Enforces Carveout Guaranty

In “what appears to be an issue of first impression, not only in California, but in the entire country,” the California Court of Appeal in Series AGI West Linn of Appian Group Investors De LLC v. Eves (June 14, 2013) addressed…more

Carve Out Provisions, Contract Drafting, Contract Interpretation, Guaranty Claims

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Attacks on Proxy Statement Compensation Disclosure

Litigation challenging equity compensation exploded in 2012 and shows no signs of slowing, with a storm of lawsuits targeting Rule 10b5-1 trading plans threatening to strike for 2013 as well..…more

Disclosure Requirements, Executive Compensation, Proxy Statements, Rule 10b-5, Say-on-Pay

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IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states…more

Bitcoins, IRS, Virtual Currency

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LSTA Publishes Revised Documents Effective April 24, 2014

The Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) has released new forms of its primary trading documents, effective for trades entered into on or after April 24, 2014. The LSTA's updated forms are primarily…more

FATCA, International Tax Issues, Loans, Withholding Tax

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FATCA Transitional Relief and Extension of Time for the Implementation of New Account Procedures for Entity Investors

On May 2, the Internal Revenue Service issued a notice (Notice 2014-33) providing for a transition period for enforcing the withholding rules of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and extending the period by which…more

FATCA, FATCA Timeline, FFI, IRS

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Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Federal Circuit Standards for Indefiniteness and Induced Infringement

The US Supreme Court issued two anticipated decisions on June 2, 2014, relating to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's standards for indefiniteness and induced infringement. In the first, Nautilus, Inc. v…more

Definiteness, Indefiniteness, Induced Infringement, Infringement, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments

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Five Key Takeaways From ICANN 50 in London

The 50th Meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) took place in London from June 22–26. This marked the first time that an ICANN meeting has been held in London, and also resulted in the largest…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Trademarks

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Federal Circuit Issues Decision Affirming Obviousness of a Molecule Patent Claim

On June 12, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion affirming the obviousness of a patent claim directed to a drug molecule. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., ___…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Obviousness, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs Relating to Accredited Investor Verification Methods

On July 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued six new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) with respect to determination of accredited investor status and, in particular,…more

Accredited Investors, Investors, JOBS Act, Regulation D, Rule 506 Offerings

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IRS and US Department of Labor Continue to Expand, Encourage and Simplify Correction Programs in 2013 Updates to EPCRS and DFVCP

Plan sponsors know that errors and failures in administering a retirement plan happen. All too often, changes in administrators, service providers and other staff uncover errors and compliance problems that should be corrected…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, EBSA, EPCRS, ERISA, IRS

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Be Prepared: New Commercial Lease Disclosure Requirements Under California Disability Access Laws Take Effect July 1, 2013

In the fall of 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1186 (SB 1186). Among other things, SB 1186 reforms California’s disability access laws by: (1) banning pre-lawsuit letters from lawyers demanding money;…more

Commercial Leases, Disability, Disability Access Claims, New Legislation

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Supreme Court Decides Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.

On June 23, the Supreme Court in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. held that a securities class action defendant may introduce evidence at the class certification stage to rebut the presumption that an alleged…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Trusts and Estates Planning Opportunities Arising From Recent Changes to the New York Estate Tax and Trust Income Tax Regimes

On April 1, 2014, the New York state 2014–2015 budget (the "Budget") became effective. The Budget includes legislation (the "Budget Legislation") that makes several significant changes to New York's estate tax regime and to the…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Income Taxes, Trusts

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Taxation of Salaried Members: An Update for Asset Managers

Background - Last summer, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published proposals for major changes to the UK's rules on the taxation of partnerships. The primary aim of the proposals was to counter arrangements which HMRC…more

HMRC, Income Taxes, Partnerships, UK

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District Court Reaffirms Rule 10b5-1 Standard and Denies Motion to Dismiss Insider Trading Charges

The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion to dismiss a 16-count indictment for insider trading, finding the government adequately alleged each element of the offense…more

Criminal Prosecution, Insider Trading, Rule 10b-5, Securities Fraud, White Collar Crimes

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Virtual Currency Advisory

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an advisory on the risks of virtual currencies. The advisory was issued two months after the Government Accountability Office requested that the CFPB look more closely…more

Bitcoins, CFPB, Virtual Currency

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District Court Denies Distressed Funds the Right to Vote on Bankruptcy Plan

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington (the "District Court") recently affirmed a bankruptcy court decision that prohibited a transferee of a secured lender's interest in a loan from voting on a debtor's…more

Assignees, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debt, Loan Agreements, Secured Lenders

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DOL Issues Guidance for ERISA Plans to Engage in Cleared Swaps

On February 7, 2013, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued Advisory Opinion 2013-01A (the “Advisory Opinion”), which provides guidance under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) for employee benefit…more

CCPs, CEA, CFTC, Clearing Members, Dodd-Frank

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Clouds on the Horizon for Claim Purchasers in the Third Circuit

In a decision of significance to the distressed claims trading community, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in In re KB Toys Inc. recently held that any risk or “cloud” of disallowance under the Bankruptcy Code…more

Assignments, Avoidable Transfer, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Disallowance Defense

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Municipal Bankruptcies: An Overview and Recent History of Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code

The City of Detroit filed for protection under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code on July 18, 2013,[1] becoming the largest municipality to ever file for bankruptcy. Detroit’s bankruptcy filing presents numerous complicated…more

Chapter 9, Detroit, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities

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Illinois House Considers Bill to Allow “Bonding Off” of Mechanics Liens

Lenders in Illinois might want to take note of pending Illinois House Bill 2804. The bill would amend the Mechanics Lien Act, so as to allow “bonding off” of mechanic liens for the first time in Illinois. Nearly every state but…more

Bonds, Lenders, Mechanics Lien, Proposed Legislation

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US Supreme Court Briefing of Greenhouse Gas Cases Completed — Oral Argument Scheduled for February 24, 2014

Briefing has just concluded in a matter before the US Supreme Court involving challenges to the suite of greenhouse gas (GHG) cases decided by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in June 2012. In October…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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SEC Adopts First Installment of Rules for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activity

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) re-started its rulemaking for security-based swaps (SBS) under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") by…more

CFTC, Compliance, Cross-Border, Dodd-Frank, SEC

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California Energy Commission Implements New Energy Use Requirements

After several delays in implementation and enforcement by the California Energy Commission, California’s new energy use disclosure requirement commenced on January 1, 2014, for all non-residential buildings with a total gross…more

Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Utilities Sector

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Personal Service With a Smile: A History of California’s “Seven-Year” Rule

Seven Years Hard Labor [Code]- In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world’s first national park, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Amnesty Act restoring civil rights to most (but not all)…more

Legal History

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Matria Healthcare Insider Traders Will Go to Trial

The US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia denied a motion for partial summary judgment in the Security and Exchange Commission’s insider trading case against Earl Arrowood and Parker Petit. The SEC alleges that…more

Healthcare, Insider Trading, Mergers, SEC, Trials

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Smith & Wesson Pays $2 Million to Resolve SEC Charges

On July 28, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, one of the largest gun manufacturers in the United States, agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges alleging that it had bribed…more

Accounting Controls, Bribery, FCPA, Gun Manufacturers, Internal Controls

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SDNY Dismisses False Claims Act Complaint, Finding Relators Misconstrued Medicaid Program Legal Framework

A False Claims Act case against the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) was dismissed on March 25, the district court holding that Medicaid providers (such as school districts that provide health services) cannot be…more

DOJ, False Claims Act, Healthcare, Medicaid, Public Schools

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Delaware Fee-Shifting Legislation Delayed

In the face of opposition from business organizations, the Delaware legislature has deferred consideration, likely until the beginning of 2015, of proposed legislation (discussed in the Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest…more

ATP Tours, Bylaws, Delaware General Corporation Law, Fee-Shifting Statutes, Proposed Legislation

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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial…more

AIFMD, Banks, Derivative Suit, ESMA, EU

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President Obama Signs Executive Order "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine"

On March 6, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine” (“the Order”), designed to address the extraordinary threats to democratic processes and…more

Executive Orders, Russia, Sanctions, Ukraine

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District Court Reaffirms Rule 10b5-1 Standard and Denies Motion to Dismiss Insider Trading Charges

The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion to dismiss a 16-count indictment for insider trading, finding the government adequately alleged each element of the offense…more

Criminal Prosecution, Insider Trading, Rule 10b-5, Securities Fraud, White Collar Crimes

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CFTC Issues Updated Relief for Cross-Border Trading of Swaps on Qualifying Multilateral Trading Facilities in the European Union

On April 9, 2014, the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) and Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) (together, the Divisions) of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued no-action…more

CEA, CFTC, DMO, DSIO, EU

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Trusts and Estates Planning Opportunities Arising From Recent Changes to the New York Estate Tax and Trust Income Tax Regimes

On April 1, 2014, the New York state 2014–2015 budget (the "Budget") became effective. The Budget includes legislation (the "Budget Legislation") that makes several significant changes to New York's estate tax regime and to the…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Income Taxes, Trusts

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IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states…more

Bitcoins, IRS, Virtual Currency

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Amendment to Delaware Judicial Procedure Law Permits Parties to Extend Statute of Limitations for Breach of Contract Claims

Pursuant to an amendment to Section 8106 of the Delaware Courts and Judicial Procedure Law, effective as of August 1, parties to a contract may agree to extend the statute of limitations for up to 20 years for a breach of…more

Breach of Contract, Statute of Limitations

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Illinois House Considers Bill to Allow “Bonding Off” of Mechanics Liens

Lenders in Illinois might want to take note of pending Illinois House Bill 2804. The bill would amend the Mechanics Lien Act, so as to allow “bonding off” of mechanic liens for the first time in Illinois. Nearly every state but…more

Bonds, Lenders, Mechanics Lien, Proposed Legislation

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Ninth Circuit Defines Vicarious Liability Standard Under the TCPA

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a US District Court for the Central District of California decision dismissing a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claim. The Ninth Circuit agreed with the…more

Restaurant Industry, TCPA, Vicarious Liability

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Marketing Investment Management Services to Public Retirement Systems: Complying with Applicable Laws and Regulations

It is well-known that high-profile jurisdictions such as California and New York City have in certain instances placed lobbyist registration requirements on investment managers that solicit investment advisory business from…more

Investment Management, Marketing, New Regulations, Pensions, Retirement

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Federal Circuit Issues Decision Affirming Obviousness of a Molecule Patent Claim

On June 12, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion affirming the obviousness of a patent claim directed to a drug molecule. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., ___…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Obviousness, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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President Obama Signs Executive Order "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine"

On March 6, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine” (“the Order”), designed to address the extraordinary threats to democratic processes and…more

Executive Orders, Russia, Sanctions, Ukraine

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SEC Issues Guidance on Proxy Voting

The Security and Exchange Commission’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (IM/CF) on June 30 (SLB 20). SLB 20 provides guidance regarding proxy voting responsibilities…more

Exemptions, Investment Adviser, Proxy Advisors, Proxy Voting Guidelines, SEC

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Municipal Bankruptcies: An Overview and Recent History of Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code

The City of Detroit filed for protection under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code on July 18, 2013,[1] becoming the largest municipality to ever file for bankruptcy. Detroit’s bankruptcy filing presents numerous complicated…more

Chapter 9, Detroit, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities

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District Court Denies Distressed Funds the Right to Vote on Bankruptcy Plan

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington (the "District Court") recently affirmed a bankruptcy court decision that prohibited a transferee of a secured lender's interest in a loan from voting on a debtor's…more

Assignees, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debt, Loan Agreements, Secured Lenders

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LSTA Publishes Revised Documents Effective April 24, 2014

The Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) has released new forms of its primary trading documents, effective for trades entered into on or after April 24, 2014. The LSTA's updated forms are primarily…more

FATCA, International Tax Issues, Loans, Withholding Tax

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Trusts and Estates Planning Opportunities Arising From Recent Changes to the New York Estate Tax and Trust Income Tax Regimes

On April 1, 2014, the New York state 2014–2015 budget (the "Budget") became effective. The Budget includes legislation (the "Budget Legislation") that makes several significant changes to New York's estate tax regime and to the…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Income Taxes, Trusts

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US Supreme Court Briefing of Greenhouse Gas Cases Completed — Oral Argument Scheduled for February 24, 2014

Briefing has just concluded in a matter before the US Supreme Court involving challenges to the suite of greenhouse gas (GHG) cases decided by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in June 2012. In October…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Federal Circuit Standards for Indefiniteness and Induced Infringement

The US Supreme Court issued two anticipated decisions on June 2, 2014, relating to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's standards for indefiniteness and induced infringement. In the first, Nautilus, Inc. v…more

Definiteness, Indefiniteness, Induced Infringement, Infringement, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments

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SDNY Holds No Attorney-Client Privilege Applies to Communications With In-House Legal Department in China

A US District Court in the Southern District of New York recently ordered Bank of China Limited (BOC) to produce thousands of documents that the court found not to be protected by the attorney-client privilege or work-product…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, China, Confidential Communications, Corporate Counsel

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SDNY Holds No Attorney-Client Privilege Applies to Communications With In-House Legal Department in China

A US District Court in the Southern District of New York recently ordered Bank of China Limited (BOC) to produce thousands of documents that the court found not to be protected by the attorney-client privilege or work-product…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, China, Confidential Communications, Corporate Counsel

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Marketing Investment Management Services to Public Retirement Systems: Complying with Applicable Laws and Regulations

It is well-known that high-profile jurisdictions such as California and New York City have in certain instances placed lobbyist registration requirements on investment managers that solicit investment advisory business from…more

Investment Management, Marketing, New Regulations, Pensions, Retirement

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SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued an order directing certain national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. to jointly develop and file with the SEC a national market system…more

FINRA, Market Participants, SEC, Stock Trades, Stocks

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District Court Considers Prior SEC Complaint Evidence to Establish Scienter Under PSLRA

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently denied a defendant’s motion to dismiss a securities fraud class action, accepting as sufficient factual allegations of scienter that were drawn from a…more

Motion to Dismiss, Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements, PSLRA, Scienter, SEC

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Project Blue: A Stamp Duty Land Tax Case That Made Headlines

In July 2013, the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) case of Project Blue Ltd v. HM Revenue & Customs, concerning the high-profile development of Chelsea Barracks, was the first real test of the SDLT’s broad anti-avoidance rule (Section…more

Anti-Avoidance, Media, Real Estate Market, Stamp Duty Land Tax, UK

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Copyright Registration Basics for "Creative Entrepreneurs"

When I talk to writers, artists and other creative people with ideas for a film, television show, or other production the first thing they often want to do is start talking to other people about it. Sometimes they only have an…more

Copyright, Entrepreneurs, Writers

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Trusts and Estates Planning Opportunities Arising From Recent Changes to the New York Estate Tax and Trust Income Tax Regimes

On April 1, 2014, the New York state 2014–2015 budget (the "Budget") became effective. The Budget includes legislation (the "Budget Legislation") that makes several significant changes to New York's estate tax regime and to the…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Income Taxes, Trusts

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IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states…more

Bitcoins, IRS, Virtual Currency

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Amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 Regarding Communications With the Public

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 2210 requires member firms to file certain communications with FINRA’s Advertising Regulation Department, including retail communications. The Rule 2210 filing requirements…more

Advertising, Amended Regulation, Filing Requirements, FINRA, Public Communications

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The Gathering Storm: Equity Compensation and 10b5-1 Plans Under Attack

In this presentation: - The Genesis – Merger Objection Cases - The New Wave of Injunction Cases - Say-on-Pay Injunction Cases - Share Issuance Injunction Cases - Post-Vote Derivative Cases -…more

10b5-1 Plans, Compliance, Derivative Suit, Equity Compensation, Injunctions

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Illinois Employers Take Note: New Law to Limit When Job Applicant's Criminal Record May Be Considered

On July 19, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a statute that limits when an employer may inquire about and consider a job applicant's criminal record. The law, known as the Job Opportunities for Qualified…more

Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, Employee Rights, Job Applicants

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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 11

In this issue: - NASDAQ Launches Marketplace for Private Companies - SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Clearing Agencies - FINRA Proposes to Amend Rules 2210 and 2214 - CME Group Exchanges…more

Audits, CFTC, Clearing Agencies, CME, FINRA

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SEC Publishes Guidance for Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms Regarding Proxy Voting and Solicitation

On June 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management and Division of Corporation Finance published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (SLB 20), which offers guidance regarding investment advisers’…more

Investment Adviser, Proxy Advisors, Proxy Solicitations, Proxy Voting Guidelines, SEC

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District Court Denies Distressed Funds the Right to Vote on Bankruptcy Plan

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington (the "District Court") recently affirmed a bankruptcy court decision that prohibited a transferee of a secured lender's interest in a loan from voting on a debtor's…more

Assignees, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debt, Loan Agreements, Secured Lenders

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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial…more

AIFMD, Banks, Derivative Suit, ESMA, EU

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OCC Increases Semiannual Assessment for Larger National Banks and Federal Savings Associations

On August 11, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a final rule that increases the OCC’s semiannual assessment on national banks and federal savings associations (banks) with more than $40 billion in…more

Annual Assessments, Banks, Federal Savings Associations, OCC

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California Energy Commission Implements New Energy Use Requirements

After several delays in implementation and enforcement by the California Energy Commission, California’s new energy use disclosure requirement commenced on January 1, 2014, for all non-residential buildings with a total gross…more

Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Utilities Sector

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SDNY Dismisses False Claims Act Complaint, Finding Relators Misconstrued Medicaid Program Legal Framework

A False Claims Act case against the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) was dismissed on March 25, the district court holding that Medicaid providers (such as school districts that provide health services) cannot be…more

DOJ, False Claims Act, Healthcare, Medicaid, Public Schools

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Five Key Takeaways From ICANN 50 in London

The 50th Meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) took place in London from June 22–26. This marked the first time that an ICANN meeting has been held in London, and also resulted in the largest…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Trademarks

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Municipal Bankruptcies: An Overview and Recent History of Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code

The City of Detroit filed for protection under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code on July 18, 2013,[1] becoming the largest municipality to ever file for bankruptcy. Detroit’s bankruptcy filing presents numerous complicated…more

Chapter 9, Detroit, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities

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Amendment to Delaware Judicial Procedure Law Permits Parties to Extend Statute of Limitations for Breach of Contract Claims

Pursuant to an amendment to Section 8106 of the Delaware Courts and Judicial Procedure Law, effective as of August 1, parties to a contract may agree to extend the statute of limitations for up to 20 years for a breach of…more

Breach of Contract, Statute of Limitations

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Sixth Circuit Rejects Claim Preclusion Where Fraudulent Conduct Concealed in a Prior Action

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently reversed a district court’s decision to dismiss a complaint based on claim preclusion. In its complaint, Venture Global Engineering (VGE) alleged that Satyam Computer…more

Claim Preclusion, Fraud

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Virtual Currency Advisory

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an advisory on the risks of virtual currencies. The advisory was issued two months after the Government Accountability Office requested that the CFPB look more closely…more

Bitcoins, CFPB, Virtual Currency

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Marketing Investment Management Services to Public Retirement Systems: Complying with Applicable Laws and Regulations

It is well-known that high-profile jurisdictions such as California and New York City have in certain instances placed lobbyist registration requirements on investment managers that solicit investment advisory business from…more

Investment Management, Marketing, New Regulations, Pensions, Retirement

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Attacks on Proxy Statement Compensation Disclosure: An Update on the Gathering Storm

In this presentation: - Update January 15, 2013 Presentation. More investigation notices, more lawsuits filed, more decisions reached. Trends are becoming more apparent in hindsight. - Say-on-pay. -…more

Derivative Suit, Executive Compensation, Injunctions, Proxy Statements, Say-on-Pay

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SDNY Holds No Attorney-Client Privilege Applies to Communications With In-House Legal Department in China

A US District Court in the Southern District of New York recently ordered Bank of China Limited (BOC) to produce thousands of documents that the court found not to be protected by the attorney-client privilege or work-product…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, China, Confidential Communications, Corporate Counsel

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SEC Focuses on Burgeoning Liquid Alternative Funds Market

Registered investment companies that pursue alternative investment strategies (also referred to as "liquid alts") are a relatively new form of offering for investment managers accustomed to operating private investment funds…more

AIFM, Compliance, Fund Managers, OCIE, Private Funds

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President Obama Signs Executive Order "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine"

On March 6, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine” (“the Order”), designed to address the extraordinary threats to democratic processes and…more

Executive Orders, Russia, Sanctions, Ukraine

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Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • D.C.
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Texas
Other Countries
  • China
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys

400+ Attorneys

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