Keker & Van Nest

Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933: Unanswered Questions

In recent years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has increasingly relied on Section 17(a) of the 1933 Securities Act. Indeed, many of the cases the SEC has brought in the wake of the recent financial crisis have been…more

| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

How Venture Capitalists Keep Attorneys' Fees Down

Venture capitalists are among my favorite clients. Whether the client is the firm or an individual or a portfolio company, they are often very good at keeping litigation costs down, relatively speaking. Here's how they do…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

When Clones Attack: How to Protect Social/Mobile Games from Copying

The mobile gaming industry is experiencing an invasion of clones. While cloning has a long and varied history, it has become more prevalent with the explosion of social and mobile games. Take, for example, Words With Friends, a…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, Science,...

Best Practices for Successful Collaboration

Originally published in Life Science Leader - July 2012. Although collaborations between companies are often neccessary to bring new drugs or devices to market, many such collaborations end in unexpected acrimony and…more

| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts

California Lawyer 2012 Roundtable Series: Securities

DEFENSE COUNSEL BEWARE. THAT’S THE MESSAGE FROM ROBERT KHUZAMI, DIRECTOR OF the SEC’s division of enforcement, who in the past year has pointedly criticized defense and inhouse counsel for impeding agency investigations. He has…more

| Business Organizations, Business Torts, International Law & Trade,...

Angel Investors: Secondary Liability for DCI Copyright Infringement

Digital content intermediaries (DCIs) such as YouTube, Facebook, Ebay and others handle vast quantities of digital content uploaded by users, raising questions about their potential secondary liability for copyright…more

| Business Organizations, Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Intellectual...

California Lawyer 2012 Roundtable Series: Securities

JUDGE JED S. RAKOFF OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK MADE HEADLINES LAST DECEMBER when he rejected a $285 million settlement between the SEC and Citigroup, stating that the commission’s failure to require the bank…more

| Securities Law

Social Gaming: Protect Innovation from Litigation

Facebook and smartphones have rapidly increased the popularity and prosperity of the social gaming industry. Small companies founded by a team of young entrepreneurs develop many of these games. Founders of these small gaming…more

| Intellectual Property

How Not to Become a White Collar Criminal"

Stuart Gasner, a senior partner at Keker & Van Nest LLP and former federal prosecutor, presents "How Not to Become a White Collar Criminal." Drawing on tales from fiction such as Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities" and real…more

| Criminal Law

When Key Employees Go to Competitors

As the economy recovers, employers are increasing their efforts to hire additional key employees. Many key employee hires are coming from competitors, or companies in similar fields, that are located in California or in other…more

| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property,...

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