Morrison & Foerster LLP

Class Dismissed . . . But not Quite: Supreme Court to Review Appealability of Class Certification Denials When Plaintiffs Voluntarily Dismiss Case

Does a federal court have jurisdiction to review an order denying class certification after the named plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss their claims with prejudice? That is the question the Supreme Court will consider in Microsoft…more
| Civil Procedure

New York City Tribunal Rejects City’s Attempt to Forcibly Combine Bank and Its Mortgage Subsidiary

The New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal, affirming a determination of an Administrative Law Judge, has held that Astoria Bank, which engaged in a banking business in New York City, was not required to include in its combined New…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Staying Private Longer

Yesterday, May 24, 2016, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission published a Small Entity Compliance Guide that is intended to help issuers navigate the changes to the Exchange Act Section 12(g) threshold in light of…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Issues C&DIs and Small Entity Compliance Guides for Crowdfunding

On May 13, 2016, the SEC issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on Rules 100 (Crowdfunding Exemption and Requirements), 201 (Disclosure Requirements), 204 (Advertising) and 205 (Promoter Compensation) of…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

FINRA Proposes Amendments to its New Debt Research Rule

On May 24, 2016, FINRA proposed amendments to its new debt research rule (Rule 2422). The amendments are intended to clarify Rule 2422 in four respects: (1) the consent requirement for institutional debt research reports…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

“It’s Not a Culture War” – Yet?

On May 23, 2016, at FINRA’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Richard Ketchum, FINRA’s chairman and CEO, delivered a speech that shed a little light on FINRA’s recent sweep letter relating to firm culture…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

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
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Labor & Employment Law

BIO Publishes Study on Capital Raising for Emerging Therapeutic Companies

On May 24, 2016, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) published a study, “Emerging Therapeutic Company Investment and Deal Trends,” which collects ten years of data to identify trends affecting “emerging therapeutic…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Don’t Worry, Be (Un)Happy: Does U.S. Labor Law Protect a Worker’s Right to a Bad Attitude?

A few months ago, we noted that a Yelp employee’s online “negative review” of her employer might be protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), given that the National Relations Labor Board (NLRB) has…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Practice Pointers on the Up-C Structure

In a structure commonly referred to as an “up-C,” an existing limited liability company or other partnership form (referred to here for convenience as “LLC”) undertakes a public offering through a newly formed corporation, which…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law, Taxation

CFPB Poised to Expand Regulation to Small Business Lending: Expect the Unexpected

Recent initiatives by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or Bureau) to dramatically expand its regulation of small business lending present a confluence of concerns to industry participants. These initiatives…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

House Passes the Fostering Innovation Act

On May 23, 2016, the House passed H.R. 4139, the Fostering Innovation Act, by voice vote. The bill had passed the House Financial Services Committee on March 2, 2016…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

What is the RAISE Act and How Useful will it be to Sellers of Private Company Shares?

With the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012, private companies have the ability to defer an IPO and SEC reporting, and remain private longer than at any time in the past. One result, however, is…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

SEC Approves FINRA’s Educational Communication Rule

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s new Rule 2273 (Educational Communication Related to Recruitment Practices and Account Transfers), which requires delivery of an educational communication prepared by FINRA to customers of a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Social Links—Twitter loosens up; case against Google stands; should millennials be in charge of big social media campaigns?

Here’s how Twitter is loosening up its 140-character limit. The federal government will now check the social media history of prospective employees before granting them security clearance…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law
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