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America Invents Act Updates Take Final Form

In a last-minute decision for the 112th Congress, the House of Representatives approved an America Invents Act (AIA) technical-revisions bill as amended by the Senate (H.R. 6621) on January 1, 2013. President Obama is expected…more

America Invents Act, Derivation Proceeding, First-to-Invent, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Reform

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Financial Services Report, Summer 2015

In This Issue: - Arbitration Report - Beltway Report - Bureau Report - Mobile & Emerging Payments Report - Mortgage & Fair Lending Report - Operations Report - Preemption Report - Privacy…more

Arbitration Agreements, CashCall, CFPB, Consumer Bankruptcy, Consumer Financial Products

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MoFo IP Newsletter - August 2016

Supreme Court Abolished Federal Circuit's Test for Willfulness - On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s…more

Abuse of Discretion, Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Authorship, Books

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Sweett Sentence Provides Guidance for DPAs

After its guilty plea to an offence under the UK Bribery Act, Sweett Group PLC was sentenced on February 19, 2016 at Southwark Crown Court, and ordered to pay a total £2.25 million penalty for the offence. The international…more

Bribery, Construction Contracts, Convictions, Criminal Prosecution, Deferred Prosecution Agreements

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Consumer Products: The CPSC Files Suit Seeking Civil Penalties Against Michaels Stores for Failures of Reporting and Material Misrepresentation

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), filed suit against Michaels Stores, Inc. (“Michaels”) in the Northern District of Texas. United States of…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Enforcement Actions, Investigations, Michaels

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Individual Liability: What’s Behind The Headlines?

It’s been open season on financial institutions since the 2008-2009 financial crisis (“Financial Crisis”). State and federal prosecutors and regulators are competing with each other for press coverage of their latest consent…more

Banking Crisis, Banking Sector, C-Suite Executives, CFPB, Civil Monetary Penalty

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Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for July 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary…more

Airlines, Alstom, Anti-Corruption, Argentina, Brazil

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False Advertising Suit Regarding Plum Organics Mighty 4 Puree Pouches Dismissed

On November 2, 2015, Judge Alsup of the Northern District of California dismissed a consumer class action against food manufacturer Plum Organics for failure to state a claim. In Workman et al. v. Plum Inc., D/B/A Plum Organics,…more

Business & Professions Code, Class Action, Consumers Legal Remedies Act, Failure To State A Claim, False Advertising

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Brexit: Service - Implications for Contracting Parties and Disputes

The process of Brexit will take many years, and the implications for our clients’ business will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all of our offices, and working…more

Contract Disputes, EU, International Arbitration, International Litigation, Jurisdiction

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The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Some Practical Considerations

Today President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA or the “Act”), which creates a new federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation effective immediately. The DTSA establishes federal jurisdiction…more

Asset Seizure, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Ex Parte, Misappropriation, Private Right of Action

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Looking to Litigate in Secret? Fourth Circuit Creates Hurdles for Product Manufacturers

In April, the Fourth Circuit ruled in Company Doe v. Public Citizen that a manufacturer could not hide behind a veil of secrecy even after successfully enjoining the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from publishing an…more

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), Manufacturers, Transparency

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Announces Rule Amendments for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

In an April 1, 2016 Federal Register Notice (“Notice”),1 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“Office”) finalized amendments to rules governing trial practice for inter partes review, post-grant review, transitional…more

America Invents Act, Claim Construction, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Expert Testimony, Federal Register

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MoFo IP Newsletter - August 2016

Supreme Court Abolished Federal Circuit's Test for Willfulness - On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s…more

Abuse of Discretion, Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Authorship, Books

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The Persuader Rules: Final Opportunity to Avoid Department of Labor Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued its final regulations regarding the “advice exception” to reporting requirements of employers and lawyers under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Collective Bargaining, DOL, Final Rules, Legal Advice

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Three Key Takeaways from DOJ’s New Yates Memo on Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing

During a September 10, 2015 conference at New York University, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sally Quillian Yates announced new Department of Justice (DOJ or the Department) policy that could significantly affect the way that…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, C-Suite Executives, Cooperation, Corporate Veil, DOJ

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California Appellate Court Requires Actual Viewing of Confidential Information in Data Breach Case Under the California Medical Information Act

In a case against Sutter Health involving records from a stolen office computer, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a decision limiting plaintiffs’ ability to state a claim and obtain statutory damages under the…more

Appeals, CMIA, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Records, Patient Confidentiality Breaches

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MoFo IP Newsletter - October 2015

The Survey Says: Tiffany Is Not Generic for A Ring Setting - Last month, the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment to Tiffany & Co. on its trademark infringement claim against Costco Wholesale Corporation…more

Abuse of Dominance, Abuse of Process, America Invents Act, Apple v Samsung, China

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A View of EB-5 Program Issues from a Top SEC Enforcement Official

As participation in the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) Immigrant Investor Program or “EB-5 program” grows, regulatory interest is showing a commensurate uptick. On November 20, 2013, Associate Director Stephen…more

Compliance, EB-5, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, Immigrants

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Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - August 2016

Regulation - Next on the SEC’s Regulatory Agenda: A Chief Valuation Officer? - First, the SEC required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity risk…more

Advisors Act, Auditors, BDC, Broker-Dealer, Business Continuity Plans

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Drones: FAA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On Tuesday, June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration issued Part 107, the Final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Rule comes sixteen months after the FAA issued its Notice of…more

Aircraft, Commercial Use, Drones, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Section 333 Exemption

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First Circuit Issues Potentially Significant Ruling on Federal Video Privacy Statute’s Application to Mobile Apps

The First Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., — F.3d —-, Case No. 15-1719, 2016 WL 1719825 (1st Cir. Apr. 29, 2016), may carry important implications for mobile…more

Advertising, Class Action, Marketing, Mobile Apps, Personally Identifiable Information

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New Tech, Old Rules: 6 Tips For Tech Cos. Managing FCA Risk

When it was first enacted in 1863, the original purpose of the False Claims Act was to prosecute war profiteers who were selling sick mules and broken muzzle-loaded rifles to the Union Army. In recent years, its use has expanded…more

False Claims Act (FCA), Federal Contractors, Product Pricing, Risk Assessment, State Contractors

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Getting the Deal Done - China, Semiconductors, and CFIUS

Investing in U.S. semiconductor sector companies has become an increasingly challenging task for Chinese investors as the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States—better known as CFIUS—has increased its…more

Acquisitions, CFIUS, China, Foreign Investment

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Are Your Customer Accounts in Order? SEC Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Implementation of the Customer Protection Rule Initiative

On June 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) announced that it would begin a coordinated effort across divisions to identify potential violations by broker-dealers of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Rule”) under the…more

Broker-Dealer, Custody Rule, Customer Protection Rule, Enforcement Actions, FINRA

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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 8

Brexit and Structured Products: A Framework for Considering Disclosures - The U.K.’s recent referendum to withdraw from the European Union has affected virtually all segments of the financial industry. The structured…more

Administrative Proceedings, Broker-Dealer, Disclosure Requirements, Distributors, DOL

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Co-Bidder Status in Tender Offers

The recent Allergan litigation in California District Court involved the allegation that Pershing Square Capital Management, LP (together with certain of its affiliates, “Pershing Square”) had violated the prohibition, under…more

Allergan Inc, Disclosure Requirements, Filing Requirements, Securities Exchange Act, Tender Offers

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In Delaware, Privilege Goes to the Buyer -- Court Finds Buyer Controls Attorney-Client Privilege over Seller’s Pre-Closing Communications Regarding Merger Negotiations, Unless Otherwise Agreed

The Delaware court of chancery held recently that control over a target company’s attorney-client privileged communications, including communications between the target company’s counsel and its pre-merger stockholders, passes…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Contract Drafting, Corporate Counsel, Disqualification, Fraudulent Inducement

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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 8

Brexit and Structured Products: A Framework for Considering Disclosures - The U.K.’s recent referendum to withdraw from the European Union has affected virtually all segments of the financial industry. The structured…more

Administrative Proceedings, Broker-Dealer, Disclosure Requirements, Distributors, DOL

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Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 2 - May 2015

In This Issue: - Court Protects Anonymity of Yelp Users - FTC Issues Landmark Report on Internet of Things - Who Will Update My Status When I’m Dead?: The Biggest Social Media Platforms’ Policies on…more

Anonymity, Copyright, Digital Assets, DMCA, FTC

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Brexit: The Impact on the EC/VC Community

The process of Brexit and the implications for our clients’ businesses will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all our offices and working with our clients on their…more

Currency Fluctuation, EEA, Emerging Growth Companies, EU, EU Passport

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MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 8, No. 4

IRS PROVIDES RICS ALTERNATIVES TO ACCOUNT FOR FOREIGN TAX REFUNDS - Generally, when a U.S. taxpayer pays foreign tax, the U.S. taxpayer is entitled to take a credit (a “Foreign Tax Credit”) against the taxpayer’s U.S. tax…more

Certiorari, ConAgra, Dividends, FIRPTA, Foreign Currency

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Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 26, Issue June 2014 -- Protecting Trade Secrets Globally: Comparing The U.S. And EU

International attention to misappropriation of trade secrets has never been at a higher level. In early May 2014, a U.S. federal grand jury indicted several Chinese military officials for allegedly misappropriating trade secrets…more

China, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), EU, Misappropriation, Trade Secrets

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Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for July 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary…more

Airlines, Alstom, Anti-Corruption, Argentina, Brazil

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SEC Revises Guidance on Granting WKSI Waiver

On March 12, 2014, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance updated its guidance regarding requests for waivers by well-known seasoned issuers (“WKSIs”) that would otherwise become ineligible issuers under Rule 405 of the…more

SEC, Securities Exchange Act, Waivers, WKSIs

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Corruption Allegations in China Lead to a Shareholder Class Action in the U.S.

The filing of a shareholder class action has become routine following a drop in stock price after the revelation of adverse news about a company. Allegations of corruption at a public company are proving to be no different, as…more

China, Class Action, Corruption, Foreign Official, Oil & Gas

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California Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, but Invalidates Waivers of Representative Actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act

On June 23, the California Supreme Court provided mixed blessings to California employers. In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, No. S204032 (June 23, 2014), the Court upheld class action waivers in arbitration agreements,…more

Arbitration, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, CLS Transportation, Employer Liability Issues

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Form PCT/IB/382: Legal Implications in Countries with Compulsory Licensing Rules

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) added a new feature in January 2012 in an effort to promote licensing. Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applicants may submit form PCT/IB/382, which informs others that the…more

Licensing Rules, Patents, WIPO

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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 8

Brexit and Structured Products: A Framework for Considering Disclosures - The U.K.’s recent referendum to withdraw from the European Union has affected virtually all segments of the financial industry. The structured…more

Administrative Proceedings, Broker-Dealer, Disclosure Requirements, Distributors, DOL

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California Supreme Court Opens the Door to Organic Mislabeling Claims

Last week, the California Supreme Court issued a long awaited ruling on organic labeling in Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., No. S216305, 2015 WL 7770635 (Cal. Dec. 3, 2015). At issue in Quesada was whether consumers may bring…more

CA Supreme Court, Consumer Fraud, Corporate Counsel, Food Labeling, Misrepresentation

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MoFo Global Procurement Quarterly: Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Protection of Security Relevant Information vs. Enhancement of Global Competition – Germany's "No Spy Decree" for Public Tenders under Continuous Scrutiny - RWIND Tenderer Test: Objective or…more

Cybersecurity, DOJ, Enforcement Actions, EU, Germany

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California Adopts the Sophisticated Intermediary Doctrine

In a recent opinion, the Supreme Court of California formally adopted the Sophisticated Intermediary Doctrine, clarifying what circumstances may permit a raw materials supplier to discharge its duty to warn consumers. Webb v…more

Asbestos, Burden of Proof, CA Supreme Court, Component Parts Doctrine, Duty to Warn

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Brexit: The Impact on the EC/VC Community

The process of Brexit and the implications for our clients’ businesses will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all our offices and working with our clients on their…more

Currency Fluctuation, EEA, Emerging Growth Companies, EU, EU Passport

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Final IRS Regulations Under Section 162(m) Will Impact Transition Rule Applicable to Newly Public Companies

On March 31, 2015, the IRS issued final regulations under Section 162(m), the tax code provision which limits the deduction for compensation paid to certain public company executive officers. As signaled by the proposed…more

Corporate Taxes, Executive Compensation, IRS, Proposed Regulation, Publicly-Traded Companies

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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 6

U.S. Structured Warrant Programs: Introduction - U.S. and non-U.S. banks have offered structured warrants in the U.S. to address the needs of both institutional and high-net worth investors. This article will describe…more

Advertising, Banking Sector, Broker-Dealer, Cease and Desist, Cooperation

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President Signs Federal GMO Food Labeling Bill

On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed into law the federal genetically engineered (GE) food labeling bill (S. 764). The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 14, 2016, 306-117, with broad bipartisan support…more

Food Labeling, Food Manufacturers, Genetic Materials, GMO, Preemption

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California Adopts the Sophisticated Intermediary Doctrine

In a recent opinion, the Supreme Court of California formally adopted the Sophisticated Intermediary Doctrine, clarifying what circumstances may permit a raw materials supplier to discharge its duty to warn consumers. Webb v…more

Asbestos, Burden of Proof, CA Supreme Court, Component Parts Doctrine, Duty to Warn

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En banc Federal Circuit Affirms ITC’s Authority to Issue Exclusion Orders for Induced Infringement of Method Claims

Reversing an earlier panel decision, the en banc Federal Circuit confirmed that the ITC has the authority to issue exclusion orders against imported products that ultimately are used to infringe method claims, even if those…more

Covered Business Method Patents, Direct Infringement, En Banc Review, Imports, Induced Infringement

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UCC Standing Blocked in Recent Sabine Decision

What showing must creditors make to be granted the right to prosecute claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate? Under the widely recognized standard established by the Second Circuit in In re STN Enterprises, a bankruptcy…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors, Debtors, Fraudulent Conveyance, Mergers

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Recent Decisions Confirm That Forum Selection Bylaws Are Best Considered on a Clear Day - But May Be Beneficial Later as Well

“Exclusive forum” bylaws and charter provisions are a powerful tool for managing the risk of parallel corporate governance litigation against a company and its directors in multiple forums, allowing stockholders to bring such…more

Bylaws, Corporate Governance, Delaware General Corporation Law, Exclusive Forum, Forum Selection

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10 Competitive Best Practices for Winning Government Contracts

Counsel for companies engaged in bid protests over U.S. federal government contracts often wish their clients had done things differently during the proposal preparation and evaluation process. Unfortunately, the strictures…more

Bid Protests, Federal Contractors

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The Federal Reserve’s Proposed Rules for Financial Contracts of Global Systemically Important Banking Organizations and ISDA’s Resolution Stay Jurisdictional Modular Protocol

Last month the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) issued proposed new rules (the “Proposed Rules”) intended to reduce the potential risks posed to the U.S. financial system by too-big-to-fail banks.1 …more

Banks, Basel Committee, Cross-Border Transactions, Dodd-Frank, Federal Reserve

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Drones: FAA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On Tuesday, June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration issued Part 107, the Final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Rule comes sixteen months after the FAA issued its Notice of…more

Aircraft, Commercial Use, Drones, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Section 333 Exemption

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Significant Liberalization of Foreign Investment Rules in India

On June 20, 2016, the Indian government, in an effort to open up the Indian economy and bring in much-needed foreign capital, announced a radical liberalization of the foreign direct investment (FDI) rules by liberalizing…more

Aviation Industry, Broadcasting, Defense Sector, E-Commerce, Food Manufacturers

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Practice Pointers on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On June 27, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White, speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, reiterated the SEC’s growing concern regarding…more

C&DIs, EBITDA, GAAP, Investor Protection, Mary Jo White

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MoFo Global Procurement Quarterly: Spring 2015

In This Issue: - Right to Modify? - International Brands May Trigger Cross-Border Interest in EU Tenders - Q&A with James Koukios - GSA Data Reporting - International IT Companies Face Continuing…more

China, Cross-Border, EU, General Services Administration (GSA), Government Contractors

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Singapore International Arbitration Centre 2016 Rules Come Into Force

INTRODUCTION - The sixth edition of the Arbitration Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”) comes into force today, August 1, 2016 (the “SIAC Rules 2016” or the “Rules”).2 The Rules were published…more

Arbitration Procedural Rules, Dismissals, Expedited Actions Process, International Arbitration, Multi-Party Litigation

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MoFo IP Newsletter - August 2016

Supreme Court Abolished Federal Circuit's Test for Willfulness - On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s…more

Abuse of Discretion, Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Authorship, Books

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Department of Defense Issues New Guidance on Military Lending Act Regulations

On August 26, 2016, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interpretive rule providing guidance on the DOD’s regulations implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). Specifically, the interpretive rule aims to clarify certain…more

Creditors, Department of Defense (DOD), Final Rules, Interpretive Rule, Military Lending Act

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Universal Health: The Supreme Court Approves Implied Certification; Focus on Materiality Provides a Mixed Blessing to Defendants in False Claims Act Cases

On June 16, 2016, a unanimous Supreme Court blessed the implied false certification theory of False Claims Act (FCA) liability, resolving a circuit split on the theory’s legitimacy. The Court held that implied certification…more

Conditions of Payment, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors, Implied Certification

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Hong Kong Capital Markets Quarterly News -- October 2013

In This Issue: New Sponsor Regime – Guidance Letters; Policy on Listing Overseas Companies; New Listing Decisions; New Guidance Letters; and Enforcement News Excerpt from New Sponsor Regime – Guidance Letters:…more

Enforcement, Hong Kong, Listing Standards, SFC, Stocks

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China Life Sciences - January 2013

In This Issue: Investor Q&A; Key Regulatory Issues for Strategic Life Sciences Partnerships in China; Compulsory Patent Licensing in China; and New Developments on the “Patentable Subject Matter” Requirement of U.S…more

Biotechnology, China, Compulsory Licenses, Foreign Investment, Licenses

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SPC Issues Interpretation on Jurisdictional Issues Arising from CIETAC Split

In a welcome development, the PRC Supreme People’s Court (the “SPC”) issued on July 15, 2015 an interpretation addressing various jurisdictional issues arising from the decision in mid-2012 of the former CIETAC Shanghai and…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, China, CIETAC, Foreign Ownership

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Mexico’s National Center for Energy Control (Centro Nacional de Control de Energia: “CENACE”) Publishes Rules for Establishing the Infrastructure Requirements for the Interconnection of Power Plants and Connection of Charging Stations (centros de carga)

On June 2, 2015, CENACE published in the Federal Gazette of the Federation (Diario Oficial de la Federación) the Rules for Establishing the Infrastructure Requirements for the Interconnection of Power Plants and Connection of…more

Charging Stations, New Regulations, Power Infrastructure, Power Plants

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Financial Services Report, Summer 2016

BELTWAY - Every Last Penny Counts - Five federal banking agencies issued a Supervisory Bulletin titled “Interagency Guidance Regarding Deposit Reconciliation Practices” (the “Guidance”). The Guidance outlines…more

Arbitration, Article III, CFPA, CFPB, CID

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European Patent Office Finds Plants and Plant Products Patent-Eligible

On March 25, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) handed a victory to those seeking to protect plant inventions in Europe. The EBA found that the essentially biological processes exclusion of…more

EU, European Patent Office, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents, Plant Patents

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China’s Draft Foreign Investment Law: A Paradigm Shift in Regulation of Foreign Investment

On January 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released for public comment a draft Foreign Investment Law; “FIL”) along with an accompanying explanatory note (“Note”). The deadline for comments is February 17,…more

China, Foreign Investment, MOFCOM

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Broker-Dealer Registration Issues Associated with Development Projects under the EB-5 Program

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (the “EB-5 Program”) administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has been a significant source of capital for various real estate and other development projects…more

Broker-Dealer, Compliance, EB-5, Enforcement, Limited Partnerships

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CFPB Report on Online Short-Term Lending Finds Borrowers Face Hidden Costs

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB,” or “Bureau”) released a report, entitled “Online Payday Loan Payments” (“Report”), which examines short-term, small-dollar loans—or payday…more

CFPB, Lenders, Online Payments, Payday Loans

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California Governor Signs Bill Limiting Cities and Counties Use of Sales/Use Tax Agreements

The governor of California has signed SB 533, which, beginning on January 1, 2016, further limits the power of a city or a county to enter into an agreement with a retailer that would result in the payment, transfer, diversion,…more

Governor Brown, Local Governance, Local Taxes, New Legislation, Rebates

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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 8

Brexit and Structured Products: A Framework for Considering Disclosures - The U.K.’s recent referendum to withdraw from the European Union has affected virtually all segments of the financial industry. The structured…more

Administrative Proceedings, Broker-Dealer, Disclosure Requirements, Distributors, DOL

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Employment Law Commentary - October 2014

California Legislative Update - Welcome back to our annual review of new laws that may impact California employers! This year’s highlights include California’s new paid sick leave law, additions to sexual harassment…more

Child Labor, Employer Liability Issues, FEHA, Independent Contractors, Joint Employers

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Litigation in Japan

Each year, many American companies become involved in litigation in Japan and find the legal system to be very different from what they expected. This article explains some of the major differences between the U.S. and…more

International Litigation, Japan, Patent Litigation

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Assessing Acquisition Offers from Chinese Buyers - CFIUS and related considerations for technology company boards

Notwithstanding reports earlier this year of transactions that either failed to close (GO Scale / Lumileds; Tsinghua Unisplendour / Western Digital), lost out to competing U.S. bids (China Resources / Fairchild) or were…more

Acquisitions, Board of Directors, CFIUS, China, Emerging Technology Companies

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Proposed Prop 65 Rules Won't Please Calif. Businesses

California’s Proposition 65 warning requirements (Health & Safety Code Sections 25249.6 et seq.) have long been a major concern for businesses that want their products offered for sale in the state’s large marketplace…more

Labeling, Proposition 65, Safe Harbors, Warning Labels

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Department of Labor Clarifies ERISA Fiduciary Requirements With Respect to Economically Targeted Investments and Environmental, Social, and Governance Goals

Last month, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) issued an Interpretive Bulletin 2015-011 (the “Bulletin”) clarifying the extent to which the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) permits fiduciaries to…more

DOL, Economically Targeted Investments, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 6, Issue 4

Five social media law issues to discuss with your clients - The explosive growth of social media has clients facing legal questions that didn’t even exist a few short years ago. Helping your clients navigate this muddled…more

Anonymity, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Blogging Platforms, Browsewrap Agreement, Class Action

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Full Federal Circuit Curbs On Sale Bar's Threat to Patents

Biotech and pharmaceutical companies received critical guidance from the Federal Circuit yesterday, when the en banc court exempted a broad category of common manufacturing and supply arrangements from the reach of the patent…more

Biotechnology, Hospira, On-Sale Bar, Patent Applications, Patent Litigation

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MoFo BioMeter, Volume 5, Issue 1

The full-year 2015 BioMeter paints the picture of a strong year for biotechnology, but deeper analysis shows a cautionary trend. The average BioMeter value for the entire year across all transactions reporting up-front payments…more

Biometric Information, IPO, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Industry

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Ninth Circuit Offers Guidance to Defendants Seeking to Establish Removal Jurisdiction

The Supreme Court recently denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in Leite v. Crane Co., 49 F.3d 1117 (9th Cir. 2014), cert. denied, 574 U.S. ___ (2014) (No. 14-119), a case in which the Ninth Circuit established the…more

Federal Jurisdiction, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Jurisdiction, Removal

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The (Heart)Beat Has Sounded: The World Economic Forum Places Blockchain Front and Center

It’s official – Blockchain is ready for its close-up. Blockchain and smart contracts have moved out of the wings and are the new stars of the finance industry, according to the World Economic Forum’s report released on Friday,…more

Block Chain, Financial Sector, FinTech, Securities, Smart Contracts

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The CFPB & UDAAP: A "Know It When You See It" Standard? 2015 Year-End Update

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) exercise of its sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) continues to command the attention of financial institutions and financial…more

Automotive Loans, CFPB, Consent Order, Credit Reports, Debt Collection

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Brexit: Impact on Restructuring and Insolvency for Credit Institutions

The process of Brexit will take many years, and the implications for our clients’ businesses will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all of our offices, and working…more

Banking Sector, BRRD, Creditors, Debt Restructuring, EEA

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The Shortened Shanghai Free Trade Zone Negative List: One Small Step for Reform…

Amidst high hopes in the foreign investment community for a streamlined framework regulating inbound investment to the PRC, China’s State Council launched the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (the “SFTZ” or “Zone”) in…more

Banking Sector, China, Foreign Investment, Free Trade Zone, Healthcare

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Social Links: Google penalizes sites with pop-up ads; proposed Federal legislation to criminalize revenge porn; ad industry group questions Kardashians’ social media posts

Google is cracking down on mobile pop-up ads by knocking down the search-result position of websites that use them. The National Labor Relations Board decided a social media policy that Chipotle had in place for its…more

DHS, Facebook, FTC, FTC Endorsement Guidelines, Google

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Inside DOD's Reasonable Approach To Data Rights Rule

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense issued a proposed rule to implement Section 815 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. Industry and practitioners alike have awaited this proposal since…more

Data Rights, Department of Defense (DOD), DFARS, Federal Contractors, NDAA

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Summary of the Implementing Regulations for Japan’s Feed-In Tariff Law for Renewable Electric Energy

This updates our September 13, 2011 Client Alert entitled “Outline of Japan’s Feed-In Tariff Law for Renewable Electric Energy,” which summarized “The Act on Special Measures Concerning the Procurement of Renewable Electric…more

Electricity, Interconnections, Japan, Power Purchase Agreements, Purchase Price

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Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 4

Mixed Messages: Courts Grapple With Emoticons and Emoji - Emoticon and emoji are ubiquitous in online and mobile communications; according to one study, 74 percent of Americans use emoticons, emoji and similar images on a…more

Ad-Blockers, Copyright, Emoji, Facebook, FTC

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Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for July 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary…more

Airlines, Alstom, Anti-Corruption, Argentina, Brazil

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SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Public Disclosure of Payments to Directors by Third Parties

In March 2016, the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) proposed new rules regarding disclosure of third-party compensation of directors. This third-party compensation, which may not be publicly disclosed, arises when a party…more

Activist, Board of Directors, Directors, Executive Compensation, Foreign Private Issuers

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Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for July 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary…more

Airlines, Alstom, Anti-Corruption, Argentina, Brazil

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Fed. Circ. Further Dulls CDA's Statute Of Limitations

A few years back, a string of decisions at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims invoked the Contract Disputes Act’s six-year statute of limitations to dispose of several long-pending…more

Appeals, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Cause of Action Accrual, Construction Contracts, Contract Disputes Act

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TRIA Extension Fails: An Initial Guide to Next Steps

To the surprise of many, Congress failed to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 ("TRIA"), which is set to expire at the end of this year. Many hope that TRIA in some form will be re-authorized early in 2015 and,…more

Terrorism Insurance, TRIA

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State + Local Tax Insights -- Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Where’s Walden? Finding Protection under the Due Process Clause - Upcoming Speaking Engagements - CFCs and Subpart F Income in a California Water’s-Edge Election and What’s Wrong with the Apple…more

Apple, CFCs, Due Process, Franchise Tax Board, Franchise Taxes

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Digital Single Market Update: The European Commission’s Proposal to Revise the Audiovisual Media Services Directive

The European Commission has proposed legislation in the EU to provide a uniform legal and competition framework for video-streaming services provided via the Internet. The regime includes changes to advertising, the…more

Advertising, Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), Broadcasting, Cable Television Providers, Data-Sharing

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SEC Requests Comments on Regulation S-K Relating to Disclosures on Management, Certain Security Holders and Corporate Governance Matters

On August 25, 2016, the SEC issued a release requesting comments on certain disclosure requirements under Regulation S-K relating to disclosures on management, certain security holders and corporate governance matters contained…more

Corporate Governance, Disclosure Requirements, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Public Comment, Regulation S-K

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Employment Law Commentary, March 2016

The California Fair Employment And Housing Council Issues Proposed Regulations To Limit Consideration Of Criminal History In Employment Decisions - Employers take great measures to avoid hiring dangerous employees—not just…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Harassment Policies, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Criminal Background Checks, Disparate Impact

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Unanimous Supreme Court Sides With Property Owners In Clean Water Act Row

Introduction - On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision that continues a trend of judicial skepticism toward federal agency efforts to avoid judicial review of agency permitting and related actions…more

Administrative Appeals, Administrative Procedure Act, Clean Water Act, EPA, Final Judgment

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Significant Liberalization of Foreign Investment Rules in India

On June 20, 2016, the Indian government, in an effort to open up the Indian economy and bring in much-needed foreign capital, announced a radical liberalization of the foreign direct investment (FDI) rules by liberalizing…more

Aviation Industry, Broadcasting, Defense Sector, E-Commerce, Food Manufacturers

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MoFo BioMeter, Volume 5, Issue 1

The full-year 2015 BioMeter paints the picture of a strong year for biotechnology, but deeper analysis shows a cautionary trend. The average BioMeter value for the entire year across all transactions reporting up-front payments…more

Biometric Information, IPO, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Industry

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Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 6, Issue 4

Five social media law issues to discuss with your clients - The explosive growth of social media has clients facing legal questions that didn’t even exist a few short years ago. Helping your clients navigate this muddled…more

Anonymity, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Blogging Platforms, Browsewrap Agreement, Class Action

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Whitelisting Violates German Unfair Competition Act

On 24 June 2016, the long-awaited decision on ad blocking software was adopted by the Higher Regional Court of Cologne (6 U 149/15 – Axel Springer./.Eyeo). This is the first decision on the subject matter taken by an Appellate…more

Ad-Blockers, Amazon, Corporate Counsel, Germany, Google

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Late-Stage Private Placements: A Life Sciences Sector Survey

As privately held companies choose to remain private longer and defer their initial public offerings (IPOs), these companies are increasingly reliant on raising capital in successive private placements. New categories of…more

Dilution, Initial Public Offerings, Investors, JOBS Act, Life Sciences

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IP Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - Castle Defense: Federal Circuit Reinforces Patent Damages Gate in VirnetX - Standards Patent Licensing: Always Apportionment, Sometimes Stacking - Supreme Court to Consider Good-Faith Belief…more

Biotechnology, Cisco, Expert Testimony, FRAND, Good Faith

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New York Court of Appeals Rejects More General Application of Common-Interest Privilege in M&A Settings

New York’s highest court has rejected an attempt to expand the state’s common-interest doctrine, and reinstated the New York rule that the doctrine only applies in the context of actual or threatened litigation. Citing the…more

Acquisitions, Appeals, Attorney-Client Privilege, Common-Interest Privilege, Complex Corporate Transactions

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In re Lions Gate Entertainment Securities Litigation: Court Rejects Securities Claims Based on Company’s Decision Not to Disclose Ongoing SEC Investigation

In a January 22, 2016 decision, a federal court in New York dismissed federal securities law claims against Lions Gate Entertainment and several of its senior executives based on the company’s decision not to disclose that it…more

Disclosure Requirements, Government Investigations, Regulation S-K, Rule 10b-5, SEC

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California Unveils Its First Green Chemistry Regulations for Children’s Foam-Padded Sleeping Products with Fire Retardants

Following up on the breakthrough amendments to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), California has reasserted its intention to proceed with its Green Chemistry Initiative to require substitution of safer chemicals in…more

Chemicals, Comment Period, DTSC, Green Chemistry, Proposition 65

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IP Quarterly - Winter 2014

In This Issue: Suprema, Inc. v. ITC; Ibormeith IP, LLC v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC; Intellect Wireless v. HTC; and IPR’s Limited Grounds Prove Challenging for Petitioners. Excerpt from Suprema, Inc. v. ITC…more

HTC America, ITC, Mercedes-Benz, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 9, No. 2

Editor's Note - Welcome to Tax Talk 9.02. By this fall, we may look back on Q2 2016 with some nostalgia. Of course, there is the U.S. presidential election on November 8th, but U.S. tax advisors right now are more focused…more

Business Partners, Disregarded Entities, Grantor Trusts, Insolvency, Intermediary Agreements

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FERC Seeks to Enhance Electricity Market Surveillance and Data Collection for Market-Based Rates Sellers and Other Market Participants, but Substantially Eases Recently-Proposed Data Reporting Requirements

On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (July NOPR) to require certain participants in wholesale electric markets to submit “relational databases” to report…more

Data Collection, Electricity, Energy Market, Energy Sector, FERC

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FTC Releases New Guidance on FCRA Compliance for Employment Background Screening Companies

The FTC has released new guidance aimed at helping companies that conduct background screenings for employment purposes to determine whether they are “consumer reporting agencies” within the meaning of the federal FCRA. Pointing…more

Background Checks, Consumer Reporting Agencies, Consumer Reports, FCRA, FTC

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FTC Warns Advertisers to Check the Fine Print in “Operation Full Disclosure”; Shot Across the Bow Could Signal Law Enforcement Actions to Come

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it sent warning letters to more than 60 national advertisers regarding the inadequacy of disclosures in their television and print ads. The letters are part of an…more

Advertising, Disclosure Requirements, Enforcement, FTC, Media

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North Carolina Alters Sales Factor for Certain Royalty Recipients

Effective May 11, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly amended the royalty reporting option contained in Section 105-130.7A(a). As a result of the amendment, even if royalty payments are added back to the royalty payor’s…more

Amended Legislation, Apportionment, Business Taxes, Royalties, Sales Factor

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Federal Reserve Officially Extends Volcker Rule Conformance Period with Respect to “Legacy Covered Funds” to July 21, 2017

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”), consistent with its previously announced intention, extended the conformance period with respect to investments in and relationships with covered funds…more

Banking Sector, Deadlines, Federal Reserve, Foreign Investment, Hedge Funds

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Department of Labor Clarifies ERISA Fiduciary Requirements With Respect to Economically Targeted Investments and Environmental, Social, and Governance Goals

Last month, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) issued an Interpretive Bulletin 2015-011 (the “Bulletin”) clarifying the extent to which the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) permits fiduciaries to…