Morrison & Foerster LLP

Celgene’s Pending Sanctions Motions against Kyle Bass’s Hedge Fund

The Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) previously authorized Celgene Corporation (“Celgene”) to move for sanctions against the Coalition for Affordable Drugs (“Coalition”), an entity affiliated with a Kyle Bass hedge fund…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

“Notes” Update Shows Facebook’s Continued Efforts to Increase Already Impressive User Engagement

As the number of social media platforms continues to grow, users’ online activity is becoming increasingly divided, requiring social media companies to prove to potential advertisers that they not only have a lot of registered…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Show Us the Money: FINRA Initiates Sweep Relating to Compensation Practices

FINRA has made no secret of its interest in broker compensation, and the potential conflicts of interest that can be generated by some types of compensation practices. FINRA discussed these issues in its 2015 annual priorities…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

IRS Issues Notice Announcing Intention to Require Gain Recognition on Certain Transfers of Property to Partnerships with Related Foreign Partners

I. Overview - On August 6, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and the Treasury Department announced their intention in Notice 2015-54 (the “Notice”) to issue regulations (the “Future Regulations”) under Sections…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Social Media E-Discovery: Are Your Facebook Posts Discoverable in Civil Litigation?

Judge Richard J. Walsh began his opinion in Largent v. Reed with the following question: “What if the people in your life want to use your Facebook posts against you in a civil lawsuit?” With the explosive growth of social…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Electronic Discovery, Personal Injury, Privacy

Ninth Circuit Finds CFPB Interpretation of RESPA Provision Not Entitled to Deference

On August 24, 2015, the Ninth Circuit found that the CFPB’s interpretation offered in an amicus brief of 12 U.S.C. § 2607(c)(2) of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) was not entitled to Chevron deference (Edwards…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

The Difficulty Of Challenging FCA Fine As Excessive

Last month, in U.S. ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey, No. 13-2219, (4th Cir. July 2, 2015), the Fourth Circuit affirmed a False Claims Act verdict against a nonprofit hospital in Sumter, South Carolina. In an area of the law where…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Government Contracting, Health

Key Take-Aways From the FTC’s New Section 5 Statement

The Federal Trade Commission’s New Section 5 Statement Preserves the Agency’s “Doctrinal Flexibility” but Fails to Provide Meaningful Concrete Guidance - On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection

CPSC Will Launch Electronic Filing System Pilot Program for Imported Products

Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a pilot program to test an electronic filing system that will require importers to submit data electronically for imported consumer products. The filing system…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Products Liability

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Announces Proposed Changes to AIA Proceedings

On August 19, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“Office”) presented proposed amendments to the rules governing trial practice for inter partes review, post-grant review, transitional post-grant review for…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

The SEC recently adopted rules implementing Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”). Section 953(b) directs the SEC to expand current disclosure requirements to require…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

The Clean Power Plan's Winners And Losers

Citing “immediate risks” to national security, public health and the economy, the Obama administration adopted ambitious regulations and policies to implement its Clean Power Plan, establishing the first national standards to…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

A Handmade Dismissal for Maker’s Mark

A recent decision from the Southern District of California demonstrates the uphill battle consumer lawsuits face when challenging “handmade” or “handcrafted” labels on alcoholic beverages. On July 27, 2015, in Nowrouzi et al…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Personal Injury, Products Liability

CFPB Publishes Results of eClosing Pilot Program

On August 5, the CFPB released a 90-page report summarizing the results of its eClosing pilot program, a research initiative launched in April 2014 to explore whether electronic closing processes offer measurable benefits to…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Science, Computers, & Technology

Former SAP Exec Pleads Guilty to FCPA Violations

On August 12, 2015, Vincente Garcia (former head of Latin American sales for SAP International, Inc.) pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In addition to…more
| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting
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