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3D Cinema Systems: ITC Declines to Apply Issue Preclusion Based on PTAB’s IPR Decision

In 3D Cinema Systems (Inv. 939), the Commission issued an opinion that explained why it did not give deference to a decision of invalidity by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in an inter partes review (IPR)…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Speaks Acting Chair Piwowar’s Remarks

At today's, February 24, 2017, Practising Law Institute SEC Speaks annual program, Acting Chair Piwowar made opening remarks. During his wide-ranging discussion, Acting Chair Piwowar, inspired by William Graham Sumner’s the…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Social Links: Google Maps gets social; Twitter puts trolls in time out; today’s teens take to chat rooms

New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Board has issued guidelines prohibiting elected officials from using official social media accounts for political purposes or having their staff draft content for their personal social media…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

One of a Kind: NYDFS Cyber Rule Finalized, Effective March 1, 2017

The closely watched New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) cybersecurity standards for covered financial institutions are now final and take effect March 1, 2017 in less than a week. The final rule largely…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Practice Pointers: Anticipating and Addressing SEC Comments on Non-GAAP Financial Measures - February 2017

The use of non-GAAP financial measures by public companies continues to be an area of growing concern for the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Since the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation

Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify and…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Repeal of Resource Extraction Disclosure Rule

On February 14, 2017, President Trump approved Congress’ joint resolution to repeal the SEC’s resource extraction disclosure rule. That action effectively brings to a conclusion the SEC’s efforts to implement a resource…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Securities Law

D.C. Circuit Grants En Banc Review on the Constitutionality of the CFPB Leadership Structure

CFPB Director Richard Cordray has a little more job security this week than last week. On February 16, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted the CFPB’s request for an en banc review of its October…more
| Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

US Chamber of Commerce on Capital Formation and Disclosure Requirements

In a recent letter, the Chamber commented to the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies about the Committee’s consideration of the factors affecting the trend of companies remaining private and deferring their…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

IRRC Institute and ISS Issue Joint Study on Board Refreshment Trends

The Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute and Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) recently issued a joint study titled “Board Refreshment Trends at S&P 1500 Firms,” which analyzes demographic trends from…more
| Business Organizations

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Market participants who are not enamored by the current state of federal securities regulation may have been heartened by the new administration’s January 30, 2017 “two for one” order. The order contemplated that, for each new…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

CFPB Evaluates Use of Alternative Data and Modeling Techniques in the Consumer Lending Credit Process

On February 16, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the consumer lending “credit process.” The CFPB…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Expanding Duties and Eroding Protections for Medical Device Manufacturers

Earlier this month, the Washington Supreme Court saddled medical device manufacturers with a new duty to warn under Washington law—the duty to warn hospitals about potential risks their products may pose—and eroded exemptions…more
| Health, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Why are more companies staying private?

Because they can…. This was the conclusion of the discussion at the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies earlier in the week. The Committee discussed statistics relating to the number of companies that are…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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