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Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions: Significant Expansion of Sanctions Presents Additional Compliance Challenges

On July 16, 2014, the United States announced another expansion of sanctions in response to events in southern and eastern Ukraine. The United States for the first time imposed sanctions against major Russian companies and banks…more

EU, Foreign Policy, Russia, Sanctions, Ukraine

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Overview of Central and West Africa

Orrick lawyers Pascal Agboyibor, Bruno Gay and Gabin Gabas authored the first "Overview of Central and West Africa," an outline of the electricity and oil & gas sector legislation in 14 francophone African countries, that has…more

Africa, Economic Development, Energy, Foreign Policy, Infrastructure

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Call to Clients to Share Data Illustrating Consequences of Discovery Costs: Comment Period Opens for Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Introduction - On August 15, 2013, the Civil Rules Advisory Committee (hereinafter “the Committee”) began what is expected to be a six month period of open commentary on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of…more

Discovery, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Proposed Amendments, Public Comment

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Not So Much, For California Employers: Two New Employee-Friendly Bills Are Signed by Governor Brown

Even in the summer months, the California legislature is busy changing the laws that affect the state’s employers. This summer, California’s governor signed into law two bills that should be of interest to all employers—one…more

Attorney's Fees, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FEHA, Jerry Brown

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Keep Your Unreasonable Opinions to Yourselves: The Supreme Court Hears Argument in Omnicare

On November 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument in Omnicare v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund. As discussed in earlier posts, from March 18, 2014 and July 22, 2014, the Supreme Court…more

False Statements, Omnicare, Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Oral Argument, SCOTUS

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Detroit Confirms Chapter 9 Plan of Adjustment

Approximately 16 months after filing the largest chapter 9 bankruptcy in history, Detroit received approval November 7 of its chapter 9 plan of adjustment. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes of the Eastern District of Michigan…more

Bankruptcy Plans, Chapter 9, Detroi, Municipalities

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On Obtaining and Asserting Both Trade Secret and Patent Protection: The ITC and Federal Circuit Weigh In

We’ve written previously about how intellectual property owners can obtain both patent and trade secret protection in the same technology. A case out of the Federal Circuit illustrates that IP holders sometimes choose to assert…more

ITC, Patents, Technology, Trade Secrets

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Moving Right Along: The Office of Whistleblower Issues Its 2013 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 15, 2013. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s Office…more

Confidentiality Agreements, Dodd-Frank, Retaliation, SEC, Whistleblower Awards

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European Revolution vs. English Evolution

Update on Case Law Developments in English Restructuring This client alert will focus on three of the key recent cases of the past six months, each of which features the use of English law restructuring tools for…more

Corporate Restructuring, Debt Restructuring, EU, Foreign Corporations, Great Recession

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The Affordable Care Act – Consider Yourself on Notice

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide a “Notice of Coverage Options” to each employee. The purpose of this Notice is to inform employees that they may obtain health…more

Affordable Care Act, Deadlines, Delays, Employer Mandates, Health Insurance Exchanges

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RUSSIAN WEAPONS: New Amendments to Russia’s Trade Secret Law Target Thieving CEOs and Workers

New amendments to Russian law take aim at the theft of trade secrets by employees, with especially tough penalties for thieving CEOs. The amendments to Russia’s Trade Secret Law became effective October 1, 2014. The goal…more

Misappropriation, Russia, Theft, Trade Secrets

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OFCCP Rescinds Prior Guidance on Compensation Discrimination Analysis In Favor of a Case-by-Case Approach

Effective February 28, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) rescinded two 2006 guidance documents concerning how the OFCCP and federal contractors analyze potential pay discrimination. This change…more

Audits, Contractors, Discrimination, OFCCP, Wages

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New Trade Secret Legislation in France? Mais oui bien sûr!

If your trade secrets get stolen in France, what protections would you have? Most U.S. trade secret lawyers don’t have occasion to consider trade secret laws outside the United States, but there’s a whole world beyond the…more

Misappropriation, Trade Secrets

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La Tassazione Del Trust Non Commerciale Alla Luce Del Disegno Di Legge Di Stabilità 2015.

L’art. 44 del Disegno di Legge di Stabilità 2015 introduce una modifica al regime di tassazione dei dividendi percepiti dagli enti non commerciali, diminuendo notevolmente la quota esclusa da tassazione. La modifica, se…more

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Who Pays When Employees Crash Their Cars After Hours? It Could Be You….

One would think that, under the “going and coming” rule, employers could never be liable for torts committed by their employees during the employees’ commutes. Think again. If employers require employees to use their cars or the…more

Car Accident, Employer Liability Issues, Going and Coming Rule

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How Far Does Section 10(b) Reach? The Second Circuit Says That A Domestic Transaction Is Necessary, But Not Sufficient, To Invoke U.S. Securities Laws

In a long-awaited opinion issued on August 15 in Parkcentral v. Porsche, the Second Circuit limited the extraterritorial reach of the U.S. securities laws, affirming the dismissal of securities claims brought by parties to swap…more

Extraterritoriality Rules, Morrison v National Australia Bank, Section 10(b), Securities, Securities Exchange Act

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Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present concerns…more

Corporate Issuers, Equity Securities, Funding, IPO, Private Offerings

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Policy Observer - December 2014

Giving and Receiving: Insuring Company-Sponsored Volunteerism: This is the time of year when we are reminded of the importance of giving. Many companies not only donate generously to nonprofits and community programs, but…more

Attorney's Fees, Banks, D&O Insurance, Employer Liability Issues, Environmental Liability

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Keep Your Unreasonable Opinions to Yourselves: The Supreme Court Hears Argument in Omnicare

On November 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument in Omnicare v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund. As discussed in earlier posts, from March 18, 2014 and July 22, 2014, the Supreme Court…more

False Statements, Omnicare, Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Oral Argument, SCOTUS

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AIFMD Countdown to Compliance

The deadline of 22 July 2013 for EU Member States to transpose the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) into national law is fast approaching…more

AIFM, AIFMD, Compliance, Deadlines, EU

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On a Roll: The SEC Continues to Deliver on its Promise to Seek Admissions of Wrongdoing

The SEC announced last week that it has obtained yet another admission of wrongdoing in connection with an agreement to settle an SEC enforcement action. This time, Peter A. Jenson, the former COO of Harbinger Capital Partners…more

Corporate Counsel, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, Fraud, Harbinger Capital Partners LLC

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Tax Reform Bill Proposal - Much Ado About Nothing

As widely reported, on February 26, 2014, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the proposed Tax Reform Act of 2014 (the "Camp Proposal"). In exchange for simplification of…more

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Regulation AB II – Final Rules

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously voted to adopt a package of new and amended rules governing the registration, offering process, disclosure and reporting for SEC registered asset-backed…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Market Participants, Regulation AB

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Aggiornamento Normativo: Le Agenzie Di Rating E Il Regolamento N. 462 Del 2013

Il Regolamento n. 462 del 2013 (il “Regolamento”), pubblicato sulla Gazzetta Ufficiale dell'Unione Europea il 31 maggio, dispone nuove e più stringenti regole per l'attività delle Agenzie di Rating del Credito (le “Agenzie”). La…more

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Out Of Control: SEC Says Lack Of Internal Controls Led To HP Paying More Than $108 Million To Settle FCPA Actions

On April 9, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Hewlett-Packard had agreed to pay more than $108 million to settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act actions brought by the SEC and the Department of Justice. …more

FCPA, Hewlett-Packard, SEC, Settlement

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Expanded Liability of Officers in Russian Companies

In Resolution No. 62 “on Liability of Members of a Company’s Governing Bodies” dated July 30, 2013 (the “Resolution”) the Russian Supreme Arbitrazh Court provided new interpretations of the Russian statutory rule that the chief…more

Bad Faith, Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Corporate Officers, Damages

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Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions – Multiple Legal Challenges

In response to Russia's actions relating to Crimea, the United States and the European Union have expanded their lists of sanctioned parties and their legal bases for broader sanctions. These sanctions are beginning to restrict…more

EU, Russia, Sanctions, Ukraine

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SEC’s Administrative Proceedings: Where One Stands Appears to Depend on Where One Sits

As we have previously reported, practitioners and judges alike have recently been questioning the SEC’s increased use of administrative proceedings. Defense lawyers complain that administrative proceedings, which have…more

Administrative Hearings, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions, Judge Rakoff, SEC

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Tax Reform Bill Proposal - Much Ado About Nothing

As widely reported, on February 26, 2014, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the proposed Tax Reform Act of 2014 (the "Camp Proposal"). In exchange for simplification of…more

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Volcker Rule: An Overview and Highlights Of Certain Key Provisions

On December 10, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission (collectively, the…more

Bank Holding Company, Banks, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Volcker Rule

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AGCOM And The Administrative Enforcement Of IP Rights

The Issues Concerning the Legitimacy of the Regulations - At the end of a process started in 2010, after three public consultations on an equal number of proposals, on December 12, 2012 AGCOM (i.e. the Italian…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Enforcement, EU, Internet

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Delaware Court Provides Guidance on Acceptable Deal Protection Mechanisms and Scope of Third Party Aiding and Abetting Liability in a Sale-of-Control Situation

On November 25, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision in In Re Comverge, Inc. Shareholders Litigation, which: (1) dismissed claims that the Comverge board of directors conducted a flawed sales process and…more

Aiding and Abetting, Board of Directors, Breach of Duty, Dismissals, Fiduciary Duty

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New Strings Attached: LinkedIn Contacts Are Now Trade Secrets?

From a birds-eye view, Cellular Accessories For Less, Inc. v. Trinitas, LLC appears to be a typical dispute between an employer and its former employee. However, a closer look reveals an issue new to the world of trade…more

Customer Lists, LinkedIn, Social Networks, Trade Secrets

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Supreme Court Rules That Food and Beverage Mislabeling Claims Do Not Foreclose Competitor's Unfair Competition Claims Under §43(a) of the Lanham Act

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered an opinion for a unanimous United States Supreme Court in POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Co., No. 12-761, in which the Court ruled that the Federal Food, Drug,…more

Advertising, Coca Cola, False Advertising, FDA, FDCA

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Water and Wastewater Projects: Financing with Tax-Exempt Bonds

Introduction - Managers of water and wastewater utilities face complex financial challenges. The purpose of this guidebook is to provide an overview of issues relating to the financing of water and wastewater projects in…more

Arbitrage, Capital Expenditures, Debt, Financial Adviser, Financing

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Including PAGA Representative Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Post-Iskanian

After the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, which held that PAGA representative action waivers are unenforceable under California law, employers have struggled with whether to retain…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Federal Arbitration Act, Iskanian, PAGA

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Federal Contractors: In the Line of Regulatory Fire

On October 10, 2014, the White House hosted a listening session regarding President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, one of many new laws imposing significant new requirements on federal contractors…more

Compliance, Employee Rights, Executive Orders, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, Federal Contractors

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U.S. District Court Limits the Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Bankruptcy Law but Important Considerations for Foreign Investors Remain

On July 6, 2014, Judge Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, declined to extend the reaches of section 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code abroad to permit the recovery of funds that were…more

Asset Transfer, Bankruptcy Code, Bernie Madoff, Clawbacks, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions: Significant Expansion of Sanctions Presents Additional Compliance Challenges

On July 16, 2014, the United States announced another expansion of sanctions in response to events in southern and eastern Ukraine. The United States for the first time imposed sanctions against major Russian companies and banks…more

EU, Foreign Policy, Russia, Sanctions, Ukraine

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Unified Register of Pledges of Movable Property – Follow Up

This is an update of our alert dated 5 December 2012. Since our prior alert, there have been certain legislation changes addressed below. The public unified register of pledges of movable property (the Register) was…more

Moveable Parcels, New Legislation, Russia

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European Revolution vs. English Evolution

Update on Case Law Developments in English Restructuring This client alert will focus on three of the key recent cases of the past six months, each of which features the use of English law restructuring tools for…more

Corporate Restructuring, Debt Restructuring, EU, Foreign Corporations, Great Recession

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Best Buy Bankruptcy Ahead?

In November 2008, Circuit City filed for bankruptcy protection. Circuit City had the same business model as Best Buy: selling electronic equipment in large retail stores. Other retailers with that business model are finding…more

Best Buy, Circuit City, Debtor-Creditor, Electronics, Insolvency

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Quid Pro Quo, Yes Or No? SEC Signs First Individual Deferred Prosecution Agreement

The SEC this year has demonstrated its willingness to incentivize whistleblowers and companies to share information about misconduct and assist with the SEC’s investigations. To that end, the SEC issued its first Deferred…more

Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Enforcement Actions, SEC

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Accidents Happen: Innocent Mistakes By Board May Not Spoil Business Judgment Protection

Recently, the Delaware Court of Chancery in Pfeiffer v. Leedle declined to dismiss a shareholder derivative action against a board for breach of fiduciary duty, where the directors allegedly approved stock options exceeding the…more

Breach of Duty, Business Judgment Rule, Fiduciary Duty, Stock Options, Stocks

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Via Libera Alla Voluntary Disclosure: Gli Aspetti Principali Della Disciplina In Attesa Della Pubblicazione In G.U.

E' in attesa di pubblicazione sulla Gazzetta Ufficiale il testo di legge approvato giovedì 4 dicembre dal Senato in materia di rientro dei capitali dall'estero (c.d. Voluntary Disclosure o Collaborazione Volontaria). Oltre…more

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New York State Corporate Tax Law Reform: The Impact on Companies Providing Digital Products

On March 31, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation that provides for an extensive reform of the state's corporate tax regime (the "Act"), most notably for out-of-state corporations providing digital products to New…more

Corporate Taxes, Digital Assets, Franchise Taxes, Popular, State Taxes

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Brief Of Dish Network L.L.C. And Echostar Technologies L.L.C. As Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondent (April 2, 2014)

INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE - This amicus curiae brief is filed on behalf of DISH Network L.L.C. (“DISH”) and EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. (“EchoStar”). Since its founding in the early 1980s, DISH has reinvented the…more

Appellate Briefs, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Dish Network, Echostar

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WORLD SERIES EDITION: These Trade Secrets Are Going, Going, Gone

Ah, October: the time of crisp fall air, brightly colored leaves, and pumpkin spice-flavored everything. And, of course, the World Series quest that can unite a city—or, in the case of Orrick’s San Francisco and Washington, D.C…more

Baseball, Sports, Trade Secrets

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Italy Regulatory Update 2/2014

In This Issue: - 1. ITALIAN LAW - 1.1 Primary legislation - 1.2 Implementing measures - 2. EC/EU LAW - 2.1 Primary legislation - 2.2 Implementing measures Please see full chart below for more…more

EU, Financial Regulatory Reform

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Car Jacking: Former Nissan Employees in Japan Arrested for Suspected Trade Secret Theft

On May 13, 2014, a former employee of Nissan in Japan was arrested by the Economic Affairs Division of the Kanagawa Prefectural Police on suspicion of trade secret theft. The arrest was made under the trade secret provisions of…more

Automotive Industry, Criminal Prosecution, Former Employee, Japan, Nissan

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Bad Times for Patent Trolls: What the Government Is Doing to Protect Small Businesses

Patent assertion entities—‘‘PAEs’’ or, if you are in a bad mood, ‘‘patent trolls’’—have been around in one form or another for decades. In the past few years, however, their ranks have grown. According to a U.S. Government…more

GAO, Patent Reform, Patent Trolls, Patents, Small Business

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Third Circuit Issues First Appellate Decision Compelling Arbitration of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim

In Khazin v. TD Ameritrade, No. 14-1689, 2014 WL 6871393 (3rd Cir. Dec. 8, 2014), the Third Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision compelling arbitration of a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim. This is the first…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Dodd-Frank, Employment Contract, Hiring & Firing

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Stop and Smell the Trade Secrets, Part II: Two Major Companies Voluntarily Disclose Fragrance Ingredient Information

Do you know which chemical ingredients create that complex smell in your favorite deodorant, cologne, or perfume? For years, the answer has been a resounding no. Historically, the consumer products industry has relied on trade…more

Chemicals, Clorox, Disclosure, Disclosure Requirements, SC Johnson

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California Court of Appeal Overturns $1.3 Million in Damages and Attorneys’ Fees against Lucasfilm for Failure to Give Instruction on Business Judgment

On December 10, 2012, in Veronese v. Lucasfilm Ltd., a California Court of Appeal overturned a Marin County jury’s verdict against Lucasfilm based on its finding that several errors in jury instructions prejudicially affected…more

Appeals, Business Judgment Rule, Discrimination, Failure To Hire, FEHA

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FTC-Google Consent Decree Provides Important Lessons Regarding Standards-Essential Patents

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a Consent Decree with Google Inc. (“Google”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Motorola Mobility LLC (“Motorola”). The decree settles allegations that Google and…more

Competition, FRAND, FTC, Google, Licenses

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Payback Time: Using The Faithless Servant Doctrine To Combat Trade Secret Theft

Employers know all too well that their own employees are often the most likely people to misappropriate their confidential and proprietary information and their valuable trade secrets. Employers have plenty of weapons at their…more

Breach of Duty, Fiduciary Duty, Misappropriation, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition

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Tax Reform Bill Proposal - Much Ado About Nothing

As widely reported, on February 26, 2014, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the proposed Tax Reform Act of 2014 (the "Camp Proposal"). In exchange for simplification of…more

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Therasense Revisited: In re Rosuvastatin Calcium Patent Litigation

In the United States, patent applicants and their counsel owe a duty of candor and good faith to the Patent Office. This duty is breached when the applicant or its counsel knowingly fails to disclose material prior art…more

America Invents Act, Deceptive Intent, Disclosure Requirements, Failure to Report, Good Faith

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China 20/20 Legal Regulatory Developments - February 2013

In This Issue: - The Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Revising the Labor Contract Law of the People's Republic of China Released - MOFCOM Solicits for Public Comments on the…more

China, Foreign Jurisdictions, Foreign-Related Civil Relationships, Investment Funds, Law On Application Of Laws

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In Fontainebleau Appeal, Eleventh Circuit Confirms That Term Lenders Lack Standing To Enforce Revolving Lenders’ Commitments

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that lenders in syndicated credit facilities do not have standing to enforce the funding commitment that other lenders owe to the borrower in the absence of specific…more

Appeals, Article III, Borrowers, credit, Injury-in-Fact

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Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions: Significant Expansion of Sanctions Presents Additional Compliance Challenges

On July 16, 2014, the United States announced another expansion of sanctions in response to events in southern and eastern Ukraine. The United States for the first time imposed sanctions against major Russian companies and banks…more

EU, Foreign Policy, Russia, Sanctions, Ukraine

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2013 Updates to the FEHA California Pregnancy Regulations

Amendments to California’s pregnancy regulations became effective on December 30, 2012, creating many new responsibilities for employers. While employers should take note of all of the amended regulations, some of the most…more

CFRA, Disability, Discrimination, FEHA, Medical Leave

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SEC Releases First Full-Year Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program: No Speedy Recoveries for Whistleblowers

On November 15, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program (the “Report”), the first full-year report issued since the enactment of…more

Dodd-Frank, SEC, Whistleblowers

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Better Keep Your Opinions to Yourselves for Now: Second Circuit Doubles Down in Deutsche Bank Ruling in Advance of Supreme Court Review of Omnicare

On July 16, 2014, a three-judge Second Circuit panel affirmed the dismissal of a securities class action against Deutsche Bank AG and several underwriters. The case was brought on behalf of investors who purchased approximately…more

Banks, Deutsche Bank, Omnicare, SCOTUS, Securities Act of 1933

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Orrick World: A Quarterly Report of Global Employment Law Issues for Multinationals - Fall 2013

Asia Employment Law Update - Labor Contract Law Amendments on Dispatch Employees Come Into Effect - Implementation Details Still Uncertain: During July 2013, the Decision on Amending the Labor Contract Law of the…more

China, EU, Financial Regulatory Reform, Foreign Nationals, International Labor Laws

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Federal Contractors: In the Line of Regulatory Fire

On October 10, 2014, the White House hosted a listening session regarding President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, one of many new laws imposing significant new requirements on federal contractors…more

Compliance, Employee Rights, Executive Orders, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, Federal Contractors

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New Treasury Regulations Target Corporate Inversions

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department announced a number of new regulations intended to make it more difficult to qualify for tax advantages associated with inversion transactions and reduce certain of…more

Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, Inversion, Mergers

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Federal Circuit Provides Important Guidance in RAND Disputes

On Dec. 4, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued a much-anticipated opinion in Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Sys., Inc., Nos. 2013-1625, -1631, -1632, -1633 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 4, 2014). The panel—consisting of Judges Kathleen O'Malley,…more

Ericsson, Patent Litigation, Patent Royalties, Patents, RAND

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San Francisco Enacts Broad Protections for Employees of “Formula Retail” Establishments

On December 5, 2014, San Francisco enacted two ordinances, dubbed the “San Francisco Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights,” that will extend benefits to part-time retail and food service employees and require certain employers to make…more

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Behind the curtain – update on new transparency rules for UK companies

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill has completed its third reading in the House of Commons. It will now proceed to debate in the House of Lords. What’s changing? For companies and business owners,…more

Public Disclosure, Transparency, UK

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ITC ALJ Breaks New Ground, Further Heightening the DI Requirement for NPEs in § 337 Cases

According to a recent initial determination by an Administrative Law Judge of the International Trade Commission, a purely revenue-driven NPE cannot prove the existence of a domestic industry by relying solely on the activities…more

ITC, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents, Section 337

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The Smack Of IndyMac: Second Circuit’s Decision In IndyMac Creates Palpable Effect In SDNY

As noted in a previous blog, in Police & Fire Retirement Systems of City of Detroit v. IndyMac MBS, Inc., 721 F.3d 95 (2d Cir. 2013), the Second Circuit held that tolling under American Pipe – which plaintiffs had often used to…more

American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah, Class Action, IndyMac, Mortgage-Backed Securities, Mortgages

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Regulation AB II – Final Rules

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously voted to adopt a package of new and amended rules governing the registration, offering process, disclosure and reporting for SEC registered asset-backed…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Market Participants, Regulation AB

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Supreme Court Eliminates Jurisdictional Escape Hatch To The Class Action Fairness Act

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles confirms that a plaintiff cannot avoid federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) by stipulating that the class will seek less…more

Amount in Controversy, CAFA, Class Action, Class Certification, Damages

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Le nuove Linee Guida di Confindustria per la costruzione dei modelli di organizzazione, gestione e controllo ex D. Lgs. 231/01

Il D. Lgs. 231/01 (“Decreto 231”) ha introdotto nell’ordinamento italiano la responsabilità degli enti conseguente alla commissione di un reato da parte di un soggetto funzionalmente collegato all’impresa. Al fine di…more

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Orrick Submits Comments to Civil Rules Advisory Committee Regarding the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

On February 12, Orrick submitted written comments regarding proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ("FRCP") intended to facilitate more meaningful discovery efforts and to reduce cost and delay in…more

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Proposed Amendments

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Perquisition Privée: France Ahead Of U.S. In Allowing Trade Secret Owners To Seize Property From Suspected Thieves

Can trade secret owners secretly petition a court to seize property from a competitor that they suspect of stealing trade secrets? In the United States, the answer is: “Not yet.” This is one of the issues that Congress is…more

EU, Ex Parte, Misappropriation, Search & Seizure, Theft

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U.S. District Court Limits the Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Bankruptcy Law but Important Considerations for Foreign Investors Remain

On July 6, 2014, Judge Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, declined to extend the reaches of section 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code abroad to permit the recovery of funds that were…more

Asset Transfer, Bankruptcy Code, Bernie Madoff, Clawbacks, Extraterritoriality Rules

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San Francisco Enacts Broad Protections for Employees of “Formula Retail” Establishments

On December 5, 2014, San Francisco enacted two ordinances, dubbed the “San Francisco Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights,” that will extend benefits to part-time retail and food service employees and require certain employers to make…more

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Volcker Rule: An Overview and Highlights Of Certain Key Provisions

On December 10, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission (collectively, the…more

Bank Holding Company, Banks, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Volcker Rule

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SEC Launches Cooperation Initiative to Encourage Municipal Issuers and Underwriters to Self-Report Continuing Disclosure Violations

On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that issuers and underwriters of municipal securities may voluntarily report materially inaccurate statements made in offering documents regarding prior…more

Bonds, Disclosure, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities, SEC

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New IPR Ruling Further Clarifies Burden on Patentees to Amend Claims

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its second Final Written Decision in a contested case under the AIA's inter partes review process on January 7, 2014. As with the PTAB's first decision, the petitioner prevailed;…more

America Invents Act, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Litigation, Patent Reform, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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Focus Regolamentare: Nuovo Criterio Attributivo Del Rating Di Legalita’

Il 4 luglio 2014 è entrato in vigore il nuovo “Regolamento attuativo in materia di rating di legalità”, adottato con delibera dall’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (“AGCM”) del 5 giugno 2014, n. 24953,…more

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Extra, Extra! – Extraterritoriality And Criminal Actions As To Alleged Securities Fraud

In its seminal decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd., 130 S. Ct. 2869 (2010), regarding antifraud provisions of the U.S. securities laws, the Supreme Court held that “Section 10(b) [of the Securities Exchange Act…more

Dodd-Frank, Extraterritoriality Rules, SEC, Securities Exchange Act, Securities Fraud

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Including PAGA Representative Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Post-Iskanian

After the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, which held that PAGA representative action waivers are unenforceable under California law, employers have struggled with whether to retain…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Federal Arbitration Act, Iskanian, PAGA

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Office of Whistleblower Annual Report (Version 2014); More of the Same or Progress on Dodd-Frank Objectives?

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 18, 2014. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s Office…more

Annual Reports, Dodd-Frank, Popular, SEC, Whistleblower Awards

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Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present concerns…more

Corporate Issuers, Equity Securities, Funding, IPO, Private Offerings

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AIFMD Countdown to Compliance

The deadline of 22 July 2013 for EU Member States to transpose the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) into national law is fast approaching…more

AIFM, AIFMD, Compliance, Deadlines, EU

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BCBS Issues Revisions to Basel Securitization Framework

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (“BCBS“) issued revisions to the Basel II securitization framework on December 11. The framework, which comes into effect in January 2018, forms part of the BCBS’s broader Basel…more

Banks, Basel Committee, Basel II

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Autumn Statement 2014

On December 3, 2014, George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement. Traditionally, the purpose of this has been to update economic projections and department spending allocation, but increasingly it includes statements…more

Corporate Taxes, Multinationals, Tax Reform, UK

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Germany: Have Rejected Job Applicants the Right to Know the Reasons for Not Getting the Job

Recently, the German Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht “BAG”) rendered a decision which had been awaited with interest by German employers (BAG, April 25, 2013 – 8 AZR 287/08) with regard to information rights of…more

Discrimination, EU, European Court of Justice, Job Applicants

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It: California Supreme Court Affirms Reversal of Class Certification Denial for Class of Newspaper Carriers

The California Supreme Court in Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, Inc. recently affirmed and remanded the reversal of a denial of class certification in an independent contractor misclassification case, emphasizing the…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Misclassification

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The Revolving Door Spins Again

On January 24, President Obama announced his nominee for Chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission – Mary Jo White, a former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York…more

Barack Obama, Mary Jo White, SEC

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Reforms to OHADA Commercial Law: Towards a More Attractive Legal Framework for Private Equity

The Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires ("OHADA"), which translates into English as the "Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa" is an exclusively business-related legal…more

Africa, Economic Development, International Harmonization, OHADA, Private Equity

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Supreme Court Issues Two Historic Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage: What Does This Mean for Employee Benefit Plans?

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court (the "Court") issued two significant decisions relating to same-sex marriage, both of which will have far-reaching effects on the design and tax treatment of employee…more

COBRA, DOMA, Employee Benefits, Equal Protection, Health Insurance

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EIOPA Consults on Second Set of Solvency II Implementing Technical Standards and Guidelines

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has, on December 2, published 16 consultations in respect of the second set of draft implementing technical standards (ITS) and guidelines required under the…more

EU, Financial Markets, Technical Standards

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Privacy, Data Security and Internet Safety Alert: Tough New EU Data Protection Proposals Edge Closer

On Jan. 10, 2013, Jan Philipp Albrecht, the European Parliament’s Rapporteur, presented his report on the European Commission’s proposals for a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With his recommendations, data…more

Data Collection, Data Protection, EU, EU Data Protection Laws, Internet

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How EU Competition Law Applies To Data Collection Issues

The Internet has given rise to information-based businesses that create value by accumulating pools of data captured from many sources. Indeed, the collection and analysis of vast amounts of consumer data has become the engine…more

Competition, Data Collection, EU, EU Data Protection Laws, European Commission

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Credit Risk Retention – Joint Regulatory Re-Proposed Rules

On August 28, 2013, six federal agencies1 jointly re-proposed rules to implement the credit risk retention requirements of Section 15G of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), which was added by…more

Dodd-Frank, Financial Regulatory Reform, Proposed Regulation, Risk Retention, Securities Exchange Act

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Minority Shareholders' Alleged Control of Management and Operations Does Not Establish Domination of the Board

Emphasizing the demanding pleading standards a shareholder must meet to show that a minority shareholder controls a board of directors, on November 25, Vice Chancellor Glasscock dismissed claims for breach of fiduciary duties…more

Board of Directors, Breach of Duty, Controlling Stockholders, Derivative Suit, Fairness Standard

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NBA Team Owner Mark Cuban “Talks Trash” After Defense Verdict

Following a defense verdict in the insider trading case brought against him by the SEC, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has not been sitting on the bench—but rather using his blog to stay on the offensive. Since the October…more

Insider Trading, SEC, Sports

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Hot off the press - Holidays: all inclusive package?

Despite the rather unseasonal time of year, holidays seem very much to be flavour of the month. We’re receiving more and more queries about the possibilities of US-style unlimited holiday or “personal time off” policies, as most…more

Holidays, Time-Off Policies

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Financial Regulators Release 2014 Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual

On December 2, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released the revised Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Examination Manual. The revisions clarify supervisory expectations and…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, Banking Sector, Examination Manual, FFIEC

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Policy Observer - September 2014

All Sums or Pro Rata: Did You Get the Coverage You Bought? In recent decades, liabilities stemming from long-term bodily injury or property damage—as from exposure to asbestos or contamination of the environment—have…more

Asbestos, Bodily Injury, Commercial General Liability Policies, Contamination, Pro Rata Sharing

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High Tax Rates Spur the Allure of Deferred Compensation

There are a number of reasons why executives choose to defer the payment of current compensation under a nonqualified deferred compensation plan. For example, some executives do not need the compensation to be paid currently,…more

Deferred Compensation, Executive Compensation, Income Taxes, Tax Rates

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Federal Reserve Board Releases a Proposed Rule to Impose Risk-Based Capital Surcharges on GSIB U.S. Bank Holding Companies

On December 9, the Federal Reserve Board (the “Board”) released a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) to establish risk-based capital surcharges for U.S. bank holding companies identified as “global systemically important…more

Bank Holding Company, Banks, Federal Reserve, Risk-Based Approaches

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SEC Launches Cooperation Initiative to Encourage Municipal Issuers and Underwriters to Self-Report Continuing Disclosure Violations

On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that issuers and underwriters of municipal securities may voluntarily report materially inaccurate statements made in offering documents regarding prior…more

Bonds, Disclosure, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities, SEC

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Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $56M MBS Suit against Bank of America

On November 25, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the dismissal of IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG’s suit against Bank of America. IKB alleged that BofA fraudulently misrepresented the quality of…more

Bank of America, Dismissals, Mortgage-Backed Securities

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SEC Launches Cooperation Initiative to Encourage Municipal Issuers and Underwriters to Self-Report Continuing Disclosure Violations

On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that issuers and underwriters of municipal securities may voluntarily report materially inaccurate statements made in offering documents regarding prior…more

Bonds, Disclosure, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities, SEC

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No Knowledge, No Jail: Second Circuit Clarifies Scope of Tippee Insider Trading Liability

On December 10, 2014, the Second Circuit issued an important decision (U.S. v. Newman, No. 13-1837, 2014 WL 6911278 (2d Cir. Dec. 10, 2014)) that will make it more difficult in that Circuit for prosecutors, and most likely the…more

Fund Managers, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading, Investment Management, Personal Benefit

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New Minnesota Law Allows Investors to File Lawsuits Seeking to Validate Life Insurance Policies Before They Mature

In most states, carriers may void life insurance policies for lack of insurable interest at any point, even after the two-year contestability period prescribed by statute. This loophole allows insurers to continue collecting…more

Death Benefits, Investors, Life Insurance, New Legislation, Validity

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In Fontainebleau Appeal, Eleventh Circuit Confirms That Term Lenders Lack Standing To Enforce Revolving Lenders’ Commitments

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that lenders in syndicated credit facilities do not have standing to enforce the funding commitment that other lenders owe to the borrower in the absence of specific…more

Appeals, Article III, Borrowers, credit, Injury-in-Fact

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Focus Regolamentare: Nuovo Criterio Attributivo Del Rating Di Legalita’

Il 4 luglio 2014 è entrato in vigore il nuovo “Regolamento attuativo in materia di rating di legalità”, adottato con delibera dall’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (“AGCM”) del 5 giugno 2014, n. 24953,…more

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To Prosecute Or Not To Prosecute? Limiting Exposure Of Trade Secrets During Criminal Prosecutions

Trade Secrets Watch previously outlined the benefits and potential risks of referring a case of trade secrets theft to the government for criminal prosecution. One of the most important downsides to consider is that the victim…more

Criminal Prosecution, Trade Secrets

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The German Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – BAG) rejects doubtful discrimination complaints

Even if a potential Employer does not know that an applicant is unsuitable for the offered job from an objective point of view, compensation claims based on discrimination would not be granted. The first comprehensive…more

Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants

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Appointment of a Data Protection Officer in Germany: You Wanna Avoid Trouble? Then Make Sure You Appoint the Right Person!

Data protection law is on the rise. Courts as well as local authorities become increasingly sensitive to the misuse of any individual’s personal data that applicable statutory provisions in Germany, such as the Federal Data…more

Cybersecurity, Data Protection, EU, Popular

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Overview of Central and West Africa

Orrick lawyers Pascal Agboyibor, Bruno Gay and Gabin Gabas authored the first "Overview of Central and West Africa," an outline of the electricity and oil & gas sector legislation in 14 francophone African countries, that has…more

Africa, Economic Development, Energy, Foreign Policy, Infrastructure

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DECRETO CD. SBLOCCA ITALIA (D.L. 133/2014)

La presente newsletter analizza alcune delle novità introdotte dal Decreto Legge n. 133 cd. "Sblocca Italia" entrato in vigore il 13 settembre 2014. 1. Panoramica sul Decreto Sblocca Italia - Il 12 Settembre scorso è…more

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Beyond Basic: Shareholder Litigation Without Fraud-On-The-Market

Will shareholder litigation survive the abandonment of the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance? After the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will be considering the presumption in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John…more

Fraud-on-the-Market, Rebuttable Presumptions, Securities Exchange Act, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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Policyholder Observer

Encryption Flaw "Heartbleed" Creates Data Risk: How Insurance Can Stanch the Bleeding - In early April, news broke of an encryption flaw named “Heartbleed” that exposed companies to data breaches for over two and one half…more

Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Commercial General Liability Policies, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity

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Unified Register of Pledges of Movable Property – Follow Up

This is an update of our alert dated 5 December 2012. Since our prior alert, there have been certain legislation changes addressed below. The public unified register of pledges of movable property (the Register) was…more

Moveable Parcels, New Legislation, Russia

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Overview of Central and West Africa

Orrick lawyers Pascal Agboyibor, Bruno Gay and Gabin Gabas authored the first "Overview of Central and West Africa," an outline of the electricity and oil & gas sector legislation in 14 francophone African countries, that has…more

Africa, Economic Development, Energy, Foreign Policy, Infrastructure

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Autumn Statement 2014

On December 3, 2014, George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement. Traditionally, the purpose of this has been to update economic projections and department spending allocation, but increasingly it includes statements…more

Corporate Taxes, Multinationals, Tax Reform, UK

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Is it now OK to have the ‘It’s not working…’ conversation in the UK?

July 29, 2013 was a big day for employment law in the UK. Firstly compromise agreements were renamed ‘settlement agreements’…more

Financial Regulatory Reform, Settlement, UK, Whistleblowers

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Le novità introdotte dal Decreto Crescita: Minibond, concessione di finanziamenti e cartolarizzazione dei crediti

In data 24 giugno 2014, è stato pubblicato in Gazzetta Ufficiale n. 144, il decreto legge 24 giugno 2014 n. 91 (il "Decreto Crescita") che introduce: (i) misure a favore delle emissioni di obbligazioni societarie; (ii)…more

Bonds, Corporate Taxes

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds Security Screenings Are Not Compensable Under the FLSA

In a long awaited 9-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that employers are not required to compensate employees for time spent waiting for and undergoing security screenings (aka bag checks) under the Fair Labor Standards…more

FLSA, Integrity Staffing v Busk, SCOTUS, Security Checks, Wage and Hour

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Shake It Off: Employer Misclassification of Exotic Dancers under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Recently, there’s been a wave of Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) rulings adverse to employers in the adult entertainment industry. Early this year, a Southern District of New York judge approved an $8 million settlement for a…more

Adult Entertainment, Class Action, Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Entertainment Industry

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Petition For Writ of Certiorari

Questions Presented: 1. In 1969, this Court held in Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC, 395 U.S. 367 (1969), that the First Amendment permits the government to restrict the speech of broadcasters in ways that this Court…more

Certiorari, FCC, First Amendment, Free Speech, SCOTUS

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Department of Defense Renewable Energy Program - Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the U.S. renewable energy sector. In this first issue, we analyze the exciting investment…more

DOD, Energy, Infrastructure, Power Purchase Agreements, Renewable Energy

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New Trademark Clearinghouse an Important Tool for Trademark Owners as New Generic Top-Level Domains Prepare to Launch

Starting on March 26, 2013, there will be an important new tool available to help trademark owners combat unauthorized uses of their trademarks in domain names as more than 1,000 new generic top-level domains (“gTLDs”) prepare…more

Brand, gTLD, Trademark Clearinghouse, Trademarks

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Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - December 2014 (Global)

For this month’s Top Stories, we are republishing two very recent Orrick Client Alerts that address an important U.S. appellate decision regarding the extraterritorial application of U.S. antitrust laws and the first U.S…more

Anti-Monopoly, Antitrust Litigation, China, Extraterritoriality Rules, Foreign Affiliates

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Reverse Payment Settlements Now Subject to Antitrust Scrutiny, But Lower Courts Left to Fill in the Blanks

Earlier this week in FTC v. Actavis, No. 12-416 (U.S. Jun. 17, 2013), the Supreme Court handed down its long-anticipated ruling on “reverse payment” or “pay-for-delay” agreements, holding that these agreements—while not…more

Antitrust Litigation, FTC, FTC v Actavis, Generic Drugs, Hatch-Waxman

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European Revolution vs. English Evolution

Update on Case Law Developments in English Restructuring This client alert will focus on three of the key recent cases of the past six months, each of which features the use of English law restructuring tools for…more

Corporate Restructuring, Debt Restructuring, EU, Foreign Corporations, Great Recession

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We Have Your Data. Pay Up or Else…

You wake on a Tuesday morning expecting to have an average day at work. You are skimming through the emails that came in while you were asleep, when you notice an email from one of your employees. He is not only giving his…more

Confidential Information, Data Protection, Extortion, Former Employee, Hiring & Firing

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Orrick Submits Comments to Civil Rules Advisory Committee Regarding the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

On February 12, Orrick submitted written comments regarding proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ("FRCP") intended to facilitate more meaningful discovery efforts and to reduce cost and delay in…more

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Proposed Amendments

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Regulation AB II – Final Rules

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously voted to adopt a package of new and amended rules governing the registration, offering process, disclosure and reporting for SEC registered asset-backed…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Market Participants, Regulation AB

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Orrick's Global Real Estate Roundup - February 2013

As we look back on a busy fourth quarter 2012 that saw a flurry of deal closings in the final weeks of the year for core and value-added commercial properties in the US, an active transaction pipeline is already ramping up for…more

CMBS, Commercial Real Estate Market, Foreign Investment, Fund Formation, REIT

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The New CFTC Regulatory Regime For Private Fund Managers; First Quarter 2013 Update

The enactment of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) and its implementation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has ushered in a new era of…more

CFTC, Commodities Exchange Act, Dodd-Frank, Exempt Organizations, Major Swap Participants

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION EDITION: As Americans Trudge To The Gym, We Review Trade Secrets Fights In The “New You” Industry

The gyms are packed, the diet cookbooks are flying off the shelves, and smokers are struggling to kick the habit. It’s the resolution season, and surveys say half of the top 10 most popular new year’s goals aim for better…more

Health, Stored Communications Act, Trade Secrets, Weight-Loss Products

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The MCDC Initiative: Round One Is Underway

The clock will strike on the first self-report deadline under the SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the “MCDC Initiative”) at 12:00 a.m. EST on September 10, 2014. Under the MCDC Initiative,…more

Disclosure Requirements, MCDC, Municipal Securities Market, SEC, Underwriting

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SEC’s Administrative Proceedings: Where One Stands Appears to Depend on Where One Sits

As we have previously reported, practitioners and judges alike have recently been questioning the SEC’s increased use of administrative proceedings. Defense lawyers complain that administrative proceedings, which have…more

Administrative Hearings, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions, Judge Rakoff, SEC

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Emerging Companies - Germany

"INVEST" - Changes in the Government backed program for venture funding - Last year the German Government introduced a program to support venture seed and pre-seed investments into innovative start-ups from private…more

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FCA has published a Consultation Paper on Regulatory fees and levies for 2015/16

On November 27, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published for comment a consultation paper on its fees and levies as part of their annual cycle of fees consultation…more

Fees, Financial Conduct Authority, Public Comment

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Are Bank Branches in New York the Gateway to Seizure of Foreign Assets: The New York Court of Appeals Reconsiders the Separate Entity Rule

On September 16, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument on a certified question from the Second Circuit in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank, an important case concerning the application of New…more

Appeals, Banks, Foreign Banks, Garnishment, Judgment Creditors

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Unified Register of Pledges of Movable Property – Follow Up

This is an update of our alert dated 5 December 2012. Since our prior alert, there have been certain legislation changes addressed below. The public unified register of pledges of movable property (the Register) was…more

Moveable Parcels, New Legislation, Russia

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Orrick World: A Quarterly Report of Global Employment Law Issues for Multinationals - Fall 2013

Asia Employment Law Update - Labor Contract Law Amendments on Dispatch Employees Come Into Effect - Implementation Details Still Uncertain: During July 2013, the Decision on Amending the Labor Contract Law of the…more

China, EU, Financial Regulatory Reform, Foreign Nationals, International Labor Laws

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Lehman Court Finds Safe Harbors Protect Damage Calculation Provisions In Swap

Judge James M. Peck issued an important opinion in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy late last month. The opinion protects a non-debtor counterparty's right to rely on a contractually agreed methodology for damages calculations…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Debtors, Lehman Brothers, Safe Harbors, Swaps

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How Far Does Section 10(b) Reach? The Second Circuit Says That A Domestic Transaction Is Necessary, But Not Sufficient, To Invoke U.S. Securities Laws

In a long-awaited opinion issued on August 15 in Parkcentral v. Porsche, the Second Circuit limited the extraterritorial reach of the U.S. securities laws, affirming the dismissal of securities claims brought by parties to swap…more

Extraterritoriality Rules, Morrison v National Australia Bank, Section 10(b), Securities, Securities Exchange Act

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Delaware Court Determines That 17.5% Stockholder Seeking To Take Company Private Could Be Deemed A Controller And Therefore Exacting Entire Fairness Review Applied

On November 26, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss a complaint challenging a going-private transaction where the company's CEO, Chairman and 17.5% stockholder was leading the buyout group. In his…more

Business Judgment Rule, Controlling Stockholders, Going-Private Transactions, Shareholder Litigation

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New Law Puts California Businesses On The Hook For Wage And Workers’ Compensation Claims By Temporary Workers Employed By Staffing Agencies

A new law exposes California businesses to potential liability for claims by temporary workers. On September 28, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1897, which created California Labor Code § 2810.3. The new law requires…more

Contractors, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Temporary Employees, Wage and Hour

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UPDATE – Uniform Trade Secrets Act Preemption: The Debate Continues… With Possible Implications for Punitive Damages?

Just over one year ago, we noted the continued and vibrant debate among state and federal courts over whether the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”) preempts other claims based on the misappropriation of information when that…more

Misappropriation, Preemption, Trade Secrets, Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

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Looking Past The Labels: Bank’s Disgorgement Payment To SEC Not Necessarily Excluded From D&O Coverage

In 2006, Bear Stearns agreed to a $250 million “neither admit nor deny” settlement with the SEC to settle charges that it facilitated late trading and deceptive market timing by its hedge fund customers…more

Bear Sterns, D&O Insurance, Disgorgement, Hedge Funds, Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements

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FLORIDA SUNSHINE? State High Court Orders Gerrymandering Documents Made Public, Justice Thomas Rejects Last-Minute Appeal

This past summer, we reported on an emergency petition to Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court to stay a Florida Supreme Court’s decision permitting disclosure of documents submitted under seal during a…more

Motion To Stay, Public Disclosure, Redistricting, SCOTUS

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Trustee Representation and Warranty Suit against Morgan Stanley Will Proceed

On November 24, Justice Marcy Friedman of the Supreme Court for the State of New York partially dismissed U.S. Bank’s suit against sponsor Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital and originator Greenpoint Mortgage Funding in connection…more

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Patent Issues Remain a Priority for the White House

On February 20, 2014, the White House hosted an event "highlight[ing] progress on the [Obama] Administration's patent policy agenda." Orrick intellectual property attorney Wesley Helmholz attended the event at the White House's…more

Obama Administration, Patent Litigation, Patent Reform, Patent Trolls, Patents

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Oh, F*©k No: Administrative Law Judge Rules that Employees’ Expletive-Laced Facebook Posts are not Protected Under the National Labor Relations Act

With the increasing prominence of social media, employers have been rightfully concerned about the impact of employees’ out-of-work statements on the work place—particularly when it comes to the reputation of the employer. In…more

NLRA, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity, Social Media, Social Media Policy

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Hedge Fund Hack Results in Trade Secret Loss, and Raises SEC Reporting Issues

Data breaches may be nothing new, but they are certainly evolving into bigger and more notorious infractions. While the data breaches of yesterday may have involved accidental disclosure or disgruntled former employees, the data…more

Corporate Counsel, Criminal Conspiracy, Data Breach, Hackers, Hedge Funds

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CONTINENTAL SHIFT: EU Advances Legal Regime Protecting Trade Secrets

The European Union appears poised to enact a sweeping new legal regime that would harmonize trade secrets law across all member states. It’s been a year since we wrote about a new EU proposal to regulate trade secret…more

EU, Globally Harmonized System, Popular, Trade Secrets

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Seeking Credit for Deferred Commissions? You Might Get Declined

Last week, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Peabody v. Time Warner Cable, Inc., deciding that employers may not apply commission payments to earlier pay periods for the purposes of establishing that an…more

Employer Liability Issues, Minimum Wage, Sales Commissions, Time Warner, Wage and Hour

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Including PAGA Representative Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Post-Iskanian

After the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, which held that PAGA representative action waivers are unenforceable under California law, employers have struggled with whether to retain…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Federal Arbitration Act, Iskanian, PAGA

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Delaware Court Preliminarily Enjoins Merger Due to Flawed Sales Process

On November 24, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery preliminarily enjoined for thirty days a vote by C&J Energy Services stockholders on a merger with Nabors Red Lion Limited, to allow time for C&J's board of directors to…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Counsel, Oil & Gas, Preliminary Injunctions, Shareholders

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Is it now OK to have the ‘It’s not working…’ conversation in the UK?

July 29, 2013 was a big day for employment law in the UK. Firstly compromise agreements were renamed ‘settlement agreements’…more

Financial Regulatory Reform, Settlement, UK, Whistleblowers

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Unpaid Leave (Sabbatical) Triggers Days of Paid Vacation in Germany

Like in other countries, the parties to an employment agreement in Germany are free to agree on a sabbatical – a defined period during which the employment relationship is suspended. The employee is released from his active…more

Employer Liability Issues, Sabbatical, Unpaid Leave

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Employers Should Act Now to Avoid Potential Data Minefields: The OFCCP’s New Proposed Rules for Collecting Compensation Data from Federal Contractors

On August 8, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (“OFCCP”) proposed new annual reporting requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors. The proposal requires additional pay information and will become…more

Barack Obama, DOL, EEO-1, Employer Liability Issues, Executive Orders

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AIFMD Countdown to Compliance

The deadline of 22 July 2013 for EU Member States to transpose the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) into national law is fast approaching…more

AIFM, AIFMD, Compliance, Deadlines, EU

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Fraud-on-the-Market Lives On: Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.

On June 23, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its second decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., __U.S. __(2014), 2014 WL__ (U.S. June 23, 2014) ("Halliburton II"). In this widely anticipated decision, the…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Action, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Further Guidance on Pre-IPO Investments from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Introduction - It is common for financial investors such as private equity funds and hedge funds to invest in unlisted securities of private companies (e.g., through the subscription of convertible debt instruments,…more

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Le novità introdotte dal Decreto Crescita: Minibond, concessione di finanziamenti e cartolarizzazione dei crediti

In data 24 giugno 2014, è stato pubblicato in Gazzetta Ufficiale n. 144, il decreto legge 24 giugno 2014 n. 91 (il "Decreto Crescita") che introduce: (i) misure a favore delle emissioni di obbligazioni societarie; (ii)…more

Bonds, Corporate Taxes

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Eleventh Circuit: Restaurant’s Stolen Recipe Claims Are Stale

It should be obvious that if you want trade secret protection, you shouldn’t wave your purported trade secret around in public. Likewise, if you see someone openly disclosing your trade secret on television, you should probably…more

Restaurant Industry, Ripeness, Trade Secrets, UTSA

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Bigger in Texas? High Court to Decide Scope of Protection for Third Party Trade Secrets in Civil Discovery

On August 22, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ordered oral argument in In re: Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., a case concerning the discoverability of third-party trade secrets documents in civil cases. When should such documents…more

Discovery, Rules of Civil Procedure, Third-Party Risk, Trade Secrets

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Credit Risk Retention – Joint Regulatory Re-Proposed Rules

On August 28, 2013, six federal agencies1 jointly re-proposed rules to implement the credit risk retention requirements of Section 15G of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), which was added by…more

Dodd-Frank, Financial Regulatory Reform, Proposed Regulation, Risk Retention, Securities Exchange Act

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Protecting Trade Secrets In China

Trade secrets were first introduced into China law through the Article 10 of the “Anti-Unfair Competition Law of China” (effective Dec. 1, 1993)…more

Burden of Proof, China, Data Protection, Discovery, Misappropriation

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The EEOC Takes Aim, Once Again, at Employers’ Separation Agreements

On April 30, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against a private college, charging for the second time in two months that an employer’s severance agreement was unlawful. The EEOC alleged that…more

Civil Rights Act, Colleges, Corporate Counsel, EEOC, Employee Rights

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Brief Of Dish Network L.L.C. And Echostar Technologies L.L.C. As Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondent (April 2, 2014)

INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE - This amicus curiae brief is filed on behalf of DISH Network L.L.C. (“DISH”) and EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. (“EchoStar”). Since its founding in the early 1980s, DISH has reinvented the…more

Appellate Briefs, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Dish Network, Echostar

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Supreme Court Rules That Food and Beverage Mislabeling Claims Do Not Foreclose Competitor's Unfair Competition Claims Under §43(a) of the Lanham Act

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered an opinion for a unanimous United States Supreme Court in POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Co., No. 12-761, in which the Court ruled that the Federal Food, Drug,…more

Advertising, Coca Cola, False Advertising, FDA, FDCA

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The German Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – BAG) rejects doubtful discrimination complaints

Even if a potential Employer does not know that an applicant is unsuitable for the offered job from an objective point of view, compensation claims based on discrimination would not be granted. The first comprehensive…more

Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants

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Rural/Metro II: Additional Lessons for Financial Advisors, Directors and Counsel in M&A Transactions And Related Litigation

On October 10, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision awarding nearly $76 million in damages against a seller’s financial advisor. In an earlier March 7, 2014 opinion in the case, In re Rural/Metro Corp…more

Board of Directors, Breach of Duty, Compensatory Awards, Compensatory Damages, Financial Adviser

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Flash Boy’s luck runs out: Aleynikov takes his legal fees battle back to trial court

The last time TSW readers heard from Sergey “Flash Boy” Aleynikov, the underdog high-frequency trading guru had fought the law to a rare win: the New York State Supreme Court had tossed a raft of evidence in his second criminal…more

Criminal Prosecution, High Frequency Trading, White Collar Crimes

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Square peg round hole

Italy’s project finance rules have an awkward legal foundation. If investors and sponsors can gain the benefit of project bond technology, radical reforms are needed - The recent placement of project bonds to finance…more

EU, Project Finance

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Policy Observer - December 2014

Giving and Receiving: Insuring Company-Sponsored Volunteerism: This is the time of year when we are reminded of the importance of giving. Many companies not only donate generously to nonprofits and community programs, but…more

Attorney's Fees, Banks, D&O Insurance, Employer Liability Issues, Environmental Liability

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New York State Corporate Tax Law Reform: The Impact on Companies Providing Digital Products

On March 31, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation that provides for an extensive reform of the state's corporate tax regime (the "Act"), most notably for out-of-state corporations providing digital products to New…more

Corporate Taxes, Digital Assets, Franchise Taxes, Popular, State Taxes

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Ending in a Draw: In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, the California Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, But Also Makes PAGA Claims Unwaivable

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, California employers hoped this day would come. In a predictable result, the California Supreme Court today acknowledged that class action…more

Arbitration, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Employment Contract, Federal Arbitration Act, Iskanian

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A special report on the Nigerian banking system: The ripple effects of Lehman - A tale of sin and redemption?

This article focuses on the banking sector crisis which engulfed the Nigerian financial sector from 2008 to 2011, and the steps taken by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in restoring financial stability. We discuss the impact…more

Africa, Banking Crisis, Banks, Lehman Brothers

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ITC ALJ Breaks New Ground, Further Heightening the DI Requirement for NPEs in § 337 Cases

According to a recent initial determination by an Administrative Law Judge of the International Trade Commission, a purely revenue-driven NPE cannot prove the existence of a domestic industry by relying solely on the activities…more

ITC, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents, Section 337

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Federal Circuit Provides Important Guidance in RAND Disputes

On Dec. 4, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued a much-anticipated opinion in Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Sys., Inc., Nos. 2013-1625, -1631, -1632, -1633 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 4, 2014). The panel—consisting of Judges Kathleen O'Malley,…more

Ericsson, Patent Litigation, Patent Royalties, Patents, RAND

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Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $56M MBS Suit against Bank of America

On November 25, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the dismissal of IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG’s suit against Bank of America. IKB alleged that BofA fraudulently misrepresented the quality of…more

Bank of America, Dismissals, Mortgage-Backed Securities

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The New Electronic Payment Services Landscape: Developments in EU Legislation

On July 24, 2013, the European Commission issued legislative proposals to update and complement the current EU legal framework on payment services to develop further an EU-wide single market by promoting more competition,…more

Electronic Payment Transactions, EU, European Commission, New Legislation

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Expanded Liability of Officers in Russian Companies

In Resolution No. 62 “on Liability of Members of a Company’s Governing Bodies” dated July 30, 2013 (the “Resolution”) the Russian Supreme Arbitrazh Court provided new interpretations of the Russian statutory rule that the chief…more

Bad Faith, Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Corporate Officers, Damages

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Highly-Protected Secrets: Competitors Try to Keep Legal Secrets in the Quasi-Legal Marijuana Industry

How do you use the law to keep something unlawful a secret? This and related questions arise as more states legalize marijuana for medical use, recreational use, or both. As an illicit industry emerges from the shadows,…more

Business Ownership, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, SEC, Securities

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The “I Was Just Trying To Land A New Job” Defense To Criminal Trade Secret Theft Charges

On February 28, 2008, Hanjuan Jin, a Chinese-born former software engineer for Motorola, arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport en route to Beijing. During a random customs check, officials discovered that she had a one-way ticket…more

China, Confidential Information, Misappropriation, Motorola, Theft

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FTC Assesses $800,000 Fine Against Mobile App Operator and Issues Mobile Privacy and Security Guidance

The Federal Trade Commission has emphasized in the past that general privacy protections in the website space apply equally to mobile services, but a new FTC Staff Report released on Friday hones in on some privacy…more

Address Book, App Developers, COPPA, Data Collection, Data Protection

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For Whom The Whistle Tolls In 2014

Momentum for the SEC’s Dodd Frank whistleblower program is growing, and 2014 can be expected to bring continued expansion of the program and the number and types of whistleblower actions initiated by the SEC. The SEC’s annual…more

Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions, Retaliation, SEC, Whistleblower Awards

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Policy Observer - July 2013

Getting Over the Bar: Second Circuit Requires Actual Payment of Underlying Limits In Order to Trigger Excess D&O Policies - In June, the Second Circuit held that two Federal Insurance Company ("FIC") excess D&O insurance…more

Bad Faith, Catholic Church, Construction Defects, Contract Interpretation, D&O Insurance

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D.C. Circuit to Re-Consider Whether SEC Disclosure Rule Aimed at Curbing Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Violates the First Amendment

In an interesting and uncommon intersection between securities law, curbing human rights abuses and freedom of speech under the First Amendment, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently agreed to…more

American Meat Institute, Amnesty International, Appeals, Conflict Mineral Rules, Department of Agriculture

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Issues Rule Extending Terms of Permits for Incidental Eagle Take to Thirty-Years

Timing of Rule’s Publication is Another Indication of Renewed Focus on Avian Compliance Risk at Wind Farms - Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) published a final rule extending the maximum term for…more

Endangered Species, Fish and Wildlife Service, Incidental Take Permits

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Pyrrhic Victory For Parties Seeking Fracking Fluid Disclosures

Parties advocating public disclosure of the chemical makeup of fracking fluids may have won a recent battle in Wyoming, but are they losing the war? On March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court in Powder River Basin Resource…more

Chemicals, Disclosure Requirements, Fracking, Oil & Gas

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Regulation AB II – Final Rules

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously voted to adopt a package of new and amended rules governing the registration, offering process, disclosure and reporting for SEC registered asset-backed…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Market Participants, Regulation AB

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Oklahoma Takes a Stand a Stand in the Battle Over Derivative Fee-Shifting

Back in May we discussed ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund a seminal Delaware Supreme Court case that upheld a non-stock corporation’s “loser pays” fee-shifting bylaw. ATP Tour held that where a Delaware corporation…more

ATP Tours, Bylaws, Derivative Suit, Fee-Shifting, Shareholder Litigation

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Nanotechnology And Asbestos: Informing Industry’s Approach To Carbon Nanotubes, Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide, And Nanosilver

With greater knowledge comes greater responsibility, and greater liability. When it comes to nanotechnology, our ability to understand the potential risks is unprecedented, thanks in part to the asbestos mass tort experience. If…more

Asbestos, Nanotechnology, Risk Mitigation

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New Minnesota Law Allows Investors to File Lawsuits Seeking to Validate Life Insurance Policies Before They Mature

In most states, carriers may void life insurance policies for lack of insurable interest at any point, even after the two-year contestability period prescribed by statute. This loophole allows insurers to continue collecting…more

Death Benefits, Investors, Life Insurance, New Legislation, Validity

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For Whom The Statute Tolls? A California Court Refuses Equitable Tolling For RMBS Claims

A recent decision dismissing an RMBS lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court highlights the critical importance of filing your claims in the correct court whenever there is a jurisdictional issue…more

Countrywide, Equitable Tolling, Jurisdiction, Litigation Strategies, Massachusetts Mutual

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Sandoz Was Disinvited to the Patent Dance: The Federal Circuit's First Interpretation of the BPCIA Will Have to Wait

Since the 1984 enactment of the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act, Hatch-Waxman litigation has dominated the sphere of life-sciences patent litigation. The battle between proprietary and generic interests,…more

Biosimilars, BPCIA, FDA, Generic Drugs, Hatch-Waxman

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Overview of the Six Most Important Changes to the Russian Pledge Rules

1. Concept of a security trustee (security manager). Given that the English-law concept of a 'trust' is not recognized by the Russian legal system, currently, under Russian law, only a creditor can hold the security for…more

Bank Accounts, Banks, Debt, Debt Collection, Russia

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Tweet, Tweet: The SEC Gets Social

The SEC recently issued an investor alert to warn investors about potential fraudulent investment schemes involving popular social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, turning its eye towards investor fraud…more

Capital Formation, Crowdfunding, Facebook, Risk Alert, SEC

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CONTINENTAL SHIFT: EU Advances Legal Regime Protecting Trade Secrets

The European Union appears poised to enact a sweeping new legal regime that would harmonize trade secrets law across all member states. It’s been a year since we wrote about a new EU proposal to regulate trade secret…more

EU, Globally Harmonized System, Popular, Trade Secrets

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Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - August 2014

China’s MOFCOM Blocks ‘P3 Alliance’ Despite EU, U.S. Non-Opposition - On June 17, 2014, China’s Ministry of Commerce, China’s competition regulator, prohibited the proposed “P3 Alliance” that would have combined the…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Antitrust Provisions, China, EU, Fishing Industry

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Perquisition Privée: France Ahead Of U.S. In Allowing Trade Secret Owners To Seize Property From Suspected Thieves

Can trade secret owners secretly petition a court to seize property from a competitor that they suspect of stealing trade secrets? In the United States, the answer is: “Not yet.” This is one of the issues that Congress is…more

EU, Ex Parte, Misappropriation, Search & Seizure, Theft

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Perquisition Privée: France Ahead Of U.S. In Allowing Trade Secret Owners To Seize Property From Suspected Thieves

Can trade secret owners secretly petition a court to seize property from a competitor that they suspect of stealing trade secrets? In the United States, the answer is: “Not yet.” This is one of the issues that Congress is…more

EU, Ex Parte, Misappropriation, Search & Seizure, Theft

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EPA Clarifies "Innocent Tenant" Liability Under CERCLA

Recent EPA guidance imposes new environmental due diligence and compliance requirements on prospective commercial and industrial tenants. The guidance purports to clarify an exemption from liability, but actually confirms that…more

CERCLA, Commercial Leases, Compliance, Due Diligence, Environmental Liability

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FERC Proposes to Streamline Market-Based Rate Program

On June 19, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued a notice of proposed rulemaking ("NOPR") proposing to revise its policies for applications to sell energy, capacity, and ancillary services at…more

Consumer Utility Costs, Energy, FERC, RTO, Utilities Sector

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New York State Corporate Tax Law Reform: The Impact on Companies Providing Digital Products

On March 31, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation that provides for an extensive reform of the state's corporate tax regime (the "Act"), most notably for out-of-state corporations providing digital products to New…more

Corporate Taxes, Digital Assets, Franchise Taxes, Popular, State Taxes

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Policy Observer - January 2013

It has been nearly three months since Superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast of the United States. With several hundred thousand residents still without homes and many businesses still operating out of temporary facilities, it…more

Agents, Amended Complaints, Brokers, Chinese Drywall, Deductibles

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PDA and Young: Pregnancy Discrimination Law to Break from Its Infancy

On the heels of the Hobby Lobby decision in late June, the Supreme Court has signaled that women’s health issues in the workplace will continue to be a central issue by granting a petition for certiorari in Young v. United…more

ADA, Certiorari, Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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EPA Clarifies "Innocent Tenant" Liability Under CERCLA

Recent EPA guidance imposes new environmental due diligence and compliance requirements on prospective commercial and industrial tenants. The guidance purports to clarify an exemption from liability, but actually confirms that…more

CERCLA, Commercial Leases, Compliance, Due Diligence, Environmental Liability

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Actions Speak Louder than Words: Jury Awards $185 Million in Punitive Damages in Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

On November 17, 2014, a San Diego federal jury of five men and three women awarded Plaintiff Rosario Juarez $185 million dollars in punitive damages in her pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against her former employer AutoZone…more

Adverse Employment Action, Automotive Industry, AutoZone, Compensatory Damages, Corporate Counsel

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Assessing Retroactive Inversion Legislation And Its Risks

The increasing use of corporate inversions, whereby a company via merger achieves 20 percent or more new ownership, claims non-U.S. residence, and is then permitted to adopt that country’s lower corporate tax structure and take…more

Corporate Taxes, Inversion, Inverted Domestic Corporations, IRC, Legislative Agendas

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D.C. Circuit to Re-Consider Whether SEC Disclosure Rule Aimed at Curbing Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Violates the First Amendment

In an interesting and uncommon intersection between securities law, curbing human rights abuses and freedom of speech under the First Amendment, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently agreed to…more

American Meat Institute, Amnesty International, Appeals, Conflict Mineral Rules, Department of Agriculture

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Tweet, Tweet: The SEC Gets Social

The SEC recently issued an investor alert to warn investors about potential fraudulent investment schemes involving popular social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, turning its eye towards investor fraud…more

Capital Formation, Crowdfunding, Facebook, Risk Alert, SEC

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