Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

711 Louisiana Street Suite 2300
Houston, Texas 77002-2770, United States

Contact: Michelle McCormick

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New HSR Thresholds for 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) thresholds, which will become effective on February 20, 2015. The revised thresholds will apply…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Supreme Court's Dual Standard of Review for Claim Construction Creates a Potential Grab Bag For Patent Litigants

The United States Supreme Court clarified yet another important standard in patent law by mandating that the Federal Circuit apply clear error review when reviewing subsidiary factfindings in patent claim construction. Teva…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court Rules that Trademark Tacking is a Question for Juries

Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously held in Hana Financial v. Hana Bank, 574 U.S. ___ (2015), that trademark tacking is a question for juries. Trademark tacking, or the ability to "tack" a new mark to an older mark in order…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

National Party Committees to Benefit from New and Vastly Increased Contribution Limits

In signing the omnibus appropriations bill into law on December 16, 2014, the President created new vehicles for making increased contributions to national political party committees. The Federal Election Commission, which is…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

FERC Enforcement – What to Expect in 2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) recently released its annual report on enforcement activities for 2014. As is typical, Enforcement identified its primary concerns as…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Injunction Requiring Thirty Day Go-Shop

In a recent decision, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery's entry of a preliminary injunction that enjoined C&J Energy Services, Inc. ("C&J") from holding a stockholder vote on its proposed merger with…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Lessons For Corporate Directors From The Wyndham Data Breach Derivative Action

On October 20, 2014, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation won dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit seeking damages arising out of three data breaches that occurred between 2008 and 2010. Dennis Palkon, et al. v. Stephen P…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

NLRB Broadly Expands Employee Rights to Use Company Email for Union Organizing and Other Protected Activity

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found that employees have the right, during “nonworking time,” to use company email systems for union organizing and other activity protected under the National Labor Relations Act…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Second Circuit Overturns Insider Trading Convictions of Two Portfolio Managers

In a blow to the Southern District of New York’s impressive run of insider trading convictions, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held yesterday that insider trading convictions require the government to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

New York Court Expands Application Of Common Interest Privilege In Case Involving M&A Transaction

Expanding the law in New York governing the attorney client privilege, New York’s intermediate appellate court held last week that anticipated or pending litigation is not a necessary prerequisite to invoking the common interest…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions

SEC Adopts Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity

On November 19, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the adoption of Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (Reg SCI) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act). Reg SCI will…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Presidential Memorandum: Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System

The immigration executive actions announced by the President on November 20, 2014 are expected to be implemented in the next several months, and some initiatives may take longer. The new programs will be funded through…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Final Treasury Regulations Set Deadline for Arbitrage Rebate Overpayment Claims

Effective November 13, 2014, the filing deadline for a claim for an arbitrage rebate overpayment on tax-exempt and other tax-advantaged bonds is two years after the final arbitrage computation date for the issue from which the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Transaction Parties Pay Hefty Antitrust Fines for Unlawful Premerger Coordination

On November 7, 2014, Flakeboard America Limited (Flakeboard), its parent companies, and SierraPine entered into a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) resolving allegations that the parties engaged in illegal…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions

Participation Not Required: SEC Charges Mayor as Control Person in Municipal Bond Offering

In an unprecedented exercise of its authority to charge municipal officials with “control person” liability, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park, Michigan,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law
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