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Summary of ISS 2016 Policy Announcements

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) issued new U.S. voting policies and an updated Equity Plan Scorecard FAQ, both effective for annual shareholder meetings occurring on or after February 1, 2016. This alert provides a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

A “Big Deal”: Latest U.S.-China Talks Signal Progress for Protection of Trade Secrets

Expectations didn’t appear high for the latest round of China-U.S. talks about a variety of economic issues including trade secret protection. As previously discussed at TSW, China had not signed onto the Trans-Pacific…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Algorithm Optional? A Guide to Computers as Structure in Means-Plus-Function Claiming

Summary Judgment Order, Fortinet, Inc. v. Sophos, Inc., et al., Case No. 13-cv-05831-EMC (Judge Edward Chen) - Means-plus-function claim elements are less common than in the past, due to stricter rules about their scope and…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Second Circuit Upholds Dismissal of RMBS Lawsuit as Time-Barred

On November 16, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. (acting as Trustee for RMBS Trust GSR 2007-OA1) against Quicken Loans, alleging…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Releases 2015 Performance and Accountability Report - On November 16. 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released a report that analyzes its duties as regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and as…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law

IRS Announces Intent to Tax Transfers to Partnerships With Foreign Partners

On August 6, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-54, which states that the IRS and Treasury intend to issue regulations under section 721(c) of the Internal Revenue Code to ensure that, when a U.S. person transfers certain property…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Taxation

For Whom The Whistle Blows: SEC Whistleblower Office Issues Its 2015 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 16, 2015. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s Office…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

International data transfer news… a bit like buses

You know how you wait for ages for a bus to come (well, we do in Europe) and then three come along at once? Well it’s a little like that in the data privacy arena right now, as far as transfer of international personal data is…more
| Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Commission Speaks: Guidance for Employers Regarding the New York City Fair Chance Act

On June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the Fair Chance Act (the “Act”), which prohibits employers from inquiring into the criminal backgrounds of certain job applicants in the initial stages of the…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Testing the Limits of Employee Privacy: Ninth Circuit Allows EEOC To Obtain Extensive Personal Information About Employees Despite Privacy Concerns

The Ninth Circuit recently held that during the course of an investigation, the EEOC can force employers to produce “pedigree information” (i.e., name, telephone number, address, and Social Security number) of applicants and…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

At Risk: Law Firms Bringing Bad Faith Trade Secrets Claims

Companies get anxious when key employees leave to start new ventures. A company may try to shield itself from the risk of losing confidential information by seeking an injunction preventing its former employees and their new…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

A Purr-fect Opinion on Copyright Registrations

Order Granting Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss, Epikhin et al. v. Game Insight N.A., et al., 5:14-cv-4383 (Judge Lucy Koh) - Cat videos are one of the most popular types of user-uploaded Internet videos. It is…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

So You Want to Accept That Board Position? One More Reason to Pause: Directors Can Be Personally Liable Under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank

On October 23, 2015, in a suit filed by Bio-Rad’s former general counsel Sanford Wadler, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a decision granting in part and denying in part Defendants’…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

MiFID II Overhaul of Financial Market Rules to be Delayed - The MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) seeks to implement a major overhaul of existing legislation concerning the structures within which financial instruments are…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Investment Firms and Compliance Professionals Beware: SEC Finds Risks Associated with Outsourcing Compliance Function

On Monday, November 9, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released results from its evaluation of investment adviser firms’ use of third…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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