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Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The SEC announced the next meeting of the Advisory Committee on December 17th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The committee will focus on the interests and priorities of emerging and smaller public companies…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Huerta v. Pirker—NTSB Says No More “Gray Area” for Drone Operations

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated within an uncertain legal framework while players across a rapidly growing range of commercial industries — from energy to rail transport to forestry to all types of infrastructure…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Transportation

DOJ’s Second Opinion Release of 2014: Is DOJ Evolving Away from the Halliburton Opinion Standard?

The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) just issued its most recent FCPA Opinion Release, only the second in 2014. The Requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to whether…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade

Status Updates - November 2014 #9

..A saving grace for search results. In the first case since 2007 to address the issue, a California state court judge recently held that Google’s search results are in fact protected by U.S. free speech laws, and that Google is…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Cartel Prosecutions – The Next Wave and the New Message from the U.S. Antitrust Division

It is widely rumored that the U.S. Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“Antitrust Division”) is already working toward its next wave of international cartel investigations. The blockbuster auto parts investigation…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade

Status Updates - November 2014 #8

..Pay to play. Attention, marketing professionals: The free ride that Facebook has been giving to advertisers is coming to end. We’ve recently discussed Facebook’s recently ban on “like” gating. Now, inspired by its users’…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Strike Two for Alleged L.O. Comp. Violations

Last week, the Bureau announced a $730,000 settlement with Franklin Loan Corporation (Franklin) based on alleged violations of the loan originator compensation rule in Regulation Z. That rule prohibits mortgage lenders from…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Monkey Selfie Redux

When we last examined the intellectual property issues raised by a self-portrait taken by a talented female Indonesian crested black macaque—popularly known as the “Monkey Selfie”—we concluded that there was unlikely to be any…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

California FTB to Consider Revisions to Combination Regulations for Mixed Financial and Non-Financial Reporting Groups

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has announced the scheduling of an Interested Parties Meeting (IPM) for December 4, 2014 on the topic of possible regulatory efforts regarding the proper treatment of mixed bank/financial…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

A Yen for Israeli Technology

While Japanese companies have been investing in Israel for the past two decades, M&A activity has picked up significantly, concentrated in the science and technology (S&T) sectors…more
| Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

ISS and Glass Lewis Update their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2015

Proxy research and advice entities Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”) recently updated the guidelines each service will use to inform their voting recommendations for the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

FCC Seeks Comments on Request to Exempt Fraud and Identity Theft Notifications from TCPA’s Coverage

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking input on the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) petition requesting that the FCC exempt certain time-sensitive informational notifications from the Telephone Consumer…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Prudential Regulators and CFTC Re-Propose Margin Requirement Rules for Uncleared Swaps

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Farm Credit Administration, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Commissioners on Capital Formation

Recently, various SEC Commissioners, including Commissioner Stein and Commissioner Gallagher, have addressed issues related to capital formation in their public remarks. At a Los Angeles County Bar Association conference,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Securities Law

SEC Small Business Forum

The SEC has announced that the day prior to its Government Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, it will host jointly with the Small Business Administration to highlight additional ways that small businesses may…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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