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OUCH! Now What? OSHA Creates New Rules for Reporting and Submitting Records of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

On May 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Final Rule modifying workplace injury and illness reporting requirements. Certain employers will be subject to new…more

OSHA, Recordkeeping Requirements, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Injury

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Significant Changes Proposed to Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Controlled Entities

Last week the IRS proposed new regulations that would, in many cases, prohibit the use of certain discounts customarily applied when valuing interests in family-controlled entities, such as corporations, partnerships and limited…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, IRS

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Significant Changes Proposed to Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Controlled Entities

Last week the IRS proposed new regulations that would, in many cases, prohibit the use of certain discounts customarily applied when valuing interests in family-controlled entities, such as corporations, partnerships and limited…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, IRS

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Judge Cote Finds Initiating Lawsuits to Obtain Settlements Rather Than a Determination on the Merits is Not an Abuse of Process

On July 28, 2016, District Judge Denise Cote (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendants AlphaCap Ventures, LLC’s, a non-practicing entity, and Richard Juarez’s (collectively, “AlphaCap”) motion to dismiss plaintiff Gust, Inc.’s (“Gust”)…more

Abuse of Process, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Monopolization, Motion to Dismiss, Patent Infringement

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Delaware Chancery Court Holds that a Reverse Triangular Merger Is Not an Assignment by Operation of Law

On February 22, 2013, the Delaware Chancery Court in Meso Scale v. Roche restored a degree of certainty to M&A planning by holding that the acquisition of a company through a reverse triangular merger (RTM) did not constitute an…more

Assignments, Reverse Triangular Mergers, Terms and Conditions

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Keep Calm and Carry On: Philanthropy After Brexit

On June 23, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The decision to leave—commonly known as “Brexit”—has dominated headlines, rattled financial markets, and triggered political uncertainty in the…more

EU, Non-Profits, Philanthropy, UK, UK Brexit

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On the Move and At Risk: Safeguards for Mitigating Mobile Device Vulnerabilities While Traveling Overseas

Employees use their smartphones as a key tool for accessing information during a work day – especially when outside the office and traveling on business. While smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices may increase…more

Business Travel, Cyber Attacks, Cyber Crimes, Data Theft, Malware

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International Cyber Recommendations for the Financial Market: Collaboration is the Name of the Game

On June 29, 2016, the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued “Guidance on cyber…more

Banking Sector, BIS, Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructure (CPMI), Cybersecurity, Financial Markets

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Significant Changes Proposed to Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Controlled Entities

Last week the IRS proposed new regulations that would, in many cases, prohibit the use of certain discounts customarily applied when valuing interests in family-controlled entities, such as corporations, partnerships and limited…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, IRS

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New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock) with…more

Equity Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRC Section 83(b), IRS, Restricted Stocks

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HSS Issues New Guidance on Ransomware Attacks Against HIPAA-Covered Entities

Ransomware attacks at hospitals and other healthcare facilities have dramatically increased over the last several years, putting healthcare providers in the uncomfortable position of having to consider paying thousands of…more

Breach Notification Rule, Covered Entities, Cyber Attacks, Data Breach, Electronic Medical Records

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Major Reversal of Insider Trading Convictions After Trial: Second Circuit Sets High Bar for Tippee Liability

The United States Court of Appeals today reversed the convictions for insider trading of Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson. The Court held that the government was required to prove, but did not, that the defendants knew that the…more

Appeals, Criminal Prosecution, Dell, Dismissals, Indictments

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China’s New Laws on Foreign and Domestic NGOs

Operating in China just became a bit more complex for foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). China’s new “Law on the Management of Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations’ Activities within Mainland China”, which was…more

China, Domestic Corporations, Foreign Charities, Foreign Entities, NGOs

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AbbVie Submits Citizen Petition on Interchangeable Biosimilars

AbbVie, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, has submitted a citizen petition to the FDA regarding determinations of interchangeability under the BPCIA. An interchangeable biological product is biosimilar to a reference product…more

AbbVie, Biologics, Biosimilars, Citizen Petitions, FDA

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Full Federal Circuit Denies En Banc Review of Jurisdictional Decision with Important Implications for BPCIA Litigation

On June 20, 2016, the full Federal Circuit denied Mylan’s petitions for rehearing en banc in Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharms. Inc., 817 F.3d 755 (Fed. Cir. 2016), leaving intact the panel’s decision affirming two…more

ANDA, BPCIA, Commercial Marketing, Corporate Counsel, Forum Selection

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DHS Warns of New Ransomware Threats

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) recently issued a joint alert with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre warning of two new ransomware threats behind recent well-publicized attacks against healthcare companies…more

Bitcoin, Canada, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, DHS

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New Proposed Regulations for Section 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements of Non-Profit and Governmental Entities

The Internal Revenue Service recently released long anticipated proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) governing deferred compensation arrangements maintained by tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities…more

457(b) Plans, Death Benefits, Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, IRS

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District Court Narrowly Defines the Relevant Market in Post-Actavis Pay-For-Delay Suit

On August 8, the District of Connecticut issued a noteworthy ruling on how to approach defining the relevant market definition in a pay-for-delay suit. In In re Aggrenox Antitrust Litigation, 3:14-md-02516 (D. Conn.), three…more

Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Violations, FTC, FTC v Actavis

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Disclosure Requirements Under the BPCIA

The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) provides for a series of disclosures between a biosimilar applicant and the innovator company, commonly referred to as the “patent dance.” 42 U.S.C. §262(l). While the…more

ANDA, Biologics, BPCIA, Disclosure Requirements, Hatch-Waxman

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Significant Changes Proposed to New York Estate and Income Tax Laws

The New York State Legislature is considering some significant proposed changes to the New York estate tax law, the tax treatment of gifts by New York residents, and New York income taxation of certain trusts. Some important…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift-Tax Exemption, Income Taxes

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Tick-Tock: The Overtime Clock Starts Running For Millions More Workers

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”) issued a final rule modifying overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The final rule, which goes into effect on December 1,…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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The Federal Circuit Will Hear Apotex’s Appeal from a Preliminary Injunction Under the BPCIA in Early 2016

In Amgen v. Apotex, Judge Cohn of the Southern District of Florida recently enjoined Apotex from selling its proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Neulasta for 180 days following FDA approval. In Amgen v. Sandoz, 794 F.3d 1347 (Fed…more

aBLA, Amgen, Apotex, Biosimilars, BPCIA

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Pokémon GO Exposes Risks of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Policies

There’s no denying it: Pokémon GO is a phenomenon. The smartphone game, in which players use their mobile device camera and GPS to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, was released in the United States on July 6th…more

Bring Your Own Device, Data Security, Employer Liability Issues, Malware, Mobile Apps

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Federal Regulators Focus on Minimum Cyber Standards For Banks

A new set of federal banking regulations are on the horizon aimed at helping financial institutions put in place minimum compliance standards to prevent future cyber-attacks. Bloomberg Law has reported that the Federal…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, FDIC, FFIEC, Financial Institutions

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On the Move and At Risk: Safeguards for Mitigating Mobile Device Vulnerabilities While Traveling Overseas

Employees use their smartphones as a key tool for accessing information during a work day – especially when outside the office and traveling on business. While smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices may increase…more

Business Travel, Cyber Attacks, Cyber Crimes, Data Theft, Malware

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Court Halts FTC’s Bid to Block Chicago-Area Hospital Merger

On June 14, 2016, in FTC v. Advocate Health Care et al., No. 15-cv-11473, the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied the Federal Trade Commission’s attempt to stop the merger of Advocate Health Care Network…more

Antitrust Provisions, FTC, Hospital Mergers, The Clayton Act

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Sunbeam Products, Inc. V. Chicago American Manufacturing, LLC

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has issued a decision with significant implications for licensees of trademarks whose licensors become debtors in bankruptcy. In Sunbeam Products, Inc. v. Chicago…more

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New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock) with…more

Equity Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRC Section 83(b), IRS, Restricted Stocks

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Sunbeam Products, Inc. V. Chicago American Manufacturing, LLC

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has issued a decision with significant implications for licensees of trademarks whose licensors become debtors in bankruptcy. In Sunbeam Products, Inc. v. Chicago…more

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Supreme Court Endorses Implied Certification Theory of Liability But Establishes “Demanding” Materiality Standard Under the False Claims Act

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar et al., holding that the so-called “implied certification” theory is viable under the False Claims Act (“FCA”),…more

Conditions of Payment, Failure To Disclose, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors

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Merrick Garland on Efficiencies

Judge Merrick Garland, if he is confirmed, may become one of the Supreme Court’s foremost authorities in antitrust law. He taught antitrust law at Harvard, and he has published on the subject, so it’s fair to expect him to seek…more

Antitrust Provisions, Judicial Appointments, Market Participants, Merrick Garland, SCOTUS

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Amgen and Hospira Square Off Over BPCIA Private Right of Action After Amgen v. Apotex Ruling

Amgen and Hospira have fired off dueling letters to the court in their litigation over Amgen’s Epogen biosimilar, debating whether the U.S. biosimilar statute, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA),…more

Amgen, Apotex, Biosimilars, BPCIA, Commercial Marketing

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“Interoperable” Healthcare Data Will Be a Tempting Target

At a panel during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Edith Ramirez, chair of the Federal Trade Commission – America’s top privacy regulator – said she would not wear a Fitbit personal fitness tracker. “I don’t…more

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), Edith Ramirez, Electronic Medical Records, Fitbit

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Supreme Court Denies Sequenom’s Cert Petition, Leaving the Federal Circuit’s Interpretation of the Mayo/Alice Patent Eligibility Framework Intact For Now

The Supreme Court today denied Sequenom Inc.’s petition for writ of certiorari, in which Sequenom asked the Court to review a decision of the Federal Circuit invalidating its patent on a breakthrough prenatal diagnostic…more

Australia, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Diagnostic Tests, DNA, Life Sciences

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Significant Changes Proposed to Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Controlled Entities

Last week the IRS proposed new regulations that would, in many cases, prohibit the use of certain discounts customarily applied when valuing interests in family-controlled entities, such as corporations, partnerships and limited…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, IRS

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Second Circuit Weighs in on Antitrust Injury

Antitrust standing is one of the most beguiling concepts in antitrust law, but it is a hurdle that a plaintiff must negotiate if its claim can proceed. This week, the Second Circuit provided some clarity to the doctrine when it…more

Antitrust Injuries, Antitrust Standing, Corporate Counsel, End-Users, Motion to Dismiss

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NYSE Proposes Rule Changes Requiring Foreign Private Issuers to Submit Semi-Annual Financial Information to SEC

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) recently proposed amendments to the NYSE Listed Company Manual (Manual) to adopt a requirement that NYSE-listed foreign private issuers (FPIs) submit semi-annual unaudited financial information…more

Financial Statements, Foreign Private Issuers, NYSE, Proposed Amendments, Publicly-Traded Companies

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Significant Changes Proposed to Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Controlled Entities

Last week the IRS proposed new regulations that would, in many cases, prohibit the use of certain discounts customarily applied when valuing interests in family-controlled entities, such as corporations, partnerships and limited…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, IRS

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Impact of Nautilus on Biotech and Pharmaceutical Patents

In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2120 (2014), the Supreme Court rejected the Federal Circuit’s “insolubly ambiguous” standard for determining whether a patent claim meets the definiteness requirement…more

Claim Construction, Indefiniteness, Patent Litigation, Pharmaceutical Patents

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Banks Speak: LIBOR Plaintiffs Are Not Efficient Enforcers Of Antitrust Laws

As our loyal readers know, on May 23, 2016, the Second Circuit issued a decision in the In re: LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation vacating the District Court’s prior decision dismissing one case in this…more

Antitrust Litigation, Banking Sector, Banks, Financial Instruments, Libor

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New Proposed Regulations for Section 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements of Non-Profit and Governmental Entities

The Internal Revenue Service recently released long anticipated proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) governing deferred compensation arrangements maintained by tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities…more

457(b) Plans, Death Benefits, Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, IRS

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Second Circuit Reverses Conviction in Bond Market Misrepresentation Case, but Endorses Government Theory of Materiality

On December 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the conviction of Jesse C. Litvak, a securities broker and trader at Jefferies & Company. Litvak had been convicted of various counts of…more

Bonds, Convictions, Materiality, Misrepresentation, Reversal

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In re Capacitors Antitrust Class Action Update: Claims Slightly Narrowed, Parties Continue Discovery

When we last wrote in June 2015 about In re Capacitors Antitrust Litig., No. 14-03264-JD, consolidated putative class actions pending before Judge James Donato in the Northern District of California, the plaintiffs had just…more

Antitrust Litigation, Cartwright Act, Injury-in-Fact, Price-Fixing, Putative Class Actions

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New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act Reforms Governance Rules for Nonprofits

Signed into law in 2013, the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act is designed to reform the statutory requirements for governance of nonprofit organizations (both not-for-profit corporations and wholly charitable trusts),…more

Audits, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Governance

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Sunbeam Products, Inc. V. Chicago American Manufacturing, LLC

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has issued a decision with significant implications for licensees of trademarks whose licensors become debtors in bankruptcy. In Sunbeam Products, Inc. v. Chicago…more

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A Closer Look At The Fallout From The Home Depot Data Breach

More than a year and a half ago, Home Depot announced that it had been a victim of one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history. Media outlets reported that the breach had affected Home Depot’s customers who had made…more

Article III, Banking Sector, Class Action, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Attacks

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Supreme Court Endorses Implied Certification Theory of Liability But Establishes “Demanding” Materiality Standard Under the False Claims Act

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar et al., holding that the so-called “implied certification” theory is viable under the False Claims Act (“FCA”),…more

Conditions of Payment, Failure To Disclose, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors

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Significant Changes Proposed to Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Controlled Entities

Last week the IRS proposed new regulations that would, in many cases, prohibit the use of certain discounts customarily applied when valuing interests in family-controlled entities, such as corporations, partnerships and limited…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, IRS

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Remijas v. Neiman Marcus: Seventh Circuit Affords Broad Standing To Sue Over Consumer Data Breaches

When hackers breach a business’s systems, class actions are sure to follow. Often, however, these suits have faltered right out of the starting gate. Citing the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Clapper v. Amnesty International,…more

Appeals, Article III, Data Breach, Debit and Credit Card Transactions, Imminent Harm

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Second Circuit Weighs in on Antitrust Injury

Antitrust standing is one of the most beguiling concepts in antitrust law, but it is a hurdle that a plaintiff must negotiate if its claim can proceed. This week, the Second Circuit provided some clarity to the doctrine when it…more

Antitrust Injuries, Antitrust Standing, Corporate Counsel, End-Users, Motion to Dismiss

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Implications of the Supreme Court’s Windsor Decision on Estate Planning for Same-sex Couples

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court, in its decision in United States v. Windsor, overturned Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). The Court ruled that the Federal government could not deny tax and other…more

DOMA, Estate Planning, Gift-Tax Exemption, Income Taxes, Lifetime Limits

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After Favorable LIBOR Ruling from the Second Circuit, Investors Now Allege Anticompetitive SIBOR Manipulation

On July 5, 2016, investors filed a federal class action in the Southern District of New York alleging defendant banks had manipulated the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) “and/or” Singapore Swap Offer Rate (SOR) market,…more

Antitrust Violations, Attorney's Fees, Banks, Breach of Duty, CFTC

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PATH Act 501(c)(4) Matters Update #2: Notification Requirement Clarified; Temporary Regulations and Notification Form Issued

As specified in Notice 2016-09 (discussed in our recent blog post on the PATH Act), the IRS has issued temporary regulations describing new notification procedures and a notification form for certain (current and prospective)…more

501(c)(4), IRS, Notification Requirements, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Tax Exempt Entities

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Lessons from the Bangladesh Central Bank Heist

By now, you’ve probably heard about the massive cyber attack that hit Bangladesh’s central bank last month, resulting in the loss of $81 million through fraudulent transfers to accounts in the Philippines. Although the size and…more

ACH Payments, Banks, Cyber Attacks, Cyber Crimes, Foreign Banks

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Supreme Court Rejects the Government’s “Fishy” Interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley Obstruction Statute

On February 25, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Yates v. United States.1 This case involved the interpretation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1519, a statute that was added as part of the…more

Destruction of Evidence, Evidence, Sarbanes-Oxley, SCOTUS, US v Yates

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New DOL Overtime Rule Changes the Landscape for Nonprofits, Too

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”) issued a final rule modifying overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The final rule increases the salary threshold for overtime…more

DOL, FLSA, Highly Compensated Employees, Non-Profits, Wage and Hour

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District Court Narrowly Defines the Relevant Market in Post-Actavis Pay-For-Delay Suit

On August 8, the District of Connecticut issued a noteworthy ruling on how to approach defining the relevant market definition in a pay-for-delay suit. In In re Aggrenox Antitrust Litigation, 3:14-md-02516 (D. Conn.), three…more

Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Violations, FTC, FTC v Actavis

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European truck cartel’s €2.93 billion in fines may just be the beginning

The European Commission on Tuesday announced its decision finding truck makers MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, and DAF liable for violating EU antitrust rules. The companies acknowledged that for 14 years they colluded in…more

Antitrust Provisions, Auto Manufacturers, Cartels, Corporate Counsel, DaimlerAG

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Seventh Circuit (Again) Finds Consumers Have Standing To Sue Over Data Breaches

On April 14, 2016, the Seventh Circuit held in Lewart v. P.F. Chang’s that customers who may have had personal information compromised in a P.F. Chang’s data breach have standing, at the motion-to-dismiss stage, to sue the…more

Clapper v. Amnesty International, Class Action, Credit Monitoring, Data Breach, Injury-in-Fact

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New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock) with…more

Equity Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRC Section 83(b), IRS, Restricted Stocks

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New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act Reforms Governance Rules for Nonprofits

Signed into law in 2013, the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act is designed to reform the statutory requirements for governance of nonprofit organizations (both not-for-profit corporations and wholly charitable trusts),…more

Audits, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Governance

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Supreme Court Nixes Aereo TV, Holding That Internet Streaming of Broadcast TV to Subscribers Violates Copyright Law

On June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided ABC v. Aereo, one of the more important (and most closely watched) copyright cases of the digital era. The Court’s 6-3 decision that streaming-TV startup Aereo “publicly…more

ABC, ABC v Aereo, Aereo, Broadcasting, Copyright

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New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act Reforms Governance Rules for Nonprofits

Signed into law in 2013, the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act is designed to reform the statutory requirements for governance of nonprofit organizations (both not-for-profit corporations and wholly charitable trusts),…more

Audits, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Governance

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HSS Issues New Guidance on Ransomware Attacks Against HIPAA-Covered Entities

Ransomware attacks at hospitals and other healthcare facilities have dramatically increased over the last several years, putting healthcare providers in the uncomfortable position of having to consider paying thousands of…more

Breach Notification Rule, Covered Entities, Cyber Attacks, Data Breach, Electronic Medical Records

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SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules under the JOBS Act

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act to enable U.S. companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding (Regulation Crowdfunding). …more

Crowdfunding, Funding Portal, Investors, JOBS Act, Offerings

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The “Cannibal Cop” and Protection of Computerized Data

In an unusual criminal case, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently weighed in on an important question at the intersection of employment law and data security. The decision will likely have implications wherever questions…more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Data Security, Trade Secrets, Unauthorized Access, Web Scraping

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Amgen v. Sandoz Biosimilar Litigation Update: Sandoz Follows the Patent Dance With Neulasta

Amgen v. Sandoz Biosimilar Litigation Update: Sandoz Follows the Patent Dance With Neulasta - Prominent among the first generation of U.S. biosimilar litigations under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act…more

Biosimilars, BPCIA, Patent Dance, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Impact of Nautilus on Biotech and Pharmaceutical Patents

In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2120 (2014), the Supreme Court rejected the Federal Circuit’s “insolubly ambiguous” standard for determining whether a patent claim meets the definiteness requirement…more

Claim Construction, Indefiniteness, Patent Litigation, Pharmaceutical Patents

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When Is Using a Computer a Crime? Rehearing Sought on Ninth Circuit’s “Distressingly Unclear” Answer

Facebook recently won a landmark victory in the Ninth Circuit against a company that accessed Facebook’s computers to help users manage their social network accounts. Now the company, Power Ventures, Inc., says that the Ninth…more

Cease and Desist, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Criminal Prosecution, Facebook, Social Networks

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Health Insurance Merger Challenges: Of Antitrust and the Affordable Care Act

The Department of Justice and attorneys general from multiple states last week sued to halt two health insurance mergers, each worth billions of dollars. The challenged deals are Anthem’s planned merger with Cigna and…more

Aetna, Affordable Care Act, Antitrust Violations, CIGNA, DOJ

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New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock) with…more

Equity Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRC Section 83(b), IRS, Restricted Stocks

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Tough Choices Confront Trade Creditors When a Retailer Faces Bankruptcy

The Great Recession, which began in December 2007 and officially ended in September 2009, has been especially hard on U.S. retailers, and its impact likely will be felt for many more years. Retailers sustained record-breaking…more

Bankruptcy Code, Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors, Debt Collection, Internet Retailers

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US Regulators Investigate Chinese Steelmakers for Hacking Trade Secrets

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) last week launched an investigation into United States Steel Corporation’s (“U.S. Steel”) complaint that Chinese hackers stole trade secret information—including proprietary…more

ALJ, China, Hackers, Illegal Imports, ITC

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An Unforeseen Obstacle: Consultants Can Prevent Validity Challenges Through the Use of the Assignor Estoppel Doctrine

Imagine hiring a consultant who designs a process, only to find that the process infringes a patent invented by the same consultant owned by someone else. How much worse would it be if your use of that consultant prevented you…more

Assignor Estoppel, Consultants, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Recent Halliburton Decision on Securities Litigation

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. In Halliburton, the Court declined to overrule Basic v. Levinson, but rather imposed limitations on the…more

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

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Choice-of-Law Rules Prevent Costco from Suing as Indirect Purchaser in California

In another development in the ongoing cathode ray tube (CRT) multidistrict litigation, Judge Tigar of the Northern District of California ruled that Costco could not recover any damages it sustained as an indirect purchaser of…more

Choice-of-Law, Costco, Damages, Electronics, Indirect Purchasers

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Significant Changes Proposed to Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Controlled Entities

Last week the IRS proposed new regulations that would, in many cases, prohibit the use of certain discounts customarily applied when valuing interests in family-controlled entities, such as corporations, partnerships and limited…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, IRS

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New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock) with…more

Equity Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRC Section 83(b), IRS, Restricted Stocks

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FTC: Data Security Primer for Small Businesses and Start-ups

The Federal Trade Commission will host a one day-conference in Chicago at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law on June 15, 2016. This event will be the fourth of the FTC’s Start with Security Events nationwide, which build on…more

Data Protection, Data Security, FTC, Popular, Small Business

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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Judge Dismisses Amgen’s BPCIA Declaratory Judgment Action Against Sandoz

Judge Chesler of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has dismissed one of Amgen’s pending lawsuits against Sandoz under the U.S. biosimilar statute, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act…more

Amgen, Biosimilars, BPCIA, Declaratory Relief, Motion to Dismiss

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Judge Hellerstein Denies Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement Based On Arguments that “Appear Not to Be Persuasive”

On July 21, 2016, District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein (S.D.N.Y.) denied  Defendants JP Morgan Chase & Co., JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Chase Bank USA, National Association, Chase PaymenTech Solutions LLC, and…more

JPMorgan Chase, Motion for Summary Judgment, Noninfringement, Patent Litigation

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What Information Can You Share Under the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) provided guidance on an open question in the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (“CISA”): What type of information may…more

Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), DHS, DOJ

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When Is Using a Computer a Crime? Rehearing Sought on Ninth Circuit’s “Distressingly Unclear” Answer

Facebook recently won a landmark victory in the Ninth Circuit against a company that accessed Facebook’s computers to help users manage their social network accounts. Now the company, Power Ventures, Inc., says that the Ninth…more

Cease and Desist, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Criminal Prosecution, Facebook, Social Networks

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China’s New Laws on Foreign and Domestic NGOs

Operating in China just became a bit more complex for foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). China’s new “Law on the Management of Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations’ Activities within Mainland China”, which was…more

China, Domestic Corporations, Foreign Charities, Foreign Entities, NGOs

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New Proposed Regulations for Section 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements of Non-Profit and Governmental Entities

The Internal Revenue Service recently released long anticipated proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) governing deferred compensation arrangements maintained by tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities…more

457(b) Plans, Death Benefits, Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, IRS

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The Paper Trail: The Potential Data-Breach Sitting in your Printer

In April 2016, the sensitive personal medical information of NFL players was stolen from the car of a trainer who had left the files in a backpack in his locked car. In 2014, Safeway, Inc. settled charges brought by the State…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, Data Security, Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act, HIPAA

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What Information Can You Share Under the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) provided guidance on an open question in the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (“CISA”): What type of information may…more

Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), DHS, DOJ

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New York District Court Allows Monopolization Claims Alleging Manipulation of Electricity Prices to Proceed Against Barclays

Last week, Judge Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York partially granted Barclays PLC’s motion to dismiss antitrust and unfair enrichment claims brought against it by Merced Irrigation…more

Barclays, Class Action, FERC, Price Manipulation, Sherman Act

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New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act Reforms Governance Rules for Nonprofits

Signed into law in 2013, the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act is designed to reform the statutory requirements for governance of nonprofit organizations (both not-for-profit corporations and wholly charitable trusts),…more

Audits, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Governance

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AbbVie Submits Citizen Petition on Interchangeable Biosimilars

AbbVie, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, has submitted a citizen petition to the FDA regarding determinations of interchangeability under the BPCIA. An interchangeable biological product is biosimilar to a reference product…more

AbbVie, Biologics, Biosimilars, Citizen Petitions, FDA

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New DOL Overtime Rule Changes the Landscape for Nonprofits, Too

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”) issued a final rule modifying overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The final rule increases the salary threshold for overtime…more

DOL, FLSA, Highly Compensated Employees, Non-Profits, Wage and Hour

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Judge Abrams Dismisses Case Based on Arguments Made to the PTO During Prosecution

On August 9, 2016, District Judge Ronnie Abrams (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendant Richloom Fabrics Group, Inc.’s motion to dismiss plaintiff Anchor Sales & Marketing, Inc.’s allegation of patent infringement based on the doctrine of…more

Doctrine of Equivalents, Estoppel, Motion to Dismiss, Patent Infringement, Patent Prosecution

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SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules under the JOBS Act

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act to enable U.S. companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding (Regulation Crowdfunding). …more

Crowdfunding, Funding Portal, Investors, JOBS Act, Offerings

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Lessons from LinkedIn: Privacy and Data Security Representations in the M&A Context

Microsoft’s blockbuster acquisition of LinkedIn earlier this month—a deal where concerns for privacy and data security loomed large—provides a glimpse into the growing trend of including separate privacy and data security…more

Contract Terms, Corporate Counsel, Due Diligence, FTC Act, LinkedIn

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Data-Security Assessments? You’re Going to Want a Lawyer for That

These days, data breaches and cybersecurity attacks abound. With each news cycle, we’re confronted with stories about yet another big breach, at another big company, with the potential exposure of another big pool of…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidential Information, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Security

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Second Circuit Lays Out New Rules for Restitution

On February 6, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided an appeal, United States v. Cuti, which interpreted the restitution provisions of the Victims and Witnesses Protection Act (VWPA). The…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Crime Victims, Restitution, SEC

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SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules under the JOBS Act

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act to enable U.S. companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding (Regulation Crowdfunding). …more

Crowdfunding, Funding Portal, Investors, JOBS Act, Offerings

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Federal Circuit’s Application of Mayo Revives Biotech Patent

In Rapid Litig. Mgmt. Ltd v. CellzDirect, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed a ruling of patent invalidity under Section 101, reviving a biotech patent to a method of preserving hepatocytes, liver cells, for medical use. The…more

Appeals, Biotechnology, Myriad-Mayo, Patent Invalidity, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Supreme Court Endorses Implied Certification Theory of Liability But Establishes “Demanding” Materiality Standard Under the False Claims Act

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar et al., holding that the so-called “implied certification” theory is viable under the False Claims Act (“FCA”),…more

Conditions of Payment, Failure To Disclose, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors

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Supreme Court Endorses Implied Certification Theory of Liability But Establishes “Demanding” Materiality Standard Under the False Claims Act

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar et al., holding that the so-called “implied certification” theory is viable under the False Claims Act (“FCA”),…more

Conditions of Payment, Failure To Disclose, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors

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Significant Changes Proposed to Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Controlled Entities

Last week the IRS proposed new regulations that would, in many cases, prohibit the use of certain discounts customarily applied when valuing interests in family-controlled entities, such as corporations, partnerships and limited…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, IRS

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Lessons from LinkedIn: Privacy and Data Security Representations in the M&A Context

Microsoft’s blockbuster acquisition of LinkedIn earlier this month—a deal where concerns for privacy and data security loomed large—provides a glimpse into the growing trend of including separate privacy and data security…more

Contract Terms, Corporate Counsel, Due Diligence, FTC Act, LinkedIn

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Federal Circuit’s Application of Mayo Revives Biotech Patent

In Rapid Litig. Mgmt. Ltd v. CellzDirect, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed a ruling of patent invalidity under Section 101, reviving a biotech patent to a method of preserving hepatocytes, liver cells, for medical use. The…more

Appeals, Biotechnology, Myriad-Mayo, Patent Invalidity, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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“Show Me the Money”: EEOC Seeks Pay Data from Large Employers

On January 29, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced a proposal to begin collecting pay data from private employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors. The EEOC currently…more

Data Collection, EEO-1, EEOC, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Reporting Requirements

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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Some Welcome Relief and Clarification on Affordable Care Act for Employers

As the federal agencies continue to issue more guidance on the application of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) to employer-sponsored health coverage, there are some recent developments that we want to…more

Affordable Care Act, Cadillac Tax, Deadlines, Employer Group Health Plans, Form 1094

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New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act Reforms Governance Rules for Nonprofits

Signed into law in 2013, the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act is designed to reform the statutory requirements for governance of nonprofit organizations (both not-for-profit corporations and wholly charitable trusts),…more

Audits, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Governance

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Update on Naming Biosimilars

In August 2015, FDA released a long-awaited draft guidance for the nonproprietary names of biologics and biosimilars. The draft guidance recommends that nonproprietary names for biologic products should consist of the “core”…more

Biologics, Biosimilars, Draft Guidance, FDA, Labeling

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PATH Act 501(c)(4) Matters Update #2: Notification Requirement Clarified; Temporary Regulations and Notification Form Issued

As specified in Notice 2016-09 (discussed in our recent blog post on the PATH Act), the IRS has issued temporary regulations describing new notification procedures and a notification form for certain (current and prospective)…more

501(c)(4), IRS, Notification Requirements, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Tax Exempt Entities

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The DOJ’s New Policy of Prosecuting Individuals

On September 9, 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates of the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) issued a new policy memorandum (the “Yates Memo”) entitled “Individual Accountability for Corporate…more

Corporate Crimes, Corporate Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Prosecution, DOJ

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Significant Changes Proposed to Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Controlled Entities

Last week the IRS proposed new regulations that would, in many cases, prohibit the use of certain discounts customarily applied when valuing interests in family-controlled entities, such as corporations, partnerships and limited…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, IRS

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Health Insurance Merger Challenges: Of Antitrust and the Affordable Care Act

The Department of Justice and attorneys general from multiple states last week sued to halt two health insurance mergers, each worth billions of dollars. The challenged deals are Anthem’s planned merger with Cigna and…more

Aetna, Affordable Care Act, Antitrust Violations, CIGNA, DOJ

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New Proposed Regulations for Section 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements of Non-Profit and Governmental Entities

The Internal Revenue Service recently released long anticipated proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) governing deferred compensation arrangements maintained by tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities…more

457(b) Plans, Death Benefits, Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, IRS

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The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Recent Halliburton Decision on Securities Litigation

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. In Halliburton, the Court declined to overrule Basic v. Levinson, but rather imposed limitations on the…more

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

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock) with…more

Equity Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRC Section 83(b), IRS, Restricted Stocks

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Second Circuit Reverses Conviction in Bond Market Misrepresentation Case, but Endorses Government Theory of Materiality

On December 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the conviction of Jesse C. Litvak, a securities broker and trader at Jefferies & Company. Litvak had been convicted of various counts of…more

Bonds, Convictions, Materiality, Misrepresentation, Reversal

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Procompetitive Effects of Business Associations in the Balance?: Business Association Membership and the Sufficiency of Sherman Act Allegations

What facts beyond mere membership in a trade association trigger Sherman Act liability? Next term, the Supreme Court will hear an antitrust case testing the requirements for pleading the conspiracy element of a claim brought…more

Antitrust Conspiracies, ATMs, MasterCard, Price-Fixing, Putative Class Actions

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FTC Oversight May Be Extended To Include Charities

We have recently written about the increasing importance of cybersecurity as an aspect of risk management for nonprofits in light of the proliferation of data security breaches across different sectors. A bill recently…more

Cybersecurity, FTC, Non-Profits, Pending Legislation, Risk Management

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Supreme Court Affirms Cuozzo – Leaving in Place BRI and Judicial Review Limitation for IPR Proceedings

In Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, No. 15-446, the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit’s holdings on claim construction and the scope of judicial review in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding…more

Administrative Proceedings, America Invents Act, Appeals, Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard, Chevron Deference

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Choice-of-Law Rules Prevent Costco from Suing as Indirect Purchaser in California

In another development in the ongoing cathode ray tube (CRT) multidistrict litigation, Judge Tigar of the Northern District of California ruled that Costco could not recover any damages it sustained as an indirect purchaser of…more

Choice-of-Law, Costco, Damages, Electronics, Indirect Purchasers

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FDA Promises Guidance on Lawful Off-Label Promotion

In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the "FDA") announced that by the end of the year, the agency would issue a draft guidance document addressing the contours of lawful and unlawful off-label promotion. The…more

Draft Guidance, Enforcement, FDA, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), FTC

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The “Cannibal Cop” and Protection of Computerized Data

In an unusual criminal case, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently weighed in on an important question at the intersection of employment law and data security. The decision will likely have implications wherever questions…more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Data Security, Trade Secrets, Unauthorized Access, Web Scraping

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Judge Forrest Provides Litigants Guidance on Applying Alice

On August 3, 2016, S.D.N.Y. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest denied Defendant Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (“Lowe’s”) motion to dismiss Iron Gate Security, Inc.’s (“Iron Gate”) patent infringement claim. Iron Gate alleged that…more

Abstract Ideas, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Motion to Dismiss, Myriad-Mayo, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Tick-Tock: The Overtime Clock Starts Running For Millions More Workers

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”) issued a final rule modifying overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The final rule, which goes into effect on December 1,…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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Family Matters: Governor Cuomo Unveils an Ambitious Plan for Paid Family Leave and a Higher Minimum Wage in New York

On April 4, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law paid family leave and statewide increases to the minimum wage, making New York the fourth state to guarantee paid family leave and one of a number of states gradually…more

Governor Cuomo, Maternity Leave, Minimum Wage, Paid Leave, Parental Leave

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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Keep Calm and Carry On: Philanthropy After Brexit

On June 23, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The decision to leave—commonly known as “Brexit”—has dominated headlines, rattled financial markets, and triggered political uncertainty in the…more

EU, Non-Profits, Philanthropy, UK, UK Brexit

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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Long and Wyndham Road: The Federal Trade Commission Extends Section 5 Unfairness to Regulate Data Security

In a surprising development, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation settled a long running dispute last week with the Federal Trade Commission that arose from three data breaches Wyndham suffered between 2008-2010. After an investigation…more

Audits, Cybersecurity, Data Collection, Data Security, FTC

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