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Status Updates - October 2014 #10

..Time change. Until now, Twitter has made a clear distinction between people you follow and people you don’t follow: You only saw tweets from those whom you followed. Now, the service, in what it calls a “timeline experiment,”…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy

SEC Staff Finds that Broker-Dealers Still Are Not Conducting Adequate Section 5 Reviews

The staff of the SEC recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when engaging in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a Risk Alert that reported the results of examinations of a number of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

U.S. Regulators Finalize Credit Risk Retention Rules

Today, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the “FHFA”), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) each adopted a final rule (the “Final Rule”)…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Takeaways From Broker-Dealers’ Section 5 Inadequacies

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when they engage in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a risk alert that reported the results of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Status Updates - October 2014 #9

Court spanks parents. In a landmark decision, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in Boston v. Athearn that parents can be held responsible for the social media activities of their kids. The case involved a seventh-grade boy who,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury

Entangled in the Web of Things

By finding new uses for data, the Internet of Things heralds a host of challenges - Within a decade, analysts say, the “Internet of Things” will have transformed our lives. Billions of Internet-connected devices will…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Tax Me Once

For technology and other start-ups, going public can be doubly taxing—literally. “Traditionally, a pre-IPO company is structured as a C corporation, which is legally subject to two tax layers, the first assessed on income…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Forum

The SEC recently announced that the annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation will be held on November 20th at the SEC in Washington…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Status Updates - October 2014 #8

..Doctor in the mouse. What if you could input a list of your current symptoms to Google, and quickly be connected with a doctor for a brief consultation? For a limited trial period, Google seems to have set up such a system for…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy, Health

Referral Fees and Commission Sharing - When May Broker-Dealers Share Their Fees with Non-Brokers?

FINRA recently filed proposed rule changes with the SEC addressing when broker-dealers may pay referral fees or otherwise share compensation with persons who are not registered as broker-dealers. The proposed rule changes are…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

New York Family Court Magistrate Allows Unprecedented Service of Process via Facebook; Will Others Follow?

In a little-noticed decision, Matter of Noel v. Maria, Support Magistrate Gregory L. Gliedman—a Staten Island, New York family court official—recently permitted a father seeking to modify his child support payments to serve…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Family Law

CFPB Proposes Issuing No-Action Letters: Innovation at Too Much Cost and Uncertainty?

On October 10, 2014, the CFPB issued notice of and requested public comment on a proposed policy allowing CFPB staff to issue no-action letters (NALs) for “innovative financial products or services that substantially benefit…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Clearing Derivative Transactions in the EU: What You Need To Know

Key Highlights: ..All counterparties within scope of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”) and subject to the clearing obligation will soon be required to centrally clear their applicable derivatives…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Status Updates - October 2014 #7

..Big and bigger. Facebook and Twitter are the leading social media networks and, according to a recent Forbes article, they have some interesting similarities and key differences. Facebook is clearly the larger and more…more
| Communications & Media Law

IPO Market at 9/30

Please see infographic below for more information…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law
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