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SEC Proposes Pay Versus Performance Disclosure Rules

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the SEC proposed rules on the disclosure of executive pay versus company performance. The proposed rules implement Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

SEC Announces a Maximum Whistleblower Award to an Employee Who Faced Employment Retaliation as a Consequence of Reporting Dodd-Frank Act Violations to the Commission

In June of last year, Paradigm Capital Management agreed to pay the SEC nearly $2 million to settle allegations that it violated the Dodd-Frank Act’s conflict-of-interest rules and unlawfully retaliated against the whistleblower…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Chinese Legislature Adopts Amendments to Drug Administration Law

China’s top legislature, the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, recently approved the amendments (the “Amendments”) to the Drug Administration Law. The Amendments, effective as of April 24, 2015, cover the…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Staff Responds to Frequently Asked Questions on 2014 Money Market Reform Release, Including Valuation Guidance

On April 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) staff released guidance, titled “2014 Money Market Fund Reform Frequently Asked Questions,” that discusses various interpretive issues arising from the SEC’s 2014…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

The DOJ Sends Strong Messages Regarding Corporate Cooperation in Criminal Matters

During prepared remarks in April 2015, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell discussed corporate cooperation in criminal FCPA investigations. AAG Caldwell emphasized that a company’s self-disclosure of issues to the…more
| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

OIG Releases New Guidance Offering “Practical Tips” to Health Care Boards for Overseeing Compliance Program Functions

On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”), together with industry leaders, released a new educational resource to help governing boards of health care organizations…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Health

SEC Announces Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Award for Compliance Professional

On Wednesday, April 22nd, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had awarded approximately $1.5 million to a whistleblower who had served as a compliance officer of the company about which he blew the whistle…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

FCC Action Against AT&T Reflects Regulator’s Increasing Focus on Privacy and Data Security

In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s”) first-ever foray last October into fining companies over data security practices, the agency’s Enforcement Bureau Chief, Travis LeBlanc, asserted that the agency…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

DOL Proposes Sweeping Expansion of Fiduciary-Duty Rules

Proposed new guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) would significantly alter the regulation of investment advice to employee plans and IRAs. The guidance aims to reshape the marketplace for retirement-related…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Permanent “Doc Fix” Legislation Substitutes Merit-Based Incentive Payment System for SGR, and Contains Other Reimbursement and Compliance Changes

In addition to finally repealing the so-called sustainable growth rate methodology (“SGR”) for adjusting Medicare physician payments that Congress has overridden consistently since 2004, the newly enacted Medicare Access and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Health

Recent Developments and Trends for Exempt Organizations

Recent months have been eventful for exempt organizations and their advisors. While fundamental tax reform remains a possibility, with a number of proposals on the table that would significantly change the rules for exempt…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Finance & Banking, Health, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - First Quarter 2015

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Chancery Court Denies Enforcement of Drag-Along Right in Transaction Where Notice to Minority Stockholders Improperly Provided After Majority Stockholder Approval -…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

SEC Imposes Fine on KBR for Violating Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection Rule

On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the resolution of its first enforcement action against a company for violations of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Courts Continue to Dismiss Shareholder Suits Based on FCPA Violations

On March 16, 2015, Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the Southern District of New York dismissed a shareholder derivative suit filed by Sylvia Pritika against the CEO and others of Avon Products Inc. ("Avon") alleging breach of…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Department of the Interior Releases Comprehensive New Rules on "Fracking"

On March 26, 2015, the Department of the Interior formally published a comprehensive set of new rules regarding Hydraulic Fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.” Several years in the making, the new rules — which go into…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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