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FINRA Sanctions Member Firm for Failure to Deliver ETF Prospectuses

FINRA recently sanctioned a broker-dealer (the “Firm”) for failure to deliver prospectuses in connection with its sale of ETFs. FINRA also found that the Firm failed to implement a supervisory system reasonably designed to…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

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
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Insurance, International Law & Trade

Negotiating Cloud Contracts

The cloud computing market is evolving rapidly. New as a service (aaS) platforms are appearing and the dichotomy between public and private cloud domains has been fractured into many different shades of hybrid cloud…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

CFPB Takes Action Against Carrier for Charging for Unwanted Services

On December 17, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it had filed a lawsuit against a telecommunications carrier, alleging that the carrier was allowing third-party merchants to place…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

SEC Proposes Amendments Revising Section 12(g) Thresholds as Required by the JOBS Act

The SEC proposed rules for comment that address the JOBS Act mandate to revise the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. The proposed rules…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Financial Services Report - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - Beltway Report - Bureau Report - Mobile & Emerging Payments Report - Mortgage & Fair Lending Report - Operations Report - Preemption Report - Privacy…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Real Estate - Residential

What Are the Rules of the Advergame in the UK?

Advergames are online video games that are created in order to promote a brand, product or organization by immersing a marketing message within the game. They are typically accessed via an organization’s website or app, or via a…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Judge Koh Awards Double Victory in “Natural” Labeling Class Action Against Dole, Granting Decertification and Summary Judgment

As the food “misbranding” litigation continues to fill courts’ dockets, Judge Lucy H. Koh recently put an end to the two-year battle against Dole’s packaged fruit labeling in the Northern District of California. Dole…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

CFTC Staff Grants Family Offices No-Action Relief from Registration as Commodity Trading Advisors

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) recently issued no-action relief for failure to register with the CFTC as a commodity trading advisor (CTA) to any…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Student Debt Relief Services Slapped with TSR and UDAAP Claims

On December 11, 2014, the CFPB filed two actions against debt relief companies. Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Relief, Consumer Fin. Prot. Bureau v. IrvineWebWorks, Inc., No. 8:14-cv-1967 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 11, 2014);…more
| Education, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Consumer Protection

PTO Issues New Draft Guidance for Determining Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued interim guidance for use by its personnel when determining patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (“Section 101”). The new guidance will alter the way…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Will the Supreme Court Remove Brulotte’s Shadow Over Patent Licensing?

Fifty years ago, in Brulotte v. Thys Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that the collection of royalties after a patent’s expiration constitutes per se patent misuse. Although criticized by scholars, antitrust agencies, and the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Status Updates - December 2014 #6

Facebook fit. It’s been said that a species’ evolutionary success depends more on its adaptability than any other trait. That apparently holds true for a social media platform’s staying power, too. Facebook continues to flourish…more
| Communications & Media Law

New CFPB Procedure: Credit Reporting Agencies Must Report and Take Action On Furnishers

On December 11, 2014, the CFPB announced a major change related to its monitoring of furnishers involved in credit reporting. The CFPB introduced a new requirement that “major credit reporting companies,” as part of ongoing…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Securities Regulation Legislation in the Coming 114th Congress

If the current 113th Congress is any measure, we can expect the coming 114th Congress to introduce and promote bills seeking, among other matters, to facilitate capital formation, to correct oversights in the original JOBS Act,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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