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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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The Kirtsaeng Opinion: Supreme Court Guidance on Attorneys’ Fees Awards in Copyright Cases

Recently, in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court provided substantial guidance in an unsettled area of law by holding that, when deciding whether to award attorneys’ fees under 17 U.S.C. §505, the…more

Attorney's Fees, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Fee-Shifting, First Sale Doctrine

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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 May 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

Anti-Corruption, Brazil, Bribery, Convictions, Corporate Counsel

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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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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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The Kirtsaeng Opinion: Supreme Court Guidance on Attorneys’ Fees Awards in Copyright Cases

Recently, in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court provided substantial guidance in an unsettled area of law by holding that, when deciding whether to award attorneys’ fees under 17 U.S.C. §505, the…more

Attorney's Fees, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Fee-Shifting, First Sale Doctrine

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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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SEC Charges Private Fund Administrator with “Gatekeeper Failures”

Add fund administrators to the list of service providers the SEC expects to act as “gatekeepers.” In two separate settled actions last week, the SEC found that a private fund administrator “caused” the managers’ unregistered…more

Disgorgement, Enforcement Actions, Fund Managers, Investment Adviser, Penalties

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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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California Court of Appeal Weighs in on Enforceable “Browsewrap” Arbitration Agreements in ProFlowers Case

The California Court of Appeal (2d App. Dist., Div. 3) recently joined the ever-evolving body of case law addressing the enforceability of so-called “browsewrap” arbitration agreements. In Long v. Provide Commerce, Inc., —…more

Arbitration Agreements, Browsewrap Agreement, Terms and Conditions, Terms of Use

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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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A User's Guide to Volcker Rule Complexities

Increasingly, we receive questions from prospective investors in covered bonds on whether an investment is prohibited or limited under the Volcker Rule, which was adopted by the various agencies under section 619 of the…more

Banking Sector, Covered Bonds, Dodd-Frank, Exclusions, Exemptions

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Eleventh Circuit Limits SEC’s Ability to Seek Disgorgement or Declaratory Relief for Conduct Occurring More Than Five Years Before the Suit is Filed

On May 26, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued an important decision regarding the applicability of 28 U.S.C. § 2462, the five-year statute of limitations governing SEC enforcement actions…more

Appeals, Corporate Counsel, Declaratory Relief, Disgorgement, Enforcement Actions

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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 6

Structured Notes Offered on an Agency Basis - In our last issue, we discussed the potential impact of the Department of Labor’s new rules on sales of structured products. In that article, we discussed some of the reasons…more

Comment Period, Debt, Deposit Accounts, DOL, FDIC

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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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Update Kapitalmarkt- und Gesellschaftsrecht: Sind Sie vorbereitet auf die MAR (Marktmissbrauchsverordnung)?

Ab dem 3. Juli 2016 gelten die Vorgaben der Marktmissbrauchsverordnung (Verordnung (EU) Nr. 596/2014 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 16. April 2014). Ihre Regelungen gelten für alle börsennotierten Gesellschaften…more

Capital Markets, EU, EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR), Market Abuse

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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 May 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

Anti-Corruption, Brazil, Bribery, Convictions, Corporate Counsel

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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, Special Issue: Implications of the DOL Fiduciary Rule for Structured Products

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its final conflict of interest regulations, which significantly expand who is considered a fiduciary when dealing with a retirement account. The new regulations, together…more

401k, Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Broker-Dealer, DOL, ERISA

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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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Still Waiting—FDA Delays Rulemaking

The FDA recently announced that it would once again delay promulgation of its proposed rule for generic drug labeling obligations. This action followed introduction of a spending bill that would have blocked funding for the rule…more

Failure To Warn, FDA, Generic Drugs, Health Safety, Labeling

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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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Nationwide GE Labeling Leaps Forward

Four years after California’s genetically engineered (GE) food labeling initiative was defeated, but just days before Vermont’s GE law is to go into effect, the U.S. Senate is poised to impose such labeling nationwide. The…more

Farms, Food Labeling, GMO, Manufacturers, Preemption

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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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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, Government Contractors, GSA

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Guangdong DOJ Wades Into the Fray by Demanding That CIETAC Cease “Illegal Arbitration Activities” in Guangdong

On July 15, 2015, the PRC Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued an interpretation clarifying various jurisdictional issues arising from the mid-2012 decision of the former South China and Shanghai Sub-Commissions of the China…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Arbitration Awards, Cease and Desist, China

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Supreme Court Abolishes 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 2007 decision in In re Seagate Tech., LLC, 497 F.3d 1360 (Fed. Cir…more

35 U.S.C. § 284, Abuse of Discretion, Enhanced Damages, Halo v Pulse, Judicial Discretion

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Novel Reading Of Statute Widens CFPB Jurisdiction

Tucked away in a seemingly innocuous paragraph in a complaint, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has asserted an extraordinary and potentially far-reaching expansion of its authority. On June 6, 2016, the CFPB…more

ACH Payments, Administrative Authority, CFPA, CFPB, Covered Person

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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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Lessons From SEC Sanctions Against Blackstreet

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued an administrative order sanctioning Blackstreet Capital Management LLC and Blackstreet’s managing member and principal owner, Murry N. Gunty, for acting as an…more

Acquisitions, Conflicts of Interest, Enforcement Actions, Investment Adviser, Investment Advisers Act of 1940

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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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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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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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MoFo IP Newsletter - April 2016

The 2015 Changes to the Federal Rules Matter for Your Patent Case and Tech Business: Getting in the Courthouse Door Just Got Tougher - It used to be that a complaint for patent infringement would survive a motion to…more

America Invents Act, Anti-Monopoly, Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard, Copyright Infringement, Cuozzo Speed Technologies v Lee

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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 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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Looks Like Another Test Case For EU Bank Resolution Law

Readers interested in the Banking Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) no doubt have been following the ongoing travails of the Portuguese "good bank" Novo Banco SA and "bad bank" Banco Espírito Santo SA (BES). The…more

Asset Transfer, Banking Sector, Banks, BRRD, EU

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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: Livestreaming goes mainstream; social-media-use guidance for judges; three years in jail for trolling?

Facebook signs more than $50 million worth of deals with media firms and celebrities to create videos for its live-streaming service…more

Celebrity Endorsements, Facebook, Gun Laws, Hiring & Firing, Judges

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False Claims Act Trends: Technical Data, Software And IP

Government contracting has never been easy. But occasionally it is exciting, at least at the outset: Figuring out how to prepare the most competitive proposal and landing a significant contract are memorable achievements…more

Department of Defense (DOD), False Claims Act (FCA), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Federal Contractors, IP License

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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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Judge in High-Profile Case Obtains Attorney Agreement Not to Engage in Juror Social Media Snooping

It seems that almost everyone uses social media today. Of course, this means that most every juror is a social media user, and that courts are dealing with the thorny questions that arise out of the proliferation of social media…more

Google, Impartiality, Internet, Juror Misconduct, Juror Selection

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Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 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

Anti-Corruption, Brazil, Bribery, Convictions, Corporate Counsel

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New Staff Legal Bulletin and Proxy Voting Guidelines Released Ahead of the 2016 Proxy Season

Just ahead of the 2016 proxy season, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC released new guidance—Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (“SLB 14H”)—describing how the Staff will evaluate issuers’ arguments for…more

New Guidance, Overboarding, Proxy Season, Proxy Voting Guidelines, SEC

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Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 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

Anti-Corruption, Brazil, Bribery, Convictions, Corporate Counsel

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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 Strategy Update: Europe Proposes Further Harmonisation of Consumer Protection Laws

The European Commission has published two draft directives on the supply of digital content and the online sale of goods that aim to help harmonise consumer law across Europe. In proposing these new laws, the European Union is…more

Digital Goods, Digital Single Market, EU, European Commission, Sale of Goods Act (SOGA)

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FINRA Proposes Amendments to Communications Rule to Help Clarify Application to Debt Research Reports

On June 24, 2016, FINRA proposed amendments to its communications rule, Rule 2210, to help clarify the application of Rule 2210 to debt research reports, in light of the new debt research rule, Rule 2242. The implementation…more

FINRA, Rule 2210

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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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Circular 122 – China Starts to Unwind Limits on Foreign Investment in Real Estate in Response to Slowing Economy

Nine years ago, in July 2006, six different Chinese government agencies issued Opinion 171, the first of a number of circulars imposing limits on foreign investment in the property market in response to concerns about a rapidly…more

China, Foreign Investment, Foreign Nationals, Leverage Ratio, MOFCOM

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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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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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Federal Toxics Law Grows Up: Congress Strengthens the Toxic Substances Control Act

OVERVIEW - President Obama has signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since it was enacted in 1976. The compromise…more

Chemicals, EPA, Imports, Manufacturers, New Legislation

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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. 1

IRS Publishes Proposed section 305(c) Regulations - On April 12th, the IRS published proposed regulations under Section 305(c) that address the treatment of deemed dividends to holders of stock and rights to acquire stock…more

Bad Boy Liability, Bona Fide Purchaser, Commodities, Derivatives, Diversity Jurisdiction

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FERC Substantially Modifies Filing Requirements for Market-Based Rate Sellers and Clarifies Rules on Priority Rights Granted to Owners of Certain Interconnection Facilities

On October 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or “Commission”) issued Order No. 816 that revises filing requirements for market-based rate (MBR) sellers of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services…more

Affiliates, Electric Generation Suppliers, Electricity, Energy Sector, Federal Register

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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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Throwout: New Jersey Supreme Court Denies Certification

The New Jersey Supreme Court has denied certification in Lorillard Licensing Company LLC v. Director, Division of Taxation, making the Appellate Division's decision final. The Appellate Division affirmed the Tax Court in its…more

Business Taxes, Corporate Taxes, Double Taxation, Nexus, NJ Supreme Court

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Federal Reserve Proposes Revisions to Form FR Y-7Q to Incorporate Capital Adequacy Standard Reporting Requirements for Foreign Banking Organizations with More than $50 Billion in Total Consolidated Assets

On Monday, April 4, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”) proposed a revision to Form FR Y-7Q to incorporate the capital adequacy standard reporting requirements for foreign banking…more

FBOs, Federal Reserve, G-SIB, Leverage Ratio, Reporting Requirements

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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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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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Bureau Tells Banks to Offer Overdraft-Free Accounts, Sends Warning on Reporting

On February 3, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or “Bureau”) announced a series of steps designed to improve consumer access to checking accounts by (a) encouraging banks and credit unions to make available…more

Banking Sector, CFPB, Checking Accounts, Consumer Reporting Agencies, Deposit Accounts

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FCC issues NPRM on TCPA Exemption for U.S. Government Debt

In response to a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Pub. L. No. 114-74), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the “Commission”) has promulgated a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the new…more

Bipartisan Budget, Debt Collection, FCC, Federal Loans, NPRM

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Paris Agreement on Climate Change Boosts Clean Energy Innovation and Finance

On December 12, 2015, 195 countries came together in Paris to adopt a landmark climate change deal. The Paris Agreement creates, for the first time, a long-term global framework that commits nearly every country to reducing…more

Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Financing, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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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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2014 Insider Trading Annual Review

Overview of Insider Training Law - “Insider trading” is an ambiguous and overinclusive term. Trading by insiders includes both legal and illegal conduct. The legal version occurs when certain corporate insiders – including…more

Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading, Material Misstatements

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U.S. Supreme Court Abolishes the Presumption of Prudence in ERISA Stock Drop Cases

A recurring scenario in ERISA litigation involves claims against fiduciaries of 401(k) retirement plans who are alleged to have breached their fiduciary duty by failing to discontinue investment in employer stock following a…more

401k, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer

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Certification by Statistics: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Statistical Sampling in Tyson Foods Employment Class Action

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-2 decision affirming a $2.9 million judgment against Tyson Foods, Inc. in an employment overtime pay case where statistical sampling was used to establish classwide liability and…more

Admissible Evidence, Calculation of Damages, Class Action, Class Certification, Class Members

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Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - July 2015

The 2016 compliance dates for new rules included in the SEC’s money market fund reforms are fast approaching. Among other things, the reforms include changes to stress-testing requirements, disclosure requirements, net asset…more

Disclosure Requirements, Liquidity, Money Market Funds, NAV, Regulatory Agenda

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Five Key Lessons for Business Litigators from National Abortion Federation v. Center for Medical Progress

On February 5, 2016, Morrison & Foerster secured a preliminary injunction on behalf of its client, National Abortion Federation (“NAF”), in National Abortion Federation v. Center for Medical Progress. The firm’s work on this…more

Abortion, Anti-SLAPP, Confidentiality Agreements, Corporate Counsel, Credibility

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Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 1 - January/February 2015

In This Issue: - Good Rep: Social Media Assets in M&A Transactions - Narrow Vision: Did Anti-Glass Hysteria Contribute to the Demise of Google Glass? - Forced to Cyber-Spy: Court Rules Parents Can Be Held…more

Business Assets, Cloud Computing, Contract Negotiations, Facebook, FTC

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Context, Reasons, Hedges, and Disclaimers: The Supreme Court’s Ruling in Omnicare May Shape Whether and How Companies Express Opinions

The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday in Omnicare Inc. v. The Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435 (U.S. March 23, 2015) articulated the standard of liability for statements of opinion. At…more

Omnicare, Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Pharmacies, Registration Statement, SCOTUS

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Reminder: Information Statements Due by February 1, 2016, for 2015 Incentive Stock Option and Employee Stock Purchase Plan Transactions; IRS Filings Also Required

This is a reminder to public and private companies that grant incentive stock options (“ISOs”) or maintain a taxadvantaged employee stock purchase plan (“ESPP”). Under IRS regulations, these companies must provide information…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Filing Requirements, Incentive Stock Options, Information Statements, IRS

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MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 1 - January 2013

In This Issue: Court of Appeals Reverses Appellate Division, Holds that EchoStar’s Equipment Purchases Qualified as Sales for Resale; Appellate Court Holds Electronic Messaging Services Subject to Sales Tax; ALJ Finds…more

ALJ, Appeals, Domicile, Innocent Spouse Exception, Retail Market

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Recent Credit Agreement Restricts Ability of CLOs to Pledge Loans and Ability of Lenders to Sell Participations on the LSTA Form

A broadly-syndicated U.S.-law credit agreement which closed recently includes language limiting the ability of lenders to grant pledges or sell participation interests in their loans. The language appears to be intended to…more

Balance Sheets, Collateralized Loan Obligations, Credit Agreements, Insolvency, Lenders

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ONEOK, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc.: The Supreme Court Holds that Natural Gas Jurisdictional Sellers are Subject to State Antitrust Claims

On April 21, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in ONEOK Inc. v. Learjet, Inc. addressing the extent to which the Natural Gas Act (“NGA”) preempts state antitrust claims brought against jurisdictional…more

Antitrust Litigation, FERC, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil Prices

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MoFo Brexit Briefing

In a referendum held on 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted by a narrow majority to leave the European Union (“Brexit”). For the time being, the UK remains a member of the EU, and all existing EU-derived laws and regulations…more

EU, Member State, Referendums, UK, UK Brexit

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No (Tax) Man Is Above the Law: The Tax Court Rejects Final Cost-Sharing Regulations in Altera Corporation and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. 3 (July 27, 2015)

Our 26th President Theodore Roosevelt famously contributed to the American canon the following: “No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.” The notion that no…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Cost-Sharing, IRS, Judicial Review, Stock-Based Compensation

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SAFE Liberalizes Foreign Exchange Rules … Or Not? -- Two recent circulars from China's foreign exchange regulator represent a welcome move towards streamlined forex transactions

Is the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) finally loosening its grip on foreign exchange transactions? Not exactly - the baseline principle of control and scrutiny over the flows of money into and out of China…more

China, Foreign Exchanges, SAFE, Securities

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IFLR Regulatory Capital Survey 2013 (Japan Survey)

Section 1: Basel III implementation - 1.1 How advanced is Basel III implementation in your jurisdiction? The Japan Financial Services Agency (JFSA) has issued the following revised notifications: Notification 19 of…more

Basel III, Financial Regulatory Reform, Foreign Banks, Japan

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CFPB Publishes No-Action Letter Policy Statement

On February 22, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) published its Final Policy Statement (“Final Policy”) on No-Action Letters (“NALs”). The Final Policy follows a Proposed Policy on No-Action…more

CFPB, Final Action, No-Action Letters, Policies and Procedures

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Narrowing of Licensing Exemption Under California Finance Lenders Law for Consumer Lenders and Brokers

The California Department of Business Oversight (the “CDBO”) has issued a new regulation that will eliminate a statutory licensing exemption under the California Finance Lenders Law (the “CFLL”) for nonbank operating…more

Affiliates, Banks, Brokers, Consumer Lenders, Department of Business Oversight

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FinCEN Finalizes Customer Due Diligence Rule for Legal Entity Customers

On May 11th, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, published a Final Rule (the “Rule”) on customer due diligence after a four-year rulemaking process. The Rule…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Beneficial Owner, Due Diligence, Final Rules, FinCEN

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China’s NDRC Tables Further Streamlined Outbound Investment Rules

Overseas investment from China has experienced rapid growth each year in the last several years, with the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) reporting USD735.1 billion in new investment having been deployed overseas by Chinese…more

China, Foreign Investment, MOFCOM, NDRC, Outbound Transactions

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What is a RAND Licensing Rate? The Ninth Circuit Weighs in.

July has just ended, and SEP and FRAND issues are in the air. On July 8, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) sought public comments on its proposed amendments to its Guidelines for the Use of Intellectual Property under the…more

Appeals, Breach of Contract, Damages, FRAND, Good Faith

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IP Newsletter - July 2015

In This Issue: - En Banc Federal Circuit Abandons “Strong” Presumption That a Limitation Is Not Subject to 35 U.S.C. § 112, Paragraph 6 - Supreme Court Rejects Belief of Invalidity Defense for Inducement in Commil v…more

Cisco v CommilUSA, EU, European Patent Convention, European Patent Office, First Amendment

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EPA’s New Draft Hazardous Waste Rules Promote Flexibility, but Devil is in the Details

On August 31, 2015, EPA released two proposed hazardous waste rules under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) that will be soon be available for public comment after they are published in the Federal Register. One…more

Comment Period, EPA, Hazardous Waste, Healthcare Facilities, Hospitals

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Indiana DOR Finds Economic Nexus, Disregards UPS

The Indiana Department of Revenue recently concluded that a company that earned royalty income from licensing trademarks and trade names to two of its Indiana affiliates, and had no physical presence in the state, nonetheless…more

Corporate Taxes, Department of Revenue, Foreign Entities, License Agreements, Patents

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