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Social Links: Will a fan-made Star Trek prequel live long and prosper?; California bans driving while Snapchatting; apps that facilitate infidelity

A federal district court judge refused to grant summary judgment to the copyright owners of the Star Trek franchise in the infringement suit they brought against the team behind a fan-made, crowdfunded prequel to the original…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

New HSR Filing Thresholds for 2017

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the agency charged with administering the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”), as amended, and its filing requirements, announced the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Mergers & Acquisitions

2017-18 New York State Executive Budget Released by Governor Cuomo

On January 17, 2017, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released his 2017-2018 Executive Budget. It contains several potentially important tax proposals, including the following..…more
| Taxation

DOJ and FTC Release Updated Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (the “Agencies”) issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation (“International…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation

The Securities Law Crystal Ball

At the beginning of each new year, we find ourselves engaged in discussions of the evolving securities regulatory landscape and the changes that we anticipate may occur. We have done this for many years now. Each January we also…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Final FAR Rule: Employees’ Freedom to Report Fraud

There has been a debate for years about whether employers can, by agreement, prohibit their employees from “blowing the whistle” on them. The prudent view was this could be viewed by the courts as a violation of public policy,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

New ITC Investigations Surge in 2016

The ITC’s docket experienced a strong uptick in 2016, with new investigations approaching the record highs of 2010 and 2011, the years of the smartphone wars. 54 new investigations were instituted at the ITC in 2016, compared…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

DOJ and FTC Release Updated Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (“IP…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Intellectual Property

EPA Issues Final Determination That No Adjustments to GHG Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 Will Be Made, but Questions Remain

On January 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its determination not to change greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for cars and light trucks manufactured in model years (MYs) 2022-2025. This means…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation

SEC Approves NSCC and NYSE T+2 Rule Proposals

On January 4, 2017, the SEC approved the National Securities Clearing Corporation’s (“NSCC”) proposed rule change to conform to the SEC’s proposed Rule 15c6–1(a) amendment and accommodate a second business day after the trade…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

OFPP Finds What Contractors Have Known: Effective Debriefings Will Lead To Better Proposals And Fewer Protests

On January 5, 2017, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (“OFPP”) released the third memorandum in its “Myth-busting” series. The third memo found that effective debriefings help to prevent protests and that there is clear…more
| Government Contracting

Chair White’s Remarks

On January 17, Chair White delivered a speech at The Economic Club of New York, which was titled “The SEC after the Financial Crisis: Protecting Investors, Preserving Markets.” Chair White commented on the Securities and…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Uncertain Seas: European Financial and Regulatory Developments into 2017

Charting New and Dangerous Waters - Lloyd George and Epictetus may be long gone but their words have much resonance with the events of 2016. The political fallout from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (“EU”) was…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Insurance, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

OCIE 2017 Exam Priorities: Focus on Retail, Elderly and Retirement Investors; Market Risks

The SEC’s National Examination Program (NEA) of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced that its examination priorities in 2017 will focus on three general areas: retail investors, risks specific…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Ninth Circuit and “Ascertainability”: No “Administratively Feasible” Method of Identifying Class Members Required

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to grant class certification, finding that, at the class certification stage, Rule 23 does not require plaintiffs to demonstrate that there is an…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability
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