Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Kind-a-Sort-a

In the last few days, we received a few inquiries regarding our prior post on the CFTC’s temporary relief permitting funds to engage in general solicitation to the text that the funds were conducting Rule 506(c) offerings or…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Status Updates - September 2014 #4

..Disappearing ink. Facebook is testing, for a small group of users, a feature that will permit a user to schedule a post for automatic deletion after a specified period of time. It seems that the period can range from an hour…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Status Updates - September 2014 #3

..In-tweet purchases. Twitter is testing the ability for its users to make purchases directly from tweets. The popular social network is working with a number of sellers, nonprofits and artists—as well as a small handful of…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy

CFTC’s (Sort-of) Relief for Funds Using General Solicitation

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter that provides exemptive relief until the CFTC takes action on JOBS Act related amendments to its Part 4 Rules…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Recent Decision Confirms That Forum Selection Bylaws Are Best Considered on a Clear Day

“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
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Mergers & Acquisitions

PCAOB Again Finds Broker-Dealer Audit Deficiencies. Observation: Experience Is the Best Indicator for Choosing an Audit Firm

For the third year in a row, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has found shortcomings in the audits of broker-dealers, a trend that could lead to firms spending more to get their books reviewed. The third…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

What’s Unfair is Unfair: Repeal of Reg AA May Have Little Practical Effect

The Federal Reserve Board (Board) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on August 22, 2014 (Notice) for the repeal of Regulation AA, which is the Board’s credit practices rule prohibiting certain unfair or deceptive acts and…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

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
| Insurance, Taxation

Status Updates - September 2014 #2

Lawsuit panned by Court. The popular ratings app Yelp has been cleared by a federal appeals court of allegations in a class action lawsuit that the company extorted advertising dollars from businesses by threatening to remove…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ninth Circuit Brookstreet Decision Upholds Control Person Liability

The Ninth Circuit recently found the principal of a broker-dealer liable for the extensive and aggravated sales practice violations of the firm’s registered representatives. In its unpublished decision (not to be cited as…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Innovator Liability Finds Sweet Home In Ala.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Alabama confirmed its January 2013 holding in Weeks v. Wyeth Inc. that manufacturers of brand drugs can be liable for injuries caused by generic drugs. Though the recent ruling puts…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - September 2014

..We can work it out. Actress Katherine Heigl and the Duane Reade chain of drugstores have settled a $6 million federal suit filed by Heigl this past April in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Debunking Bunk: Fourth Circuit Leaves Unresolved “Excessive” Penalties Under the False Claims Act

On December 19, 2013, in a highly anticipated decision, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit awarded $24 million in civil penalties under the False Claims Act (FCA), despite the fact that the whistleblower prosecuting the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Government Contracting

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 26, Issue 8 -- August 2014: The Death of Courtesy And Civility Under The National Labor Relations Act

In January 2013, we reported on the increasing focus of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the “Board”) on employer policies and rules in non-unionized workplaces. The NLRB has continued in full force, creating more and…more
| Labor & Employment Law

SEC Announces Tick Size Pilot Program Proposal

In June 2014, the SEC ordered the national securities exchanges and FINRA to develop and file a proposal for a tick size pilot program. On August 26, 2014, the SEC announced that the national securities exchanges and FINRA had…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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