Morrison & Foerster LLP

No-Action Relief Granted for Three-Tier Fund Structure

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management on April 3, 2015, said that it will not recommend enforcement proceedings against an investment adviser that structures a three-tier fund allowing certain funds to invest in a “Central…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Division of Investment Management Cautions Advisers on Acceptance of Gifts and Entertainment

Fund compliance policies and procedures should address the receipt of gifts or entertainment by fund advisory personnel, according to guidance published by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Federal Circuit Addresses Damages in the Hatch-Waxman Context

On April 7, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Astrazeneca AB v. Apotex Corp., No. 2014-1221, affirming an award of a reasonable royalty of 50% in a case arising from the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Japanese IP High Court’s Challenges

The Intellectual Property High Court of Japan established in April 2005 will have its 10th anniversary this April. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit founded in 1982 is the model for this IP specialized court. Its…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

California AG Initiates Supply Chain Act Disclosure Review; Enforcement Actions Likely to Follow

The California Attorney General has kicked off a campaign to ensure that companies are complying with their obligations under the state’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. On April 1, 2015, the AG’s office sent letters…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

Status Updates - April 2015 #3

Searching social. At long last, tweets will appear in Google search results as soon as they’re sent, as the result of a deal that the two Internet giants recently struck. As part of its efforts to increase user growth and…more
| Communications & Media Law

Winter 2015 Supervisory Haiku-lights

Spring has sprung, technically speaking, but Old Man Winter is dragging his feet on the way out here on the East Coast. Maybe he was hanging around waiting for the Winter 2015 edition of Supervisory Highlights, which came out…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

The Other Shoe Has Dropped: CFPB Releases Report on Arbitration

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released its long awaited Report to Congress on arbitration agreements in consumer financial contracts. The Report’s conclusion, and Director Richard Cordray’s remarks,…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CFPB Keeps its Sights on Military Mortgage Ads

The CFPB has announced another enforcement action targeting alleged deceptive mortgage advertising to veterans. The Bureau claims that the defendant lender targeted veterans with ads that falsely implied an affiliation between…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Military Law, Real Estate - Residential

Update on SEC Rulemaking

Chair White, addressing the Investor Advisory Committee, provided an update on SEC rulemaking. Chair White identified the following initiatives..…more
| Securities Law

April Fool’s – Not

On April 1st, the Bureau issued updated exam procedures on the new TILA and RESPA rules. They cover TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosures (applicable for exams after the August 2015 effective date), Higher-Priced Mortgage Loan…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

IP Newsletter - April 2015

In This Issue: - Federal Circuit Affirms PTO in First Appeal of an Inter Partes Review Decision - EU Copyright: No Resale of Digital Content Except for Software? - Qualcomm Agrees to $975 Million Fine and…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Status Updates - April 2015 #2

Bad ads. New research shows that 5% of the people visiting Google-related websites are using computers infected with programs that insert illegitimate ads onto web pages; as a result, these web surfers see ads that site…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

The CFPB Outlines an Approach to So-Called “Debt Trap” Products

At a field hearing in Richmond, Virginia on March 26, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) outlined the proposal it is considering to regulate payday lending. The proposal would cover short- and long-term payday…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

California Governor Orders 25% Cut in Water Use—What It Means for Businesses

California is experiencing a drought of epic proportions. To meet this challenge, on April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 to usher in an aggressive statewide plan for reducing water use…more
| Administrative Law, Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law
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