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The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Half 2016

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Evaluating FCPA Pilot Program: The Data, The Trends

April 5 marked the one-year anniversary of the "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan and Guidance." Announced by the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division's Fraud Section, the guidance outlined three important…more
 /  Business Organizations, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

The Supreme Court Considers Whether Companies Can Be on the Hook for Human Rights Violations Under the Alien Tort Statute

Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to address the question of whether companies can be liable in federal court for human rights violations under a 1789 law. Most appeals courts that have considered this question found…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

New York Attorney General Enters Digital Health App and Privacy Enforcement Fray: Announces Three Settlements with Health and Fitness App Providers’ Due to Efficacy Claims and Privacy Practices

On March 23, the New York Office of the Attorney General (“NY OAG”) announced Assurances of Discontinuance (“Settlements”) with three developers of health and fitness mobile apps. The Settlements appear to mark the NY OAG’s…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Life Sciences Quarterly – Preparing for and Managing a Stock Drop

A sharp drop in a company’s stock price frequently results in the filing of one or more securities class actions. 2016 saw the highest number of securities class actions since 2000, with more than 1 in 20 publicly traded…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S…more
 /  Business Organizations, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Maryland Court of Appeals Dismisses Former University Employee’s Claims for Access to Research Materials and Wrongful Termination for Reporting Research Misconduct

In a noteworthy case involving an employed scientist’s allegations of wrongful termination for reporting research misconduct, the Maryland Court of Appeals in Yuan v. Johns Hopkins University refused to recognize the federal…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Education, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Case Closed! – The Conflict Minerals Rule Litigation Is Over, but the Drama Continues

After 1,627 days and enough law firm memos to deforest a small country, the litigation relating to the Conflict Minerals Rule came to an end yesterday. In this Alert, we discuss what this means for calendar year 2016 compliance,…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Securities Law

Separately Managed Accounts – SEC Provides Guidance on “Inadvertent” Custody and Reliance on Standing Letters of Authorization

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management recently published a three-page Guidance Update, Inadvertent Custody: Advisory Contract Versus Custodial Contract Authority (the “Guidance”). The purpose of the Guidance is to caution…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Approves U.S. Master Fund/Foreign Feeder Fund Arrangement – Section 12(d)(1)(E)

On March 8, 2017, the SEC staff issued a no-action letter (the “Letter”) providing assurance with respect to a plan for foreign-regulated investment companies (“Foreign Feeder Fund”) to invest exclusively in corresponding…more
 /  Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Department of Labor Delays Fiduciary Rule for 60 Days

On April 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued a final rule delaying the applicability date of its fiduciary rule from April 10, 2017 to June 9, 2017 – the 60-day delay it proposed at the end of February. The…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Star Athletica vs. Varsity Brands: Supreme Court Rules on Copyrightability of Apparel Design

The Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc. could result in increased opportunity with respect to the applicability of copyright law as it relates to fashion and apparel, a…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

A Judicial Reinterpretation of the Brazilian Constitution’s Right to Health Care

In recent years, there has been a spike in right-to-health litigation in Brazil wherein citizens seek court orders mandating that certain medications be dispensed through the public health system (Sistema Único de Saúde—“SUS”)…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Health

UK starts European Union withdrawal process

UK prime minister gave notice to the European Council yesterday of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union (EU). The letter of notice expressed the UK’s intention to negotiate the terms of the UK’s future…more
 /  Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Podcast - Supreme Court Ruling: Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

What impact is the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, the cheerleader costume case, likely to have on the protectability of the creative elements of clothing and other useful articles? Doug…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property
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